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2012 All Australian Team announced

Australia
A remarkable 15 players were honoured for the first time in their careers when the AFL last night named the 2012 Four’N Twenty AFL All Australian Team in Melbourne. Already much debate has gone into who was selected and who missed out and to the named positions in the team. Probably one of the most questioned selections is Nic Naitanui who although dominated many contests throughout the year, was not seen by many as the dominant ruckman of the league.
 
The number of first-time All Australian players was the largest in history since the then-VFL began picking a team of the year from 1982 onwards, eclipsing the 14 players named that year and the 12 debutantes named in both 1983 and 2000. Before 1982, All Australian sides were only picked after national carnivals or from that year’s State of Origin contests.
 
West Coast supplied a league-leading four players in the side while Collingwood and Hawthorn each supplied three selections, with a total of 11 separate clubs in the competition providing at least one player for the stand-out team of the year.
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Diamond Creek edge out Darebin to become 2012 VWFL Premiers

Australia

In a historic victory, the Creekers overcame the Falcons 5.10 (40) to 5.5 (35) to win the 2012 Premiers Division Grand Final and take home the Sue Alberti Cup. It was the Creekers first time to take the Premier Division flag, and the team’s first time to beat the mighty Falcons, who were previously coached to six consecutive premiership flags by former coach Peta Searle, now at VFL club Port Melbourne.

The game was played at Box Hill City Oval, home of VFL team Box Hill Hawks, in front of a crowd of several thousand, a huge leap up from previous years.

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Racism. It Stops With Me

Australia

MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

 

The AFL today joined the Human Rights Commission and the Australian Government in endorsing a new national anti-racism strategy - Racism. It Stops With Me.

 

Represented by North Melbourne players Andrew Swallow and Majak Daw, the AFL is one of a number of organisations across business, sport and Government who are supporting the campaign on the basis of their long-standing work on combating racism.

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Pyramid Power create international Big Brother Club Network

Australia

“Imagine all the people… sharing all the world.”

What does John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ have to do with linking up international Australian Football clubs all over the world? Well this song was the inspiration for Pyramid Power’s Wesley Hull to embark on a virtual voyage of discovery, contacting clubs across Australia and around the world through social media and asking them to become part of their network as a “big brother club”.

Pyramid Power is no stranger to crossing boundaries and linking communities together. The club is a small junior football club located in the small town of Gordonvale near Cairns and 80-90% of the kids come from remote and impoverished communities in the Torres Strait and the Cape York Peninsula and are boarders at the town’s indigenous college. Others come from the nearby Yarrabah aboriginal community.
 

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VFL stream replay Collingwood vs Sandringham

Australia

Below you can watch the VFL match from last weekend with Collingwood playing Sandringham. This is the VFL's first effort at live streaming a match.

Our US viewers may be interested to watch Shae McNamara who was one of the best players for Collingwood in the match. Also Irishman Paul Cribbin is playing for the Pies. Another lesser known Irishman also playing for Collingwood is Cathal Corr who was born in Ireland to Irish parents but moved to Australia as a lad and played junior football in suburban Melbourne. We won't spoil the match any further by revealing the score.

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AIS Level One and Level Two squads named

Australia
The AFL has nominated 62 of the nation’s best young footballers to be included in the sixteenth AIS-AFL Academy intake.
 
This is the second intake of the expanded two-tier model. All players will receive an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship.
 
Level One will be coached by AFL Engagement and Talent Coordinator Chris Johnson. Level One players were selected from the recent NAB AFL Under-16 Championships that were held in Sydney. The squad of 30 will tour New Zealand in January. One Melbourne based member of the World XVIII team Duom Dawam has been named in this squad.
 
Players in the Level Two squad will turn 18 during 2013 and will be eligible to be drafted. The squad of 32 will be managed by AIS-AFL Academy High Performance Coach Michael O’Loughlin and will return to Europe in April 2013.
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PM launches the Korin Gamadji Institute

Australia

The Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI), based in the ME Bank Centre, at the Richmond Football Club was officially launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard today.

 

The KGI provides opportunities for young Indigenous people to participate in programs to develop leadership, vocational skills and training and ultimately assist them in creating sustainable careers.

 

“The Korin Gamadji Institute is confirmation that the work of Reconciliation isn’t always about the big gestures. The transformative power of education should never be underestimated, and the Korin Gamadji Institute will be responsible for changing lives,” said Prime Minister Gillard at the launch.

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Claremont claim Foxtel Cup

Australia

WAFL powerhouse Claremont has claimed the 2012 Foxtel Cup, going one better than their runners-up finish in 2011.

The match was played in Perth at Patersons Stadium on Thursday night and Claremont jumped VFL side Werribee to take a good early lead before the visitors fought back to trail by just 9 points at the first break.  The third quarter proved decisive with the home side booting four goals to none and never looked back, running out easy 44 point victors.

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Girl Enjoys Football Despite Prosthetic Leg

Australia

15 year old Jasmine Fitzgerald recently started playing football for the Lalor Stars Youth Girls team and after playing 6 games she claims she is hooked on it, proudly singing out her team’s song with her arms round her team mates when they win.

 However, unlike her team mates, Jasmine only has one leg, the other having been amputated as a child after she contracted meningitis. Despite this, you would barely notice the difference as she runs around the field enthusiastically with the help of a surprisingly ordinary looking prosthetic.

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Football Woman of the Year Award 2012 Finalists

AustraliaSix pioneering women have been selected as finalists for the 2012 Football Woman of the Year (FWOTY) award. The winner will be announced at the Grand Final Comedy Debate on Thursday 27 September at Crown Palladium.

The finalists are:

Cheryl Cates - President of the South Australian Women’s Football League (SAWFL)
Jo Del Prete – Advisory role to the West Australian Football Commission
Belinda Duarte - AFL’s SportsReady Indigenous Program and Director of Korin Gamadji Institute
Peta Searle - Port Melbourne Football Club Assistant Coach
Suki Hobson - Strength Scientist at the Essendon Football Club
Diana Taylor – First woman on the VFL Tribunal and President of the Western Region Football League.

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