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A Captain's view of the Captains lunch

International Cup 2017

Editor: Laura Turner is Captain of the Great Britain Swans and is also writing for worldfootynews.com

The official International Cup Captain's Lunch took place on Monday. Captains from all teams along with a host of AFL executives were treated to a two course lunch at Etihad Stadium. 

AFL CEO GillIon McLachlan thanked all the captains for their investment and role in developing the game overseas. It always seems to be impressive to AFL fanatics that people overseas fall in love with the strange and unique game often with little exposure to it. 

Head of Community and International Development Grant Williams gave a speech about the growth of the game overseas and made particular reference to the growth of women's footy at home and overseas welcoming the new women's teams to the International Cup, Great Britain, Pakistan and the efforts of the European Crusaders for bringing together women from across Europe to participate in the tournament.

 

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USAFL to stream their IC17 matches live

International Cup 2017

Not all Rounds of IC17 are being streamed live by the AFL.  But the USAFL have stepped up to the plate and will be streaming their teams' matches live on youtube.  Embedded below, or click here.

 

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Canada's matches to be covered live on CBC

International Cup 2017

AFL Canada have announced that their matches will be covered live by CBC (their local equivalent of Australia's ABC).

We believe the coverage will only be accessible from within Canada (and presumably IP addresses that appear to come from there...)

Click here for the full announcement.  An excerpt follows:

All ten men’s and women’s Team Canada matches will be available live on cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android

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IC17 Round 2 Live Scores

International Cup 2017

Live scores updated 1/4 by 1/4 across Round 2 "Schools Round", Wednesday 9th August, 2017 International Cup hosted by schools across Melbourne and Ballarat, Australia.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GAMES AT MT CLEAR BALLARAT HAVE BEEN MOVED TO MARTY BUSCH RECREATIONAL RESERVE, SEBASTOPOL, ON THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF BALLARAT)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GAMES AT MENTONE GRAMMAR HAVE BEEN SHIFTED TO LATER TIME SLOTS - TIMES BELOW HAVE BEEN CORRECTED.  ALSO NOTE THAT THE MENTONE GRAMMAR PLAYING FIELDS ARE AT SPRINGVALE RD KEYSBOROUGH RATHER THAN AT THE MAIN SCHOOL CAMPUS.

 

WOMEN

St Francis Xavier
(Officer) 10:45am
Canada vs Pakistan
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Canada  7.6  16.8  20.12  28.18 (186)
 Pakistan  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 (0)
 
Peninsular Grammar
(Mt Eliza) 
11:45am
Fiji vs Great Britain
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Fiji   1.3  3.4  3.6 (24)
 GB    4.1  4.2  5.3 (33)
 

St Patrick's
(Ballarat) 10:45am

Ireland vs European Crus.

Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Ireland  2.2  3.6    8.13 (61)
 Europe Crusaders  0.0  0.0  0.0  0.0 (0)
 

Wesley College
(Glen Waverley) 10:45am

USA vs PNG

Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 USA  1.3  2.8  4.12  5.12 (42)
 PNG  0.1  1.1  1.1  2.3 (15)
 

MEN DIVISION 1

Marty Busch Rec Reserve
(Sebastopol, Ballarat) 12:30pm 
PNG vs Nauru
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 PNG  6.3  10.3  12.5  13.6 (84)
 Nauru  0.0  3.3  3.4  5.5 (35)
 
St Patrick's
(Ballarat) 12:30pm 
Ireland vs France
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Ireland  1.2  5.6  8.8  11.13 (79)
 France  0.0  0.0  2.1  2.2 (14)
 

Linen House
(Seaford)
12:30pm

New Zealand vs Fiji

Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 NZ  2.3  5.5  7.9  11.10 (76)
 Fiji  0.0  1.0  1.0  1.0 (6)
 

Wesley College
(Glen Waverley) 12:30pm
South Africa vs USA

Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 South Africa  0.1  1.3  1.5  2.5 (17)
 USA  3.1  4.3  8.6  9.10 (64)
 

St Francis Xavier
(Officer) 12:30pm

Canada vs Great Britain

Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Canada  2.1  2.1  3.2  5.3 (33)
 GB  0.0  0.1  2.3  2.6 (18)
 

MEN DIVISION 2

Mentone Grammar
(Keysborough Playing Fields) 12:45pm

China vs Sri Lanka
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 China  2.1  5.2  5.4  9.4 (58)
 Sri Lanka  1.0  2.0  7.1  7.2 (44)
 
Marty Busch Rec Reserve
(Sebastopol, Ballarat) 10:45am

Pakistan vs Japan
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Pakistan  0.0  1.1  2.1  2.2 (14)
 Japan  0.1  1.1  3.3  5.3 (33)
 
Eltham College
(Research) 11:45am

Croatia vs Indonesia
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
 Croatia  4.2  8.5  9.6  14.7 (91)
 Indonesia  0.0  0.0  1.0  2.0 (12)
 
Mentone Grammar
(Keysborough Playing Fields) 2:30pm
India vs Germany
Team 1/4 1/2 3/4 Final
India  1.0 1.0  1.3 1.3 (9) 
Germany  2.1  5.7  8.9 12.14 (86) 
 

 

 

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WFN Men's World Rankings - Post IC17 Round One

International Cup 2017

Indonesia becomes 22nd Fully Ranked Nation to WFN World Rankings, entering at 14th

Indonesia has become the 22nd Fully Ranked Nation with their First Round Division Two Match against Sri Lanka at the 2017 International Cup, Sunday 6th August.

