We welcome Laura Turner (pictured below) as our newest contributor to World Footy News. Laura is Captain of the GB Swans and England Vixens and an avid women's football fan.
This weekend 29 Women attended the Great Britain Swans Selection Weekend in London vying for the final 12 squad places for IC17. The trialists were put through their paces on Saturday with a variety of skills drills and the obligatory time trial.
The fastest women through the gates were Lisa Wilson, Danni Saulter, Laura Turner and Rose Lewis. On Sunday both teams played a practise match against a London Allstars team. In blustery conditions, not dissimilar to those the girls will expect in Melbourne the Allstars team ran out winners by 5 points.
With a little over 5 months until the tournament kicks off, International Cup teams continue to shape up with more announcements this week.
The Irish Banshees this week announced the first four women chosen to represent Ireland at IC17. Ireland were winners in the first women’s International Cup in 2011 and runners up to Canada in 2014. The first four named are;
Further squad members will be announced in coming weeks.
The GB Bulldogs previously announced 13 members of their squad, this week they added seven Australian based pl ...
We welcome new contributor Frederick Shaibani. We recommend you check out Frederick's Blog Letters from Las Cruces to read more. The original post for this article can be seen here. Frederick is a member of the Los Angeles Dragons Football Club. In this article Frederick takes a look at the story of footy in the Pacific nation of Fiji.
One of the most sport-crazed countries in the Pacific, the islands of Fiji have long lacked a presence in Aussie rules football. It’s overshadowed significantly by rugby un ...
Gold Coast SUNS CEO Andrew Travis today welcomed Tourism Australia’s partnership of the SUN’S game against Port Adelaide to be played in Shanghai in May.“We are thrilled to welcome Tourism Australia as the Official Tourism Partner of the historic match between the SUNS and Port Adelaide in Shanghai,” Mr. Travis said. “China is the number one international tourism market for the city of the Gold Coast, and increasingly both China and the Gold Coast enjoy a strong tourism and business relationship. “Overnight the Gold Coast was named China’s most popular western destination in the world at the annual Destination of the Year awards announced in Shanghai. “If anyone underestimated the importance of the Gold Coast and the ...
Australian Community Football Operations Manager, Andrew Hughes, told EMTV Sports that the 2014 AFL International Cup Champions, the PNG Mosquitoes, are looking forward to defending their International Cup title.
Hughes said, tournaments will be hosted to make selections for top players to form the final squad, which will go into training in preparations from August 5th to the 19th in Melbourne, Australia.
Irish defender for the Melbourne Demons Laura Duryea was charged by the match review panel with engaging in rough conduct against Ellie Blackburn of the Western Bulldogs, during the fourth quarter of the match at the VU Whitten Oval on Saturday.
Fortunately Laura was able to accept a reprimand with an early guilty plea. After speaking to the umpire who made a report on match-day, and based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Western Bulldogs Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head.
The incident was classified as a one-week sanction. As Laura had no applicable record which impacts the penalty (fortunately being sent off in the IC14 grand final does not count against her). Laura's early plea enabled her to accept a reprimand.
Laura's close checking phys ...
The Nauru All Stars have started their two match tour with a big win over the The Zillmere Eagles by 12 goals.Â Â
The young Stars stood out with their speed and agility around the field, which became too much for the Eagles. Young Jeremiah Kam, Niga Haulangi and veteran Timothy Teabuge dominated in defence while Donatello Moses and Yoshi Harris did most of the damage up forward.Â
Vice captain Mallinson Batsiua using his strength and experience to dominate the centre clearances.
Yoshi Harris won the All Stars Coach's best on ground while Niga Haulangi awarded Zillmere Eagles vote for best player.
The following is a story from EMTV in PNG. Â It details the great work being done by AFL PNG staffÂ along with development officers from Australia as they conducted coaching clinics this week in Port Moresby. Â Â Â
The coaching accreditation session followed on from a very successful AFL PNG staff conference which was held on the previous two days in Port Moresby. Â
Today it was the turn of the footy community in Lae to attend the AFL Level 1 coaches accreditation whic ...
Below is the EMTV story from last month's ground breaking ceremony for AFL PNG ahead of the construction of the new footy facility including the field.
The construction of the new dedicated footy facility will feature a social area, changing facility, gym, and more.
Present at the ceremony were Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, Australian High Commissioner, PNG AFL Commission and invited sponsors, who witnessed the event. Former WFN scribe Jacob Anson was also on hand for the ceremony.
In a move aimed at raising the standards and opportunities for footballers across the United Kingdom, AFL England announced yesterday the details of the inaugural National Cup, set for September. The following article from AFL England details the aims and structure of an event which is sure to have a positive and wide-reaching impact on the game.Â
On Thursday 16th February 2017 AFL England have announced their latest national competition â€“ The National Cup.Â
The National Cup will be a first of its kind in the UK with a full draft, regional teams and the first Premier of the UK will be crowned. Head of Performance, Jason Hill, announced the competition this evening and had this to say, â€śThe National Cup will become a way for us to raise the standard of Men and ...
Week 1 of the JLT series begins tonight at Etihad Stadium. The teams are in. Sure there are a bunch of new draft picks and traded players that will debut with clubs, Essendon will see the return of a bunch of their players suspended under the WADA code and some are just back in the team for the first time in a while for various reasons.
But you can read about all that anywhere. We will look across the teams for week 1 with an international view.
Collingwood v Essendon
Etihad Stadium, Thursday February 16 at 7.40pm AEDT
Collingwood now officially enter the post Travis Cloke era. American Mason Cox has become a key forward (and a handy ruck option) for the Magpies and will look to cement himself with as many goals as possible in his second s ...
The selection of the best players from the AFL Nauru 2016 season have touched down in Brisbane ahead of their first match against the Zillmere Eagles tomorrow night (17th February kickoff at 6.30pm).
The team will then travel to Bendigo, Victoria and play against Strathfieldsaye Storm on Tuesday 21 February (also a 6.30pm start) at the Storm's home ground.
The tour should serve as a good warm up to footy in Aussie conditions ahead of the 2017 AFL International Cup in August which will be held in Melbourne. Nauru finished 7th at the 2014 International Cup and are currently ranked 5th in our unofficial World Rankings.
The team are sponsored by the Bendigo Bank, the Ministry of Sports, Digicel and Nauru Airlines. The team as named in Septemb ...
In its fourth year of operations, AFL Asia has further strengthened its ability to achieve its mandate of “growing footy in Asia” with the confirmation of its strongest committee to date, following a solid turnout at the recent Annual General Meeting.
After a two-year term as AFL Asia Vice President, former Vietnam Swan and China Red/Beijing Bomber Grant Keys will become AFL Asia’s third President, following Darren Whitfield’s decision to step back in 2017 due to work and family commitments.
Darren’s advocacy of local player development has left a massive mark on footy in Asia. His leadership has ensured the record number of locals now playing the game across the region is being fully supported by Asian footy’s governing body through new initiatives such as the All Asia Championship and local player q ...
AFL Fiji development officer Simon Highfield today confirmed in the Fiji Times that the nation would once again be sending men's and women's teams to the AFL International Cup to be held in Melbourne in August.
"It is the biggest event on the AFL calendar internationally, with over 30 countries competing, and both Fijian teams are going to be extremely competitive."
This announcement comes as the local competition kicks off their 2017 season this weekend and will drive selection for the IC17 tournament.
Fiji Tribe debuted at IC11 and finished 13th, followed by a tenth place finish at IC14.
The women's team (Fiji Vonu) finished fifth in their first International Cup at IC14. Their opponents that have publicly indicated they will be sending teams so far are ...