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Aug 14, 2019

Whisney Takes Final Bow as USA Freedom Team Manager

This weekend, sixty hopeful athletes make their way to Racine, Wisconsin for the USA Freedom Training Squad Camp.

It will be the continuation of a dream to be a part of a national team – to impress coach Christina Licata and her staff enough to earn the right to play for their country in International Cup 2020, and the 2021 Trans-Atlantic Cup.

There will be those this weekend who will be kicking goals and taking marks and making tackles in a metaphorical way of screaming “PICK ME” to the assembled selectors.  Jess Whisney has experience in that respect.

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Aug 9, 2019

Game Day USA - 10 August 2019

Eight weeks remain until Nationals.  Each game is important for seeding and positioning heading towards that one weekend in October where champions are crowned.  This weekend, there are seventeen games in six cities across the country as part of the USAFL league lineup.  Here is what’s on tap, as well as game and location info.  All games are being played on Saturday, August 10th.

Pope John Paul II Park, Boston (Event Page) 11am EDT

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Aug 8, 2019

Same as it Ever Was - Crows, Roos Lead Shifting Poll

Austin Crows

It’s a good chance that most of you reading this attend anywhere from zero to one of the three regional tournaments that the USAFL holds every year.  In some cases, there are those of you who managed to make it to two stops on the Regional Championship series. 

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Aug 3, 2019

2019 USAFL All-Regionals Team

Australian Rules football is a team sport.  Eighteen parts plus those on the sidelines working together as one key unit in search of scoring more points than the other team.

But from time to time, it's good to recognize the key cogs of the machines that make up the USAFL clubs.  Over forty of said clubs trekked to one of three cities during the course of the summer -- Raleigh, Denver, and Salem -- in the first buoy that is the oceanic league season.

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Aug 1, 2019

Dani Marshall ABC Grandstand Interview

From July 28th, 2019 -- Arizona Hawks and Western Bulldogs player Danielle Marshall is interviewed by ABC Grandstand's Lehmo, Emma Race, and Nathan Burke at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Jul 25, 2019

Let the River Run - Western Regional Preview

For centuries prior to Lewis and Clark happening upon the Williamette Valley, the area around Salem was referred to by the Kalapuya people as Chim-i-ki-ti, which means "meeting or resting place".

Three years after the USAFL’s travelling midsummer roadshow came to said meeting place, it comes again to the Oregonian capital.  As it did in 2016, it will be the climax of what has, heretofore, been a memorable tour for those of us who have had the privilege to go to each of the stops on the Regional Championship series.

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Jul 23, 2019

Tiger Sharks Swim into USAFL Family

In October, the USAFL Nationals will head to Western Florida for the second time in four years, as the freshly manicured grounds of the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch play host to the world’s biggest Aussie Rules tournament.

And the home region will have a brand new club to rep it when the footballs take flight in three months’ time.

The USAFL is proud to officially welcome the Tampa Bay Tiger Sharks as its 46th member club.

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Jul 21, 2019

Crows Fly, Freeze Burns, Dogs Howl at Centrals

Last month, it snowed in Colorado.  That's what happens when you're so far above sea level.

This past weekend, however, it was the opposite.  It was hot.  And though the sun wore down the combatants at this year's Central Regional Championship in Westminster, Colorado, it didn't deter from the quality of Aussie Rules played.

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Jul 11, 2019

5280 and Counting: Central Regional Preview

Two years ago, the USAFL held its Western Regional Championships in the Denver suburb of Westminster.

Two years hence, we are back, only this time for the Central Regionals.  It’s always good when a city can shift regions without the aid of some sort of earthquake, right?

The city is a mile high, the air this thin, but the football will be thick with champions trying to do their thing again.  The Austin men and Denver ladies are looking to stretch their trophy case’s structural integrity just a bit more, while others are looking to end the day on Saturday lifting hardware.

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Jul 10, 2019

Marshall Makes History, Signs with AFLW Bulldogs

With the burgeoning quality and quantity of women’s Aussie Rules here in the USA, it wasn’t a question of if an American would get signed by an AFL Women's team.  Just when, and who.

On Wednesday, those questions were answered when Coloradan Danielle “Dani” Marshall was signed by the Western Bulldogs for the 2020 AFLW season.  She becomes the first American woman to ink a deal with an AFL club.

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Jun 27, 2019

Whats on Tap - 29 June 2019

We are thoroughly in summer's grip, and the USAFL season is well and truly underway.  We're in between the first two regionals, and everyone is ramping up their campaigns as we head towards Nationals.

There are five interclub events this weekend and a bunch of community happenings as well.  For the games, click on the location for the Facebook event links.  For the community events, the links will take you to the host's Facebook page.

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Jun 20, 2019

Hawks, Magpies, Demons and Saints Hoist Cups in Carolina

In this, the fifth year of the Reigonal Championships Series, one thing that can be counted on is that the weather will be unforgiving.

However, by some divine providence of the Australian Football gods, it was a cool and breezy day at the Raleigh MAC Sports & Entertainment Complex.  It was a beautiful day, and for three clubs, the day was made even better by winning the first regional championships of the summer.

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Jun 14, 2019

Dogs that Bite - Previewing the Eastern Regional

In my mind, I’m going to Carolina.  Tomorrow, we’ll all be there in person.

Raleigh, North Carolina.  One leg of the Research Triangle, home to the NC State Wolfpack, the Carolina Hurricanes, and some damn fine BBQ.  Whether you like it saucy or vinegary is your own choice and I won’t hold you to whatever you enjoy most.

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Jun 13, 2019

Top 20 Poll - Austin Starts 2019 at the Top

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is getting brighter and my calendar is getting fuller.  We’re into the swing of the USAFL season and its time for the triumphant return of the USAFL Top 20 Poll.

This is the fifth year that we’re doing this thing and for those of you not familiar with it, here’s how it works:

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