Thursday, September 27, 2012

Carn Mike Pyke!

AFL Quebec will be hosting an Australian Football League Grand Final Party this Friday, September 28th at the Forum Sports Bar in Montreal. This event promises to be one like no other! Although every AFL Grand Final is special, this one will be even more remarkable as Mike Pyke, of the Sydney Swans, will be the first Canadian to play in an AFL Grand Final. Hailing from British Columbia, he represented Canada at the Rugby World Cup in 2007 and made his debut in the AFL in 2009.

Mike Pyke holding a Quebec Saints guernsey with members
of the Montreal Angels and the Quebec Saints.
Australian Football is growing in popularity in many countries. Every 3 years, countries compete in the International Championships which are held in Australia. 2011 marked the introduction of the first ever women's competition seeing 5 countries represented, Canada finishing 2nd overall. At that event, Mike Pyke took the time to give the players of the Northern Lights (Team Canada - Women) a pre-match pep talk for their match up against Papua New Guinea in front of the Sydney Swans headquarters.

The Montreal Angels wish both teams (the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans) good luck in the AFL Grand Final but admit they have a soft spot for the Sydney Swans thanks to Mike Pyke.

For more information on the Grand Final Party visit