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Despite being on holiday, South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) CEO and St Kilda Football Club Multicultural Ambassador has managed to weave in some football commitments in none other than the City of Lights, Paris.

Loh was the guest of the Commission Nationale de Football Australien (CNFA), the official governing body for Australian Football in France, for their Grand Final between the Paris Cockerels and Lyon ALFA Lions in Paris on Sunday. 

Australian rules football in France is played in both league and cup based formats by nine clubs based in Paris, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Perpignan, Toulouse, Lyon, Montpellier and Cergy.


LISTEN: Click HERE for her interview with SBS Australia


Speaking on SBS Australia’s French Language Program, Loh was taken aback by the skill level of the French despite Australian Rules being such a foreign concept in a football (soccer) mad nation.

“It was a good time to bring some footballs over and talk to the locals about AFL, spreading the word about our great game and how multiculturalism is quite connected with it,” she said.

“Fantastic to watch the actual Grand Final they played between Paris Cockerels and ALFA Lyon. It was a very good game… Really interesting to hear how interested they are in our game and how long they’ve been playing.

“It’s fantastic to watch the French play football considering it’s not there number one sport.

“I asked if any there were any Australians in the team and there weren’t. The people who are quite interested in playing have either lived in Australia or had a connection to AFL. Fantastic to watch the skill level.”

The trip comes ahead of the International AFL Cup, which will be played in Melbourne in August as part of it’s bi-yearly cycle.

“I wish the French team the best of luck and can’t wait to host them now that I’ve met them.”