USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-23/24/25: For The 3 Weeks Ending 28 June 2015

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Good morning, everyone…

This is an expanded blog on this week, but it is with good reason. This past week (week ending 14 June), I was in emergency family mode as my father was rushed to Stonecrest Medical Center here in Smyrna with major issues with his prostate. To know my dad, he’s battled espohaegical cancer, a cancer that would back in the day, would mean living at maximum of 5 years after surgery. The surgery happened in 1991, 24 years ago this September. The VA hospital here in Murfreesboro has declared him the longest Veteran to ever survive that surgery in the history of tracking it. So, to have a possibility of a second battle with cancer and at age 71 as of today (16 June), it was scary to have that prospect come up again. He was in the hospital until Sunday (14 June), but the good news is that it wasn’t cancerous and it was extremely inflamed and swollen. Being this month in the USA and around the World as Men’s Health Month, I can’t stress enough to have your checkups done yearly, as I do.

Ok…. enough on the reason for not being on last week…let’s get to what’s “ON TAP” as we got a lot to cover:

  • Last Three Weekends Games (June 6-20)

     

    The last 2 weekends there was a total of 9 games, 2 of them on back-to-back weekends by the Tulsa Buffaloes, along with the doubleheader between Minnesota Lady Freeze and the Columbus Jillaroos. We’ll recap them in order, starting with a week ago last Saturday and ending with the last weekend’s games. So, with that:

     

    Game One: Saturday, 6 June: Game of the Week: Week 9: @ Tibbetts Brook Park in Brooklyn, NY: #11 New York vs. #8 Dallas

     

    The first game of the weekend was in Tibbetts Brook Park in Brooklyn as the Battle of the Magpies took place between Dallas and New York. This game was a battle, to say the minimum. The game came down to the final minute of regulation as the New York team pulled a goal from 46 yards out to win the game in a barnburner.

    Final score: New York 11.11.77 Dallas 10.13.73

     

    Game Two: Saturday, 6 June: @ Tulsa Athletics Stadium in Tulsa, OK: #18 Tulsa vs. #17 Kansas City

     

    Next stop, Tulsa, as the Tulsa Buffaloes began their 2-game stretch of two tough oppositions. First game, the Kansas City Power came to Athletics stadium. The game was a tough one throughout before the Buffaloes pulled a dynamic fourth quarter to win going away.

    Final score: Tulsa 16.9.105 Kansas City 13.11.89

     

    Games Three/Four: Saturday, 6 June: @ Waveland Field in Chicago, IL: Women’s Games: Minnesota vs. Columbus

     

    Next stop and the only women’s stop of the last 2 weeks, Waveland Field in Chicago as Minnesota took on Columbus in the first Women’s 10s battle in USAFL history. Both games were tight throughout and in the end, it was a split.

    Final scores

    Game One: Minnesota 3.5.23 Columbus 0.1.1

    Game Two: Minnesota 0.6.6 Columbus 2.0.12

     

    Game Five: Saturday, 13 June: @ Raleigh Capitol Park in Raleigh, NC: #22 North Carolina vs. #6 Atlanta

     

    The first game of last weekend took us to Raleigh Capitol Park in Raleigh, where the temperature at kickoff was 96f (+36c) at kickoff as the Atlanta Kookaburras came to town against the North Carolina Tigers. From the outset, the Tigers came out with a passion as the game was over in the first 20 minutes. In the end, it was an upset no one expected.

    Final score: North Carolina 14.13.97 Atlanta 5.1.31

     

    Game Six: Saturday, 13 June @ Lake Nokomis Park in Minneapolis, MN: #14 Minnesota vs. #16 Des Moines

     

    Stop Two: A much cooler Minneapolis as the Minnesota Freeze, coming off an upset loss to the Chicago Swans, took on their I-35 archrival Des Moines Roosters, trying to put the Freeze down for a 2nd game in a row. Unlike Raleigh, the game time temperature was a much more comfortable 66f (+19c). This game was close in the first half before the Freeze took it up a notch and won going away.

    Final score: Minnesota 11.15.81 Des Moines 6.6.42

     

    Game Seven: Saturday, 13 June @ Dublin Soccer Fields in Dublin, OH: #2 Columbus vs. #15 Cincinnati

     

    Next stop, Dublin, as the Columbus Jackaroos, coming off an upset loss to the Nashville Kangaroos, went against the Cincinnati Dockers in a rematch of the Grand Final of the Harrell Cup just a month ago. This game was a much tighter game as it came down to the last 4 minutes before 2 quick goals by Columbus saved them from the 2nd upset of the weekend.

    Final score: Columbus 8.6.54 Cincinnati 6.8.44

     

    Game Eight: Saturday, 13 June @ Rainbow Park in Crested Butte, CO: Game of The Week, Week 10: Part One: #18 Tulsa vs. #13 Denver

     

    Next stop, the first of two games of the week, as the Tulsa Buffaloes took on the perennial powerhouse Denver Bulldogs in the highest elevation game of Australian Rules Football in history, at 8,885 feet (2708 meters) above sea level, which broke the old record of 6,817 feet (2078 meters) at the Air Force Academy Grounds in Colorado Springs during the 2008 USAFL Nationals. The game was definitely one-sided as the Bulldogs overpowered the Buffaloes and won going away.

    Denver 19.12.122 Tulsa 6.5.41

     

    Game Nine: Saturday, 13 June @ Elmington Field in Nashville, TN: Game of the Week, Week 10: Part Two: The SCHWASS CUP and Milestone Game 150: #1 Nashville vs. #10 Chicago (Extended Coverage)

     

    Our final stop of the last 2 weeks’ games takes us to the Game of The Week at the hallowed fields of Elmington Field as the two of the oldest teams in the USAFL, the Chicago Swans and the Nashville Kangaroos, renewed their rivalry for the Schwass Cup for the 2015 season. After Chicago winning the last 2 years, including a 46-point blowout @ Waveland Field last August. What made this edition of the Schwass Cup unlike most years, it was a big milestone game. This was Alex Benjamin’s 150th game as goal umpire. I know everyone is saying…” Ok, Alex, what makes this milestone important?” Well, unlike the AFL, the USAFL has been only around since 1997, just 18 years. In that time, only 5 umpires until last Saturday’s game that has made it to that milestone and only 1 goal umpire, Lisa Albergo, made that milestone. So, to make that milestone, it is a monumental milestone. Lisa Albergo, the dean of the goal umpires, will mark her 300th game later this year at the Nationals @ Onion Creek Soccer Fields in Austin in mid-October.

     

    As the game was set to begin, it was a picture perfect day with temperature at game time at 88f (+31c) with a light crosswind breeze as Chicago scores first, a goal, just under 100 seconds into the game. The next 8 minutes was a stalemate before the first of three injury stoppages occurred, this at 11:15 that caused the first “blood rule” full stoppage as one of the Swans players was severely injured, which lasted 15 minutes. After the game resumed, it took just 52 seconds (@ 12:07) before Chicago strikes again twice in 2:30 with goals on both to lead at 3.2.20 to 0.1.1. Finally, the Kangaroos responded 2 minutes later with a goal and 2 behinds to close to the cap at halftime to just 11. The Swans were outmarked in the first by a 11-5 margin, but lead the scoreboard 3.2.20 to 1.3.9.

     

    Quarter Two began with the more of the same defensive battle as the opening 10 minutes was a marking contest as only 2 marks (Chicago @ 2:31 in the quarter and Nashville @ 5:10) before Nashville hits it between the big posts at exactly 10 minutes to close the gap to 5. Two more goals for the Kangaroos in the following 4 minutes gave them the first lead by 7 with just 5 minutes to go before the Swans responded just 90 seconds with a behind and goal to tied it up at 4.4.28 each before the 2nd injury stoppage with 4:35 left. Two more behinds in the waning 2 minutes ended the scoring with the Kangaroos getting the last score as the siren sounded. The Swans outmarked the Kangaroos in the 2nd by a 21-11 margin to bring the margin to the Swans ahead at 26-22, but the score was tied at 4.5.29 each.

     

    The Premiership Quarter began with a bang with 3 goals in rapid succession in just 2:25 with 2 goals by the Swans (@ 1:02 and 2:16) and 1 by the Kangaroos (on a fast break just 9 seconds after Chicago’s 2nd goal @ 2:25) to give Chicago a 5-point lead before the first double yellow card was given to both the Swans and the Kangaroos for rough play followed by another stoppage for injury just 2 minutes later @ 4:30. After another behind by the Kangaroos @ 8:47, the Swans extended the lead to 11 from 55 yards out @ 10:15 in. Three behinds from the Kangaroos countered the goal to close the game to 8 with 4 minutes to go before a goal from 58 yards out by Chicago and a behind to extend the lead to 15 with 1:45 left. A final goal by the Kangaroos with just 26 seconds left ended the scoring as the Kangaroos brought the deficit back to 9. The third quarter saw the pressure of marking coming back to the Kangaroos favor as they outmarked the Swans 8-4 to tie the marks at 30 each, but the Swans lead after 3 by a score of 8.6.54 to 6.9.45.

