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Thursday, July 27 2017 @ 06:07 AM ACST

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Travelling With Queensland

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One of the great benefits of being at a footy carnival such as the National Diversity Championships in Townsville is just how close to the action and the people you can get. Routinely chatting to some of the biggest movers and shakers in the AFL – both past and present – adds an at times surreal feel to being in elite company.

From my own point of view, the chance to travel around with the Queensland squad of Kickstart and All Nations players was a lot of fun and also enlightening. From being on the bench with them at close quarters during matches to relaxing at dinner later in the evening, my experience has been memorable.

Match day, and Queensland All Nations coach, Anda Tyalana allows me to sit (quietly) at the back of the coaches box. It is a great experience to listen to the coaches talk on the run about what is unfolding in front of them.

“Be on the defensive side at ball ups and stoppages to stop their run.”

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The Meanings Of National Youth Carnivals

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By and large, junior and youth football carnivals do not get the airplay or associated press that goes with the higher level national leagues. That is probably fair in the sense that there are only so many resources available for so many carnivals.

But the value of these carnivals is enormous, as anyone associated with them can tell you. With so many people across so many spheres of football involved it would be no surprise that these carnivals mean different things to different people.

The current National Diversity Championships in Townsville are a great example. From coaches to players, umpires, administrators, media representatives and a host of other employees and volunteers, meanings are as varied as the people who make the carnival happen.

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AFL 2016 International Broadcast Schedule - Round 3

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The 2016 AFL season rolls into Round 3 Friday night in Melbourne with Port Adelaide hosting Essendon at Adelaide Oval. 

There a two significant events this week in the International Broadcasts.  The first is the start of coverage in the US on the Fox Sports 1 channel taking one AFL match live each week.  Fox Sports 1 is available to approximately 73% of US homes which dramatically increases the chances of Americans either deliberately or accidentally viewing our game compared to the Fox Sports 2 and Fox Soccer Plus channels.  The first match on Fox Sports 1 will be the Western Australian Derby clash between the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle.

The second is the broadcast by China Central Television of the Port Adelaide match against Essendon on Friday night. 中国中央电视台体育频道 or CCTV5 is the main sports broadcaster for the Peoples Republic of China and shows sport 24/7. While the exact size of the potential viewership is not known, there is the potential for this to be the most viewed Australian football match ever.  Time will tell. 

If you want to know when you can see the footy on TV in your part of the world, check out the schedule below. As always schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the local broadcaster so please check local guides for updates.

GAME DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT NETWORK
1 8/04/2016 Night Port Adelaide vs. Essendon Adelaide Oval SA 19:20 09:50 SEVEN
2 9/04/2016 Day St Kilda vs. Collingwood MCG VIC 13:45 03:45 SEVEN
3 9/04/2016 Day Richmond vs. Adelaide Crows Etihad Stadium VIC 14:10 04:10 FOX
4 9/04/2016 Twilight Sydney Swans vs. GWS GIANTS SCG NSW 16:35 06:35 FOX
5 9/04/2016 Night Gold Coast SUNS vs. Carlton Metricon Stadium QLD 19:25 09:25 SEVEN
6 9/04/2016 Night West Coast Eagles vs. Fremantle Domain Stadium WA 17:40 09:40 FOX
7 10/04/2016 Early North Melbourne vs. Melbourne Blundstone Arena TAS 13:10 03:10 FOX
8 10/04/2016 Day Western Bulldogs vs. Hawthorn Etihad Stadium VIC 15:20 05:20 SEVEN
9 10/04/2016 Twilight Geelong Cats vs. Brisbane Lions Simonds Stadium VIC 16:40 06:40 FOX

 

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What Are AFL Recruiters Looking For?

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Neville Stibbard has made a long career out of talent scouting. The current Western Bulldogs recruiter also had 16 years with the North Melbourne Kangaroos during their glory era of the 1990’s as well as working to put together the initial playing lists for the Gold Coast Suns and the Greater Wester Sydney Giants in the years before they hit the field as the AFL’s 17th and 18th clubs.

His years of experience put him in the ideal position to assess talent from across the nation. He is also a guru for young talent to tap into as they develop their skills on and off the field to improve as footballers and young men in the community.

In Townsville for the current national Diversity Championships, Neville is spending his time watching the best indigenous and multicultural talent from across Australia.
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Umpires Rising In Townsville

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Adam Davis, the AFL National Umpiring Development Manager, proudly watches over his crop of umpires officiating at the National Diversity Championships in Townsville. Not only are these umpires representative of the six national teams competing at the carnival (Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, the combined Victoria/Tasmania team and the combined New South Wales/ACT team), they are also from diverse backgrounds themselves.

This diversity echoes the push that Adam and his umpiring team are chasing as their current recruiting program gathers steam.

