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Friday, September 21 2018 @ 12:46 am ACST

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Interview with a travelling footballer - a unique insight into Canadian and Irish footy

General NewsThese days plenty of expatriate Australians can claim to have played Australian football in more than one country, such as Australia and somewhere else. But few people have had the opportunity to play in established leagues in two countries, neither of which were the game's original home. Irishman John Enright is one such player, having grown up in Ireland, spent a year playing in the Ontario AFL in Canada, and now with a year under his belt with Leeside in the Irish league. worldfootynews.com thought John might have some unique insight into the state of the game in the two countries, and was pleased to interview this well-travelled football player.
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Tonga schoolboys tour of Samoa

OceaniaIt's exciting to report the first true international tour by a Tongan representative side. After their successful first season of schoolboys footy in the Kingdom, their best side has been selected and will travel to nearby Samoa, to take on their arch rivals.
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Essendon to visit Japan

AsiaPlayers from AFL club Essendon will visit Japan for 10 days in December, as part of a pre-season trip aimed at developing their leadership group.
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Teams for 2005 Multicultural Cup

General NewsBrian Clarke of the International Australian Football Council (disputed title) has released preliminary details of the second annual Multicultural Cup.
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Tokyo Goannas - Box Hill North scholarship for 2004

AsiaSeveral weeks ago the Tokyo Goannas (of the Japan AFL) and Box Hill North (from the Victorian Amateur Football Association) announced the winner of their 2004 scholarship. As in 2003, it allowed a player from BHN to travel to Japan for about three weeks, to train and play with the Samurais, a University based side. It helps further build on the links established between BHN and the Japanese league. The following is from the Tokyo Goannas website.
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Implementation of USAFL ASTN TV deal underway

North AmericaThe exciting USAFL television deal with ASTN, to broadcast US Australian Rules football matches, is now being put into place for the 2005 season schedule.
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US scholarships for 2005

North AmericaThe USAFL works with Macquarie Univsersity (in New South Wales, Australia) and AFL club Essendon (in Melbourne) to provide two scholarships each year for promising players to travel to Australia and play at a higher level. The 2005 winners have been announced.
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English immigrant gets AFL shot at Kangaroos

General NewsIn another encouraging sign for international footy, young English immigrant to Australia, Brad Moran, has been drafted by the North Melbourne Kanagroos.
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First French Australian Rules website

EuropeA new Australian Rules football website has been launched, Football Australien. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first French language website dedicated to our great game.
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Another role model for PNG footy is drafted

General NewsAFL club St Kilda has made one of the shocks of AFL National Draft day, selecting a young man of PNG descent, from outside the elite talent programs. Hopefully his heritage will make him a further role model for the thousands of kids now playing footy in Papua New Guinea, just like Mal Michael of the Brisbane Lions, who has a huge profile in Australia's northern neighbour.

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Footy a welcome hit in Kenya

AfricaFrom http://afl.com.au/default.asp?pg=aflfocus&spg=display&articleid=177483

During September, Baltimore Washington Eagle Gus Horsey ventured to Nairobi, Kenya where he ran several footy clinics and organised a grand final between four local teams.

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South African footy makes mainstream Aussie media

AfricaAfter what some might say was neglect, the mainstream Australian media have had a few reports recently about potential players coming into the AFL from overseas, and the growth of the game in South Africa. Perhaps Australian sports journalists are starting to realise that readers have an interest in footy beyond their own club.
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