May 25, 2016

Austin Still on Top, Upsets Cause Mass Scramble

So it seems that I included a Game of Thrones spoiler in my first poll recap of the season last week.  Of course, I was under the impression that it was common knowledge, much like the fact that the Austin Crows were going to be the unanimous #1 ranked team to begin 2016.

For that, I apologize, and I’ll try not to do it again.

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May 13, 2016

Lady Magpies, Demons, Jills Head North of the Border

The opening chapter of the story that was New York Lady Magpies’ 2015 season was written on a muddy, rough patch of field in downtown Montreal nearly 365 days ago.

On that day, the Lady ‘Pies brought their brooms with them, and they swept aside four tough Canadian club sides to become the first American team to win the AFL Quebec Women’s tournament.  It was the first indication of a season that would turn out to the best in club history.

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May 9, 2016

Revos to Host Three Summer Camps

It’s every athlete’s dream to represent their country at their sport’s highest level.

A great number of hopefuls have put their hand up for spots on the USA Revolution national team ahead of the AFL International Cup next year in Melbourne.  Coach Tom Ellis and his staff have the task of whittling down that group down to form the team that will go in search of the world footballing title.

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May 4, 2016

Austin Begins 2016 on Top of First Poll

This has been a week of unsurprising revelations.

Jon Snow came back to life, Ted Cruz proved to be the most awkward man in America, and the Austin Crows were voted as the #1 team in the country in the first USAFL Top 20 Poll.

Our panelists had little hesitation about this decision, as the Crows swept all nine first place votes to attain a perfect score of 180 points.  The same occurred in the first poll last year, when the New York Magpies accrued the same score months after lifting their second John Harrell Cup in their own right.

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May 1, 2016

USAFL Top 20 Poll Returns for 2016

After a successful inaugural season, the USAFL Top 20 poll returns in 2016, beginning with the first set of rankings to be released on May 4th.

The poll is used by the league as a system to rank the teams by performance, as all 34 clubs play different schedules and opponents.  Different factors such as opponent strength, travel, and other factors are taken into account by the panelists.

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Apr 22, 2016

ANZAC Day Commemorations 2016

101 years ago, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, better known as the ANZACs, fought against enemy forces in the Battle of Gallipoli.  The bravery and sacrifice of the men who fought that battle in 1915, and every man and woman who has served afterwards, are remembered and commemorated every April 25th.

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Apr 12, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Women's West

We all know that the sun sets in the West, the last rays of each day reflecting off the carmine hued boulders of the Rocky Mountains, through the orange and cool colors of the desert and into the navy blue expanse of the Pacific.

From a women's footy standpoint, however, the day has been long and everlasting.  The brightest point being the Denver Bulldogs, who have come out on top in each of the last six Nationals.  But the pack that is chasing the top dogs is led from out West, with two clubs in the northern part of the great Californian republic nipping at their heels.

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Apr 11, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Women's East/Central

The story that is the future of Australian Rules football is being written by a new set of authors.

What was once a flickering flame in the hearts of a small band of women is now a roaring fire that is continuing to warm the souls of footy aficionados everywhere.   What’s equally exciting about this year isn’t just what’s already happened, but what is to come.

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Apr 11, 2016

Kickin' with Klatt: The One at the SCG

As I sit here on my 14 hour flight back home, listening to Spotify and trying to get some sleep, it all keeps running through my mind. With sore muscles serving as a constant reminder that I just played an entire game of footy with no rest the day before, it's hard not to keep thinking about it. Add to that the fact that I just played on the historic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in front of what got up to an estimated 6,000 people before the GWS Giants and the Sydney Swans took the field, and you can see why it's all still racing through my mind. 

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Apr 8, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Men's West

It's no secret that the balance of power in the USAFL has shifted to the West Coast over the last half decade.  In fact, a total 26 Division 1 and Division 2 Grand Finals since Nationals began have featured at least one team from this West Region.

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Apr 7, 2016

Klatt, Hemenway Carry American Hopes into SCG Clash

Roughly a half century ago, several astronauts walked on the moon and called it “a giant leap for mankind.”

Sydney, Australia, may as well be as far away as the moon.  And the surface of the Sydney Cricket Ground may very well be as hallowed and non-descript as that as our closest satellite rock.

And yet, when Kim Hemenway and Katie Klatt step onto the pitch this Friday night (US time), they will be making a leap of their own.  Not just for American Aussie Rules, but for all of women’s sports.

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Apr 7, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Men's Central South

Texans like to think they're the center of the universe.  They're like New Yorkers in that respect, except they make better food.

With three teams among the top ten in the country, Texas can make an argument about being the center of the footy world, at least in the USAFL.  With national champions Austin, resurgent Dallas, and burgeoning Houston, there is plenty of top flight footy in the Lone Star State.

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Apr 6, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Men's Central North

In the beginning, there was light.  It shone, flickering and grainy on TVs across the country, a game played a half a world away that was unlike any other.  And it was good.

And lo, the light begat two teams separated by a mighty flow of water, in the city of Queens and Kings alike.  And Kings begat Bombers and Kangaroos, and Dockers begat Jackaroos and Swans.  And the game grew across the land for years and years into what it is today. 

And it is, as it was, good.

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Apr 5, 2016

2016 Season Preview - Men's East

At one time, the Eastern region could be compared to the Beatles; three talented lead musicians, a steady fourth keeping pace, and a rotating cast of cameos.

Over the past two years, however, the remains of the EAFL have become a solo artist and a backing band.  New York has been the best team on the Eastern seaboard for over a half decade, and though they have lost some of the luster that shone through when they were Divvy 1 champs in 2014, they are still center stage.

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Apr 4, 2016

Season Preview Week 2016!

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

Another long American winter has finally dissipated, and though the Cold Old Man still clings to certain parts of the country with an iron grip, it cannot stop the coming of the 2016 USAFL season.

Through a gauntlet of local, regional, and sometimes national matches through the varying climes that our landscape offers, 34 USAFL clubs will weave their way towards the ultimate goal of lifting up a piece of hardware at Nationals.

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