MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY - THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL

ST. PETE SCORCHES SUNCOAST IN THE HEAT, 27-14

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St.Petersburg Interim Coach Matt Elliott notched his first win on the season in a heat-shortened affair, Saturday in St. Petersburg. FILE PHOTO: Katherine Matson.

The St. Petersburg Swans outlasted a heat-battered Suncoast Suns side, running out 4.3.27 – 2.2.14 winners Saturday in Major League Footy action on the Common at Crescent Lake.

In his first action of the season, footy veteran Marc Karver booted two majors to lead all scorers

With the ‘feels like’ temperature on the ground at a dangerous 115 degrees, the truncated match was called when several players showed signs of exhaustion, as the match followed a rigorous training session.

Amaran Subramanian stood out once again on defense, while Ken Scheidt and St. Petersurg Interim Coach Matt Elliott paced the offense.

The match, originally scheduled for a 7 PM start was shifted to 11 AM to avoid already troublesome weather pattern, with heavy thunderstorms in the forecast.

The encouraging win was the Swans’ second consecutive in Major League Footy action, and St. Pete is now 3-4 in metro action and 3-7 overall.

While the win does move St.Petersburg to the top of the ladder due to a scheduling quirk, the Bloods have much work to do to overcome an insipid 82.9%.

The Swans return to Major League Footy play Saturday, August 5 vs. StarfishFC.

Orlando AFC (2-0, 8pts) can reclaim the top of the table with a win next week against Clearwater.

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HANGOVER EFFECT: ST. PETE IN SUMMER SWOON

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The Swans’ Mustapha Turay in action vs. Ft. Lauderdale, July 8.

There’s no question the concept of ‘year-round’ footy in Florida has its peaks and valleys.

For 2016 USAFL Division IV Grand Finalists and Major League Footy 2016-’17 Winter Premiers, the sultry Florida summer may be the valley.

With the club having played essentially a weekly schedule of twice-a-week trainings and weekly matches from February 2016 onward, last season’s high flying squad has had its share of ups and downs on the scoreboard this summer.

Currently standing 0-3 in USAFL play (all on the road) and 2-4 in Major League Footy summer matches, St. Petersburg is looking for a spark that puts the club on the same path as their AFL namesake in turning their season around.

After their most recent Grand Final appearance, the Sydney Swans came out to an 0-6 shock start, before coming into form. Sydney, on an 8-1 run, is now in the top eight, and a reasonable threat to become the first-ever club to make finals after six losses to begin the season.

Back in St. Pete, the Bloods will be looking for a similar turn around to begin this Thursday, after a disappointing 36-point loss to the USAFL’s Ft. Lauderdale side on 8 July.

The St. Ptersburg Swans return to training Thursday evening at 6 PM on the club’s regular training ground on the Common at Crescent Lake Park.

GLADOVIC, SCHEIDT POWER SWANS TO PRIDE GAME WIN

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Miro Gladovic paced all scorers with four majors for St. Pete in a #pridegame win Over Orlando, June 24 in St. Petersburg.

In his return from Melbourne, St. Petersburg’s Miro Gladovic

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In a move forward, Kenneth Scheidt helped St. Pete’s offensive outburst Saturday.

teamed up with Kenneth Scheidt to pace a rejuvenated Swans offense in a 9.8.62 – 3.1.19 thrashing of Orlando in sultry conditions Saturday in St. Pete.

Played as the side’s Inaugural Pride Game, and with 11 AM game time ‘feels like’ temperature of 102 degrees, the Swans came out equally hot.

With Dustin Jones and CJ Morton slicing their way with precision passing, Gladovic (four majors) and Scheidt (three) saw their score sheets get a big boost on the day.

Aaron Crittenden, Matt Elliott, Pat Bilder, Benjamin Walker and Jake Keglor paced an Orlando side that continued a competitive showing on the season, but couldn’t convert opportunities, as Jones and Morton teamed up to successfully flip the field, while Scheidt and Gladovic finished the work up front. The win snapped the Swans’ club-record four-game losing streak.

Racing out to a 22 point lead at the break, the Swans tacked out another five majors in a hurry, as conditions forced an adjustment to 10-minute time on.

Orlando remains a atop the ladder at 2-1, but saw St. Pete (2-4) pull even on points at eight.

Major League Footy game play continues Saturday, July 1 as StarfishFC (1-0) hosts Pasco Blackdog FC (0-0) at 11 AM on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg

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WINTER WONDERLAND: FLORIDA FOOTY EYES EXPANSION

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Metro Rules is Australian Football evolved for play on American football fields, with a typical match of 9-a-side teams.

Having seen unprecedented success in a 2016-’17 Inaugural Season that saw the St. Petersburg Swans defeat minor premiers Suncoast Suns to claim the Florida Winter League flag, Major League Footy – The Florida Winter League of Australian Football – has announced the beginning of active recruitment for clubs across Florida.

Launched with seven metro rules sides, and with players selected in an innovative draft-process from the senior co-ed player list of the USAFL’s Tampa Bay ARFC, the November-February off-season circuit is now seeking committed club managers, players, coaches and referees to stock new clubs throughout the state.

While Tampa Bay ARFC will itself launch new metro sides in the Greater Bay Area communities of Memphis, FL (Sarasota/Bradenton) and San Antonio, FL (Pasco County / New Tampa), the winter footy circuit is currently gauging interest from prospective club admins in: Melbourne (FL), Jacksonville, Gainesville, Fort MyersTallahassee and Pensacola.

Additionally, proposed clubs representing Buffalo, NY,, Lehigh Valley, PA., and New Jersey and competing in a limited, Florida-based schedule in 2017-’18 are expected to join the Pittsburgh Blackbirds in representing their regions in the Florida Winter League. These clubs are also open to all independent players, as well as Australian ex-pats visiting Florida and any registered USAFL players.

There are no player participation fees for the Florida Winter League, and committed club managers will be provided with start-up training jumpers and footies.

Clubs must demonstrate the ability to recruit and retain a minimum of 7 local players. Players must be able to travel to away games in Florida from – February for a 10-match season. The 2017-’18 season will include a break mid-December thru mid-January.

The league is administered by the USAFL’s St. Petersburg Swans / Tampa Bay ARFC, and Major League Footy is recognized by the USAFL as the Florida Winter League of Metro Rules Australian Football.

‘BIRDS WILL DON ICONIC #STEELCITY KITS

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Metro rules training side Pittsburgh Blackbirds will wear experimental ‘Rugby-style’ jumpers inspired by the Geelong Cats’ AFL pre-season kits, but with #steelcity theme.

2017 Major League Footy metro-rules training side Pittsburgh Blackbirds have unveiled a jumper kit that combines a ‘rugby-style’ t-shirt popularized by the Geelong Cats’ pre-season gear with a definitive #steelcity theme.

Sporting the iconic ‘Black and Gold’ color combination common to all Pittsburgh major league sports teams and dramatic hoop socks, the Blackbirds will take it to the ground in the St. Petersburg Swans 2017 Home Opener, April 8 at Four ‘N Twenty Field at Campbell Park in downtown St. Petersburg. First bounce is 7 pm.

The Blackbirds are the 8th metro rules side comprising Major League Footy – the Florida League of Australian Football.

All 2017 Pittsburgh players drawn from the player list of the USAFL’s St. Petersburg Swans / Tampa Bay ARFC club.

ThunderstormPersistent heavy thunderstorms – with intense lightning in and around downtown St. Petersburg throughout the morning – have forced the postponement of today’s scheduled match between Orlando (2-0) and Clearwater (0-0).

A make-up date will be announced shortly.