We are moments away from the biggest tournament of the year hosted by AFL Europe and NAB, the Festival of Football 2020.
AFL Sweden is delighted to be a part of this event, with Port Malmö Football Club hosting the event in Limhamnsfältet, Malmö.
For the Men’s we have Port Malmö Maulers and Norrtälje Dockers, great mates and even greater rivals going head-to-head in a winner-takes-all game to begin the day. Playing 18-a-side over 20-minute quarters, combined with a forecast of nothing but rain, it’s going to EPIC.
For the Women’s we have Port Malmö Lynx, Norrtälje Dockers and South Stockholm Giants whom will play a round-robin tournament with 9-a-side over 15-minute halves.
Norrtälje Dockers are the current champions for both the Men and the Women’s, giving Port Malmö and the South Stockholm Giants a fire to take out the title.
Stay tuned for live updates on our Facebook and Instagram.
On the back of AFL Europe’s big announcement today of the 2020 Euro Cup being held in Stirling, Scotland on June 6th, AFL Sweden can also confirm the date and location for the first High Performance camp of 2020. February 7th – 9th all Swedes are invited to Malmö to partake in another fantastic weekend organised by our trusted national team coaching staff.
The weekend will delve further into skills, fitness, team culture and footy theory to help all of our Swedish players to continue their Australian Football development at a high level. Focus will also start to shift toward the first International tournament of 2020.
If you haven’t yet participated at an AFL Sweden High Performance event now is the perfect opportunity! Together with our new travel partner SJ we are able to offer a 15% discount in train fares to Malmö for the weekend. Just contact your coaching staff to find out more.
Remember all past and present eligible Swedish players are welcome to partake in the High Performance weekend. It is a great opportunity to get to know more people within the footy world as well as develop your own skills and footy know how. Everyone is welcome no matter experience level or club!
Greater Western Sydney Giants have generously gotten on board to support Women’s footy in Stockholm.
Following from a visit to Stockholm by former number 1 AFLW Draft pick and GWS player Nicola Barr during her summer Euro trip, the Western Sydney club have kitted out the newly named South Stockholm Giants in the charcoal and orange.
The kit was debuted in an historic match this weekend when the South Stockholm Giants met the Norrtälje Dockers in a massive day of footy at Dockers Sports Centre in Norrtälje. It was the first game of footy to be played between two women’s teams based in the Stockholm area and with two men’s games being played either side the atmosphere around the ground was electric.
With the match being played under blue skies and with temperatures in the high twenties it was a fantastic day to run out the new kit. The coach of the Giants, Melbourne native and North Melbourne tragic Victoria Wyckelsma gave some insight to how the team was feeling prior to running out.
The girls are very excited to have the Giants onboard. I think they were a little surprised that a huge AFL team were interested in supporting them but they looked so good. Also having held a GWS membership since they joined the AFL I’m stoked that the girls are running around in one of the colours I support Victoria Wyckelsma
With a few pre-game cancellations some of the men that played in the other games on the day helped to fill up numbers in the Giants side for the first quarter. But once the game got rolling the women on the field took the game on as their own and put on a dominant display in front of the Norrtälje crowd. Coach Wyckelsma remarked on what the support from the Giants has given the playing group.
The cooperation is great for us to help establish a team- the girls have been kitted out in a fresh uniform and it really gives them a sense of belonging and that they are involved in something special. Victoria Wyckelsma
Team captain Louise Landare who had the honour of leading the team in their first outing in the new Giants kit was ecstatic that the group has been able to progress from a few girls chatting on facebook to a proper team with a proper playing kit. She was thankful in her message to the Giants.
It feels so luxurious to have our own playing kit, all of a sudden we have our own colours, it has done wonders for the team culture. Especially now when we are in the building phase. It is also a massive help here in the beginning when there isn’t much money floating around, to be able to have a kit that is ours, makes us really feel like we are a real team!Louise Landare
The Giants were able to hold onto their lead from the first quarter despite a concerted fight back from the Dockers team and ran out winners in the game 9.10.64 – 4.1.25.
Swedish Ravens coach Ryan Davidson will take on the coaching role with the European Crusaders women’s team at the upcoming European Championships in London.
The tournament taking place over 5 days in October is the premier 18 a-side event on the AFL Europe calendar and is played every three years.
