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What's On Tap: May 21, 2022

The weather is getting warmer, and that must mean footy season is hotting up with it.

It’s the final weekend before Memorial Day, and the last before the USAFL Regional Tournament Series kicks off in Philadelphia in two weeks’ time.  A month’s worth of full season football is now arrears, and as a heatwave comes to the west coast and the mercury goes up, so doe the Aussie Rules action here in the USAFL.

Sport Saved My Life Twice: The Story of Shawn Sadowski

The first time was Australian Rules Football and the second was Wheelchair Curling.

Meet Shawn “Boomer” Sadowski. Boomer found footy when he was 19. He was a troubled youth and footy kept him off the street and gave him his first group of mates. In 2014 Boom was in a car accident and woke up to find himself a paraplegic. His home therapist introduced him to the Olympic Curling Coach and after his first curl he “was hooked”. He had found his second group of mates.

What's On Tap - September 18, 2021

Well well well, here we are a month out from Nationals.  Teams are making different plans for Austin in October, and for those who are going and going in numbers, the chances to get in those crucial hitouts before playing for Nationals titles are getting fewer and fewer.

But it's another packed weekend, and the last big one before the seedings are announced at the end of the month.  And we have all sorts of good stuff going on from coast to coast, including a big women's tournament in Denver; one of two events happening in that city on Saturday.

Here is what's on tap:

What's on Tap: July 31, 2021

The month of July has been filled to the brim with matches every week, and the last weekend will be no exception.  We're in four cities this week: DC, Savannah, Des Moines, and Austin.  It's the last weekend before the Summer Series kicks off, and everyone will be getting that last run in, both in games and locally.

Here's what's on tap for the Saturday:


Baltimore Dockers (1-1) and Philadelphia Hawks (0-1) at DC Eagles (1-0)
DC Lady Eagles (1-0) vs Philadelphia Lady Hawks (0-1)
11am EDT - West Potomac Park, Washington, DC

What's On Tap: July 24, 2021

Another week, another loaded schedule of games as we go traipsing through the Bounce Back summer of USAFL football.

This new Saturday dawns with four events; a battle in a battleground state, a three-way tussle not terribly far from the mighty MIssissip’, a showdown between two teams separated by a lot of desert, and debutante standing up against a historical Goliath in the women’s game.

Here is what’s on tap for Saturday, July 24th.


Boston Demons (0-0) vs Maine Cats (0-0)
10am EDT - Griffin Park, Windham, NH

What's On Tap: July 17, 2021

After almost two months of drips and drops of footy, we have our first deluge of the season.

Five events, including our first women’s match, all take place during the day on Saturday.  North Texas hosts its first ever home game, Dallas takes on familiar Sun Belt foes, Baltimore welcomes in two local rivals, and the return of footy in the Show Me State round out the action.


Oklahoma Okies (1-0) and Austin Crows Reserves (0-0) @ North Texas Devils (0-2)
Old Shepard Park -- Plano, Texas
First Game: 8:45am CDT

St Louis Metro: Blue vs White

Metro
Jun 28, 2021 - 06:00pm US/Central
Forest Park Cricket Field
St. Louis, MO 63112
vs
Amsterdam Yankees
  Little Lakes
5.8.38 1.7.13
Team1stHalftime3rdFinal
Amsterdam Yankees1.1.72.3.222.3.375.8.38
Little Lakes0.1.10.0.11.0.71.7.13
 

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Be a Devil - North Texas Joins USAFL Lineup

The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas.  And that is true in every sense of the word.

It’s the biggest state in the continental US.  Heck, it was its own country at one time.  It has its own culture and its own identity.  And when they embrace something, they do it wholeheartedly.

The Dallas-Fort Worth metro area and greater northern Texas embody this.  Nearly two centuries after its foundation, it continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country.  And… they love their football.

Heart of Iowa: Remembering Lauren Rice

Being successful at anything is not simply about performing and executing when it counts.  It’s about being able to learn from the world around you, and being able to communicate what you’ve learned so fortify your own knowledge and pass on ideas to others.

Fiercer and Kinder - Remembering Pat Bilder

The passion of Australian rules football ran deep within Patrick Bilder’s veins.

For fifteen years, from Baton Rouge to New York, and then to South Florida, he proved himself  an exemplary teammate, a stalwart defender, a fun loving person, and just all around good human being.

He was also immensely intelligent, and devoted his life to the study and teaching of the sciences, where his work was nationally recognized.

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