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Carolina in My Mind: Eastern Regionals Preview

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:34am

North Carolina is a vast, diverse state.  Its terrain and culture are wide and varied, from the mountainous west to the oceanic east, with fertile plains and cities in between. 

It’s home to several prestigious universities, the place where the first successful human flight took place, and where you best like your BBQ pork sopped with vinegar because that’s how they eat it down there.

Around the Grounds: June 17th, 2017

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:31am

Here are the results and team recaps from games played last weekend, the first of two sandwich weeks between regional tournaments:

CASCADIA DOUBLEHEADER – Seattle, WA

Seattle Grizzlies 7.10.52 def by Portland Steelheads ?.?.56

Two teams that know each other very well played one of the best games of the year up in Seattle, as Portland hung onto a four point thriller on the road over the Grizz.

Seattle Grizzlies 12.6.78 def Portland Sockeyes 4.8.32

USA Freedom & Liberty Renew Spurs' Partnership

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:05pm

The USA Freedom and Liberty (Freeberty) tour of Australia is getting closer and closer, and the excitement for that fortnight in August is building rapidly.  The tour will include the Freedom taking part in the 2017 AFL International Cup, while the Liberty will be playing games in and around Melbourne against local clubs.

Once again, the USA Freedom program is fortunate to continue their partnership with the VU Western Spurs, who will host a training session on Monday, August 7th. 

Magpies Outfly Crows to Clinch CRT, End Streak

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 1:54am

When the Dallas Magpies defeated the Austin Crows in September, 2015, there may not have been many people that would foresee a long winning streak being spawned in reply.  Two National Championships, a repeat CRT premiership, and 25 matches later, the Crows came to North Little Rock, Arkansas, looking to continue that trend.

Eight other clubs came to NLR with opposite ideas.  And it was fitting that it would be the Magpies who would put a halt to the streak, which officially came to an end at 27.

Did You See What Arkansas -- Central Regional Preview

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 5:05pm

Though the state of Arkansas is quintessentially an American setting, its history has seen a number of nationalities come through.

Around the Grounds: June 3rd, 2017

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 5:03pm

PHILADELPHIA vs BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON – Oaks, PA

Philadelphia Hawks 1.1.7 def by Baltimore-Washington Eagles 17.16.118

#15 ranked Baltimore-Washington (1-1) jaunted up to Philly and defeated the Hawks (0-1) by their biggest ever margin, 111-points, to pick up their first win of the year.  Sam Rowley led all goalkickers with a cool half-dozen. (Recap).

NASHVILLE KANGAROOS 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUNRMAENT – Nashville, TN

Still The One: Austin Tops May Top 20

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:57pm

Here we are, another year.  Another football season, another half a year around the big glowing ball of gas that gives us life to play said footy.

The season is well and truly underway, under the hot, hot heat of Texas, the liquid sunshine of New York, and whatever it is they’re breathing these days in California.

Around the Grounds: May 20th, 2017

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:24pm

This past weekend was a massive one in terms of good footy around the USA this past weekend.  In addition, we had four new women’s teams make their debut as the USAFL club count reached 39.  Here’s how things went down.

80-35 TOURNAMENT – Des Moines, Iowa

The short-sided tournament was set up as an eight team knockout, with the winners of the first round progressing to the semi-finals and the losers playing a consolation match to ensure that all teams played at least two games on the day.

AtG: May 13, What's On: May 20

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 11:20pm

Results of Games Played May 13, 2017:

JOHN HARRELL CUP – Louisville, Kentucky

Semifinal #1: Ohio Valley River Rats 14.5.89 def Indianapolis/Cleveland 4.1.25
Semifinal #2: Columbus Jackaroos 7.6.48 def Nashville 3.3.21
Third Place: Nashville 16.10.106 def Indianapolis/Cleveland 3.2.20
Final: Columbus 4.9.33 def Ohio Valley 4.5.29

WatchAFL Free Offer & Season Pass Discount

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 10:53am

This weekend, the first ever AFL Premiership match in China takes place in Shanghai, when the Port Adelaide Power tangle with the Gold Coast Suns.  The game, played at the Jinangwan Sports Stadium, begins at 1:15am USEDT Sunday / 10:15pm USPDT Saturday.