(AFL Europe) got in touch with me first regarding Ravens players wanting to play Euro Champs and the discussion developed from there.Ryan Davidsson
The Crusaders team takes the total amount of women’s teams to four with Great Britain, Ireland and Germany rounding out the division. Each team will play eachother once with the two highest ranked teams playing off on grand final day for European Champion!
But the team is not without it’s challenges as Davidsson explained.
The 18 a-side form is definately a factor. Neither the players or coaches get to be a part of that so often so resetting our way of thinking when we walk onto the field will be something new. In my eyes it presents an opportunity to coach more tatically compared to the 9 a-side game.Ryan Davidsson
The tournament will take place in London at the famed Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field, the second time in succession the Championships will be played there. In 2019 the schedule has been shortened from 8 days to 5 days to accommodate players wishes around tournament length. There will though be no less of a show on display with record numbers attending the event.
I’m looking forward to meeting and getting to know a bunch of new players, many that i have coached against in the past and to see how that dynamic translates into reality on the football field. To get another perspective on European footy, to learn from the players and hear their stories about their footy experiences will be fantastic. Ryan Davidsson
At this stage 3 Swedish players will join Ryan in the Crusade for European glory but the hope is that more will join the cause in the coming weeks as well as more players from across the continent.
I urge all clubs to get involved in women’s footy. I think the AFL Europe tournaments will benefit hugely from more involvement from the lesser established countries and i would love to see the top teams being challenged more often. Can’t wait to see everyone in London, gonna be an awesome tournament! Ryan Davidsson
Ryan will be supported by AFL Europe stalwart Bridgette Allen on the team leadership panel with more appointments to be made in the near future. Follow the tournament on the AFL Europe Facebook page October 9-12.
AFL Sweden has recently partnered with the Australian Business Council of Sweden to encourage growth and awareness of footy in Sweden as well as promote the operations of the Council.
The Australian Business Council of Sweden helps to nuture networking and business development for professionals in Sweden with affiliations to Australia. The organisation runs great events regularly throughout the year in Sweden giving it’s members the opportunity to meet, network and exchange ideas.
We are extremely pleased to have the Australian Business Council of Sweden on board as partners to our association. The efforts of promoting Australian Football through professional channels can now be maximised giving us an established lead for member and sponsor recruitment. – Ryan Tucker, AFL Sweden President
The Australian Business Council has already begun helping AFL Sweden by facilitating the connection of airline partner Emirates for the 2019 Euro Cup recently held in Norrtälje.
To find out more head to www.australianbusiness.se, while you are there sign up to the mailing list to receive notifications about upcoming events!
The 2019 Euro Cup saw 16 national teams travel to Norrtajle, Sweden for Europe’s major 9-a-side competition. Under clear blue skies, 68 matches took place across five different pitches to crown the 2019 Euro Cup winners.
With over 350 players as well as coaches, team staff, volunteers, umpires, family and friends, the Norrtajlie Sportcentrum was packed out by the AFL Europe community with a great turnout from the locals.
It all came down to the two Grand Finals which saw England and Ireland go head to head in both the men’s and women’s finals.
In the women’s, it was the Irish Banshees who proved to be the best team as they secured back to back Euro Cups, defeating the England Vixens by 30 points after a strong second-half performance.
Over in the men’s, the tables were turned as the England Dragonslayers won another Euro Cup to add to their previous success in the tournament by defeating the Irish Warriors by seven points in an even contest where the key difference was converting forward-50 entries to scores.
In Pool A, Ireland was looking to finish top of their group, and they did just that winning all three games, with an impressive average winning margin of 78 points in their group games. In their semi-final, Ireland only conceded one goal against Sweden as their outstanding form continued. Against rivals, the England Vixens, in the Grand Final, the game was tight at the start, but Ireland’s fitness and ball skill were key to their 30 point victory as they lifted the Euro Cup for the second year in a row.
The German Eagles were hoping to improve on last years result and they managed to achieve just that in their second ever appearance as a national team. They won two of their pool games, against Wales and Croatia, before reaching the semi-final where they fell short against the England Vixens by just five points in one of the most thrilling matches of the day. They then played Sweden for third place and won as the Eagles secured a bronze medal for 2019.
