ST. PETERSBURG SWANS - 2016 USAFL DIVISION IV GRAND FINALISTS

(05/2017): FROM FOUR ‘N TWENTY FIELD @ CAMPBELL PARK, ST. PETE: ORLANDO 16.14.110 – SWANS 7.14.56

#STPETEPRIDE! GLADOVIC, SCHEIDT SPARK SWANS WIN

Miro Gladovic

Miro Gladovic paced all scorers with four majors for St. Pete in a #pridegame win Over Orlando, June 24 in St. Petersburg.

In his return from Melbourne, St. Petersburg’s Miro Gladovic

KEN SCHEIDT 6/24/17

In a move forward, Kenneth Scheidt helped St. Pete’s offensive outburst Saturday.

teamed up with Kenneth Scheidt to pace a rejuvenated Swans offense in a 9.8.62 – 3.1.19 thrashing of Orlando in sultry conditions Saturday in St. Pete.

Played as the side’s Inaugural Pride Game, and with 11 AM game time ‘feels like’ temperature of 102 degrees, the Swans came out equally hot.

With Dustin Jones and CJ Morton slicing their way with precision passing, Gladovic (four majors) and Scheidt (three) saw their score sheets get a big boost on the day.

Aaron Crittenden, Matt Elliott, Pat Bilder, Benjamin Walker and Jake Keglor paced an Orlando side that continued a competitive showing on the season, but couldn’t convert opportunities, as Jones and Morton teamed up to successfully flip the field, while Scheidt and Gladovic finished the work up front. The win snapped the Swans’ club-record four-game losing streak.

Racing out to a 22 point lead at the break, the Swans tacked out another five majors in a hurry, as conditions forced an adjustment to 10-minute time on.

Orlando remains a atop the ladder at 2-1, but saw St. Pete (2-4) pull even on points at eight.

Major League Footy game play continues Saturday, July 1 as StarfishFC (1-0) hosts Pasco Blackdog FC (0-0) at 11 AM on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg

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Orlando Kangas
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St. Petersburg Swans
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AUSSIE RULES PRIDE WEEKEND!

0624P17The St. Petersburg Swans will host Orlando AFC Saturday, June 24 in the club’s Inaugural Pride Game, presented in part by Rollbotto Sushi.

The match will follow the Swans’ Saturday morning training session, which begins at 10 AM on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Pete.

Game play will feature a co-ed match of fun and fast-paced AFL 9s – the non-contact, social version of Australian football. The match will count for four points on the 2017 Major League Footy season ladder, where Orlando (2-0) will look to keep the Swans (1-4) at a safe distance. A St. Petersburg win will pull the Bloods even in points, based on number of games played.

Limited free parking is available in the neighborhoods immediately East and West of the Common, which is located on the North (22nd Ave. N) side of the park.

All St. Petersburg Swans trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level.

BRAVE SWANS SHOW METTLE IN NASHVILLE

With the side’s grit and determination on full display on the pristine expanse of the Metro Soccer Complex, an undermanned St. Petersburg Swans battled hard in two nail-biting matches in Nashville Saturday.

Competing in the Nashville Kangaroos’ 20th Anniversary Season Homecoming Tournament, and faced with a daunting schedule that saw them in both 1PM and 3PM matches after long-distance travel, St. Petersburg rallied impressively in both matches, posted leads in both, and showed all of the impressive fight that has taken them from start-up club to Division III in just two seasons of USAFL play.

Jake Keglor, the Swans’ leading scorer so far in 2017, added another three majors in the Tennessee sun, putting him at 31 goals on the year. USAFL veteran Brad Freeman added the most impressive crumb in club history, taking advantage of a sustained run of pressure, and scrappy play all-round by Tim Kleman, Jaron Weaver, Kyle Roun, USA Revos 2017 member Dustin Jones, Patrick Bilder, Ken Scheidt and Aaron Crittenden saw St. Pete on the cusp of a positive decision in both matches.

After scraping together a one-point halftime lead vs. Atlanta, St. Petersburg completely dominated game play in the second half, but were unable to convert extended opportunities in forward 50s, coming up with just one goal to six minors. That inability to convert resulted in a 7-point decision.

