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AFL Confirms Committment to 2023 International Cup

  • Wednesday, August 25 2021 @ 07:10 am ACST
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After postponing the originally scheduled IC20 tournament to 2021 and then later indicating the tournament would be likely held in 2022 or 2023, the AFL has now confirmed they have set their sites on hosting the tournament in 2023.

While giving no further details as to whether the event would still be hosted on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, it at least provides some certainty to players and organisations as to the likely timeline, and indeed that the AFL still intends to continue to hold the tournament. 

AFL Executive General Manager Game Development Andrew Dillon, said it was important to provide certainty for International participants and stakeholders

"Given the challenges around the reopening of borders and need for international teams and organizers to proceed with planning the International Cup, we have made a decision that 2023 is the ideal year in which to host the next event."

Passing The Baton – Cairns Finds More Talent

  • Saturday, August 21 2021 @ 05:58 pm ACST
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Australia

It was certainly a bittersweet day at the Gold Coast Suns today. Trounced by 87 points by a rampant Sydney Swans, the club had no choice but to wear the defeat and then put 2021 behind them – reset for 2022.

Part of that reset was a changing of the guard as old made way for new. On the same day as youngsters in Joel Jeffrey, Jeremy Sharp and Jy Farrar strutted their stuff in their first seasons, Zac Smith said farewell.

But of major importance for north Queenslanders, it was the day that Jarrod Harbrow retired after 262 games for the Suns and the Western Bulldogs. The former Cairns junior – playing for both the Manunda Hawks and South Cairns Cutters – went on to have an illustrious career as a hard-running, courageous defender from 2007 to 2021; 15 seasons at the highest level. Along the way he was a Suns’ club champion and holds club records for most possessions and most wins.

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AFLW expansion to occur for 2022-2023 season

  • Thursday, August 12 2021 @ 12:18 pm ACST
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Australia The AFL Commission today announced all 18 clubs will field a NAB AFL Women’s team from the 2022-2023 season onwards, with the final four AFL clubs Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and the Sydney Swans all granted a license to enter the Competition in Season Seven.
 
The four clubs provided submissions on their readiness to enter the national competition, including detailing their resourcing, team build strategy, corporate support, and investment into their AFLW program, fan base growth and facilities.

Retiring Rockliff A Genuine Journeyman

  • Tuesday, August 10 2021 @ 03:30 pm ACST
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General News

Tom Rockliff's retirement from AFL footy, announced today, might otherwise be just another name in the end-of-year lists of players from all clubs hanging up their boots. However, Rockliff will say goodbye to the game with an achievement not done by any other player, and possibly never to be repeated - though we hope not.

Rockliff's journey of 208 games with both the Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide has been decorated with All-Australian selection, captaincy at Brisbane and a Rising Star nomination in 2010. But he retires as the player who has played for premiership points in three countries - Australia, New Zealand and China - as well as an International Rules match in Ireland.

No other player has had a career with so many overseas games across multiple countries.

Racism In Footy And The Battle To Remove It

  • Monday, August 09 2021 @ 08:19 am ACST
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General News

The past couple of weeks have seen racial slurs through social media against high profile AFL players. The latest target has been Port Adelaide’s Aliir Aliir. Before that, St Kilda’s Brad Hill and Richmond’s new recruit, Matthew Parker. This is just a week on from St Kilda’s Paddy Ryder being trolled in a similar manner. Hawk 400-gamer, Shaun Burgoyne has led a chorus of condemnation, and the brilliant documentary from former Essendon star, Nathan Lovett-Murray called The Ripple Effect hammers home the toll of racism on indigenous people everywhere.

The AFL recently released their media response to the surge in racist actions against footballers. The extended letter, which condemns racial vilification in all forms, contains the following:

“The AFL strongly condemns racial vilification in the football community including our players, staff, and their families, across all levels of our game.”

“The recent incidents are harmful. Acts of racism can trigger trauma and seriously impact the mental health of the individuals, families and communities involved. Racist actions and behaviours are inexcusable.”

Euro Cup 2021 Cancelled

  • Friday, July 09 2021 @ 09:50 am ACST
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Europe

2021 Euro Cup Cancelled.

The AFL Europe Commission has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the Euro Cup 2021 tournament that was provisionally to be played on October 16th in the Netherlands.

"Ultimately, the AFL Europe Commission is not satisfied that a safe travel or playing environment is achievable in the current climate and we believe it would be irresponsible to go ahead with a multi-country tournament in October."

 "AFL Europe appreciates the importance of Euro Cup. Tournaments like the Euro Cup play a huge role in growing the game in Europe and are particularly important after a long period of limited footy. This made the decision to cancel the 2021 event even harder."

