AZAFL Season ends

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The close of the inaugural AZAFL season came to an official close on
Saturday night with the AZAFL Awards/End of Season Party. The event,
held at the Monastery in Phoenix drew record number crowds to watch
AZAFL players have a kick on the sand volleyball court while waiting for
the festivities to begin. It was determined by the Scorpions leadership
to count the event as a training session as well since a footy was
booted about for a bit.

The season ended with the first ever United States Metro League Champion
Tempe Devils on top of the ladder with a record of 4-2. The Paradise
Valley Redlegs and Scottsdale Dingos who were both at 3-3 followed them
closely. The Camelback Crushers finished with a record of 2-4 but
finished on a high note winning their last match.

Contributing to the success of the Devils was the 2000 AZAFL Best and
Fairest and leading goal kicker with 32 goals, Jeff Fingers Purcell.
Toby Baum, recently selected to the National team also played a large
role in the Devils winning style. Justin Blue Halter was also an
offensive force on the club with Steve Hoza anchoring the defensive end
of the ground. First year player Brad Porkchop Palumbo was also a
notable mention with his enthusiasm, hard work and assistance in other
aspects of the league.

The Crushers belied their record by having several players named in
post-season awards. Jim Speedy Hill was named Best Club Man for his
consistent play in the field and goal judging just about every match in
which he didnt play. Dan Biker Noblitt was named as Most Improved
Player of the season. Dan D-Train Reidy has been selected as Rookie
of the Year. Dan is sure to challenge the leagues premier players in
short order. He has shown great skill and enthusiasm in his short
career.

Without the hard work and dedication of several people, players and
supporters this league would not known such huge success. Several
people stepped into key positions within the league to make things
happen. Sam Yabbie Conrad took the position of Director of Player
Personnel and Recruiting. Dave Clean Haydon, while also V.P. of the
Scorpions maintained the AZAFL web site and of course was and always
will be the leagues moral compass and spiritual advisor. Matt Matty
Burke accepted the role of Marketing Director and Sponsorship. Rob
Berto McCandless became the league Social Director. Jeff Richards
contributed greatly as Senior Umpire. And last but not least Andrew
Floyd Ashworth as the President of the parent club, Phoenix Scorpions
was instrumental in the formation of the league.

An alliance was also formed with the Phoenix Gaels Irish Gaelic Football
Club this year. Several of the Irish boys participated in the AZAFL and
we hope to reciprocate in kind in their league.

All in all we all had a great time and hope to see everyone out for the
Phoenix Scorpions of the CAFL. There is training every Thursday at 6.30
PM and Sunday at 10 AM at Longview School. The first match for the
Scorpions is this Sunday at 11 AM. Everyone in the AZAFL is
automatically a member of the Scorpions so make sure to get out to
train.

And as for next season for the AZAFL, we look forward to an even more
successful season.

Cheers,

John Pops Meier

AZAFL Commissioner




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