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Aussie Rules Spreads To India

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by ARFAI,


Published: 18th December, 2013.


After a successful inaugural tournament in 2012 the second Aussie Rules national championship was held in India, at Goa, a city based on the western coast of India.

The tournament consisted of six teams in a round robin format for the honour of being crowned India’s champions.

A fantastic show of passion, excitement and drama was on display during the tournament as a range of different social and economic backgrounds rallied together to play for the OGM Cup, sponsored by Perth based mining company OGM, along with its Indian counterpart RP Group of Companies.

Essendon Football Club is proud to continue on building good will and relationships among the Indian community.

Secretary General of the ARFAI (Australian Rules Footall Association of India Sudip Chakraborty thanked Essendon Football Club for their support of the tournament.

“It has taken a lot of hard work since last years’ national champs, travelling around India continuously and especially making three trips to Goa to set up the tournament on unfamiliar grounds,” Chakratborty said.

“AFL India would like to thank all the supports of the group including the three AFL clubs involved; Essendon Bombers, Richmond Tigers and GWS Giants for the support they have shown towards the tournament.”

The Bengal Tigers ran out premiers of the competition after a brawl between the Kerala Bombers and Maharashtra Giants saw them disqualified from taking part in the final.

Essendon Football Club would like to congratulate the Bengal Tigers on their success.