Wales opened their Euro Cup campaign with a fantastic 14 point win over the Croatian Queens, but couldn’t match the strength of Germany and Ireland in their next two group games. In the Bowl semi-final, the Welsh produced an impressive performance against Switzerland, winning by 10 points. In the Bowl Cup final, the Welsh fell short against a strong French side, as Wales finished the tournament in sixth place.
The Croatian Queens started off their 2019 Euro Cup in an entertaining game against Wales, but they fell short by 14 points in the end. In their next two games, they battled hard but injuries hampered their effort and tested their depth as they were defeated by Germany and Ireland. They played France in the Bowl Cup semi-final and despite being close early, lost by 39 points. In the battle for the seventh place, the Swiss prevailed as the Croatian’s finished in eighth place.
Over in Pool B, England Vixens were excellent in defence as they only conceded two goals on their way to finishing on top of their pool. In the semi-final against Germany, which went down to the final seconds, the Vixens managed to hold on by five points to book a place in the Grand Final. Against Ireland, the Vixens battled hard but couldn’t match the skill of the Irish, coming away from the tournament with another silver medal.
The hosting Swedish Ravens finished second in the group after close wins over France and Switzerland before losing out to England in their final pool match. In the semi-final, the Swedish faced the in-form Banshees, losing the semi but with the chance to still win a medal. Against Germany, the hosts challenged the Eagles but ultimately lost as they finished fourth in the competition.
France started off slowly in the group stage, losing to England and Sweden but bounced back well to win against the Swiss before winning their Bowl semi-final in style against Croatia. Up against Wales, the French showed their quality with the ball as they finished the tournament as Bowl winners with a 14-point win and finished in fifth place.
Despite not winning a game in their pool, the Swiss proved to be tough opposition in their inaugural tournament as they challenged Sweden and France in two close games. In the Bowl semi-final, they couldn’t keep up with a fast Welsh team, losing by 10 points in another close match. Playing Croatia in the battle for seventh place, the Swiss finished off strong with an impressive 16-point win.
Irish Banshees defeated the England Vixens in the Women’s Grand Final.
In Pool A of the men’s draw, the German Eagles began with two comprehensive victories before a tight eight-point win over Croatia saw them finish the group stage undefeated. In the quarterfinals, they comfortably beat Wales, but couldn’t match the strength of England, losing by just 13 points in the semi-final. Up against France in the battle for third place, Germany secured their second bronze medal of the tournament in a close six-point win.
Finishing second in Pool A, the Croatian Knights secured comfortable wins against Austria and Finland but lost out to an in-form Germany. In the quarters, they were defeated by the impressive Irish side but bounced back well to win their semi-final against the Netherlands. Against the hosts, Sweden, for fifth place, the Knights lost by just 10 points to finish the competition in sixth.
After a tough start with two losses in a row, Austria bounced back well against Finland. Despite having many shots on goal, Austria lost their quarter-final against the Czech Republic. In the semi-final, they were defeated by an impressive Israel team before Austria finished off their campaign on a positive note with a good win against Poland as they finished 15th.
In their first Euro Cup since 2013, Finland found it tough early losing their three pool games and the quarter-final against Switzerland. They finally got their reward for effort in their win against Poland with a 23-point win, before being defeated by Israel as the Finnish side concluded their first Euro Cup tournament in six years in 14th position.
France was the dominant team in Pool B, conceding just two goals as they went on to win all three games in a comfortable manner. They then went on to win their quarter-final by 30 points against the Netherlands but lost to the strong Ireland side in the semi-final. In a tight contest for bronze, the French lost by just six points to the Germans as France finished in 4th place.
The host team, Swedish Elks, beat Scotland and Russia but lost to France in the group stage. Following that, they were defeated by a dominant England side in the quarter-finals. However, the hosts went on to win an enthralling contest by seven points against Wales in the semi-final. They then won an entertaining final against Croatia to be crowned the Bowl Champions and come away with a 5th place finish in their home tournament.
Scotland started off positively with a win against Russia but lost to both Sweden and France in their group. They won their quarter-final in convincing fashion against Poland and also won their semi against Switzerland. In a replay of their first game, the Scottish won against Russia with a bright performance to finish the Euro Cup as Plate Champions, finishing ninth overall.
Despite a tough start, losing their group games, Russia hit form in the finals, beating Israel in the quarter-final and the Czech Republic in the semi. Up against their opponents from their first Pool B game, Russia put up a good fight but just fell short against Scotland as they finished in 10th place, illustrating the fantastic improvement in the Russian team.
