MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY 2018 PREMIERSHIP SEASON - PRESENTED BY AUSSIE SPORTS USA
REMATCH ALERT! BOMBERS, SCORPS BATTLE FOR PRECIOUS FOUR
The debutant West Side Bombers – the newest side in the Major League Footy Western Conference – will look for to push their way up the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership ladder with a repeat of last week’s result over the Phoenix Scorpions, while Phoenix hopes to move away from the race for the wooden spoon.
With the Western Conference-leading Tombstone Marshalls on a bye week, the Bombers can take over the West lead with a resounding result.
The Western Conference race sees added pressure for ladder position, as the Eastern Conference sides had an eight-week head-start in the competition.
While that will work itself out under the competition’s unbalanced schedule format, every four points looms as crucial as the summer heats up.
In a scheduling quirk, the 10 AM MST ball-up at Tempe Sports Complex marks the first-ever concurrent Eastern and Western Conference matches, as St. Petersburg and Miami get under way in South Florida at 1 PM EDT.
Tempe Sports Complex is located at 8403 S. Hardy Drive in Tempe, Arizona:
SWANS LOOK TO TARNISH HOME-STANDING HALOS
The visiting St. Petersburg Swans will look to take the home-field shine off the Miami Saints, as the sides face off Saturday at Croissant Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Ball up is 1 PM.
The Major League Footy Week 11 clash finds St. Pete heading in with a 5-1 season record, while the Saints are 2-1, but find themselves in the #2 ladder position, thanks to 150% on percentages.
Those stats may not mean much come the final siren, if past history repeats itself – St. Petersburg has not won in South Florida since 2014.
In fact, in the eight games in the ongoing ‘Florida Derby’ Series, the home side has an overwhelming historical advantage, a key reason the series is knotted at 4 wins apiece.
That’s evident even in the first half of the 2018 Major League Premiership Season, as the Swans handily beat the Miami 66-11 on April 14.
While this is the second meeting of the season between the Saints and Swans, Miami held to form in a throttling of the Clearwater Kangas in Ft. Lauderdale – running out 106-28 winners.
Tomorrow’s clash figures to be played in sunny and steamy conditions, with ball-up ‘feels like’ temperatures pushing 100 degrees.
That’s likely to factor in the late-going, especially at Croissant Park’s tight grounds.
A St. Petersburg win will go a long way to keeping the Swans in prime position on the ladder as the season heads into its second half, while a Saints win figures to tighten up the race to the Eastern Conference lead in a big way.
Miami will look to tall Neil Cohen (9.10.64 on the season) to score in bunches, while St. Petersburg will counter with its perimeter speed.
Miami’s ball possession offense has proven capable of pushing the ball downfield consistently, while St. Petersburg comes with a hungry and proven backline anchored by Ken Scheidt.
Croissant Park in Ft. Lauderdale is located at 245 W Park Drive.
MLF REALIGNS; ADDS WESTERN CONFERENCE
Major League Footy is pleased to announce the addition of four Phoenix area sides to the competition, effective immediately.
The formation of the MLF Western Conference will see the Phoenix Scorpions, Tempe Devils, Tombstone Marshalls and West Side (Phoenix) Bombers compete for position on the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season ladder.
The Western Conference champion will square off against the Eastern Conference minor premiers in the 2018 Major League Footy Championship this Autumn.
With active players from throughout the entire Valley of the Sun region, the new MLF Phoenix-area sides share the league’s commitment to the growth of Australian football in Arizona, and the Western United States.
All four current MLF Western Conference clubs train at the Benedict Sports Complex in Tempe, while Major League Footy matches are held Saturdays at Tempe Sports Complex.
Major League Footy is the independent competition of Australian Football in the United States, with an emphasis of head-to-head competition, rather than tournament play. Games are played on American football (gridiron) fields under rules specifically designed for the United States.
Major League Footy is fully independent and revenue-supported, and is not affiliated with any other football organization or governing body.
