Noticeboard
This is where a list of notices will be posted in descending date order. Notices will be anything AFL related mainly in London but can be UK-wide. Things like training dates, new fixtures, Aussie Rules events and any AFL related gatherings.
Aug
15
Also at this year's presentation night - the fourth annual awarding of the Umpires' Golden Whistle trophy

Also at this year's AFL London presentation night, our Golden Whistle trophy was awarded to the best umpire for the season. The award is given in recognition of top performance across the following criteria:

  • decision making, control and communication
  • fitness and positioning
  • availability and
  • going the extra mile to help develop the sport in London and Europe

Previous winners of the award, inaugurated in 2010, are:

  • 2010: Martin Smith
  • 2011: Lee Crossley
  • 2012: Luke Shaw

So - drumroll please - the winner of this award for 2013 is ... Don Cruttenden! Congratulations Don.

Jul
30
England DragonSlayers National Training Camp
G'day all English Australian Rules football players. In preparation for Euro 2013 and after last years successful weekend, the 2nd England National training camp weekend will take place on 24th and 25th August 2013 at Chippenham RFC. It will be an action packed, fun and analytical weekend and highly important in future development, plus the majority of the squad will be selected here. After the camp the England management are selecting a squad that is available for both Tri-Nations in Scotland on 7th September and Euro Cup in Bordeaux on 21st September. There will be camping space available and a squad night out in Bath again. Good luck to all teams in finals, the regional finals have finished with Leeds beating Manchester in Central. Cardiff Panthers defeating Chippenham Redbacks in Wales/West. Southampton winning South over Bournemouth
Jul
25
Top-level AFL action returning soon to an Oval near you ..!
Not content with seeing AFL action via Pay TV and online (see http://www.afleurope.org/events-media/broadcast/)? Want to see two top teams fight it out for bragging rights here in the UK? Well stay tuned for further details of the 2013 AFL exhibition match - revived in 2012 - which is certain to be another blockbuster under lights in November this year. For further details, check out http://www.afleurope.org.
Jul
24
Interested in better understanding Australian Football?
Are you interested in learning more about Australian Football, but not sure where to begin? Want to know more about the rules of the game, or perhaps try out umpiring for the first time?
Then feel free to email umpires@afleurope.org with any question about Australian Football you may have. Alternatively, have a look at https://www.facebook.com/afleuropeumpires to see if there is already some information posted about your topic of interest.
Jul
19
AFL Europe Cup - Bordeaux - Umpires wanted
Once again, the annual Euro Cup decends upon the European footy stage like the rumbling behemoth it has become known for, the iconic development tournament for Australian Football in Europe. With the best young talent in attendance, umpiring ranks will need to keep pace, so to express your interest in attending, please contact umpires@afleurope.org.
Jul
16
Women's Australian Football Training in London
AFL Europe’s Gaelle Hazimeh and AFL England’s Women’s Football Co-Ordinator Tobietta Rhyman have teamed up to host a women’s football training session in London later this month. The session will take place on Saturday the 27th of July from 10:00 on Clapham Common. The session will include a meet and greet, mixed level training and skills development, followed by an opportunity to discuss the future of women’s football in the UK and Europe with Hazimeh and Rhyman over lunch. Hazimeh and Rhyman will attend a discussion on the future of the women’s game in Europe and various plans for the Euro Cup this week on Wednesday and will have lots of ideas to discuss with participants. The aim of the training session is to bring existing female football players and others interested in playing the game together in London. Hazimeh and Rhyman hope that the sessions can be repeated regularly with the ultimate goal being to establish a women’s Australian Football team in London. Anyone interested in attending can email gaelle.hazimeh@afleurope.org. This is an open training session so beginners and friends are most welcome.
Jun
24
AFL London - the pointy end nears
Now nearing the pointy end of the 2013 AFL London season, it is again a dominant West London club which sees all three of it's teams already well established at the top of all of the league's championship ladders. With just a few rounds to go and hungry for revenge after last year, all are now assured of finals footy come August. Club stalwarts cite the potential return to the boat sheds for finals footy as a particular motivation. The fate of North London, last year's reigning premiers in the top flight is on a similar trajectory within the premiership division and the club looks set to again challenge strongly for back to back titles. Whilst in an expanded Social grade the club's thirds are struggling to maintain contention with the leading pack, its seconds side are now almost assured of finals for 2013 with a minor miracle from cellar dwellers the London Swans needed for them to be unseated from seeing August action. The word from under the hanging tree that confidence abounds for double pennants for this emerging dynasty. The Putney sides, struggling to find depth of numbers this year are the surprise packet of the top two grades. Comfortably qualifying for finals in both premiership and conference, the club is a realistic chance of mounting successful campaigns