#AFLEuropePodcast | Russia's Slava Belov joins us in episode twenty-one of the AFL Europe Podcast!
After attending an AFL match live in Melbourne in 2012, and then playing a season with the West London Wildcats in the AFL London league in 2013, Slava eventually headed back home to St. Petersburg with his newfound love for Australian Football, and launched the St. Petersburg Cats.
What started as Slava and two of his closest mates, the Cats have since grown into two teams; Baltic Hawks and Northern Tigers, who compete in the St. Petersburg Australian Football League and when possible, drive more than seven hours to the country's capital to play the Moscow Bears.
Slava's focus with the Cats over the years has been about building a welcoming community whilst exploring new ways to improve game development and skill, such as introducing by-laws and taking match stats.
An interesting listen as Slava shares his story about finding the sport and a bit about the Australian Football landscape in Russia.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Welcome to episode twenty where we take a look back at some of our favourite moments from the One Kick Later series, so far!
If you'd like to listen to the full episode from each guest, below are the times they featured in on this episode and their respective interviews:
0:32 - 2:26 | Episode 11 - Florian Naumann
2:27 - 6:19 | Episode 12 - Laura Turner-Ramadan
6:20 - 7:23 | Episode 14 - Alban Schieber
7:24 - 8:45 | Episode 15 - Morten Merhøj
8:46 - 10:53 | Episode 16 - Effie Senti
10:54 - 12:30 | Episode 17 - Josip Kravar
12:31 - 13:35 | Episode 18 - Theresia Meißner
13:36 - 14:45 | Episode 19 - John Enright
#AFLEuropePodcast | Welcome to episode nineteen where John Enright joins us as part of our One Kick Later series.
If you've played across any of the AFL Europe competitions over the last 15 years, you're more than likely to know or recognise John. A former player and now umpire, John's love and devotion to Australian Football has seen him represent his national team, the Irish Warriors, on numerous occasions as well as officiate matches across the world such as in the cities of Bordeaux, London, San Diego and Umag.
Travelling to these international Australian Football tournaments, John has played and umpired alongside some incredible people and has developed a wealth of experience and knowledge about the sport that he shares on the podcast.
In addition, John is an amazing story-teller and this episode will no doubt give you a great insight into what it means for some people to play, coach, umpire or volunteer at some of the Australian Football events and matches that are held across the world, as well as the special people you get to meet along the way.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Germany's Theresia Meißner joins us in episode eighteen and as part of our One Kick Later series.
Theresia, who only started playing Australian Football in 2018, has had a remarkable few years in the sport. Representing her national team at AFL Europe tournaments, where she picked up multiple Team of the Tournament honours, and winning a premiership in AFL Germany women's inaugural season in 2019, Theresia is now living in Australia and competing in the Victorian Football League women's (VFLW) competition with the Geelong Cats.
Hear about Theresia's incredible story, from finding the sport in Germany and being able to excel at it in such a short period of time, to her journey to Australia and competing in the VFLW and more recently, becoming an umpire.
#AFLEuropePodcast | For episode seventeen we are joined by Josip Kravar out of Croatia.
Josip's footy story begins as a university student in Zagreb where he first found and got involved in the sport. His passion for the sport and pride for the Croatian footy community quickly flourished, as he grew into the roles of Association of Australian Football Croatia President, Zagreb Hawks President and AFL Europe Commissioner.
It doesn't stop there, Josip's playing and coaching history has seen him represent his country for more than ten years at European Championships, Euro Cups and at the 2017 AFL International Cup, where Croatia won the Division 2 tournament on debut and put the world on notice for their signature, hard-style of play.
Hear from some of Josip's incredible stories over the years such as bumping into Leigh Matthews in Melbourne, getting to know Ivan Maric and attending a Richmond Tigers training session with the Croatian national team, his experiences playing and coaching in big games as well as an update on the near-completion of Croatia's first 18-a-side pitch.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Welcome to episode sixteen where we chat to Effie Senti as part of our One Kick Later series.
