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Holmes AFL debut match report

North America
Jason Holmes made his transition from US college basketballer to AFL footballer on Saturday night official. In a match that ended in a draw against Geelong, St Kilda’s newest player not only looked at home in the ruck but looked something special.
 
Make no mistake holding down a position in the VFL as a ruckman is no easy task for those that have grown up with the game, let alone one starting out in a new foreign sport in a foreign land. If he never made it to play a match in the AFL it would still be a remarkable effort. 
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Holmes to make historic AFL debut

North America
Jason Holmes is set to become the first born and raised US citizen* recruited from the US to play in the AFL on Saturday after being selected by St Kilda to take on Geelong at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
 
Holmes has spent two seasons at St Kilda learning the game in the VFL with Sandringham. Holmes is a competent ruckman at VFL level and is good for the occasional goal up forward too. He played with the St Kilda team in the NAB Cup preseason competition which should help to ease his nerves a little going into this match on Saturday.

 

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Northern lights shine bright and Revolution reign in Florida

North America

In a hard fought match in damp conditions under lights the US Revolution prevailed over the Canadian Northwind by 16 points.  After a close first quarter the US pulled away in the second as the big men up forward began to dominate. 

The Northwind tried valiantly in the third to bridge the gap but poor kicking and a solid US defence did not allow them to make up much ground.  The push from Canada continued into the final quarter but when they finally goaled to put them within ten points with five minutes to go the clock was always going to beat them.  Mike Murphy kicked a late goal just before the siren for the US to seal the result.

USA Revolution 6.9.45
Canada North Wind  3.11.29

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Follow the International Footy from Florida

North America

The USAFL, in conjunction with AFL Canada, will be streaming all four Parallel Cup matches live on YouTube.  Both days’ coverage will begin at 5:45pm ET, with Brian Barrish and Denis Ryan leading the commentary team for the weekend.  There will also be live updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Live Stream: Full schedule and YouTube links on USAFL.com

Twitter: @USAFL1997 and @AFL_TEAMCANADA

Facebook: USAFL and AFL CANADA

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American Holmes re-signs for 2016

North America

ST KILDA MEDIA RELEASE

THE rapid improvement of St Kilda’s international rookie Jason Holmes has resulted in a one-year contract extension for the 2016 season.

Until recently, the American-born Holmes had never heard of Australian football let alone played it but after completing his career as a college basketballer, tried his hand at an AFL combine.

The Saints selected him with pick 36 at the 2014 Rookie Draft and immediately set upon fast-tracking his development through the club’s VFL affiliate Sandringham.

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Korcheck with bonus extras arrive in Melbourne

North America

As expected American Matt Korchek, one of the standout talents at this year's Draft Combine in Florida has made the trip to Melbourne late last week. But he has not come alone. Jalen Carethers, James Johnson and Kye Kurkowski are here too.

The foursome have been at Carlton's home base Ikon Park and have been making the most of the club's facilities as well as working out with the Sherrin while getting tips from the likes of Brenton Sanderson. On Sunday the four prospects appeared on Channel 9's TAC Cup Future Stars program in Melbourne. All four will show off their physical attributes and their newly acquired skills when they train in front of AFL club recruiters this Wednesday.

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New look Northern Lights

North America

Like the 2014 International Cup, the Northern Lights and the Midnight Suns will compete against the USA Freedom and USA Liberty respectively in the 49th Parallel Cup.

The following is written by Sam Rothwell.

It will be a new look AFL Canada National women’s team that will take the field on August 1st in Fort Lauderdale for the 49th Parallel Cup. From the starting 18 that won a historic 2014 International Cup over Ireland, 13 are due to miss the upcoming game against the USA Freedom. There are four players missing due to playing commitments in Australia, while another nine others will also miss due to a combination of being injured, pregnant or unavailable.  The depth of talent in Canada is sure to be tested.

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The 49th Parallel Cup leaves the 49th Parallel.

North America

The fierce competition between Canada and the U.S.A. in Australian Football ventures continues away from it’s namesake for the first time (with the arguable exception of Edmonton) at the end of  July.
 

The Canadian population clings to it’s Southern boundary like the Australian population  clings to it’s ocean border. It has been easy for the Canadians to find convenient venues for the 49th Parallel Cup without venturing too far.

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Temora "American Footy Stars" featured

North America

Two of the three Americans from the American Footy Star program playing at Temora recently featured on AFL Riverina TV.

 

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USAFL Weekly Report - Week Ending 19 July 2015

North America

As we get set for the back half of the 2015 USAFL season the Nationals at Austin are now just 3 months away.
 

Last Weekend’s Games

Last weekend was the final of the regional tournaments as 14 teams headed for Racine, WI for the Central Regional Tournament. Beyond that, there were also two full games that happened during the weekend.

@ West Potomac Park in Washington, DC: Baltimore/Washington Eagles vs. North Carolina Tigers
From the outset, the Tigers were putting the hammer down on the Eagles as they lead from the opening bounce and didn’t let up at all.
 

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