Changing of the guard in Canterbury

Steve Langridge stands down as President at the 2020 virtual AGM. Craig Varcoe is elected unopposed.
See Steve's Final Presidents report under CAFL Executivemore

2019 Grand Final

See Match Reports for an electric grand final between the reigning Premiers the Cougars and the ever present Bulldogs.more

AFL GRAND FINAL viewing locations

Enjoy the granny with AFL players.
The Redwood Bar, Main North Road, Redwood - Cougars and CAFL.
Aikmans Bar, 154 Aikmans Rd Merivale - Eagles and Blues.
Robbies Riccarton Road - Bulldogsmore

Jason Beck 100 AFL Canterbury games

CAFL’s favourite clubman cracks a ton.more

CAFL Committee Motion Passed

Development League, Bench Size Limit and Player Age Restrictions Introduced.more

CAFL Development League

Want to play AFL but not sure about the rules and the skills. ?more

Breaking NEWS from the CAFL this week

Season Kicks off Saturday August 24 2019 at North Hagley Park.more

2019 NPC = intense footy !!

Wellington V Otago V Canterbury - the regions play off for Regional Supremacymore

Match Reports in Match Reports

See abovemore

AFL GRAND FINAL live @ The Redwood Bar 29.09.18

You're invited to join the CAFL go ooo...aaaa...umpire...?...ROOOOAR at the Telly for the AFL Grand Final. Whether curious, passionate, bewildered or intrigued - YOU'RE WELCOME.!more


The HCC (Hagley Carlton Corner) What a ground !more

Last week at Northwood

CAFL prepares to move to our new home at Carlton Corner (North Hagley Park)more

Season 2018 - Living on the EDGE

Exciting times ahead for Canterbury AFL as we count down to season 2018.more

International Rules Supporting Paige Jury-Lynn

Watch the Gaelic lads take on the CAFL Boys to raise money and have a good craic.
7:00pm on Friday, 27 July at the Christchurch Football Centre on Yaldhurst Road.more

2017 Grand Final

The pumped up Bulldogs looking for Back to Back glory versus the resurgent Blues.more

CAFL Awards Presentation NIght

Celebrate with your team mates, wives and girlfriends a night of nights to celebrate Canterbury AFL together at the Redwood Function Centre Saturday November 4 2017 at 7pm.more

BYE BYE this week

Due to long weekend - we're having a break.
BUT the Canterbury Cobra's are driving to Dunedin to take on the Riot !

See you all back for Round 10 4th November and the Glitzy glamourous inaugural CAFL Awards night at the Redwood Tavern.more

The Rest of the Rounds Revealed

Round 7 to Round 10 have been revealed in what is shaping up to be a qualifying round for the Semi's. Now the Eagles have a win they could make a late surge for the finals. Look out Blues and Cougars...more

2017 Cobra's training Squad Named

The Cobra's kick off the Canterbury Representative campaign with a road trip to Dunedin 21st October to take on the RIOT!more

AFL Grand Final LIVE @ The Redwood BAR

The only place to watch the Granny is in a Big crowd and we got the BIGGEST footy crowd at the Redwood Bar. Get your team mates together and make a night of it.more

CAFL Youth is born

The next generation of Canterbury footballersmore

Match Reports - see match reports

See across the top.more

Watch NZ Hawks Live in the IC17 Grand Final

The NZ Hawks play the PNG Mosquitos in the Grand Final for the International Cup 2017 at the MCG Saturday 19th August from 12:30pm.more

CAFL Season 2017 Ready to Launch...

With some hot recruits joining the clubs and pre-season training beginning to boil - CAFL season 2017 is going to be the most exciting yet !more

Canterbury Cobra's Head Coach up for grabs

Calling all Canterbury Cobra coach nominees. CAFL would like to thank Chris Mintern on his hard work, guidance and skilled coaching with the Canterbury Cobra's throughout 2016 and CONGRATULATE him on getting married in December.more

Johnno takes on the World

IC17 kicks off 5th August with NZ Hawks striving to win the cup again since 2005.more

Match Report - Bobby Carolan International Cup 2017

International Rules Clash, Irish v CAFL
What a Friday night of football it was.more

International Rules Kicks off in ChCH !

