Always footy season in Arizona
Sunday, November 07 2004 @ 09:13 pm ACDT
Contributed by: Brett Northey
The AZAFL's 5th season kicked off with last season's wooden spooners Phoenix defeating the reigning premiers Tuscon in a thriller. Chandler, the pre-season ligntning premiership winners knocked off Scottsdale, and Tombstone lost by a solitary point to Arizona State University. All the teams were pictured together for the lightning carnival (below, courtesy of the AZAFL website).
The league also sends a representative team to interstate events, such as the US Nationals, where the Arizona Hawks took out the Division 2 championship. Because the league runs through the US winter, the Hawks' schedule is free for them to tour during their hot summer months. As a result, the players have the potential to play a lot of footy in a year - although there is a risk of burnout, so far it seems to have helped fast-track the development of news players.worldfootynews.com has previously reported on the AZAFL in the article The Arizona Model and Growing Pains for Californian Footy.