Treats from Oz

A Case for AFL's International Development

Last week in a Herald Sun article, Hawthorn President, Jeff Kennett questioned the rationale and the AFL's commitment to growing the game outside of Australia.  "I don't know why they do it.  AFL football will never be an international game.  To be quite honest, I would rather my players, if they were asked, didn't go on the trip. It's an unnecessary risk. I think it's just a junket for the officials of the AFL and the media.'' 

Mtutuzeli Hlomela (Mtutu), the South African Captain at the 2008 International Cup, who has greatly contributed to the development of the game in South Africa responded to Kennett's comments with the following letter.

Chicago Big Bash: Chicago United v Hamilton Wildcats

May 21, 2011 - 04:30pm US/Central
Waveland Fields
3600 N Recreation Drive
Chicago, IL
Chicago Swans
  Hamilton Wild Cats
8.10.58 8.9.57
Chicago Swans8.10.58
Hamilton Wild Cats8.9.57


Leos to Debut this weekend against Torquay

Austin Crows wingman Jesse Leos (pictured left with Mark "Bomber" Thompson) has made the trip to Australia this year to play with the Barwon Heads football club in the Bellarine Football Leauge. After some preseason games and his first two regular season games in the reserves, Leos has this week been picked to play in the senior team against Torquay at Torquay.

USA Freedom Squad Announced

USA Freedom

USA Freedom Coach, Leigh Barnes, announced the USA Freedom squad for the 2011 AFL International Cup today.  The team will travel to Australia in August to compete in the first ever women’s International Cup competition.

Six teams from the USA, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Ireland and a Multi-cultural Indigenous team will compete in this history-making event in Sydney and Melbourne from August 15-27.

2011 USA Revolution Squad Announced!

2008 Revolution

Monday, March 14 - In anticipation of the largest ever AFL International Cup, to be held in Australia during August this year, Revolution Coach Matt Bishop has named the 2011 Revolution squad.

Twenty-four teams from all over the world will participate in the fourth AFL International Cup and the expectations on the U.S.A. team are high.  “Ideally we would like to exceed our best ever performance of a 3rd place finish and play in the Grand Final to be played at the home of Australian Football, the Melbourne Cricket Ground,” said Coach Bishop.

The squad was finalized after the team training camp that was held in Austin, Texas, over the weekend of February 25-27. The players were chosen from an extensive list of quality candidates that have been involved with the Revolution during 2009 and 2010, including two successful 49th Parallel Cup campaigns against the Canadian Northwind.

Prime Minister Gillard meets with the New York Magpies

During her recent trip to the USA, the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, dropped in to pay a visit to to the New York Magpies at thier sponsor pub, The Australian in Manhattan, NY.  The purpose of her visit in New York was to thank the Australian expat community for their fundraising efforts for the recent flood victims of Australia.

Obama Kicks Around with Aussie Prime Minister

Obama & GillardJulia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minister is in Washington DC this week meeting with President Obama.  The Australian newspaper was there to capture the private footy lesson between the two leaders.

The USAFL and AFL Attend 2011 NFL Combine

NFL Combine

The USAFL and AFL were guests of Under Armour at the recent NFL Combine in Indianapolis.  Representing the AFL was Peter Schwab, AFL Director of Coaching.  Doren James, Operations Manager attended on behalf of the USAFL. Several scouting and recruiting managers from Collingwood, Geelong, North Melbourne, Fremantle and the Gold Coast were also in attendance.  With the AFL set to adopt free agency in 2012 AFL club representatives took the opportunity to meet with their counterparts from various NFL teams to gain insight into the draft process, player management and the NFL’s free agency system. 

The AFL are seeking new American talent

Shae McNamaraA SERIES of meetings in the United States next week could be the first step in creating an AFL career path for American college athletes, in a plan to discover a new type of ruckman.

AFL director of coaching Peter Schwab will spend next week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, which will also be attended by leading officials from several AFL clubs, with talent identification among his key objectives.


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