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Wednesday, July 23 2014 @ 05:17 PM CST

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The Beast can fly

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Looks like North Melbourne's American recruit Eric "The Beast" Wallace is making progress in his first season of Aussie Rules, if this footage from the VFL is anything to judge by:

Wallace on instagram

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Collingwood coup as Cox chooses

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Texan Mason Cox has returned to the US after his whirlwind tour to Australia to trial before a number of AFL clubs. Port Adelaide revealed earlier this week that they were not interested in taking Cox.

But this afternoon the Collingwood football club revealed that they have managed to sign the ruck prospect.  Unlike former American recruits who have come to trial previously it seemed that a number of clubs were keen to sign him so the decision to choose was Mason's. 

With payments for International rookies being outside the salary cap, Collingwood were probably always going to be in the box seat if it came down to a matter of who woud pay the best.

Images Courtesy AFL Media

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AFL Ontario returns this weekend

North AmericaThis weekend footy returns to central Canada as the 2014 AFL Ontario season begins.

AFL Ontario (AFLO) is the largest Australian Rules football league in the world outside of Australia, and it has a very busy off season. AFLO has been preparing 8 months, for what many around the league feel should be its most competitive season yet. A statement confidently endorsed by league Vice President, Morgan King.

“The league has been steadily growing stronger every single year, but.. Looking over how much we’ve accomplished at the executive level and the information sent to us from the clubs, this season is definitely shaping up to be the best.” King commented.

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Mason Cox squeezes in his AFL trial

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When you are over 211cm tall you probably have plenty of squeeze in moments. Be it airline seats, doorways or beds things shorter mortals take for granted take some adjusting to fit as best as possible.

This week Mason Cox has come out from the US to trial with four Melbourne AFL clubs (and interview with Fremantle from Melbourne) squeezing in his trails between his college graduation as an engineer and beginning a career offered by Exxon Mobil back in the US.

Images courtesy AFL Media.

(Full audio of Mason's press conference at AFL House below)

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2014 USAFL Season Preview: Women's Division

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We conclude this six part series of the 2014 USAFL Season Preview with a preview of the Women's Division.

Women's Division
Now onto the Women's Division, home of the 3-time Denver Lady Bulldogs.  This team is a dynamo and will be strongly defending to go for the rarest of rare, a 4-peat.  Once again, we will go in alphabetical order, with their final standings last year and first analysis for Nationals in 2014.  With that, let's begin:
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2014 USAFL Season Preview: Western Region

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This is the fifth part of the six part series of the 2014 USAFL Season Preview as we conclude the Men's Division in the Western Regional.

Western Region
The Western Region lays claim to the most teams in any region (9) and also is the most unpredictable region for teams that can contend for titles this season.  The Western Regional tournament is in Los Angeles in late September just before the Nationals and it will be interesting to see where everyone sits after that.  There are several teams rising in the region, but several teams also faltering so severely that a refocus in another division is in order.  With that, here are the teams in the Western Region, in alphabetical order:
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2014 USAFL Season Preview: South Central Region

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This is the continuation of the six part series on the 2014 USAFL Season Preview as we preview the South Central Region.

South Central Region
The South Central region has the claim this year as having the #1 team in the nation (Austin) as well as an up-and-comer (Houston) and a newbie (Tulsa) all in the same area.  It is also where a team that was barred (Dallas) will return to the Nationals.  A lot of questions in this region and several teams will definitely vie for Division titles.  With that, here are the teams in alphabetical order:
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2014 USAFL Season Preview: North Central Region

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This is part three of the six part USAFL Season Preview Series as we preview the North Central Regional.

North Central Regional
The Midwest regional has the 2nd most teams of all the regions (7) and several of the teams are definitely are up-to-caliber for Division titles.  One of the teams is returning after several years’ absence and some teams are rebuilding as well.  This region will be hosting the Nationals (Columbus) and also the Central Regional (Indianapolis), but also has the newest team in the league (Indianapolis).  
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2014 USAFL Season Preview: Southeast Division

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This is part two of the six part series on the USAFL Season Preview as we preview the Southeast Division.

Southeast Region

The southeast regional has the most dynamic teams in the nation as three of the top ten teams in the nation Nashville (#5), North Carolina (#9) and Fort Lauderdale (#10) are in this region. This is a potent region and will have a big say in the Divisional makeup on the road to Columbus.

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2014 USAFL Season Preview: Northeast Region

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This week we run a special 6 part series as Alex Benjamin looks across the whole of the US and back at their 2013 season and gives his predictions on the 2014 season.   Looking at each team you will see a summary with their final 2013 record, points and where they finished in the unofficial standings last year, Alex then gives his prediction where he thinks teams will be ranked ahead of the 2014 Nationals based on how he thinks they might perform this year.  The summary for each team begins as follows:-

Team (Win-Loss record 2013, Points for 2013 based on wins, Finish Rank: Where the team finished 2013 on Alex's USAFL Weekly Report unofficial ladder)

Over to you Alex...

As we begin 2014, there are a lot to questions to be answered after the 2013 season.  One of the biggest questions that I have been asked is about the return of the Dallas Magpies and their return to the Nationals after the disqualification from 2012's Nationals in Mason and their subsequent ban from the 2013 Nationals in Austin.  There are also other issues with clubs that haven't been playing in the Nationals, let alone in the USAFL, and if they will return to footy at all.  I start my look at all the USAFL clubs with the Northeast Region.
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