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From converting locals to converting grounds

Africa

AFL South Africa has had an interesting journey over the last 4 years.  In 2008 it was widely considered the darling of the AFL, receiving more funding than other nations, regular AFL-organised tours and leaping to 3rd in the International Cup with a controversial win over Ireland.  Player numbers were booming, partnerships were being signed with mining companies, plans were tentatively in motion to set up footy development for Africa via a university program based in South Africa and an AFL exhibition match was scheduled for Cape Town in early 2009.

Then came the Global Financial Crisis, the postponement (after 4 years let's call it cancelling) of the exhibition match, and a decision to "consolidate" the recent growth.  There was a slide to 5th at the 2011 International Cup and accompanying internal rumblings, the hoped for surge in AFL scholarships and rookies didn't eventuate, the South Pacific began to grab the international footy headlines and at the same time any good news from South Africa became exceedingly hard to extract.

It was starting to look a bit grim for footy in Africa and this author was "sharpening" his keyboard to write an obituary, not for the game as such, but for the shiny vision of AFL SA leading the international charge.  Happily there have been stirrings of better news and assurances that the future is bright.  As first evidence of this we report on a recent string of grounds being converted to allow Australian football to be played on them.  We hope to follow this up with further positive proof of the game's health in the Rainbow Nation.

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MultiCultural Tales - Season 2012 - Patrick Ndongo

Africa

For most followers of footballers with an international pedigree the thoughts through most of 2012 in association with Frankston, a stand-alone club in the modern ‘VFL’ battling it out against both stand-alone AFL reserves sides (Geelong and Collingwood) and a host of AFL aligned VFL feeder clubs, the thoughts were mainly around Khan Haretuku. Out of nowhere came Chamberlin "Patrick" Ndongo with a mighty story that will lead who knows where.

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Kruger exits in Swans list review

Africa

The Sydney Swans this week announced the following list changes, following the post season review period.  

Primary list players Jarred Moore and Mark Seaby have been delisted, along with rookie list players Eugene Kruger, Jack Lynch and Dylan McNeil.  

South African born Eugene Kruger was on the rookie list and did not play any senior games with the Swans in his time at the club.

 

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2010 World XVIII player invited to Draft Combine

Africa
The AFL today announced the second group of players, Medium Midfielders to be invited to the NAB AFL Draft Combines to be held in October 2012 as part of its talent identification process in the lead up to the 2012 NAB AFL Draft.
 
The NAB AFL Draft Combine, involving 120 players at National Level, will be held at Etihad Stadium from 2-5 October, with state Draft Combines to be held in Melbourne (6 October), Adelaide (13 October) and Perth (14 October).
 
Among those invited is 2010 World XVIII player Emmanuel Irra.  He is described as “Small midfielder who is extremely quick and skilful on both sides. Born in Uganda and has already played senior football at South Adelaide. Played for the World Team in the 2010 NAB AFL Under-16 Championships before playing for SA in the 2011 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and the 2012 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Has a huge appetite for the game and a big upside in terms of future development. From AIS-AFL Academy’s 15th Intake ”
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2011 World XVIII player invited to Draft Combine

Africa
The AFL today announced the first group of players to be invited to the NAB AFL Draft Combines to be held in October 2012 as part of its talent identification process in the lead up to the 2012 NAB AFL Draft.
 
The NAB AFL Draft Combine, involving 120 players at National Level, will be held at Etihad Stadium from 2-5 October, with state Draft Combines to be held in Melbourne (6 October), Adelaide (13 October) and Perth (14 October).
 
Among those invited  at the National Level is Adam Saad who played in the World XVIII team at the 2011 Under 16 National Championships.  Saad is described as a Small defender with excellent disposal and penetration on his preferred left foot.  Reads the play very well, is agile and a fantastic overhead mark. Sets up counter attacks from half back regularly and is averaging 16.1 disposals this season at TAC Cup level. In 2011 played for the World team in NAB AFL Under-16 Championships and won the Most Valuable Player award. ” 
 
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Daw and McKinley interviewed in Foxtel Cup preview

Africa

In the video below Majak Daw and Ben McKinley join the AFL360 crew to preview the Foxtel Cup Grand Final (in which they will both be playing). The Werribee Tigers will take on last year's runners up, Claremont in Perth on Thursday night.

Sudanes born Daw answers the question as to when he will be ready to play at AFL level and what he needs to do to get there, and discusses the pressures he feels. Former West Coast Eagles player and current North Melbourne listed McKinley discusses Claremont and what Werribee might need to do to beat them.

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Johannisen from Jo'burg

Africa
The Western Bulldogs today confirmed exciting rookie defender Jason Johannisen has been elevated to the Club’s primary list, replacing James Mulligan who was placed on the long term injury list a fortnight ago.
 
Johannisen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and according to the AFL his father was born in South Africa and his mother in Zambia. He moved from South Africa to Perth when he was eight years old.
 
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Schoolboys' tour to South Africa

Africa

With the AFL's recent push into the South Pacific region we've heard less out of South Africa, but development work continues there and recently an Australian School Boy side toured the country.

The All-Australian team (minus South Australia and Tasmania) met in January for a pre-season training camp in Perth before setting off for South Africa.

 

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Kangas forced to say more on Daw

Africa

Media and public speculation seem to have forced North Melbourne's hand in detailing reasons for his suspension announced today. The initial tactic of trying to protect Daw by giving almost no details has backfired with forums and news/sports station being innundated by suggestions as to what Daw's actions may have been.

The following statement is a press release from North Melbourne coach Brad Scott;

“Our main focus is to support Majak wholly and we take his welfare very seriously.  The statement we released was generic for a reason, to attempt to protect Majak.  There were no lies told, there was no cover up.  I’m now being forced to clarify that statement because of disappointing rumours and innuendo.

 

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Daw indefinitely sent to Werribee

Africa

Promising Sudanese rookie Majak Daw has been suspended indefinitely for breaching North Melbourne's team rehabilitation protocols and behaving in a manner unbefitting of the club’s culture and expectations.

North’s new leadership group has determined Majak will train with VFL affiliate Werribee Tigers until further notice. The club would not detail Daw's breaches and says it is not in a position to elaborate.

CEO Eugene Arocca and chief of football Donald McDonald spoke today at the Kensington Boxing Gym today, but gave no further details of the breaches. Daw was not present. The video of the press interview can be seen below.

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