2005 Australian Football International Cup

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2005 Australian Football International Cup
2005 AFL International Cup
Tournament details
Host country Australia
Dates 3 August – 13 August
Teams 10
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (1st title)
Runners-up  Papua New Guinea
Third place  United States
Fourth place  Ireland

The 2005 Australian Football International Cup was the second time that the Australian Football International Cup tournament, an international Australian rules football competition was held.

The event was hosted by both Melbourne and Wangaratta, Australia in 2005.

10 nations participated following the late withdrawal of both Nauru and Denmark and the introduction of Spain.

All sides were scheduled to play 4 games, after which the top 4 sides played off in semi-finals for a berth in the Grand Final decider. The Grand Final was between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. Both sides went through the tournament undefeated. It was played as a curtain raiser to an official Australian Football League premiership season match and was replayed on Fox Sports (Australia) and the Fox Footy Channel.

Tournament results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

(Wednesday 3 August 2005)

Japan
Japan
88 - 17 Spain
Spain
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
13
10
Goals
Behinds
2
5

Republic of Ireland
Ireland
31 - 23 Canada
Canada
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
4
7
Goals
Behinds
3
5

United States
United States
62 - 34 South Africa
South Africa
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
9
8
Goals
Behinds
4
10

New Zealand
New Zealand
56 - 22 United Kingdom
Great Britain
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
8
8
Goals
Behinds
3
4

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
59 - 42 Samoa
Samoa
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
8
11
Goals
Behinds
6
6

Round 2[edit]

(Friday 5 August 2005)


New Zealand
New Zealand
105 - 3 Spain
Spain
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
15
15
Goals
Behinds
0
3

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
41 - 27 Canada
Canada
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
5
11
Goals
Behinds
4
3

United States
USA
17 - 13 Republic of Ireland
Ireland
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
2
5
Goals
Behinds
1
7

South Africa
South Africa
30 - 28 Japan
Japan
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
4
6
Goals
Behinds
4
4

Samoa
Samoa
78 - 8 United Kingdom
Great Britain
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
12
6
Goals
Behinds
1
2

Round 3[edit]

(Sunday 7 August 2005)


Republic of Ireland
Ireland
69 - 10 South Africa
South Africa
Stadium: TEAC Oval, Port Melbourne, Victoria
10
9
Goals
Behinds
1
4

United States
USA
41 - 12 Spain
Spain
Stadium: TEAC Oval, Port Melbourne, Victoria
5
11
Goals
Behinds
2
0

Samoa
Samoa
46 - 42 Canada
Canada
Stadium: Optus Oval, Carlton, Victoria
7
4
Goals
Behinds
6
6

New Zealand
New Zealand
79 - 6 Japan
Japan
Stadium: TEAC Oval, Port Melbourne, Victoria
11
13
Goals
Behinds
1
0

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
59 - 14 United Kingdom
Great Britain
Stadium: Optus Oval, Carlton, Victoria
8
11
Goals
Behinds
2
2

Round 4[edit]

(Tuesday 9 August 2005)


Republic of Ireland
Ireland
53 - 6 Japan
Japan
Stadium: City Oval, Wangaratta, Victoria
7
11
Goals
Behinds
1
0

United Kingdom
Great Britain
25 - 23 Canada
Canada
Stadium: Wangaratta Showgrounds, Wangaratta, Victoria
3
7
Goals
Behinds
3
5

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
47 - 46 United States
USA
Stadium: City Oval, Wangaratta, Victoria
7
5
Goals
Behinds
7
4

South Africa
South Africa
84 - 13 Spain
Spain
Stadium: City Oval, Wangaratta, Victoria
12
12
Goals
Behinds
2
1

New Zealand
New Zealand
98 - 27 Samoa
Samoa
Stadium: Wangaratta Showgrounds, Wangaratta, Victoria
16
2
Goals
Behinds
4
3

Ladder after four rounds[edit]

TEAM W L PF PA  %
1 New Zealand New Zealand 4 0 338 58 582.76
2 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 4 0 206 129 159.69
3 Republic of Ireland Ireland 3 1 166 56 296.42
4 United States USA 3 1 166 106 156.60
5 Samoa Samoa 2 2 193 207 93.24
6 South Africa South Africa 2 2 158 172 91.86
7 Japan Japan 1 3 128 179 71.51
8 United Kingdom Great Britain 1 3 69 216 31.94
9 Canada Canada 0 4 115 143 80.42
10 Spain Spain 0 4 45 318 14.15
Key: W = Won, L = Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, % = Goal average

