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IC14 Audio

International Cup 2014

We are trialling some live streaming audio today. You can access it via the embedded player below. The player should either play live or the latest recording from earlier in the day.

Note that there are now numerous episodes listed - the horizontal bars icon accesses all our recordings.

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Northwind outlast Tonga for Div 1 trophy

International Cup 2014

With the early afternoon sun at McAlister oval nudging the temperature around and over 20C – the Canadian Northwind lined up ready to face the Tongan Storm in the 5th v 6th battle to decide the Division 1 premier. With a negligible breeze from the south aiding the Tongans it was the Northwind that looked sharpest from the outset.

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IC14 Finals Results

International Cup 2014

The trophy for Saturday night's Grand Final

All the results from the 2014 AFL International Cup - Final Round Friday 21st August - Royal Park, Parkville, Melbourne.

Excludes Men's Top 4 Grand Final (MCG) and Women's Grand Final (Punt Road Oval), both to be played Saturday 22nd August.

Where possible quarter by quarter scores will be added throughout the day.

Matches are 4 x 17.5 minute quarters.

We suggest you refresh your browser regularly to see the latest results.  Match reports will follow later.

We'll publish to a Final Round photo album on Flickr after the day's play and post a separate story linking to it.

 

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IC14 Vignettes – Amina Huni (Tonga Storm)

International Cup 2014
At just 165 centimetres in height, Amina Humi might go close to one of the smallest full backs going around. Hard to image her up against modern day giants like Daniher (201cm), Tippett (202cm) or even Cloke (196cm). But in her own field, harassing opposition full forwards, she is a Tongan giant.

Our interview took a different direction. As a Hawthorn supporter, she still lists her footy idol as Lance Franklin. Amina says that her career highlight to date has been this current International Cup.

At just 21 years of age, Amina, who plays for the Nukalofa team back in Tonga, should look forward to a long career representing her country.
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Scrambleball...hard fought ground game between the Canadian Midnight Suns and the USA Liberty

International Cup 2014
In 2014, the standard of play at its best has reached a new level, higher than in the four previous ICs. At the same time, mirroring the AFL game (that is footy at the top level) at its worst it has degenerated into scrambleball as a flood of players converges on the ball, and plays the game in 40% of the ground.
 
As in the AFL, blame the coaches, the poachers who have created the contemporary stoppage game, even if as in the best IC games and for periods in the best AFL games, it is still a running, skilful spectacular game.
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IC14 Vignettes – Jeff Talmadge (USA Revolution)

International Cup 2014

The USA Revolution has had a good run so far in the International Cup. On a win/loss ratio, their 3 wins from four starts has been a solid return. Jeff Talmadge is a part of the squad, and has shared some of his insights with us.

“I started playing footy in April 2013 so close to a year and a half. It’s been quite an adventure in such a short period of time. I was encouraged to come and check out the club in my home town, Austin, Texas, by an Aussie friend of mine from Adelaide. After my first game, I was absolutely hooked.”
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Freedom's finishers in fine form over Fiji

International Cup 2014
This women’s match between the US and Fiji followed on from the men’s match the previous afternoon where the two countries clashed in what turned out to be very heated.
Fortunately while this match saw plenty of physical clashes, but things never looked like escalating to anything more than "in the contest" aggression.
 
Andrea Casillas for the USA kicked the first goal of the match in the first few minutes. From here Fiji managed to lock down the ball around the ground with the Fiji captain Siteri Tadrau playing well on the defensive side of the many packs that formed. Matanisigadrau and Tuilevuka good for Fiji. The US added a second goal late in the quarter and Kastenak could have added a third but her kick went wide after a good leading mark.
 
 The highlight of the quarter for me was US onballer Blatnick’s blind turn around a Fiji defender and then spotting up the CHF with a crisp pass. Fiji managed just the one behind for the quarter and the US lead by two goals at quarter time.

 

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