The Central Magpies can boast about how many new players it has brought back and into the sport of Australian Rules Football.
Over the last few months, the Magpies have seen 13 new members, some of whom have been able to play in the SARFL and the Haggis Cup.
Prior to playing on Sunday 19th May, the team had a hands on training session in Rosyth where they were able to practice the Aussie goal kicking technique.
Rab Dempsey, who debuted in the opening game of the SARFL 2013, put this practice to good use by scoring his first goal of the season.
The Central Magpies have a game planned for the 11th August with the Tyne Tees Tigers and will be ramping in their recruitment drive over the coming weeks.
Clansmen break into the top tier in the E.U cup
The Scottish clansmen attended the E.U cup in Belfast this year after a good warm up tournament in the home nation’s tournament.
The Clansmen were drawn in a group with Spain and Finland, two tough sides, Spain was fifth last year and took home the plate last year and Finland came in sixth in 2009 and never participated last year.
The clansmen team had 9 debutant players to the tournament with 6 experience players too.
Ross Thomson – Captain – 18 Caps
David Gamble – Vice Captain – 21 Caps
Gus Thomson -22 Caps
Alex Young – 20 Caps
Shane Faulkner 19 Caps
Alasdair Lindop – 18 Caps
Angus MacKintosh – 11 Caps
John McIntyre – 11 Caps
Dan Beardshaw – 10 Caps
Douglas Young – 10 Caps
Campbell Hamilton – 9 Caps
Gary Bruce -9 Caps
Tom Drake – 9 Caps
Martin Bell – 8 Caps
Robert McKinlay – 8 Caps
The first game of the tournament was against Finland. The Clansmen put in a solid performance and led at half time however Finland came back quick and the Clansmen were trailing in the second half but a late surge from the Clansmen gave the side the wining start they had hoped for.
The second game in the group was against Spain who had also had a win against Finland, meaning this game was to decide the group winner. The first half very close but Spain went into the second half ahead and after the break scored two quick goals. The Clansmen had to dig deep but managed to bring the scores back even and with a massive performance from each player the Clansmen won the game by x to take them into the top tier.
The quarter final game was against Italy, the tough group stage seemed to show in the Clansmen players with the Clansmen not being able to keep up. The boys put in a good performance but Italy still had the legs and the Clansmen lost the game.
The last game for the Clansmen was against France for the 5 place spot. The Clansmen recovered and composed themselves after their quarter final defeat but were still exhausted; the experienced French side took advantage and won the 5th place.
The clansmen had a good tournament showed that they have the skill and are now in the top teir in European football. A special mention to Ross Thomson who, for 2 years running now, was voted into the team of the best players in the competion.
Well done to all the boys who played and thanks to the Stephen Connor and Adam Jack National team coaches and now Level one accredited coaches. Team Manager Douglas Hunter on providing t shirts and hoodies as well as first game caps as well as umpire some of the matches at the tournament we would like to thank. Physio Andrew Myles helped all the players and kept them moving through their games. SARFL umpire Matthew Denne also umpired at the tournament and was selected to umpire the Grand Final. Also Darren Chadwick who came to umpire some matches and support the clansmen and to all the supporters who paid to travel and support the clansmen a massive thank you.
September 17th will see current premiers Edinburgh Bloods defend their title against the Glasgow Sharks at Portobello rugby club, Edinburgh.
The two teams have competed in some hard fought and tight contests this season and with Grand Finals always upredictable this is a game not to be missed.
The SARFL presentation night will follow the Final at Malones. Children are allowed in where food is ordered.
So please come down and support your club and afterward celebrate a good year for SARFL.
Saturday 16th January saw the Outback Bar in Stirling as the venue again for this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Australian Football League. With the extreme weather conditions we have been experiencing both prior to and after the Christmas period this was the third attempt to have the meeting.
A big congratulations to 2 of our Sharks who were elected to positions on the committee, Andy Butler was re-elected to the position of League Treasurer while John McIntyre our website administrator was elected to the position of Secretary. Former Sharks player Dougie Hunter was also re-elected to the President’s position.
It was again agreed that each club would have 2 representatives on the committee to ensure each club was involved in any decision making. The fixtures for this season were agreed in principle and they along with a copy of minutes for the meeting will appear on our website shortly.
A full committee list is below
President Douglas Hunter (Neutral/Umpires)
Secretary John McIntyre (Glasgow Sharks)
Treasurer Andy Butler (Glasgow Sharks)
Committee Member Phil Scott (Aberdeen Dingoes)
Committee Member Chris Bettridge (Aberdeen Dingoes)
Committee Member Alan McSparron (Edinburgh Bloods)
Committee Member Finlay McDonald (Edinburgh Bloods)
Committee Member Alex Young (Glasgow Sharks)
Committee Member Stephen Connor (Glasgow Sharks)
Group 1: Glasgow, North London Lions, Dublin Swans
Group 2: Edinburgh, Dublin Demons, Brussels/Strasbourg
Due to a late alteration the Fixtures and Scores were as follows:
Time Teams Score
11AM GLASGOW V. BRUSSELS/SWANS 16-21
11.30AM EDINBURGH V. DEMONS 21-15
12PM GLASGOW V. NLL 4-34
12.30PM BRUSSELS/SWANS V. EDINBURGH 0-58
1PM DEMONS V. NLL 21-27
1.30PM GLASGOW V. EDINBURGH 9-31
2PM BRUSSELS/SWANS V. DEMONS 24-36
2.30PM NLL V. EDINBURGH 10-16
3PM GLASGOW V. DEMONS 12-29
3.30PM NLL V. BRUSSELS/SWANS 29-14
4.15PM GRAND FINAL – 1ST V. 2ND:
EDINBURGH V. NLL 27-7
06/05/2007 – Haggis Cup won by Scotland
The turn out for the Haggis Cup in Glasgow was spectacular. The weather was fine, not too hot and definitely not raining. We are glad to say there were no significant injuries and fun was had by players and spectators.
The Winners of the 2007 Haggis Cup are….. Edinburgh, taking the glory from the Dublin Demons and brining the cup back home.
01/03/2007 - News on the Haggis Cup
The Haggis Cup is the annual pre-season Aussie Rules competition held in Scotland. In 2007 the competition is being in Glasgow on 5th May, at Victoria Park in the city’s West End (Scotstoun).
This year the competing teams will be Glasgow, Edinburgh, North London Lions, Dublin Demons, Dublin Swans and a combined side from Brussels/Strasbourg.
The competition starts at 11am and continues through to 4pm.
From 5.30pm onwards an awards ceremony and after-competition party will be held in the Glasgow Walkabout, the sponsors of the Glasgow footy side. Members of the public are welcome to join us there to party the night away…