14 Aug, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG SWANS - 2018 MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY PREMIERSHIP SEASON
BLOODS AWAIT MAKE-UP DATE FOR SAINTS CLASH
Likely needing a strong finish to maintain their wire-to-wire hold on the top of the Major League Footy 2018 Premiership Season ladder, the St. Petersburg Swans now await the reschedule of their rematch with the Miami Saints.
Originally scheduled for August 11, the next installment of the club’s ‘Footy Night in Florida’ Twilight Series will be announced in the coming days.
At 5-3, but losers of two straight, the Swans are precariously holding on to their first-place standing, and will benefit greatly with positive results in their season-ending slate.
BLOODS OBSERVERS AS SAINTS LOOM
As the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season storms into Week 17 with a Florida Lions – Lakeland Tigers clash, the St. Petersburg Swans are in ‘watch and wait’ mode ahead of their rematch with the Miami Saints.
The Swans’ cross-state rivals will visit Saturday, August 11 in a 7 PM ball up.
Until then, St. Pete can only await the result of the weekend’s action.
A sweep of this Saturday’s twin-bill would move the Lions (2-0) into sole possession of the 2nd position on the MLF ladder – a spot claimed only last week by the surging Tampa Bay Bombers.
That result would also keep the Tigers (0-3) pinned to the bottom of the standings, while a split or a Tigers’ sweep would prove of great benefit to the Red and White – at least for the time-being.
At 5-3 and still atop the table, St. Petersburg can virtually ice the Eastern Conference minor premiership with a positive result against the Saints, but that’s far from assured in a run home that’s just heating up.
While the Swans trounced Miami 66-11 in their first match up, the Saints returned the favor in the last meeting – routing St. Petersburg 100-49 in Ft. Lauderdale.
For now, St. Pete is forced to watch and wait in hope of a result that keeps the charging Lions at arms’ length on the ladder.
The Florida Lions will face off against the Lakeland Tigers Saturday, April 4 in St. Petersburg. Game One will ball up at 11 AM.
With a resounding 120-84 win over the West Side Bombers (1-3), the Phoenix Scorpions (4-1) have risen after a season-opening loss to win four straight – sealing the 2018 Major League Footy Western Conference minor premiership.
The St. Petersburg Swans now look for an invite to the MLF finals party, which could see them take on the surging Scorpions.
Locked in a tit-for-tat with the scrappy Tombstone Marshals throughout the Summer Series, the Scorpions leveraged a schedule quirk in being first past the post.
With the minor premiership secured, the Scorpions will take on the Tempe Devils (0-3) in the Summer Series finale in Tempe, Saturday, July 28.
Saturday’s result also pushes the Scorpions past the Miami Saints, and into the #2 seed on the overall MLF ladder, trailing the Swans by 4 just points.
With the Swans set to host the Saints in an August 11 rematch – and the third match of the season between the cross-state rivals – St. Petersburg (5-3, 20 pts.) likely needs just one win in their final three matches in order to lock up a spot in the Eastern Conference finals – and perhaps a berth in the MLF Championship Final.
In the MLF finals format, the #2 and #3 seeds will meet in a win-or-go-home playoff, with the winner then taking on the #1 seed for the Conference championship.
With the East premiers slated to take on the West champs – now very likely to be the Scorpions – the Swans are hoping their recent two-game slide is an aberration, and not a ‘swan song’ on the 2018 campaign.
The Florida Lions (2-0) and Tampa Bay Bombers (2-2) join the Saints (3-1) as the true threats on the horizon, as both sides have six games remaining – even with this Saturday’s weather postponement in St. Petersburg.
StarfishFC – currently 1-2, but also with six games left – can also make a late-season move to wind up representing St. Petersburg in the finals.
SWANS FEELING SUMMER HEAT
Holding a 2-point lead with under 90 seconds to go, the Bloods were unable to hold on to the win Saturday vs. the resilient Tampa Bay Bombers.
A costly midfield turnover resulted in Kyle Roun’s booming goal to put the Bombers ahead, and a disastrous ensuing kick-out was intercepted to seal the Same Olds’ thrilling 110-100 comeback win.
Now sitting at 5-3, the Swans to-date wire-to-wire reign on the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season ladder is suddenly looking perilous, in part due to circuit’s unbalanced schedule format.
With just three games remaining on the schedule, the Swans likely can maintain a Finals spot with any victory – but it may not work out that way.
The second-place Miami Saints are of course a major threat, but the upstart Bombers (2-2); as well as the Florida Lions (2-0) and Starfish FC (1-2) also all loom large for the stretch run, as each has up to six games remaining, and each could pass the Swans up on the chase.
St. Pete’s slumping score differential also lurks as a potential hazard, with two blowout losses (to Starfish FC and Miami) make the Swans’ current view from atop the ladder one full of dangers from below.
