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Northwind (Australian rules football team)


Northwind (Australian rules football team)

Union AFL Canada
Nickname(s) The Northwind
First international
United States 75 – 55 Canada
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.

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 1
  • History 2
  • Notable players 3
  • International competition 4
    • International Cup 4.1
  • 2005 International Cup squad 5
  • See also 6
  • External links 7


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


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

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]

International competition

International Cup

2005 International Cup squad

Player Club
Brown, Rohan Toronto Downtown Dingos
Buczkowski, Chris Toronto Downtown Dingos
Burkin, Jeff Red Deer Magpies
Butcher, Mike Toronto Downtown Dingos
Cunning, Chris (VC) Toronto Downtown Dingos
Dimacakos, Anastasios Toronto Eagles
Dimacakos, George Toronto Eagles
Duffy, Kevin Lakeshore Rebels
Duffy, Sean Lakeshore Rebels
Enright, Austin Victoria Lions
Falcioni, Aaron Toronto Eagles
Holmes, Clayton Etobicoke Kangaroos
Kidd, Matt Red Deer Magpies
Lagan, Adrian Calgary Kangaroos
Leyhane, Stefan (C) Broadview Hawks
Logel, Greg Guelph Gargoyles
Loughnane, Paul Mississauga Demons
McElwain, Rob Windsor Mariners
McLean, Kevin Broadview Hawks
Minaker, Kevin Toronto Eagles
Mintz, Richard Broadview Hawks
Moussadji, Yoni Toronto Downtown Dingos
Muller, Phil Etobicoke Kangaroos
Nisker, Andrew Toronto Downtown Dingos
Parks, Jason Arizona Hawks
Paterson, Adam Etobicoke Kangaroos
Robinson, Jason (DVC) Etobicoke Kangaroos
Siddiqui, Adam Lakeshore Rebels
Simnett, Dale Mississauga Demons
Smith, Darrell Red Deer Magpies
Tumak, Ken Windsor Mariners
Tumber, Dave Etobicoke Kangaroos
Van Gelder Mark Toronto Eagles
Wells, David Toronto Downtown Dingos
White, Chris Victoria Lions

See also

  1. ^
  2. ^

External links

  • AFL Canada – Northwind

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