Hong Kong take out 14th Asian Championships, reports World Footy News

Expat Property Planners present the 14th Annual Asian Championships Cup to the Hong Kong Dragons last weekend. Photo, courtesy Robert Brewer.

Expat Property Planners present the 14th Annual Asian Championships Cup to the Hong Kong Dragons last weekend. Photo, courtesy Robert Brewer.

On Friday, World Footy News published an article by Shane Hendrickson titled, Hong Kong take out 14th Asian Championships.

The article has been reproduced below.

The 14th annual Asian Championships have taken place in Thailand, with the Hong Kong Dragons taking out the coveted title for the second consecutive year. The Dragons went through undefeated and beat the Philippines Eagles in the final 4.5 (29) to 2.3 (15) at Royal Polo and Equestrian Grounds outside of Pattaya.

This is the Dragons’ fifth title since the tournament began in 2000. The team is now tied with the Singapore Wombats for the record of most Championships.

The first Asian Championships to be held under the AFL Asia banner proved to be a success with a record 13 teams from across the continent competing for the prize, up from nine teams the previous year.

Other than the Dragons, Eagles and the hosting Thailand Tigers, the competing teams were the Singapore Wombats, Macau Lightning, China Reds, Jakarta Bintangs, Bali Geckos, Cambodia Eagles, Laos Elephants, Malaysian Warriors, Vietnam Swans and Japan Goannas.

This year’s tournament shows how the game continues to grow in the region, not only with the record number of participating clubs, but with the strength from within these clubs too. The Philippines Eagles finished at the bottom of the Championship table last year with no wins, but improved to go through almost undefeated this year only to fall at the last hurdle.

The tournament has become the pinnacle of Australian Rules football in Asia. With new structural organisation, an ever increasing number of teams and the depth within those teams, it will continue to grow as the pinnacle of Asian footy.

To view the original article on World Footy News, click here.

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Special thanks to the umpies at the Asian Champs

The field umpires at the Asian Champs umpired approximately 13 games each and ran 26kms!

The field umpires at the Asian Champs umpired approximately 13 games each and ran 26kms!

Playing between four preliminary games at the Asian Champs – plus semis and the Grand Final if you’re good enough – is a big ask.

But spare a thought for the field umpires.

Adam McDonald, for example, umpired 13 games straight! And, according to the GPS, he covered a total of 26 kilometres. The other umpires would have had very similar stats.

Thank you very much to all the umpires, including boundary and goal umpires, on a stunning job, all day, in the heat.

Field umpires:

  • Adam McDonald
  • Shane
  • Max Walker
  • Alan Sutherland (Yoda)
  • Brett
  • Saul Morgan
  • Alistair Pyers

Mega thanks to Thailand Tigers for organising 2013 Expat Property Planners’ Asian Champs

The 2013 Asian Champs was hugely successful thanks to the organisational efforts of the Thailand Tigers and the support of Expat Property Planners (for the third consecutive year). Photo, courtesy Robert Brewer.

The 2013 Asian Champs was hugely successful thanks to the organisational efforts of the Thailand Tigers and the support of Expat Property Planners (for the third consecutive year). Photo, courtesy Robert Brewer.

A mega successful weekend like the 2013 Expat Property Planners Asian Champs doesn’t happen without a huge amount of effort from a lot of people.

For most of us, we are oblivious to all the hard work that goes into making the day a success. We simply enjoy the benefits of all that hard work.

Today, the Thailand Tigers have kindly supplied names for some of the key people who sacrificed their time to host such a successful event.

  • Huge thanks to Teaguey for pulling it all together – the travel coordination, hotel, ground bookings, tents, food, drinks, and everything else.
  • Goose – who also played a massive role in the preparation and coordination on the day.
  • Ralphy – MC’d all day, didn’t miss a beat, unleashed his acid tongue on the defenseless Saul and Hollywood.
  • Phil Stevens – helped out throughout the day with everything from admin through to merchandise sales and ran a fantastic Auskick game.
  • Vaughn, Hendo, Dave Dufall – great effort coordinating the administration on the day.
  • Rob – for carting his own Hubble Telescope, taking photos all day and uploading them to the internet on Sunday night. To see photos, click here (password: ‘jesus’)
  • Intrepid team – Teagy did a fantastic job, but the amount of work needed for a tour that big can’t be done by one person. What most people don’t see is the devoted team at the Intrepid office who put in a lot of man hours.
  • Dog – while he was out of the country on the day, he did a lot of the set up work including the prospectus, draw, marshall/umpire uniforms, trophies etc.
  • Maggot, Phil, Lucas, Skinny, and Hendo & his team spent all Friday setting up at the ground
  • Paul Fletcher, Chris Bennetts, Michael Czuplak (goal umpires), and Barry Franks (scoreboard) came up from Australia for a holiday and worked all day until exhausted. Not members of the club, Just wanted to help out. Typical good form from Tasmanians.
  • Field umpires. While the Grand Finalists played the most number of games on the day – six – the field umpires had to umpire up to 13 without a rest.
  • And finally, the most important people on the day were the team who ran the beer tent – Mod, Na, Keisharna, and Fahsai.
  • And of course, our major sponsors for the day, Expat Property Planners, who have given us amazing support over the past three years and will hopefully continue to do so in the future.

