Words Matty Gale – Photos Kai Photography

The Malaysian Warrior Women’s have put their 2018 disappointment behind them and in doing so have deservedly become the AFL Asia 2019 Thai Expat Club AFW Asian Champions and the toast of Women’s Football within Asia, after going through the tournament undefeated and beating their Grand Final opponents the Hong Kong Dragons in comprehensive fashion. 

The 2nd Edition of the AFL Asia AFLW Asian Championships was enormously successful, firstly highlighted by our two debutant teams, the ‘Asian Champs’ hosts – The Thailand Tigers and the Singapore Wombettes, and secondly the noticeable improvement in team strategy, skill acquisition, game sense and ability to move the ball more effectively, despite the blustery conditions that the players encountered on the day.  

The inaugural AFW Asian Champions the Vietnam Swans were the hunted from the outset by all and sundry, whilst all eyes were on our latest additions in their debut campaigns, the mosquito fleet-footed Cambodian Apsaras and whether the Hong Kong Dragons and Malaysian Warrior Women’s could overcome last year’s disappointment as runner-up’s and missing out on the big dance respectively. 

As fate would have it, the Singapore Wombettes were a revelation and will be a side to watch in the future, the Cambodian Apsaras lost no fans with their investment in local development, the Thailand Tigers will be better for their involvement this year, whilst the Vietnam Swans finished a gallant 3rd after facing both Grand Finalists during the preliminary phase of the tournament. 

The Malaysian Warrior Women’s were a stand out team during our inaugural home and away series and were the penultimate bridesmaids after missing out on last year’s Grand Final, whilst the highly spirited Hong Kong Dragons, exceeded all expectations last year by making the Grand Final during their first ever tournament. 

A driven and focused Malaysian Warrior Women’s pencilled in this year’s grand finale as their ultimate goal and equally the Hong Kong Dragons had their eyes on going one better, but unfortunately there could only be one winner and the Malaysian Warrior Women’s climbed to the top of the mountain and saluted accordingly! 

There was no love nor respect lost on the Hong Kong Dragons girls, who can hold their heads held high and admirably, but this year will always be remembered as the year of the Malaysian Warrior Women’s and rightfully so!!!

AFL Asia would like to officially congratulate the Malaysian Warrior Women’s on becoming the Thai Expat Club AFLW Division Asian Champions for 2019 and that we’re extremely proud of how Women’s football is growing a a rapid rate and we look forward to further growth next year and beyond!

Thai Expat Club AFLW Division Results

Round 1

Hong Kong Dragons 2.2 (14) vs Cambodian Apsaras 0.0 (0)

Malaysian Warrior Women’s 1.2 (8) vs Singapore Wombettes 1.2 (8)

Vietnam Swans 2.6 (18) vs Thailand Tigers 1.0 (0)

Round 2 Games

Malaysian Warrior Women’s 2.1 (13) vs Cambodian Apsaras 1.1 (7)

Hong Kong Dragons 3.6 (24) vs Vietnam Swans 1.1 (7)

Singapore Wombettes 2.4 (16) vs Thailand Tigers 0.0 (0)

Singapore Wombettes vs Thailand Tigers AFLW Asian Champs 2019 Pattaya

Great to see 2 teams playing in their first champs – the Singapore Wombettes and the Thailand Tigers.

Round 3 Games

Singapore Wombettes 1.0 (6) vs Cambodian Apsaras 1.0 (6)

Hong Kong Dragons 2.3 (15) vs Thailand Tigers 2.0 (12)

Malaysian Warrior Women’s 3.0 (18) vs Vietnam Swans 0.0 (0)

Thai Expat Club AFLW Division Standings – After 3 Rounds

Team Points For Against % Place
Hong Kong  12 53 19 278.9 1st
Malaysia 10 39 15 260.0 2nd
Singapore  8 30 14 214.0 3rd
Vietnam 4 25 48 52.1 4th
Cambodia  2 13 33 39.3 5th
Thailand  0 18 49 36.7 6th

 

Thai Expat Club AFLW Division Finals

Grand Final

Malaysian Warrior Women’s 2.0 (12) vs Hong Kong Dragons 0.3 (3)

3rd vs. 4th

Vietnam Swans 1.4 (10) vs Singapore Wombettes 0.5 (5)

Vietnam Swans vs Singapore Wombettes AFLW 2019 AFL Asian Championships

The Swans had a tough day but claimed 3rd with a win over the Wombettes.

5th vs. 6th

Thailand Tigers 1.2 (8) vs Cambodian Apsaras 0.1 (1)

Thai Expat Club AFLW Division Final Standings

Malaysian Warrior Women’s Thai Expat Club AFLW Division 2 Champions

Hong Kong Dragons Runners-Up

Vietnam Lady Swans 3rd Place

Singapore Wombettes 4th Place

Thailand Tigers 5th Place

Cambodian Apasaras 6th Place