Australian Rules football has a relatively long history in Canada, going back to 1989 in Ontario. The 10 club league is well established there, but perhaps surprisingly it is newcomers Vancouver, on the western side of the country, that appear to be doing some of the best junior development in the country.
Port Adelaide, in their eighth season in the Australian Football League, have claimed their first AFL Premiership, powering away from Brisbane in the second half of the 2004 Grand Final. Many considered both Port and Brisbane lucky to squeeze into the final, with narrow wins over St Kilda and Geelong, respectively. There was no such doubt at the final siren last Saturday at the MCG, with Port winning comfortably.
The premier Australian Rules football event in the US each year is the Nationals. First held in 1997 in Cincinnati, the 2004 series in Atlanta should see the best Division One standard in the game's American history.
In breaking news, US Footy have announced that legendary Essendon Bombers coach Kevin Sheedy will speak at the 2004 US Nationals banquet. The full story follows, and worldfootynews.com will have all the details of the Nationals in a pending story, once divisional seedings have been completed.
Leulumoega Fou College (LFC) recently defeated rival school Nu'uausala College to take out back-to-back titles at the Samoa Aussie Rules Football Association secondary school championships at Tuanaimato Oval.