Blues decked with flags of many nations
By TANIA PHILLIPS
THE Coolangatta-Tweed Blues Aussie Rules Club is fast gaining a reputation as the United nations of the football world.
The Blues currently have players from Canada and Papua New Guinea playing side by side for them in the AFL Queensland Second Division competition.
All the Blues international players are members of their national teams and will be playing against each other in the World Cup of Australian Rules in Melbourne from August 2-13.
Things will get very interesting this weekend with the rest of the Canadian and Papua New Guinea teams all arriving for training camps.
Both sides will be interested spectators at the local derby between the Blues the Palm Beach Currumbin Lions.
With the Lions also inviting the PBC Alleygators rugby union players to the game - it sure to be an interesting crowd. Many of the Canadians will be right at home with many playing union before switching to the even more foriegn Aussie Rules.
The Blues' first resident Canadian, Austin Enright, start- ed playing Rules at university in Calgary.
"To bring up my playing level, I've been living and playing here with the Blues since May," he said. A second player, Jeff Burkin ( who has been playing with Rosebud in Melbourne) has joined him recently.