     

    The final quarter saw the reversal of the third with the Kangaroos on the attack as they score back-to-back goals in the opening 3:18 to take the lead for the 2nd time in the goal, but this time the Swans couldn’t counter as they ran the final quarter with just 14 players and no bench after the 2 injuries that occurred earlier as they only scored a behind during the final 20 minutes (@ 14:39), but by then the Kangaroos put the game away as they score 2 more goals in the waning minutes as they outscore the Swans 4.4.28 to 0.1.1 to win the game. The final quarter showed the tightness of the marks as the teams tied at 12 each to tie the total at 42 each.

    Final score: Nashville 10.13.73 Chicago 8.7.55

     

    Game Ten: Saturday, 20 June @ San Pedro, CA: Game of the Week, Week 11: Los Angeles Dragons vs. Orange County Bombers

     

    The first game of the weekend in Week 11 was the Battle of I-10 West as the Los Angeles Dragons took on their neighbors to the east, the current #1 USAFL Top 25, the Orange County Bombers. From the beginning, this game was going to be a battle and it didn’t disappoint as the game wasn’t decided until the final 2 minutes with a goal by the Bombers to keep from being upset. The Dragons will have their revenge in Sacramento this weekend at the Western Regionals.

    Final score: Orange County 7.7.49 Los Angeles 7.6.48

     

    Game Eleven: Saturday, 20 June @ Des Moines: #16 Des Moines Roosters vs. #17 Kansas City Power

     

    The second game of the weekend took place @ Des Moines as the Roosters took on the Power in their first full match of the season for the Power. From the outset, the Roosters were bringing the speed and determination as the overpowered the Power to get them to their 2nd win of the season for them.

    Final score: Des Moines 13.13.91 Kansas City 9.8.62

     

    Game Twelve: Saturday, 20 June @ Tibbetts Park in the Bronx: #11 New York Magpies vs. #19 Boston Demons

     

    Game Three of the weekend took us to the hallowed grounds of Tibbetts Park as the battle of I-95 North resumed with the Magpies and the Demons took on each other. Once again, the defending Division 1 and the USAFLWR Premiers proved to the USAFL that they are bouncing back after the opening falter against Fort Lauderdale 2 months ago with a resounding victory over the Demons.

    Final score: New York 13.13.91 Boston 5.7.37

     

    Game Thirteen/Fourteen: @ Indianapolis World Park in South Indianapolis, IN: The Gaelic Festival Tournament @ Indianapolis. #24 Indianapolis vs. #25 Cleveland and #15 Cincinnati (Metro Matches)

     

    The final two games of the weekend took place @ Indianapolis World Park in South Indianapolis, the first time a home game has been played in this new venue and the 2nd time ever in USAFL history (last year’s Central Regional was played just 11 miles north on the other side of Indianapolis). The field conditions were decent, despite the heavy rain that plagued Indianapolis and the Midwest. The games were tight throughout, but in the end, Cleveland took their first ever USAFL victory and the Dockers rebounded from their loss against the Jackaroos the week before, leaving Indianapolis still seeking their 1st win of 2015.

    Final scores:

    Game 1: Cincinnati 4.8.32 Indianapolis 3.2.20

    Game 2: Cleveland 8.3.51 Indianapolis 5.1.31

     

    The 15th game we are still waiting on score from: Seattle vs. Vancouver in Issaquah, WA as of press time (23 June).

     

     

  • USAFLWR Standings

     

  • As we go into the next 2 weekends, including the Western Regionals in Davis, CA, outside of Sacramento next weekend, the USAFLWR is a jumbled mess as the top 3 teams are now separated by just 3 points. There was no shortage of teams moving up as well. With that, here are the new standings, including the new USAFL Top 25, released last Wednesday:

     

     

    Men

     

USAFL Top 25

USAFLWR Standings

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

10

1

Nashville Kangaroos

5-2-0

319

200

159.50

15

13

2

Columbus Jackaroos

4-1-0

254

110

230.91

12

2

3

New York Magpies

3-1-0

254

178

142.70

12

3

4

Austin Crows

3-0-0

178

60

296.67

8

19

5

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids

2-2-0

102

160

63.75

8

4

6

Denver Bulldogs

4-2-0

479

279

171.68

7

7

7

Minnesota Freeze

4-1-0

297

188

157.98

7

11

8

Houston Lonestars

2-2-0

217

154

140.91

6

20

9

Des Moines Roosters

2-3-0

270

233

115.88

5

 

10

Atlanta Kookaburras

2-3-0

196

309

63.43

5

23

11

Tulsa Buffaloes

2-4-0

286

548

52.19

5

8

12

Golden Gate Roos

1-0-0

41

15

273.33

4

15

13

Philadelphia Hawks

1-0-0

72

48

150.00

4

9

14

Dallas Magpies

1-1-0

182

129

141.09

4

22

15

Cincinnati Dockers

2-2-0

146

132

110.61

4

 

16

North Carolina Tigers

1-2-0

160

146

109.59

4

1

17

Orange County Bombers

1-0-0

49

48

102.08

4

12

18

Chicago Swans

1-1-0

105

112

93.75

4

25t

19

Seattle Grizzlies

1-1-0

108

130

83.08

4

 

20

Cleveland Cannons

1-1-0

58

115

50.44

2

 

21

Kansas City Power

1-4-0

274

379

72.30

1

6

22

Los Angeles Dragons

0-1-0

48

49

97.96

0

18

23

Baltimore/Washington Eagles

0-1-0

48

72

66.67

0

16

24

Boston Demons

0-2-0

106

192

55.21

0

 

25

Baton Rouge Tigers

0-2-0

116

228

50.88

0

14

26

Sacramento Suns

0-1-0

15

41

36.58

0

 

27

Indianapolis Giants

0-4-0

65

186

34.95

0

 

 

Women

 

USAFLWR Stading

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

1

New York Lady Magpies

2-0-0

55

22

250.00

4

2

Sacramento Lady Suns

1-0-0

22

16

137.50

4

3

Minnesota Lady Freeze

1-1-0

29

13

223.07

2

4

Columbus Jillaroos

1-1-0

13

29

44.83

2

5

San Francisco Iron Maiden

0-1-0

16

22

72.73

0

 

 

 

  • This Weekend’s Games

     

    If you thought the last 3 weekends was busy…you hadn’t seen nothing like this coming weekend. Ok, everyone is wondering…15 games in last 3 weekends…how big could this weekend be? TRY 18 GAMES! Yes, I said…18! Welcome to Western Regional/Texas Cup Round 1 Weekend. Most of the games are in 3 cities (Sacramento-Davis (12), Austin (3) and Boston (2), along with the only 4-quarter game in the whole weekend…and it involves the current leaders in the USAFLWR in Baton Rouge. So, let’s begin:

     

    First Stop: @ Nugget Fields in Davis (Sacramento), CA: Men and Women: Western Regional

    Teams in the Competition:

    Men: Golden Gate Roos, Hong Kong and Los Angeles Dragons, Orange County Bombers, Portland Steelheads, Sacramento Suns, San Diego Lions and Seattle Grizzlies

    Women: San Francisco Iron Maiden, Arizona Lady Hawks and the Sacramento Lady Suns

     

    Our first stop is the biggest one of the weekend as the Western Regionals take place with the majority of the teams in the men (outside of Las Vegas and Arizona) and all of the Western teams in the women to take place @ Nugget Fields in Davis. There is even a team coming from Hong Kong (no that wasn’t a misprint above) as they will play the teams and yes, the scores will count. All games in this regionals will count 2 points in the standings during this all-day event. There are 12 games in the competition, 9 in the men and 3 women, not including the Grand Finals.

     

    Second Stop: @ USAFL Nationals Fields- Onion Creek Soccer Fields in Austin, TX: Texas Cup Round 1

    Teams Involved: Austin Crows, Dallas Magpies and Houston Lonestars

     

    Stop Two takes us to USAFL Nationals Fields @ Onion Creek Soccer Fields in Austin as finally the first round of the Texas Cup finally will take place nearly a month after the original matches were postponed due to nearly 5 feet of water on the fields. Expect another battle with all 3 teams in the top 15. As in Sacramento, these games count 2 points as well.

     

    Stop Three: @ MIT Fields in Boston: Women: EAFL Women’s Round 1

    Teams Involved: Boston Lady Demons, New York Lady Magpies and the Baltimore/Washington Lady Eagles

     

    The third stop takes us to MIT Fields in Boston for the EAFL Women’s 1st round as the Boston Lady Demons take on New York and Baltimore/Washington. Expect a good battle from the perennial powerhouses in the Women’s division. These are 2 point games as well in this round robin too.

     

    Stop Four: @ LSU Parade Grounds in Baton Rouge, LA: #1 Nashville Kangaroos vs. #25 Baton Rouge Tigers

     

    The final stop of the week takes us to the only 4 point, 4 quarter game of the weekend as the USAFLWR leading Nashville Kangaroos resume their rivalry with the Baton Rouge Tigers after a 3-year hiatus. This will be the first of the home-and-home series with Baton Rouge coming to Nashville on 8 August. Expect a good game as Baton Rouge has improved from the last time they faced the Kangaroos, which was a 167-point blowout three years ago.