We've been challenged by the IRISH !more

Calling All Cougars

Let's Make Cougars Great Again !more

New Season - new Committee - New era of CAFL begins

Exciting times for CAFL.more

The Seven Year Itch

A bit of historic perspective on the 2016 CAFL Grand Final.more

Cougars leap over Eagles to create historic Grand Final showdown

For the first time in CAFL history, the University Cougars will be playing their "love child", the Christchurch Bulldogs, in a Grand final. It is the first "Granny" for the Cougars in 8-years.more

Round 9

Bulldogs win the Terry Anderson Shield and the Minor Premiers.more

The CALL of the Canterbury COBRA'Sss sss

CAFL are pleased to announce Chris Mintern as Senior coach of the Crowbars for the 2016 NPC.more

The Showdown #3

In a 1 all tussle this year both teams had lot to prove how they have improved in this third encounter.more

Nail Biter at top of table.

Not a breath of wind graced the first quarter with the two power house teams going blow for blow.more

Canterbury Cobra's Coach Application

Take your coaching to the next level with the Canterbury NPC Team - The Cobra'smore

Round 4 The Mother in Laws KISS

Big Hits, Big Marks, Big Goals - THIS WAS EPIC. !more

Round 4 Historic Occasion

Not since Round 4 2014 has the Cougars club song been sung and if you know the Flintstones you can hum alongmore

The Round Up

Early form guide.more

Round 3 Action


Round 2 Action

Pumped up Doggies whilst the Eagles keep flag waver busier than a one armed wall paper hangermore

Round 1 2016 Action

Blues get early jump and the Bulldogs let ripmore

2016 CAFL Season is announced.

The 2016 CAFL Season has been launched.more

2016 AGM

Pivotal time. Anyone interested in AFL in Canterbury invitedmore

Canterbury Claim Honours at Regional Championship

In a regional conference for teams south of the Bombay Hills, Canterbury went through undefeated, but only holding out narrowly to a determined wellington.more

Provincial teams descend on Christchurch

Otago and Wellington will join Canterbury in a tri-series tournament on the 5th December. See schedule below:more

Attention turns to the RIOT

The Canterbury Cobras will take the journey south on Saturday 14th November, to play the Otago RIOT in Denedinmore

Eagles Take the Cake

In a winner takes all final game of the season, the Eagles claim the minor premiership and the 2015 CAFL Premiershipmore

Start time for Round 6 matches

Start Times amended to account for Daylight Savingsmore

Blues break premiership drought

In a high pressure game that had everything AFL is known for, in front of an enthusiastic crowd, on a picture perfect day at Northwood Park, football was the winnermore

Blues earn right to play in consecutive Grand Final

Despite an early scare which saw the undermanned Eagles score the first 2-goals, it was never in doubt for the Bluesmore

Preliminary Final this weekend

The winner of the Blues v Eagles earns the right to challenge the Christchurch Bulldogs for the 2014 Premiership.more

Bulldogs and Blues stroll into finals

With teams a little depleted due to the Labour Day weekend, there were still plenty of willing participants on the park.more

Bulldogs blitz Cougars and Blues overwhelm Eagles-round 8

The penultimate round of the season saw the top placed Christchurch Bulldogs crush the University Cougars by 125-points. In the the other match of the round, the mid-Canterbury Eagles were never in the hunt against the well credentialed Eastern Blues, losing by 77-points, underlying the two tiered nature of the competition.more

Round 7 Turns the Tables

The ladder morphed into what could be its final shape, with reverse fixture wins to the Bulldogs and Eaglesmore

Eagles torn to shreds by relentless Blues. Cougars no match for classy Dogs.

