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Revos push Coqs in quest for percentage

International Cup 2017

The USA Revolution came into Tuesday’s clash with France with a 2-1 record and were in need of a big win following a disappointing 37-point loss to Papua New Guinea in Round 3. Meanwhile, France was also looking to get in gear following rough defeats at the hands of Fiji, Ireland, and Nauru.

 
It was a mild day for footy at McAlister Oval, and the Revos came charging out of the gate right away, with ruckman Donald Lee dominating the hitouts and the Revos’ engine room working in sync to feed the ball outside. Ryan Gartright and Clyde Simpson were influential with several classy disposals, while Jeff Kraemer and Michael Linehan made the most of their time by applying pressure and attacking the footy.  
 
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Fiji apply pressure but GB Bulldogs hit targets

International Cup 2017

The Great Britain Bulldogs held off a spirited Fijian defence to take the win in their final round match yesterday. Whilst the Fijians were solid across halfback and through the midfield all day, they were unable to consistently find targets up forward, whilst the Bulldogs capitalised on their chances to accumulate a decent lead at each change.

With many onlookers rating both the Bulldogs and Fiji Tribe as big improvers from the IC14, Friday will see both sides go into their playoffs for 5th and 7th as probable favourites.

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Canada dismiss Freedom challenge and head to Etihad

International Cup 2017

(Supplementary reporting by Troy Thompson)

A breezy day greeted the sides at the McAlister Oval in Melbourne’s Royal Park this Tuesday as Canada’s Northern Lights were taking on the USA’s Freedom in the first semi-final on the women’s side of IC17.

The Canadian women had won their pool, but had beaten Fiji by just one point in their opening match of the tournament. “The girls got a great lesson in the importance of conversion,” said Northern Lights head coach, Jason Arnold. “Games of footy are not wom by clearances and more inside 50s. You need to covert these opportunities.” He went on to say, “The exciting part is, this group is still learning to play together and, as they gel, their best footy is ahead and will make them tough to beat.”

Canada bounced back after the narrow victory to blast Pakistan by 31 goals and then, to take down Great Britain by 31 points.

 

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Croatia Knights crush Japan Samurai to march into D2 Grand Final

International Cup 2017

The Croatia Knights this afternoon crushed the Japan Samurai to gain entry into the Division two Grand Final. The Samurai were beat on on the scoreboard but not their spirit. The team kept to their game plan despite the blustery conditions and the relentless Croatian pressure which made options difficult to pick. Croatia now meets Germany in the Grand Final of Division Two.

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Mosquitoes continue resurgence to punish disappointing Lions

International Cup 2017

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

International Cup 2017

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)

International Cup 2017

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

International Cup 2017

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

International Cup 2017

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

International Cup 2017

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

International Cup 2017

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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