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China home to new AFL Academy

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The AFL is pleased to advise the first Chinese Academy has been launched in Guangzhou.
 
Located at a Guangzhou Sports University campus in the Guangzhou, Guangdong province, north of Hong Kong, the academy is designed to introduce athletes to Australian football and help identify and develop potential elite players who have the ability to transition into Australia and the AFL.
 
The two-week pilot program commenced with 27 athletes aged between 17 and 22 who are from basketball, soccer and rugby backgrounds. The academy program will be conducted annually.
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Drop punts in Dongguan, China

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 Last year we saw the development of Aussie rules in southern China when Andrew Sawitsch reported on the South China AFL league and the AFL has just opened an academy in Guangzhou with the aim of developing Chinese players and bringing two players to the AFL draft combine in Melbourne.

Now we see the work of Macau based Aussie expat Darrell Egan who has been training and promoting Aussie Rules in Dongguan, another of the major cities in Guangdong province and forming the Dongguan Blues Football Club.

We present a recent interview with Darrell from Radio Australia where Darrell tells that story of what he has achieved so far.

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Footy clinics held in Kerala and Mumbai

Asia

Passionate individuals remain the driving force behind football in India.

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From Burma boredom to ball magnet

Asia

This little star from Burma has taken to Aussie rules like a duck to water. The story featured in the Geelong Adverstiser last month.

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Academy for China

Asia

The AFL continues to put in place opportunities for athletes around the world to be exposed to Aussie Rules and for their abilities to be tested in the style of the new "combines".  This is part of a wider AFL plan to one day see star players emerge from international markets, thus helping promote the game in both those markets and amongst immigrant communities in Australia.

The latest piece in that puzzle is an academy in Guangzhou, China.  Opening on July 9, with a total of 30 athletes to be selected for the two-week program, the AFL will select two players to attend the annual draft combine at Etihad Stadium that follows the AFL Grand Final.

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Jubilation as Warriors Wallop Wombats- Malaysian Warriors Take Out Manila Cup

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The Malaysian Warriors at the fourth attempt have taken out the Manila Cup with a 22-point Grand Final win over the Singapore Wombats. Grand Final Malaysian Warriors 7-5 (47) d Singapore Wombats 4-1 (25)

Wins over Philippine Eagles, Jakarta Bintangs and the Wombats and a loss to previous Cup nemesis Hong Kong Dragons in the preliminary round robin games were enough to put them thru to the Final with a rematch against the Wombats.

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5th Manila Cup A Great Success - Malaysian Warriors Triumphant

Asia

The Malaysian Warriors have broken the stranglehold the Hong Kong Dragons have had on the Manila Cup competition for the past four years by defeating the Singapore Wombats in the Grand Final. Played in searing heat the Warriors were too strong to win by 22 points, Warriors 7-5 (47) d. Wombats 4-1 (25). 

Played at the Nomad Sports Club, ‘headquarters’ of the Philippine AFL under clear blue skies and roasting sunshine the player’s skills were on show although the energy sapping heat kept the ‘interchange gate’ very busy. All the teams put in great efforts and despite a couple of blowouts the sizable crowd were witness to an exciting day’s footy with four matches decided by less than a goal. 

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Scott Hend takes time out with the Bintangs

AsiaAustralian professional golfer Scott Hend recently joined the Jakarta Bintangs for footy training, some of that session can be seen in the video below.
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Junior Eurekas win Philippine AFL curtain raiser

Asia

  As reported in an earlier WFN article students from the International School of Manila were to play a curtain raiser to the Eurekas v Dingoes match in the PAFL. The match was duly played on Saturday 19th May with the Eurekas’ Juniors victorious over the Dingoes ‘Pups’ 8-4 (52) to 6-4 (40).  

The Director of Athletics/Activities at International School of Manila, Mark Pekin, last year introduced an Australian Rules Football program for the middle school aged 9-13 years of age children, which was very well attended with 18-20 kids participating in weekly 90 min skill sessions and modified 9/10-a-side game play.  

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Can Malaysian Warriors lift the Manila Cup

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The Malaysian Warriors are this year returning to Manila to contest the Manila Cup after a hiatus in 2011. They are determined to go one better than in each of their three previous appearances in the cup, that is, competing in but losing the Grand Final to the Hong Kong Dragons, going agonisingly close in 2009.

This year the traveling party is about 23 strong with about 15-16 players and support staff of around 7 including the coaches. The team is made up of mainly cup veterans, some who have played in all three of their previous contests in the tournament. There are three players, however, touring for the first time, namely Marcus Coombes (ruck), Stuart Job (centreman) and Adam Kaminski (ruck rover). This year the entire touring squad is ex-pat Aussies.  

The Malaysian Warriors were founded in the late 1980's by ex-pat Aussies working and living in Kuala Lumpur and in the early years played against the RAAF stationed at Butterworth, Penang. Later, matches were played against the Singapore Wombats and Jakarta Bintangs.  

The Malaysian Warriors currently number between 25 and 30 regular players of which there are twenty ex-pat Aussies, a handful of Malaysians and a couple of Irishmen.  

The Warriors' touring party is traveling to Manila on the Friday before the Cup and will fly out on Sunday night as the Sunday brunch gatherings have become somewhat a ritual for the Warriors who all love playing in Manila, although a few stay on till Monday to return home.  

The Warriors have twice hosted the Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur first in 2004 and again in 2009.

Thanks to Michael D'Oliveiro with assistance for this story.

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