Letter from the President | April 2012

We enter April on a somber note – the USAFL lost a member this week when Dallas Magpie Rob Rothlein passed away during the evening of March 26. “Rob was a member of the club for several years, a dedicated teammate, and “all around good guy”, said club president Stuart Rackham. During these times, we all wear one jumper, and personally, I am thankful to have this community as support. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Rob and his family.

Part II - Off to California for the Sydney Swans Draft Camp

I was invited by the Sydney Swans to attend a Draft Combine held in Redondo Beach, in Los Angeles California, on June 28-30, 2011.

I attended this Combine with other NCAA athletes from various colleges around the USA. The athletes I was competing against for the opportunity to play in the Australian Football League (AFL) had both basketball and American Football backgrounds.

Letter from the President | March 2012

Andy VanicaAs the new USAFL President, I’ve spent the past few months grasping the role. For those who do not know me, I’ve been involved with the league as a player since 2006 (Boston, Milwaukee and now Denver), a member of the USA Revolution since 2007, and executive board member since 2010. I’m honored that the clubs entrusted me with the position at the 2011 AGM, and I will work hard to ensure the league continues to grow.

Hi, My Name is Alex Starling...

Hello, my name is Alex Starling. I've recently been signed to play in the Australian Football League (AFL) with the Sydney Swans. I will be keeping a blog to share my experience with you. For those of you who don't know the sport of AFL it is a fast, exciting, unique, physical game that is played in Australia.

I was born February 6, 1989 in Miami, Florida. I'm the youngest of my mothers (Jennifer Davis) 3 children. I have an older sister and an older brother. I grew up in Richmond Heights Miami, Florida. I've attended Leewood Elementary, Richmond Heights Middle School, Miami Killian Senior High School, Palm Beach State College for a year, and Bethune-Cookman University. Which is where I am currently finishing my collegiate studies to earn my degree in Business Administration.

Thanks to Kat

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kat so very much for all of her great efforts in promoting womens footy in the US. I believe I forgot to do so  in Melbourne, but when Rich thanked Kat for all of her accomplishments in getting the USAFL womens program to the stage that it is now, it almost brought the house down.


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