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.