While the Swans will not return to MLF action until August 11 in a rematch with Miami (3-1), the ladder battle will heat up Saturday, July 21 when the Lions take on Starfish FC in a matinee twin-bill.
A sweep of this weekend’s affair would rocket the Leos to 4-0, into second place and easily within striking range.
For nearly a full month, the Bloods can only watch and hope for the best.
SWANS LET BOMBERS GET AWAY, 110-100
The ladder-leading St. Petersburg Swans dropped their second straight, falling 22.214.171.124 – 126.96.36.199 to the resilient Tampa Bay Bombers, Saturday night at Largo Sports Complex in Largo, Florida.
Clinging to a 2-point lead with less than ninety seconds left, the Swans saw their Premiership perch put in danger after a shaky midfield turnover was converted into a game-deciding dagger by a heroic Kyle Roun.
Roun’s untouched, full-steam run through the corridor and emphatic major put the Bombers ahead as the clock wound down, and an errant desperation kick out from the goal line on the Swans’ last gasp iced the affair for Tampa Bay.
With the win, the Bombers (2-2, 8 pts.) charge into the Top 4 on the Major League Footy 2018 Premiership ladder, while the stagnant Bloods (5-3, 20 pts.) suddenly see their margin for error slipping away.
The Major League Footy schedule format sees the Bombers now presented with a real chance to rise through the run home.
Tampa Bay has four games remaining on the season, while St. Petersburg has just three contests left.
While any win virtually guarantees the Bloods a shot at the flag, the mid-season skid has the Red and White simply in search of a positive result.
Saturday’s thriller was not without high points for St. Pete in the highest-scoring match of the season, however.
After falling behind by 12 points at the first break, the Swans steadied on defense, keeping Tampa Bay to just 17 points in the second and third frames – and controlled most of the fourth quarter play, despite an onslaught of accurate kicking by Bombers across the ground.
Unfortunately for the Swans, the fourth quarter remained 15 minutes long – and it was the last minute and a half that sealed their fate.
Major League Footy Week 15 action in Florida will see Starfish FC – also looking for an opening on the ladder, with seven games remaing – take on the Florida Lions in a matinee twin-bill at the Common at Crescent Lake.
In the equally-contentious Western Conference, the Phoenix Scorpions (3-1, 12 pts) will look to recapture the Conference lead as their see-saw battle to the wire with the Tombstone Marshals continues.
The Scorpions take on the West Side Bombers in a 10 AM MST start, Saturday, July 21 in Tempe, Arizona.
#FOOTYNIGHTINFLORIDA AS BLOODS, BOMBERS CLASH
Returning from a two-week bye – and having shaken off the sting of a resounding 51-point loss to Miami – the St. Petersburg Swans return to action this Saturday night, hosting the Tampa Bay Bombers in a 7 PM start.
While still atop the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season ladder at 5-2, St. Petersburg will be looking for a momentum-building win in this installment of #footynightinflorida.
With Head Coach Greg Bray back in Victoria until late August, it will fall on Assistant Coach Matt Elliott to avenge the shock defeat to the Saints.
Elliott is expected to focus on the defensive proceedings on the skinny and fast track at the friendly confines of the Largo Sports Complex.
Meanwhile, the Bombers (1-2) may have suffered a bit of a blow coming into Saturday’s action, as a June 30 twin-bill vs. Starfish FC was postponed due to severe weather.
While that double-header has been rescheduled for July 28, the Bombers could have used all eight of those points to pressure the ladder-leading Swans.
Instead, Tampa Bay will be seeking to bank a win Saturday to keep pace. A loss would be potentially crippling for the Bombers chances to finish in the top four.
MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY WEEK 14: TAMPA BAY v. ST. PETERSBURG, 7PM EDT
Largo Sports Complex, Largo, FL.
BLOODS REP OZ @ ROWDIES CULTURAL APPRECIATION NIGHT
Your St. Petersburg Swans will represent Australia, Saturday, July 7, when the Tampa Bay Rowdies host Louisville City for Cultural Appreciation Night at Al Lang Stadium.
The private Swans’ tailgate will begin at 5:30, and the match kicks off at 7:30 PM at beautiful Al Lang Stadium in Downtown St. Petersburg!
We’ll be showcasing footy in the pre-game activity areas outside the stadium, and Swans players and coaches will be deservedly recognized on field at half-time!
Come on out with us and represent footy and Australia for this exciting event!
And, of course #carntheswans #COYR #DTSP!
SUMMER SIESTA: SWANS ON 2-WEEK BYE IN LADDER CHASE
With a two-week break in their own match schedule, the St. Petersburg Swans will be relegated to observers this weekend, when the Tampa Bay Bombers clash with Starfish FC in Week 12 of the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season.
