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.

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