Team profile – Manchester Mosquitoes
The second of our team profiles looks at league juggernauts Manchester Mosquitoes. One of the original AFLCNE teams, the Mozzies played their first league game in 2006 and during that time have grown into the most successful club in AFLCNE history, having taken 5 premierships, playing in 6 grand finals.
The Mozzies originally competed under the BARFL Regional banner, finishing 3rd in their first season, and became part of the AFLCNE following its creation (then the AFL Central and North West league). Since then, they have become somewhat of a grand final fixture, running out in 6 out of the 7 finals so far. They have also established the ‘Movember Cup’, an annual charity competition that’s come to serve as the last run-out of the year for many AFLCNE clubs.
In 2016, the Mozzies completed a ‘three-peat’, taking the premiership for a third successive season, this time in a final against fellow league stalwarts Nottingham Scorpions. With domestic success demonstrated, the Mozzies are off to the AFL Champions league in April, this year looking to go one better than last and bring the trophy to the North of England.
The success of the Mozzies can be in part attributed to their inclusive club-orientated nature, and they’re always keen on new players, supporters or club members to help out. Home games are played at Burnage Rugby Club, SK4 3EA, where they’ll play the first game of their season vs Tyne Tees Tigers on 22nd April.