Thursday, 10 August 2017


While all this preamble to the AFL finals reaches its peak, footy is again showing how inclusive it is.
Across the world in local leagues scattered across many countries, football is played by amateurs for the love of the game.
The same as it was in 1900 in the VFL and SANFL and other peak leagues in Australia. The same as it is now in the Hampden FL, the Riverland Independent FL, the Old Scholars FA, the Sapphire Coast FL, the Darling Downs FL, the Upper Great Southern FL and the other Women's Leagues.

It is played by the Turku Dockers of Finland, the Portland Steelheads and Sockeyes of America, the Osaka Dingoes in Japan and the Manchester Mosquitoes in Britain.
And this year, right now, the best of some of the worlds local leagues are in Melbourne and surrounds for the International Cup.
Check the AFL International Cup website for game times and venues, as well as streaming options as well.
Check out World Footy News as well as the best resource on the web for International footy.
Also, below is a wonderful series of chats with players, family and fans of the International Cup, conducted by Polly Fletcher for the World Footy News site.

Listen to "WFN talks to the people at the AFL International Cup" on Spreaker.

Also, check the AFLIC 17 tab at the top of the page regularly for the FMI tips and rankings.

Its great that footy can be shared globally and that Melbourne can share its venues for this competition.

Its the best game in the world, and year by year the world is waking up to that fact.

The Wash Up

From last week, 7 correct tip from 9, with being wrong on Hawthorn and Geelong the two not over the line.
Both those games were the best of the round. One win keeps Sydney's hopes of finals alive, and the other win took the clean off the zombie that was Hawthorn's late season charge for the eight.
Brisbane LionsvW Bulldogs/FFCGabbW Buby32pts26W Buby14ptsBris12W Bu-5
North MelbournevCollingwoodDockCollby7pts45Collby54ptsNort-25Coll17
FremantlevGold CoastSubiFremby16pts63Fremby23ptsFrem3Gold-12
St KildavWest CoastDockSt Kby1pts51St Kby8ptsSt K6West-7
AdelaidevPort AdelaideAdelAdelby10pts58Adelby84ptsAdel22Port-28

There is still plenty to play fr in the battle for the 8 with St Kilda also winning to keep feint hopes alive. West Coast suffering there, and with the Bulldogs, Essendon and Melbourne all realistic chances the last weeks are all or nothing.

AFTER ROUND20ptstable
4Port Adelaide1223-280
6West Coast1157-70
7W Bulldogs/FFC1134-50
13St Kilda10596-1
14North Melbourne959-250
17Gold Coast850-120
18Brisbane Lions728120

One key change here - Richmond to 8th at Hawthorn's expense.

Buckley's Collingwood on 1066 points, 5 points less than where they started 2017. Treading water

The Week Ahead

The Friday night 'Greater Western' looks the game of the round. Dogs must win to stay alive.

No wait, its Geelong - Richmond. Tigers must win to prove credentials.

No wait, its Essendon - Adelaide. Dons must win to stay alive for the 8 and prove credentials.

No wait, its Melbourne - St Kilda. An early elimination final for you all.

W Bulldogs/FFCvGWSDockW Buby4pts53
Brisbane LionsvGold CoastGabbGoldby13pts40
West CoastvCarltonSubiWestby40pts79
MelbournevSt KildaMCGMelbby3pts52
HawthornvNorth MelbourneYorkHawtby26pts70
Port AdelaidevCollingwoodAdelPortby29pts72

Good luck and good tipping.

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