The eventual Euro Cup champions, the England Dragonslayers, won all their pool games convincingly by an average margin of 58 points. A big win in the quarter-final saw them move to the semi’s where they defeated Germany by 13 points in their closest game to date. In the Grand Final against Ireland, the Dragonslayers were more clinical in front of goal as they became the 2019 Champions after a narrow seven-point victory.
Finishing second in the pool, the Netherlands started off with two important wins but went down to England in their final group match. They then lost to France in the quarterfinals and to Croatia in the semi-finals. In the 7th Place play-off against Wales, the Welsh side was too strong as the Netherlands ended their tournament in eighth place.
A tough start against England and the Netherlands, Israel defeated Poland in an impressive 40-point win to finish their group games. The quarter-final game against Russia was close, but Israel lost by just seven points. In the semi-final, they defeated Austria after a great defensive display, conceding just a point, before defeating Finland to end their tournament in 13th place.
In their first ever Euro Cup tournament, Poland, unfortunately, didn’t win a game as they finished 16th but showed their potential in a number of games. They managed to kick a goal in their first ever Euro Cup game and also scored two goals in their final match against Austria. This experience will go a long way to their growth as a team and nation new to Australian Football.
Eventual runners-up, Ireland, topped their group comfortably on their way to the final. They had another big win in the quarter-final against Croatia by 59-points. Another strong performance in the semi-final against France helped them continue their form going into the Grand Final. Coming up against rivals England, they couldn’t keep that form up all the way through, as they lost in a close game by just seven points to finish with the silver medal.
Starting off with two wins, Wales were looking strong early before losing to Ireland in their last group game. They were then defeated by Germany in the quarter-finals and lost the semi-final against the hosts Sweden. In their final game, they finished with a good win over the Netherlands by 35 points in a great attacking display as they finished the tournament in seventh place.
A close loss to Wales to start their campaign, Switzerland then lost to the in-form Irish team but finished off the group strongly with a win over the Czech Republic. In their quarter-final, they won by 28-points against Finland but were defeated by Scotland in the semi. In the battle for 11th place, the Swiss team beat the Czech Republic again, this time by 23 points to finish in 11th spot.
The Czech Republic had a tough group stage, losing all their games, but their form took a turn for the good as they beat Austria in their quarter-final by nine points. They fought valiantly in the semi-final against Russia but ultimately lost before they played Switzerland for the second time in the 11th placed play-off. This game was closer than the group match, but the Czech team lost by 23 points as they finished in 12th place.
England Dragonslayers defeated the Irish Warriors in the Men’s Grand Final.
12. Czech Republic
Golden Whistle – Paul Barron
2019 Euro Cup Golden Whistle – Paul Barron
Women’s Team of Tournament:
Croatian Queens – Ana Vukovic
England Vixens – Chloe Hall
French Gauloises – Aralia Pierret
German Eagles – Jennifer Englisch
Swedish Ravens -Malin Anderberg
Swiss Heidis – Katherine Deller
Welsh Wyverns – Nicole Hagan
Player of the Tournament – Irish Banshees – Mairead Coyne
2019 Euro Cup Women’s Team of the Tournament
Men’s Team of the Tournament:
Austrian Avalanche – Bernhard Voller
Czech Republic Dragons – Chris Marias
England Dragonslayers – Andy Cochran
Finland Icebreakers – Aku Immonen
French Coqs – Nicolas Boche
German Eagles – Florian Naumann
Irish Warriors – Cian O’Mahony
Israeli Beasts – Eli Lipshatz
Nederland Flying Dutchmen – Jort Kolman
Polish Devils – Radek Szeniec-Kiedrzynski
Russian Bears – Mikhail Kuropatkin
Scottish Clansmen – Fraser Smith
Swedish Elks – Buster Sund
Swiss Wolves – Dominic Lanz
Player of the Tournament – Croatian Knights – Dejan Pavkovic
2019 Euro Cup Men’s Team of the Tournament
Thank you to everyone for their support and effort in making this year’s Euro Cup a memorable event. A massive thank you and mention to the umpiring squad for 2019, with a total of 13 umpires covering 68 matches. Thank you for an outstanding effort and your contribution on the day.
