Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Christmas/End of Season Meal, Sat. Dec 3rd

Starting at the North Star for a meal at 6:30pm (the menu is below and includes half a bottle of wine each). Meal choices and payment should be given to James Gibson (WARFL President) in advance.

Please come and join us celebrate the end of the season and look back on the achievements of our clubs, national team and players.

The raffle will be drawn at the dinner where there are some excellent prizes on offer:

  • A night in Ibis hotel.
  • WARFL Polo Shirts.
  • Cymru Red Dragons playing jersey.
  • Cymru Red Dragons shorts.
  • Welsh FA pens.
  • Champagne.
  • Kukri socks.
  • Under Armour T-shirts.
  • and many other prizes... 

Raffle tickets will be on sale for your club for every ticket you buy your club will receive 50% of the proceeds and WARFL 50%. Please contact your club president to buy a ticket.

Taxis will be arranged to move on to Tiger Tiger where we will have free entry/guest list/VIP for the rest of the night free of charge.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Wales win EuroCup 2011 Plate Competition

Congratulations to the Cymru Red Dragons on bringing home a trophy for the EuroCup. The team were unable to bring back the EuroCup itself but did win the Plate competition beating Spain by 40 points in the final. A further update will be posted soon.

Here is how they did it:

Pool Stage

Knockout Stage
The full results from last weekend can be found on the AFL Europe website, with the full compliment of video highlights can be found here.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Wales drawn in Euro Cup group with Iceland and England

The Euro Cup is taking place in Belfast on Saturday 8th October in Belfast. The Cymru Red Dragons are in a group with Iceland, and the old enemy, England. The very best of luck to our Welsh boys who will no doubt do us proud.

The fixtures for our boys are as follows:

  • 10.30 am: England vs Wales.
  • 12.30 pm: Wales vs Iceland.
  • Knockout sstages from 2.00 pm onwards.

Follow the tournament online:

Live score update are available on the AFL Europe Twitter:

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Dragons get ready to soar at EuroCup

The Cymru Red Dragons squad to compete at the Belfast EuroCup has been named and feature a strong team full of experience. Coach Kim Swain has chosen a line up with players from the Welsh Austrailan Rules Football League (WARFL) and from the London League and Southern England League.

WARFL Champions, the Cardiff Panthers have the most squad members with 8 of the 16 Dragons having played for the Champions who went unbeaten last season. They include Captain David Saunders and his brother Jon, winner of the Panthers Rookie of the Year Award. There are also 4 Great Britain representatives in the squad, Mark Horsman & Andrew Atack of the Cardiff Panthers and Tom Gillard & Harry Triggs of the West London Wildcats, the 2011 London Premiers.

Other WARFL teams represented are the Bridgend Eagles and Cardiff Double Blues, both of whom have two players in the squad, whilst Asst. Coach will be Alex Parry of the Swansea Magpies. The final two places are taken up by experienced Portsmouth Pirates duo George Llewellyn and Sam Jones.

The EuroCup will take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on the Saturday 8th October. The competition will see around 20 teams including the likes of Russia, Sweden, England and Italy, compete with hosts Ireland and Champions Croatia for the EuroCup over a 9-a-side format. Last year the Red Dragons came a respectable 7th overall and will be hoping to go even further in the competition this time. To find out more about Aussie Rules in Wales, please visit WARFL.org.uk

Full Squad

David Saunders (Cardiff Panthers, Captain)
Andrew Attack (Cardiff Panthers)
Brian Sparkes (Cardiff Double Blues)
Bryan Bliss (Cardiff Panthers)
Gareth Griffiths (Bridgend Eagles)
George Llewellyn (Portsmouth Pirates)
Harry Triggs (West London Wildcats)
Ian Carter (Cardiff Panthers)
Jamie Evans (Bridgend Eagles)
Jon Saunders (Cardiff Panthers)
Josh Davey (Cardiff Panthers)
Mark Horsman (Cardiff Panthers)
Rhys Morgan (Cardiff Double Blues)
Sam Jones (Portsmouth Pirates)
Scott Jones (Cardiff Panthers)
Tom Gillard (West London Wildcats)

Kim Swain (Coach, Cardiff Panthers), Alex Parry (Asst. Coach, Swansea Magpies).

