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Euro Cup Glory
5:02pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in Cricket
Local Andover athlete Mark Todd (24) who works as a part-time Gym instructor at the Andover Leisure Centre and part-time bar staff at the Town Mills Pub helped England to become European Champions in the sport of Australian Rules Football on the 20th of September 2013 in AFL Europe’s Axios European Cup in Bordeaux.
Mark has played ‘Aussie Rules’ for a number of years and has been a part of both the England and Great Britain set ups, having returned from Ireland in early August representing GB, Mark now had the ordeal of looking to help the England team regain their European Cup crown from 2008 and 2009 (which he was also a part of) Mark, or Toddy as he is known to his sporting peers, is well known for his fast feet and accurate ability to kick goals from almost any angle and proved this throughout the competition, but also his experience and passion to pursue any game right to the end.
England progressed comfortably through their groups with strong wins against Iceland and Catalonia, before coming up against a much fancied Croatian side in the semi-finals. With England winning by a single goal 35 points to 29, to set up a final against the host nation France.
France started the Final strongly, kicking the first goal. Before the Dragonslayers took complete charge of the game, winning emphatically by 92 points to 15. With Todd showing just what comes when you play against someone with experience and knowledge, making breath-taking tackles in succession to turn the ball over and regain possession for his team mates, with his continual effortless running and kicking what was deemed by many of his team mates as “goal of the tournament” from an almost impossible angle on the outside of his boot.
Playing regularly for Putney Magpies (London Premier Division) Todd said “I’ve worked hard over the years playing this sport and to win something as prestigious as the European Cup just makes it all worth the while, I started off playing for Southampton Titans back in 2007 when I first got spotted by Rob Fielder (England manager/coach) and selected for England, having spent 3 seasons with Southampton and winning the European Cup back in 08 and 09, I was picked up by Reading who played in the London Divisions and said I should push for Great Britain, I spent one season at Reading before the Great Britain Head Coach Mark Pitura called me up and asked me to play for his club (Putney) and then got selected for Great Britain. Although I have had the great fortune of playing for many years and representing at the highest level, winning the European Cup this time around felt so much more special, the work ethic, the endeavor by all the players was well rewarded and justified”
Mark will now have the winter to recover and recuperate ready for next season and the challenge of retaining the Euro Cup with England, asked what he planned to do Mark said “I plan to maintain my fitness as I play both Saturday and Sunday league football for Sparten f.c and Wolversdene Reserves, but mainly to allow my body physical time to recover from the knocks and bruises which are all a part of the fast paced hard hitting sport of AFL, but I will continue to try and spread the word of this brilliant sport and the opportunities that are there to be had.”
Based on information supplied by Mark Todd.
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