17 Jun, 2018
MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY 2018 PREMIERSHIP SEASON - PRESENTED BY AUSSIE SPORTS USA
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 220.127.116.11 – 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 18.104.22.168 – 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.
HIGH-FLYING BOMBERS SEEK WEEK NINE SWEEP
Ball-Up is 4 PM.
In a resounding debut that saw the new Bombers side easily brush aside a brave Clearwater group, Tampa Bay powered their way to a 53-point margin that was never in doubt.
A Bombers sweep of this weekend’s double-header would move them firmly into the second position on the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season ladder, while the Kangas are looking to break their duck with a positive outcome in either match.
The 4 PM affair will be played under an ‘AFLX game clock’, with each match being timed as two 10-minute halves. The time clock format was debuted in the AFL’s pre-season AFLX tournaments, and is suited to summer conditions in the Sunshine State.
In last Saturday’s debut of the ‘double-header’ format, conditions in a midday ball-up neared 100 degrees with searing humidity, making even the shorter game time a test of fitness in extreme Florida springtime weather.
TIGERS START FAST, WILT IN SULTRY ST. PETE
Doing so required not one, but two, dramatic comebacks that saw the Tigers drop to 0-3 on the season.
Played as a double-header of two games on an ‘AFLX tournament-style’ game clock (two 10-minute halves), the first match saw the Swans eke out a 4-point lead at the break, after falling behind by 13 in the early going.
St. Petersburg eventually won out over a wilting Tigers side, pulling away to a 10.3.63 – 6.7.43 result.
The second contest saw the Tigers power to a lightning-quick 30-0 lead before St. Pete answered with a goal and super goal inside the final minute, to close the gap to just 14 at the break.
In the second frame was all Swans, however, as the heat took its toll on a Lakeland squad that entered looking for its first win on the ledger.
The conditions likely helped a younger St. Petersburg side.
The Swans notched a shutout for the final half, running out 22.214.171.124 – 4.4.30 winners.
That result was the first scoreless half registered by the St. Petersburg defense since October 2016.
While Kyle Roun, Austen Kugler, Jason Blackbourn and Robbie Scallaro stood tall for the Tigers, the Swans were able to power to comebacks on the legs of Major League Footy scoring leader Ben McIntosh, with big contributions from Nick Whiteside and Jake Keglor.
‘Feels like’ temperatures for the 11 AM first match were just under 100 degrees with stifling humidity.
The result pushes the Swans to a 5-1 season mark as they head into a 3-week break in the competition.
Tampa Bay (1-0) can pull into the second spot on the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership ladder with a sweep, while Clearwater looks to dig out of the competition cellar.
Ball up is 4 PM, June 9 at Crescent Lake Common in St. Petersburg.
MLF WEEK 8: TIGERS LOOK TO UPEND SWANS
Ball up is 11 AM.
The Swans held on to turn away Pat Bilder and the Tigers in a hard fought 126.96.36.199 – 2.6.63 in the Lakeland side’s Major League Footy debut. Two late super goals pushed St. Petersburg across the finish.
With the Tigers (0-1) also looking at an increased slate of games as the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season gets into full swing, St. Petersburg (3-1) can pull away from the ladder by sweeping tomorrow’s play.
At 2-1, and currently holding a slight edge over the Swans in percentages, Miami is clinging to a precarious second spot on the ladder, as Tampa Bay, Suncoast and StarfishFC are closing ranks in a chase for the #2 position.
Should the Tigers capture both matches Saturday, their own stock will be on the rise – and could also see them overtake the Saints.
Tomorrow’s double-header will begin at 11 AM, following a combined 10 AM training session. The double-header is a free, ticketed event, and free parking is available in the neighborhoods to the immediate east and west of the Common. The Common is located on the north (22nd Avenue North) side of Crescent Lake.
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.
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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