     

     

  • Our Next Show

     

    Due to the family emergencies that took place on the last 2 weeks, we had to cancel last Sunday’s show, so we will be back on the air in 2 weeks on 5 July 2015 @ 4 pm CDT with a special 2.5 hour show to get everyone up-to-speed on what’s happened with the USAFL and we will have recaps from all 18 games this weekend and the new USAFLWR standings will be out then, since there’s no games on the Independence Day USA weekend. We will be of course, on YouTube…just look under USAFL Weekly Show and send us a Question via World Footy News in the comments section, via Twitter @USAFLWR, via Facebook via USAFL Weekly Report and on chat during the show.

     

     


 

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-22: For The Week Ending 6 June 2015

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Good evening, everyone…

After a quiet week last week because of Memorial Day, it is time to get back into the battle as last week, there was 4 games on the docket. But before we get to what’s “ON TAP”, please keep your prayers for our teams in Texas due to the recent flooding as more than a foot of rain in the last few days have put the rivers in Dallas, Houston and Austin, home of this year’s Nationals, under water. It was so bad, the Austin vs. Houston game was rescheduled…TWICE! So, with that…

  • This Past Weekend’s Games

     

    This past weekend, we had 4 games on the docket, including an additional game that was added at the last minute. The games were in Austin, Columbus, Madison and Philadelphia. So, let’s recap all 4:

     

    Stop One: @ Austin State Capitol Park: #6 Austin vs. #4 Houston

     

    Our first stop is, of course, Austin…but not where it was supposed to be. The original game that was scheduled was supposed to be @ USAFL Nationals field @ Onion Creek…but that was out…Onion Creek was 4 feet underwater, so it was off to Northeast Metro Park in Pflugerville…but that was out, too…Metro Park was 2.5 feet underwater as well. So, it was off to State Capitol Park in downtown Austin. The game w: as to be close….it wasn’t. The Crows put it to the Lonestars in the first 2 quarters and took a 51-15 at the half enroute to a blowout.

    Final score: Austin 13.4.82 to Houston 5.10.40

     

    With the win, Austin goes to 3-0-0, 8 points and will be #3 while Houston falls to 2-2-0, 6 points and will be #5 in the USAFLWR standings.

     

    Stop Two: @ University of Wisconsin Intramural Fields in Madison, WI: #11 Minnesota vs. Chicago

     

    Next Stop: Madison, WI as the Chicago Swans had their opening game of the 2015 season as they went to Madison to face the Minnesota Freeze. From the outset, this was going to be a battle and it didn’t disappoint. The halftime was 29-26 in favored of Minnesota. It was tight through the third and fourth before a turnover and free kick awarded to Chicago with 2:25 left and 2 straight goals in 70 seconds pulled the first of two upsets and Chicago’s first win against Minnesota in 3.5 years (7 games).

    Final score: Chicago 7.8.50 to Minnesota 5.9.39

     

    With the win, Chicago is 1-0-0, 4 points and will be #10 while Minnesota falls to 3-1-0, 3 points and will be #13.

     

    Stop Three: @ Ben Franklin Park in Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia vs. Baltimore/Washington

     

    Our 3rd stop takes us to Ben Franklin Park in downtown Philadelphia as the Hawks welcomed the Eagles in the season opener in the EAFL for both teams. From the outset, the Hawks had the Eagles number once again as they did in the 2014 season, in which they swept them in the home-and-home series. The Eagles did get the game close in the 2nd quarter as they got to 13 points, but was no closer.

    Final score: Philadelphia 10.12.72 to Baltimore/Washington 7.6.48

     

    With the win, Philadelphia is 1-0-0, 4 points and will be #9 while Baltimore/Washington falls to 0-1-0, 0 points and will be #18.

     

    Stop Four: @ Rhodes Park on the campus of Ohio State University, Columbus, OH: Game of the Week: #1 Columbus vs. #3 Nashville

     

    We saved the best for last…and it happened to be the Game of the Week as the rivalry that is Columbus vs. Nashville was renewed for the 2015 season. This rivalry has been a classic as the teams in their 10 matches have split their rivalry with both teams winning at home in each time. Saturday’s game was played in a moderate rain with thunderstorms coming through that stopped the game during the first quarter for a total of nearly 20 minutes. It was 19-9 at the first with Columbus leading. The 2nd quarter were a defensive battle as the Kangaroos stiffen their defensive might and practically stopped the Jackaroos cold. At halftime, it was 23-21 Columbus. The remaining 2 quarters saw the Kangaroos defense in a classic as they held the Jackaroos to 0.3 in the final 40 minutes to pull their first ever win with a goal in the 3rd and 4th quarters to pull the second upset of the weekend as they won their first match in Columbus in 6 tries.

    Final score: Nashville 5.4.34 to Columbus 3.8.26

     

    With the win, the Kangaroos go to 4-2-0 and 11 points, which puts them the new leaders in the USAFLWR while Columbus falls to 3-1-0, 8 points and will drop to 2nd.

    Next time these two teams will play will be the home season finale on 12 September in Nashville.

     

  • USAFLWR Standings

     

    With all of the games, here’s the new standings as we go to Week 11:

     

    Men: Please Note: USAFL Poll was just revealed last Wednesday before the matches.

     

USAFL Poll

USAFLWR Ranking

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

12

1

Nashville Kangaroos

4-2-0

245

146

147.94

11

9

2

Columbus Jackaroos

3-1-0

202

66

306.06

8

3

3

Austin Crows

3-0-0

178

60

296.67

8

19

4

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids

2-2-0

102

160

63.75

8

11

5

Houston Lonestars

2-2-0

217

154

140.91

6

22

6

Atlanta Kookaburras

2-2-0

165

212

77.83

5

8

7

Golden Gate Roos

1-0-0

41

15

273.33

4

10

8

Dallas Magpies

1-0-0

109

52

209.62

4

17

9

Philadelphia Hawks

1-0-0

72

48

150.00

4

13

10

Chicago Swans

1-0-0

50

39

128.20

4

2

11

New York Magpies

1-1-0

86

68

126.47

4

24t

12

Seattle Grizzlies

1-1-0

108

130

83.08

4

4

13

Denver Bulldogs

3-3-0

357

238

150.00

3

5

14

Minnesota Freeze

3-1-0

216

146

147.94

3

21

15

Cincinnati Dockers

1-1-0

70

58

120.69

2

20

16

Des Moines Roosters

1-2-0

137

90

152.22

1

 

17

Kansas City Power

1-2-0

123

183

67.21

1

 

18

Tulsa Buffaloes

1-3-0

140

337

41.54

1

16

19

Boston Demons

0-1-0

69

101

68.31

0

 

20

Baltimore/Washington Eagles

0-1-0

48

72

66.67

0

 

21

Baton Rouge Tigers

0-2-0

116

228

50.88

0

 

22

North Carolina Tigers

0-2-0

50

115

43.48

0

15

23

Sacramento Suns

0-1-0

15

41

36.58

0

 

24

Indianapolis Giants

0-2-0

14

103

13.59

0

 

25

Cleveland Cannons

0-1-0

7

84

8.33

0

 

Women

 

USAFLWR Ranking

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

1

New York Lady Magpies

2-0-0

55

22

250.00

4

2

San Francisco Iron Maiden

1-0-0

22

16

137.50

4

3

Sacramento Lady Suns

0-1-0

16

22

72.73

0

 

 

  • This Week’s Games

     

    This week, there is only 3 games in the USAFL this week, but they are big games in every way. Two men’s games and one women’s game. The cities that have games this week: Bronx, NY, Tulsa, OK and Chicago. So, with that, here’s the games:

     

    Stop One: @ Waveland Field in Chicago: 7 pm CT: WOMEN’S Game: Minnesota Lady Freeze vs. Columbus Jillaroos

    Weather Forecast: Mostly Cloudy: 63f (+18c)

     

    Our first game takes us to the hallowed grounds of Waveland Field, home of the Chicago Swans, as the Minnesota Lady Freeze and Columbus Jillaroos will face each other in a full game for the first time ever. Most of the games that the Jillaroos have played has been with a joint team, mostly with the Baltimore/Washington Lady Eagles or with the Boston Lady Demons. However, with this year’s changes and possible Division 2 in the Women’s division for the first time, this game has become a highlight game. Expect a good game, despite the late start.

     

    Stop Two: Game of The Week: 3 pm CT: Men: @ Tibbetts Park in the Bronx: #11 New York vs. #8 Dallas

    Weather Forecast: Rain expected: 66f (+19c)

     

    Our second stop of the weekend takes us to Tibbetts Park for the battle of the Magpies…New York vs. Dallas. This marks the first time since the 2012 Division One Grand Final that these teams have faced each other. Needless to say, expect fireworks in this battle.

