AROUND MLF: WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK SIX
With Major League Footy action on a bye week around the Memorial Day holiday, the footy returns Saturday, June 2 with the St. Petersburg Swans hosting the Lakeland Tigers in a matinee double-header in St. Pete.
BOMBERS BRING OFFENSIVE FIREWORKS IN DEBUT
Week Six saw the debut of the Tampa Bay Bombers side in a testy match played in extreme late Spring conditions.
With the temperature on the field nearing 100 degrees at 11 AM, Ben McIntosh, Aaron Crittenden and Kyle Roun combined to pace the Bombers to a 128-75 win that saw McIntosh put up a stunning eleven majors.
MATINEE FOOTY MEANS MORE FOOTY IN ST. PETE
In a late-breaking schedule adjustment, MLF action for Week Eight has been beefed up with a special matinee double-header pitting the ladder leading Swans (3-1) and the Lakeland Tigers.
Originally scheduled as a twilight affair, the action will shift to an 11 AM ball up, as the Tigers look to climb into contention.
MORE ON McUNTOUCHABLE
With consecutive 11-goal performances, Ben McIntosh now has a stranglehold on the 2018 MLF Scoring Leadership. His 22 majors (132 points) not only see him running about twice the pace of next on the leaderboard – Miami’s Neil Cohen, McIntosh now has a solid chance to become the first player to bag 100 goals in an MLF season.
The Swans’ Jake Keglor flirted with the mark early in the 2017 campaign, only to see his pace slow due to injury.
At his current pace, the 20-year-old Gold Coast phenom will eclipse 100 goals by August.
MLF EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE CONSOLIDATION / EXPANSION FOR 2019
The addition of the Tampa-based Tampa Bay Bombers – made possible by a boost from footy entrepreneur Miro Gladovic and a helping hand from the AFL’s Essendon club – paves the way for a strengthening of the MLF Eastern Conference, especially for the 2019 season.
With the future in mind, the independent league of Australian football in the United States is expected to consolidate its position for the 2019 campaign, with a series of announcements following the Memorial Day bye week.
A new club alignment, schedule positioning for the 2019 Premiership Season – along with the addition of a new side set to join the competition immediately – are expected to be announced in early June.