21 May, 2018
MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY 2018 PREMIERSHIP SEASON - PRESENTED BY AUSSIE SPORTS USA
BOMBERS BLOW UP KANGAS; 128-75
In a testy contest, Tampa Bay pulled away with a 7.0.42 – 2.1.13 outburst after the first break, never looking back.
After a first stanza of tentative play that saw each side searching for an attack, the Bombers maintained relentless pressure straight through to the big break.
Although the action in the second half proved much more even after intermission – including a deadlocked 5.2.32 to each in the third quarter – the regrouping Kangas couldn’t overcome the earlier barrage, as Aaron Crittenden and Ben McIntosh each tallied rapid-fire majors.
Crittenden’s goal from under six seconds coming out of the ruck contest opened the second half with one of the fastest scoring sequences on the season.
McIntosh may have emerged as the prohibitive favorite in the 2018 Major League Footy scoring leadership, as he ran his tally to 22 goals on the season.
Likely to be permanently assigned to an MLF side going forward, McIntosh has appeared in matches for both the Bombers and StarfishFC in consecutive weeks.
The week of May 26 sees Major League Footy on a competition-wide bye during the Memorial Day holiday.
MCINTOSH STORMS INTO MLF SCORING LEAD
With an astounding 11 goal debut in a StarfishFC 142-78 win over the league-leading St. Petersburg Swans, Gold Coast native and recent Florida import Ben McIntosh has stormed to the 2018 Major League Footy scoring lead.
In a debut outing that also saw McIntosh also capture the week’s Best On Ground honors, the 20 year old former Gold Coast Stingray gridiron footballer marked his return from a lingering injury that saw his MLF debut delayed through the season’s first month.
His performance sees McIntosh overtake Miami Saints tall Neil Cohen on the scoring ladder, while St. Petersburg’s Jason Blackbourn put up 38 points in the loss the Starfish FC, keeping the kiwi solidly in the mix for the season high scoring race.
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AROUND MLF: WHAT WE’VE LEARNED THRU WEEK 5
10-GOAL 2ND QUARTER LEADS ‘FISH TO W
With Starfish FC coming off an 0-2 start to the season in a resounding statement game highlighted by newcomer Ben McIntosh’s 11 goal debut, the race for the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership has taken an emphatic turn.
McIntosh, a Gold Coast native and recent Florida transplant, helped the ‘Fish take home their first win of the season, jumping all the way to the fourth spot on the ladder in a 142-78 thrashing of the league-leading Swans.
Solid performances from several St. Pete stalwarts – including tall Jason Blackbourn – weren’t enough to change the outcome in Week Five after compiling a shock 75-point deficit at the big break.
Still on top of the standings, St. Petersburg did see its percentages sliced as a result of the proceedings.
IT’S BOMBERS AWAY
Major League Footy Week Six will see the 2018 debut of the Tampa Bay Bombers to the MLF competition, as Miro Gladovic leads his charges on to the ground for the first time when they take on the Orlando Kangas this Saturday in a matinee match in St. Pete.
The new side has come to quick fruition after the AFL Essendon Bombers graciously supplied guernseys to kickstart Gladovic’s Tampa-based squad.
Ball Up is 11 AM Saturday at Crescent Lake Common.
ELLIOTT RETURNS FOR SWANS
A 3-week turn back home has ended for St. Petersburg assistant coach Matt Elliott, who has returned to Florida after leading the Swans to victory opening night, slotting three fast first quarter majors to step on Miami.
With Senior Coach Greg Bray headed back to Victoria for July and August, the Bloods will look to Elliott to guide them through the heat of summer – as well as upcoming rematches with Miami, June 2 and June 23.
JACKSONVILLE SET TO HOST FIRST MLF ACTION
Major League Footy will come to Jacksonville July 28, as the Jacksonville Demons ramp up for their first match, taking on the visiting St. Petersburg Swans.
The Demons will train at 9A/Baymeadows Regional Park in preparation for the launch of MLF footy in Duval.
BOMBERS TAKE OFF IN MLF WEEK SIX
The newly-minted Tampa Bay Bombers enter the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season, as they host the Orlando Kangas at neutral-site St. Petersburg this weekend in a special May matinee match at Crescent Lake Common.
Ball up is 11 AM under expected sunny and sultry conditions at the historic home of New York Yankees and New York Mets spring training baseball.
Both sides will enter Saturday’s match-up looking for their first points on the ladder of the season, and each can make a significant statement – a victory will mean sole possession of the 5th spot on the ladder as the season begins to heat up.
The Tampa-based Bombers will sport guernseys provided courtesy of the Essendon Bombers.
ORLANDO KANGAS (0-0) v. TAMPA BAY BOMBERS (0-0) – MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY WEEK SIX: Sat., May 19, 11 AM
The Common at Crescent Lake, St. Petersburg, FL.
MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY is the independent competition of 7-a-side Australian Rules Football in the United States, with matches played on American football (gridiron) fields. The league’s Premiership format is based on head-to-head play in league-scheduled fixtures.
SKYCAM! SAINTS @ STARFISH FC
Aerial footage (no audio) from the Miami Saints‘ 38-9 victory over Starfish FC, April 14, 2018 at Largo Sports Complex in Largo, Florida. Footage courtesy Lightline Productions.
‘FISH WALKOVER WINNERS IN BATTLE OF THE ‘BURG, 142-78
Looking to rebound from two consecutive blowout losses, StarfishFC not only eked their way back to relevance on the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership ladder – they’ve rocketed to fourth in the standings, demolishing the St. Petersburg Swans 23.4.142 – 13.0.78 Saturday in St. Pete.
In a breakout performance, Ben McIntosh debuted for StarfishFC with an astounding 11 majors, taking control in a 10.1.61 second quarter outburst that saw the previously unbeaten Swans trailing by 75 at the big break.
In the competition’s highest-scoring match of the year – and the highest total scored between both clubs in the St. Petersburg Swans history, the outpouring of goals for StarfishFC in the second frame was just too much to overcome.
Also making his first appearance, Eric Sarlo added four goals for the blue and gold, while Jason Blackbourn led the Swans with five.
The astounding tally on the day puts McIntosh into the league scoring lead, as his 66 points now leads the Miami Saints‘ Neil Cohen by two points. Blackbourn leads all Swans scorers with 50 points on the season.
MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY WEEK SIX will see the Tampa Bay Bombers side debut, as they face off with Orlando in a matinee match, 11 AM on May 19. The match will follow a combined training session at the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg.
The St. Petersburg Swans will next take the ground on June 2, when they host the visiting Miami Saints.
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.
Come have a kick!