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GWS announce International Scholarships

OceaniaThree Greater Western Sydney GIANTS International Scholarship players from Nauru, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea will tomorrow join the GIANTS for training at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Yoshi Harris(Nauru), Charlton Brown (NZ) and Theo Gavuri (PNG) have all been signed by the GIANTS under the AFL’s International Scholarship scheme and are currently in Australia playing for the South Pacific Nations side in the Under 16 National Championships.


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World Team defeat Northern Territory

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The World XVIII has defeated the Northern Territory by 16 points in the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships.

Unlike the South Pacific which has a true international list, the World squad is a mixture of players who are learning the game overseas and those who are first generation Australians, such as with African refugee backgrounds.  The World XVIII also had more significant age concessions than the South Pacific side.

Nevertheless, coupled with the South Pacific's 2 point win over Tasmania earlier in the day, this is a tremendous result for international footy.  They key outcome of these championships may be a scramble by AFL clubs to scholarship list some of these players.  It also begs the question, has international football reached the point that it demands 1 or 2 teams in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, the main recruiting forum for AFL clubs?

More details of the U16s if and when we can procure them.

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South Pacific defeat Tasmania in U16s

General News

In a major breakthrough for international Australian football the South Pacific team has defeated Tasmania at the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships in Sydney.

The match was this morning from 10am at Blacktown Olympic Park.

Final scores (courtesy of AFL Asia Pacifc's Andrew Cadzow):

South Pacific 11.13 (79)
Tasmania 10.17 (77)

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Port Adelaide bringing Intenational students to the footy

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NAB AFL U16 Champs Div 1 Round 1 results - Sat 9th July

General News

WA v Vic Metro and Vic Country v SA
Results from the 2011 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships Round One Division One matches played yesterday (Saturday 9th July) at Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney.

Vic Metro 2.1 (13) 6.5 (41) 7.9 (51) 14.13 (97)
Western Australia 5.3 (33) 7.5 (47) 8.7 (55) 11.9 (75)
 

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World XVIII and South Pacific set for their first 2011 Under 16s matches

General News

The NAB AFL Under 16s are underway and the World XVIII and South Pacific have their first matches tomorrow at Blacktown in Sydney.

With all the IC11 activity this one has snuck up on us without managing to organise any writers to get along and watch the matches or take any photos. If any of our readers are in the area and can help us out then let us know - anything we can get gratefully received.

Our lead up articles can be viewer here:

World XVIII mark two announced
South Pacific U16 squad for NAB AFL Nationals
World XVIII crack first win (updated)
NAB AFL U16s confirmed to feature SP and World - includes the tournament draw

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What became of the Italian women's side?

International Cup 2011

Additional reporting by Tobietta Rhyman and Aaron Richard.

AFL Italia Femminile have confirmed that they are not taking part in the Women’s Division of the International Cup. The Swiss men’s team also decided not to compete at IC11.

There’s always two sides to a story, and in this case maybe three. The situation with the Italian women’s side was always complicated as the AFL prefers groups to work through the local affiliated bodies such as AFL Italia and AFL Europe whereas AFL Italia Femminile appears to have worked separately to the local League and at times directly with the AFL. The Italian women were also more closely aligned with the Swiss men’s competition, although notably their jumpers did feature the AFL Italia logo, so at one time there was cross-over.

The situation between all the bodies appears to have deteriorated over a period of months, culminating with a possible communication breakdown as the Cup draw was announced. The bottom line is that sadly, despite a lot of work by AFL Femminile Italia and we believe an AFL desire to have them present, the women of Italy will not be represented at IC11.

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Nottingham Scorpions take out 2011 Brit Cup

Europe

Last weekend, Saturday 2nd July, saw the Brit Cup played for the first time ever in the North of England at Manton Coliery Worksop, with the Nottingham Scorpions lifting the trophy and breaking the 8-year winning streak of the West London Wildcats.

The Brit Cup is the traditional locals-only annual tournament, which has been showing off the best of British footy talent for a number of years.

With the IC2011 taking priority this year (something that was agreed to at the National Conference in November 2010 in Putney), the AFL London are pushing forward their fixture to get their season finished before the the Bulldogs fly out to Australia, and thus could only send up a West London/Wimbledon combined team under the name "London Wild Hawks".

The Wild Hawks were joined by 4 regional rep sides - the Northern Warriors, Southern Saxons, West Midlands Wolves and WARFL Red Devils - and the Nottingham Scorpions, who were eventual champions and the sole stand-alone club side on the day.

Karl Haigh from the Huddersfield Rams was event organizer and also umpired on the day, having stood down this season as Northern Warriors captain, assisted by Rams head coach and last year's Northern Warriors head Coach Neil Morrison, along with long-time English footy identity Andrew Markham who covered much of the umpiring duties and was behind the media and publicity.

This report courtesy of Karl Haigh.

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Keep track of the Irish via IC11 Blog

International Cup 2011

For fans wanting to keep up to date on the Irish team vying for the ultimate prize at this year's International Cup, there is a new blog covering the Green Machine's preparations.

Peter Ross from the Irish Warriors is man behind the blog, saying "the blog will cover aspects of the preparation, fundraising, injuries etc. I hope the blog is both fun and interesting and is designed to raise awareness of Aussie Rules in Ireland and also get more attention for the International Cup in Australia."

Whilst the Irish IC squad has not yet been made public, they are expected to field a number of eligible Irish expats currently playing suburban footy in Australia and will no doubt be very tough to beat.

Peter Ross' blog can be found at irishwarriors.wordpress.com.

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Russian footy gets some local press

Europe

The new group bringing Australian rules football to Moscow were the subject for the following report in the English-language Moscow News this week.

Mentioned in the article are the group's plans to attend the 2011 Euro Cup in Belfast, which will mark the first appearance of a Russian national team on the international stage.

The Moscow footy circle kicked off at the start of June, and are planning to launch their first two local league teams in the coming weeks. This is in addition to the group in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, who also started playing footy in Russia earlier this year.

The full article from the Moscow Times is reprinted below, at left is one of the proposed designs for the inaugural Russian national team jumper.

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American footy legends too

North America

American footy made an appearance on Channel 9's Almost Footy Legends segment on The Footy Show last week. The clip (seen below) sent in by Bill Robert of Stateside Footy sees the goal post "obliterated" with Bill's commentary mimicked by the Billy Brownless. The segment can be seen from the 1 minute 36 second mark.

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Manchester, Birmingham and Meli Almost Footy Legends

Europe

On Channel 9's The Footy Show two week's ago an international flavour came to the long running popular Almost Football Legends segment. The segment features videos sent in from the public with footy highlights. In this case the segment featured English teams Manchester vs Birmingham and also a great mark from PNG young gun David Meli. In the Youtube video below the segment can be seen from the 2 minute 45 second mark.

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