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2017 Australian Football International Cup
AFL International Cup 2017
Tournament details
Host countryAustralia
Dates5–19 August 2017
Teams26
(18 Men's, 8 Women's)
Final positions
Champions Papua New Guinea (3rd title)
Runners-up New Zealand
Third place Ireland
Tournament statistics
Matches played65
(45 Men's, 20 Women's)
2014
2020

The 2017 Australian Football International Cup was the sixth edition of the Australian Football International Cup, a triennial international Australian rules football competition run by the Australian Football League (AFL).

It was contested between 5–19 August 2017, with games played in Melbourne.[1] All three previous men's tournament champions (Ireland, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea) participated in the tournament.[2] Previous women's winners (Ireland and Canada) also competed in the tournament.

Background[edit]

Teams[edit]

The 2017 AFL International Cup was played in Melbourne from August 5 to 19, with 18 men's teams and eight women's teams competing.

  • Men's teams: Canada, China, Croatia,† Fiji, France, Germany,† Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Nauru, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sri Lanka,† USA.
  • Women's teams: Canada, European Crusaders,† Fiji, Great Britain,† Ireland, Pakistan,† Papua New Guinea,† USA.

† Team made their tournament debut

The European Crusaders was a combined team made up of women from Britain, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Sweden.

In the table below, the numbers in parentheses refer to the team's Unofficial World Rankings by World Footy News prior to the competition.[3][4]

Men's

Division I Division II

Women's

Pool A Pool B

Format[edit]

For the first time, the men's fixture was played across two divisions. Division One played four matches against other teams within the division and were ranked from one to ten, with finals to follow between the top two placed teams on the ladder, the third and fourth placed teams, and so on.

The men's Division Two competition and the women's competition saw teams split into two pools of four with each team playing matches against the three opponents in their pool before competing in semi-finals and grand finals based on finishing positions within the pool.

The women's grand final was played at Etihad Stadium as a curtain-raiser to the Round 22 clash between Carlton and Hawthorn. The men's grand final was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as a curtain-raiser to the Round 22 match between Collingwood and Geelong.[5]

Venues[edit]

The majority of the matches were played at Royal Park in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville. The inclusion of a "Community Round" allowed matches to be played as curtain-raisers to local suburban, amateur and country matches. Additionally, the International Cup introduced a "School Round" to be played on 9 August, with games played at suburban and country schools.[6][7][8]

Fixtures for the tournament were released by the AFL on 18 July 2017.[9][10][11]

Men's Tournament[edit]

Division 1[edit]

Ladder[edit]

# TEAM P W L D PF PA % PTS
1  New Zealand 4 4 0 0 272 95 286.32 16
2  Papua New Guinea 4 3 1 0 319 135 236.30 12
3  United States 4 3 1 0 296 153 193.46 12
4  Ireland 4 3 1 0 239 152 157.24 12
5  Great Britain 4 2 2 0 192 158 121.52 8
6  Nauru 4 2 2 0 231 203 113.79 8
7  Fiji 4 1 3 0 139 175 79.43 4
8  Canada 4 1 3 0 88 181 48.62 4
9  South Africa 4 1 3 0 78 268 29.10 4
10  France 4 0 4 0 61 397 15.37 0

Pool Play[edit]

Round 1
Sunday, 6 August 9:30am South Africa  4.4 (28) def. by  Great Britain 9.11 (65) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
Sunday, 6 August 11:15am Papua New Guinea  4.6 (30) def. by  Ireland 6.6 (42) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
Sunday, 6 August 1:00pm Canada  3.7 (25) def. by  United States 6.9 (45) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
Sunday, 6 August 2:45pm Fiji  10.20 (80) def.  France 2.2 (14) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
Sunday, 6 August 3:25pm New Zealand  12.9 (81) def.  Nauru 5.4 (34) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Round 2 - School Round
Wed, 9 August 12:30pm Ireland  11.13 (79) def.  France 2.2 (14) St. Patrick's College, Ballarat
Wed, 9 August 12:30pm New Zealand  11.10 (76) def.  Fiji 1.0 (6) Linen House Center
Wed, 9 August 12:30pm South Africa  2.5 (17) def. by  United States 9.10 (64) Wesley College, Glen Waverley
Wed, 9 August 12:30pm Canada  5.3 (33) def.  Great Britain 2.6 (18) St. Francis Xavier College, Officer
Wed, 9 August 12:45pm Papua New Guinea  13.6 (84) def.  Nauru 5.5 (35) Marty Busch Recreation Reserve, Sebastopol
Round 3 - Community Round
Friday, 11 August 7:00pm South Africa  4.5 (29) def.  Fiji 3.8 (26) Anthony Costa Oval (Geelong)
Saturday, 12 August 10:00am France  2.2 (14) def. by  Nauru 15.16 (106) Victoria Park
Saturday, 12 August 12:00pm United States  8.7 (55) def. by  Papua New Guinea 15.2 (92) Montrose Recreation Reserve
Saturday, 12 August 12:30pm Canada  1.0 (6) def. by  New Zealand 9.8 (62) Mt Waverley Reserve
Saturday, 12 August 12:30pm Great Britain  8.7 (55) def. by  Ireland 9.16 (70) Koornang Park
Round 4
Tuesday, 15 August 8:45am Canada  3.6 (24) def. by  Nauru 8.8 (56) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Tuesday, 15 August 9:30am United States  19.18 (132) def.  France 3.1 (19) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
Tuesday, 15 August 10:30am Papua New Guinea  16.17 (113) def.  South Africa 0.4 (4) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Tuesday, 15 August 11:15am Great Britain  8.8 (56) def.  Fiji 3.9 (27) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
Tuesday, 15 August 12:15pm Ireland  7.7 (49) def. by  New Zealand 8.5 (53) Ransford Oval, Royal Park