The gap between the top and bottom two teams widened after one-sided results from round 5more

Cougars first Win. Blues turn the tables on Bulldogs

Both games played at Northwood Park today were a step up from previous rounds, with teams being rejuvenated by quality recruits and the skills and game awareness of the newcomers improving.more

Umpires and Match Day officials needed

Want to be close to the action and support grass-roots footy in Canterbury? The pay is lousy, but the rewards are worth it.more

AFL Grand Final functions-plenty to choose from

Take your pick, whether it be Robbies Riccarton, the University Rugby Club, or stay at home and watch it on Sommet.more

Round 3 sees Eagles improve and Cougars lament

The top two teams, Christchurch Bulldogs and Eastern Blues went on their winning ways, but the Eagles are the big improvers.more

Ladder takes shape as Blues and Bulldogs take the points

Bulldogs 10 20 80 def. Cougars 2 4 16

Blues 109 def. Eagles 66more

2014 Season Fixture announced

The CAFL season will consist of 9 round robin games, all played at Northwood Park and a 2-week finals series.more

NPC in Pictures

Steve Nolan snapsmore

Show your support for the Cobras this weekend

The Canterbury AFL team, known as the Cobras, is hoping to do the unbelievable at this weekend's NPC, by winning their fourth consecutive NPC titlemore

Butler wins Best and Fairest Award

Blues mid-fielder, Sean Butler, takes out the the 2013 James Bowden Trophy after a stellar year.more

NPC Squad all but finalized - Varcoe succumbs to hip injury

Coach Peterson left no stoned unturned when he named late inclusions for the team that will defend the NPC in Christchurch, over the weekend of the 7th and 8th December. Into the side come Justin Kent and Matthew Crighton.
Making way are Brendan Swift and Jonny Fisher. The injury to Craig Varcoe means that emergency defender Jonny Fisher is likely to come into the squad.more

Strong NPC side named

A squad of 26 has been selected to defend the NPC in Christchurch over the weekend of the 7th and 8th December, with several new additions.more

NPC squad to be named this Wednesday

Coach Peterson will name the NPC team this Wednesday after training. Any players who miss out are eligible to play for other provinces that are low in numbers. Training will start at 6 PM.more

Bulldogs in a nail biter

The Christchurch Bulldogs held of a determined last quarter surge from the Eastern Blues to narrowly claim their third CAFL premiership. Final score:
Bulldogs 11 12 78 def. Blues 10 10 70. This reversed the last result when these two teams met in the last round of the round robin, where the Blues won by 8-points.more


Undermanned Cougars fade as weight of numbers take tollmore

Round 9 sets stage for finals

In a possible grand final preview, the Blues hold off relentless Bulldogs.

Cougars seal wooden spoon fate for Eaglesmore

Best and Fairest evening combined with NPC jumper presentations

For the first time since 1999, the CAFL is holding a Best and Fairest Award evening, to announce the match by match voting and the ultimate winner of the James Bowden Trophy for 2013. Following this event, we will witness the presentation of playing kits to our NPC squad, who will be participating in the NPC the following weekend. Partners and family are welcome. Tickets $15 pp.more

Blues Juggernaut rolls over Eagles. Bulldogs hold off Cougar challenge

Blues smash the reigning premiers 21 21 147 to Eagles 2 8 20
Bulldogs 11 7 73 edge out Cougars 8 7 55 to cement top spotmore

Junior Footy kicks off this weekend

It's been a lomg time coming, but the time is now. Any child in the age range of 5 - 12 years is invited to attendmore

Round 6 Action

Round 6 saw the Bulldogs overpower an undermanned Blues and the Cougars earn a reprieve from the wooden spoon with a hard fought win over the injury strapped Eaglesmore

AFL Grand Final telecast

Join fellow enthusiasts at Robbies, Riccarton - opposite the Windmill on Clarence Street.more

The Niki Dow round

Action shots from Round 2. Thanks to Steve Nolanmore

After match function at Shirley Hawks club rooms

We have been invited this Saturday to visit the Shirley Rugby League club rooms, Home of the Shirley Hwaks, for an after match get togethermore

CAFL draw announced

The 2013 Season has been unveiled. Games will be played at Northwood Park in the early half of the season, then moved to Westminster Park for the socond half and finals, in preparation for the NPC in December.more

AFL releases new Umpiring video

This video provides an introduction to the exciting role of umpiring the greatest game in the world.more

Eagles claim back to back Premierships

The Grand Final was never in doubt from the opening moments when it quickly became apparent that the Eagles were too strong, too fast and too committed.more

Eagles claim Minor Premiership

Both games in round 9 showed the evenness of the competition, with no more than a few goals betweeen either team.more