"AFL Europe remains committed to helping all participating countries and leagues of Australian Football in Europe, and will support regional tournaments, that comply with local coronavirus restrictions and guidelines, that are held in place of the Euro Cup in October."

"We would also like to take this time to share that we are planning and are hopeful of getting back to our regular events calendar in 2022, which would see the return of international tournaments."

"This would include the return of the Fitzpatrick Cup in February, Champions League in April or May, ANZAC Cup in April, Euro Cup in June and the AFL’s International Cup* in August. If the International Cup does not run in 2022, then AFL Europe will host a European Championships in its place."

*The AFL are expected to make an announcement regarding the next International Cup within the next few months.

 

Bulgaria Footy Back On The Park

  • Tuesday, July 06 2021 @ 11:38 am ACST
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Europe

First Match of Inaugural Bulgarian AFL Season

The Bulgarian AFL has officially begun with the round one match played between Sofia Magpies and Varna Demons on Saturday 26th June 2021, in Aksakovo with Sofia Magpies defeating the hosts to claim the first official points in the Bulgarian league.  Bulgaria AFL kicked off back in 2019 with friendlies with Zagreb Hawks and Festival of Footy matches in Sept 2020. See World Footy News articles: April 2019 & September 2020.

 

Switzerland AFL Restart

  • Friday, July 02 2021 @ 09:43 am ACST
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Europe Australian Football in Switzerland is back! Round one this weekend

July 1, 2021

With the latest easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, AFL Switzerland have been able to go ahead and confirm the fixtures and structure for the 2021 season.

Since full contact sports in groups of up to 50 people has been allowed for some weeks now, all four Switzerland based clubs have been able to resume regular training and are keen to get back to finally playing some footy.

Bulldogs AFLW delist Marshall, lose Spark

  • Wednesday, June 16 2021 @ 03:36 pm ACST
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North America
After two AFLW seasons where she played 11 games, Dani Marshall has been informed she will not be offered a contract next season at the Western Bulldogs.  The long kicking American has a proven goal kicking ability up forward, but has had to spend much of her time in the AFLW as a backup ruck, mostly off the bench.

“We thank Dani for her dedication and contributions to the Club over the past two seasons“  Bulldogs’ General Manager of Women’s Football Debbie Lee said.  “Dani was the first American AFLW player in the league which was ground-breaking.

 Marshall 29, has a good leap, but at 168cm she would be one of the shortest required regularly to take the ruck duties and this has given her little opportunity to lock down a position. 

The Game Cairns Had To Have

  • Sunday, June 13 2021 @ 12:03 pm ACST
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Australia

Make no mistake. For Cairns to remain a viable AFL destination it needed a catalyst match to build a future on. It came last night when their 2021 AFL premiership match saw St Kilda hosting the Adelaide Crows. Whilst skill level was questionable at times, the excitement of a grandstand finish made up for that – setting Cairns alight.

It is already well enough documented that Cairns lost its annual premiership match after their Round 1 fixture in 2018 was almost washed away. Southern rival, Townsville, was handed the 2019 match and Cairns had to pray for miracles to get their match back. It came in the form, ironically, of COVID-19 when the AFL was forced to relocate four premiership fixtures to a new hub and Cairns was ready, eager and determined to grab opportunity when it knocked.

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  • Saturday, May 29 2021 @ 08:12 pm ACST
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Brian Barrish – A Hawk on the Streets of Philadelphia

  • Friday, May 28 2021 @ 10:26 pm ACST
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North America
Whether as a commentator, player, fan, media maestro for the USAFL or any of a myriad of roles within Australian Football, Brian Barrish is a well-respected voice of the game. His views of all aspects of footy are informed, but more than that they are firmly aimed at the growth of the game across the United States of America. In this article, Brian reflects on his own introduction to the game and looks at the growth of the game, with particular interest in women’s footy, the ravages and impacts of COVID-19 and much more.

And now, I’ll hand the microphone over to Brian.

I was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently live in the suburbs with my wife, daughter, and assorted pets. I grew up in a sports-loving family (aside from mom, who likes sports but not at the same level as my dad, my brother and I). We watched a lot of baseball and hockey as kids, but growing up in Philadelphia, you got behind all four (at the time) major sports teams, so that's what I did. I was fortunate to grow up in a city with a number of legendary play-by-play announcers, such as Gene Hart, Mike Emrick, Harry Kalas, and Merrill Reese, and all of that enthusiasm and greatness led me to want to be a commentator when I grew up. I spent many a day commentating on my Nintendo and Sega games as practice. Out of high school, I went to university majoring in broadcast journalism, but ended up switching schools and majors and would eventually go into information technology.

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