LIONS ROAR INTO MLF; DIM SUNS
With supergoals in each of the two ‘AFLX clock’ matches, McIntosh powered the Lions on both ends of the twin-bill, as the Lions pulled away in the first game, on their way to running out 22.214.171.124 – 2.1.13 winners.
Both sides spent the first half of match one looking for an advantage, as Florida edged to a one goal lead at the break.
The second half was all Lions, as McIntosh and Jordan Calero took over the second frame and steamrolled to a 42-point win, earned by shutting out Suncoast in the stanza.
That narrative continued in Game 2, with the Lions racing out to a 31-point advantage before the Suns stormed back in the second half on the legs of Austen Kugler and Robbie Scallaro.
The Suncoast rally fell just short, however, as time ran out for a Lions 126.96.36.199 – 6.3.39 win.
The result moves Florida (2-0) all the way to third on the Major League Footy 2018 Premiership Season ladder. Suncoast falls to 1-2, dropping to eighth on the ladder.
Major League Footy Eastern Conference play moves to South Florida on Saturday, June 23, as the league-leading St. Petersburg Swans (5-1) travel to face #2 Miami Saints (2-1). The tangle figures to be a belter in a 2 pm ball-up at Croissant Park in Ft. Lauderdale.
SCORPIONS, BOMBERS CLASH IN DESERT TILT
Ball-up is 11 AM MST at Tempe Sports Complex.
Both sides will enter the 2018 MLF Premiership ladder looking to make up ground on the West-leading Tombstone Marshalls.
Tombstone (2-0) currently leads the West after downing the Tempe Devils in consecutive matches.
The Major League Footy Conference champions will face off in the league’s Grand Final this Autumn.
Tempe Sports Complex is located at 8403 S. Hardy Drive in Tempe, and all Arizona trainings, practices and competitions are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level.
SUNS LOOK TO MAKE LADDER MOVE IN LIONS DEBUT
The Lions, who figure to be strong behind Queensland guns Ben McIntosh (Gold Coast) and Nick Whiteside (Toowoomba), can bow in to the MLF competition in style, should they sweep their premiere day.
Ball up is 11 AM in the matinee double-header at the newly-christened Rollbotto Oval at Crescent Lake Common in St. Petersburg.
KEGLOR’S AFTER-SIREN 6 GIVES KANGAS SWEEP
Jake Keglor’s 30 yard goal after the siren pulled the Clearwater Kangas to a 5.9.39 – 5.5.35 win in the second game of Saturday’s Week 9 double-header, giving the previously winless Clearwater side (2-2) a sweep of the Tampa Bay Bombers (1-2).
With both games tight contests featuring some of the best footy of the season, the shock results on the day began with a big early lead for Clearwater in Game One.
Austen Kugler, Dustin Jones and Jordan Calero cracked the Kangas out to a quick 30-7 lead that saw the Shinboners kick the first five majors.
After a furious rally in the second stanza saw Tampa Bay draw to within 2 points, the Kangas regrouped late to score the last 7 points and seal the Game One win.
With the day’s footy played with an ‘AFLX clock’ (two 10-minute halves), both matches displayed an urgency befitting two club’s battling in the sunny but sultry conditions.
The ‘feels like temperature at ball in Game One was 101 degrees (F).
The second match would also prove to be a hotly-fought battle throughout, with the Bombers squeaking to a 3.1.19 – 2.4.16 lead at the break.
2018 MLF Scoring Leader Ben McIntosh upped his goal total to 33 on the season for Tampa Bay.
Clearwater proved able to hang around just long enough in the back and forth affair to set up Keglor’s goal with Tampa Bay ahead by two at the siren.
With 30 yards between himself and the victory, Keglor did the rest.
The result evens Clearwater at 2-2 on the campaign, and propels the Kangas into 3rd place on the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season ladder. The Bombers fall to 1-2.
WITH ASSIST FROM DONS, BOMBERS LAND IN TAMPA
Major League Footy is pleased to announce the addition of the Tampa Bay Bombers to the league’s 2018 Premiership Season competition, effective immediately.
The new Tampa-based side will take the ground in their first scheduled league match vs. the Suncoast Suns, Saturday, May 19.
