The 2016 season metro rules footy series between St. Petersburg and Orlando has been nothing if not a back-and-forth affair, with both sides notching both big wins and disappointing results in every meeting on the year.
Saturday’s 9.6.60 – 5.1.31 St. Pete victory in the 2016 summer-closing intra-squad match did nothing to change that pattern, as the Bloods bounded out to a big advantage, gave it back to within a goal, then dominated the second-half on a sun-baked ground on the shores of Tampa Bay.
With wily veteran CJ Morton teaming up with new ex-pat import Matt Elliott and newly-relocated Tulsa Buffalo Benjamin Walker, St. Pete had firepower in space, and experience that finally wore down a Kangas side led by steady Greg Bray and Orlando captain Basil Bejnamin that fought hard to rally in the second quarter, but saw things slip away in the third stanza.
Benjamin’s determined chase on St. Pete’s Ken Scheidt – who had a 30 metre head-start on a race to the goal – was a highlight of the match, which also saw outstanding play from Austen Kugler and raw recruit Abraman Subramanian.
The percentage-boosting win puts St. Petersburg at 10-6 on the season, including 1-2 in league play.
The Swans will finish the regular season at 7 PM on Saturday, September 24 at Sunset Park in Ft. Lauderdale, as they take on their cross-state brethren in the Grand Final of the 2016 Florida Cup. Each team has won one at home in 2016, forcing a decider next weekend.
The 2016 season concluded October 15-16 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, as the USAFL National Championships come to the Greater Tampa Bay region for the first time in the league’s 19-year history.
Your St. Petersburg Swans (9-6 overall / 1-2 in USAFL play) close out their 2016 Home Season this Saturday at 11 AM in an intra-squad match vs. Orlando at Flora Wylie Park in downtown St. Petersburg!
The 2016 USAFL regular season concludes next Saturday, as St. Pete travels to Ft. Lauderdale for the Grand Final match of the Florida Cup! The series is deadlocked at one game apiece, with each club winning at home.
At the conclusion of the 2016 regular season, final preparation begins for competition in the USAFL National Championships, October 15-16 in Sarasota/Bradenton, and the 2016-2017 Winter Footy season begins November 19 in St. Pete!
St. Pete looks to fine-tune both positional skills and match strategy in last trainings before USAFL Nationals
As the Florida summer begins to fade – at least on the calendar – the St. Petersburg Swans (Tampa Bay ARFC) are back to work this week in preparation for the USAFL National Championships.
Getting back on to training after a ‘bye’ week, the club will hit the Common at Crescent Lake this Thursday evening and Saturday morning, just as they’ve done since February.
With only five weeks remaining in the regular season, Swans players and coaches will be focusing on positional skills, gameday strategy and endurance in the trainings leading up to Nationals. And, with a steady diet of scrimmages, plus the Grand Final of the Florida Cup at Ft. Lauderdale September 24, there’ll be ample opportunity to fine-tune both skills and game-planning.
Mark Lumsden and the St. Petersburg Swans set to use September as springboard toward a Premiership flag.
Seven months since 2016 training began, and now with just weeks before USAFL National Championships come to the Greater Tampa Bay region, the St. Pete side knows the toughest tests are yet to come.
After bursting out of the gate and earning the club’s first-ever league Top 20 Power Poll votes with a rousing Opening Night win over cross-state brethren Ft. Lauderdale, the Swans have surely seen their ups and downs over the course of the 2016 campaign.
Now, as Nationals loom ever-closer, serious work remains to be done, as the club integrates talented new recruits with a veteran core in anticipation of a possible higher-than-expected seeding.
With this week’s Bye offering the club a chance to heal nagging pains and charge their batteries before taking the training ground again on September 10, attention will soon turn to firming up position groups, rotations and game-day strategy for the National tourney.
The remaining matches on the 2016 regular season include two metro games in September, followed by the Ft. Lauderdale decider, and it’s highly likely all of those tilts will offer an opportunity to firm up battle plans for assuring a solid chance at bringing a premiership across the Sunshine Skyway come October.
