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The new AFL Asia website at www.afl-asia.com

The new AFL Asia website at http://www.afl-asia.com

With the recent establishment of AFL Asia, we have now changed our domain address to www.afl-asia.com

To visit the new website, click onto www.afl-asia.com

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Chinese Canadian trying to get to next year’s International Cup in Australia. Vote now to help her!

Renee Tong, a Chinese Canadian, is hoping to win a competition that would give her $10,000 to help her get to next year's International Cup in Australia.

Renee Tong, a Chinese Canadian, is hoping to win a competition that would give her $10,000 to help her get to next year’s International Cup in Australia.

Renee Tong is a Chinese Canadian who plays football with the Canadian Northern Lights. She’s wanting to compete in next year’s International Cup in Australia.

To help her get there, she has entered a competition in Canada where the winner will collect $10,000 to put towards their athletic dream. The winner is determined by the most number of votes that they receive – and so, given her Chinese origins, Renee thought who better to ask for help than AFL Asia??

Renee Says that she is “currently in second place in the contest but I am only behind by 500 votes.  If I can get as many people as I can to vote for me every day until the end of the contest (August 31st midnight EST time), I actually have a shot at this unbelievable grant!

“AFL Canada and AFL Europe have been helping promote and I hope you’re able to do the same :). Any votes are hugely appreciated.”

To vote for Renee, just click here.

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Beijing Bombers Vs Shanghai Tigers in Mainland China Cup Blockbuster, 7 Sept

The 2013 China Cup Showdown: Beijing Bombers Vs Shanghai Tigers, 7 September.

The 2013 China Cup Showdown: Beijing Bombers Vs Shanghai Tigers, 7 September.

The Mainland China Cup, now in its 10th year, will see the might of the Capital, the Beijng Bombers, take on the current cup holders from the Southern City of Sin, The Shanghai Tigers.

Earlier in May, the Tigers broke the deadlock and have taken a 7 to 6 lead in the head-to-head clashes.

A hostile reception is expected when the Shanghai team arrives on the fast train from Shanghai and the Bombers are fired up to make sure the China Cup does not make the return trip.

So, it should be a fun day for the whole family!

The Essentials:

  • Date: 7 September, 2013
  • Time: 3pm
  • Place: Dulwich
  • BBQ & Drinks: Available at ground
  • Auskick: A free Auskick clinic will be held at 1/2 time
  • More information: Visit the Beijing Bombers’ website

Islamabad Dashers kick off – and then announce Ironman Triathlon!

The Islamabad Dashers had their first training session two nights ago.

The Islamabad Dashers had their first training session two nights ago.

Marzio “Muzza” Da Re is the President of the newly formed Islamabad Dashers and below, he has some exciting news to report…

“Greetings all and preliminary advice that Islamabad had its first, sharp and very short AFL training session on Tuesday night.  Pictures will follow however I resent the fact that people are still taking the liberty of using my back as a platform for a ‘hanger’.

“The real and undisguised reason for this post is that the Islamabad Dashers’ Ironman triathlon is set to re-launch Pakistan into the International Sporting Arena.”

2013 Islamabad – Ironman Triathlon, Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Islamabad Dashers invite members of the foreign community and members of the Islamabad sporting fraternity to participate in a charity event known as the “2013 Islamabad Ironman – Triathlon” to be held in the Diplomatic Enclave. You can become Islamabad’s Ironman or Ironwoman for 2013 by completing the following disciplines and distances (in that order) or simply participate for fun, either as an individual or as part of a team. An 8km walk is also an option to join in.

  • Swim: 600m swim (30 lengths x 20 metres)
  • Cycle: 16 kms cycle (2 laps of the inside perimeter of the enclave)
  • Run: 8 kms run (1 lap around the Enclave)

For further information click onto 2013 Islamabad Triathlon Flyer or email Islamabad.dashers@hotmail.com

AFL India wants India-Pakistan match

Meanwhile, Sudip Chakraborty, Secretary General of the Australian Rules Football Association in India has replied:

“Fantastic to know about the first AFL training session in Islamabad.

“Hope you guys could have joined in for the AFL India carnival in Goa from 16-17 November.

“Please keep me posted on the updates of AFL Pakistan. We will have to figure out the earliest option to have an India-Pakistan AFL game somehow.

“Go (Indian) Tigers!!”

How good is the footy on the sub continent?? Mega awesome!

Media Release from the Australian Football League – The Essendon supplements program

AFL Chairman, Mike Fitzpatrick, at last night's press conference in Melbourne.

