Braedon Reynolds, a promising junior from the North Delta Junior Australian Football League (NDJAFL) has had an experience of a lifetime for any international player, a chance to play football in Australia.
In yet another coup for footy in the US, the United States Australian Football League has announced the appointment of Wayne Jackson to the Australian Advisory Board. The Australian Advisory Board was set up in 2006 with a vision of inviting friends of the USAFL in Australia, who have stature in both business and football, to advise the USAFL on issues including business in Australia, the inner workings of the game in Australia and to increase the USAFL’s general understanding of everything football.
Wayne Jackson is the former Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of Australia's biggest sporting body, the Australian Football League. Wayne has recently received a life membership of the AFL. Prior to this high profile position, Wayne held senior management roles with leading Australian companies including South Australian Brewing Company Pty Ltd, BRL Hardy Limited and Thomas Hardy & Sons Pty Ltd. Wayne joined Minter Ellison Lawyers SA/NT as a consultant in 2003 and since July 2007 holds the position of Chairman. He played 71 games for West Torrens in the SANFL from 1965 to 1971, and played for Adelaide University in the South Australian Amateur Football League prior to that.
Regular readers of World Footy News this year will have appreciated the great coverage given to footy in the USA by our US correspondent Chris Adams. Chris was recently interviewed in The Connection and the article can be seen here.
The interview reveals his deep knowledge and love of both the US and Australian versions of football and gives a nice plug to the Baltimore Washington Eagles footy club and Chris’s junior clinics.
On Veterans Day (Rememberance Day) Weekend, Broward County Florida conducted the opening ceremony for Central Broward Regional Park. A pretty boring name for a very exciting park. The CBRP includes an International cricket stadium that has covered seating for 5,000 and the ability to accommodate over 20,000 for day and night matches. The stadium could also handle AFL games on a field slightly shorter than the G, but more rounded. The CBRP also has the ability to run three full-size footy games simultaneously during the day and night. It includes netball courts, super boxes, professional changing rooms, picnic areas, water access and a kid’s water park. That’s over a 100 acres of footy heaven.
The following press release is from AFL Canada's Mike McFarlane.
The Ontario Australian Football League (“OAFL”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dan Walker (pictured) as the League’s Marketing and Development Officer on a full time basis effective immediately. Based in Toronto, Dan will be working out of OAFL/AFL Canada’s Toronto office in downtown Toronto. As Marketing and Development officer, Dan will be responsible for the league’s day to day football operation along with developing the league’s sponsorship, recruitment, membership and junior development programs. A key part of his responsibilities will be to increase the league’s image and awareness as well as promote the game of Australian Rules Football in the Greater Toronto Area.
In a disappointing development for US and international fans, the match between Geelong and Richmond planned for Los Angeles next January has been cancelled due to lack of funding. Reportedly the exercise fell $100,000 short of the $1 million required to stage the match, compounded by logistical problems with preparing the venue at UCLA.
AFL game development manager David Matthews reported yesterday that the AFL were trying to find clubs to remount the London exhibition match for 2008, in addition to the planned matches for Dubai and South Africa.
On October 16th, Ontario AFL Grand Final day, the touring Convicts side took on a slightly depleted Canada squad as a curtain-raiser and valuable match practice for the Northwind. After the Convicts concept had its first international loss earlier this year (when an injury riddled team went down to South Africa in Soweto), the Aussies bounced back with AFL legend Kevin Sheedy looking on. The following report is courtesy of the Convicts' Anthony Nanfra. Apologies for the delay as we were (unsuccessfully) attempting to gather Canada best player and goalkicker information.
The General Manager of the Western Australian Country Football League, Cameron Knapton, and Vice President, Terry House, traveled to the US for the USFooty Nationals in mid-October. After being approached by USFooty’s Tony Fairhead, Knapton became convinced that the US provided a great opportunity for WA Country and decided to take the trip to find out more, talk to USFooty about partnering and promote programs already in place.
Knapton was amazed at the size of footy in the US. He organizes the WA Country Carnival, which he believes is the largest footy carnival of its type in Australia - but Knapton was very surprised to learn that the USFooty Nationals is 30% larger than the WA Country carnival.
Eccentric expat Australian Myk Aussie is a regular at Aussie Rules events across Canada and the United States. He recently caught up with football legend Kevin Sheedy at the 2007 US Nationals in Louisville. Myk's excellent interview ranged from the way the game has changed, Aussie Rules in North America, learning from other sports, Aboriginal players, the great Essendon premiership sides of the past and even horse racing.
Myk's site is MYKwebTV and also contains other footy footage from Canada and the US. The Sheedy interview is here.