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History repeats as Ireland's women claim International Cup

International Cup 2011

A sunny late winter's day greeted the pride of women's footy from Ireland and Canada as they set out to write their names into history as the first winners of the Women's International Cup, just as Ireland claimed the inaugural men's Cup nine years ago.

The opening quarter of the Grand Final on Friday was all Ireland’s way with the ball rarely leaving Canada’s back 50. Ireland got plenty of chances to put the ball away, but their kicks kept slipping wide for behinds. The Northern Lights couldn’t hold the Banshees back forever though, diminutive Irish forward O’Hagan slotting the ball through the posts at short range for Ireland’s first goal.

At quarter time it was Ireland 1.5 (11) to Canada 0.0 (0), but wasted opportunities had left the door wide open.
 

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IC11 Grand Final - Ireland vs PNG

International Cup 2011

 

See also IC11 Men's Div 1 Grand Final - Ireland's Double Glory for match report.


Ireland win their second International Cup!  Final Score Ireland 8.5 (53) to PNG 5.5 (35)

Q4 Finn goals after the siren.

Q4 3 mins to go Ireland lead by 2 goals 7.5 to 5.5.

Q4 Beno two marks in the back line?  Susuve kicks out of bounds on the full shooting for goal. 5 mins to go.

Q4 7 minutes to go. 

Q4 Purcell from Ireland with a great running goal from the  pocket.  Ireland 7.5 to PNG 5.5

Q4 Susuve set shot from 50 for PNG  out on the full.  7 minutes gone.

Q4 Finn goals from 60 with a long kick over the pack.  Ireland 6.5 (41) to PNG 5.5 (35)

Q4 point to Carey for Ireland. Scores level 5.5 all.

3/4 time PNG 5.5 (35) lead Ireland by a point 5.4 (34)

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IC11 - site updates

International Cup 2011
Please note that with so many events on we are experiencing a few delays.  Over the next 48 hours:

- we'll finish off all the match reports for the final round

- we'll add photos to most articles

- report on the Gala Dinner (held Friday night)

- report live from the IC11 Grand Final at the MCG with very regular score updates (note that we will not be able to repeat the audio coverage of recent days due restrictions with the Telstra / MCG broadcast agreements)

- publish final results for our tipping competition

- publish final IC11 finishing order for each division

- update our WFN World Rankings (in slower time)

- review the entire tournament (in slower time)

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Game Day 8 - Lions stop Chiefs with last gasp goal

International Cup 2011

 

The 12:30pm slot today at McAlister Oval in Royal Park, Melbourne, saw the South African Lions, disappointed not to make the top 4, take on Nauru, who also had an eye on the semi-finals but fell short.  Both sides had clearly re-grouped and were desperate to claim 5th spot.

The opening goal went to the Lions after Steven Malinga (#9) was taken high when he had his head over the ball in the goalsquare – an easy conversion from straight in front.

Nauru goaled next but it was answered by a clever snap from former GWS Giants player and captain Bayanda Sobetwa, always amongst South Africa’s best.  This was followed by a clever fake around an opponent by Thiboeng ( #19) who ran on to kick another goal for the Lions.

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Game Day 8 - Freedom torch Flame

International Cup 2011

The USA Freedom today re-grouped after the disappointment of just missing the play off for top spot to claim third spot against an improved Papua New Guinea Flame.

The US women were relatively quick to get the opening goal, but determined not to lose their last chance to get on the Australian Football map, the PNG Flame came back hard, but only managed a behind. The Freedom drove it straight back down the Flames throats, Lindsay Kastanek racing into the goal square, but she was tackled at the last second by the PNG full back. Undeterred, Kastanek stretched out her foot and tipped the ball over the line for the Freedom’s second goal.
 

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Game Day 8 - Great Britain wrap up 7th with awesome 3rd quarter

International Cup 2011

The second game for the morning on McAllister oval would be the battle for 7th placing between European rivals Great Britain and Denmark. With clouds breaking to a fine sunny morning and the breeze picking up, the 1st quarter saw Great Britain attacking consistently against strong pressure from the Danes. After racking up 5 straight behinds, including successive misses to Judson (#7), the Brits had wasted an early chance to take control.

The Danes were at times more precise and one such forward move, not surprisingly including a decisive disposal from the World XVIII experienced Biron, saw Norlander converting a set shot on goal and Denmark suddenly held a 1 point lead.

At the first break, a further behind to GB via Chris James saw scores level, but 6 shots to 1 and the Danes knew they were fortunate to be in such a position.

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Game Day 8 - No Revolution as NZ Hawks hold sway

International Cup 2011

At Ransford Oval it was the NZ Hawks taking on the US Revolution. Both teams were looking to shake off the disappointment of Wednesday’s losses and stake a claim as the third best team in this competition.

