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Meet the players - Mike Kozlowski - Canada

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Meet the players - Mike Kozlowski (Canada).

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Meet the players - James Talbot - Great Britain

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Meet the players - James Talbot (Great Britain).

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Meet the players - Ben Carpenter-Nwanyanwu - United States

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Meet the players - Ben Carpenter-Nwanyanwu (United States).

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Player Profiles - Adam Nash - Canada

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Meet the players - Adam Nash (Canada)

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Meet the coaches - Jason Becker - United States

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Meet the coaches - Jason Becker (United States).

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IC14 Vignettes – Mayur Paymar (India Tigers)

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At just 20 years of age, Mayur Paymar is a virtual “veteran” of Indian Australian Rules football. He has been part of the football scene in Mumbai, as part of the ever growing AFL Maharashtra league from a very early stage. His account, and his journey to the fields if the IC14, is a fascinating story of a new country to the game embracing it.

“I will never forget the day that I discovered my passion. It was a bright and beautiful day to work in my office. I went early and started my work for the day: Organizing files, entering data in the computer, etc. Then, Chris Way the founder of (Reality tours and Travel) called me in to his office. He must be calling me for some work, I thought. But that day was not like other days.”

“Chris told me to get ready with shorts, an extra shirt and sport shoes. He also told me to get other kids in community to come too. We were going to Shivaji Park. Shivaji Park?? I didn't know why we were going. People go to Shivaji Park to play football, cicket, kho kho, volleyball etc.”
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Photos from Round 1

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IC14 Vignettes – Una McKay (Irish Banshees)

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The dominance of the Irish Banshees women’s teams has been profound for a number of years, and it is women like Una McKay and her team mates that uphold the standards of those who went before them. Una is in Melbourne with the Banshees and has shared her own journey.

“I came to Australia for six months work experience and it had been mentioned to me that women play AFL, so I was keen to try it out. I was introduced to Limerick Camogie and AFL player Marie Keating (twice all Australian). She invited me to a new team’s training – [they were] called the Shamrocks.”

“I learnt the base skills and game play and managed to try out and make the NSW 2009 state team after a few months of training. We travelled to Perth and reached the Division 2 finals (runners up to SA). Playing for a great bunch of girls in the Shamrocks and the NSW squad made me want to stay longer and play for a few years.” “I was lucky enough to get the NSW Player’s Player [award] at Perth nationals and the “Rookie of the Year” for NSW on top of really enjoying the challenge of the new game.”
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Irish Warriors grind out a tough win against Fiji Tribe

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In the end, this result came down to a simple philosophy enacted in bright sunshine and light winds at the McAlister Oval. The Irish Warriors simply did everything better on the day. The basic three skills – kicking, marking and handballing – were just executed better all day by the Warriors and that was enough for them to grind out a tough win against a very willing opponent.

Initially the game featured the higher skill level of the Irish up against the speed of the Fijians. But the tempo changed when a nasty incident saw one Irish player poleaxed in a crude tackle, leading to a red card send off for the Fijian player. From then the 17 man Tribe squad faced an uphill battle. The Irish players managed to then find space and were cleaner with the ball. They were also winning in the ruck with Padraigh Lucey and Paul O’Halloran just too tall for their opponents and giving Ireland first use of the ball again and again.
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Northwind efficiently account for China

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Thankfully the rain had passed and the weather returned to a light cold breeze. Good for football but chilly for spectators.

The Chinese Dragons are another entity that has come from relative nowhere to recently build a number of domestic competitions.  The Canadians of course have had a strong domestic competition for some time that has not quite provided the expected edge internationally.

As the match began the Canadians immediately went into attack and that's where it remained for the quarter.  With both Neil Casey and Read Conrad dominating the ruck the ball was continually punched into attack through Nathan Strom producing many opportunies for the likes of Michael Kolwinski who starred with two great mark and goal combinations.
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