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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,

More Tennis?

With all the rain and its’ unpredictability the coaches and captains have created some alternative training options for the team. Thursday we ran to the tennis training complex (Pat Rafter Arena) about 2 km away and used two adjoining tennis courts to run training. This is the arena where the Australian Open has been played and is a top notice tennis training facility.

Zillmere Eagles

On Sunday The Lady Yeronga Devil’s played the Zillmere Eagles, a team that we may see again in the finals. Due to some whether over the past week our training fields had been closed and we weren’t able to get as much training in. This showed on Sunday the team’s head was not entirely in the game. You could feel the lack of enthusiasm. Despite this Yeronga held out for the win. Our best quarter was the 3rd quarter where we finally started to come together. We let back on our efforts in the 4th quarter allowing some unnecessary goals and behinds through.

Yeronga Men’s team

On Saturday July 14, 2012 I had the opportunity to watch the Yeronga Senior men’s team play. The field was wet from the previous days of rain. The men were constantly sliding through puddles and you could tell it was tough to get your hands on the ball. In addition the ball was heavy due to being saturated by the puddles of water making long kicks nearly impossible. The Men played with heart and never let up. They came away with the win. The men came off the field worn out but satisfied by their win.

3 Games Left!

My final 3 games with Yeronga... My how the time does fly!

12:00 PM
Sun 15/Jul Yeronga Sth Brisbane vs Zillmere Eagles Kedron(Map)

10:00 AM
Sun 22/Jul Yeronga Sth Brisbane vs Griffith Moorooka Reds Leyshon Park Yeronga (Map)

12:00 PM
Sun 29/Jul Logan Cobras vs Yeronga Sth Brisbane Tansey Park (Map)

more details are located on the following link: http://www.sportingpulse.com/comp_info.cgi?a=ROUND&round=-1&client=1-109...

“Clarky”

We typically have games on Sunday but this weekend our game was on Saturday night at 5:45 against Palm Beach. We played at their field which is located on the Gold Coast. By 5:45 it is dark here so it was another game under the lights. I have never played under the lights and now two games under the lights. It is a unique experience to play under the lights and I have grown to enjoy it!

Under 16 Championships Underway

US youngsters, Nolan Ellis of Denver and Brendon Heicklen of LA are about to take on Australia's best this Saturday, July 7 in Sydney, Australia as part of the World XVIII Team. Photo to the left is of the team at Coogee Beach, Sydney during a recovery session.

World Footy News reported on the team earlier today:

Tennis or Training!

We arrived to training on Tuesday to see a pile of tennis balls. Was this Footy training or Tennis training? Curious I thought. After warming up Head Coach Jake Simmons-Bliss had us pair up and grab a tennis ball. We used the tennis balls to help improve our eye-hand coordination with the ball. We need to be precise and build our skills. This is an exercise I am sure to bring back to the states and use. Jake informed me he has tons of unique training exercises up his sleeve.

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