USFooty Newsletter August 2003

Denver Bulldogs Take on USFooty Kids

Saturday and Sunday July 12 and 13 saw Denver host for the first time a US Footy Level 1 Coaching Course conducted by Denis Ryan from Baltimore and Brian Green from New York. Over the previous two days, Denis, Tom Ellis (Denver Juniors Coordinator) and Dave La Rue (local dad and footy fan) were involved in a clinic in Colorado Springs with 18 kids and met with a YMCA regional director in metro Denver. The kids had a ball and a good time too, and the YMCA are looking to replace flag football fingers crossed - with footy. This was the first contact with the YMCA and already the Bulldogs have been invited to carry out a clinic under the YMCA banner at a childrens activity expo on August 10 where several thousand children are expected to attend. There are also plans being made for clinics at YMCA centers and YMCA spring camps. For more, click here.

USFootyKids for Everyone Pledge Drive

USFootyKids, the USAFL version of the AFL's Auskick program, is conducting a drive to raise money to take the program into low income areas. Currently the course is being offered for $60.00 this Fall through local YMCA's in the Baltimore and Washington areas after a Spring and Summer of free clinics at schools and Summer camps.

USFootyKids courses run for 90 minutes a week over six weeks that teach children the skills and rules of the game while at the same time implementing all the great elements of team sport such as friendship, competition, health, fitness and community. Each child receives a complimentary backpack, footy, cap, t-shirt, cd rom and UnderArmour wristband. The intention of the USAFL is that after completing courses, children and their parents will form teams and leagues to regularly play footy.

In an effort to ensure that no child misses out on the fun of playing footy, especially due to monetary constraints, the USAFL is launching this drive to enable us to take this course to areas that would otherwise not be able to receive it. We also believe that the PR value of this gesture will also do the USAFL an invaluable service.

Our goal is to raise $1,200 to offer 20 kids from a low income neighborhood in the DC/Baltimore area the opportunity to do the course for free.

Please take the time to fill out the attached form and send in your donation to ensure, as in the words of President Bush, "No child gets left behind." At least in footy anyway!

Download the donation form here

Or donate online here

REVO Team Announced!

Revolution Head Coach, Scott Nicholas, announced the team for the upcoming game against Canada in Pittsburg, PA, August 2nd, 2003. Congratulations for all those that made the team! Thank you for all those that nominated. For more information on the team, click here. For more information on the game in Pittsburgh, or if you would like to play for the US Australian team contact Denis Ryan at CARNA REVOS!!!!

2003 Macquarie University Scholarship Winner

This experience in Australia has really been the time of my life. All the Americans that I spoke with at Macquarie had similar feelings about their experiences (just as study abroad students), but I feel that my scholarship allowed for a fuller exposure to Australian culture. Not only did my understanding of the game and my skills improve more quickly than could have been possible in the US, but I formed many close friendships with guys I would have never, otherwise, met. Aside from my incredible experience with the club and the game, I also found Macquarie University to be a wonderful place to study. The International Office at Macquarie was very efficient and helpful with everything I needed. I also enjoyed the classes that I took and my interaction with Australian students. The opportunity to pursue an internship also helped to tie my football and scholastic pursuits. As I have felt all along, I believe that I won the lottery by receiving this opportunity. I hope that this scholarship is continued in the future so that others can have similar experiences. I am willing to assist the USAFL and MUAFC in any possible way in the future with this scholarship program or other projects. For Tims diary, click here. For more information on applying for the 2004 Scholarship, click here.

Interested in Playing AFL Live on Playstation?

Acclaim, makers of AFL Live 03, is currently doing a survey to see what interest there is in the US for playing AFL Live. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey by clicking here.

Nashville hosts 7th Annual Australian Festival

For the past 6 years, the Nashville Kangaroos have been bringing a little bit of the Land Down Under to Nashville. This year, the Nashville Kangaroos are back with their 7th Annual festival celebrating Australia. Once again, on a September weekend (Sat & Sun 13th & 14th September), Elmington Park on West End will become Nashville's own piece of Australia as the Kangaroos host to 2003 Australian Festival. For the rest of the story, click here.

AFANA Wants Your Grand Final Party Announcement

Again this year, AFANA has a Grand Final Party Page at their site and will be publishing the list of parties in their e-mail newsletter on TV coverage of Aussie rules football (which reaches fans all across the US and Canada).

If you are planning a party in 2003 please send the particulars to AFANA. Their e-mail address is: and they would be happy to post them at:

The 2003 Grand Final Party page is:

If you need information on TV coverage of this year's Grand Final let them know and they'll fill you in on the latest details. For the latest issue of their TV update do the following: send a blank e-mail (no message or body required) to: version) version)

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Oktoberfest Cup

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to invite all on this list to participate in this years inaugural Oktoberfest Cup. The last few years the O-Cup has taken a lower profile and has been mainly consisting of purely German sides, however this year we are looking to get back to the initial format of a European or perhaps an International Championship, therefore I invite you to take part in this years tournament.

We already have responses from 6 different teams covering 4 Nations however we would like to invite you to participate. It is irrelevant at this stage whether you would like to have a national representative side or an existing local side as long as you can make the journey and part-take in the weekends championship and festivities!!

The date is the 20th September, obviously in Munich, which also surprisingly enough coincides with the opening of the Octoberfest!!

I would need to know who in fact would be interested in competing, who in fact will be there definitely, and who definitely can't get a team rallied together.

It is always difficult to get accommodations at this time, so your speediest response is required in order to help arrange accommodations for the weekend.

Depending on responses, the format is tohave a 10-a side game with as many reserves as you like. Once again the number of games and duration of each game will be determined by the number of teams. We will have a maximum of tenteams so it will be first in first served, so an immediate response is required. Further to this if you can't quite get enough numbers for a full side, there will be a composite side for individuals and smaller groups to play with.

Entry fee is75 Euros per team with the entry fee being divided up into prize money and distributed to the top three teams for a bit of spending money at the Octoberfest!!!!!.

We are still negotiating on the venue however that should be finalized next week and the teams advised accordingly.

It is imperative that you respond to this email ASAP to reserve your spot and for us to work out fixtures and administrative details.

If you require any further info please either email me or alternatively call me on+49 89 13938059 and if I'm not there leavea message and I will get back to you.

In previous years we have had representatives from France, Sweden, Ireland, England and Germany of course. This year we hope to have those countries represented as well as Denmark, Spain,America, Canada or any other budding AFL Nation. Once again it need not be a National team, as we may have more than one representative side from the one country, and as we already have 6 places filled, the first ones to reply will make up the remaining four places.

The tournament will take place on Saturday 20th September, starting from 10 am and will be finished early afternoon after a grand final playoff, giving us plenty of time to enjoy the celebrations at the Octoberfest or the Bondi Australian Pub where the award ceremony and Cup presentationwill be held onSunday.

Looking forward to hearing from you all, some maybe just for confirmation (Jimmy Campion!!),and will attempt to assist in any way should you require any further information.

Keep punching

Julien Kann

Munich Kangaroos

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