Cobras King of NPC

The Canterbury Cobras continue their dominance of AFL in New Zealand after a third successive NPC title in as many years, not conceding a game in all that time.more

Bye weekend as NPC heads north

The Canterbury Cobras head north this weekend to defend their NPC title for the second timemore

Round 8 and the frozen chosen

In what proved to be a cold, wet and windy day, the Bulldogs arrested a form slump and defeated top of the table Cougars.
The Eagles were well on top of the Blues when the game was called-off at 3/4 time by the opposing coaches. By this time the wind chill factor had plummeted to around zero and it was not fun for players or officials.more

Blues and Cougars build momentum

After some faultering starts in the early games, both the Blues and Cougars have settled into winning form as the season passes the half way mark.more

Ashburton road trip Round 7

Eagles to unveil 2011 premiership Cup in Ashburtonmore

Adopt a school and become a Coach

Message from Mick Coultard, Junior Development Manager for AFLNZmore

Curiouser and Curiouser

It's nearly impossible to draw a line through the results of this season so far and predict an eventual premiership winnermore

Round 4 turns the table on its head

Bulldogs receive a massive percentage boost and restore self belief after thumping the Eagle by 94-points. The Blues make it two in-a-row with a guysy, come from behind
triumph over the Cougars.more

Sponsors throw their weight behind NPC defence

Players, Team Management and the Canterbury community say thank you to STREAM, the Mainland Foundation and The Air Rescue and Community Services Trust for providing financial support to our NPC team.more

Watch the AFL Grand Final, live, at Robbies Riccarton

For the second year in succession, the AFL community is invited to join as one and watch the 2012 AFL Grand Final at Robbies Bar and Bistro in Riccarton.

Blues post first win of the season

It was a weekend of surprises with the Blues kicking straight to overrun a wasteful Bulldogs outfit in the final term.
The Cougars and Eagles fought out a draw, the first since 2008.more

Round 2 Results

Close nature of the results suggest the winner of this years CUP is too cloe to callmore

Round 1 of 2012 Season sets the stage

in the first game of the year, the Eagles maintained their dominance over the Bulldogs woth a comfortable win. The Blues start off the year in stirring fashion and almost overran the Cougars in the last quarter, suggesting they will be a threat in 2012.more

What makes our game so great!

Check out the skills on display at this link

Have you say at the AGM

The AGM of Canterbury AFL is to be held on Tuesday 12th June 2012.more

The Canterbury Community Trust funding guarantees balls for CAFL

A generous donation from The Canterbury Community Trust will ensure there are new balls for many of the games in 2012 and beyond. Thank you TCCT for supporting local sport.more

U-20 Cobras make it to final

The Under-20 Canterbury Cobras were big improvers on last year's tournament in Auckland, winning games against Wellington and Otago. In 2011 they failed to win a game.


Under-20 NPC 17th 18th March

Canterbury is hosting the 2012 Under-20 NPC. Games will be played at westminster Park, Mairehau. Teams are visiting from Auckland, Wellington and Otago, with a sprinkling of players from Northland and Waikato, to face off against the young Cantabrians.


The Power light up Canterbury

AFL club, Port Adealide, aka The Power, will hold a footy clinic on the 1st December at Northwood Park


Cobras bring home the Bacon

The Canterbury Cobras have won their second NPC title, with a flawless dislpay that saw them go through the tournament undefeated.


Eagles triumph to claim first CAFL trophy

The Eagles blitzed the Bulldogs in a pwerful third quarter display that saw them break open the Grand Final at Northwood Park.

In the play off for 3rd spot, the Blues continued their recent good form and proved too powerful for the gallant Cougars


Eagles storm into first Grand Final

The Mid-Canterbury Eagles have shown to the football world that they mean business in 2011 by upsetting the reigning premiers for the second time this year.

The Eastern Blues win their first game of the season over a lack lustre Cougars


Round 8 and Eagles set sights on Cup

The Bulldogs staved off a brave effort by the Cougars to run out 15-point winners.

The Eagles jump to second place on the ladder with their 4th win in a row


Sponsors line up to support Canterbury AFL

Our NPC aspirations received a messive boost in the past week with the Mainland Foundation helping us get our team to Wellington in November





Langas goes to the Brownlow

The first time that Langas hasn't got a word in!


