PSS Presents: Around the Grounds
Each week, AFL Europe will take a look at some of the football highlights around the continent in Around the Grounds presented by PSS International Removals. Here are the standout performances from the weekend’s action.
Sharks seal birth in SARFL Grand Final
In a massive game between Glasgow and Edinburgh on Saturday, it was the Glasgow Sharks who got the chocolates and in the process booked themselves a grand final birth in the 2018 SARFL Grand Final. After getting off to a good start, Glasgow kept their composure as the Bloods made their way back into the contest. Eventually it was the hosts who ran out 36-point winners. They’ll play the Tyne Tee Tigers in their final regular season match before the big dance, while the Bloods will take on the Kingdom Kangaroos.
Final Score (SARFL):
Glasgow Sharks 15.16 (106) defeated Edinburgh Bloods 9.16 (70)
Putney get the double in the London Conference Division
At the Richard Evans Memorial Playing Fields, the Putney Magpies made it 2 from 2 in the AFL London Conference Divisions with big wins on the weekend. The men’s side had to fight against the Lions trailing by two points at three-quarter time. A spirited final term saw the boys turn the scoreline around in this tight affair, as they came out 9-point winners in a gutsy performance.
In contrast, the women’s side had a massive win without conceding a goal against the West London Wildcats. The win cemented Putney’s position in the finals, and they will now take on the London Swans in the first week of the finals.
Delft deal with the Devils
Turning their previous misfortunes around, the Delft Blues were inspiring in a hardly fought 11-point victory over the Amsterdam Devils in the Netherlands. Playing in their new kit at the Sportpark De Eendracht, the match featured five debutants who got to learn quickly just how fast and skilful these Australian Football athletes can be. Four of these players were from the newly formed Waterland Eagles (pictured) and they were able to gain some valuable lessons from playing in a match between two very competitive outfits.
DownUnder Dogs target the youth in Austria
Running a clinic with some of the Austrian youth, Michael Jud and his Styrian DownUnder Dogs made their way to FSV Güssing to teach over 60 children the game of Australian Football. Teaching them the basic skills of kicking, handballing and marking, the young ones enjoyed the chance to learn a new sport while having plenty of fun in the process!
An Irishman is the hero in an AFL classic!
Now not often do we report back on what is happening in the AFL, but last weekend’s Saturday night contest has us still talking about a scenario that is just too good to be true. After trailing by 29 points minutes into the last quarter, the Geelong Cats somehow found a way to beat the Melbourne Demons in a thriller at GMHBA Stadium. And who was the hero you ask? Well, it was none other than Irishman Zac Tuohy who kicked the winner after the siren in one of the games of the season. Good on you Zac!
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