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New York Magpies are 2014 National Champions

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The New York Magpies have taken the 2014 US National Championship title defeating Orange County by just three points in a tight arm wrestle Grand Final Match.

Grand Finals results of each division in the table below.

 

Grand Finals        
Division 1 Orange County 2.1.13 New York 2.4.16
Division 2 Columbus 1.0.6 Los Angeles 11.3.69
Division 3 Sacramento 7.1.43 Philadelphia 0.5.5
Division 4 Denver B/KC 4.6.25 North Carolina 7.2.44
Women's Denver 2.3.15 Golden Gate 0.4.4

 

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USAFL Nationals Day 1 - Results

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Day 1 of the US Nationals is complete with Calgary, New York and Orange County all undefeated in Divison 1.  On today's form Orange County would be expected to beat Minnesota in their match tomorrow morning to go into the final.  New York and Calgary will play each other with the winner headed for the final also and at this stage the likely winner of that match up is too close to call. 

Division 2 reigning champions Columbus and challenger Houston were both undefeated on Day 1 and will play each other tomorrow morning for a spot in the final.  LA Dragons are also undefeated and are looking good for the final if they can get over Nashville tomorrow.

In Divison 3 Philadelphia and Sacramento were unbeaten and will play off in the final if they can win their respective matches tomorrow morning.

North Carolina dominated Division 4 with two big wins and Tulsa were also convincing and undefeated.  The Denver B/KC team also had two convincing wins on Day 1.

 

Division 1   Day 1  
Calgary 7.4.46 Golden Gate 1.0.6
Denver 3.0.18 Orange County 2.11.23
Austin 4.1.25 Minnesota 1.1.7
Denver 3.2.20 Minnesota 4.6.30
New York 4.7.31 Dallas 1.4.10
Austin 4.0.24 Orange County 8.6.54
New York 9.7.61 Golden Gate 0.1.1
Calgary 8.5.53 Dallas 0.5.5

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2014 US Nationals in Dublin, OH this weekend

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The 2014 US National Championships kick off this Friday ahead of a big weekend of footy in Dublin, Ohio.  This year's tournament will have four men's divisions and a women's division.  The weekend will also include a coaching course, an umpires clinic, an administrators conference and an alumni match.  Players, officials and fans will travel from all over the country and special guest from overseas will be in attendance. 
 
Alex Benjamin gives us his take on how he see the tournament panning out - and details the coverage his USAFL Weekly site will provide over the weekend.
 
Below see the full divisions and the predictions for each of the division pools.  The schedules also have the current year's records and ranking (as collated by Alex at USAFL Weekly - http://usaflweeklyreport.com)  
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Holmes focus of Saints Virgin Film Festival entry

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St Kilda has followed up its successful 2013 Virgin Film Festival entry with an in-depth look at Jason Holmes’ unique path to AFL football.

The Saints’ entry into the 2014 Virgin Film Festival focusses on Holmes’ remarkable journey from Morehead State University to Linen House Centre, and details his rapid progression from a college basketballer to a ruckman on the cusp of an AFL debut just 18 months later.

Ambitious yet modest, the 24-year-old Holmes is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to play AFL football.

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Ariel Steinberg debuts for Essendon Bombers

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By Tristan Waldock.

Ariel Steinberg made his AFL debut this weekend for Essendon. He played in Canada at the age of 16 for a season with the Edmonton Australian Rules Football club. He was a big part of the club playing for the men's team and helped coach and umpire women's games helping build the foundation of Canada’s International Cup challenge.

His parents were on a 1 year teacher exchange program to Edmonton in Canada.

Ariel had 7 kicks, 4 handballs and 2 marks for Essendon vs West Coast Eagles.

Ed. We ran a piece on Ariel prior to his drafting in 2010 - see the article here.

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American re-signs with Kangaroos

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International rookie Eric Wallace has signed a new one-year deal to keep him at North Melbourne until at least the end of the 2015 season.

The 196cm, 102kg former US college basketballer from North Carolina joined the Kangaroos at the end of 2012 and has made significant inroads since switching codes to Australian Rules Football.

Playing as the number one ruckman for VFL affiliate North Ballarat, Wallace has fast-tracked his development throughout the 2014 season.

 

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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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