     

    Stop Three: @ Tulsa Athletics Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma: 2 pm CT: #18 Tulsa vs. #17 Kansas City

    Weather Forecast: Sunny: 88f (+31c)

     

    Final stop takes us to Tulsa’s Athletics Park for the first of home-and-home series between archrivals Kansas City Power and Tulsa Buffaloes. Expect a very good game between these Division 4 foes. This also marks the first of two games in a row for Tulsa as they will head to Crested Butte, CO next Saturday to face the powerhouse Denver Bulldogs.

     

  • Our Show This Week

     

    This week’s show is on a special time, 5 pm CDT on Sunday, as we recap the weekend in the USAFL as well as AFL’s Queen’s Birthday weekend as well. We will preview Week 11 of the AFL as well as a very big week in the USAFL with several big matches on the docket, including the Wayne Schwass Cup match between Chicago and Nashville, which will mark my 150th games as a goal umpire, only the 6th umpire and 2nd goal umpire to reach that feat. We will be on Youtube as always. You can pose questions on our Facebook page as well as Twitter, during the show on Chat and here on WFN as well. See you Sunday!

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-21: Week Ending 31 May 2015

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Good evening, everyone…

Before we begin, please keep our teams in Texas (Dallas, Houston and Austin) in your prayers. As you know, there’s been massive flooding in the state, especially in Houston, where on Monday, there was 13.77″ of rain in 6 hours and have received during the month of May a total of nearly 30″ of rain and is still raining there as I am doing this week’s edition. The rain is so deep that they had to move this week’s game between Austin and Houston because of flooding @ Onion Creek to Pflugerville.

Here’s what we got this week “ON TAP”:

  • This Week’s Games

     

    Since there were no games this past weekend, due to Memorial Day weekend, let’s get to the games for this week. This week, there are 4 games on the docket, all 4 quarter games, so we can see a possible change in the standings at the top.

     

    Stop One: #4 Houston (2-1-0, 6 pts.) @ #6 Austin (2-0-0, 4 pts.) @ Northeast Metro Fields: Pflugerville

    Weather Forecast: 50% Chance of Thunderstorms: High: 85f (29c)

     

    Our first stop on this week’s matches takes us to Pflugerville, outside of Austin, for a rare 4-point game in Texas as Houston will take on Austin. Normally, this game will be @ Onion Creek Soccer Fields, but they are underwater at the present. This will be a major battle. Depending on the winner, they will be looking at no worse than 3rd.

     

    Stop Two: Chicago @ #11 Minnesota (3-0-0, 3 pts.) @ University of Wisconsin Fields, Madison, WI

    Weather Forecast: Cloudy: High: 57f (14c)

     

    The second stop of the week takes us to University of Wisconsin Fields in Madison for the first of home-and-home series between the Freeze and the Swans. The last time these two teams played last year, Minnesota won by nearly 90 points. Depending on what the weather conditions hold, expect a blowout by Minnesota.

     

    Stop Three: Baltimore @ Philadelphia @ Ben Franklin Park, Philadelphia

    Weather Forecast: Partly Sunny and Very Humid High: 89f (31c)

     

    The third stop this week takes us to Ben Franklin Park for an EAFL match between Baltimore/Washington Eagles and the Philadelphia Eagles. The teams played each other in a home-and-home last year with Philadelphia sweeping the series. Expect a tight battle in Philadelphia.

     

    Stop Four: Game of The Week: #3 Nashville (3-2-0, 7 pts.) @ #1 Columbus (3-0-0, 8 pts.) @ Rhodes Park, Columbus, OH

    Weather Forecast: 50% Chance of Thunderstorms: High: 82f (28c)

     

    The final stop of the week takes us to Rhodes Park for the Game of the Week as long-time rivals Nashville and Columbus renew their rivalry for 2015. This game will decide who will lead after Week 9 of the season. In all of the games played @ Columbus, Nashville has never won a game @ Columbus. Expect another battle and maybe an upset.

     

  • Panelists Picks

     

    This past week, the panelists did somewhat better on the picks as all of the panelists except Stephen Kerbow had a winning record. Stephen had gone 4-5. Lisa Albergo and the director had gone 5-4 while Carolyn Poulos won the week with a 6-3 record. Here are the new standings, going into Week 9:

     

Position

Panelist

W-L

Points

1

Carolyn Poulos

47-25

409

2

Stephen Kerbow

46-26

302

3

Lisa Albergo

45-27

463

4

Alex Benjamin

44-28

361

 

  • The Road To Austin

     

    Here’s this week’s The Road To Austin:

     

    The Road To Austin Update:

    This past week, being under the weather due to upper respiratory infection, was just a very slow week. Here are the stats:

     

    Weight: 254.8

     

    Distance this week: 11.38 mi.

    Distance overall: 372.44 mi..

    Pace: 360.99 mi.

    +/-: +11.45 mi. (Days ahead: 5)

    Distance to go: 542.56 mi.

    Days to go: 221

     

    As of Sunday:

    I have made it to Little Rock, AR…and made it to Clinton International Airport on I-440 (Exit 3) and will be making it to I-30 later this week. Next stop: Texarkana, AR/TX. Expected time to get there: 7 weeks.

    More next Sunday…

     

  • This Week’s Show

     

    This week’s show will recap our week in the USAFL and the AFL along with updates in the VFL as well. Please remember, this and next week, the shows are on @ 1 pm CDT on Sunday. We will be on YouTube as well. As always, you can always send your questions via WFN, Facebook, Twitter and on the blog as well. We will see you on Sunday.

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-20: For Memorial Day Weekend: Week Ending 24 May 2015

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Good morning, everyone…welcome to Memorial Day Weekend in the USA!

For those that don’t know what Memorial Day weekend means…it is similar to what ANZAC Day is in Australia, where we remember our fallen veterans here in the USA. For that reason, the USAFL doesn’t play on this weekend, or during the 2 other summer holidays. But, with that said, it was still a full weekend last weekend…so with that…let’s see what’s “ON TAP”:

  • Last Weekend’s Games: Week 7

     

    This past weekend, we had scheduled 2 tourneys plus the Atlanta vs. Baton Rouge full game. Well, we added a last minute addition and a postponement…the addition was Seattle vs. BC Eagles outside of Seattle, but the postponement was in Houston. The first round of the Texas Cup was postponed due to 11″ of rain in a week in Houston that made Veterans Park unplayable. Just 3 years ago, Houston and the state of Texas was in a Stage 3 Drought. Now, they have received 11-17″ of rain during the month of May, including the USAFL Nationals HQ in Austin, where the league will be in just 5 months from now. The Texas Cup Round 1 has been rescheduled for a week from Saturday, 30 May, which will coincide with several other games as well. With that, here’s the stops for last weekend’s games, including extended tournament coverage of the Harrell Cup.

     

    Stop One: @ Gerrard Landing Park in Marietta: #18 Baton Rouge @ (#24 USAFL) #13 Atlanta

     

    Our first stop of the weekend takes us to Marietta’s Gerrard Landing Park for the first of the home-and-home series between Baton Rouge and Atlanta. The game was a tight battle most of the way until the final quarter of the game, when Atlanta finally took control. Even though the scoring chances were 25 to 22 in favored of Atlanta, the Kookaburras won the game easily.

    Final score: Atlanta 16.9.105 Baton Rouge 9.13.69

     

    With the win, Atlanta moved all the way up to #5 with 5 points while Baton Rouge also moves up, even with the loss, to 17th, even though they still hasn’t got their first win. Atlanta’s next game will be on June 13th @ North Carolina while Baton Rouge’s next game will be on June 27th, the home opener against the Nashville Kangaroos.

     

    Stop Two: @ Sedro-Wooley outside of Seattle: (#25 USAFL) #16 Seattle vs. BC Eagles

     

    The second stop of the weekend took us to outside of Seattle to Sedro-Wooley Park outside of Seattle, near Everett as the Seattle Grizzlies took on the BC Eagles in the second of back-to-back weekends with the Canadian BC Teams. After the heartbreaker of last weekend to Vancouver, the Grizzlies needed a comeback and they got it as the battle with BC was back and forth for the majority of the match with Seattle kicking the winning goal with less than a minute to go to pull out the win.

    Final score: Seattle 10.8.68 BC 9.8.62

     

    With the win, Seattle goes to 1-1 with 4 points and move 7 slots to #9. The next game for Seattle will be June 20th @ Vancouver against the Vancouver Saints in Round 3 of the I-5 matches.

     

    Stop Three: @ Champions Park, Louisville: The John Harrell Cup

    Teams Involved:

    (#12t USAFL) #2 Nashville Kangaroos

    (#9t USAFL) #3 Columbus Jackaroos

    (#21 USAFL) Cincinnati Dockers

    Indianapolis Giants

     

    Our final stop of the weekend takes us to the hallowed grounds of Champions Park, home of 3 USAFL Nationals (Last played in 2010) for the 2015 John Harrell Cup. As the teams had gathered for the annual event, it marked the first time in 4 years that Nashville had made it back to the Harrell Cup, but they have won all 4 times they had gone to the Cup. With that, here are the recaps of the series:

     

    Game One: 10:45 am: Columbus vs. Indianapolis

     

    First game of the day had the Columbus Jackaroos and the Indianapolis Giants in their 1st of several games against each other. The weather at the 1st game was moderate heavy rain with a temperature at 75. The first half was one sided as Columbus outmarked Indianapolis by a 16-5 and lead at the half by a 6.4.40 to 0.4.4. The second half was more of the same with Columbus outmarking Indianapolis by a 13-3 and overall 29-8.