A big thanks must be said to AFL Sweden for their amazing management of this event in conjunction with the team at Norrtalje Sportcentrum for hosting us.
We applaud all the volunteers and pitch managers for keeping the day running on time and for their support of the game in Europe.
We would also like to acknowledge the Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy in Sweden, Sara-Kate Goltz-Wharton and Staffan Tjornhammar the Norrtalje Municipal Commissioner for coming along and supporting this fantastic event.
To all of the teams, players and coaches, congratulations on an amazing tournament played in great spirit both on and off the field, you all represented your nations with pride.
On Saturday 16th March history will be made with the first practice match for the newly formed Stockholm Women’s team.
Following on from the foundation work layed out in 2018 by the core group of Stockholm based women, 2019 is shaping up to be an exciting year for footy in the Swedish capital.
We held our first proper training session last saturday and we had 8 people attend which is fantastic for a cold, windy day in march. We hope to build on those numbers in the coming weeks and really motivate the girls that are a little bit on the fence about coming down for a try.Coach - Victoria Wyckelsma
Stockholm will be meeting a well drilled Port Malmö team that have been playing together for a number of years.
I’m super excited about getting to know the Stockholm girls. Some of them have already played for the Ravens (National team) and showed great skills and talent. That they get to experience having a team in their home town is amazing. Running out with my Malmö girls against another Swedish team will definitely be a highlight in my footy career. I can’t wait until March 16th in Norrtälje! Port Malmö Lynx Captain - Hanna Falkenström
The formation of the team in Stockholm is an important part of the overall growth of the game in Sweden and Europe. Having a women’s team in the most populous city in the country is a stepping stone to a complete national women’s league and an improvement for the national team.
For women’s footy in Sweden I think it’s crucial that we have more than one team. The competition for getting a spot in the Ravens will be higher and I’m sure we’re gonna see the results of that very soon. Hopefully some more of the Stockholm girls will make their debut at the Euro Cup 2019 in Sweden. Port Malmö Lynx Captain - Hanna Falkenström
What the future holds for the Stockholm team remains to be seen but with the guidance and structure being implemented by the coaching staff it does look bright.
The idea is we build a solid core of players and eventually start having games over the summer months against other european cities- including Malmö, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Olso. With the aim to get as many Stockholmers into the national team.
We would also like to expand and try some friendly international rules games against the Stockholm Gaels! Coach - Victoria Wyckelsma
For anyone that is interested in becoming involved the coach had this to say.
Have a go, don’t be afraid to make mistakes and have fun! Coach - Victoria Wyckelsma
Stockholm Women v Port Malmö Lynx Saturday 16th March 4pm @ Norrtälje Sportcentrum Admission: Free To become involved contact the group through facebook here. The women’s game will be followed by a practice match between Norrtälje Dockers and Stockholm All-Stars.
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AFL Sweden in it’s continuous development of high performance football has recruited a head coach for the men’s national team the Elks.
After the depature of former coach Brett Petersen to warmer shores at the end of 2018, AFL Sweden started recruitment of a new head coach to lead the team into the 2019 Euro cup in Norrtälje.
The association finally landed on Lake Wangary local Leighton Rowsell who currently resides in Malmö on Sweden’s southern tip. Rowsell brings a wealth of experience to the table as both a player and coach
My ultimate goal is to help the game grow. By building professionalism, fun and competitiveness in the national team the success will breed a new generation of young players in the game.
Leighton began his coaching career at a young age and has led teams in a variety of different sports.
AFL to Rugby to touch Rugby. I always wanted to be the most educated about the game. I took a course in coaching at university and have been coaching various teams since then.
AFL Sweden President Ryan Tucker hopes that Rowsell’s long tenure with junior club Marble Range on the Eyre peninsular in South Australia will help with the ongoing rebuild of culture for the mens national team.
By bringing in a coach such as Leighton who has experienced first hand that building and retention of players and culture we see a bright future for the Elks.
Head Coach - Quick Facts
Favourite club – Essendon Bombers Favourite player – James Hird Teams Played for – Marble Range, Hamley Bridge, Helsingborg Saints, Glenguna
Joining Leighton and returning as assistant coach is DAFL Goal Kicking extroadinaire Ben Polmear from Port Malmö Maulers.
AFL Sweden is excited at the opportunity it has given the team to succeed at the upcoming Euro Cup and Euro Champs.