AFL Chairman, Mike Fitzpatrick, at last night’s press conference in Melbourne.

The AFL has requested that last night’s statement from Chairman, Mike Fitzpatrick, regarding the Essendon Football Club’s supplements program be distributed through the AFL Asia Network.

Please see below.

STATEMENT FROM AFL CHAIRMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK

ESSENDON FC HEARING – 27 AUGUST 2013

I want to start by addressing all Australian football supporters.

The AFL Commission shares your anger and frustration that the 2013 season has too often been dominated by headlines that we would rather not see – and hoped we would never see associated with our sport.

The issues involved in the Essendon Football Club’s supplements program are deeply disturbing. The investigation undertaken over the past six months and the actions we have taken today reflect this gravity.

A number of fundamental principles guide our code and collectively contribute to making the AFL competition successful.

Two of these principles are absolute non-negotiables:

The health and safety of the players, and the overall integrity of the AFL competition.

These principles underpin our Rules and also our day-to-day decision-making.

On behalf of the AFL Commission I want to send a clear and unequivocal message to everybody that nothing – and no-one – comes ahead of the duty of care owed to players and also the need to safeguard the fairness of our competition.

The pursuit of on-field success can never be allowed to obscure a commitment to the principles of player welfare and competition integrity. The very essence of sport demands it.

The AFL Commission yesterday and today dealt with the charges against the Essendon Football Club and Club officials James Hird, Danny Corcoran and Mark Thompson in relation to the Club’s supplements program in 2011 and 2012.

To their credit, all the parties involved in today’s hearing have worked hard to resolve the matter in the overall interests of the game. The AFL and those charged considered that the best interests of the game and its supporters are served by a resolution of this matter. We can now refocus on the game and on the Finals in the coming weeks without distractions or uncertainty.

The AFL acknowledges that neither the Essendon Football Club nor any of the individuals charged set out to implement a supplements program that would result in players being administered prohibited or potentially harmful substances.

However, the Essendon Football Club today acknowledged it had established a supplements program that was experimental, inappropriate and inadequately vetted and controlled, and that in relation to the program:

  1. The Club failed to ensure it adequately protected the health, welfare and safety of the players;
  2. There was a risk that Essendon players could have been administered substances prohibited by the AFL Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code and any such risk is an unacceptable risk;
  3. The Essendon FC is unable now to determine whether players were administered some substances prohibited by the AFL Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code.

By reason of these matters, it has been determined by the Commission, and the Essendon FC has agreed, that the Essendon FC breached Rule 1.6 of the AFL Rules in that it engaged in conduct that is unbecoming or likely to prejudice the interests or reputation of the Australian Football League or to bring the game into disrepute.

In addition, the AFL Commission has found, and Hird, Thompson and Corcoran agree that in consequence of their actions Essendon FC breached AFL Player Rule 1.6.

I want to acknowledge for the record that at the outset, the Essendon FC came forward and self-reported its concerns surrounding its supplements program.

From that point, the Club and its officials and players co-operated fully with the AFL and ASADA in the Investigative process. Their assistance has helped to get a much clearer picture of the events at Essendon in 2011 and 2012.

I also want to thank the AFL Integrity Unit led by Andrew Dillon and Brett Clothier for their hard work and diligence in investigating and prosecuting this complex and challenging case. In this investigation over 130 witness interviews were conducted and 13,000 documents reviewed. Using the AFL’s investigative powers, email servers, computer hard drives, back-up tapes and mobile telephones were seized and analysed. This level of forensic inquiry shows the AFL’s commitment to finding the truth and protecting the integrity of the competition.

Finally, I want to commend ASADA and its first class investigators for their outstanding work. ASADA’s willingness to work closely with sporting bodies to protect the integrity of sport is the reason we have been able to consider this matter and take action prior to the 2013 Finals series.

I will now detail the sanctions determined by the AFL Commission today. Each of the parties dealt with today chose to make significant admissions in relation to the conduct of the supplements program, and this was taken into account in the Commission’s determination.

Those sanctions are:

Essendon Football Club

  1. A fine of $2 million;
  2. The Club will forfeit its place in the 2013 AFL finals series and will not play in the 2013 AFL finals series, being deemed to have finished the 2013 Premiership Season in ninth position;
  3. The Club is prohibited from exercising, at the 2013 and 2014 National Drafts, its Round 1 and Round 2 selections;
  4. The Essendon FC, in 2014, will be granted a selection at the end of Round 1 of the National Draft prior to any compensation selections otherwise awarded under the Rules.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Essendon FC has the ability to trade in for draft selections at any level of draft pick in the 2013 and 2014 National Drafts.

