Sep 15, 2016

2016 AFL Grand Final Viewing Parties

From its humble beginnings as the final match of the 1898 VFL season, to the grand spectacle that is planned for this year's edition, the AFL Grand Final has become the most anticipated event of the Australian sports calendar.  After six months of play, eighteen teams will have been whittled down to just two to fight it out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to determine who will be crowned AFL Premiers for season 2016.

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Sep 9, 2016

Same as it Ever Was; No Major Changes to Poll

Shh… can you hear it?


Well, maybe not complete silence, save the fluttering of Eagles’ wings and Tigers’ paws, but other than the shuffling of several teams, an eerily quiet Top 20 Poll, the next to last one before Nationals’ seedings are announced at the end of the month, saw 17 teams stand pat.

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Sep 1, 2016

Maidens Look to Defend East-West Showdown Crown

It began simply as friendly banter on the other side of the world.

Two sets of teammates, having a discussion as to who was the better side.  Surely in sporting history this is not an anomaly, as thousands of rivals have chirped and guffawed their superiority.

But this was different.  This was a group of women representing the USA Freedom national team at the 2014 International Cup in Melbourne.  Moreso, they represented two long established footy clubs separated by 3,000 miles of real estate.

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Aug 19, 2016

2016 Nationals Game Day Process

Following the recommended game day process for players and club admins will help the tournament run as smoothly as possible.  The USAFL recommends doing as much as you can before heading to the grounds for games.  We do provide club admin kiosks at Tournament Central but internet access can be spotty. 

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Aug 17, 2016

Golden Gate Sneaks Up to #3; Crows Still Tops

I’m glad to see someone is paying attention.

Last week’s poll seemed to bring a lot of opinions as to where teams should have been, especially towards the top of the poll.  And that’s good.  That’s the point of this whole thing is to drive a conversation and get people talking.

Another three weeks is under our belt, and while many of us were watching people jump and swim and run and flip and do all sorts of stuff for some chocolate covered gold coins that you wear around your neck, there was a lot of footy going on and it affected the positions.

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Aug 10, 2016

Women's Footy: We Are All Game Changers

Over a decade ago, I fell in love with a sport that I had never heard of and happened to discover.

It was unlike anything that I knew but integrated all the traditional sports that I grew up playing. As a single mother and recent college graduate, joining the Arizona Hawks fulfilled my craving to be a part of a team. Alongside my sister (by choice, not birth), now my coach, I played my first game at the 2005 USAFL Nationals in the inaugural women's division. 

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Jul 27, 2016

Ups and Downs - Regional Results Shake Poll

I’ve only felt an earthquake once in my entire life.

It was August, 2011, and there was a 6.0-mag quake in Virginia that we felt all the way up in Philadelphia.

But while in Salem, Oregon two weekends ago for the Western Regional Tournament, I witnessed another one. 

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Jul 26, 2016

Seow to Coach East Coasters vs Revos

The USA Revolution’s journey to Melbourne and next year’s International Cup championship continues with a camp in Philadelphia next weekend.  Dozens of prospective American players will make their way to the City of Brotherly Love, in search of being one of those selected by coach Tom Ellis and his staff as one of those to represent their country against some of the world’s best footy players.

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Jul 14, 2016

Oregon Trail -- Previewing the USAFL Western Regional

Before its name was changed to Salem in 1850 by politician William H. Williams, Oregon’s capital was known as Chimikiti, a word from the Kalapuya language meaning “meeting place”.  Nestled in the WIlliamette Valley region, Salem provides one of the most picturesque backdrops to just about anything.

It is appropriate, therefore, that some of the best teams in the USAFL make Salem their “chimikiti” for 2016, bringing together teams building towards the future, and towards a championship.

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Jul 7, 2016

Dragons, Houston, Dees, Eagles Move Up in Poll #4

The winds of winter are being felt in Australia, while the heat of summer is broiling the great meadows of the American continent.

The winds of change on the USAFL Top 20 poll, however, weren’t much of a gust so much as they were a gentle breeze, not unlike the Fremantle Doctor cooling down the West Coast.  There weren’t many games played in voting round four, but the ripples from a great day in Yonkers were felt up and down the ladder, helping even teams who didn’t even take to the field.

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Jul 5, 2016

Double Wing Formation: Magpies, Eagles Kings of East

There is a cliché about cream rising to the top in big events. On a hot day in Yonkers, New York, the crème was curdled by 90 degree temperatures, but it still rose, steadily, mightily, and with authority. At the end of it all, through sweat and determination, the New York Magpies and Baltimore-Washington Eagles took with them the cups signifying them as Champions of the Eastern Regional Tournament for 2016.

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Jul 2, 2016

Lady Pies Crowned Queens of East

For weeks, this was circled as an important weekend on the women’s football calendar.

In all, there were two separate competitions: an 18-a-side match and a 12-a-side round robin on Saturday, followed by the USA Freedom Training Camp on Sunday morning.  Not only were 50 or so women assembled at Tibbetts Brook Park competing for club pride, but many were playing for a chance at the national team ahead of next year’s International Cup in Melbourne.  

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Jun 23, 2016

Lost in Yonkers: Previewing the Eastern Regional

“In New York; Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There's nothing you can't do / Now you're in New York; These streets will make you feel brand new, Big lights will inspire you.” – Jay-Z, Empire State of Mind.

New Yorkers will tell you that their city is the center of the universe.  With 9,000,000 people, a culture, language and life of its own, they’re probably right.  New York is proud, modern, bustling, unforgiving, and beneath all of its grit and noise and brusque beats a passionate heart.

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Jun 21, 2016

Crows, Lonestars, Kangroos Blow Away Centrals Field

The wind is a fickle thing.  It kicks up at unexpected times, it varies in strength and direction at its own whim, and sometimes it can completely change the course of where you’re going.

A strong wind greeted the over 200 combatants that gathered at the Indianapolis World Sports Park on June 11th for the 2016 USAFL Central Regional Tournament.  It accompanied relentless temperatures that topped out somewhere in the mid 90’s Fahrenheit, and wreaked havoc with the plans drawn up by the 12 teams that took part in front of a worldwide internet audience.

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Jun 16, 2016

Flip Flop - Regionals, SCAFL Affect Third Poll

This past weekend in Indianapolis, I was needled a lot for the number of Game of Thrones references I put in the first two poll recaps.  I mean, no one was losing their head or anything, and it’s in Stark contrast to all of the other things I write about the league.  I think it was just a few people deciding to Arya their grievances.

Alright, I’ll stop, promise.

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