A particularly strong offensive second half vs. Nashville saw the Red & White off the mat, storming back from a two-goal deficit at the big break to eke out a 1-point lead with time an issue. Two quick goals by the hosting Kangaroos came in the waning moments to ice the contest.

The Swans return to practice Thursday evening at 6 PM, and will return to full training and a scrimmage Saturday morning at 10 AM. Both are at the club’s regular training ground – on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg. Trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level. For information, please call or text: (727) 490-9217.

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Atlanta 1.5 3.2 4.7.31
St. Petersburg 2.0 1.6 3.6.24
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Nashville 4.5 4.2 8.7.55
St. Petersburg 2.4 4.1 6.5.41

IT’S ON: SWANS’ JONES HEADED TO AFL IC17

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St. Petersburg Swans Ruck Rover Dustin Jones is headed back to the AFL International Cup, and will compete in IC17 as a member of the USA Revolution Men’s National Team.

Jones, a 19-year footy veteran who has also played for the USAFL’s Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Florida clubs, is a former AFL scholarship winner, and two-time USMNT MVP.

The Revos will head to Melbourne for the 2017 iteration of the International Cup, which sees teams from around the

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Dustin Jones will return to Melbourne for AFL IC17

globe converge August 5 thru August 19, with the IC17 Grand Final to be played as a curtain raiser for a Round 22 Collingwood-Geelong tilt at the MCG.

Revolution coach Tom Ellis is looking to improve on an 8th-place finish at IC14, and Jones is the first-ever member of the St. Pete club to make the trek to Melbourne.

The St. Petersburg Swans return to training Saturday, May 6 – with a 10 AM session on the Common at Crescent Lake. The next home metro match at Four ‘N Twenty Field at Campbell Park in downtown St. Pete sees the Bloods hosting Orlando AFC, Saturday, May 20. First bounce will be 7 pm.

DESTINATION: MELBOURNE

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Looking to improve on the side’s 8th-place finish at the 2014 AFL International Cup, Senior Coach Tom Ellis and the USA Revolution convene in Dallas this weekend for the Revos final training camp session before IC17, August 5 -19 in Melbourne.

The St. Pete Swans are represented at camp by Senior Coach and Ruck Rover Dustin Jones, who seeks a return to the US Men’s National Team.

Read Brian Barrish’s camp preview at usafl.com

ON THE GOOD FOOT: SWANS LOOK FOR MAJORS IN OPENER

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The St. Petersburg Swans head into Saturday’s 2017 Twilight Home Opener looking to recapture an offensive attack that highlighted last season’s run to a berth in the USAFL D4 Grand Final.

In the club’s two Rollbotto Pre-Season Series matches (which also included the 2nd Annual International Rules Test match vs. Tampa Bay GAA), the Red and White were consistently able to maintain pressure and control play, only to see errant kicking a consistent issue.

Having notched 15 majors in the pre-season, St. Petersburg also tallied a whopping 29 behinds, causing last Saturday’s training to be almost entirely devoted to fundamentals, as Senior Coach and USMNT member Dustin Jones went back to basics.

Seeing the squad respond well to a drill-laden session, the focus this Saturday is on finishing the attack with majors.

Saturday’s St. Petersburg Swans Home Opener is set for 7 PM at the newly-christened ‘Four ‘N Twenty Field @ Campbell Park’, as the Bloods host the debuting Pittsburgh Blackbirds metro rules side.

General admission tickets are just $10, and are available at stpeteswans.com. 2017 Season Memberships are also available, and the 2017 season promises to deliver great footy and family entertainment at the historic rectangle in the shadow of Tropicana Field.

#KNITOUTSIDE: STITCH N KICK RETURNS FOR HOME OPENER

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Downtown St. Pete’s Stash – A Place For Yarn Presents the 2nd Annual ‘Stitch N Kick’ at the St. Petersburg Swans Home Opener, Saturday, April 8 at Four ‘N Twenty Field at Campbell Park!

Lasy year’s Stitch N Kick was a huge success, so bring your project and come barrack for your Swannies!