Matt Segedin (finger) is one of several key Swans nursing injuries as Nationals approach.
Training since February – and with 14 games in the books on the 2016 campaign – the St. Petersburg Swans will take advantage of a well-needed bye week during the Labor Day holiday, returning to the practice Thursday, September 8 in advance of training and game action on Saturday the 10th.
With a variety of nagging injuries hampering CJ Morton (ACL), Matt Segedin (finger); Brian McArdle (finger) and several other key Swans, the timing couldn’t be better, as the club continues to prepare for the USAFL Nationals October 15-16.
St. Petersburg (8-6) returns to intra-squad play on Sept, 10 at Crescent Lake Common in St. Petersburg, and will face USAFL brethren Ft. Lauderdale September 24 in the Grand FInal of the Florida Cup.
Jake Keglor’s booming kick to split the posts for a major was a highlight of Saturday’s match for St. Pete.
No one on the ground for Saturday’s 8.4.52 – 7.2.44 Swans win at Crescent Lake Common believed the debuting Pasco Black Dog metro squad represented a walk in the park. In fact, all present knew coming in that the high-scoring but inconsistent St. Pete offense would have a junkyard scrap on its hands against a defense-first Pasco side.
In the end, that’s exactly how this 8-point squeaker played out.
Propelled to a big lead off the massive boot of Jake Keglor and tough play from emerging stalwarts Aaron Crittenden and Austen Kugler, St. Pete seemed to be on cruise control through the first half and into the third stanza, taking a 39-20 lead into the final frame. Danny MacDonald and Mark Earley also continued their ascent on the ground, as St. Pete bounced back from last week’s loss with a solid all-around game.
Pasco and first-time captain Jason Kofender battled back furiously in the fourth quarter , though, scoring four of the game’s final majors as the connection of veterans Marc Karver, Greg Bray, John Churns and Ken Scheidt took advantage of a tiring St. Pete defense by moving the ball station-to-station with aplomb.
Neither side reported an injury.
The result moved St. Petersburg to 8-6 (1-2 in USAFL play) as the season head into it’s final month before October’s USAFL National Championships.
The club returns to practice September 8, and to intra-squad action September 10 at 10 AM, accounting for a break for Labor Day .weekend.
Jason Kofender will captain the Pasco metro squad in the debut this Saturday in St. Pete.
Seeking a win in the club’s 14th overall match of 2016 (7-6 overall; 1-2 in USAFL play), the St. Pete side hosts the debuting Pasco Black Dog metro squad Saturday on the Common at Crescent Lake.
With Swans back-liner Jason Kofender serving as the Pasco captain, here are three things to look for in this important match that comes on the heels of an 89-51 setback last Saturday.
1. OFFENSE, OFFENSE, OFFENSE
After crashing out of the gates in Spring with a string of 100+ point efforts, the St. Pete offense has been an up-and-down affair of late, as new players continue learning the ropes as they go. While on one hand posting a smashing 160 point match just a month ago, that’s been offset by a series of low-output affairs.
Senior coach Dustin Jones is likely to shuffle lines a bit this week, looking for a spark.
2) DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE
A student of the game, Kofender will lead his charges in his debut as a metro squad captain, and figures to anchor what should be a defensive-minded squad, likely including Jake Keglor and Danny MacDonald. Pasco will be looking to counter Jones’ moves in a chess-match-within-the game. Both sides look to use the match to improve the combined club’s overall skill-set, with USAFL Nationals beginning to loom on the horizon.
3) BEAT THE HEAT
With the National Championships coming to the Greater Tampa Bay area in October, the local side has one subtle advantage against visiting USAFL clubs – the club has been training year-round in ‘feels like’ temps often over 100.
That’s surely to be the case this Saturday, and won’t abate much come the tournament. To take advantage, the side’s metro matches at Crescent Lake are gradually being stretched out to 20 minute quarters with time on.