Made possible by the support of the Essendon Bombers, who have graciously provided jumpers and other equipment to field the squad, the Bombers will be operated by Miro Gladovic.
Perhaps best known for his American Footy Star project, Gladovic has a long history with Essendon and the AFL, and is excited to field a side in Major League Footy.
‘The aim is to tightly integrated the storied Bombers tradition with Tampa’s long-standing history as home to MacDill Air Force Base, an important part of the Tampa Bay community’ says Gladovic.
‘We’ll take the ground in honor of both the Bombers identity and all of the service men and women at MacDill every time we play’ he added.
The headquarters of both the US Southern Command (SOCOM) and Central Command (CENTCOM), MacDill Air Force Base is home to a number of active-duty personnel from all NATO nations, including Australia and New Zealand, and is a critical economic and social component to the West Central Florida Region.
Adding a Tampa-based side will weave footy into the rich fabric of Tampa Bay sporting life, while honoring the men and women in service at MacDill Air Force Base.
Major League Footy is the independent league of Australian Rules Football in the United States. Games are played on gridiron (American) football grounds, and competition is based on head-to-head, rather than tournament play.
Major League Footy clubs are active and coming online in communities throughout the United States, with a particular focus on metropolitan areas in Florida for 2018.
Swans Dismantle Weary Saints, 66-11
St. Petersburg Swans assistant coach Matt Elliott set the ultimate example for his charges when he opened the season with three early majors, powering the Red and White to an emphatic 55-point win over the Miami Saints, Saturday at Largo Sports Complex in Largo, Florida.
The Melbourne native helped St. Pete storm out to a 19-2 lead – and the Bloods never looked back, running out 10.6.66 – 1.5.11 winners on a pitch-perfect spring evening in Florida.
After a dominant performance in their opening victory over Starfish FC , Miami’s energy level waned as the match wore on. Aussie natives Jason Blackbourn, Mark Lumsden and Chris Gilligan imposed their physical will on the Saints early and often.
The match looked decided at halftime, as St. Petersburg sprinted to a 32-9 lead at the break.
The second half featured impressive kicking skills by Blackbourn, who nearly scored on a field-length kick. In-bounding from his own goal area after a Miami behind, Blackbourn launched a massive attempt that landed just short of the Saints goal line and was eventually driven home by Pat Bilder for the crumb.
Lumsden, the fifth import in St. Pete’s lineup, also displayed massive kicking skills with a booming, no-doubt goal from the midfield stripe to close out the victory.
KLINGER IN ADVISORY ROLE TO MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY
Major League Footy is pleased to announce the addition of Darrin Klinger as Special Advisor to the League.
Through business, politics and sports, Darrin has established key relationships between the U.S. and Australia.
Darrin travels to Australia regularly and works with a variety of sports interests including the Australian Rules Football Coaches Association, Melbourne Storm (NRL), Netball Victoria, and a number of Australian Football League teams, coaches, players and executives.
He is the founder of Australia – USA (AUSA) Connect, a network of thought leaders bridging opportunities through an exchange of ideas and business opportunities between two like-minded cultures. He is a member of the Australia America Association, AFL’s Geelong Cats Football Club. A massive tennis fan, Darrin has attended five straight Australian Opens.
MLF DEPLOYS AUSBALL FOR DEVELOPMENT
Major League Footy has announced an initiative to leverage the Ausball format of non-contact, co-ed footy in an effort to enhance the recruitment and growth of Australian Rules Football in MLF youth, scholastic and collegiate programs.
Ausball provides a fun, standardized environment for participants of all ages to discover our great sport, while developing footy skills and teamwork. These skills are essential, should players choose to continue to play at a higher level.
Under the guidance of Ausball orignators Denis Ryan and Matt Bishop, Ausball has long been a part of club footy in the United States, and Major League Footy is very proud to make Ausball part of our development, education and youth programs going forward.
The Ausball Academy website will re-launch soon, while MLF clubs in St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Los Angeles will immediately make the Ausball format part of their own clubs’ development efforts.
All MLF clubs will operate a league-wide Ausball program under standardize rules going forward.
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