The Paris Cocks Teams of the decade (2008-2019)

After rigorous debate and lengthy discussions between some of the club stalwarts, the Paris Cocks are pleased to announce the three club teams of the previous decade (2008-2019) – the combined women’s team, the Australian men’s team, and the French/International men’s team.

A huge congratulations to the players selected, the volunteers involved in growth and development of the club, and everyone else who has contributed to the Paris Cocks Australian Football Club over the past decade!

#GoCocks

The Cockerelles (women’s) team of the decade:

The Australian men’s team of the decade:

The French/International men’s team of the decade:

COVID-19 – ALL TRAININGS AND MATCHES SUSPENDED

Effective Thursday 12th March, the French Australian Football championship and all Paris club trainings have been suspended until further notice, due to Covid-19.

Stay safe and look after yourselves during this difficult period, and we will come back to you soon with further information.

The Cocks Office

REPORT: Gallia Cup 2020

Our fantastic Paris Cockerelles Team Manager, Jo Mouradian, provided her feedback regarding another fantastic edition of the Gallia Cup in Paris held on 7th March, and also the 1st round of the new Western European Women’s League.

What was your official role/responsibility within the tournament?
JM: The Gallia was hosted by both the Paris Cockerelles and the Antony Blues, therefore Steven Ryan and myself were responsible to make sure everything was organised. From creating the initial communications to inviting the teams, to organising the logistics of the day (umpiring, timekeeping, scoreboard) to running the canteen – basically everything from start to finish. As usual, we had a whole host of volunteers who generously helped us out, and we couldn’t have done it without them. Also a shout out to both Stephen Dilon and Lisa Wilson who were a huge support.

Who were the teams involved and who came out on top? JM: The third annual Gallia Cup was held in Paris on the 7th of March, 2020. This also coincided with the launch of the Western European Australian Football Women’s League (WEWL) and their first tournament.  This year saw the Paris Cockerelles hosting with visiting teams coming from Germany (Rheinland Lions, Cologne) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam Devils). We had three strong matches but the Paris Cockerelles managed to win the Gallia Cup on home soil.

Who were the teams involved and who came out on top? JM: The third annual Gallia Cup was held in Paris on the 7th of March, 2020. This also coincided with the launch of the Western European Australian Football Women’s League (WEWL) and their first tournament.  This year saw the Paris Cockerelles hosting with visiting teams coming from Germany (Rheinland Lions, Cologne) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam Devils). We had three strong matches but the Paris Cockerelles managed to win the Gallia Cup on home soil.

Were there any particular highlights or upsets from the day? JM: The first round of the Western European Women’s League held at the GALLIA was definitely a success. There were many highlights of the day, the most important being that all three teams wore pink armbands to remember Janine Benecke, one of the original Rheinland Lions, who was devastatingly killed earlier this year in a tragic accident. The Paris and Amsterdam teams also presented the Cologne girls with a signed football to pay tribute to Janine. These two gestures sum up the sportsmanship shown throughout the day.

On the footy field the games were played with good spirit with tough contests and lots of goals scored. The first game saw the Cockerelles take on the Devils. The Cockerelles got off to an early start kicking a few goals, and their experience showed against a team with many debutants. The number 9 for Amsterdam, Cait, was on fire on her debut for the Amsterdam side. (Final Score: Paris Cockerelles 11.10.76 def. Amsterdam Devils 5.0.30)

The second match saw Paris take on Germany in a thrilling contest. At ¾ time, Cologne lead by 3 goals only to be blown away in the 4th quarter with a 4 goal performance from Paris (Final Score: Paris Cockerelles 4.7.31 def. Rheinland Lions 3.3.21).

The final match of the day saw a fatigued and short squad German side play the rested Amsterdam side. Amsterdam showed their class and raced away to a large victory. (Amsterdam Devils 7.9.51 def. Rheinland Lions 3.0.18).

For most of the Cologne girls, it was their first-ever game and despite not getting a win, they provided a real challenge for both the Paris and Amsterdam teams. We expect them to hit back hard in later rounds of the WEWL. Amsterdam was not at full strength due to injuries and availability, but welcomed the help of three Prague players who were enthusiastic about joining the team. Good numbers were present for the home team, which speaks positively on the progress made in woman’s footy in France. The Paris team was bolstered by a strong representative of players from the south of France (Bordeaux and Bayonne).

What was your overall feedback from the day and what are you looking forward to for the rest of the season? JM: A lot of fun was had by all involved on the day and we are already looking forward to the next rematch in May in Cologne, and then in June in Amsterdam where we will continue to develop the friendly rivalry between these three clubs.

Anything else you’d like to mention from the day? JM: Overall the girls came away from the day with smiling faces and for us that is the most important thing!

