Feb 23, 2016

Between the Posts: All of the Footy.

I want to say I've had some time to reflect on the weekend now that this is my second Monday of the week, but everything has been such a whirlwind the past 36 hours so I haven't had time to really digest the situation. Arriving at the Sydney airport led to my frantic 2 hour sprint around the building because I found out I didn't have an actual ticket to get home (shout out to Cyclone Winston), so I didn't have time to really gather my bearings before the long sleep in the air.

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Feb 22, 2016

Kickin' with Klatt: The One the Day After

I've now had a day to sit back and reflect on the big day. To first go over it a bit, I'll say that it was a really fun time and a great experience. The morning session was all fitness testing. I was middle of the pack (of about 50 girls) for all of them, as I expected, although my 20m sprint was on the better end. So those results were no surprise to me. 

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Feb 20, 2016

Kickin' with Klatt: The One the Day Before

Well, tomorrow is the big day. It hadn't really hit me yet - so far, it's just felt like an awesome vacation. The realization hit me like a truck tonight though, as I was packing up for the morning. 

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Feb 13, 2016

Hemenway Looks to Lead the Way in Sydney

Kim Hemenway generally likes to grab life by the ball.

First it was soccer, then it was basketball, and eventually footy.  She continuously has challenged herself in sport, and in life, and for the most part has been very successful.

Last season, she led her New York Magpies to its best season in their history, and was arguably the best player in the league.  In seven seasons since discovering the sport on Craiglist, of all places, she has become one of the most well-rounded Aussie Rules players this country has seen.

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Feb 6, 2016

Between the Posts: Footy.

In less than two weeks, I will be hitting the skies and heading to Sydney, Australia, for the AFL Women's Talent Search. If you aren't sure what that is, think NFL combine for athletes who didn't play football in college.  We will be tested in a variety of fitness areas, including a 20m sprint, a running vertical jump, a standing vertical jump, the AFL agility test, and the ever lovely beep test.  For those of you who aren't sure what a beep test entails, just imagine running back and forth through the 7th circle of Hell and you'll be pretty close to spot on.

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Feb 4, 2016

Kickin' with Klatt: The One with all the Running

In just two weeks, I will be heading to Sydney, along with Kim Hemenway, to participate in the AFL Women’s Talent Search. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically an AFL combine for the new AFL women’s league that will be starting in 2017.

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Feb 1, 2016

USA Revolution to Hold March Camp in Los Angeles

The USA Revolution is happy to announce the first of 5 camps for 2016 season to be held in Los Angeles CA on March 4-6th. 

The goal of these camps for 2016 will be to identify the top players in the USAFL to represent the USA Revolution on and off the field. 

We will name the top 50 players at the 2016 USAFL National Tournament in October, to play for the USA Revolution in the 2017 International Cup.

We would also like to invite any coach that would like to attend.  We plan on implementing a collaborative coaching system with all coaches across the USA. 

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Jan 30, 2016

Kickin' With Klatt - An Unexpected Footy Journey

In 2013, Katie Klatt moved to Sacramento, California, to begin her career as a registered nurse at the University of California-Davis Children’s Hospital. 

Little did she know that a move to answer one calling would spawn another; this time as an Australian Rules football player.  Klatt didn’t even know about Footy until she happened upon a YouTube video of the sport. Just two years later, she has become one of the USAFL’s best defensive players, and has risen to the role vice-captain for both the Sacramento Suns and the USA Freedom national team.

Now, she’s preparing to take an even bigger leap.

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Jan 16, 2016

Australia Day Party Listing

Australia Day commemorates the landing of the the first fleet of British ships in Port Jackson Harbour, Sydney, in 1788.  Traditionally celebrated with cricket, barbeques, cold beverages, and the like, the fesitivities will not be limited just to Australia.

Below is a listing of USAFL clubs who will be holding Australia Day events in the week surrounding Australia Day proper (January 26th).  If you don't see your club listed here, check out our team page.

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Dec 31, 2015

That Was the Year That Was 2015

The final few pages of Anno Domini 2015 are being carefully torn off the pages of father time, though you won’t know it thanks to ol’ Mother Nature.  December on the East Coast of the United States feels more like that on the East Coast of Australia, with weather more suitable for having a kick in the backyard than sitting inside doing push-ups.

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Nov 2, 2015

Quebec, Portland, Calgary, San Diego Claim Nationals Flags

Divisions 2-4 in the men’s and women’s divisions may play the undercard to the top flight, but they certainly do not lack anything in terms of importance or intensity.  Old champions in Calgary and San Diego rode again, while the ever growing footy programs in Portland and Quebec raised cups for the very first time on that hallowed weekend in October.

Our look at Nationals weekend concludes with the final four divisions:

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Oct 26, 2015

Sarasota-Bradenton Florida to host 2016 USAFL National Championships

In the wake of our most successful Nationals ever, we are excited to announce Sarasota-Bradenton Florida, as the location of the 2016 USAFL Nationals.

To be held the weekend of October 15 & 16 at the Premier Sports Campus, the location boasts the largest space and highest quality fields ever used by the USAFL. With the ability to accommodate five full sized fields (plus smaller fields) on laser level Bermuda grass, the quality of all fields will be exactly the same, with no difference between divisions. 

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Oct 23, 2015

Crows, Lady Bulldogs Rule Again in Austin

To win a Division 1 championship at the USAFL Nationals, it takes a combination of skill, perseverance, and, dare it is said, a bit of luck,

The two teams that climbed to the top of Mount Football in the plains of Austin, Texas this past weekend needed all of it.  They had been there before, after all.  Austin had been used to success on home ground.  The Denver Lady Bulldogs, well... they were just used to success.  

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Oct 17, 2015

Holy Cow - Day One at the USAFL Nationals

That’s what was on the lips of most folks watching today in Austin. 

All of the talk about seeding and which team deserved to be higher up was thrown out the window and floated away into the hot October heat of central Texas.

Fourth seeds went boom, top seeds went flop, and for the first time that anyone can remember, including your humble author, there are no dead rubbers heading into Sunday at Nationals in any of the divisions being contested.

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Oct 15, 2015

A Decade in the Sun - Nationals Women's Division Turns 10

This weekend, over 170 women representing 16 clubs will take part in the 2015 USAFL National Championships in Austin.

They also represent numerous municipalities beyond those on their jumpers.  They are from a diverse multitude of backgrounds, vocations, ethnicities, and creeds, but they are united by the love of Australian Rules football and the life changing benefits that it has yielded.

For the group taking part in Austin, however, they represent just how far the women’s game has come in the USA in just a decade.

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