It was the Hawks who struck first.  Long kicking to their tall targets up forward in Bradley and Brown paid off early as they kicked the first two. Dragus continued his good form up forward when the US were able to break against the run of play as Fashant hit him with a good pass and he goaled from the set shot. A third for NZ gave them a handy lead at quarter time.

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Live Audio coverage of US vs NZ today

International Cup 2011World Footy News will again today provide some live audio coverage of the 2011 International Cup - from 12:25pm Melbourne time covering the USA vs NZ third place playoff. The Ustream channel can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/interna...l-cup-2011 .
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Game Day 8 - Finals - Live Scores

AFL IC11 - Royal Park, Melbourne, 26th August 2011 - Finals
830am Ransford Men's D2 - 17 v 18
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 China 2.1  3.2   6.3  6.6 (42)
 Timor-Leste  1.2 1.3   2.5 5.5 (35)
830am McAlister Men's D2 - 15 v 16
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Peace Team  3.1  5.6  6.10 7.15 (57)
 India  0.2 1.3  1.5  2.8 (20)
1030am Ransford Men's D1 - 9 v 10
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Canada 2.0  2.0 4.0   6.4 (40)
 Tonga  2.5 3.7   6.9 6.10 (46)
1030am McAlister Men's D1 - 7 v 8
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Denmark  1.0 2.1   2.1  3.3 (21)
 Great Britain 0.6  1.8   7.9  8.12 (60)
1030am Western Women's  - 3 v 4
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 USA (W)  2.0 3.2   3.3  4.3 (27)
 PNG (W)  0.1  0.1  1.2  1.2 (8)
1230pm Ransford Men's D1 - 3 v 4
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 USA 1.0  3.4   6.4 6.5 (41)
 NZ  3.2  5.2  9.3 12.4 (76) 
1230pm McAlister Men's D1 - 5 v 6
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 South Africa  4.1  5.2 6.4  7.10 (52)
 Nauru  1.1  4.2 7.4  7.4 (46)
1230pm Western Men's D1 - 11 v 12
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Sweden  0.4  2.4 3.5   5.7 (37)
 Japan  1.1 3.3   4.5 4.9 (33)
230pm Ransford Women's Grand Final
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Ireland (W)  1.5  1.6  3.6 5.9 (39)
 Canada (W) 0.0   1.2  1.2 1.2 (8)
230pm McAlister Men's D2 Grand Final
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Fiji  2.1  6.2 8.4  9.8 (62)
 France  1.2  1.2 1.2 3.3 (21)

Scores will be updated every quarter throughout the day. We suggest you refresh your browser regularly to see the latest. Match reports will follow later in the day and into the weekend.

After the matches players and officials will tidy up ready for the International Cup Gala Function at the Crown Palladium, the final event prior to Saturday's IC11 Grand Final at the MCG from 1120am between Ireland and Papua New Guinea.

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Game Day 7 - Speedy Fijians blitz China and sprint into Div 2 GF

International Cup 2011

The Fiji Tribe reaffirmed their dominance over Division 2 yesterday, holding the China Red Demons goalless after quarter time and running out 86-point winners.

The first term was a relatively tight affair, with the Chinese scoring a goal just before the break to go into the break only 9 points down, 3.3 to 2.0 at quarter time.

In the second quarter however, Fiji's running game tore the contest wide open, kicking 7 unanswered majors in the term. The young, fit Fijian side were running in numbers, repelling China's forward forays with a string of handpasses and accurate kicking to their forward targets. Dylan Wolfgramm was invaluable in directing play for the Tribe, assisted by Koroi, Kasivi, Vesikara and Max Wolfgramm.

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Game Day 7 - Tongan Tigers slay Sweden's Elks

International Cup 2011

The Tongan Tigers pulled through for a 30-point win over the Sweden Elks yesterday, in a low-scoring match that was far more intense than the scoreline might indicate.

The Elks drew first blood, with Emil Åberg marking, dummying around the man on the mark, and kicking to Leo Nilsson, who goaled. The Tongans then answered through a goal to Penisimani Mahina, but the Tigers couldn't manage another major for the term, despite having the majority of play in their forward line.

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Game Day 7 - Nauruans outrun Danes

International Cup 2011

In what ground commentator the indefatigable ‘urban cowboy’, ground announcer Rod Grljusich, accurately described as ‘some of the best football you’ll ever see’ the running, handballing and passing Nauruans outran a stout Danish resistance.

From the first quarter when Nauru had kicked three goals one behind to a scoreless opposition, the Nauruan running game offered a brilliant display of football. Strangely, the Danes did not play badly and at times marked strongly.

However, the Vikings lacked something in the ‘leg-speed’, or was it ‘ball-speed’, department. Frequently they took the ball to their side of the centre circle but were cut off by the Nauruan backs.

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