    Final score: Columbus 9.6.60 Indianapolis 1.4.10

     

    Game Two: 11:55 am: Cincinnati vs. Nashville

     

    Game #2 was two of the founding members of the USAFL in the Cincinnati Dockers and the Nashville Kangaroos as they renewed their rivalry. The last time the Dockers played against the Kangaroos was right after the 2010 floods in Nashville, in which Nashville won the game by more than 120 points in a blowout. As the game began, the rain had turned heavy, but no thunderstorms meant the game went on as planned, even with the field conditions. The first half was surprising one-sided in the favor of Cincinnati as they had a 11-5 edge in marks and lead at half 5.6.36 to 1.1.7. The second half was more vintage Kangaroos ball as they won the marks 13-4 to win the marks 18-15, but the lead was too great for them to overcome and for the first time in 7 years, Cincinnati upset Nashville.

    Final score: Cincinnati 8.7.55 Nashville 4.2.26

     

    Game Three: 2:00 pm: 3rd Place Game: Nashville vs. Indianapolis

     

    The surprising 3rd Place game was Indianapolis vs. Nashville. Surprising is that for the first time, the Kangaroos wouldn’t be playing in the final. However, it also marked the first time that Indianapolis and Nashville played on the field. By the time of the 3rd Place Game, the rain had lessened, but still was moderate raining on the field. The first half started with a behind in the first 2 minutes by the Giants. That would be the only lead of the game by the Giants as the Kangaroos went on the attack, outmarking the Giants 15-2 in the first and going to the half leading 3.2.20 to 0.1.1. The second half was more of the same through the first 10 minutes as the Kangaroos added 2 more goals before Indianapolis added 3 behinds with 4 minutes left, but by then, the game was in hand. Nashville outmarked the Giants in the second half 14-2 to win the marks 29-4.

    Final score: Nashville 6.7.43 Indianapolis 0.4.4

     

    Game Four: 3:25 pm: Grand Final: Columbus vs. Cincinnati

     

    The Grand Final brought the Battle of I-71 down to Louisville. This marks the 9th contest since Columbus came onboard with Columbus winning the last 4 straight. However, as the rain ended in time of the Grand Final, it was the Dockers coming out with the first goal in the opening minute and outmarking the Jackaroos in the first 13 minutes 11-6 before a flurry in the last 7 minutes saw the Jackaroos coming back to have a battle in the second half. The marks were 15-14 in favored of Cincinnati at the half with the Dockers leading 2.1.13 to 1.4.10. The second half was the Jackaroos in a clampdown of the Dockers in the final 20 minutes as they outmarked the Dockers 16-2 and outscored them 22-2 in the final 20 minutes to win their 1st Harrell Cup.

    Final score: Columbus 4.8.32 Cincinnati 2.3.15

     

    With the Harrell Cup completed:

    Columbus 2 wins moves them to 3-0 with 8 points and are the new leaders in the USAFLWR standings.

    Cincinnati’s win against Nashville will be @ 1-1 with 2 points and will be in 12th.

    Nashville’s win against Indianapolis will put them @ 3-2 with 8 points and will be in 3rd.

    Indianapolis 2 losses will put them @ 0-2 and will put them in 21st.

     

  • USAFLWR New Ladder

     

    With all of the games in the books from last weekend, we have a new leader in the USAFLWR, the Columbus Jackaroos after the clean sweep in Louisville. Here are the new standings leading into Memorial Day Weekend (No games next weekend):

     

    Men

     

USAFL Ranking

USAFLWR Rankings

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

9t

1

Columbus Jackaroos

3-0-0

176

32

550.00

8

19

2

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids

2-2-0

102

160

63.75

8

12t

3

Nashville Kangaroos

3-2-0

212

119

178.15

7

9t

4

Houston Lonestars

2-1-0

177

72

216.00

6

24

5

Atlanta Kookaburras

2-2-0

165

212

77.83

5

3

6

Austin Crows

2-0-0

96

20

480.00

4

7

7

Golden Gate Roos

1-0-0

41

15

273.33

4

11

8

Dallas Magpies

1-0-0

109

52

209.52

4

2

9

New York Magpies

1-1-0

86

68

126.47

4

25

10

Seattle Grizzlies

1-1-0

108

130

83.08

4

5

11

Minnesota Freeze

3-0-0

177

96

184.38

3

4

12

Denver Bulldogs

3-3-0

357

238

150.00

3

21

13

Cincinnati Dockers

1-1-0

70

58

120.69

2

 

14

Des Moines Roosters

1-2-0

137

90

152.22

1

 

15

Kansas City Power

1-2-0

123

183

67.21

1

 

16

Tulsa Buffaloes

1-3-0

140

337

41.54

1

15

17

Boston Demons

0-1-0

69

101

68.31

0

 

18

Baton Rouge Tigers

0-2-0

116

228

50.88

0

 

19

North Carolina Tigers

0-2-0

50

115

43.48

0

16

20

Sacramento Suns

0-1-0

15

41

36.58

0

 

21

Indianapolis Giants

0-2-0

14

103

13.59

0

 

22

Cleveland Cannons

0-1-0

7

84

8.33

0

               

 

Women

 

USAFLWR Ranking

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

1

New York Lady Magpies

2-0-0

55

22

250.00

4

2

San Francisco Iron Maiden

1-0-0

22

16

137.50

4

3

Sacramento Lady Suns

0-1-0

16

22

72.73

0

 

  • The Road To Austin Update: Week #19

     

    This past week was supposed to be the week to finally say goodbye to I-40 and begin the transition to I-30. I needed to do 19 miles during the week….so what happened, here are the stats:

     

    Weight: 258.8

     

    Distance last week: 17.69 mi.

    Total Distance: 361.06 mi.

    Pace: 343.44 mi.

    +/-: +17.52 mi. (Days ahead of schedule: 7)

    Distance to go: 553.94 mi.

    Days to go: 228

     

    On the map:

     

    I’m on the outskirts of LITTLE ROCK, AR, as I’m literally 2 miles east of the turnoff to I-440 West to I-30 West, which happened…yesterday (Monday). I begin the transition to I-30 this week, which will be a quick one…I-440 is only 11 miles, so I should make short work of that section…most likely Friday and then begin the next segment (I-30) to Dallas, which will be nearly 300 miles and at least 15 weeks before switching over in Dallas toward I-35. The next milepost: Texarkana, TX. Distance from Sunday’s mark: 152 miles. On pace: 2 months (July 15th).

     

    More next Sunday…

     

  • Panelists Picks

     

    This past week, the panelists come storming back, with the director winning 7-2 and had the tiebreaker to win Week 7. Second was Stephen Kerbow, also with 7. Third was Carolyn Poulos with 6 and Lisa Albergo was last with 5. Going into Week 8:

     

Position

Panelist

W-L

Points

1

Stephen Kerbow

42-21

260

2

Carolyn Poulos

41-22

358

3

Lisa Albergo

40-23

404

4

Alex Benjamin

38-25

324

 

  • This Week’s Show

     

Our show this week will be a little shorter one than normal as this is Memorial Day Weekend in the USA, so there won’t be any games here, but we will recap Week 8 of the AFL, Week 4 and 5 in the VFL and have some news on the USAFL with the naming of the new coach of the Revolution for Parallel Cup ’15 and ’16 and IC17 along with reports from Carolyn Poulos on the Women’s side of the board as well. Showtime will remain the same…4 pm CDT on YouTube. As always, you can go under WFN to ask a question in the comments, on USAFL Weekly Report on Facebook, @USAFLWR on Twitter, on the blog and during the show via Chat on YouTube. See you Sunday…and to our Veterans in the USA…we appreciate your service and have a safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend…

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-19: For the Week Ending 17 May 2015

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Good morning, everyone…

As we get to USAFL/AFL Week 7 of the season, we are in the 2nd of back-to-back weekends where tournaments are in play…so with that…here’s what “ON TAP”:

  • Last Week’s Games

     

    Last week, we had a plethora of games as 3 cities had games taking place: Toronto, Des Moines and Seattle. The match between Columbus and Toronto was cancelled.

     

    Stop One: @ Montreal for the Montreal Women’s Tournament

     

    The first stop takes us to Montreal for the Montreal Women’s Tournament, but it also included a men’s game as well with the Quebec Saints take on the Boston Demons as well. First though, the women. The New York ladies took on the Quebec ladies teams. How did they fare, actually, they took the table…and the tournament going 2-0-0.

     

    Game 1: New York 1.6.12 Hamilton 0.2.2

    Game 2: New York 5.13.43 Toronto 3.2.20

     

    As far as the men go…well…it was a battle for 3 quarters between the Saints and the Demons before the Saints pulled away in the final 20 minutes.

