AFL Asia, of which the Vietnam Swans are a Founding Member, has just released the AFL ASIA NEWSLETTER January 2016 (click to download the full newsletter).

Below, is the 2015 Wrap up by AFL Asia’s President, Darren Whitfield.

The INDOCHINA cup once again showcased some great talent and was won again by the Thailand Tigers. There was the great SCAFL competition gaining funding and visibility from Port Adelaide F.C. and Indonesia’s local competitions and great local development initiatives recognised by the Australian Government and the AFL.

That leaves us with October. With a mountain of organisation from the Thailand Tigers, the AFL ASIA Committee, assistance from the AFL and all of our sponsors around Asia, a massive thanks have to go around to everyone for their involvement in of one of/the BEST ASIAN Champs ever!

Following the recommendations from the biggest survey of Asian footy, the Champs was divided into two divisions, resulting in two close competitions where every game was imperative for the final trophies.

Also, for the first time a 100 per cent local game was showcased at the Champs, with a mix of South East Asian players V East Asia in a friendly match that was both monumental and extremely enjoyable for both players and spectators!

Congratulations to the Hong Kong Dragons for a solid win! And to the Laos Elephants for their inaugural Division 2 win, and all of the All Asian players selected. The quality of Asian AFL football was on display, and it was awesome, mega awesome!

October also saw the formal signing of all clubs to the AFL Asia MOU, which while transparent to the near 2000 senior and junior players in our Asian region, is a massive step forward with respect to the AFL and relations with them. More on that later.

November saw the SAASTA team of young indigenous Australian players travel to Hong Kong and China to play the HK Dragons and team China! Once again ground breaking stuff! Thanks again to Port Adelaide FC, the Australian Government and all others involved in making this happen.

Thanks to the hard work of man volunteers the Auskick and junior numbers are showing impressive growth, the locally based GDAFL is underway again and the start of a local domestic competition in Borneo!

Guys, we’ve had a great year in 2015, please read on below and see how we can all help to make 2016 even bigger and better!

Other items in the newsletter

  • 2016 Planning
  • 2016 Asian Champs (to be hosted by the Vietnam Swans)
  • AFL Update
  • 2016 IndoChina Cup Update
  • AFL Asia Coach and Umpires Clinic
  • AFL Asia’s 2016 AGM – 27 January?

For full details on any of these items, please click on the link to download the AFL ASIA NEWSLETTER January 2016.

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