Coming off a brave effort that fell short in a 51-point loss to the Miami Saints in sultry South Florida last Saturday, the St. Petersburg side will look to regroup before a July 14 Twilight game vs. Tampa Bay.
The Swans (5-2) still stand at the top of the ladder, albeit with added pressure and unable to control the turmoil coming in the race to October.
Should either the ‘Fish or Bombers sweep this weekend’s matinee twin-bill, that team would vault all the way to #3 on the table, drawing level with Miami in the Win column.
In the case of a Bombers’ sweep, Tampa Bay would head into their clash with the Swans with a chance to move into #2 and stand just one game behind the Red and White, should they also post a victory in that July 14 clash.
That ladder noise would be quelled for St. Pete if the results should be square this weekend, maintaining the status quo – at least for now.
SAINTS CRUSH SWANS; TIGHTEN FLAG CHASE
A pinpoint game of ball control and the big leg of Miami tall Neil Cohen spirited the host Miami Saints to a resounding 100-49 win over the St. Petersburg Swans, Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
With the proceedings delayed thirty minutes by a riotous South Florida thunderstorm, St. Petersburg may have wished for an even more extended pause – if only to gather their pre-game strategy.
Despite two majors by a free-running Ben McIntosh in the game’s first minute, the tide would quickly roll back to the hosts, who ran to a 17-point margin at the first break.
After a injury scare to Cohen that left the Saints momentarily depleted, the visitors were able to eke closer, winning the second quarter to keep the result in question at the half at 52-40.
That bit of optimism would elude the out-of-towners in the second half, as Miami intensified pressure up-front to march to a 39-point second half margin and a 100-49 final result.
McIntosh, Clint Jones and Matt Elliott paced the Swans on the day, while Cohen was assisted by long-time teammates Tom Hecker and Anthony Colarusso.
The result improves Miami to 3-1 on the season, while St. Petersburg drops to 5-2. With both Swans’ losses being blowout affairs, the ladder-leaders have failed to maximize percentages. With a slim four-point advantage in head-to-head scoring in a series tied at one win apiece, St. Petersburg find themselves with precious little margin for error against their cross-state rivals.
Week Twelve of the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership season sees the #6 Tampa Bay Bombers face off against the #8 St. Petersburg Starfish FC in a matinee double-header, Saturday, June 30 at 11 AM. A sweep by either side will vault could potentially vault the winners into the third position on the ladder, while a split of the twin-bill would have consequences for both sides as the race home intensifies.
MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY WEEK 12: EAST: Tampa Bay Bombers at St. Petersburg StarfishFC, June 30, 11 AM EDT, Rollbotto Oval at Crescent Lake Common, St. Petersburg. WEST: Phoenix Scorpions at Tempe Devils, June 30, 10 AM MST, Tempe Sports Complex, Tempe, AZ.
SWANS SEEK END TO SOUTH FLORIDA HORROR RUN
The visiting St. Petersburg Swans will be seeking a new chapter in their historical ‘Florida Derby’ series with cross-state brethren the Miami Saints, when the sides face off Saturday at Croissant Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The visitors have not prevailed in South Florida since 2014.
Ball up is 1 PM.
The Major League Footy Week 11 clash finds St. Pete heading in with a 5-1 season record, while the Saints are 2-1, but find themselves in the #2 ladder position, thanks to 150% on percentages.
Those stats may not mean much come the final siren, if past history repeats itself – St. Petersburg has not won in South Florida since the club’s first-ever match-up with their friendly rivals from the East Coast.
In fact, in the eight games in the ongoing ‘Florida Derby’ Series, the home side has an overwhelming historical advantage, a key reason the series is knotted at 4 wins apiece.
That’s evident even in the first half of the 2018 Major League Premiership Season, as the Swans handily beat the Miami 66-11 on April 14.
While this is the second meeting of the season between the Saints and Swans, Miami held to form in a throttling of the Clearwater Kangas in Ft. Lauderdale – running out 106-28 winners.
Tomorrow’s clash figures to be played in sunny and steamy conditions, with ball-up ‘feels like’ temperatures pushing 100 degrees.
That’s likely to factor in the late-going, especially at Croissant Park’s tight grounds.
A St. Petersburg win will go a long way to keeping the Swans in prime position on the ladder as the season heads into its second half, while a Saints win figures to tighten up the race to the Eastern Conference lead in a big way.
Miami will look to tall Neil Cohen (9.10.64 on the season) to score in bunches, while St. Petersburg will counter with its perimeter speed.
Miami’s ball possession offense has proven capable of pushing the ball downfield consistently, while St. Petersburg comes with a hungry and proven backline anchored by Ken Scheidt.