     

    Final score: Quebec 15.11.101 Boston 10.9.69

     

    With New York’s 2 wins @ Montreal, the Lady Magpies are 2-0-0 with 4 points and will be in 1st going into Week 7. Boston’s loss puts them at 0-1-0 with 0 points and will be in 16th in the men’s standings.

     

    Stop Two: @ Des Moines for the I-80/35 Tournament

     

    The 2nd stop of the weekend takes us to Des Moines Veterans Park for the I-80/35 Tournament where the Tulsa Buffaloes, Denver Bulldogs, Minnesota Freeze, Kansas City Power and the host Des Moines Roosters took to the field. This tournament was in the 9s format, so each game counted 1 point and the Denver Bulldogs fielded 2 teams in the battle. Here are the games in order:

     

    Game 1: Minnesota vs. Denver B

    The first game of the day had Minnesota play against Denver’s B team. The game was pretty much one sided as the Freeze pretty much manhandled the B squad.

    Final score: Minnesota 10.7.67 Denver B 4.1.25

     

    Game 2: Des Moines vs. Tulsa

    The second game had the Roosters take the field for the first game against Tulsa. This game was a pretty tight battle in the first half before Des Moines took over in the 2nd half to pull away.

    Final score: Des Moines 11.12.78 Tulsa 4.2.26

     

    Game 3: Kansas City vs. Minnesota

    Minnesota took the field for game 3 against Kansas City. This game was a knock down battle royale as it was nip and tuck through the game until 4 minutes left when Minnesota took the final kick for goal.

    Final score: Minnesota 8.9.57 Kansas City 7.5.47

     

    Game 4: Denver A vs Tulsa

    This game was the blowout of the entire tournament…Denver took it to the Buffaloes and stampeded them.

    Final score: Denver A 19.13.127 Tulsa 0.2.2

     

    Game 5: Denver A vs Des Moines

    The penultimate game of the round robin had Des Moines retake the field against Denver B team. This game was a dogfight throughout before the Denver B Squad took the final 2 goals in the last 6 minutes.

    Final score: Denver A 8.8.56 Des Moines 6.4.40

     

    Game 6: Denver B vs Kansas City

    The final game of the unusual round robin had the Kansas City Power take the field against Denver B. The game was a dogfight once again before Kansas City won the game in the final minutes.

    Final score: Kansas City 10.8.68 Denver 4.4.28

     

    5th Place: Tulsa vs. Denver B

    The 5th place game was Tulsa vs. Denver’s B team after a good rest after the blowout against Denver A. Tulsa won the game going away against Denver.

    Final score: Tulsa 8.5.53 Denver B 3.5.23

     

    3rd Place: Minnesota vs. Des Moines

    The semi-final game was Minnesota vs. Des Moines, after a good rest, came storming back and won the game going away against Des Moines.

    Final score: Minnesota 8.5.53 Des Moines 2.7.19

     

    Grand Final: Denver A vs. Kansas City

    This Grand Final wasn’t much of one as once again the Denver A team went in another rout.

    Denver A 14.14.98 Kansas City 1.2.8

     

    So, after all of that, here’s how the teams fared and where they will stand:

     

    Denver’s 4 wins in the tournament will put them at 3-3 with 3 points and will put them in 10th.

    Minnesota’s 3 wins will put them at 3-0 with 3 points and will put them in 9th.

    Des Moines 1 win will put them at 1-2 with 1 point and will put them in 11th.

    Kansas City’s 1 win will put them at 1-2 with 1 point and will put them in 12th.

    Tulsa’s 1 win will put them at 1-3 with 1 point and will put them in 14th.

     

    Stop Three: @ Seattle: Full game vs. Vancouver Saints

     

    The final stop was in Seattle as the Grizzlies played against the Vancouver Saints in their season opener. From the outset, the Grizzlies were in a dogfight for the 1st 3 quarters before Vancouver took over the 4th quarter and won going away.

    Final score: Vancouver 9.8.62 Seattle 6.4.40

     

    With the loss, Seattle will be at 0-1-0 and will be sitting in 16th.

     

  • USAFL Standings

     

    With all 11 games in the books for the past week, there are now 20 teams in the men and 3 in the women that have played at least 1 game. This week, we will have 2 more teams start their season in earnest, making it 22. So, the standings will be quite jumbled for the next couple of weeks. But, for now…as we prepare for the 2nd weekend of tournaments, here are the new standings:

     

     

    Men

USAFL Ranking 

USAFLWR Ranking 

Team 

W-L-T

PF 

PA 

Pct. 

Points 

19

1 

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids 

2-2-0

102

180

63.75

8

9t

2 

Houston Lonestars

2-1-0

177

72

216.00

6

12t

3 

Nashville Kangaroos

2-1-0

143

60

238.33

5

9t

4 

Columbus Jackaroos

1-0-0

84

7

1200.00

4

3

5 

Austin Crows

2-0-0

96

20

480.00

4

7

6 

Golden Gate Roos

1-0-0

41

15

273.33

4

11

7 

Dallas Magpies

1-0-0

109

52

209.62

4

2

8 

New York Magpies

1-1-0

86

68

126.47

4

5

9 

Minnesota Freeze

3-0-0

177

96

184.38

3

4

10 

Denver Bulldogs

3-3-0

357

238

150.00

3

 

11 

Des Moines Roosters

1-2-0

137

90

152.22

1

 

12 

Kansas City Power

1-2-0

123

183

67.21

1

24

13 

Atlanta Kookaburras

1-2-0

60

143

41.96

1

23

14 

Tulsa Buffaloes

1-2-0

140

337

41.54

1

15

15 

Boston Demons

0-1-0

69

101

68.31

0

25

16 

Seattle Grizzlies

0-1-0

40

62

64.52

0

 

17 

North Carolina Tigers

0-2-0

50

115

43.48

0

 

18 

Baton Rouge Tigers

0-1-0

47

123

38.21

0

16

19 

Sacramento Suns

0-1-0

15

41

36.58

0

 

20 

Cleveland Cannons

0-1-0

7

84

8.33

0

 

Women

USAFLWR Ranking 

Team 

W-L-T 

PF 

PA 

Pct. 

Points 

1 

New York Lady Magpies 

2-0-0 

55 

22 

250.00 

4 

2 

San Francisco Iron Maiden 

1-0-0 

22 

16 

137.50 

4 

3 

Sacramento Lady Suns

0-1-0 

16 

22 

72.73 

0 

 

 

  • This Week’s Games

     

    This week is the 2nd week of the tournaments as we gear up for 2 tournaments involving 7 teams, including the #2-5 and #7 in the USAFLWR and 5 of the top 13 teams in the USAFL Top 25. Total number of games this weekend will be 8 games, 7 of them tournament that will count 2 points each, with the 8th game being a full game counting 4 points. By the end of the weekend, there will be a new #1 in the USAFLWR. The question is who… With that, here’s the previews:

     

    Stop One: @ Champions Park, Louisville: John Harrell Cup: Expected weather: 40% of Thunderstorms and 77f (25c)

    Teams Involved:

    (#12t USAFL) #3 Nashville Kangaroos

    (#9t USAFL) #4 Columbus Jackaroos

    Indianapolis Giants

    (#21 USAFL) Cincinnati Dockers

     

    Our first stop takes us to the hallowed grounds of Champions Park, the site of 3 USAFL Nationals in their history as the John Harrell Cup will be played. Here’s the schedule for the games on Saturday (All times CT):

     

    10:30 am: Columbus vs. Indianapolis

    First game will face the battle of I-70 as Columbus will take on newcomers Indianapolis. This game will be a battle as the Giants are rising up while the Jackaroos, coming off a convincing win against Cleveland, go for 2 in a row. Columbus has never lost to Indianapolis in their series.

     

    11:30 am: Cincinnati vs. Nashville

    The 2nd game doesn’t need introduction. The two founding teams of the USAFL square off for the 20th time, but the first in nearly 3 years. Nashville is coming off an overpowering win against Atlanta while Cincinnati begin their 2015 campaign. Nashville has won the last 5 meetings, including a drubbing by over 100 points in Nashville the last time they played. These two teams will face each other @ Nashville on August 8th along with Baton Rouge in the Nashville Round Robin.

     

    1:00 pm: 3rd place game

    2:00 pm: Grand Final

     

    Thoughts: Considering that all 4 teams know each other in one way or another, expect tight battles. I figure Cincinnati vs. Indianapolis battle for 3rd while expect a battle royale for the title in Columbus vs. Nashville. In the 4 times that the Kangaroos have gone to the Harrell Cup, they have never left without the trophy. Expect a dogfight with the winner of the Grand Final be leading in the USAFLWR standings. If Nashville clean sweeps the Harrell Cup, they will be the new leaders. If Columbus wins both games, depending on what happens in Houston, could be the new leader. However, if either Indianapolis or Cincinnati sweep the Harrell Cup, then the winner of Texas Cup will be the new USAFLWR leaders.