The Garudas notched up their 8th qualifying game with a win over international newcomer Sri Lanka Lions 7.7 (49) to 3.2 (20). Indonesia gained the maximum 3.00 rating points to join the Ranks at 14th place with 39.58 Rating points.

Indonesia enters the ranks between Germany 13th and Croatia 15th which makes their next IC17 match up with Croatia in Round 2 very interesting. Croatia will be smarting over their 1-point loss to China on Sunday and will be determined to make amends. Indonesia are 1-0 against China, the Garudas victorious at the Inaugural All Asia Championships in 2016, so the Knights could well have another fierce battle on their hands. This match surely is the match of the round in Division 2 on Wednesday.

Read the full story for full up-to-date rankings table.

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WFN Women's World Rankings - Post IC17 Round One

International Cup 2017

 Great Britain Latest Nation to be Fully Ranked on WFN Women's World Rankings

The Great Britain Swans have become the 6th and latest nation to be fully ranked on the WFN World Rankings (Women) with their win over international footy newcomer Pakistan on day one of 2017 International Cup.

Great Britain has leapt straight into 3rd Rank with 47.29 Rating Points. This has been as a result of their success since they burst onto the international footy scene in winning the Inaugural Women’s European Championships in 2016 with two wins and a draw against Ireland.

Read on for the full table.

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Schools Round kicks off tomorrow

International Cup 2017

The innovative Schools Round (Round 2) makes its International Cup debut tomorrow.  The AFL has confirmed that these games are all open to the public.

Teams will play at schools in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs and in Ballarat. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all the schools and students involved as well as all the teams.

Please note there are some time changes to matches from those initially advertised (see below).

In Division 1 Ireland are favourites to defeat France at St Pat's in Ballarat and across town at Mt Clear PNG and Nauru will be looking to get their tournaments back on track after losses on Sunday.

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Round 1 Goal of the Day...... Sri Lanka's first international goal

International Cup 2017

 

 

The beauty of the International Cup is on many levels. The debut appearances of new nations joining the IC family is one of those. And when winning might not be the most likely outcome - there is still great joy to be had in the moments. For Sri Lanka that moment came at the 14 minute mark of the 2nd quarter - trailing badly to the Indonesia Garudas, 5.2.32 to 0.1.1 and desperately needing a spark.

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Eagles soar as Shaheens grounded

International Cup 2017

In the wet and drizzly conditions of what one would describe as a traditional Melbourne morning, the German Eagles prepared to face the Shaheens from Pakistan in their first round encounter of Division 2.

With the Germans possessing the clear height advantage over the Pakistani side, it was poised to be a battle of the in and under players to give first use of the football to their respective teams. That’s exactly how it panned out as the match progressed.

 

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Red Dragons hold off gallant Knights

International Cup 2017

China Red Dragons hold Off The Croatian Knights by Just One Point

The headline sounds a little like a medieval legendary story - and a fierce battle the match turned out to be, fought out, in close and fast and furious for four quarters.

The Dragons were the quicker of the two protagonists, the Knights bigger and stronger in the tussles.

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Well drilled Samurai slash India's Tigers from seven states

International Cup 2017
By Stephen Alomes
 
If you like watching an exhibition of skilled team football, when the sun came out on Western Oval on Sunday afternoon the Japan Samurai provided everyone’s cup of green tea.

Often outgunned in the past by bigger and stronger teams, with their running game fading away in the last quarter in previous International Cups, the Samurai have finally drilled their game to perfection as well as facing the less intense competition in the new Division 2.

 

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Restrepo premiership quarter hero for Revolution

International Cup 2017

One thing that never surprises us when the IC schedule comes out is that USA v Canada is on there. Despite the nations playing regularly and sharing a border, someone always seems to think it a great idea to fixture these two nations to play each other when they travel to Australia.

Nevertheless it usually provides a great contest, and the spectators do enjoy the tension on the ground and in the air when they clash. Even though these teams are ranked closely, the US has an overwhelming record of wins in these contests. Both nations have big domestic competitions and surrounding community (and extensive networks in Australia) and are desperate to improve their place on the world footy pecking order.

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