It is important to note that Essendon FC further agrees and acknowledges that it:

  • Regrets the impact and potential consequences this matter may have had on the Club’s players and on the AFL competition in general; and
  • Supports the AFL Rules and recognises the need for the integrity of those Rules and the integrity of the AFL competition to be preserved by the AFL Commission.

James Hird

  1. The AFL will impose a 12 month suspension from the AFL, backdated to commence from 25 August 2013;
  2. Mr Hird will not work with any AFL Club in any capacity during this period.

Danny Corcoran

  1. A six-month suspension from the AFL, effective 1 October 2013, two months of which is suspended for a period of two years;
  2. Mr Corcoran will not work with any AFL Club in any capacity during this period.

Mark Thompson

  1. A fine of $30,000.

More complete details in relation to these sanctions will be released to the media separately due to the level of detail.

The AFL Commission determined that the charge against Essendon Football Club official, Dr Bruce Reid, would be adjourned until 10am on Thursday. Dr Reid is contesting the charge against him.

In conclusion, I want to note that this matter has been a wake-up call for our sport. It has already resulted in a range of governance reforms within the Essendon FC and enhancements to the AFL Anti-Doping Code that better regulate sports science and employment arrangements in football, and that reinforce the primacy of the club doctor in all medical decisions.

A number of significant lessons have been learned and changes made; I believe the AFL competition as a whole emerges stronger and far more resistant to the growing risks and threats that are challenging sports around the world.

Finally, I note that the outcome reached today, in addition to the support last week from the 17 other AFL clubs and also the AFL Players’ Association, is a powerful and enduring affirmation that no single club and no individual is above our great game.

International footy alumni in Melbourne

From Left: Pinky Beecroft (Monash Blues): Luke Chevy Levinstein, Wadsley Demons, London; Matty Hollywood McCart, Malaysian Warriors and Stockholm; Ben Dempsey (in background), Belfast Redbacks; Michael Davidson, Poland Purple Tigers; Luke Creamer, Vietnam Swans; and Martin Beecroft, Vietnam Swans.

From Left: Pinky Beecroft (Monash Blues): Luke Chevy Levinstein, Wadsley Demons, London; Matty Hollywood McCart, Malaysian Warriors and Stockholm; Ben Dempsey (in background), Belfast Redbacks; Michael Davidson, Poland Purple Tigers; Luke Creamer, Vietnam Swans; and Martin Beecroft, Vietnam Swans.

One of the reasons for forming AFL Asia is to provide a catalyst for alumni of Asian footy to find each other.

In Melbourne at the Monash Blues, some Vietnam Swans have hooked up with a Malaysian Warrior along with a few other international clubs.

In the photo, we have from left: Pinky Beecroft (Monash Blues): Luke Chevy Levinstein, Wadsley Demons, London; Matty Hollywood McCart, Malaysian Warriors and Stockholm; Ben Dempsey (in background), Belfast Redbacks; Michael Davidson, Poland Purple Tigers; Luke Creamer, Vietnam Swans; and Martin Beecroft, Vietnam Swans.

As AFL Asia takes root, we are expecting that Asia’s footy alumni will find each other around the water cooler vigorously discussing results / expected results of Super Saturdays, ANZAC Weekends, Asian Championships, Manila Cups, Indochina Cups, Changi Cups etc.

How good is the footy in Asia??

Thailand Tigers Prez wraps up 2013 Asian Champs

The Japan Goannas in front of the new AFL Asia logo at this year's Asian Championships in Thailand. Photo, courtesy Robert Brewer.

The Japan Goannas in front of the new AFL Asia logo at this year’s Asian Championships in Thailand. Photo, courtesy Robert Brewer.

President of the Thailand Tigers, Brendan Cunningham, wraps up an extremely successful 2013 Asian Champs with the following email to the Asian Presidents.

Hi Asian Presidents,

On behalf of the Thailand Tigers, I’d like to thank all 12 clubs for attending the Expat Property Planners Asian Championships.

With 13 participating teams, it was the biggest Asian Champs in the event’s history and a sign of just how strong footy has become in Asia.

It was great to get so many lads together who share the common interest of loving this game and sharing a beer with good blokes afterwards. I, personally, was particularly impressed by the amount of locals from each country and it’s certainly our goal to get more Thais involved and, ideally, playing at the next Asian Champs.

Also, good luck to the new AFL Asia committee in their pursuit of growing the game throughout Asia. It’s clear to see that Asian Footy can only benefit from what these guys are striving for.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at a bigger and better Asian Champs in 2014!