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Ireland Banshees control the Europe Crusaders

International Cup 2017

2017 International Cup Round #2. Saint Patrick’s Ballarat - Women’s Pool A, Ireland Banshees vs Europe Crusaders Wednesday 9th August. 10.30am

It was a fine, sunny and cold morning in Ballarat with only dew making the surface of the immaculate ground a little slippery at first. The Banshees won as expected but by not by as much as expected. Not only did the crusaders play well as a team they were playing a team who had their coach on the ground for the entire game actively coaching. 

 


 

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No recovery after Mozzies sting Chiefs hard in first term

International Cup 2017

Maybe it was that the ground was in such good condition, maybe it was that they had just played each other in a warm up match last week, or maybe there is some sort of Pacific pact?  But the big hard body clashes we come to expect particularly from Nauru, (and make no mistake PNG are always up to match the tough stuff when it comes) were just not there in the amount we come to expect.  

Or maybe it is just that open play six goal opening quarter from PNG just took the sting out of Nauru? 

 

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Meet a player : Alphonse Jambarufo (PNG Mosquitoes)

International Cup 2017
NameAlphonse Jambarufo
Nation/SidePapua New Guinea Mosquitoes
DivisionMens Div 1
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German Eagles fly high over India

International Cup 2017

The German Eagles firmed as serious contenders for the Division 2 title today, with a big win over India at the Keysborough Playing Fields in front of a crowd of Year 7 students from Mentone Grammar.

The Germans were able to use their advantages in height and team structure to account for an improving Indian side.

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Meet a player : Assemat Marine (European Crusaders)

International Cup 2017
NameAssemat Marine
Nation/SideEuropean Crusaders
DivisionWomens
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China withstand Sri Lankan challenge in fiery clash

International Cup 2017

The China Dragons maintained their unbeaten record at the IC17 today, with a 14-point win over Sri Lanka at the Mentone Grammar Keysborough Playing Fields.

In sunny conditions, the Chinese controlled the first half of the match before the Sri Lankans piled on five unanswered goals in the third term. Whilst it looked like Sri Lanka were set to clinch the win at 3/4 time, the Dragons steadied in the final term, kicking 4 goals straight, whilst Sri Lanka could only manage a single point.

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Ireland Warriors have the measure of France Coqs

International Cup 2017

2017 International Cup Round #2. Saint Patrick’s Ballarat. Men’s Division 1. Ireland Warriors Vs France Coqs Wednesday 9th August. 12.30pm

The Ireland Warriors were definite favourites going into this match and the final score was probably a true reflection of the game. The Ireland Warriors have won two out of three International Cup grand finals losing to the P.N.G. Mosquitos in 2014. France commenced in 2011 with a ranking of  14th  and improved in 2014 to 11th. Now they were  up against the 2nd ranked team  which had just previously defeated the world champions. In comparison France were overrun by 10th ranked Fiji Tribe.

Previous Results.
Round #1.   Mosquitos 4 goals 7 behinds =  31 points   Vs  Warriors 6 goals 6 behinds = 42 points  
Round #1.   Fiji Tribe   10 goals 20 points = 80 points   vs   France Coqs 2 goals 3 behinds = 15 points 

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USA Freedom sends PNG into Flames

International Cup 2017

We welcome Hayley Williams, making her World Footy News debut.

It was a cool but sunny morning at Wesley College, with very little breeze to kick off the match between USA Freedom and PNG Flames. With what was described as perfect conditions from the USA’s team manager Jess Whisney. Thirty minutes was spent by both teams warming up before it was time to show their national pride as they lined up for the national anthems.

Captains; Hallie Kastanek (USA) and Prudence Sindriwen (PNG) were invited by the umpires to toss the coin, this saw PNG win the toss and electing to kick to the right of the ground.

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Revolution dominant over a valiant Lions outfit

International Cup 2017

On Wednesday the 9th of August, it was a beautiful mild winters day in Melbourne. Wesley College in Glen Waverley hosted the Men's Division 1 International Cup match between the South African Lions and USA Revolution.

The first quarter of the match started with a lot of hard tackling and neither team were able to break free with possession. Eventually, Revolution gained possession and kicked the footy inside their attacking 50 and Ben Carpenter-Nwanyanwu (#4) kicked truly with a drop punt for Revolution's first goal of the match.

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NZ Hawks smash Fiji at Seaford

International Cup 2017

Thanks to Michael Robinson for the following report.

After promising results in Round 1 this match promised a lot. Unfortunately for the couple of hundred school kids who turned up to Linenhouse Centre (St Kilda’s AFL Training Base) in Seaford it was a dominant performance by the Hawks all over the ground.

Fiji threw everything at New Zealand but in the end the Kiwi's bigger bodies were just too much for Fijian team. Isimeli Qiolevu provided Fiji’s only highlight kicking their only score a goal just before half time.

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Northwind Blow Bulldogs Away In Upset

International Cup 2017

Blue skies, sunshine and blustery conditions greeted those who turned out to St. Francis Xavier College in Officer for the Division One clash of Canada Northwind taking on the Great Britain Bulldogs.

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Ladders after Round 2 of IC17

International Cup 2017

Below are the ladders after Round 2 of the 2017 AFL International Cup.

The top 2 in Men's Division 1 after Round 4 go through to the Division 1 Grand Final.

The top 2 in each pool of Men's Division 2 after Round 3 play sem-finals to go through to the Division 2 Grand Final. 

The top 2 in each pool of the Women's Division after Round 3 play sem-finals to go through to the Women's Grand Final. 

In Men's Div 1 it's looking like 4 countries (New Zealand, Ireland, USA and PNG) are likely to fill the coveted top 2 spots to play in the Grand Final, while in Div 2 the pools already look sorted, with China, Croatia, Germany and Japan the probable semi-finalists, whilst in the Women's Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and USA are likely semi-finalists (PNG are also a chance play would probably have to defeat the powerful, undefeated Ireland). 

Read on for the ladders.

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