Canadian development teams head to Europe in '17
Tuesday, November 22 2016 @ 03:29 PM ACDT
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
AFL Canada yesterday announced they will be sending their men's and women's development teams to Europe in 2017. The women's development team the Midnight Suns competed in the 2014 International Cup alongside their official team the Northern Lights.
But 2017 will see them compete against the Irish Banshees and the Great Britain Swans who will both be warming up for IC17. A fourth team made up of the best players from the four AFL London women's clubs will also compete.
The men's development team has previously only played matches against the USA as part of the 49th Parallel Cup in the past. But they will play for the first time outside North America against the Irish Warriors, the Great Britain Bulldogs and a fourth team yet to be named.
Games are set to be played on the 19th-21st of May 2017; with games being played on the Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.
It is a welcome push for more international footy matches outside the International Cup tournament. The USAFL have indicated they will send a team to Europe in 2018 and Great Britain have indicated they may play in Canada in 2018.
AFL Canada’s President Lachlan Griffiths said, “We are very grateful to AFL Europe, AFL England and the Great British and Irish National Teams for coming together for this tournament next year. We have been looking to provide our players with more high quality games, and are excited by the opportunity to play against two very strong football nations."
"It is going to provide our development squad players with a first-hand look at the level of football required to compete at the International level, with the hope that these players will go on to represent Canada in future international games and press for selection at IC20”.
For more details see the AFL Canada announcement here - http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-7259-0-0-0