Effie moved to Hobart, Tasmania as part of her university studies in 2017 where she first found and started playing Australian Football. Upon returning to Switzerland, she got in contact with the Winterthur Lions and made her way down to training despite being the only female there.
Effie has since taken on roles with AFL Switzerland including secretary, head of women's development and most recently, president. She is also the founder and president of Switzerland's newest team, Zurich Giants, and played in the first women's Swiss national team to compete in AFL Europe's Euro Cup.
Hear from Effie as she shares her experiences and success in developing women's participation, what goes on in an AFL Switzerland committee meeting including the importance of sharing 'footy family' values, the first-ever Auskick session in Switzerland and simply why she takes her footy everywhere she goes.
#AFLEuropePodcast | In episode fifteen of the AFL Europe Podcast and for the latest instalment of our One Kick Later series, we're joined by Morten Merhøj.
Being introduced to Australian Football in Denmark and at a young age, Morten shares his journey in the sport from playing in Farum's junior program to representing his country on the international stage.
Over the years, Morten has also become heavily involved in the growth of footy in Denmark and the Danish Australian Football League (DAFL), talking to some of league's history and traditions, as well as many success stories that have come out of the country including the growth of the club in Odense.
#AFLEuropePodcast | On this episode of One Kick Later we're very excited to be joined by Alban Schieber.
Alban grew up in France however discovered footy on a student exchange program to Australia. Upon his return to France, and what you’ll soon find out in this episode, is how Alban became heavily involved in the sport and the growth of the AFL Europe community.
From playing locally with Bordeaux to representing France at a national level, from taking on roles such as the president of the CNFA (now AFL France) to recruiting Australians in the early days of AFL Europe's ANZAC Cup, Alban shares his wonderful journey with Australian Football and how he continues to discover new ways he can grow the sport throughout Europe.
#AFLEuropePodcast | For episode thirteen we're excited to be joined by Bríd Stack from the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
Bríd had quite the rollercoaster start in Australia; two-week's hotel quarantine, travelling with the Giants into a number of "hubs" across the country and then unfortunately sustaining an injury that ruled her out of her debut AFLW season.
Nevertheless, Bríd remained the ultimate professional she is, persisting through her rehab and recovery to get back into non-contact training and eventually moving into a mentor role for the younger players at the club. Hear about it all on this episode of Irish Down Under + Bríd helps Jim & Mike share our top 10 moments from the Irishwomen in the AFLW this year.
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#AFLEuropePodcast | On this episode of One Kick Later we're very excited to be joined by Laura Turner-Ramadan.
Laura first experienced Australian Football in a ten-month stay in Sydney and could not believe it when she heard there were teams playing back home in England. Well, it's since become quite the journey for Laura, which has included captaining and leading teams to AFL Europe’s Champions League, Euro Cup, European Championships as well as the first Great Britain women’s team to the AFL’s International Cup in 2017.
I’ve got no doubt you’ll find Laura’s love and motivation for the sport extremely infectious, as she shares her story and experiences on representing her country in international tournaments, the growth of the AFL London women’s league and it being a proven pathway to the AFLW for players and coaches, having a child on an AFL Grand Final day and plenty more.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Welcome to a brand new series on the AFL Europe Podcast, One Kick Later.
Hosted by Jackson Jones, One Kick Later will talk to some of the most passionate players, coaches, umpires and volunteers across the world who have fallen in love with Australian Football and have played significant roles in growing the sport across Europe.
Without further ado, we're excited to present our first guest of the series, Florian Naumann.
Growing up in Germany, Flo was first introduced to the sport on a school exchange trip to Australia. Seeing Essendon play live at the MCG, and even having a kick with the Olinda Football Club in Victoria, it didn't take long for Flo to fall in love with the sport!
Hear from Flo speak to Jackson about some of his favourite footy experiences over the years, including the AFL's International Cup in 2017, the growth of the men's and women's game in Germany, his good friend 'Tinna' who has become the first German national to play in the VFLW in Australia, and transitioning between 9-a-side and 18-a-side matches.