Finals[edit]

Grand Finals
9th: Friday, 18 August 9:00am  South Africa 7.11 (53) def.  France 3.3 (21) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
7th: Friday, 18 August 10:45am  Fiji 2.9 (21) def. by  Canada 3.6 (24) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
5th: Friday, 18 August 2:15pm  Great Britain 5.2 (32) def. by  Nauru 8.5 (53) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
3rd: Friday, 18 August 2:15pm  United States 2.4 (16) def. by  Ireland 7.6 (48) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
GF: Sat, 19 August 12:15pm  New Zealand 4.4 (28) def. by  Papua New Guinea 4.5 (29) Melbourne Cricket Ground

Division II[edit]

Pool A[edit]

# TEAM P W L D PF PA % PTS
1  China 3 3 0 0 172 90 191.11 12
2  Croatia 3 2 1 0 194 63 307.94 8
3  Indonesia 3 1 2 0 63 180 35.00 4
4  Sri Lanka 3 0 3 0 70 166 42.17 0
Round 1
Sunday, 6 August 9:30am Indonesia  7.7 (49) def.  Sri Lanka 3.2 (20) Western Oval, Royal Park
Sunday, 6 August 1:00pm Croatia  6.8 (44) def. by  China 7.3 (45) Western Oval, Royal Park
Round 2 - School Round
Wed, 9 August 11:45am China  9.4 (58) def.  Sri Lanka 7.2 (44) Mentone Grammar School, Keysborough
Wed, 9 August 12:45am Croatia  14.7 (91) def.  Indonesia 2.0 (12) Eltham College, Research
Round 3 - Community Round
Saturday, 12 August 12:00pm Indonesia  0.2 (2) def. by  China 10.9 (69) Diggers Rest Reserve
Saturday, 12 August 12:00pm Sri Lanka  1.0 (6) def. by  Croatia 9.5 (59) Marriott Waters Reserve

Pool B[edit]

# TEAM P W L D PF PA % PTS
1  Japan 3 3 0 0 154 31 496.77 12
2  Germany 3 2 1 0 172 47 365.96 8
3  Pakistan 3 1 2 0 47 125 37.60 4
4  India 3 0 3 0 32 202 15.84 0
Round 1
Sunday, 6 August 11:15am Pakistan  0.3 (3) def. by  Germany 11.5 (71) Western Oval, Royal Park
Sunday, 6 August 2:45pm Japan  13.8 (86) def.  India 0.2 (2) Western Oval, Royal Park
Round 2 - School Round
Wed, 9 August 11:00am Pakistan  2.2 (14) def. by  Japan 5.3 (33) Marty Busch Recreation Reserve, Sebastopol
Wed, 9 August 2:30pm India  1.3 (9) def. by  Germany 12.14 (86) Mentone Grammar School, Keysborough
Round 3 - Community Round
Friday, 11 August 7:30pm India  3.3 (21) def. by  Pakistan 4.6 (30) Golden Square Oval, Bendigo
Saturday, 12 August 2:00pm Japan  5.5 (35) def.  Germany 3.5 (23) Elgar Park

Play-Offs[edit]

Semi-Finals
SF4: Tues, 15 August 9:30am  Pakistan 2.6 (18) def. by  Sri Lanka 6.3 (39) Western Oval, Royal Park
SF3: Tues, 15 August 11:15am  Indonesia 9.11 (65) def.  India 2.2 (14) Western Oval, Royal Park
SF1: Tues, 15 August 2:00pm  China 3.4 (22) def. by  Germany 8.2 (50) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
SF2: Tues, 15 August 3:45pm  Japan 0.1 (1) def. by  Croatia 9.12 (66) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Grand Finals
3rd: Friday, 18 August 9:00am  China 4.8 (32) def.  Japan 3.5 (23) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
7th: Friday, 18 August 11:45am  Pakistan 6.7 (43) def.  India 4.2 (26) Western Oval, Royal Park
1st: Friday, 18 August 12:30pm  Germany 1.2 (8) def. by  Croatia 11.8 (74) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
5th: Friday, 18 August 1:30pm  Sri Lanka 7.2 (44) def.  Indonesia 5.13 (43) Western Oval, Royal Park

