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Men's Division 2 GF Preview: Germany vs Croatia Almost too close to call

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The German Eagles and Croatian Knights tomorrow will meet in the GF of the men's Division 2. In their first IC appearances, both the Eagles and Knights have impressed, losing only one game each - the Croatians against China in a slow start to Round 1, and the Germans to Japan in the final group round.

The Semis saw both sides dominate, the Croatians running away with what was ultimately an easy win over Japan, and the Germans eventually pulling away from China in a match which had started evenly.

It adds up to a match where the result go easily go either way.

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Div 2 Grand Final Preview, Part 2: Germany's Path to the IC, From the WFN Archives

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This year's International Cup sees two debutant sides squaring off in this Friday's Division 2 Grand Final - the high-flying German Eagles and the uncompromising Croatian Knights.

For both sides, it's been a long time in the making, with over 10 years since the beginnings of domestic footy in Croatia and around 20 years in Germany.

We take a look at the history of the two countries' footy scenes, with some of the stories featuring them on WFN over the years. In Part 2, we look back at some of the stories out of Germany back since the founding of this news site.

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WFN World Rankings post Semi-Final Rounds

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                                                                WFN World Rankings post Semi-Final Rounds

16th August 2017

Twelve Nations have undergone a change in World Ranks as a result of the Division 1 Round 4 matches and Division 2 Semi-Final Round Games.

New Zealand’s victory over Ireland has seen them swap ranks 2nd for 3rd with Papua New Guinea again during this International Cup. Both Croatia 9th and Germany 13th have climbed three ranks following their wins’ over Japan and China, whilst Japan and China have fallen to 16th and 15th respectively. Nauru, Tonga and Fiji each have also risen one place courtesy of other nations losses in these rounds. Great Britain, Canada and Denmark each fell one place, again courtesy of the movement of other nations. And it should be pointed out that most of the movement has occurred in areas of the ranks where numerous teams are only separated by 2.00 to 3.00 Rating Points.

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Meet a Player : Jeff Kraemer (USA Revolution)

International Cup 2017

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Josip Habljak
Alphonse Jambarufo
Assemat Marine
Pierre Labigang
Kenneth Oppenheimer

Name Jeff Kraemer
Nation/Side USA Revolution
Division Mens Div 1
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Meet a Player : Kohei Kageyama (Japan Samurais)

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Alphonse Jambarufo
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Pierre Labigang
Kenneth Oppenheimer

NameKohei Kageyama
Nation/SideJapan Samurais
DivisionMens Div 2
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Meet a Player : Hisayoshi Oura (Japan Samurais)

International Cup 2017

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Alphonse Jambarufo
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Pierre Labigang
Kenneth Oppenheimer

NameHisayoshi Oura
Nation/SideJapan Samurais
DivisionMens Div 2
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Div 2 Grand Final Preview, Part 1: Croatia's Path to the IC, From the WFN Archives

International Cup 2017

This year's International Cup sees two debutant sides squaring off in this Friday's Division 2 Grand Final - the high-flying German Eagles and the uncompromising Croatian Knights.

For both sides, it's been a long time in the making, with over 10 years since the beginnings of domestic footy in Croatia and around 20 years in Germany.

We take a look at the history of the two countries' footy scenes, with some of the stories featuring them on WFN over the years. In Part 1, we look back at some of the stories out of Croatia over the years.

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WFN World Rankings (Women) post Semi-Final Round

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 WFN World Rankings (Women) Post Semi-Final Round

16th August 2017

Great Britain’s loss to Ireland and Fiji’s win over the Crusaders has brought about some movement in ranks with Great Britain falling two places to 5th below Ireland and USA. Fiji has climbed over Canada Midnight Suns with their win against Crusaders.

European Crusaders become the Ninth Nation to become Fully Ranked with 33.04 Rating Points.

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IC17 Round 5 Match Schedule for Royal Park

International Cup 2017

IC17 Round 5 matches will play out at Royal Park tomorrow. The latest scheduled match times and ovals are in the table below.

All 11 matches will also be streamed live on the AFL's International Cup Youtube page. All matches tomorrow will be seeding matches e.g. South Africa vs France will be the playoff for 9th/10th place.  Germany and Croatia will playoff for the Division 2 title in what should be a great match.

The remaining games of Round 5 are the Men's Division 1 and Women's Division Grand Finals that will be played at the MCG and Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Division Home Away Date Time Royal Park Oval
D1 South Africa France Fri 18th Aug 9.00am Ransford Oval
D2 China Japan Fri 18th Aug 9.00am McAlister Oval
W European Crusaders Pakistan Fri 18th Aug 10.00am Western Oval
W Fiji Vonu PNG Flames Fri 18th Aug 10.45am McAlister Oval
D1 Fiji Canada Fri 18th Aug 10.45am Ransford Oval
D2 Pakistan India Fri 18th Aug 11.45am Western Oval
D2 Germany Croatia Fri 18th Aug 12.30pm Ransford Oval
W USA Freedom GB Swans Fri 18th Aug 12.30pm McAlister Oval
D2 Sri Lanka Indonesia Fri 18th Aug 1.30pm Western Oval
D1 USA Ireland Fri 18th Aug 2.15pm Ransford Oval
D1 GB Nauru Fri 18th Aug 2.15pm McAlister Oval
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Flames burn Shaheens

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Papua New Guinea Flames Burn Pakistan Shaheens

Papua New Guinea and Pakistan 3rd and 4th place teams in their respective pools played an entertaining match in Semi-Final 4 of the Women’s Division of IC17 at Western Oval, Royal Park. Although the outcome of the match was very predictable as the experience of the Flames is well documented, no chance of a boil over by International Footy newcomers Pakistan was given.

Some discussion revolved around whether the Shaheens could finally register a score in this match. I watched their match against Canada last week and was hoping to see some improvement from the girls and wished to see them keep the Flames score to less than 20 goals.

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Garudas speed downs Bombers

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Division 2: Indonesia Garudas v India Bombers

As 3rd place and 4th place getters of their respective pools Indonesia and India played the Semi-final 3. match at Western Oval, 16th August. Indonesia went into this match as warm favourites on the form of their win over Sri Lanka and because India had lost to Pakistan on Saturday in round three.

Ruck contests were pretty even but Indonesia were able to gather more first use of the ball and were consistently quicker with both hands and feet and quickly moved the ball into their forward fifty and were able to score several quick goals, one each to Waruwu and Hariyanto.

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Meet a Player : David Lazanin (Croatia Knights)

International Cup 2017

Previous 'Meets':
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Alphonse Jambarufo
Assemat Marine
Pierre Labigang
Kenneth Oppenheimer

NameDavid Lazanin
Nation/SideCroatia Knights
DivisionMens Div 2
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