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GB Swans selection weekend round up

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 3:45pm

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.


4 Banshees, 7 Bulldogs and 50 Hawks

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 7:54am

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;

Carolann Cassidy

Linda Connolly

Onóra Mulcahy

Fiona Roarty

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 ...

Footy Around the World: Fiji

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:15pm


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 ...

GC SUNS welcome Tourism Australia

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 9:59pm

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 ...

PNG Mosquitoes to defend International Cup title

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 8:20pm

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.

Laura Corrigan Duryea reprimanded by MRP

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:34pm

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 ...

Nauru All Stars defeat Zillmere Eagles in first tour match

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 8:27pm

The Nauru All Stars have started their two match tour with a big win over the The Zillmere Eagles by 12 goals.  

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. 

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.


French Lock In IC17 Touring Squad

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 6:45am

Back in December the initial French squad for this year’s IC17 in Melbourne was announced. But that list has now been trimmed and sorted and the official men’s team from France has been announced.

Coached by Andrew Unsworth (Paris Cockatoos/Cockerels), the squad boasts an even representation across all CNFA clubs. In the selected squad there are players from: Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes (4), ALFA Lions (4), Bordeaux Bombers (4), Paris Cockerels (2), Paris Cockatoos (4), Perpignan Tigers (2), Toulouse Hawks (4), Blagnac Aviators (2). The list of reserves also boasts two Lions, two Hawks, two Bombers and one Tiger player.

As mentioned in a previous article, the two Aviators players, Anthony Girard and Sylvain Maylie become the first ever Blagnac team players to represent their nation. See ...

Hawks Of Old Dent Cockerels Finals Hopes

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 6:54am

The good, old-fashioned local derby appeared in Toulouse on the weekend with a double-header featuring both Toulouse teams facing both Paris teams. In a sense it was a battle of the split teams with the Blagnac Aviators growing from the depth of the Toulouse Hawks and the Paris Cockatoos being brought to life in a similar way from the depth of the Paris Cockerels.

The match of the day finished up with a thriller as the Toulouse Hawks brought back happy memories from not too long ago when they downed the Paris Cockerels. Toulouse had no finals to play for, having long falling out of that race. But they can still have a say in which teams do play finals – and the Cockerels found that out the hard way.

The Cockerels led by just a point at the first break and by half time the Hawks had their beaks in front by just three points. By three-quarter tim ...

Darwin Bombing Commemorated By AFLNT

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:33am

To recognise and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin during World War Two, the AFLNT dedicated the final round of the NTFL season to the memory of one of the blackest days in Australian history. Accordingly, all teams involved in matches this weekend played in the spirit of the people of Darwin in the wake of the event in 1942 – tough, resilient and uncompromising.

It was a round of upsets, or near upsets, as the lowly, seemingly undermanned teams fought the odds to bring down opponents that many thought they couldn’t.

(Picture: Australian Geographic)

The Tiwi Bombers have endured a forgettable year – the points from their only win of the season stripped after the club did not repay a debt ...

AFL PNG completes Level 1 coaching accreditation

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 2:10am

The following is a story from EMTV in PNG.  It details the great work being done by AFL PNG staff along with development officers from Australia as they conducted coaching clinics this week in Port Moresby.    

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.  

Today it was the turn of the footy community in Lae to attend the AFL Level 1 coaches accreditation whic ...

Tigers Fine Tuning New Season

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 3:42am

Like all teams that mean to make a statement, the Tyne Tees Tigers in the AFLCNE (Australian Football League Central & Northern England) competition are about to embark on a rigorous pre-season campaign. Undeterred by their placings in their initial seasons, the Tigers have used everything to date as a learning experience and will fine tune in coming weeks as they travel backwards and forwards between Newcastle and Scotland.

After a promising end to the 2015 season, winning four of their last five games, the Tigers stalled a little in 2016, finishing in sixth place with just two wins. The season would have exposed a range of areas for improvement, and that is just about to happen.

The Tiger’s start with a road trip to Scotland, taking on the Kingdom Kangaroos and the West Lothian Eagles in the Bawbag Cup. The event will be played at the Q ...

Groundbreaking at new footy facility in PNG

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:15pm

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.

AFL England Announce The National Cup

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:13pm

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. 

On Thursday 16th February 2017 AFL England have announced their latest national competition – The National Cup. 


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, “The National Cup will become a way for us to raise the standard of Men and ...

JLT Week 1 Preview with an International bent

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:55pm

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 ...

Nauru All Stars touch down for two match tour

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:48pm

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 ...

AFL Asia Strengthened with New Committee

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:20pm

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 ...

Fiji Tribe and Vonu set for IC17 return

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:15pm

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 ...

“Thunder” Road

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:05pm

One old adage often used in football is “build it and they will come” – a reference to starting clubs and watching the interest and involvement grow. Doesn’t always work, but there are many cases of exactly that situation occurring. An equally valid saying is “don’t wait for the people to come to you, go to the people”. And that is exactly what the Sheffield Thunder team in the AFLCNE is doing as they take their product on the road.

After contesting the grand final just two seasons ago, the Thunder had a tougher run in 2016. A range of hiccups, not the least player numbers, conspired to derail their season. To address this for 2017, the club’s think-tank came up with the idea of travelling the region to spark interest in the game, promote the club and with luck unearth some new talent to re-establish the Thunder near the upper echelons of the competition ladder.


Lions And Coyotes Heading The Field

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 8:09pm

Weekend victories to the ALFA Lions from Lyon and the Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes has seen the two top placed teams clear further away from the field as the CNFA finals get closer. Only three more rounds remain for teams to sort themselves into a final order but it looks likely now that both the Lions and Coyotes have booked their finals tickets and the remaining questions will revolve around which teams take third and fourth place.

The ALFA Lions, a club which has improved dramatically this season and impressed many footy followers, travelled to Toulouse to meet the Blagnac Aviators. In the end, a 40 point win appeared comfortable, but the Aviators once again pushed hard in their first season and would not allow a big de ...