Contributed by: Cam Homes Monday, September 13 2021 @ 10:41 am ACST
History Made In Hungary-First Aussie Rules Match Played In Hungary
History was made on 28th August 2021 when the Budapest Bats AFL club hosted the Sesvete Double Blues from Croatia in the city of Esztergom, Hungary.
Read the following AFL Europe Article.
Reporter for AFL Hungary, Zoltan Marosy.
Two weeks on from their debut at the AFL Europe Festival of Football, the Budapest Bats and AFL Hungary have made history yet again.
On the 28th of August, AFL Hungary and the Bats hosted their first-ever game of Australian Football.
Held in the beautiful city of Esztergom, the match between the Hungarian and Croatian sides was watched on by curious locals, who had never seen a sport quite like this before.
The picturesque venue was situated under the imposing Esztergom Cathedral and next to the River Danube, which is also the Slovakian border.
The Bats showed as much grit and determination as you could ask for from a team playing only its second game.
Midfield bulls, Károly and Gergő Petrányi, often took the opposition by surprise with their fierce tackling and courageous marking, while experienced on-baller, Tom Wayman, collected plenty of possessions and kicked the only goal on the day for the Bats.
A tough day for the Hungarian defence, led by skipper Zoltan Marosy, with star backman, Mark Ryan, out missing through injury.
It was a weekend to remember for the Sesvete Double Blues, as they took home the perpetual trophy for the first time.
Star ruckman, Josip Karadža, dominated most of the stoppages, while half-forward, Tomislav Cvetko, left the Hungarian defenders helpless with his low and hard passes. Forward duo, Robert Jeličić and Ronan Moran (playing as a guest from Ireland) both had days out, kicking 15 goals between them.
Overall, it was a successful day for the sport in Hungary and we look forward to many more matches to come for the Bats.
Final Score: Budapest Bats 1.4. (10) defeated by Sesvete Double Blues 23. 20. (158).
I wonder what Les Murray (SBS commentator & Soccer promoter) would have thought about this match being played in the country of his birth? The term 'rolled over in his grave' comes to mind.