In the last 12 months there has been a 15% increase in umpire registrations. As the game grows with more women’s footy, multicultural carnivals and other growth areas, umpiring numbers have to grow with that rather than fall backwards and further behind what is needed.
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AFL 2016 International Broadcast Schedule - Round 2

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The 2016 AFL season continues tomorrow night in Melbourne with Collingwood hosting Richmond at the MCG. If you want to know when you can see the footy on TV in your part of the world, check out the schedule below.

*We have news through this morning from our friends at AFANA that Fox Sports 1 will be taking one AFL match live from next week.  This is big for the US as Fox Sports 1 has many more viewers and more potential new viewers of the game.

As always schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the local broadcaster so please check local guides for updates.

GAME DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT NETWORK
1 1/04/16 Night Collingwood vs. Richmond MCG VIC 19:50 08:50 SEVEN
2 2/04/16 Day Adelaide Crows vs. Port Adelaide Adelaide Oval SA 13:15 02:45 SEVEN
3 2/04/16 Day Essendon vs. Melbourne MCG VIC 14:10 03:10 FOX
4 2/04/16 Twilight Brisbane Lions vs. North Melbourne The Gabba QLD 15:35 05:35 FOX
5 2/04/16 Night St Kilda vs. Western Bulldogs Etihad Stadium VIC 19:25 08:25 SEVEN
6 2/04/16 Night Fremantle vs. Gold Coast SUNS Domain Stadium WA 16:40 08:40 FOX
7 3/04/16 Early GWS GIANTS vs. Geelong Cats Manuka Oval ACT 13:10 03:10 FOX
8 3/04/16 Day Hawthorn vs. West Coast Eagles MCG VIC 15:20 05:20 SEVEN
9 3/04/16 Twilight Carlton vs. Sydney Swans Etihad Stadium VIC 16:40 06:40 FOX
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AFL Embracing Diversity – ABC News

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The following article by Ben Lisson at the ABC News website explores the TAC Cup team the Western Jets and their desire to recognise the cultural diversity of the players coming through their ranks. The role of the AFL Multicultural Program is to promote the game of Australian Rules football within diverse communities across the nation, and to promote the opportunities for diverse cultural and ethnic groups to embrace the game. This story clearly shows one of the success stories, of many.

 

The cultural make-up of Australia's youth is changing, and the AFL wants to make the most of it.

Weeks out from the start of the AFL season, the league carved up the country for an academy zone system.

 

Its aim was simple: to provide an elite pathway for the best Indigenous and multi-cultural talent.

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AFL 2016 International Broadcast Schedule - Round 1

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The 2016 AFL season kicks off tonight in Melbourne with Carlton and Richmond doing battle at the MCG. If you want to know when you can see the footy on TV in your part of the world, check out the schedule below.

As always schedules are subject to change at the discretion of the local broadcaster so please check local guides for updates.

 

GAME DATE TIMESLOT MATCH VENUE STATE LOCAL TIME GMT NETWORK SD/HD
1 Thursday March 24 Night Richmond vs. Carlton MCG VIC 19:20 08:20 SEVEN SD
2 Saturday March 26 Day Melbourne vs. GWS GIANTS MCG VIC 13:40 02:40 FOX HD
3 Saturday March 26 Twilight Gold Coast SUNS vs. Essendon Metricon Stadium QLD 15:35 05:35 FOX HD
4 Saturday March 26 Night Sydney Swans vs. Collingwood SCG NSW 19:25 08:25 SEVEN SD
5 Saturday March 26 Night North Melbourne vs. Adelaide Crows Etihad Stadium VIC 19:25 08:25 FOX HD
6 Sunday March 27 Early Western Bulldogs vs. Fremantle Etihad Stadium VIC 13:10 02:10 FOX HD
7 Sunday March 27 Day Port Adelaide vs. St Kilda Adelaide Oval SA 14:50 04:20 SEVEN SD
8 Sunday March 27 Twilight West Coast Eagles vs. Brisbane Lions Domain Stadium WA 16:40 08:40 FOX HD
9 Monday March 28 Day Geelong Cats vs. Hawthorn MCG VIC 15:20 04:20 SEVEN SD
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TRAINING FOR SIX. Chapter 4: Training for Four

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By Matt Zurbo this originally appeared on The Footy Almanac website here.  A great reference for those nights you only have few get to training.
 

Training for Four

Two on two. That’s a match!

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2016 NAB Challenge International Broadcast Schedule: Week 4

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Week 4 of the 2016 NAB Challenge starts Thursday night (Melbourne time) when the Richmond host Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium. Footy returns to the city in the final round with 5 matches at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, two matches at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast and two matches at Domain Stadium in Perth.

 

 

The international schedule can be seen below.  Please check local guides as all telecasts are subject to change.

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