at the flag in both divisions. Its social team this year, whilst still with an outside chance of making the four is now almost certain to pay the price for a lack of numbers in this grade. Club insiders rue the fact that the home patch, Putney Heath, can't be tilted a little more skywards at the ASDA end of the playing fields. The Reading Roos, again returning after premiership success in the social division look to be comfortably ensconsed in the final four of that division, and will be focussing on the final rounds to assure themselves of the double chance. The increased competition has certainly increased the chances of Roos management considering higher grades of competition in years to come. This pundit's contact with Skippy, whilst scratchy at best, seems to suggest some weight behind this move for season 2014. Wandsworth, well regarded as a powerhouse club of the mid and late 2000s has gone through what can only be described as a lacklustre season and whilst all three sides cling to finals footy, it is only in the premiership division that the club can be confident of reaching the knockout stages. In these later rounds, you can be certain that the Demons leadership will need to find that something special to avoid disappointment for season 2013. It has been rumoured that senior club officials have held talks with an alternative club mascot wearing a halo in place of the current pitchfork-wielding veteran. Wimbledon have again approached season 2013 with their typical endeavour and flair though unfortunately, the premiership and social ladders have not been kind to them. Planning for 2014 has started and undoubtedly increased focus on the now legendary BBQs - roaring flames included - is hoped to have an impact on recruitment down at Motspur Park. The Swans, though playing at times with the grace of their namesake on the field have suffered the recent loss of leading lights and - with only a few matches remaining - languish last on both premiership and conference ladders after some heavy mid season defeats. When asked about the impact of keeping it real in the East End, senior officials drew positives from a growing legacy of the local Olympic investment and abounding Banksy specials. And it was with a bang that the South East London Magic Giants nearly exited the league after season 2012, but with some cajoling, marketing and a bit of footy thrown in, the team destined for the same fate as University in 1914 have returned to London footy strongly and stake the final qualifying spot for finals on the social rungs. This dark horse out of Peckham out of Hackney out of the fire and into the light could yet see silverware in 2013 and onto better things beyond.
Jun
24
Europe's finest do battle in Dublin
Just a few short weeks now until the return of AFL Europe's premier 16-a-side triennial tournament hits Dublin. From August 3rd - 10th, the top 6 sides in Europe do battle over 4 game days for supremacy and the right to call themselves champions of Europe. Rivalries will build upon previous competitions and stories will be told of heroic deeds during the week. With hosts and current holders Ireland putting out another strong team, can Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain or Croatia finish the week in glory? Come and see for yourself! To umpire, email umpires@afleurope.org or for further details, see http://www.afleurope.org/events-media/events/afl-europe-championships-dublin-2013
May
13
Sherrins now available
If you need to buy Sherrin footballs for season 2013 please get in touch with AFL Europe. Details on the link below. http://www.afleurope.org/play/buy-a-footy/
Apr
5
Round 1: The Hostilities Begin!
After bitterly long winter months, there's finally something to warm your football-loving hearts. Round 1 of AFL London action sees three big game days on the second weekend of May. In action will be: London Swans playing host to reigning premiers North London Lions (at Shoreditch Park); West London Wildcats taking on Wimbledon Hawks (at the picturesque Barn Elms); and Wandsworth Demons challenging Putney Magpies in the match of the round (at the famous Clapham Common) Who's your tip to sit atop the ladder following Round 1 of AFL London action?
Mar
29
It's BACK and bigger than ever
Returning after its recent absence, the AFL London ANZAC Cup is back for 2013. All Premiership sides will be involved and looking to claim first blood after the North London Lions took the honours in last year's Grand Final. Watch this space for further details ...
Mar
15
See the "Best of the Next" AFL Stars in Surrey on 6th April
Keen to see the AFL's stars of the future? The AIS team return to our shores for the third year to playoff against Europe's finest up and coming talent. To be played at Surrey Sports Park on Richard Meyjes Road GU2 7AD, this event at 2pm on 6th April is not to be missed. See http://www.afleurope.org/easter-series-london-now-on-sale/ for further details.
Mar
14
Adelaide University Blacks - London Catchup
Bob Neil is searching for ex-Adelaide University Footballers to have a past players catch up in London For more information please email Malcolm rulebook Ashwood at emma.ashwood@bigpond.com or +61414678815.
Mar
13
England Umpires Workshop 14th April
Calling all interested umpires, players, coaches and supporters of Australian Football in England. On 14th of April a Level 0 course will be run in Reading to provide participants with a basic understanding / refresher of the Laws of Australian Football. Register your interest for the course or request further details by contacting umpires@aflengland.org.
Feb
21
2013 Fixtures
The 2013 Premiership fixtures have been drawn up and agreed. The fixtures will be posted under Fixtures in due course.