These three areas of focus – along with every player’s interest in improving (and having fun doing it) – highlight Week 14 of this 2016 campaign.
Saturday training begins at 10 AM. The match follows at 11.
The St. Petersburg Swans 2016 USAFL season continues Saturday, as the club hosts the Pasco Black Dog in metro rules Australian Football action in St. Pete.
Standing at 7-6 on the year, and looking to build momentum for the National Championships in October, St. Petersburg is coming off a frustrating 13.11.89 – 7.9.51 loss last week.
That loss hasn’t tempered the confidence of Head Coach Dustin Jones, or that of his charges.
‘It happens,’ Jones said after last week’s decision. ‘We have a good team, and we’re only going to get better. Our guys will figure it out’.
With a player list meshing seasoned footy veterans with talented new players, St. Pete is looking bring the USAFL premiership flag in 2016 when the league brings its National Tournament to Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, October 15-16.
Continuing to build that chemistry will be the theme this weekend, as veteran Ken Scheidt and first-year player Austen Kugler will look to keep Jason Kofender and the Black Dog at heel in this Intra-Squad tilt.
The St. Petersburg Swans will host the Pasco Black Dog Saturday, August 27 at Crescent Lake Common in St. Pete. First bounce is 11 AM. The metro match marks the debut of the Tampa Bay ARFC metro rules club in Pasco County, and comes with St. Pete needing a win after a frustrating 13.11.89 – 7.9.51 loss to Orlando.
As the USAFL National Tournament draws ever nearer, the St. Pete Swans offense continues to display frustrating inconsistency – those frustrations reached a boiling point Saturday, as St. Pete fell to the Kangas 13.11.89-7.9.51 on a sun-baked Crescent Lake Common.
The loss brings the Swans’ season mark to 7-6 (1-2 in league play) and looks to spark corrective measures in the club’s remaining trainings before heading into the National tournament.
Despite early indications that the Bloods would have a significant manpower advantage, as witnessed by a lightning-quick 11 points, the club continues to be plagued by difficulty moving the ball and finishing chances when they do penetrate forward.
Big days from Aaron Crittenden and Judah Lieblich, with solid work in ruck by Basil Benjamin paced the Kangas, while Brian McArdle, Arthur Beredjick Matt Segedin and debutante Amaran Subramanian turned in massive efforts for St. Pete, despite the result.
The club returns to training Thursday evening, and will scrimmage Saturday at Crescent Lake.
With the USAFL National Tournament now just eight weeks away, the St. Petersburg Swans are preparing to welcome USAFL teams from across the USA and Canada, as they converge on Sarasota/Bradenton and the Tampa Bay metro area, October 15-16.
The USAFL Nationals – coming to the Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch for the first time in 2016 – also marks the Tampa Bay ARFC / St. Pete Swans debut in the competition.
Currently standing at 7-5 on the 2016 season (including a 1-2 league mark), St. Petersburg is gearing up for a final push toward a Premiership, as the club’s list of new and developing players continues to gel with a cadre of seasoned Aussie Rules veterans.
With four remaining Metro Rules matches – and the Grand Final of the Florida Cup, September 25 in Ft. Lauderdale, the St. Pete Swans have a chance to finish their first league slate at .500, while compiling an impressive overall record. To do so, and head into the Nationals with significant momentum – the club will look to stay on pace in Saturday’s Metro match on the Common at Crescent Lake – 11 AM August 20.
Having missed five months of action after an early-March motor accident, returning forward Ryan Hogan helped propel the Swans to a 30-24 Metro rules victory Saturday in St. Pete.
In a tight, low-scoring affair dictated by the spacious grounds of the Common at Crescent Lake, both sides battled for every opportunity, as Starfish FC built a 24-12 advantage, only to see that lead evaporate under the duress of debutante Mark Earley’s speed and Hogan’s finishes.
