Playing in Australia

VIDEO: Mason Cox Splendid in AFL Debut

Though he wasn't the first American to make his AFL debut in 2015, Oklahoma's Mason Cox arugably put on the best performances by a Yank so far.

The 6'11" ruckman played a shade over a half of football for the Collingwood Magpies,during which he amassed a team high fourteen hitouts in a seven point loss to arch-rival Carlton in a NAB Challenge match at the Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo.

Holmes Solid in AFL Debut for St. Kilda

Two years ago, Chicago-native Jason Holmes didn’t know that Australian Rules football existed. On Saturday, he played it at the highest professional level the game has to offer – the AFL.

Granted, this was only a preseason game, the opening match of his St. Kilda Saints’ 2015 campaign played in the small Brisbane suburb of Burpengary. But to be only the second born-and-raised American player to play AFL football, this was kind of a big deal.

New York’s Aurrichio Has His Eyes on the AFL

New York Magpie Alex Aurrichio began his journey to Australia flying high from a National Championship win by the Pies this October.  Formerly an athlete at Columbia University playing soccer and baseball, Aurrichio joined the New York Magpies during the 2014 season after a showing at the USAFL Combine last April.  Having been in Melbourne for just over a month, Aurrichio is putting his effort into overdrive training with the likes of Collingwood VFL, Coburg VFL, and St. Kilda Sandringham VFL. 

Blackchrome Sportswear Employment Opportunity

Blackchrome Sportswear is an Australian company that has been manufacturing sports clothing for sporting teams predominantly in Australia but also globally on a smaller scale for 11 years. With Offices in Adelaide and Melbourne, Blackchrome is wanting to venture into the United States market.

With a passion for Australian Rules Football, Blackchrome Sportswear partnering with the USAFL is offering to one lucky person an opportunity to be involved in a career in sales and marketing. 

Freedom and Liberty for All

The USAFL is very excited to announce it is sending not one but two full women’s sides for the upcoming AFL International Cup.  The two squads, named the Freedom and Liberty, are made up of female footy players from all corners of the USA.  According to Head Coach Leigh Barnes, the pre-tournament training camp was an impressive experience.

USAFL Launches International Exchange Program

On June 2nd 2014, Tony Fairhead and Scott Matheson from the USAFL met with AFL Victoria General Manager, Grant Williams, and Communications Manager, David O'Neill.  The goal of the meeting was, among other things, to formalize an international exchange program between the two organizations.  The USAFL is pleased to announce a partnership with AFL Victoria beginning for the 2015 season.

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Another boost for Donnybrook Football Club

Donnybrook Football Club's fortunes continued to improve at the weekend when they chalked up two more wins  and saw a member presented with a national award.

On Sunday night footballer Chris Sheehan was presented with the United States Australian Football League (USAFL) 2012 Recognition for Service Award, for "outstanding contribution towards enhancing the partnership between the USAFL, its players and the Australian Football Community".

The Australia-wide award emphasises Sheehan's efforts in giving US footballers a taste of Australian life.

Farewell! Thank You!

It is time for me to leave my Yeronga family. Sunday was my final game and holding true to the trend Yeronga once again came out victorious. I was given the opportunity to play the entire game in the back line moving from half back pocket to fullback. I was told I had a “blinder” of a game, Aussie talk for amazing. In most of the games during the season I had not seen much action in the backline but the Logan girls came to play and with many of our top players out due to injury the game proved to be decently competitive.

Victory!

Sunday brought Yeronga another victory (151-10) and another goodbye or at least for the season. We all said farewell to Kathleen Dunn she is headed of f for 6 weeks and will not be with the team for the finals.

The team will see her again next season. She made a great partner for me when we trained with the tennis balls. Thanks Kathleen! As is tradition for Footy clubs we after each game we sing our victory song, here is Yeronga’s…

Cheer! Cheer! the pink black and white,
Honor the name by day and by night,

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