STREAM come to the rescue

The campaign to retain the NPC title received a massive boost this week with two sponsors coming on board.


Bulldogs consolidate top spot as season turns the corner

In two highly competitive games, the Bulldogs and Eagles prevailed. All teams showed periods of dominance, but it was the ladder leaders that showed that the game is not won in one quarter


Robbies Riccarton to host AFL Grand Final Telecast

Whether you support the Cta's, or the Pies, or whether you just love AFL, you're welcome to join the Canterbury AFL community at Robbies Bar and Bistro in Riccarton. The pre-match hype starts at 4:30 PM and the Premiers will be doing their lap of honour by 8:30 PM. Game time is 5:30 PM.


Round 4 sees Bulldogs and Cougars shine

After four rounds the gap between aspiring finalists, the Christchurch Bulldogs and the University Cougars and third and fourth placed Eagles and Blues is growing.


Harry takes over the reigns for NPC defense

Herry Peterson was formally presented to CAFL teams on Saturday as our senior coach for the upcoming NPC defense in Wellingtn


The Eagles are coming!

Round 3 saw the Eagles emerge as definite flag contenders as they were edged out by a steely Bulldogs unit by 34-points.

The Blues showed promise as they scored freely at times to take it up to the younger Cougars outfit who won in the end by 71-points


Round 2 sees teams even up

The return of international players saw the standard lift in round 2. The Bulldogs prevailed over a gutsy Cougar outfit, while the Eagles celebrated their second ever win over the slowly improving Blues


Round 1 action from Northwood Park

The Cougars hold off the Eagles to win a tight one by 7-points.

The Blues "no show" disappoints as they go down by 199-points to the Bulldogs


2011 Season fixture now on-line

Click on the Results/Fixture link to open the fixture for 2011


South African AFL player responds to Jeff Kennett


This guy loves his footy!


2011 AGM set down for the 14th June

Venue: Christchurch Park, Mairehau

Invitees: All interested public and CAFL club members

Time: refreshnents served at 7:00 PM, for a meeting start at 7:30 PM


Otago go ON-LINE

The lads from the  South have finally got themselves a website.  See what the RIOT are planning. They are sure to be coming our way soon. We wish them all the best with developing the great game in their region, where it actually began over 100 years agoi. RIOT!!!!!!!!


Learning Curve for under-20 Cobras

Team manager Jono Collins was complimentary of our lads and the coaching staff in his report to the CAFL committee.


Back to Back Bulldogs blast Blues off the Park

The much anticipated clash between defending premiers, the Christchurch Bulldogs and the improved Eastern Blues turned out to be a lopsided contest. The final score, Bulldogs 12 12 84 def. Blues 4 8 32.


Round 8 action from Westminster Park

Round 8 saw AFL move to Westminster Park. The re-formatted ground proved a bonus to the Cougars and Bulldogs who ran out easy winners over their opponents. See Fixtures/Results for details.more
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Millennial banner: Canterbury wins NPC

Congratulations to the players and management team of the Canterbury Cobras, winners of the 2010 NPC. This is the first time in the history of AFL in New Zealand that Canterbury have won the NPC!more

RIOT come to town

The annual pilgrimage to the South Island AFL Mecca of Christchurch occurs on Saturday 16th October, as the Otago RIOT storm into town to test the Canterbury NPC squad.more

Westminster Has a Go day

Under threatening skies, it was good to see the public turn out to try their hand at some of the sports on offer at Westminster. Catch some of the action through the lens of Steve Nolanmore

Kiwikick at Westminster Park

Beginning Saturday 16th October, a game of Kiwikick will be held at Westminster Park, beginning at 11 AM. All those with children between 7 and 12 years are invited, boys and girls.more

Round 6 sees Blues and Bulldogs consolidate hold on top two spots

The Eastern Blues overran a gallant University Cougars who had led for most of the game to win their 4th game of the season. Final scores
Eastern Blues 10 11 71 defeated University Cougars 8 11 59. The Blues set up the win with two goals into the wind in the third quarter.more

