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Saturday, January 19 2019 @ 02:38 pm ACDT

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2012 Under 16 Champs about to get underway

Australia

The World XVIII and South Pacific teams have arrived in Sydney over the past few days and completed training sessions and warm up matches.   The 2012 NAB AFL Under-16 Championships will commence in Sydney tomorrow, Saturday, July 7.

The seven-day carnival has been expanded to 12 teams with the inclusion of the AFL’s Indigenous Youth side, the Flying Boomerangs, and the Western Australia North-West team.


 

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AFL Women's Round

Australia
In celebration of the outstanding achievements of women in football and their ongoing sponsorship of the Victorian Women’s Football League, Melbourne Football club celebrated last weekend’s Round 13 game against GWS Giants as “Women’s Round”.
 
Included in the celebrations were:
 
An all girls clinic on the MCG facilitated by Melbourne Demons players and participants of the club’s Trident Girls’ Academy, attended by over 100 girls.
 
“High Tea at the ‘G” inviting the women of Melbourne to enjoy high tea with Melbourne FC board member Karen Hayes, Director of Sports Performance Neil Craig and CEO Cameron Schwab.
Free tickets for 500 women and girls who play and administer football, including those from the VWFL.
 
AFL Victoria VWFL Academy and Victorian U18 State team Lap of Honour- the academy is made up of the best young female players in the state and the U18 squad recently won the 2012 Youth Girls National Championships.
 
The Guard of Honour will be made up of 50 young female Demons fans, lined up to cheers the players as they run through the banner.
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AFL launch 2012 Multicultural Round

Australia

The Australian Football League today launched the 2012 Toyota AFL Multicultural Round, a themed round to acknowledge and celebrate our game’s cultural diversity.

AFL General Manager National and International Development Andrew Dillon, AFL Legend Alex Jesaulenko, AFL Hall of Fame member Stephen Silvagni and AFL Multicultural Ambassador Nic Naitanui were in attendance. 

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Port Adelaide bring footy to immigrant youth

Australia

See below for video from the ABC's 7:30 Report featuring David Rodan and Emmanuel Irra.

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Flying Boomerangs coaches announced for U16 Champs

Australia

The AFL is pleased to announce Andrew McLeod and Phil Narkle will coach the Flying Boomerangs and the Western Australia North-West teams respectively in the upcoming 2012 NAB AFL Under-16 Championships.

 

AFL Community Engagement Manager Jason Mifsud said for the first time the two teams will play along with the World XVIII and South Pacific in an expanded division three section of the championships.

 

“This is another significant milestone in providing young Indigenous players the opportunity to compete in our talented player pathway under the leadership of experienced mentors,” he said.

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A Masters in code wars

AustraliaThe AFL has made a major commitment via expansion clubs Gold Coast Suns and Greater Western Sydney Giants. Part of a long term plan they have drawn both criticism and support from within and outside of football circles. Few non AFL journalists though have focussed on the AFL more than the Sydney Morning Herald’s Roy Masters. However, in his latest attack on GWS he’s made a bit of a blue that is worth reviewing especially given some recent developments and stories around GWS.
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Interstate Results

Australia

Results from last weekend's interstate matches between various state leagues.

The SANFL narrowly defeated the WAFL, the VFL smashed the Tasmanian State League and QLD/NT destroyed NSW/ACT.

Detailed result follow:

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Big upset by NT in national U18s

Australia

The Northern Territory has defeated Vic Metro in one of the biggest upsets in the competition history in the opening match of the 2012 NAB AFL Under -18 Championships at TIO Stadium in Darwin.

Northern Territory 15.10 (100) defeated Vic Metro 11.16 (82)
 
 

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Interstate matches this weekend

AustraliaState league representative matches will be played this Saturday, May 26 in Adelaide, Hobart and Brisbane.

It is the first time state leagues throughout Australia have a fixtured bye allowing for the representative matches to be played at the same time. Matches between the state teams will be rotated over a six-year period.

AFL General Manager National and International Development Andrew Dillon said he is anticipating a high standard of football.

“For the first time state league players have the chance to play in a structured representative format.
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Players paid to turn up to training

Australia

Tocumwal is located 257kms from Melbourne on the New South Wales border (the Murray River). The football club there like in many small country towns is struggling for numbers as the population has declined over the years and many young men move away from the town for employment in larger centres.

In a unique move to maximise player attendance at football training (which ensures they have numbers on the field come Saturday) the club is paying players to attend training Tuesday and Thursday nights, but they must also meet a few other requirements to assist the club.

The article on this novel approach in The Weekly Times can be read here

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