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A Home for USFooty?

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A permanent home for USFooty and Australian Football in the United States may currently be under construction in the City of Lauderhill, Florida. Broward County is currently constructing a stadium with 5,000 covered seats for cricket (and football) at a cost of $30m as part of a sporting complex that will include three full size cricket (football) grounds. According to the Ft Lauderdale's Fighting Squids' Joshua Goodstein, the County plans to place goal posts on the field and is working towards hosting the 2009 USFooty Nationals. If the renderings are anything to go by this will be a beautiful world class facility that will have the ability to host major events including USFooty Nationals, AFL games and possibly the 2012 AFL International Cup (Editor: probably just speculation but you never know).

On the Friday before East vs West game, Broward County hosted a tour by USFooty officials, who by all accounts, were very impressed. The scheduled open date is mid-December 2007, and according to Goodstein, both the Broward County Parks System and USFooty continue to work together in order to bring footy events to this state of the art facility.

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USFooty Top 10 Poll #2

North America

San Diego hold on to their #1 ranking in the first regular season Top 10 Poll. The only change between this poll and the Preseason USFooty Top 10 is that young NC Tigers dropped from 9th down to 10th, while Chicago took over the 9th ranking.

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Big Sav in Home Run Derby

North AmericaPhiladelphia's Daily News ran their front page article on Saverio Rocca's attempt to become the Philadelphia Eagles punter in 2007. The front page pictured Sav holding an NFL ball and a USFooty ball. Rocca is trying to displace current punter Dirk Johnson. The Eagles are also looking for Rocca to take over holding duties, much as Ben Graham does for the New York Jets. Rocca is currently listed as 50-50 to get the spot but has done well with his hang-time clocked at 5.4 seconds which is well above the required 4.5 seconds. Rocca follows in the footsteps of Darren Bennett and Ben Graham. Mat McBriar the All-Star punter for the Dallas Cowboys is also Australian although McBriar never played in the AFL.
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Eagles over Tigers by 2 points

North AmericaIn a great day for footy, the Baltimore Washington Eagles (8th in our poll) defeated the North Carolina Tigers (9th in our poll) by just 2 points at Thompson Park in Raleigh North Carolina. While the weather reports were threatening rain for game time, the rain held off and the temperatures stayed in the upper 60s. According to the preseason WFN Poll there was little between these two teams going in to the match and the score line suggest there was little between them at the end.
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Eagles Swoop into Raleigh on Saturday

North America

The Baltimore Washington Eagles (8) and the North Carolina Tigers (9) kick off their seasons on Saturday (5/5) in Raleigh, NC - our first top-10 clash of the season. The game is officially a "pre-season" game as it doesn't count for Eastern Australian Football League (EAFL) points, although it is not clear that the teams are taking it that way. According to first year Tiger's Coach, Jason Heathcote "At the end of the day, if we are going to bleed on the field, it might as well be for something!"

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Making the Grade in the West - updated

North America

James (pictured left) and Jared Brunmeier (pictured at end of story) hail from Wisconsin, but since December they have been in Perth trying to make the grade in the Western Australian Football League (the WAFL is a AAA league for footy). The Brunmeier boys are completing the second stage of the first year exchange program between the West Perth Falcons and the Milwaukee Bombers. The first stage saw Brett Cousins spending six months in Milwaukee helping the Bombers to their first ever Mid American Australian Football League (MAAFL) title. This is the second time in Australia for both boys. In 2005 Jared spent a few weeks with Kevin Sheedy as part of the Essendon/USFooty exchange program and played reserves for the Hampton Rovers in suburban Melbourne, while James played in Sydney's amateur league. Both boys represented the USA at the 2005 International Cup with James being named to the All-International team.

Update: both the brothers played for West Perth reserves this weekend (Saturday 21st April) with Jared named best on ground in the Falcons' loss to East Fremantle.

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USFooty Kids roll Easter Eggs at the White House

North America

On Easter Monday, participants in the Washington DC USFooty Kids /Auskick program and their families spent the morning on the South Lawn at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The theme of this year's Easter Egg Roll was childhood obesity, physical activity and fitness (which my wife thought was very funny given the amount of chocolate on hand for the kids).

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BW Eagles Have a go at Ausball

North America

(Alexandria, VA) In the shadow of the George Washington Masonic Temple here in Alexandria, Virginia, and with the snow melting on the George Washington Middle School Football field, 20 to 30 young men and women are out trying their hand at Ausball. It is a cold Easter Saturday morning but those brave souls willing to get out of bed are excited to put the footy boots on, kick some goals and have some fun. Ausball, is a version of "Rec Footy", developed for the US. It is a 9-a-side game played on a smaller oval (100 yards in length) with no tackling and various rules to encourage coed participation. According to the Eagles website, "No previous experience is necessary. Just some running clothes, maybe a pair of cleats or sneakers and plenty of enthusiasm."

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American college students learning the game in Fremantle

North America

US Footy’s Australian Advisory Board Executive Director, Tony Fairhead, recently managed to have students from Saint John’s University, Minnesota, who are studying at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle taught a little bit about Aussie Rules, including playing games.

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USFooty Preason Top 10 Poll

North AmericaWorld Footy News proudly announces the inaugural USFooty Top 10 Poll. WFN has recruited ten of the brightest minds in USFooty to vote on their Top 10 USFooty teams and then has aggregated the votes. We plan to have six more polls during the season concluding after USFooty Nationals on October 13-14. WFN will announce the winner of the USFooty Poll Premiership on October 1. The honor will go to the team voted Number 1 based on its 2007 regular season games.
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