#AFLEuropePodcast | For episode ten of the AFL Europe Podcast we're excited to be joined by Collingwood's Aishling Sheridan just days after the Magpies' finals victory.
Aish joins Jim & Mike to chat finals footy, growing up in a sports-driven household, playing alongside fellow countrywoman Sarah Rowe and then, is joined by a special guest!
#AFLEuropePodcast | For the ninth episode of Irish Down Under we are thrilled to be joined by West Coast Eagles star midfielder, Aisling McCarthy.
Hear from Aish as she speaks to Jim and Mike on making the move from Melbourne to Perth and teaming up with the Kelly sisters, developing into more of an on-field leader, reflecting on her years in the league and what lies ahead for her future.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Tune into the eighth episode of Irish Down Under where we are joined by Ailish Considine from the Adelaide Crows.
Ailish's journey into the AFLW is like none other. Within one year, Ailish had played in and won at AFL Europe’s Champions League with the West Clare Waves, AFL Europe's Euro Cup with the Irish Banshees, signed with the Crows, debuted and then went on to play in and win an AFLW grand final in front of 53,000 people.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Just hours after their win over Geelong we were thrilled to be joined by sisters Grace & Niamh Kelly from the West Coast Eagles, for the seventh episode of Irish Down Under.
Grace & Niamh have been in outstanding form this season, regularly listed in the best afield as they continue to impress Eagles fans and all watching. Hear from the two as they chat to Jim and Mike about their footy journey including playing for West Clare Waves in Ireland, signing with the West Coast Eagles in 2019 and building confidence week-on-week.
#AFLEuropePodcast | For the sixth episode of Irish Down Under we are pleased to be joined by Brisbane Lions star, Orla O'Dwyer. Orla is in her second season with the Lions who are currently finals bound and sitting third on the ladder! Hear from Orla as she chats to Jim & Mike on her experience as a pro athlete in Australia, moving into a new role in the midfield, tying in her GAA Camogie skills into Australian footy and much, much more
#AFLEuropePodcast | We're excited to be joined by Sarah Rowe from the Collingwood Magpies for the fifth episode of Irish Down Under. Hear from Sarah as she reflects on her time with the Pies since debuting in 2019, speaks on life in Australia outside of footy and the growth of the sport back home in Ireland.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Lauren Magee joins Irish National AFLW Coach Mike Currane and AFL Europe's James Brosnan for episode four of Irish Down Under, just days after making her AFL Women's debut for the Melbourne Demons!
Hear from Lauren as she speaks on her debut against the Dogs, testing at AFL Europe's first-ever women's talent combine, being recruited by the Demons and more.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Join Irish National AFLW Coach Mike Currane and AFL Europe's James Brosnan as they speak to Cora Staunton from the Greater Western Sydney Giants for episode three of Irish Down Under.
Hear from Cora as she speaks on GWS' first win of the 2021 season, the increasing number of Irishwomen and young talent that has been entering the AFL Womens competition, as well as the impact head coach Alan McConnell has had on her career.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Join Irish National AFLW Coach Mike Currane and AFL Europe's James Brosnan as they speak to Áine Tighe from the Fremantle Dockers. Before moving to Perth in 2019, Áine represented the Irish Banshees at AFL Europe's European Championships and played for the West Clare Waves in Ireland's national women's league.
Áine is currently recovering from her second knee injury since moving to Australia, however, remains hopeful that she can make a full recovery in time to make her AFL Women’s debut before the end of the 2021 season.
#AFLEuropePodcast | Hear from North Melbourne's Aileen Gilroy as she speaks to Irish National AFLW Coach Mike Currane and AFL Europe's James Brosnan about her preparation for the AFL Womens 2021 season, and how she looks to improve after an impressive debut season that saw her finish fifth in the Kangaroos Best & Fairest count.