     

    Stop Two: @ Houston: Texas Cup Round 1: Expected Weather: Thunderstorms with a high of 79f (26c)

    Teams Involved:

    (#9 USAFL) #2 Houston Lonestars

    (#3 USAFL) #5 Austin Crows

    (#11 USAFL) #7 Dallas Magpies

     

    The second stop of the weekend takes us to Houston for the first of the 3 legs in the Texas Cup rounds. This will be a major battle and depending on what happens in Louisville, the winner of the Texas Cup could be the new leader. Game times (All times CT):

     

    Noon: Austin vs. Dallas

    1 pm: Dallas vs. Houston

    2 pm: Houston vs. Austin

     

    Stop Three: @ Atlanta: #18 Baton Rouge vs. (#24 USAFL) #13 Atlanta: 11:30 am CT: Expected weather: Cloudy with a high of 87f (31c)

    The final stop of the week is the only full 4-quarter battle this week will take place @ Gerrard Landing Park in Marietta when the Atlanta Kookaburras take the field against the Baton Rouge Tigers. This will be the first of the home-and-home series.

     

    Recaps of all of the games next week…

     

  • The Road To Austin Update: Weekly Edition #19

     

    This past week was a slow week as I took a step back on the walking in preparation for a very busy week…the first ROAD TRIP week…LOUISVILLE! So, with that, here’s this week’s stats:

     

    Weight: 258.4

     

    Distance this week: 14.78 mi,

    Distance overall: 343.37 mi.

    Pace: 325.89 mi.

    +/-: +17.48 mi. (Days ahead of schedule: 7)

    Distance to go: 571.63 mi.

    Days to go: 235

     

    On the map:

    This week could be the week that we finally say goodbye to I-40 as I am now at I-40 West approaching the city of Carlisle, AR (MM 188) (how ironic that I’m near that city the same week that my beloved wife, Jennifer, saw one of the main characters in her favorite movie and book series, Twilight, in the Ladies Women’s Show @ Nashville City Center with the same first name).

    I’m just 19 miles to go to arriving in LITTLE ROCK…and the transition to I-30! And… this week is TOURNAMENT ROAD TRIP week…to the John Harrell Cup @ Champions Park on Saturday.

    Could this be the week? We will find out…. more next Sunday!

     

  • Panelists Picks

     

    This past week was another disastrous week for the USAFLWR panelists as no one had better than a 5-4 record. For the week, Stephen Kerbow and Lisa Albergo had a 5-4 record, but Stephen won the week by 6 points in the tie breaker. The director was 4-5 and Carolyn Poulos was last @ 3-6. It’s a battle now after Week 6 as there’s a tie for the lead. The new standings:

     

Position 

Panelist 

W-L 

Points 

1 

Stephen Kerbow 

35-19 

246 

2 

Carolyn Poulos  

35-19 

356 

3 

Lisa Albergo

35-19 

397 

4 

Alex Benjamin 

31-23 

317 

 

 

  • This Week’s Show

     

    This week’s edition will be starting at a later time this week due to the road trip to Louisville, 4:30 pm CT instead of the usual time of 4 pm CT. We will recap Week 7 of the USAFL and the AFL, including recaps of the Texas Cup in Houston and the John Harrell Cup in Louisville. We will recap our predictors picks from Round 7 and do our picks for Round 8. There are no games next week in the USAFL as we will be celebrating Memorial Day weekend in the USA (the equal to ANZAC Day). We will have our Q & A session, so please, send your questions through via WFN, the blog, on Facebook or on Twitter with #USAFLWRQA. See you Sunday @ 4:30 pm!


     

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-18: For The Week Ending 9 May 2015

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Hello, everyone…

As we celebrate Mother’s Day here in the USA, we wish all mothers around the world a Happy Mother’s Day.

We have a lot to cover this week as multiple breaking news has happened just in the last few days. So, with that…here’s what “ON TAP”:

  • USAFL Revolution Training Coming To Nashville

    As of yesterday evening, it was announced on the USAFL website that the USA Revolution team will have their Training Camp being held in Nashville, most likely @ the home grounds of Elmington Field @ Vanderbilt and Ted Rhodes Park @ Metrocenter. The dates are 6 and 7 June 2015 as they prepare for the Parallel Cup in August, which hasn’t been announced on where it would be. There might be a chance that there might be a chance of a scrimmage in place during the weekend. We will keep you abreast on the situation.

     

  • This Week’s Games

    This week, several of the USAFL teams will be playing several of the Canadian teams this weekend. With that, here’s our games this week:

     

    Stop One @ Montreal: Boston vs. (#18 USAFL) Quebec (Men) and New York vs. Quebec (Womens)

    The first stop will take place @ Montreal as the Boston Demons will take on the Quebec Saints. Quebec finished 1-2 in the Nationals and will be facing their 1st USAFL team this year. Meanwhile, the Lady Magpies will face the Quebec team as well during the tournament. The Men’s game will count as 4 points, meanwhile, the New York Lady Magpies will have 3 games, so they will count as much as 6 points.

     

    Stop Two @ Des Moines: I-80/35 10s Rocky Mountain Tournament

    Teams in the tournament: (#20 USAFL) Des Moines Roosters, Kansas City Power, (#5 USAFL) Minnesota Freeze and (#23 USAFL) Tulsa Buffaloes

    Our 2nd stop of the week will be the I-80/35 10s Tournament as the Des Moines Roosters will host Kansas City, Minnesota and Tulsa. The games are important in the standings as they can tell an early start for the teams in the Rocky Mountain Region of who could be a factor against the powerhouse Denver Bulldogs. Games will count 1 point.

     

    Stop Three @ Columbus: (#9 USAFL) #4 Columbus Jackaroos vs. Toronto Blues (Men) and Columbus Jillaroos vs. Toronto Blues

    The third and final stop for this week will be in Columbus as the Jackaroos and Jillaroos welcome Toronto. This will mark the 3rd time is a many years that the two teams face either other, but the 2nd time being in Columbus. Both games will be full 4-quarter rounds counting 4 points.

     

  • USAFL Standings

     

  • Since there was no games this past weekend, here are the current standings along with the new USAFL Top 20 (Men) standings that was released earlier tonight (Wednesday Night USA Central Time):

     

    Men

     

USAFL Poll USAFLWR Ranking Team W-L-T PF PA Pct. Points
19 1 Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids 2-2-0 102 160 63.75 8
9T 2 Houston Lonestars 2-1-0 177 72 216.00 6
12T 3 Nashville Kangaroos 2-1-0 143 60 238.33 5
9T 4 Columbus Jackaroos 1-0-0 84 7 1200.00 4
3 5 Austin Crows 2-0-0 96 20 480.00 4
7 6 Golden Gate Roos 1-0-0 41 15 273.33 4
11 7 Dallas Magpies 1-0-0 109 52 209.62 4
2 8 New York Magpies 1-1-0 86 68 126.47 4
24 9 Atlanta Kookaburras 1-1-0 60 143 41.96 1
23 10 Tulsa Buffaloes 0-1-0 59 109 47.71 0
26 11 North Carolina Tigers 0-1-0 50 115 43.48 0
12 Baton Rouge Tigers 0-1-0 47 123 38.21 0
13 Sacramento Suns 0-1-0 15 41 36.58 0
14 Cleveland Cannons 0-1-0 7 84 8.33 0

Women

USAFLWR Ranking Team W-L-T PF PA Pct. Points
1 San Francisco Iron Maiden 1-0-0 22 16 137.50 4
2 Sacramento Lady Suns 0-1-0 16 22 72.73 0

With multiple games and more teams starting their 2015 schedule this weekend, expect the standings to be jumbled up come next week.

  • Next Week’s Games

     

    Next week, our 2nd weekend in a row of tournaments comes into place with multiple teams beginning their season in earnest. Here’s the early previews for next week with final schedule times next week:

     

    Stop One: @ Louisville: Louisville John Harrell Cup 10s Tournament

    Teams scheduled to play:

    #3 (#12T USAFL) Nashville Kangaroos

    #4 (#9T USAFL) Columbus Jackaroos

    #14 Cleveland Cannons

    (#21 USAFL) Cincinnati Dockers

    Indianapolis Giants

    Kentucky Fury

    Louisville Kings

    Saint Louis Blues

     

    The first stop of next weekend will take us to Champions Park, home of several USAFL Nationals in the last decade (Last Nationals was in 2010) and home turf of the Louisville Kings as they welcome teams from the Ohio Valley as they play for the John Harrell Cup. The Harrell Cup is honored for one of the founders in Louisville Kings and, for that matter, the USAFL. Several of the teams have played in the Cup before, but for Kentucky and Cleveland, this is their 1st and for the Kangaroos, it’s their first in 3 years. However, every time that the Kangaroos have made the trip to the Harrell Cup, they have taken home the hardware. Can that happen again next weekend? Only time will tell. The schedule will be announced for them on Monday and schedule will be up next Wednesday on WFN and on the blog. The games for this tournament will count 1 point.

