The Irish Banshees national women’s team took the silverware from the 2016 AFL Europe Euro Cup 9-aside tournament last weekend with a close fought victory over the English Vixens in sunny Lisbon, Portugal. This year saw The Banshees joined by England, Scotland, Denmark, France, Sweden and Croatia as the women’s game grows in popularity every year in Europe. The Banshees and the English Vixens have met in recent finals but the Vixens have won the most recent encounters. On this occasion the Banshees deserved the rub of the green and pulled out the victory in a tight final by 16 to 7 at the final siren. It was a delighted captain Emma Kelly who was first to raise the cup on a great day for Irish women’s Aussie Rules.
Meanwhile the Warriors weren’t just as lucky putting in a tremendous effort in reaching the Grand Final before losing out to Croatia after extra time. The Warriors came out of their group with ease and then defeated local rivals England in the semi-final before setting up a Grand Final against Croatia who have had significant success at the 9-aside format of the game. The final saw a wind assisted Croatia race into a significant lead, but with the Warriors having the wind in the second half they pulled back to level at full time. In extra time Croatia kicked nearly every attempt for six points and this impressive accuracy got them over the line 53 to 39.