AFL Asia expresses its deep gratitude to the Thailand Tigers, Expat Property Planners and all the individuals who worked tirelessly to make the weekend such a successful event.

Results of finals, 2013 Asian Championships

The Premiers, the Hong Kong Dragons at the presentations. Photo, courtesy Robert Brewer.

The Premiers, the Hong Kong Dragons at the presentations. Photo, courtesy Robert Brewer.

Below are the results of the semi finals and Grand Final in the 2013 Asian Championships:

1st Semi Final

Hong Kong Dragons: 7. 2. (44) def.
Singapore Wombats: 2. 4. (16)

2nd Semi Final

Philippine Eagles: 10. 2. (62) def.
Jakarta Bintangs: 2. 1. (13)

Grand Final

Hong Kong Dragons 4. 5. (29) def.Philippine Eagles: 2. 3. (15)

Ladder after preliminary games in 2013 Asian Championships

Below is the ladder at the end of the preliminary rounds of the 2013 Asian Championships.

Pos. Club P W L % Pts
1 Philippines 4 4 0 2,286 16
2 Hong Kong 4 4 0 1,410 16
3 Singapore 4 4 0 600 16
4* Bali 4 4 0 274 16
5* Cambodia 4 3 1 177 12
6 Jakarta 4 2 2 176 8
7 Vietnam 4 2 2 92 8
8 Lao 4 1 3 66 4
9 Thailand 4 1 3 40 4
10 Japan 4 1 3 27 4
11 Malaysia 4 1 4 27 4
12 China 4 0 4 16 0
13 Macau 4 0 4 3 0

Please note that although Bali finished in 4th position, it did not play in the semi finals. Bali had toured with just 12 players and therefore, with 16 players required on the field, needed to borrow players to compete in the tournament. Accordingly, it ruled itself ineligible to play in the finals.

Next in line, in 5th position, was the Cambodian Eagles. Cambodia, which had toured with 18 players decided to not accept the berth in the semi finals due to the condition of its players after the workload required of them in their preliminary games.

Jakarta was then offered the semi final berth which it accepted.

Unluckiest team of the day: Macau. Its four preliminary games were against the four semi finalists: Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta.

Individual game results from 2013 Asian Championships

Below are the individual game scores and results from the Asian Championships held in Thailand on 17 August 2013.

Game No. Match G B P
1 Bali def. 4 2 26
Thailand 0 2 2
2 Malaysia def. by 0 4 4
Jakarta 4 3 27
3 Lao def. by 1 1 7
Singapore 3 3 21
4 Hong Kong def. 4 4 28
Macau 0 0 0
5 Philippines def. 2 7 19
Vietnam 1 1 7
6 Japan def. by 0 4 4
Cambodia 1 2 8
7 Jakarta def. by 0 1 1
Hong Kong 6 3 39
8 China def. by 1 2 8
Thailand 1 5 11
9 Malaysia def. 3 1 19
Lao 2 1 13
10 Vietnam def. by 0 1 1
Singapore 4 4 28
11 Cambodia def. 3 1 19
Thailand 0 1 1
12 Macau def. by 0 0 0
Philippines 9 5 59
13 China def. by 1 2 8
Hong Kong 4 3 27
14 Japan def. by 3 0 18
Bali 4 1 25
15 Macau def. by 0 0 0
Jakarta 13 0 78
16 Cambodia def. 4 4 28
Lao 2 0 12
17 Singapore def. 6 2 38
Malaysia 1 2 8
18 Vietnam def. 4 3 27
Japan 1 0 6
19 Lao def. 2 2 14
Thailand 2 1 13
20 China def. by 0 1 1
Bali 3 2 20
21 Philippines def. 5 3 33
Malaysia 0 0 0
22 Macau def. by 1 0 6
Singapore 7 3 45
23 Cambodia def. by 0 0 0
Vietnam 2 2 14
24 Hong Kong def. 7 5 47
Japan 0 1 1
25 China def. by 0 0 0
Philippines 8 1 49
26 Jakarta def. by 2 2 14
Bali 4 1 25