Semifinals[edit]

(Thursday 11 August 2005)


New Zealand
New Zealand
64 - 46 United States
USA
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
10
4
Goals
Behinds
7
4

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
34 - 25 Republic of Ireland
Ireland
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
5
4
Goals
Behinds
3
7

Qualifying finals round[edit]

(Thursday 11 August 2005)

Canada
Canada
Canada won by forfeit Spain
Spain
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria

United Kingdom
Great Britain
63 - 23 Japan
Japan
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
9
9
Goals
Behinds
3
5

Samoa
Samoa
50 - 21 South Africa
South Africa
Stadium: Murphy Reserve, Port Melbourne, Victoria
7
8
Goals
Behinds
3
3

Minor placing finals[edit]

(Saturday 13 August 2005)


Seventh place
Canada
Canada
29 - 18 South Africa
South Africa
Stadium: Optus Oval, Port Melbourne, Victoria
4
5
Goals
Behinds
2
6

Fifth place
Samoa
Samoa
27 - 15 United Kingdom
Great Britain
Stadium: TEAC Oval, Port Melbourne, Victoria
3
9
Goals
Behinds
2
3

Ninth place
Japan
Japan
73 - 13 Spain
Spain
Stadium: Optus Oval, Port Melbourne, Victoria
11
7
Goals
Behinds
2
1

Third place
United States
USA
65 - 30 Republic of Ireland
Ireland
Stadium: TEAC Oval, Port Melbourne, Victoria
10
5
Goals
Behinds
4
6

Grand final[edit]

(Saturday 13 August 2005)

New Zealand
New Zealand
50 - 32 Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
Stadium: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Attendance: 48,287 [A]
7
8
Goals
Behinds
5
2

The Grand Final was replayed on Fox Sports (Australia) and the Fox Footy Channel.

The Best and Fairest medal was awarded to New Zealand's James Bowden.

A Grand Final was played as a curtain raiser to the round 20 AFL match between Collingwood vs Carlton, so this figure is the total crowd for the match, although not all spectators were inside the stadium at the start or conclusion of the curtain raiser event.

Final standings[edit]

  1. New Zealand New Zealand
  2. Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
  3. United States USA
  4. Republic of Ireland Ireland
  5. Samoa Samoa
  6. United Kingdom Great Britain
  7. Canada Canada
  8. South Africa South Africa
  9. Japan Japan
  10. Spain Spain

2005 Australian Football International Cup All Stars Team[edit]

Like the All-Australian Team in the Australian Football League, a team selected from the best players in the International Cup was selected.

Player Nation Club Position
Navu Maha Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Centrals
David Gavara-Nanu Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea New Ireland
Stanley Tapend Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Enga
Alister Sioni Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea West New Britain
Richard Bradley New Zealand New Zealand Eastern Blues
Craig Ashton New Zealand New Zealand Takapuna Eagles
James Bowden New Zealand New Zealand Eastern Blues
Andrew Congalton New Zealand New Zealand Takapuna Eagles
Todd Danks New Zealand New Zealand North Shore Tigers
James Brunmeier United States United States Milwaukee Bombers
Donnie Lucero United States United States Orange County Bombers
Michito Sakaki Japan Japan Waseda University
Mtutuzeli Hlomela South Africa South Africa Eldorado Park
Steven Malinga South Africa South Africa Itoseng
Clifford Richardson Republic of Ireland Ireland Edinburgh Old Town Bloods
Mike Finn Republic of Ireland Ireland
Rob Burgess United Kingdom Great Britain Wandsworth Demons
Jose Francisco Lorente Spain Spain Madrid Bears
Fia Tootoo Samoa Samoa Moorabbin Kangaroos / Fasitoo-Uta Tigers
Mateta Kirisome Samoa Samoa Fasitoo-Uta Tigers
Rob McEwan Canada Canada Windsor Mariners
Paul Loghanne Canada Canada Mississauga Demons
IC2005 All-International Team
B:
HB:
C:
HF:
F:
Foll:
Int:
Coach: Not Named


Tournament Best & Fairest winners[edit]

Player Nation Club
Navu Maha Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Centrals
Fia Tootoo Samoa Samoa Moorabbin Kangaroos / Fasitoo-Uta Tigers

References[edit]

External links[edit]