Dublin Angels & Demons Australian Rules Football Club
Womens Team launched in 2011
The Dublin Demons were founded in October 1999 at the Palace Bar on Fleet St in Dublin. The founding members were Colm Cronin, who had played previously with the Boston Demons and Michael McCormack and Trevor Lawless who had previously played in the BARFL with the Wandsworth Demons. Also in attendance were Ciaran O hEadhra, who would later join the club and Brian Clarke from the International Australian Football Council. Following an appearance on the RTE Television Program ‘Breaking Ball’and a recruitment drive throughout the city a meeting was held at the Australian embassy, where the core of the first team attended. Colm Cronin, became the club’s first president and Kerran Hobbs was appointed as the club’s first coach. Soon after training was to begin in the Phoenix park, with a dash made for safety whenever the park wardens appeared. This obviously being unsuitable the Demons soon moved training to the Clann na Gael/Fontenoy GAA club.
The first match in Ireland took place in April of 2000 when a Demons/ Belfast Redbacks combined side played the North London Lions in Belfast, although they lost the game the seeds were sewn. Later that month the Demons went to London where they played in the FSS Cup, finishing third with Dave Tierney winning the EC Player of the tournament. The next game was to be against the then BARFL Premiers Wandsworth Demons and was played at Blackrock College, the Demons winning the game.
There was then a best of three All Ireland series, Belfast won the first game in Belfast, and the series was even when the Redbacks had to forfeit the second game at St.Patricks College, Drumcondra, although a scratch game did take place. It all came down to the final game which was part of an invitational tournament organised by the Demons, which also involved Clann na Gael and the London Gryphons. AFL legend Dipper played a half for each side in the Grand Final which the Demons won to become Premiers. The Dees lost their remaining tournament games and the Gryphons took the tournament cup back to London.
Following the formation of ARFLI, the Demons became founder members. There was a delay in the start of the season due to a foot and mouth breakout, but the Demons did travel to London once again for the FSS Cup, making the second round. When the league did eventually start the Demons entered two teams in the Super 9s, but following the failure of this exercise it was agreed never to split the team again.
In the ARFLI premiership the Demons went on to dominate, eventually beating the Leeside Lions in the final in Kilkenny. On the day the team were coached by Shane ‘Shorty’ McDonald as regular coach Darron Nutt was in Australia and captained by Michael Currane.
2002 was to give the Demons their first unsuccessful season, a strong team was assembled, however with the Premiership disrupted due to the national team's preparation for the International Cup and some internal disputes which ultimately lead to the club being disqualified from the Grand final. The club regrouped for the super 10s but at this stage it was a little too late as many valued members had at this stage left. There was some solace though as Club stalwarts Michael Currane,Barry Denham, Joe Cunnane and Fergal Bradshaw were to get winners medals at the inaugural Australian Football International Cup with Ireland beating Papua New Guinea in the final.
Towards the end of the year the club regrouped and things look good for the club, with a number of new members on board and a good smattering of the old. There is also the new sponsor, new pitch, new kit and hopefully at the end of the year a new cup.
2003 history to follow once I get someone to write it!
2004 history to follow once I get someone to write it!
2005 history to follow once I get someone to write it!
The 2006 season was an exciting and enjoyable season for the club. The Dublin Demons won the second annual Scottish cup in Glasgow and followed it up with the Super 10s competition in Dublin but success eluded the Demons for the rest of the season.
The year started with the Demons traveling to Glasgow to compete in the Scottish cup against the Glasgow Sharks and the Edinburgh Bloods. The competition took place on one of the few permanent ovals in Europe and after a frantic, hard fought day of footie the grand final was contested between the Demons and the Edinburgh Bloods. There were Irish national team players on both teams but the friendship was soon forgotten when the sherrin was thrown into the air. This contest was reminiscent of epic battles fought over freedom and independence but the prize here was a trophy no more that 4 inches high. And the teams fought tooth and nail for it! In the end it was the Demons that prevailed and returned to Dublin the following day a happy though hung- over bunch!
In domestic competition the Demons prevailed to take the Super 10s competition with comfortable victories over the rest of the teams. This pre- season tournament is hotly contested every year as teams try to take early bragging rights for the season. The soon to be all-conquering Swans did not compete as they completed their transformation from the Dublin Eagles to the South Dublin Swans. The final of the Super 10s was contested between Dublin Demons and their old enemy the Leeside Lions. The Demons started strongly and lead going into the turn by 3 goals. It was the Lions that finished the stronger and the Demons barely hung on to secure victory. Two competitions and two victories left the Demons as favourites to win the 2006 ARFLI premiership flag.
The premiership favorites, Dublin Demons, started the competition well but struggled badly in mid- season as injury, work and holidays caused key players to miss a number of games. Defeats to the Midland Tigers and the Dublin Saints showed how far the team had fallen and this coupled with defeats to the Swans and Lions gave the Demons its worst run of results in their history. They languished in fourth position in the table after all the rounds had been completed, barely ahead of the Saints on percentage. Some pride was restored in the semi- final game when the Demons fought the red tide but ultimately a disjointed team finished the 2006 season disappointed.
2007 history to follow once I get someone to write it!
2008 history to follow once I get someone to write it!
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