Mainland Foundation step up to help AFL

A big thank you to the Mainland Foundation for assisting us to purchase a complete set of posts for our new field at Westminster. The posts will be revealed for the upcoming NPC on Labour weekend.more

Round 5 signals new beginning for Blues and Cougars

The Eastern Blues showed they are back to their awesome best with a comfortable 30-point win over reigning premiers, the Christchurch Bulldogs. Final scores 11 5 71 to 6 5 41.
The Cougars recorded their first win of the season over a gallant, but undermanned Eagles 11 8 74 to 4 11 35more

Vice President and coaching roles filled

Congratulations to Anthony Johnson for being elected to the role of Vice President of the Canterbury Australian Football League. Anthony (Guido) has a passion for the game and has supported the League since his arrival in Canterbury. Please support him in anyway you can. Guido is Chairman of the CAFL for 2010.more

The Lion Foundation keep us posted

The Canterbury AFL would like to thank the Lion Foundation for supporting our purchase of new goal posts.more

Thank you Pelorus Trust

Canterbury AFL thanks Pelorus Trust for their generous contribution to our game, which will allow us to purchase match day footballs for the 2010 season.more

Hawthorn players storm into Canterbury

Updates on the involvement of Hawthorn FC in New Zealand are available on the Hawk's website at:!/tabid/15148/default.aspxmore

Thank you Youthtown Trust

The CAFL gratefully acknowledges the Youthtown Trust for their support of our Junior Cobras at the recent Wellington Under 20 NPC. Their donation contributed towards the team's travel and accommodation expenses. THANK YOU!more

Cobra strike paralyses opposition at Under 20 NPC

For the first time in the modern incarnation of AFL in Canterbury, an NPC has been won by the Red and Black. The Junior Cobras went through the tournament undefeated and comfortably took out the final against the reigning champions, Aucklandmore
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Christchurch Bulldogs, They're-Champions-You'll-Agree

Undefeated Bulldogs take all before them in a titanic struggle with courageous Cougars.
Christchurch bulldogs 11 6 72 defeated University Cougars 6 4 40more

Cougars and Bulldogs march into Grand Final

History was made on November 14th 2009, when the Bulldogs and Cougars qualified for their first ever Grand Final clash.more

Thank you NZCT

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the NZCT for our NPC campaign in Auckland. Through their support, almost the entire cost of airfares to the tournament have been met.more

New umpiring appointment

Geoff Thomas has been apointed to the role of Umpire Co-ordinator. The CAFL commiittee wecomes Geoff into this newly created rolemore

AFL Canterbury goes on the road

Home town boys fail to fire against Cougars. Under-manned Blues stretch Bulldogsmore

Millennial banner: EAGLES DEFEAT BLUES

History was made on Saturday 19th September 2009 when the Eagles finally came of age to knock off the reigning premiers. No one present will forget the elation in the Eagle nest after their historic win
See Fixture/Results for details
Bulldogs survive Cougar arsenal and launch their counter offensive.
See Fixture/Results for detailsmore

Scoreboard operator/time keeper required

Our intrepid photographer, Steve Nolan, would like the freedom to walk the boundary line in search of the best shots, so we are looking for persons interested in supporting him in his important role as assistant time keeper and scoreboard operatormore

U-20 NPC a turning point for AFL in New Zealand

Take a look at the link below on the NZAFL website

Modified rules for Kiwikick

This is a useful resource for those involved in introducing primary and intermediate age children to AFL. Copy it into your browser.

Christchurch City Council supports Under 20 NPC

The Christchurch City Council has made a generous donation to assist with the running of the upcoming Under 20 national Provincial Championships.more

Mainland Foundation supports the Junior Cobras

The Junior Cobras will be looking good in their new uniforms at the upcoming NPC thanks to a generous donation from the Mainland Foundation.more

Umpires to get tough on back chat.

Arguing with the umpire is plain dumb. Afterall, they are only human.more

Stratco signs on as Naming Rights Sponsor

Stratco has signed on as Naming Rights Sponsor for 2008 & 2009more

Thanks Canterbury Community Trust!

The Canterbury Community Trust has donated money to assist with the purchase of goal posts and to continue their valuable support of junior development in the Canterbury region.more
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