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Jharkhand Crows

Posted on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by ARFAI,


The birth of Jharkhand Crows was the corollary of the triumphant success of the implementation of a sustainable grassroots Australian Rules Football Program in the state of Jharkhand. Magic Bus with the support of ASC and ARFAI work to engage with communities through Community Youth Leaders (CYLs) to deliver programs in the state of Jharkhand. The CYL’s were provided special training by the ARFAI coaches who in turn trained the kids of Rajasthan about Australian Rules Football.

One person from Jharkhand deserves a special mention – Mahesh Tirkey, Magic Bus Volunteer Community Leader and also the Australian Rules Football leader of ARFAI in Jharkhand, who was selected to represent Indian Tigers for the International Cup,2014  in Melbourne after just 4 months of training. Not just the sporting skills but also the organizational skills of Mahesh should be mentioned as his personal efforts resulted in the tremendous growth and exposure of the sport in Jharkhand.


Jharkhand Crows made its debut in the 3rd ARFAI National Championship, 2014 held in Navi  Mumbai in both the junior and the senior category. Even though they were the debutants their performance was so regal that they reached the finals in both the categories winning the championship in the junior category whereas becoming the runners up in the senior category.

Apart from Mahesh Tirkey, Mr. Sumit Kumar, Ranchi district head of Magic Bus took personal initiatives to grow the sport in the state. It was his and Mahesh’s efforts that made the first ever Jharkhand State Champion in Ranchi a success. It was this state championship that gave the base to select the players representing Jharkhand Crows(Junior) in the ARFAI National Championship. The senior team of Jharkhand Crows was the direct outcome of Mahesh Tirkey’s personal efforts in the state.