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Mosquitoes continue resurgence to punish disappointing Lions

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2017 International Cup Round #4. Royal Park.    Men’s Division 1   P.N.G. Mosquitos  Vs  R.S.A. Lions
Wednesday 15th August. 10.30am

The PNG Mosquitos continued their good form to win and win well over the RSA Lions. The scoreline might imply an "easy" win with the result a predictable win to the Mosquitos but they still had to work hard against a determined South African side that was intent on being competitive.

Both teams were surprise first-round losers which looked likely to preclude them from the Grand Final but the Mosquitos have learnt from that experience and improved markedly whilst the Lions have struggled against the Revolution and have only just beaten the Fiji Tribe.

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Lions finally break through with maiden International win

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It was a match between the winless Sri Lanka Lions and the Pakistan Shaheens who could only manage one win from their first three matches. It was a cold cloudy wintry day at the Royal Park - Western Oval in Melbourne, but fortunately there was no heavy rain just a bit of light drizzle.

On paper this match looked like it would be a win to the Shaheens, but they were unable to put a halt to the Lions' pressure. According to the ladder it looked like the match would be a close encounter and the match lived up to it for most of the game, with only a goal and half separating both teams at each break except at the final siren.

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Meet a Player : Kenneth Oppenheimer (Nauru Chiefs)

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Previous 'Meets':
Josip Habljak
Alphonse Jambarufo
Assemat Marine
Pierre Labigang

NameKenneth Oppenheimer
Nation/SideNauru Chiefs
DivisionMens Div 1
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IC17 Round 4 Live Scores

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Live scores updated 1/4 by 1/4 across Round 4, Tuesday 15th August, 2017 International Cup at Royal Park, Melbourne, Australia

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Also note the AFL are live streaming most matches here.

NZ and PNG are through to the Men's Division 1 grand final at MCG

Canada and Ireland are through to the Women's grand final at Etihad Stadium

Germany and Croatia are through to the Men's Division 2 grand final

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Meet a Player : Pierre Labigang (France Les Coqs)

International Cup 2017

Previous 'Meets':
Josip Habljak
Alphonse Jambarufo
Assemat Marine

Name Pierre Labigang
Nation/Side France
Division Mens Div 1
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Round 3 Mark of the Day - Kirsti Oja - Northern Lights

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The number 34 for the Canada Northern Lights - worn by Kirsti Oja - had a stand out game on Sunday at the Plenty War Memorial Park. Amongst many highlights, dashing runs, athletic high leaping in ruck contests and skilful ball use there was also this superb contested mark between two British Swans.

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IC17 Leading Goalkickers after Round 3

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Amua Pirika's (pictured left) six goals for PNG against the USA on Saturday was not enough to give him the lead in the Men's Division 1 leading goalkicker*.  Despite a total of 10 goals from his past two games he still trails Great Britain's Andrew Walkden by two.  Walkden sits on twelve goals after kicking six of his own on Saturday against Ireland to add to five against South Africa in Round 1 and one against Canada in Round 2.

In Division 2 Croatia's Ivan Ivos leads the goal kicking with eight for the tournament.  

In the Women's Division there is a five way tie for the top position with Christine McCutcheon from Ireland, Danni Saulter from GB, Jessica Estrada from USA, as well as Sally Fong and Verenaisi Caginavanua (both from Fiji) all on 6 goals so far. 

 

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IC17 Round 4 Match Schedule for Royal Park

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IC17 Round 4 matches will play out at Royal Park tomorrow. The latest scheduled match times and ovals are in the table below.

All matches will also be streamed live on the AFL's International Cup Youtube page. Division 1 will have their scheduled Round 4 matches while Division 2 and the Women's Divisions will have their semi-finals.

Division Home Away Date Time Venue - Oval
D1 Canada Nauru Tues 15th Aug 8.45am Royal Park - Ransford Oval
D1 USA France Tues 15th Aug 9.30am Royal Park - McAlister Oval
D2 Pakistan Sri Lanka Tues 15th Aug 9.30am Royal Park -Western Oval
D1 Papua New Guinea South Africa Tues 15th Aug 10.30am Royal Park - Ransford Oval
D1 Great Britain Fiji Tues 15th Aug 11.15am Royal Park - McAlister Oval
D2 India Indonesia Tues 15th Aug 11:15am Royal Park -Western Oval
D1 Ireland New Zealand Tues 15th Aug 12.15pm Royal Park - Ransford Oval
W Canada USA Tues 15th Aug 1.00pm Royal Park - McAlister Oval
W Fiji EU Tues 15th Aug 1.00pm Royal Park -Western Oval
D2 China Germany Tues 15th Aug 2.00pm Royal Park - Ransford Oval
W Ireland GB Tues 15th Aug 2.45pm Royal Park - McAlister Oval
W PNG Pakistan Tues 15th Aug 2.45pm Royal Park -Western Oval
D2 Japan Croatia Tues 15th Aug 3.45pm Royal Park - Ransford Oval
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WFN Men's World Rankings Post Round 3 of IC17

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 WFN World Rankings Post Round Three IC17

Sixteen Nations had a change in Rank as a result of all the Round Three matches played Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August in Melbourne and surrounds in the Community Round Three.

Significant big climber in the ranks is China with a rise from 15th to 11th and Japan has continued to climb the ranks at this International Cup rising from 16th to 14th with their win over Germany.

Indonesia has suffered a big fall, in losing the maximum 3.00 rating points in their losses to China and Croatia, falling to 17th from 14th. Fiji hasn’t fared very well either in their loss to Papua New Guinea, falling from 11th to 15th.

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WFN Women's World Rankings Post Round 3 of IC17

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Fiji Vonu and Papua New Guinea Flames both played their 8th Qualifying matches in Round Three on Sunday 13th August, becoming Fully Ranked in 7th and 8th place respectively. All four matches played resulted as was expected and as the ranking scheme predicted and consequently there were no changes in rank.

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Japan Samurais' speed and skill defeat German height and weight

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Box Hill North 12 August 2017 - by Stephen Alomes

On one of those windy August days, out in suburban Melbourne, came the clash of two of the favourites for division 2 men’s – Japan and Germany.
 

Although in the same pool, it seemed like an anticipation of a key final, after both had easy victories against their opponents in earlier matches.

Image left: 'Where eagles fly but Samurais on the ground'
 

Played at Box Hill North, where Elgar Rd meets the eastern freeway, the ground has an old Japan Samurai connection, as scholarship players have gone to the Box Hill North amateur team in the past.

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Banshees post big win over brave Flames

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It was a mild sunny day in Melbourne's South East. Hallam Reserve hosted the Women's Pool B top of the table clash between the Alfa Ireland Banshees and the Papua New Guinea Flames.

The contest in the opening quarter was even and tight with both teams unable to gain clear possession and to break the game open. It took to about the 10-minute mark of the first for the Banshees to get on top in the contest, as they were winning a lot more of the footy.

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