Round 3 of the pools in both the men’s and women’s competitions at the 2017 International Cup were completed today with the Alfa Irish Banshees topping their group with a convincing victory over Papua New Guinea Flames 9.7 61 to 0.3 3. Read the AFL Europe match report here http://www.afleurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Round-Three-Ireland-Banshees-vs-PNG.pdf
This result means the Banshees now play GB Swans in Tuesday’s semi-final which will be streamed lived on the AFL International Cup Youtube channel.
The Swans were two wins from three in their pool with their only loss being today to Canada Northern Lights, the reigning champions. They had a heavy defeat here against the quality Canadians with a final score of 4.40 34 to 0.3 3. But if they learn from this defeat they could still be a serious challenge for the Banshees in the semi-final as they were good enough to beat Fiji in the pool, a team that Canada only defeated in overtime.
The Warriors were down to support the Banshees today and they were in good spirits enjoying another Irish win. They had an important victory over old rival Great Britain Bulldogs yesterday and are three from three so far in Division 1 with one pool game remaining against New Zealand Hawks.
The Hawks are also undefeated with three wins against Nauru, Fiji and Canada yesterday. They have been putting up big scores in their games and have been conceding very little. This means their percentage is very high. There are no semi-finals in the men’s competition so the top two teams make the Grand Final in the iconic MCG on Saturday. The percentage is important with PNG and the USA also capable of making the Grand Final if their percentage is better than the loser of Ireland v New Zealand. So only a win on Tuesday will guarantee a Grand Final place.
The Warriors may see playing the Hawks at this stage as a good omen as the last time they met in IC11 the Warriors went on to lift their second International Cup title. On that occasion in the semi-final the Warriors were very convincing winners 5.16 46 to 2.1 13. However the Hawks seem to be a much improved team since 2011 with AFL clubs Hawthorn and St Kilda showing interest in New Zealand footy.
This game is also being streamed live on the AFL International Cup Youtube channel.
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Men Rd 4 Div 1 Irish Warriors v New Zealand, Royal Park, Melbourne, 12:15pm Tues 15th Aug
Women Semi-final Rd Alfa Irish Banshees v Great Britain Swans, Royal Park, Melbourne 2:45pm Tues 15th Aug