Eluding threatening rain and the Starfish defense, Earley and fellow rookies Nick Orr and Arthur Beredjick – along with second-year man Kyle Roun – wore down the opposition in the end with speed all over the ground. Beredjick also added two goals on the day.
Sporting a side composed of footy veterans Benjamin Walker, CJ Morton, Ken Scheidt, breakout scoring leader Jake Kelgor and rookie Amaran Subramanian, the Starfish squad dominated play for much of the match, but were undone by missed opportunities, and ultimately, the speed of the younger Bloods.
With the win, St. Pete moves to 7-5 on the season (1-2 in USAFL play). The next Metro rules Australian Football tilt at Crescent Lake in St. Pete is Saturday, August 20.
With the USAFL Nationals fast approaching, the 6-5 St. Petersburg Swans will be looking for a bounce-back win Saturday, August 6, when they take on StarfishFC in a Metro Rules (intra-squad) match on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Pete.
Coming off a 14.6.90 – 10.9.69 loss vs. a veteran Suncoast Suns side composed of players from the Swans, Ft. Lauderdale Fighting Squids, Denver Bulldogs and Houston Lonestars, St. Petersburg looks to get its offense back on track, having lost 3 of 4.
The 9-a-side game will be a rematch, with the Swans having taken the first meeting 74-40 on May 14. First bounce will be at 11 AM.
Intra-squad Metro Rules matches count for one (1) point in USAFL Nationals eligibility.
A Suns squad stocked with Swans and Ft. Lauderdale veterans raced out to an early 27-1 lead, then held firm during a valiant 4th-quarter comeback attempt, ultimately running out 14.6.90-10.9.69 winners Saturday night in St. Petersburg.
Spearheaded by big games loaners Tom Hecker (Ft. Lauderdale) and Jason Blackbourn (Swans) along with Denver Bulldog Byron Spradlin and Houston Lonestar Chris FIelder, the Suns side thoroughly dominated the offensive pressure in the first half in building a 31-point lead at the intermission.
A furious rally in the final stanza saw the Swans win the quarter 5.5.35-2.1.13, with the trio of Janni Mirosevich, Dustin Jones and Benjamin Walker stringing together highlight-action as the evening waned. The loss drops the Swans to 6-5 on the 2016 season, which continues August 6 on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg’s young side also included USA Revolution Men’s National Team tryout prospects Basil Benjamin, Kyle Roun, Jordan Calero, Austen Kugler and Matt Segedin.
The ‘Revos’ training camp and tryouts visited St. Petersburg for the first time, as the National Team continues preparation for the AFL International Cup in Melbourne, Australia in 2017.
The USA Revolution Men’s National Team Will Compete in the International Cup in Melbourne in 2017.
World-Class Footy comes to St. Petersburg July 22, 23 and 24, as the USA Revolution Men’s National Team prepares for the 2017 AFL International Cup.
With a nation-spanning 2016 training camp schedule that will see the ‘Revos’ visit downtown St. Pete this weekend before heading to Philadelphia, the team has its sites set on winning the flag at the MCG in ’17.
Created by the AFL to develop grass-roots Australian Rules football globally, the International Cup has grown to become a prestigious ‘curtain raiser’ at the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the US team competed well in past editions of the event, seeing the benefits of the sport’s continuing growth in the States.
Meanwhile, the profile of US-born talent has increasingly taken over the spotlight in the AFL, with players such as Collingwood’s Mason Cox proving there’s an opportunity for home-grown American players at the sport’s highest levels.
Saturday, July 23 will see the Revolution training camp and tryouts for US-born players from 2-6 PM at the St. Pete Swans’ home ground at Richard ‘Dick’ Turner Field.
An intrasquad match will follow at 7 PM.
The Revos will then play a friendly vs a combined team of St. Petersburg and regional (Florida) players at Turner field on Sunday, Julu 24 at 9 AM.
American-born footballers from throughout Florida and the Southeast USA are encouraged to try out for the USA Revolution Men’s National Team, as they conduct training camp July 23-24 in St. Petersburg.
