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DAFA League – Roundup and Round 2 Preview

Jun 15, 2015   //   by dafa   //   2015, News, Season 2015  //  No Comments

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.

Full Ladder:

Position Club P W L D F A % PTS
1 Den Haag Ooievaars 2 2 0 0 121 91 132.97% 8
2 Amsterdam Devils 2 1 1 0 121 127 95.28% 4
3 Amsterdam Wombats 2 0 2 0 103 127 81.10% 0

DAFA League Round 1 Kicks Off Today

Jun 6, 2015   //   by dafa   //   2015, Fixtures, News, Press, Season 2015  //  No Comments

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.


DAFA Dutch Competition Teams Announced

Jun 6, 2015   //   by dafa   //   2015, Fixtures, Season 2015, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

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:

Amsterdam Devils

  • 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
  • Cam
  • 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

Amsterdam Wombats

  • 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)

  • JJ
  • Rolf
  • Jeroen Schillings
  • Barry Parker

AFL Europe Champions League Draw Released!

Mar 18, 2015   //   by dafa   //   2015, Season 2015  //  No Comments

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:


Australian Rules Football comes to Amsterdam for debut Champions League

Feb 25, 2015   //   by dafa   //   News, Press, Season 2015  //  Comments Off on Australian Rules Football comes to Amsterdam for debut Champions League

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


The Hague Training Session 19/01

Jan 19, 2015   //   by dafa   //   2015, News, Season 2015  //  No Comments

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.

Volunteers Wanted – AFL Europe Champions League

Jan 13, 2015   //   by dafa   //   2015, Amsterdam Devils, News, Season 2015  //  1 Comment

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 or via the contact form on this website to let us know that you would like to help out.

FOOTY IS BACK!!!! 2015 Pre-Season Start

Jan 13, 2015   //   by dafa   //   2015, News, Season 2015  //  No Comments

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).

how to walk from museumplein to the location

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:
The P&R that is possible the easiest option is:, 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.

Amsterdam to Host the First AFL Europe Champions League

Jan 5, 2015   //   by dafa   //   Season 2015  //  1 Comment

The DAFA and the Amsterdam Devils are proud to announce that Amsterdam will be the host city for the inaugural AFL Europe Champions League. This event will be co-hosted by the Amsterdam Devils and AFL Europe to provide a great chance for club teams from all over Europe to test themselves against other international opponents and to raise more awareness about Australian Football in Europe.

Date: 21st – 22nd March, 2015

Location: Amsterdam (venue TBC)

Accommodation: AFL Europe will shortly announce our accommodation partner with special rates for teams

Transport: Make sure you book your flights/trains ASAP in order to keep costs low. Travel instructions to the venue will follow shortly.

Format: Club, not country. Winning Club of each major league in our member nations invited (defer to runner-up if premier decline’s invite). If member country only has one club they automatically qualify if not part of another major league, e.g. Madrid Bulls. Euro Cup format and rules. 9-a-side. One day competition with group stage and finals (team numbers dependant). Winner to be crowned Club Champions of Europe.

Player Eligibility: As this is a club based competition and there are a variety of different rules regarding Australian playing numbers across Europe we have decided on the following. Maximum of 4 Australian’s on the field at any one time. Players must have played at your club in the premiership year or be signed up to play in 2015. Maximum squad of 16 players (cannot be added to/swapped once the days play has begun).

Registration: Clubs need to confirm their attendance with AFL Europe by contacting before January 9th, 2015. A registration fee will be charged per participant to help cover costs of the competition. This fee will be announced once all costs are confirmed and we have a clearer indication of the number of teams attending.

Qualified Clubs:

Belfast Redbacks
Toulouse Hawks
Manchester Mosquitoes
West London Wildcats
Zagreb Hawks
Amsterdam Devils
Llops Del Pla
Madrid Bulls
Farum Cats
Rheinland Lions
Turku Dockers
Solna Axemen
Port Malmo Maulers
Edinburgh Bloods
Roma Blues
Oslo East
Bristol Dockers

Despite the event being mainly aimed at mens teams, women’s teams are of course more than welcome as well if there is interest, e.g. Paris, Dublin, Toulouse, Newcastle, Wimbledon. Please express interest to

DAFA Annual General Meeting – Thursday 8 January

Jan 5, 2015   //   by dafa   //   Season 2015  //  No Comments

We invite all members to attend the DAFA Annual General Meeting for 2015, to be held at the Vrije Universiteit Campus in Amsterdam on Thursday 8 January, 19:00. This meeting is our annually recurring opportunity to inform about what goes on in the DAFA as well as giving our members an opportunity to make themselves heard and contribute to decision making for the DAFA.

The exact address can be found below (also see attached a map of the venue pointing out the building where we will meet):
Vrije Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1091 (small blue building called: BelleVUe)
Link below gives a visitors guide (the building we will meet is number 2)
The venue is close to Amsterdam Zuid train and metro station, and trams run close past the venue as well. Although we realise that a number of members are spread throughout the Netherlands, we had to make the logistic decision to have the meeting in Amsterdam, and we hope that those living in other parts of the Netherlands will be able to attend.
For further information on the AGM, please contact


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