In celebration of this historic occasion, WatchAFL is offering a FREE 24 Hour Pass of their streaming service.  This amazing offer allows access to:

Around the Grounds: May 6th, 2017

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:40pm

Houston Lonestars 5.12.42 def Portland Steelheads 5.1.31
Houston 4.7.31 def by Austin Crows B 6.6.42
Austin B 7.9.51 def Portland 3.6.24

The Houston Lonestars held home sway over visiting Portland on the return leg of their home and home series that started last season, despite having difficulty finding the big sticks.  The Austin Crows B-side were the big winners on the day, however, as they edged the Lonestars by 11 and trounced Rose City by 27. (Recap)

Steve McVicker: An American in Paris

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:37pm
(Steve McVicker is an American that has been playing forward/half-forward for the Denver Bulldogs since 2014)   It's 9:30 at night on a wet, rainy Monday night in France. I'm doing burpees in the cold, wet mud of a rugby pitch over an hour outside Paris with a bunch of French guys I've never met before, and I'm wondering:   

USA Revolution IC17 Team Announced

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 4:42pm

After two seasons of camps, individual training, and scratch matches across the country, Tom Ellis has his thirty young men who will represent the USA at the 2017 AFL International Cup from August 5-19 in Melbourne.

"We had over 50 players competing for a spot on the 2017 International Cup this past weekend in Dallas," said Ellis in the announcement on the team's Facebook page.  "The coaches have been working hard the last 2 years to put the best team together. A lot of very good and talented players have been left off the list. Its a mix of old and new."

Revos, Freedom Head to Dallas for Final IC17 Camp

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:24pm

It seems weird to think that it’s been three years since the last International Cup.  Since the men and women of the USAFL travelled to Melbourne to take on talented footy players from around the globe.  Has it really been that long?

And yet here we are, just several months out from IC17, another gathering wherein the AFL welcomes in the world to play their game.  The journey in preparation for players and staff has been arduous, but for all, it’s a matter of working hard to be one of the lucky few to pull on the red, white, and blue jumper.

Season Preview Week 2017: Women's Western

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:07pm

We wrap up our season preview series, and our women’s previews, with the Western region.

The West is responsible for Women’s Divisional titles in each of the last seven seasons; Six in a row by Denver and last year’s steak ending triumph by San Francisco in Divvy 1, and Portland in Division 2, who did so alongside Calgary in 2015, and Seattle and Arizona in 2016.

Around the Grounds: April 22, 2017

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:47pm

RUGGLES CUP @ HOUSTON
Houston Lonestars 10.12.82 def Tulsa Buffaloes/OKC Flyers 2.0.12
Houston 12.7.79 def Baton Rouge Tigers 2.2.14
Baton Rouge 7.7.49 def Tulsa/OKC 3.5.23

The Houston Lonestars kicked off their 2017 campaign with two convincing wins over the Tigers and Tulsa/OKC, looking in midseason form already.  Baton Rouge notched a split for the day with a 16 point triumph over the Buffaloes/Flyers combination in the nightcap.  (Recap)

Season Preview Week 2017: Women's East & Central

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:54pm

The emergence of women’s Aussie Rules football into the sporting consciousness of Australia has been a sight to behold.  It emerged from the precipice and into the white hot spotlight in February when, after years of talk and planning, the first AFL Women’s season came and went in a resounding success.

Following nearly in lockstep, the growth of the women’s game in the USA has been tremendous in the past two seasons.  2017 will see fourteen clubs field sides, and at least three more, Chicago, Des Moines, and Wisconsin, in development.

Season Preview Week 2017: Men's Western

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 9:52pm

We’ve saved the largest grouping of men’s teams in the USAFL for last.  It’s the biggest, the most expansive, and full of some of the best footy in the country.

Since the first USAFL tournament in 1997, sixteen Division 1 Grand Finals have had at least one team from this region, and five deciders were all-Western affairs.  The Denver Bulldogs have their names stamped all over the division, with a total of eight titles, including four on the trot from 2002-2005, and the San Diego Lions, winners in 2001 and 2006.

Season Preview Week 2017: Men's South

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 7:17pm

Just like their Northern brethren, the southern part of the USAFL’s Central region has teams at the top echelon of talent, and others that are on the way up with constant improvement.

At the top of the heap are the Austin Crows, two time defending Division 1 champion. Whether anyone can knock them off this year is up for a round table type debate.  But teams like Dallas and Houston will be nipping at their heels, and always put together entertaining footy matches during the Texas Cup series.

Season Preview Week 2017: Men's North

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 3:40pm

They come from the land of the ice and snow, or at least that’s what the weather is like until April.

The Northern part of the USAFL’s Central Region has benefited from the fact that there are a number of teams in the upper Midwest, and their relative proximity to them.  That has forged some of the league’s greatest rivalries, friendly and otherwise, over the past 20 years.