Contributed by: Cam Homes Wednesday, May 11 2016 @ 09:31 am ACST
Thanks to AFL Asia[*2] for this update on footy in China.
On the back of the massive headlines to come out of Port Adelaide’s China strategy, grassroots footy right across Greater China continues to grow strongly.
Record numbers at South China AFL games, a new “Greater China Cup” tournament and the re-emergence of the Beijing Australian Football League (BAFL) show efforts by AFL Asia’s China Clubs are bearing fruit.
Anzac Day in Hong Kong saw around 250 players and hundreds of spectators descend on Sandy Bay for the biggest SCAFL event so far. A week later, the inaugural Greater China Cup was successfully held in Guangzhou, while footy in the north of the country is well and truly back on the agenda with the announcement the first BAFL season in almost 6 years will be contested this year in Beijing.
These encouraging developments follow recent headlines about the Power’s intention to play for premiership points in Shanghai in 2017[*3] and the recruitment of their first Chinese player, Guangzhou Scorpions forward Chen Shaoliang[*4] .
Each team played two games, with some Auskick and an exhibition game of local talent at the end of the day’s play.
Game 1: Southwest Honey Badgers 60 def Shanghai Tigers 14
Game 2: Guangzhou Scorpions 34 def Southwest Honey Badgers 15
Game 3: Guangzhou Scorpions 61 def Shanghai Tigers 10
Game 4: Black 46 def White 31
Congratulations to the Guangzhou Scorpions for taking out the inaugural Greater China Cup and well done to all the Clubs involved.
Guangzhou President Zhang Hao inspiring the next generation of Scorpions
BAFL is Back!
Not since the heady days of Beijing footy where 3 teams competed for the BAFL between 2008-2010 has there been such internal banter within the Beijing Bombers, with the hope that it will encourage a new generation of players in northern China to win back the hallowed China Cup from arch-rivals Shanghai Tigers in this year’s China Cup series and then support a combined showing of the China Clubs under the China Reds banner at this year’s Asian Champs in Saigon.
Players are now being recruited, contact Mic firstname.lastname@example.org for more info – all skill levels welcome.
Beijing City Guo Guos 蝈蝈(Grasshoppers)
第一场：上海老虎 VS 西南联队
第二场：广州蝎子 VS 西南联队
第三场：广州蝎子 VS 上海老虎
第四场：黑队 VS 白队 （18人“大乱斗”）
上海老虎 VS 西南联队
广州蝎子 VS 西南联队
广州蝎子 VS 上海老虎 (Guangzhou Scorpions VS Shanghai Tigers)
黑队 VS 白队 (Black VS White)