Training and open tryouts will be held 2-6 PM Saturday, July 23 at the St. Petersburg Swans’ Home Ground – Richard ‘Dick’ Turner Field @ Campbell Park in downtown St. Pete.
Saturday’s session will be followed by a Tampa Bay ARFC metro rules match. Sunday, the Revos will take on St. Pete at 9 AM, also at Turner Field.
Rookie Austen Kugler was St. Petersburg’s Best on Ground 6/11/16 vs Baton Rouge.
Through the first ten games of the 2016 USAFL Season, the Swans sport a 6-4 record, including 1-2 in USAFL league play. The club has scored 836 points, paced by top scorers Jake Keglor (21 goals) and Mark Lumsden (20 goals).
BREAKING DOWN THE SWANS’ 6-4 RECORD:
5-2 at home, including 4-2 at Richard ‘Dick’ Turner Field, where they’ve outscored opponents 611-477.
2-1 in night games.
Season-long 4-game metro rules winning streak snapped May 21. Longest losing stretch is 2 games.
120.9% overall score differential (836-691); 126.4% at Turner (526-416)
Swans’ 24.16.160-13.9.87 metro rules win June 25 is 2nd-highest scoring match throughout USAFL to date n 2016
FORM: W W L L W
ON THE HORIZON: Tampa Bay ARFC (Swans) will host the USA Revolution USAFL Men’s National Team in St. Petersburg, July 22-23-24, with matches Saturday night at 7 pm and Sunday afternoon at Richard ‘Dick’ Turner Field in downtown St. Pete! Saturday night’s metro rules match will be broadcast live on Radio St. Pete.
Jordan Calero (18) continues his emergence as an all-round force in Swans 160-87 win
While rain in the area held evening temps down just a bit below the usual ‘sultry’; there was no relief for either defense against scorching-hot scoring, as the St. Petersburg Swans defeated their Metro Rules Footy brethren 24.16.160 – 13.9.72 Saturday night in St. Pete.
Coming off a hard-fought USAFL match at Baton Rouge, the Swans were eager to get their offensive mojo back, having been held to 58 points against the Tigers June 11. Running out with a big percentage win in the second-highest scoring game in the 2016 USAFL season is a remedy St. Pete will gladly take.
Jaron Weaver notched another solid night on defense for St. Pete
In a co-ed game where the sides combined for a whopping 247 points on 62 scoring kicks, it comes as no surprise that astounding performances came from all over the ground for both teams, especially in a first half that belies the final tally.
With Janni Mirosevich, Kyle Roun, Jake Keglor and Heather van der Hoop leading the way, the Kangas led by two at the end of the first stanza, and again built a 3-point cushion at 57-54 with just five minutes remaining in the half.
From there, though, it was Dustin Jones, newcomer Benjamin Walker and Holly Jones that took the reins, leading an offensive barrage that would continue on straight on to full time on a 106-29 tear.
Heather van der Hoop made her official Metro Rules debut, rucking up for the Kangas, 25 June in St. Pete.
Matt Segedin was named Best On Ground, while huge evenings were posted by Walker (7) goals, van der Hoop (3 goals), Jones, Jaron Weaver, Jordan Calero, Roun and Mirosevich. Mark Earley, Jordan Brower and Austen Kugler also impressed throughout the night, with all-out effort that portends good things for the club as USAFL Nationals begin to appear on the horizon.
Xavier Calero, Shio Benjamin and Amaran Subramanian made their 2016 Metro debuts on an evening that also saw Jake Keglor move into the club’s overall scoring lead with 21 majors in ten games this season.
The Swans and Tampa Bay ARFC will host the USA Revolution Men’s National Team as the Revos conduct training and tryouts in St. Pete July 22-23-24, as they continue to prepare for the AFL International Cup in Melbourne in 2017.
Rookie Matt Segedin was voted Best On Ground in the Swans Metro win.
All Swans home games are broadcast live on RadioStPete.com.