HANGOVER EFFECT: ST. PETE IN SUMMER SWOON
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.