AFL Quebec 2015 Men's World Cup Tournament Review
Congrats to the Victoria / Western Australian combined team who walk away as Champions of the first ever AFL Quebec World Cup Tournament.
Victoria / Western Australia -v- Eastern Canada
Vic/WA beat the Eastern Canadian Team in game one by less than a goal, 56-52. With the aid of a strong breeze, the Vic/WA team lead at half time by 40-14. The Victorians were well lead by Robinson in the forward line who’s strong leading was causing the EC Team untold grief. He was aptly backed up further out the field by O’ Farrell, Robson and Rogers.
But credit to the Eastern Canadian’s, they battled hard in the second half to claw their way back into the game, only to agonisingly loose by four points in the end.
Victoria / Western Australia -v- Rest of World
After the close scare in the first game, the Vic/WA team knew they would need to lift their intensity in the second game to beat the Rest of World Select. Despite a strong start by the ROW select, which saw them race into an early two goal lead, the Vic/WA’s started to assert their dominance and ran out comfortable winners in the end on a score line of 76-35.
This was no mean feat considering the ROW select were well represented with a strong rest of Australia and European contingent. The ROW select also included the 2014 AFL Quebec Best & Fairest Winner, Phil Manassa and Best & Fairest Runner Up, Morgan Whyte and numerous team of the year players.
Rest of World -v- Eastern Canada
The final game saw the ROW select face off against the Eastern Canadian Team to see who would pick up the undesirable Wooden Spoon Award. Like in game one another close battle followed for the Eastern Canadians.
They again found themselves trailing at half time by four odd goals. A spirited second half comeback ensued, led by their on ball department of (Alexis) Boulerice, Rotaru, Boudreau, St-Germain and Chemin. This saw the Eastern men come within a goal of ROW select with only seconds remaining. A strong mark and resulting kick saw Fabio Petosa kicked a goal right on the siren to tie up the game and doom the ROW to the foot of the table.
With Round One less than a week away there were so many positives to take out of the day’s football. There were strong debuts from rookies Andre Mattern, Justin Leyva and David Simon for ROW, Matthew Arsenault for EC, aswell as a great performance from returning second year player Yann Sadier (ROW).
Most pleasing though for all concerned would have been the performance of the entirely (Eastern) Canadian team who pushed the Vic/WA team right to the wire. Not only did they should incredible character, they also played some scintillating football at times.
The future is certainly bright for Australian Football in Montreal.