Canada national Australian rules football team

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Canada
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Union AFL Canada
Nickname(s)The Northwind
First international
United States Flag of the United States.svg 75 – 55 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
(1999) [1]
Canada's Scott Fleming kicks a long range goal against Sweden in the 2008 International Cup Scott fleming goal canada 2008.jpg
Canada's Scott Fleming kicks a long range goal against Sweden in the 2008 International Cup

The Northwind is Canada's national Australian rules football team that represents the clubs and teams of AFL Canada.

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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.

Identity

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

History

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 players

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 All-International ruckman Manny Matata kicking a drop punt Canada manny matata kicking.jpg
Northwind's All-International ruckman Manny Matata kicking a drop punt

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 Cup

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 squad

PlayerClub
Brown, Rohan Toronto Downtown Dingos
Buczkowski, ChrisToronto Downtown Dingos
Burkin, Jeff Red Deer Magpies
Butcher, MikeToronto Downtown Dingos
Cunning, Chris (VC)Toronto Downtown Dingos
Dimacakos, Anastasios Toronto Eagles
Dimacakos, GeorgeToronto Eagles
Duffy, Kevin Lakeshore Rebels
Duffy, SeanLakeshore Rebels
Enright, Austin Victoria Lions
Falcioni, AaronToronto Eagles
Holmes, Clayton Etobicoke Kangaroos
Kidd, MattRed Deer Magpies
Lagan, Adrian Calgary Kangaroos
Leyhane, Stefan (C) Broadview Hawks
Logel, Greg Guelph Gargoyles
Loughnane, Paul Mississauga Demons
McElwain, Rob Windsor Mariners
McLean, KevinBroadview Hawks
Minaker, KevinToronto Eagles
Mintz, RichardBroadview Hawks
Moussadji, YoniToronto Downtown Dingos
Muller, PhilEtobicoke Kangaroos
Nisker, AndrewToronto Downtown Dingos
Parks, Jason Arizona Hawks
Paterson, AdamEtobicoke Kangaroos
Robinson, Jason (DVC)Etobicoke Kangaroos
Siddiqui, AdamLakeshore Rebels
Simnett, DaleMississauga Demons
Smith, DarrellRed Deer Magpies
Tumak, KenWindsor Mariners
Tumber, DaveEtobicoke Kangaroos
Van Gelder MarkToronto Eagles
Wells, DavidToronto Downtown Dingos
White, ChrisVictoria Lions

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