     

    Stop Two: @ Houston: Round One of the Texas Cup @ Lonestar Park

    Teams to play:

    #2 (#9T USAFL) Houston Lonestars

    #5 (#3 USAFL) Austin Crows

    #7 (#11 USAFL) Dallas Magpies

     

    The second stop will take us to Houston as the first of the Texas Cup Triangle Matches begins. Houston is coming off a blowout win against Baton Rouge while Austin and Dallas are coming off perfect weekends in their only contest. The combined records of the teams are 5-1, making this the match of the weekend next week. Get set for a royal battle between the teams. The matches are full team tournament, which would count 2 points.

     

    Stop Three: @ Atlanta: #12 Baton Rouge vs. #9 (#24 USAFL) Atlanta

     

    Our final stop next weekend will take us to Atlanta for the first of the home-and-home series between Atlanta and Baton Rouge. Lately, this battle has been a lot tighter than in past years as Baton Rouge has taken 2 of the last 5 games. Expect another battle. This game will count 4 points in the standings.

     

    We will have the games in full preview with the times next week…

     

  • AFL Picks

     

    This past week, our USAFLWR team had a great week in the picks with one exception, me. For Week 5, both Lisa and Carolyn went 8-1, but Carolyn won the week by just 3 points in the tiebreaker. Stephen finished 3rd with a 7-2 and I finished last with a 4-5. With that, here are the standings going into Week 6:

     

Position Panelist W-L Points
1 Carolyn Poulos 32-13 280
2 Stephen Kerbow 30-15 225
3 Lisa Albergo 30-15 262
4 Alex Benjamin 27-18 269

  • The Road To Austin

     

    Here’s the latest on The Road To Austin:

    The Road To Austin: Weekly Update #17

     

    This past week has been another week where I have been very busy at work along with everything else. So, with that, here’s this week’s stats:

    Weight: 262.2

    Distance this week: 22.92 mi.

    Distance overall: 328.59 mi.

    Pace: 308.34 mi.

    +/-: +20.25 mi. (Days ahead of schedule: 8)

    Distance to go: 586.41 mi.

    Days to go: 242

     

    On the map:

     

    I’m screaming west on Interstate 40 as I’m now just 2 miles east of Fredonia, AR (MM 203), just 44 miles away from ending I-40 and beginning the transition to I-30. At current pace, I will be moving to I-440 in East Little Rock by 17 May, which ironically enough will be the weekend of the Harrell Cup in Louisville where could be my 150th game as umpire. More next Sunday…

     

  • This Week’s Show

     

    This week’s show (15-17) will have our recap of Week 6 in the AFL, our look at Week 5 in the VFL with recaps from the games, our Picks for Week 7 and a look ahead to the rest of the month and the upcoming games in the USAFL next weekend. Our show will be on at its usual time: 4 pm USA Central Time via YouTube. As always, everyone, please like us on Facebook via USAFL Weekly Report, on Twitter @USAFLWR and always ask questions on Chat, Twitter and Facebook. We will answer them during our Q & A segment near the end of the show. We will see you Sunday @ 4!

USAFL Weekly: Edition 15-17: AFL Week 6/ USAFL Week 3: For The Week Ending 3 May 2015

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Evening, everyone..

As we turn the calendar to May and the flowers are really coming into bloom, the 2015 USAFL Season really comes into fruition. We got a lot to cover this week, so with that…let’s see what’s “ON TAP”:

  • Last Week’s Games

     

    Last weekend, the USAFL was supposed to have 5 games on the docket, however, the Metro tripleheader with the Cincinnati Dockers, the Louisville Kings and the Indianapolis Giants was postponed because of a major severe tornado threat and nearly 4 inches of rain had deluged Point Pleasant Park in Cincinnati. They will reschedule the games at a later date.

     

    Here are the other 2 games that did play last Saturday:

     

    Stop One: @ Houston: Baton Rouge Tigers @ (#9 USAFL) #7 Houston: ANZAC/Ruggles Cup

    This game has become now an annual tradition for the USAFL with the passing of one of Houston’s favorite players, Baton Rouge comes down I-10 to play against the Lonestars. This year, Baton Rouge brought nearly 20 players to face Houston. It was a battle for two quarters, but in the end the Lonestars win the game going away.

    Final score: Houston 18.15.123 Baton Rouge 7.5.47

    With the win, Houston goes to 2-1 and 6 points in the USAFLWR Standings, which is good for 2nd. Baton Rouge will start at 0-1 and will be in 12th.

     

    Stop Two: @ Cleveland: Columbus Jackaroos @ Cleveland Cannons

    The second and final stop takes is to Cleveland for the first time ever as the Cleveland Cannons host their 1st game ever in the USAFL as they face the powerhouse team down I-71, the Columbus Jackaroos. From the outset, the Jackaroos were serving notice to the USAFL, don’t discount them this season and be prepared for battle. Columbus wins the game in a rout.

    Final score: Columbus 12.12.84 Cleveland 1.1.7

    With the win, Columbus goes to 1-0 and 4 points in the USAFL Standings, which is good for 4th. Cleveland will start at 0-1 and will be in 14th.

     

  • USAFLWR Standings

     

    With the games done last weekend, here are the new standings leading into this week:

     

    Men’s

     

USAFL Poll

USAFLWR Ranking

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

20

1

Fort Lauderdale Fighting Squids

2-2-0

102

160

63.75

8

9

2

Houston Lonestars

2-1-0

177

72

216.00

6

13

3

Nashville Kangaroos

2-1-0

143

60

238.33

5

8

4

Columbus Jackaroos

1-0-0

84

7

1200.00

4

3

5

Austin Crows

2-0-0

96

20

480.00

4

6

6

Golden Gate Roos

1-0-0

41

15

273.33

4

10

7

Dallas Magpies

1-0-0

109

52

209.62

4

1

8

New York Magpies

1-1-0

86

68

126.47

4

24

9

Atlanta Kookaburras

1-1-0

60

143

41.96

1

 

10

Tulsa Buffaloes

0-1-0

59

109

47.71

0

 

11

North Carolina Tigers

0-1-0

50

115

43.48

0

 

12

Baton Rouge Tigers

0-1-0

47

123

38.21

0

 

13

Sacramento Suns

0-1-0

15

41

36.58

0

 

14

Cleveland Cannons

0-1-0

7

84

8.33

0

 

 

For those that don’t know how the points in the standings are set for 2015, please read up via the online blog: www.usaflweeklyreport.com and look at Edition 15-16 as well on World Footy News on last’s week edition.

 

Women’s

 

USAFLWR Ranking

Team

W-L-T

PF

PA

Pct.

Points

1

San Francisco Iron Maiden

1-0-0

22

16

137.50

4

2

Sacramento Lady Suns

0-1-0

16

22

72.73

0

 

At present, there are no games in the USAFL Men’s or Women’s Divisions next weekend (2 May), but the next 3 weekends are packed on the schedule. I will preview that…next week.

 

  • USAFLWR Panelists Picks

     

    This past week was a disaster for the panelists as the ANZAC Week produced 3 upsets. The winner of last week was the director (Me) with a 5-4, 2nd was Stephen Kerbow, also at 5-4, but the tiebreaker was points in Friday Night Football, which I won by 11 points. 3rd was Lisa Albergo with a 4-5 and last was Carolyn Poulos with a 3-6.

     

    Going into Week 5:

Place

Panelists

W-L

Points

1

Stephen Kerbow

24-12

180

2

Carolyn Poulos

24-12

230

3

Alex Benjamin

23-13

200

4

Lisa Albergo

22-14

199

 

  • The Road To Austin

     

    This week, I finally got back to normal after what the last 3 weeks as I got back to work on a full week this past week. Here’s what happened in the past week on the road to Austin:

     

    Weight: 257.4

    Distance this week: 21.28 mi.

    Distance overall: 305.67 mi. (1/3 of the way through)

    Pace: 293.30 mi.

    +/-: +12.37 mi. (Days ahead of schedule: 5)

    Distance to go: 609.33 mi.

    Days to go: 249

     

    On the map:

     

    As the week ended, I had made it to the Big Creek Bridge on I-40 (MM 226) as I approach the city of Palestine, AR. As you see the +/-, I put a days ahead of schedule now in place as I have increased the pace lead of the last few weeks. At present, I am just 67 miles from ending the I-40 stretch and begin transitioning to I-30. At the pace that I have gone in the last 3 weeks, don’t be surprised if the change to I-30 will take place in less than 3 weeks (May 16th- Ironically enough when I have tournament duty in Louisville).

     

  • This Week’s Show

     

    We are back on our normal showtime this week @ 4 pm USA Central Time. Just a reminder, for everyone…those that like to send a question to us, do so via the blog, Facebook, Twitter and on World Footy News as well during the show via Chat. We will recap Week 5 of the AFL and do our picks for Week 6 and have our Q & A and our look ahead to the month ahead as well as the USAFL month ahead. Please note: We are now on YouTube and on UStream as well. On YouTube, look under USAFL Weekly Show and on UStream look under USAFL Weekly.

     

    Believe it or not, everyone…that’s it for this week. We’ll see you Sunday @ 4 pm USA Central Time.