Stitch N Kick tickets are BOGO ($10 for 2 tickets – cash only) – and only available at Stash, 625 Central Avenue (yes, that’s the ultra-hip ‘600 block’).

FINAL TUNE-UP: AUSSIE RULES CLUB PREPS FOR TEST

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The St. Petersburg Swans host Tampa Bay GAA Saturday night in the 2nd Annual International Rules Test match. Game time is 7pm.

With one final practice session before Saturday night’s International Rules Test Match vs. Tampa Bay Gaelic, the St. Petersburg Swans will take to the training ground Thursday evening at 6 PM in one last preparation for the match.

Having emerged with the win in last year’s Exhibition, the Bloods will look to fine-tune their approach to the compromise rules tomorrow night.

While St. Pete figures to have superior numbers for Saturday’s test, the head into the affair with an unsettled situation at goalkeeper, due to the unavailability of  last year’s minder, Arthur Beredjick.

The Swans are also at a disadvantage for the tilt, as the Test Match is during the club’s Aussie Rules pre-season, forcing players to re-acquaint with International Rules while still in early-season prep for their own regular season.

Thursday’s Practice is 6 PM – on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg. All trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level.

 SWANS EYE FIRST FLORIDA WINTER LEAGUE FLAG

0225STPS_SUNWhat a difference a week makes in the fast-changing #floridafooty landscape.

Just a few days ago, the St. Petersburg Swans were facing elimination in their quest for the Major League Footy Florida Winter League Championship Final.

A nine-major outburst in the late-going changed all that.

Having scratched back in ‘win-by-attrition’ fashion against a Redbacks side that had thoroughly dominated last Saturday’s proceedings before succumbing to a rash of injuries – the Swans (2-1) lived to tell the tale, and will square off with the undefeated Suncoast Suns for the winter circuit Premiership.

They can expect another nail-biter this Saturday.

After successfully navigating their way to a 3-0 tally in the Inaugural Major League Footy Florida Winter League season, the Suncoast Suns are also aiming to take care of business Saturday

Finishing at the top of the ladder, and with the only unblemished mark in the seven-side competition, the Suns also lead all clubs in scoring and point differential, although St. Pete is close behind in both categories.

In order to capture the winter season premiership, the Swans will have to rely on the players captain Jake Keglor selected in the 2016 Winter Footy Draft.

Those players, including Aaron Crittenden, Jason Kofender and Austen Kugler – form the nucleus of the Red and White’s emerging talent base – and are certainly capable of taking control of the offensive attack.

The Suns, meanwhile, will be without winter captain Kenneth Scheidt – a big loss on the Suncoast backfield.

Game time Saturday on the Common at Crescent Lake is 11 AM. The match will immediately follow the combined club’s 10 AM weekly training. All trainings, practices and competitions are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level.

Following an off-week, the combined club will begin 2017 weekly Saturday trainings with a pre-season match vs. Orlando AFC Saturday, March 11 at 7 pm.

ROAD TESTS AWAIT HIGH-FLYING SWANS

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Pat Bilder (#10) and Austen Kugler help lead St. Petersburg’s potent offense

Despite their 1-4 Metro rules record early in the 2017 season, the St. Petersburg Swans will head to Nashville Saturday with an opportunity to showcase the club’s improving offense.

With matches against the hosting Nashville Kangaroos and Atlanta Kookaburras, St. Pete looks to return home at least 1-1 in 2017 USAFL play. The Swans defeated the Kangaroos at the 2016 USAFL Nationals D4 Championships – the two teams’ only match to date. St. Petersburg has never played Atlanta.

Both Nashville and Atlanta are projected to compete in D4 again at the 2017 USAFL Nationals in San Diego, CA., while the Bloods are projected for a move to Division III.

This weekend’s tournament – originally slated for Nashville’s Elmington Park Grounds – has been moved to the Metro Soccer Complex with an anticipated 2pm start.

Austen Kugler, Patrick Bilder, USMNT member Dustin Jones, leading scorer Jake Keglor and midfielders Ken Scheidt and Basil Benjamin are expected to be named to the Swans’ traveling list, which will be announced Thursday evening.