—- To support the Rheinland Lions, we ask that people show their support for Janine through the following two social channels:

@janine_goes_around_the_world @go_pink_for_life   🙏

Match results:

Match 1: Paris 11.10.76 def. Amsterdam 5.0.30

Match 2: Paris 4.7.31 def. Cologne 3.3.21

Match 3: Amsterdam 7.9.51 def. Cologne 3.0.18

A massive thank you to Patrick Vielcanet, photographer of all the matches. All of the photos from this very successful Gallia Cup are available here.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS, UMPIRES, AND SPECTATORS WHO MADE THE DAY SO GREAT!

Brett Kirk in Paris

Le 8 mars, l’équipe des Paris Cockerels a eu l’occasion de rencontrer Brett Kirk,

Joueur de football australien fraichement à la retraite, Brett Kirk jouait dans l’équipe des Sydney Swans, et était surnommé « Kirky » ou « Capitain Kirk ».

Il est actuellement un représentant de l’AFL jusqu’en octobre 2011 et sa mission est de faire la promotion de l’International Cup qui a lieu en Australie en 2011 et de donner des conseils aux équipes qui évoluent dans le monde entier.

Quelques privilégiés ont pu diner avec lui et poser toutes les questions sur sa vie de sportif professionnel.

Voici quelques infos que nous avons pu recueillir :

Il a commencé sa carrière relativement tard pour la normale, c’est-à-dire à 21 ans (de plus en plus les joueurs d’AFL commencent à 17/18 ans). Il a toujours rêvé depuis tout petit de faire ce métier.

D’ailleurs, il a consacré ces dernières dix années entièrement à sa carrière. Il est content de pouvoir passer du temps avec sa famille, même si cette nouvelle mission implique aussi l’Aussie Rules !

Depuis qu’il est à la retraite, il est devenu végétarien et adapte sa nourriture à ses besoins, il mange beaucoup de lentilles !

Depuis qu’il a quitté l’AFL, il est devenu accro au « running »!

Très belle rencontre, spécialement pour Andy qui avait des étoiles dans les yeux !

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Kirk

Bootcamp with Grégory Capra

Grégory nous a fait un bootcamp spécial Football Australien

 

Gregory Capra, coach sportif, a pris les commandes de notre entraînement pour nous appliquer les méthodes  bootcamp que son équipe propose tous les dimanches.

L’occasion pour nous d’être confrontés à d’autres exercices, et également de nous sentir poussés.

Avec le sourire, Gregory sait nous faire souffrir accompagné de Yoann, également coach dans sa team, qui vérifie que nous faisons bien l’ensemble des exercices (pas de place pour les tricheurs!)

Mais toute l’équipe est motivée et à l’envie de se donner a fond.

Une quarantaine de pompes et de nombreux squat plus tard… les joueurs commencent déjà a sentir les brûlures musculaires…

Mais ce n’est que le premier round.

Les joueurs blessés (épaule, doigt, poignet…) n’ont eu ensuite aucune excuse pour ne pas participer au foncier : Sprint sur une distance d’environ 100 mètres,  où le but du jeu et d’y aller progressivement :  3 fois 3 sprints!

C’est à ce moment là que certains joueurs ne digèrent pas leur repas du  midi…

Lors de ces sprints, Yoann est souvent en tête mais nous sommes ravis que certaines de nos recrues (Wilfried), ou de nos anciens (Palli, François) soient de sérieux challengers.

La troisième partie de l’entrainement Capra est tourné sur les réflexes, que ce soit en position accroupie ou pompe, le but étant de retourner le plus rapidement possible pour faire un sprint.

Après une heure de préparation intensive, l’entrainement n’est pas fini ! Il est temps de toucher un peu au ballon et d’initier à notre tour Coaches et nouveaux participants !

Un grand merci à Grégory qui nous a poussé dans nos retranchements et nous a permis de nous surpasser pour cette séance particulière.

Cela nous a permis de faire un point sur notre forme physique, et les nombreux conseils de Greg, et son soutien nous permettront de progresser sur la partie physique : comment être plus endurant, plus fort d’un point de vue musculaire, etc.

Gregory propose de nous suivre régulièrement et de participer à ses bootcamps du dimanche matin a Vincennes, même avec les courbatures de la veille !

Quelques réactions des joueurs ici !

Pour avoir plus de détails sur l’entraînement, Arnaud, un des habitué du bootcamp nous livre ses impressions dans cet article.

De même, Grégory, grâce à l’implantation de ses coaches en France pourra apporter son support aux autres équipes de football australien !

 

Depuis, Grégory avec son équipe il suit certains joueurs des Paris Cockerels pour les aider à se préparer à l'International Cup à Melbourne.

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