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.
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.
Founders, Life Members, players, best and fairest winners, coaches, premiership players and clubmen were all treated to a night in the spotlight at the Toronto Dingos Football Club 20th Anniversary Gala at the Atlantis Pavillion on Saturday night.
More than 80 guests, comprised of current day members, alumni and former Dingos now living in other cities and countries made up the numbers in what can only be described as one of the greatest events in the club’s 20 year history where the hard working volunteers were acknowledged.
The night was centered around five guest speakers including president Mick McFarlane, founder and Life Member Terrance Wallis, former president and Life Member Craig Stewart who received a standing ovation, Life Member Chris Buczkowski and founding player and Life Member Paul Tinkler who also organized the 20th Gala.
Carlton may be the next AFL club to be lured by the prospect of signing a highly athletic ruckman from the pool of players coming from the United States. Following a procession of recent players, Matt Korchek – a former Arizona Wildcats basketballer – has caught the Blues’ attention and will come to Australia to try his luck.
There is a growing list of tall, athletic players entering AFL/VFL ranks from both basketball and American football backgrounds. Mason Cox is at Collingwood, Eric Wallace at North Melbourne, Jason Holmes is at St Kilda, whilst Alex Aurrichio, originally from the New York Magpies, is on the Northern Blues list – Carlton’s VFL affiliate.
At an impressive 206 cm and weighing in at an imposing 105kg, Korchek already has the frame to compete. His athleticism is also of the highest order, showing both great power and leaping ability but also clocking a 12 minute 3km Time Trial, underlining his athletic endurance.
Alex’s USAFL Weekly report this week is a long recap of all 14 games from the last 3 weeks and a preview of this weekend's colossal 18 games this weekend with the Western Regional, Texas Cup and EAFL Women's matches.
Due to the recent flooding with more than a foot of rain in the last few days the rivers in Dallas, Houston and Austin (home of this year’s Nationals) are swollen and much of these cities are under water. It was so bad, the Austin vs. Houston game was rescheduled…TWICE!
This past weekend, we had four games scheduled, including an additional game that was added at the last minute. The games were in Austin, Columbus, Madison and Philadelphia.
There were no games this past weekend, due to Memorial Day weekend. This week, there are four 4-quarter games in the USAFL.
1. This week’s matches takes us to Pflugerville, outside of Austin, Texas as Houston will take on Austin. Normally, this game would be played at Onion Creek Soccer Fields, but they are underwater at present
The USAFL has announced their hunt for a new national team coach is over.Tom Ellis, former Denver Bulldogs captain and US Revolution team captain has been given the nod.He takes over the position from Matt Bishop who coached the Revo’s at IC11 and IC14 (and the years in between).
Ellis has coached the Revolution once before, in LA against a team of Australians that play in the USAFL back in 2007.But this time around he is set for to coach at least a full International Cup cycle.It would come as no surprise to those that know Ellis that he would one day coach the USA in international competition given his long time commitment to the game and passion for the Revo’s continual push to make it to the top of the International Cup tree.
Last Weekend’s Games: USAFL Week 7 This past weekend, there were two scheduled tourneys plus the Atlanta vs. Baton Rouge full game. There was a last minute addition and a postponement…the addition was Seattle vs. BC Eagles outside of Seattle, but the postponement was in Houston. The first round of the Texas Cup was postponed due to 11 inches of rain in a week in Houston that made Veterans Park unplayable.
Just 3 years ago, Houston and the state of Texas was in a Stage 3 Drought. Now, they have received 11-17 inches of rain during the month of May, including at the USAFL Nationals HQ in Austin, where the league will be in just 5 months from now.
The Texas Cup Round 1 has been rescheduled for a week from Saturday, 30 May. With that, here’s a recap of last weekend’s games, including extended tournament coverage of the Harrell Cup.