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Roller Coaster Ride for Danes on the International Front

Europe

It's been an up and down month for resurgent Denmark on the international front recently. A thumping win for the senior team against Germany has been followed by a major surprise in their junior loss to England's Dragonslayers last weekend.

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NAB Cup match likely for South Africa in 2007 or 2008

Africa

In a story several weeks ago in Western Australia's Sunday Times it was reported that the AFL will look at staging a match, possibly a NAB Cup game, in South Africa in the next two seasons. This will be another significant step in their commitment to the game in that country. The story also mentions previously reported plans to spread the game into Western Cape, and suggests Natal for the first time (actually called Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa).

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Dixon's world tour to advance the cause

General News

Brian Dixon is about to begin an ambitious new Aussie Rules crusade across the world. The former Melbourne Football Club champion and founder of the well known Life. Be in it. campaign in Australia has been a driving force in getting footy in South Africa recognised and supported. South Africa remains his number one focus but through his other sporting contacts he has begun exploring options in China, Argentina, India, the Philippines and Cuba. WFN had a chat to Dixon about his work and any useful contacts we could provide.

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Request for tech support

Site

WFN is run by volunteers to aid the development of international footy. Unfortunately we are struggling to cope with technical issues that have dogged the site for several months. This is significantly detracting from the time that can be spent on articles and some of the behind the scenes assistance we provide to the footy community. WFN has reached a crucial point where it will be difficult to move forward without help. We therefore are looking for a volunteer to assist with the technical side of running the site. Areas of particular need are basic skills in PHP, cPanel and Geeklog. There aren't major demands on time, but our volunteer writers do not have the additional time to become familiar with these areas, so someone competent with any or all of those features would be most welcome. The time commitment would really only be a few hours per month. Please contact us by clicking on my name at the start of this article, and help us continue to keep WFN running.

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Graham elected a NY Jets Captain

North America

Former AFL player Ben Graham is just beginning his second year in the NFL, playing American football. Remarkably on September 6, at a Captain's Day function held by his club, the New York Jets, he was named as one of their six captains for the upcoming season.

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Opinion: Funding - Queensland versus the USA

North America

This opinion piece expands the argument that I made in a letter to The Age and an earlier piece (Show Me the Money!). It is not that I think the AFL should stop funding Queensland and start funding the USA with the money it saves. I actually believe the development of footy in Queensland should be a top AFL priority. What I'm saying is if it's worthwhile for the AFL to spend $10m (Australian) in Queensland then surely it's worthwhile to spend $0.5m in the US.

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2006 ANZ Asian Australian Football Championships Roundup

AsiaThe 7th Annual Asian Championships of Australian Football, held on the 26th of August at Cibubur, just outside of Jakarta, have been hailed a great success by all involved and once again raised the bar on the standard of footy played.

As promised, the tournament produced high quality footy and evenly matched teams with the Singapore Wombats the standouts and eventual Grand Final winners, downing the Bali Geckos in a rematch of last year's Asian Champs Grand Final, 9.5.59 to 3.8.26 - Read on for Grand Final and Ladder results.

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Long term view to IC2008 - part one

International Cup 2008

The 2008 International Cup is just two years away, assuming it will again be held in August. This may seem like a long time but for each country planning on attending their thoughts should already have turned to raising the necessary funds and providing their squads with a quality schedule that will see them playing well come the big tournament. It remains to be seen which nations will show and whether the AFL will be able to significantly subsidise travel, but the hard-working volunteers across the various leagues will no doubt be doing their sums on the basis that they will have to foot the whole bill. We talk to some of the likely attendees, discuss their early preparations, and perhaps foolishly make some early predictions.


2002 - Ireland

2005 - New Zealand

2008 - ?

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Wildcats thump the Hawks in BARFL Premiership, Raiders top Dees in low-scoring Conference GF

Europe

In the BARFL Premiership Grand Final played on Saturday, September 2nd, the West London Wildcats slaughtered the Wimbledon Hawks 18.11.119 to 2.6.18. In the London Conference Grand Final the Shepherds Bush Raiders defeated the Clapham Demons in a low-scoring affair, 5.11.41 to 4.3.27.

Results and photos to come, for more details see barfl.co.uk.

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Essendon and Collingwood to repeat overseas ventures

Asia

Over the past few years, football clubs in the AFL have started thinking outside the square when it comes to preparation for next year's season. St. Kilda has been to South Africa, Hawthorn to Papua New Guinea, Collingwood to the US and the Kangaroos and Sydney played a game in Los Angeles . The tours in both the US and South Africa also incorporated clinics with locals. In addition to this, Geelong's planned tour of New Zealand was cancelled when the AFL rejected the club's plans to play a pre-season match there and there have been rumblings that Fremantle and West Coast will visit South Africa.

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BARFL London Grand Finals this Saturday

Europe

This Saturday 2nd September 2006, all roads lead to Clapham Common in London for the Grand Finals of the London BARFL Premiership and Conference competitions. The BARFL Premiership teams must have 50% players EU passport holders whilst the Conference teams can have more expat Aussies.

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Auskick kicks off in London

Europe

Aussie Rules UK is pleased to announce that the AFL's Auskick program will begin in London next month. The first Auskick centre will kick off on Saturday 9 September at Clapham Common. Parents can register their children online via the aussierulesuk.com website.

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