Australian Rules football has a relatively long history in Canada, going back to 1989 in Ontario. The 10 club league is well established there, but perhaps surprisingly it is newcomers Vancouver, on the western side of the country, that appear to be doing some of the best junior development in the country.
The premier Australian Rules football event in the US each year is the Nationals. First held in 1997 in Cincinnati, the 2004 series in Atlanta should see the best Division One standard in the game's American history.
In breaking news, US Footy have announced that legendary Essendon Bombers coach Kevin Sheedy will speak at the 2004 US Nationals banquet. The full story follows, and worldfootynews.com will have all the details of the Nationals in a pending story, once divisional seedings have been completed.
The first ever US Collegiate Championships for Australian Rules football were held in Nashville over the weekend September 10th to 12th 2004. A huge effort was put in to ensure its success, for what will hopefully be the start of a new era for Aussie Rules in the United States.
The North West Pacific AFL Grand Final was played on Saturday, September 11th, with the Vancouver Cougars hanging on to defeat the Seattle Grizzlies by nine points, in a match that will be remembered as a desperate battle by two injury ravaged but proud clubs.
The 2004 Mid-American AFL season came down to the wire with four of the seven clubs still in contention going into the last round (the premiership being decided on ladder positions with no finals series). Despite the Milwaukee Bombers having a good win over Dallas, St Louis retained their title by having a solid victory against Atlanta.