Though spring is some time away, training has already commenced for 2016 with a full preseason training programme now underway in Amsterdam. If you are keen to join and play some footy this year, come down to the Vondelpark at 7pm on Tuesdays! For more information, please contact us via Facebook or email.
We’re also looking for people who are keen to do some training sessions in the Hague, so if you can’t make it to Amsterdam please get in touch via Facebook or email so that we can gauge the numbers and organise training sessions in the Hague!
To all our members,
2015 has been by far the best year for the Dutch Australian Football Association with several highlights. We have started the year with early training sessions for the inaugurational European Club tournament called the AFL Champions League. We hosted and organized this event with a lot of positive feedback and reached a very well respected 4th place for the Amsterdam devils.
We have played a national Dutch league between 3 evenly powered teams. A number of international game days have been held, we have received teams from London, Odense, Cologne and visited teams in Paris and the Rheinland. The national team ‘ The Flying Dutchman’ has earned 9th place in the AFL Europe Cup in Croatia and brought home a well deserved plate, to be placed in our recently acquired brand new club house at Sportspark the Eendracht. Finally the season was closed off with our first international footy trip in Ireland. Many good things we look back at with pride.
We would like to maintain our positive run within the club and progress to coordinate and work on our own organization to provide another good season for 2016 and beyond.
Therefore we would cordially like to invite you for the DAFA Annual General Meeting on Wednesday the 6th of January at 19:00 hrs at sportspark the Eendracht.
In this meeting we will briefly look back to season 2015. Based on your input or enrollment as a member we would also like to discuss any changes within the DAFA board and Games Administration Committee. Through this way we would also like to invite you as a member to come forth, contribute to your club and nominate yourself for any of the open positions that are available for nomination. These roles are re-electionable every year and will be determined during the AGM where your important attendance and therefore personal vote counts.
The season 2016 open positions for nomination are: (Vice)-President, (Assistant)-Treasurer, GAC member, Secretary, Public Relations Officer and Coach.
If you feel affiliated with one of these roles or are interested in the roles and responsibilities then we would like to hear your personal note preferable before or at latest during the AGM. Please contact one of the current Board Members for this (Micka, Jort, Maurice or Tim)
The AGM will also be held to discuss and inform important club matters for season 2016. Such as the use of our current club house, membership fees, recruitment, game planning, tournaments, the Champions League 2016, training structure, material and much, much more. Should you feel obliged to have your say in this then please make yourself present and known during the AGM.
The full agenda will be released in the coming week – if you have any suggestions, please raise them BEFORE 11 December by contacting email@example.com or contacting the board directly.
There is a lot to get excited about for next year so please get involved and attend on the 6th of January. We will be looking forward to see you in the beginning of next year and on behalf of the board we would like to wish you, your family and beloved ones happy holidays and a very great kick start of the new year.
After a great first round with close contests, the DAFA League heads into round 2 this weekend with some reinforcements coming to all three teams.
After the Wombats lost their first two games, they are hopeful of notching their first win with some tall timber returning to the lineup in Arnout Brokking, as well as the boy from Wang – Dan Lewis – to provide some forward thrusts from the midfield.
The Devils will see Captain Kolman take charge from the half-back line as well as their midfield dynamo Daan van der Putten, and are confident of putting some heat onto the current leaders, Den Haag.
Finally, the Storks will be firing from all cylinders with Michel van Eijk lining up for his first appearance of the league to try and consolidate their leading position.
Round one saw the Ooievaars beating the Amsterdam Devils by 15 points and the Wombats by 10 points. The Devils then redeemed themselves by beating the Wombats by 10 points.
Nick ‘Ned’ Moran of the Ooievaars kicked 8 goals for the day, closely followed in the Golden Clog goal kicking award by Nick ‘Swirl’ Bennett. JJ Farrell was among the best of the day, while Bill Johnstein and Zach O’Brien are leading the Kattenberg award for leading point kicker.
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The first round of the DAFA League will start today, with three round robin matches to be played at Sportpark de Eendracht in Amsterdam.
Three teams will be contesting the DAFA League this year – The Amsterdam Devils, The Den Haag Ooievaars and The Amsterdam Wombats.
Game day one will see the Devils take on the Ooievaars, then at the Ooievaars take on the Wombats, and finally the Amsterdam Derby between the Devils and the Wombats will played.
Full team lists can be found here. Come down from 1pm onwards for a great day of footy! See below map for location of the ground.
On Saturday 16 May the DAFA Competition Draft Night was held at major sponsor Drover’s Dog in Amsterdam, which revealed the three teams that will be taking part in the upcoming DAFA Competition. It also featured the unveiling of the Amsterdam Devils’ new jumper with the logos of our two major sponsors, Easier Dental Care and Drovers Dog.