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Wales and WARFL represented at World level

Photo courtesy of Tobietta Rhyman.

The WARFL would like to congratulate Anthony Trigg after the Welshman was named in the World Team at the AFL 2011 International Cup. Trigg has excelled throughout the tournament and impressed AFL Coaches, performing at an elite level during the AFL Combine Trials. The trials incorporate tests which include 20m sprint, running vertical jump, agility, kicking and clean marking. AFL National talent manager Kevin Sheehan said that, "We were also pretty impressed by British ruckman Anthony Trigg who, at 207cm tall, did a 2.95s time over 20m. He can certainly move along pretty smartly", (AFL.com.au, 2011). The record is 2.83s held jointly by current AFL players Stephen Hill (Fremantle) and Joel Wilkinson (Gold Coast)

Other Welshmen and Welsh based players involved in the IC11 were Tim Atkins of the Swansea Magpies and Chris James of the South Cardiff Panthers, both played for Great Britain Bulldogs alongside Welsh Captain Tom Case whilst former Panther Srinath Lakshmaiya represented the Indian Tigers.

From left to right: Chris James (Great Britain), Srinath Lakshmaiya (India), Tom Case (Great Britain).

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Panthers claw their way to 3rd consecutive Championship

The Cardiff Panthers cemented themselves as one of the best home-grown 9-a-side Aussie Rules teams in Britain on Saturday as they held off a strong challenge from the Bristol Dockers. Without talismanic ruckman Chris James who is currently at the International Cup with the GB Bulldogs, the Panthers fought hard to win their third Welsh Australian Rules Football League Premiership in as many years.

On a wet Cardiff morning, the Panthers knew they were in for a tough battle as the Dockers scored the first goal of the game within seconds of the first whistle. The Panthers though came back to score almost immediately after and goals at one end seemed to be constantly met with a goal at the other. The Dockers finished strongly however and went into quarter time leading by a goal.

It was the first time this season that the Panthers had finished a quarter behind and they were determined for it to be the last. Bristol’s experience of playing in the London Leagues however made them a tough team to break down. The Panthers though were prepared to fight them until the last and as the third quarter drew to a close, their fitness and strength in depth saw them start to pull away. In the final quarter, despite the best efforts of a Dockers team heavily loaded with Australian talent, the Panthers strolled home to a 23 point win.

Andrew Atack led brilliantly from the goalsquare, throwing the Dockers defence into chaos whilst David Gamble was strong in the ruck and defence and was named Best on Ground. It has been a truly remarkable season for a Panthers team who have lost only twice in the last two years and who fielded an Australian National in a game on only two occasions this season.

With the season now over, the WARFL turns its attention to two upcoming international tournaments and will be putting forward the Cymru Red Dragons for the inaugural Home Nations Cup in Worksop and EU Cup in Belfast.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Welsh Aussie Rules gets big showcase

The emergence of Aussie Rules as a growing sport in the UK was further proved on Wednesday night as the Welsh Australian Rules Football League put no a exhibition of the sport at the Cardiff City Stadium.
The Football Association of Wales invited the WARFL to play on the field as before the Wales vs Australia football match last night. As the fans took to their seats, a 6-a-side "smother-game" was put on by players representing all 5 Welsh Clubs in the WARFL Premiership.
James Gibson, President of the WARFL said “This was an excellent opportunity for the Aussie rules league in Wales to show another form of "footy" tonight, many thanks to the FAW for this chance”
The League also seemed to gain some famous fans with Reading FC’s Socceroo goalkeeper Adam Federici having an impromptu kick-a-about after the expo and English Premiership players Tim Cahill (Everton) and Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) signing a Sherrin and wishing players from the Cardiff Panthers good luck in their Grand Final match with the Bristol Dockers.

