The sport in the Netherlands is the 9-a-side version, differing from the 18-a-side games that Maurice was playing in Australia, however many elements of the game remain that Maurice fell in love with whilst playing in Australia.
“It can be a fast game with not too many protocols or rules that makes it a very attractive game to play. With these aspects it gives more room to focus on tactics and its gameplay. I also love it that you can really put your body into it where the going gets tough, and afterwards the social reward of having a beer and a BBQ with the opposition team looking back to the game.”
Once Maurice got involved with Australian Football in the Netherlands, he then turned his attention to growing the game to give more opportunities for Dutch people to get involved. Maurice joined the Board of AFL Netherlands and was involved with the AFL Europe Champions League set up in Amsterdam, which has gone on to be a huge success for both AFL Netherlands and AFL Europe. Two years ago, Maurice set up the Delft Blues Football Club, designed their fantastic jersey and is now the President of AFL Netherlands.
It’s been a great journey for Maurice, who really sees growth potential for the sport in the Netherlands.
“AFL has everything in itself as an attractive and entertaining sport whether it’s for men, women or youth. So with those ingredients of being a fun sport and the social connectivity that comes with it I foresee that more and more people could learn this game and enjoy playing it. So when it comes to what the future holds I would really love to see more players and more clubs in the future and grow the game.”
The social connectivity that you get with Australian Football is one of the key elements of the sport that Maurice enjoys the most. In 2015 Maurice complete the Three Peaks Challenge with four mates from the footy club and more recently in 2017 climbed Mount Kilimanjaro five mates from footy.