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.
San Diego hold on to their #1 ranking in the first regular season Top 10
Poll. The only change between this poll and the
USFooty Top 10 is that young NC Tigers dropped from 9th down to 10th, while
Chicago took over the 9th ranking.
Daily News ran their front page article on Saverio Rocca's attempt to become
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.
Washington Eagles (8) and the
Carolina Tigers (9) kick off their seasons on Saturday (5/5) in Raleigh,
NC - our first
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!"
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
Falcons and the
Bombers. The first stage saw
Cousins spending six months in Milwaukee helping the Bombers to their first
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.
On Easter Monday, participants in the Washington DC
/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).
(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
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
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,
previous experience is necessary. Just some running clothes, maybe a pair of
cleats or sneakers and plenty of enthusiasm."
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.
World 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.