The WARFL hopes to expand on this exposure with further growth next year.

Panthers look to threepeat League Title wins

The Cardiff Panthers will be looking to win their third consecutive WARFL Premiership when they took on the Bristol Dockers on Saturday 13th at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens. The game starts at 10am behind the Swalec Stadium and the Panthers will want to continue their unbeaten run which has seen them become one of the most consistent teams in Britain. Their only defeats in the last two years have come at the hands of last years Grand Finalists the Swansea Magpies and an Australian saturated West London Wildcats team.

Their opponents the Bristol Dockers have also had a very good season this year having only lost to the Panthers in their first year in the Welsh League. The Dockers confirmed their place in the final with an emphatic 159-38 win over the Vale Warriors in the final game of the season to put them into second place.  The Panthers however confirmed their place in the final some weeks ago will be looking to continue their dominance.

The WARFL Grand Final takes place at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Pontcanna Fields, Sophia Gardens on Saturday  13th at 10am. For more information  and to find your local club, please visit WARFL.org.uk

Monday, 25 July 2011

League Round 8 Results

The Cardiff Panthers increased their unbeaten streak in the 2011 WARFL season to 8 games as they defeated the Vale Warriors by the biggest margin seen this year. The Panthers were at full strength and ran riot on the Warriors at Pontcanna Fields. Having easily won the 1st quarter, the Panthers then exerted their dominance further by shutting out the Vale in the 2nd, whilst putting 81 points of their own on the board. Andrew Atack topped scored for the Panthers whilst Chris James won the best on ground for his overall play as the Panthers won 32.29.221 – 3.3.21 winners. The win increases the Panthers lead and guarantees them a place in the Grand Final on Sunday August 14th.
Second placed Bristol Dockers failed to gain any ground no the Panthers however as they failed to beat the Bridgend Eagles. Sitting at the bottom of the table on goal difference, the Eagles would not have fancied themselves against the Leagues second placed team. The Dockers however have not travelled well this season and went 17.17.119 – 13.10.88 to a courageous Eagles team. The loss leaves the Dockers in 2nd place, level on points with the Vale Warriors but with a crucial head to head ratio of 1:0. As the table stands, the Panthers and the Dockers would head into the Grand Final clash to decide this year’s Champions on Sunday August 14th.

Cardiff Panthers 32.29.221 vs 3.3.21 Vale Warriors
Bridgend Eagles 17.17.119 vs 13.10.88 Bristol Dockers
Cardiff Double Blues 15.0.90 vs 0.0.0 Swansea Magpies

TeamPlayedWonLost (F)GoalsPoints
Cardiff Panthers88013932
Bristol Dockers844(1)9819
Vale Warriors844(1)7719
Swansea Magpies844(3)6117
Cardiff Double Blues826(1)6913
Bridgend Eagles826(1)6313

League Round 6 & 7 Results

Here are the results from round 6 and 7 from the WARFL league.

Round 6

Bristol Dockers 8.12.60 vs 19.15.129 Cardiff Panthers
Vale Warriors 15.0.90 vs 0.0.0 Swansea Magpies
Cardiff Double Blues 15.9.99 vs 13.12.90 Bridgend Eagles

TeamPlayedWonLost (F)GoalsPoints
Cardiff Panthers6609324
Bristol Dockers6428518
Vale Warriors633(1)5814
Swansea Magpies633(2)4613
Cardiff Double Blues615(1)518
Bridgend Eagles615(1)358

Round 7

Bridgend Eagles 11.8.74 vs 14.25.109 Cardiff Panthers
Vale Warriors 16.18.114 vs 3.10.28 Cardiff Double Blues
Swansea Magpies 15.0.90 vs 0.0.0 Bristol Dockers

TeamPlayedWonLost (F)GoalsPoints
Cardiff Panthers77010728
Bristol Dockers743(1)8518
Vale Warriors743(1)7418
Swansea Magpies743(2)6117
Cardiff Double Blues716(1)549
Bridgend Eagles716(1)469