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Bomber Franzen Named to World XVIII Team
ImageThe World XVIII and South Pacific squads have been named for the June 2010 NAB AFL Under 16 championships in Australia. Milwaukee Bomber Chris Franzen is one of two Americans named to the world team which is made up of young footballers from 21 countries. The two will spend time in Melbourne for an AFL run camp for the two international squads. The two squads will then play in the second division of the tournament against Queensland and NSW/ACT.

The AFL's National Participation Manager, Josh Vanderloo, is particularly involved with the World side and explained that "The World XVIII selection process took place from January to April and considered in excess of 60 players either nominated from AFL International affiliates or local migrants that have lived in Australia for less than 5 years. The result is a squad of players selected that will represent such diverse nations as South Africa, United States, Sudan, Canada, England and Ireland to name just a few."

Said Franzen, "Well tryout process was really a test of play ability. They asked questions such as how long I have been playing, what type of person am I, how well I kick, pass, and mark the ball. I first heard about the World team at the Bombers Awards ceremony (in October 2009). It's now time to get in shape! I need to exercise daily and stretch so that I can participate to my fullest ability when I arrive in Australia. My main concern is my exercise induced asthma but I have recently seen my doctor and she has prescribed me some things to help. Overall I am very excited about the opportunity to represent the US and learn more about the game.

The next challenge is fundraising in order to get there. The accommodation, playing & team attire, transports and meals will be covered by the AFL so all I need is to raise enough money for plane tickets."

If you would like to contribute to Chris's opportunity, tax-free donations may be made via the club. Please contact Nina at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it for more info.   

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