Full teams can be found below:
- Jort Kolman (Captain)
- Stephen Dillon (Sports Psychologist/Veteran’s list)
- Daan van der Putten
- Daan Starrenburg
- Joe Durling
- Max Durling
- Nick Moran
- Reinier Vriend
- Jos Embden
- Simon Alger
- Jerome Farrell
The Hague Storks/Den Haag Ooievaars
- Maurice Verbakel (Captain)
- Nick Bennett (fitness coach/hair stylist)
- Breck Robertson
- Nick Staples
- Rick Hocking
- Scott Meltzer
- Brody Warren
- Kiel Buckland
- Zach O’Neil
- Michel van Eijk
- Julian Poole
- Pedro Zuidberg (Captain)
- Damian Trevenen (Story teller/)
- Michiel van der Lugt
- Bill Johnstone
- Arnout Brokking
- Peter Rossiter
- Daniel Lewis
- Timothy Nelson (injury list)
- Brendan Cartledge
- Little Nicky
- Bas van Schie
- Joe Wegs
- James Greig
Rookie List (To be allocated)
- Jeroen Schillings
- Barry Parker
The final draw for the AFL Europe Champions League has been released.
The tournament will consist of two groups of five teams, of which the top two will go on to play off in the semi finals and ultimately the Champions League trophy!
For those teams ending lower than 2nd in the group there will be play-off matches to determine their place in the final ranking.
Click below to see the full draw:
Press Release – 25/02/2014 – Download Original (Dutch/English)
The Amsterdam Devils, in cooperation with AFL Europe, will host the inaugural Champions League
Australian Rules Football Tournament in Amsterdam on Saturday, March 21 at Sportspark de Eendracht. The tournament will see the best European Australian Football club teams compete for the title of European club champions.
The Netherlands will be represented by the Amsterdam Devils. The Devils will go head-to-head with 13 other teams from all around Europe who will travel to Amsterdam for a one-day tournament to decide who can call themselves “the best of Europe”. The teams will compete against each other according to the 9-a-side format commonly used in the European Cup when national teams compete against each other. It will be an excellent day for Australian expats to celebrate this great Australian sport with the people of the Netherlands.
“We’re excited to not only host the inaugural Champions League, but to also compete against the best of Europe in what should be an extremely hard-fought tournament. As Australian Rules Football continues to grow in popularity in Europe, this a great step forward for the sport. Our boys are tough, fit and ready for the challenge,” said Nick Bennett, coach of the Amsterdam Devils.
Australian Rules Football is considered Australia’s national sport and consists of a dynamic mixture between rugby and soccer. It is physically and mentally tough and is exciting to watch for spectators.
For more information you can contact:
Maurice Verbakel, Tournament director & secretary Dutch Australian Football Association
Phone number: 06-24 87 45 30
There will be a pre-season training session at the Zuiderpark in the Hague on Monday 19 January at 7pm. The session will be a fitness session, so bring your runners. If you want to join, come down at 7pm to the park entrance on the Melis Stokelaan where the main car park is (near the swimming pool) where we’ll meet and go from there.
In case you can’t find the meeting point or if you are running late, please contact Micka on 0615370945.
On Saturday, March 21st 2015 the AFL Europe Champions League will be held in Amsterdam. Teams from all over Europe will be coming to the Netherlands for a great day of footy and fun. To make this into a success, we are looking for volunteers to help us out to prepare the tournament and assist on the day itself.
If you love footy or would like to get to know Australian Football but cannot play yourself, we would love for you to be involved in organising this tournament and being part of the day. Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or via the contact form on this website to let us know that you would like to help out.
Season 2015 has a lot in store for DAFA members!! Pre-season training has commenced at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Training sessions are at the regular 7pm timeslot every Thursday, and Saturdays at 10am. With only nine weeks to go before our first competitive international match we need to make the most of it, so make sure you come down!
Below is a location map to show the exact gathering point in the Vondelpark (near the PC Hoofstraat entrance).
If you come from outside of Amsterdam and don’t want to pay 4 euros an hour for parking your car, there are several park & ride options that you might want to consider:
General information: http://www.parkeren-amsterdam.com/pr-transferium
The P&R that is possible the easiest option is: http://www.parkeren-amsterdam.com/pr-olympisch-stadion, From there you can easily grab tram 16 or 24. Get off at Museumplein and walk the last 4 minutes to the location (see attachment how to walk the last part). When you grab the tram from one of the P&R, parking costs only 1 euro for 24 hours.