Final Standings[edit]

# DIVISION 1
1  Papua New Guinea
2  New Zealand
3  Ireland
4  United States
5  Nauru
6  Great Britain
7  Canada
8  Fiji
9  South Africa
10  France
# DIVISION 2
1  Croatia
2  Germany
3  China
4  Japan
5  Sri Lanka
6  Indonesia
7  Pakistan
8  India

Women's Tournament[edit]

Pool A[edit]

# TEAM P W L D PF PA % PTS
1  Canada 3 3 0 0 236 18 1311.11 12
2  Great Britain 3 2 1 0 178 58 306.90 8
3  Fiji 3 1 2 0 233 49 475.51 4
4  Pakistan 3 0 3 0 0 522 0 0
Round 1
Sun, 6 August 8:45am  Great Britain 20.22 (142) def.  Pakistan 0.0 (0) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Sun, 6 August 10:30pm  Canada 1.10 (16) def.  Fiji 2.3 (15) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Round 2 - School Round
Wed, 9 August 10:45am  Canada 28.18 (186) def.  Pakistan 0.0 (0) St. Francis Xavier College, Officer
Wed, 9 August 12:15am  Fiji 3.6 (24) def. by  Great Britain 5.3 (33) Peninsula Grammar School
Round 3 - Community Round
Sat, 12 August 12:00pm  Canada 4.10 (34) def.  Great Britain 0.3 (3) Plenty War Memorial Park
Sat, 12 August 12:00pm  Fiji 29.20 (194) def.  Pakistan 0.0 (0) Mulgrave Reserve

Pool B[edit]

# TEAM P W L D PF PA % PTS
1  Ireland 3 3 0 0 168 11 1527.27 12
2  United States 3 2 1 0 177 61 290.16 8
3  Papua New Guinea 3 1 2 0 73 103 70.87 4
4 Europe European Crusaders 3 0 3 0 0 243 0 0
Round 1
Sun, 6 August 12:15pm  Papua New Guinea 7.13 (55) def. Europe European Crusaders 0.0 (0) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Sun, 6 August 2:00pm  Ireland 7.4 (46) def.  United States 1.2 (8) Ransford Oval, Royal Park
Round 2 - School Round
Wed, 9 August 10:45am  Ireland 8.13 (61) def. Europe European Crusaders 0.0 (0) St. Patrick's, Ballarat
Wed, 9 August 10:45am  United States 5.12 (42) def.  Papua New Guinea 2.3 (15) Wesley College, Glen Waverly
Round 3 - Community Round
Sat, 12 August 12:00pm  United States 19.13 (127) def. Europe European Crusaders 0.0 (0) Melbourne University
Sat, 12 August 2:00pm  Ireland 9.6 (60) def.  Papua New Guinea 0.3 (3) Hallam Reserve

Play-Offs[edit]

Semi-Finals
SF1: Tues, 15 August 1:00pm  Canada 6.8 (44) def.  United States 1.2 (8) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
SF3: Tues, 15 August 1:00pm  Fiji 12.15 (87) def. Europe European Crusaders 0.1 (1) Western Oval, Royal Park
SF2: Tues, 15 August 2:45pm  Ireland 3.5 (23) def.  Great Britain 2.3 (15) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
SF4: Tues, 15 August 2:45pm  Papua New Guinea 21.24 (150) def.  Pakistan 0.0 (0) Western Oval, Royal Park
Grand Finals
7th: Fri, 18 August 10:00am Europe European Crusaders 8.16 (64) def.  Pakistan 1.0 (6) Western Oval, Royal Park
5th: Fri, 18 August 10:45am  Fiji 1.1 (7) def. by  Papua New Guinea 5.7 (37) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
3rd: Fri, 18 August 12:30pm  United States 4.1 (25) def. by  Great Britain 5.2 (32) McAlister Oval, Royal Park
GF: Sat, 19 August 4:30pm  Canada 3.3 (21) def. by  Ireland 4.1 (25) Etihad Stadium

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL International Cup 2017". AFL.com.au. 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Big stages for 2017 International Cup GFs". AFL.com.au. 12 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Unofficial World Rankings". World Footy News. 1 July 2017.
  4. ^ "World Rankings post London Footy Carnival - World Footy News". www.worldfootynews.com. 20 July 2017.
  5. ^ "2017 AFL International Cup fixture released". World Footy News. 18 July 2017.
  6. ^ "International Cup 2017 Fixtures – AFL Europe". www.afleurope.org. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 AFL International Cup fixture released". www.afl-asia.com. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  8. ^ O'Connor, Tim (29 May 2017). "Ballarat schools to host AFL International Cup games". The Courier. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Men's Division 1 Fixtures" (PDF). AFL.com.au. 18 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Men's Division 2 Fixtures" (PDF). AFL.com.au. 18 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Women's Fixtures" (PDF). AFL.com.au. 18 July 2017.