Obituary

The AFL Germany mourns about the recent passing of one of our athletes, national team player and close friend Janine Benecke. Janine had to leave us far to early when she passed away during the night of the 05.01.2020 during a tragic traffic incident near the border of south Tirol between Austria and Italy that has cost 7 innocent young adults their lives.

if you look at the sky at night you will feel like all the stars are laughing because I live on one of them because I laugh on one of them.

The board of AFL Germany would like to express their deep condolences to the family of Janine, and we wish them the strength to go through this difficult time. We are a family and we will always support her family and friends when needed.

Janine played Australian rules football with a deep passion. With her young age she had become a very talented athlete and therefore she became a regular player in the German Eagles Women national team.

Every time that Janine made a step onto the playing ground she played with her body and soul and she became a role model for our young male and female athletes.

We really appreciated her as a person and as an athlete. We hope that her soul will now rest in peace and that she will keep the playing ground ready for us in the sky when the time will come, and we are going to join her.

Every time that we will make a step onto the playing ground, she will be besides us and she will look down on us whilst keeping her hands wide open over our heads.

People step into our lives and accompany us for a while, some stay forever because they leave their mark in our hearts.

We will miss your smile and your true happiness but we will never forget you and you will stay forever in our hearts.

Nachruf

„Wenn du bei Nacht den Himmel anschaust, wird es dir sein, als lachten alle Sterne, weil ich auf einem von ihnen wohne, weil ich auf einem von ihnen lache.“

Die AFL Germany trauert um Ihre kürzlich verstorbene Athletin, Nationalspielerin und enge Freundin Janine Benecke. Janine musste uns leider viel zu früh verlassen, als Sie am 05.01.2020 mitten in der Nacht in einem tragischen Verkehrsunfall in Südtirol ums Leben kam.

Der Vorstand der AFL Germany möchte hiermit seine tiefste Trauer ausdrücken und wünscht Ihrer Familie die Kraft diese schwere Zeit zu überstehen. Wir sind eine Gemeinschaft und wir werden Janines Familie jederzeit mit Rat und Tat zur Seite stehen.

Janine ist eine leidenschaftliche Sportlerin gewesen. Mit Ihren jungen Jahren schaffte sie es sich im Australischen Football in Deutschland als talentierte Spielerin zu festigen und war von dort an eine feste Stammspielerin der German Eagles Nationalmannschaft.

Jedes Mal, wenn Janine den Rasen betrat, war Sie mit Leib und Seele dabei und wurde somit ein festes Vorbild für die jüngeren Athleten und Athletinnen. Wir haben Sie sehr wertgeschätzt und wünschen uns das Sie nun in Frieden ruht und das Sie für uns im Himmel schon das Spielfeld bereithält.

Jedes Mal, wenn wir das Spielfeld betreten werden, wird Janine uns ein ständiger Begleiter sein und wird auf uns herabschauen und Ihre offenen Hände über uns wahren.

Menschen treten in unser Leben und begleiten uns eine Weile, einige bleiben für immer, denn sie hinterlassen ihre Spuren in unseren Herzen.

Dein Lächeln und deine ansteckende Fröhlichkeit werden uns sehr fehlen, jedoch werden wir dich niemals vergessen und du wirst uns für immer in unseren Herzen begleiten.

Eagle Women Fly, tough time for the Men at the 2019 European Championships

Last weekend saw over 50 German Eagles, both men and women, head to London for the 2019 European Championships.

For the women, as their first ever 18 aside competition, there were no expectations of the team. However, they came out flying, shocking the hosts Great Britain in their first game with a 0.8.8 to 0.1.1 win. The second game was a bit of a crash to reality, taking on the World Championships, Ireland, who proved their status by keeping the Eagles Women scoreless. On the second day, the tables were reversed against Great Britain who wanted to redeem themselves for their poor form on Wednesday and they took the win over the Eagles with the same total scoreline, 1.2.8 to 0.1.1. However a similar battle was held against the Irish with the girls, though fighting hard, unable to score against the powerful Irish. Though on the same points, the German Eagles were granted the spot in Saturdays Grand Final, with a better goal difference than the Great Britain Swans. A fantastic achievement for the Eagles Women on their first outing. Saturday came and although giving 100% throughout the whole 80minute game, the Irish were just too powerful and experienced for the German girls, taking a big 13.24.102 to 0.0.0. However the Eagles women came off the field with their heads held high, knowing they had achieved something great by reaching the Grand Final in just a year since the first team outing in Cork in October 2018. Focus is now on the International Cup in Australia in 2020!

German Eagles Women after being presented with their Second Place Shield

Congratulations to the 6 Eagles Women who made the AFL Europe Team of the Tournament: Elli Maxeiner, Anni Rode, Ioanna Kopasaki, Denise Heckmann, Theresia Meißner and Marie Wrinkler

Eagles Women Team of the Tournament, (left to right): Elli Maxeiner, Anni Rode, Ioanna Kopasaki, Denise Heckmann, Theresia Meißner and Marie Wrinkler

It was a slightly different story for the Eagles Men, knowingly going in to the tournament with an inexperienced team, they were up for a tough time. In the group stages, the men were up against Ireland and Denmark and unfortunately came out bottom, unable to get a win. This lead to a play-off for 5/6th spot on the Thursday against old rivals France. It was not meant to be with the eagles who were outplayed by the French, 9.8.62 to 0.2.2. This has left the German Eagles Men nervous about their qualification for the 2020 International Cup in Melbourne and will be a waiting game to see if they will receive an invitation. On the Saturday, the Eagles Men were up against a local London team, the Wimbledon Hawks to provide extra game experience. There are many positives to be taken from the Tournament for the men with the development of a number of younger players getting invaluable 18 aside experience.
Congratulations to Florian Naumann and Phillip Evermann for receiving Team of the tournament status.

Eagles Men with the Wimbledon Hawks

AFLG Grand Final 2019

On the 7th September 2019, the Australian Football League Germany Grand Final was held in the city of Cologne. The AFLG league has seen a Grand Final for the Men since 2004, however 2019 held something special as it was the first year that there was also a Women’s Grand Final as this year we saw the launch of the Women’s inaugural league.

Up first were the women. The Berlin Crocodiles came in as the clear favourites after being undefeated throughout the home & away season, beating their Grand Final opponent the Hamburg Dockers on both appearances. However the Hamburg Dockers capitalised on their underdog status and after coming out hard in the third quarter, also known as the premiership quarter, they convincingly got the win over the Crocs, to be crowned the inaugural AFLG Women’s League Champions.

HAMBURG DOCKERS 9.7.61
BERLIN CROCODILES 4.9.33
GOALS
Hamburg TBC
Berlin TBC
BEST ON GROUND
Theresia Meißner (Hamburg Dockers)

Hamburg Dockers Women beat the Berlin Crocodiles by 28 points.

For the men, over the home and away season & semi final, the reigning Premiers the Hamburg Dockers didn’t show any sort of Premiership hangover and stormed through the season undefeated, leading in to the Grand Final as clear favourites. They were up against last years Grand Final opponent in the Berlin Crocodiles, who were fired up to reclaim the Flag they won in 2017. However, it was not meant to be for the Crocs and the Hamburg Dockers men were too strong coming away with a 21 point win, joining their Womens team as 2019 German Champions.

HAMBURG DOCKERS 9.6.60
BERLIN CROCODILES 5.11.41
GOALS
Hamburg TBC
Berlin TBC
BEST ON GROUND
Florian Naumann (Hamburg Dockers)

Hamburg Dockers Men reclaim the Premiership Cup