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AFL Great Britain / England National Conference 2011
Authored by: Bryce Stone on Thursday, January 19 2012 @ 11:29 am ACDT

 

 

I think it was a great move forward for AFL GB to change its name to AFL England last year as this truly reflects who they are, English not British. WARFL has always been independent and I’m glad with this move as it clearly distinguishes the two organisations. As for Wales playing in the International Cup (IC) it was always my opinion when I was with WARFL that in the formative years we focus on developing our league especially recruitment of local players rather than deplete our limited resources and funds on sending a team to the IC which is a huge expense for possible little reward. That being the case we fully supported the GB Bulldogs at the time as this gave our Welsh players an avenue to have international experience which around 10 of our players have had between 2008 - 2011. However I think with the increased amount of players along with administration and coaches available in Wales I believe the 2017 IC will be a realistic target for the Red Dragons to strive for and hopefully the next European Championships may be the first step towards that.

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AFL Great Britain / England National Conference 2011
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, January 19 2012 @ 01:23 pm ACDT

Great to have some comments from Darren and Bryce, both people that are or have been heavily involved in their respective leagues (Bryce founded the WARFL).

Are you still involved in the WARFL at all Bryce or did you move back to Australia?

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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AFL Great Britain / England National Conference 2011
Authored by: Bryce Stone on Thursday, January 19 2012 @ 03:53 pm ACDT

Hi Brett, hope you're good. I returned to Australia mid last year and "retired" from WARFL and footy in general, but still keep a keen eye on what's happening over there. Looking forward to seeing Wales play in the IC at Adelaide Oval one day!.. now that's another topic, SANFL host the IC, why not??

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AFL Great Britain / England National Conference 2011
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, January 19 2012 @ 05:33 pm ACDT

I'm sure they could come up with a long list, but happy to have a chat to you about it one day to see if we can stir some interest.  Perhaps the new Stadium Management Authority would be interested.  Nearby ovals would be Uni Oval and Park 10 (Bob Neil numbers 1 and 2), of course with all the issues of availability.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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