There were few signs of off-season rust for St. Pete winter captain Jake Keglor and the Swans offense Saturday, as the Bloods ran out big winners over Orlando, 11.6.72 – 3.6.24.
The match was the season-opening tilt for the Inaugural season of Major League Footy, the Florida Winter League of Australian Football.
Outstanding performances up front St. Petersburg’s from sharpshooting duo of Aaron Crittenden and Austen Kugler spearheaded an attack that also saw big games from Keglor, Ken Scheidt and Jaron Weaver.
St. Pete dominated a short-handed Orlando side from first bounce, racing out to a 25-point margin at the first break. That lead would grow to 37 at the half.
Finally finding themselves in control of the tempo after the intermission, the Kangas did manage to win the third frame, but the squad’s errant kicking prevented a comeback, with six dead-to-rights opportunities amounting to just four behinds.
With Keglor sidelined with a ankle injury after a nasty tumble, the Swans relied more heavily on Scheidt and Weaver in the late-going to dispel any thoughts of a nail-biter, as St. Pete tacked on three late majors to close out the proceedings.
The season-opening win in the inaugural Major League Footy season of winter Australian Football in Florida gives the St. Petersburg a 4-point jump on the rest of the ladder.
Basil Benjamin was named Orlando’s Best on Ground, with Austen Kugler taking the honors for St. Petersburg.
Newcomer Joe Caravella made his 2016-17 debut for the Kangas in a losing cause.
The next Winter Footy match is Saturday, December 3 on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Pete with the Pasco Black Dog taking on the Suncoast Suns at 11 AM.
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