Canada national Australian rules football team

The Canada national Australian rules football team represents Canada in Australian rules football. The men's side is known as the Northwind (French: Vent du Nord) while the women's side is known as the Northern Lights. The national team is selected by AFL Canada the governing body for Australian rules football in Canada.

Canada
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
UnionAFL Canada
Nickname(s)The Northwind
First international
United States United States 75 – 55Canada Canada
(1999)[1]

Northwind players are selected from the best Canadian-born players from the club teams across Canada.

The team plays in international tournaments, including the Australian Football International Cup and the 49th Parallel Cup.

IdentityEdit

The Northwind's guernsey has the Maple leaf, the floral emblem of Canada, in the national colours of red and white.

HistoryEdit

The team formed to participate in the Australian Football International Cup in 2002 (finishing 9th) 2005 (finishing 7th) and 2008 (finishing 6th) as well as exhibition matches against other countries.

Between 1993–1995, the Northwind were undefeated in tests against the British Australian Rules Football League.

Notable playersEdit

Stefan Leyhane, Northwind's Captain (2003–2009) was also the only Canadian recipient of the 2002 International All Star Team.

Northwind's best and fairest player (from the 2005 International Cup) was Paul Loughnane.

Northwind's best and fairest player from the 2008 International Cup was Aaron "Azza" Falcioni.

Northwind had two players named to the 2008 World Team: Emanuel Matata at Ruckman, and Scott Fleming at Forward.

Northwind had one player named to the 2011 World Team: Steve Rutledge.

Northwind had two players named to the 2014 World Team: Nathan Strom and Neil Casey.[2]

Northwind had one player named to the 2017 World Team: Eric Klein

Australian Football International CupEdit

The Northwind have competed at the Australian Football International Cup since their first appearance in 2002. The International Cup is a competition where players that are citizens of the countries who are competing are the only players allowed to play (no expatriate Australians are permitted to play, with teams composed solely of amateurs who must be nationals of the country they represent).

In the 2002 Australian Football International Cup the Canada Northwind finished 9th of 11 teams.
Round 1: Ireland 7.14 (56) def. Canada 4.7 (31) - Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham, Melbourne
Round 2: Canada 4.11 (38) def. South Africa 1.5 (11)
Round 3: New Zealand 10.8 (68) def. Canada 2.6 (18)
Round 4: USA 8.4 (52) def. Canada 1.1 (7)
Round 5: Samoa 9.15 (69) def. Canada 0.5 (5)
9th/10th Place Playoff: Canada 6.5 (41) def. Japan 5.2 (32) [3]

In the 2005 Australian Football International Cup the Northwind finished 7th of 10 teams.
Round 1: Ireland 4.7 (31) def. Canada 3.5 (23)
Round 2: Papua New Guinea 5.11 (41) def. Canada 4.3 (27)
Round 3: Samoa 7.4 (46) def. Canada 6.6 (42)
Round 4: Great Britain 3.7 (25) def. 3.5 Canada (23)
Qualifying Final: Canada def. Spain (Spain forfeited).
7th/8th Place Playoff: Canada 4.5 (29) def. South Africa 2.6 (18) [4]

In the 2008 Australian Football International Cup the Northwind finished 6th of 16 teams:
Round 1: Canada Northwind 18.22 (130) def. Finland Icebreakers 0.0 (0) - Western Oval
Round 2: Canada Northwind 16.12 (108) def. Sweden Elks 1.1 (7) - Ransford Oval
Round 3: Ireland Warriors 4.6 (30) def. Canada Northwind 2.2 (14) - Reid Oval
Finals Round 1: Canada Northwind 7.7 (49) def. Japan Samurais 0.3 (3) - Walter Oval
5th/6th Place Playoff: Nauru Chiefs 12.8 (80) def. Canada Northwind 7.7 (49) - Ransford Oval [5]

In the 2011 Australian Football International Cup the Northwind finished 10th of 18 teams
Group 6 - Match 1: Canada 2.0 (12) def. by United States 2.3 (15) - Blacktown International Sportspark 2
Group 6 - Match 2: Canada 3.6 (24) def. Peres Team for Peace 0.0 (0) - Blacktown International Sportspark 2
Division 1 - Group 1 - Match 1: Canada 2.3 (15) def. by Great Britain 6.8 (44) - Blacktown International Sportspark 2
Division 1 - Group 1 - Match 3: Canada 3.2 (20) def. by New Zealand 5.9 (39) - Blacktown International Sportspark 1
Division 1 Semi-Finals: Canada 13.8 (86) def. Japan 2.1 (13) - McAllister Oval
9th/10th Place Playoff: Canada 6.4 (40) def. by Tonga 6.10 (46) - Ransford Oval [6]

In the 2014 Australian Football International Cup the Northwind finished 5th of 18 teams.
Pool C - Round 1: Canada 19.5 (119) def. China 0.1 (1) - McAlister Oval
Pool C - Round 2: Canada 2.8 (20) def. by USA 8.3 (51) - Ransford Oval
Pool C - Round 3: Canada 20.10 (130) def. Sweden 0.0 (0) - Ben Kavanagh Reserve
Division 1 Semi Finals: Canada 9.15 (69) def. France 2.3 (15) - Ransford Oval
Division 1 Championship (5th/6th Place Playoff): Canada 9.7 (61) def. Tonga 7.6 (48) - McAlister Oval [7]

2005 International Cup squadEdit

Player Club
Brown, Rohan Toronto Downtown Dingos
Buczkowski, Chris Toronto Downtown Dingos
Burkin, Jeff Red Deer Magpies
Butcher, Mike Toronto Downtown Dingos
Cunning, Chris (VC) Toronto Downtown Dingos
Dimacakos, Anastasios Toronto Eagles
Dimacakos, George Toronto Eagles
Duffy, Kevin Lakeshore Rebels
Duffy, Sean Lakeshore Rebels
Enright, Austin Victoria Lions
Falcioni, Aaron Toronto Eagles
Holmes, Clayton Etobicoke Kangaroos
Kidd, Matt Red Deer Magpies
Lagan, Adrian Calgary Kangaroos
Leyhane, Stefan (C) Broadview Hawks
Logel, Greg Guelph Gargoyles
Loughnane, Paul Mississauga Demons
McElwain, Rob Windsor Mariners
McLean, Kevin Broadview Hawks
Minaker, Kevin Toronto Eagles
Mintz, Richard Broadview Hawks
Moussadji, Yoni Toronto Downtown Dingos
Muller, Phil Etobicoke Kangaroos
Nisker, Andrew Toronto Downtown Dingos
Parks, Jason Arizona Hawks
Paterson, Adam Etobicoke Kangaroos
Robinson, Jason (DVC) Etobicoke Kangaroos
Siddiqui, Adam Lakeshore Rebels
Simnett, Dale Mississauga Demons
Smith, Darrell Red Deer Magpies
Tumak, Ken Windsor Mariners
Tumber, Dave Etobicoke Kangaroos
Van Gelder Mark Toronto Eagles
Wells, David Toronto Downtown Dingos
White, Chris Victoria Lions

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's World Rankings Matches - World Footy News".
  2. ^ "Ireland, Canada dominate International Cup 2014 World Teams".
  3. ^ "International Cup 2002 in Review - World Footy News".
  4. ^ "International Cup 2002 in Review - World Footy News".
  5. ^ "2008 Australian Football International Cup - Results - World Footy News".
  6. ^ "2011 AFL International Cup - Scores and Ladders links - World Footy News".
  7. ^ "2014 AFL International Cup - Results and Ladders links - World Footy News".

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