Croissant Park in Ft. Lauderdale is located at 245 W Park Drive.
SOUTHERN SOJOURN FOR SCINTILLATING SWANS
The St. Petersburg Swans travel to the friendly confines of Croissant Park in Ft. Lauderdale for a rematch with cross-state rivals the Miami Saints this Saturday.
Ball up is 2 pm.
Having dismantled the Saints 66-11 in the April 14 Season Opener, St. Pete Coaches Greg Bray and Matt Elliott will lead the Bloods to two training sessions – Wednesday and Thursday at 6 PM – with the hope that this South Florida visit won’t echo the season history between the clubs.
The home side has won each of the past six meetings between the teams, usually with lopsided final tallies.
While the Swans (5-1) appear in form – having suffered only one defeat on the season, anything is possible when facing Saints stalwarts Neil Cohen, Tom Hecker, Anthony Colarusso and the cohorts.
Saturday’s result will surely impact the race to the post-season, as St. Petersburg can extend an already commanding lead with a victory.
Miami can ratchet up the pressure on the ladder-leaders with a positive result.
The Saints were rude hosts to the Clearwater Kangas in the last match at Croissant Park – scoring early and often in a 15.16.106 – 4.4.28 rout.
CHRIS GILLIGAN’S BIG INTERCEPT
St. Pete’s Chris Gilligan goes high over Starfish FC’s Marc Karver for the intercepting mark.
HIGHLIGHT: In this look back at the St. Petersburg Swans’ Opening Night sweep of the Miami Saints and StarfishFC, Chris Gilligan boots a major from long range in the Bloods’ 63-13 win over the ‘Fish at the Largo Sports Complex in Largo, Florida.
The St. Petersburg Swans return to Major League Footy action Saturday, June 2 when they host the Lakeland Tigers in a special matinee double-header at Crescent Common in St. Pete. Ball up is 11 AM.
SWANS HOST MIAMI IN ’18 OPENER
The St. Petersburg Swans kick off the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season Saturday, April 14 at 7 pm, as cross-state rivals the Miami Saints come to the Largo Sports Complex.
The match will be broadcast live at swansradio.us, with Rich Libero calling all the action.
SWANS CLINCH WINTER LEAGUE MINOR PREMIERS
The result eliminates the Orlando Kangas from contention to overtake to the top of the ladder.
Now at the top of the table with a 4-1 record and a 139.6 percentage, St. Petersburg will finish the 2017-18 Major League Footy winter campaign with next Saturday’s match, looking to repeat with a Premiership flag after last season’s 3-1 mark and victory over the Suncoast Suns in the Winter Championship.
The Swans host the Kangas, Saturday, March 24 at Crescent Lake Common in St. Petersburg. Ball up is 11 AM.
THRICE AS NICE: SWANS GO TO THREE-A-WEEK TRAININGS
With daylight savings time now in effect, and with Spring knocking on the door, the St. Petersburg Swans will begin preparing for a very busy 2018 Major League Footy schedule.
March does an about-face and goes ‘out like a lion’ this year, as the second half of the month features an elevated footy schedule.
MARCH 13 – KICKAROUND (CRESCENT LAKE – 5 PM)
MARCH 14 – THURSDAY TRAINING (CRESCENT LAKE – 6PM)
MARCH 17 – TRAINING AND SCRIMMAGE (CRESCENT LAKE – 10 AM)
MARCH 17 – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PUB CRAWL (MEET AT FERG’S – 7 PM)
MARCH 20 – KICKAROUND (CRESCENT LAKE – 5 PM)
MARCH 21 – THURSDAY TRAINING (CRESCENT LAKE – 6PM)
MARCH 24 – TRAINING AND SCRIMMAGE – CRESCENT LAKE (10 AM)
MARCH 27 – KICKAROUND (CRESCENT LAKE – 5 PM)
MARCH 28 – THURSDAY TRAINING (CRESCENT LAKE – 6 PM)
DETAILS FOR MARCH 31 – FOUR ‘N TWENTY BOWL – WILL BE ANNOUNCED FRIDAY, MARCH 16.
PLEASE NOTE: All events are always posted on Facebook, Teamer and Pitchero + the St. Pete Swans app (Android devices). Players are encouraged to follow events via SMS.
Free parking is available in the neighborhoods to the East and West of the Crescent Lake Common. The Common is located on the North (22nd Avenue N) side of the lake.
The 2018 match schedule is currently being updated at stpeteswans.com, and tickets for all Twilight Home Games at Four ‘N Twenty Field at Campbell Park will go on sale from 19 March. General admission tickets are $10. Proceeds directly fund the growth of Australian Football in Florida.
ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: It is anticipated that the Wednesday training sessions will switch to TAMPA beginning in April. Details and venue are TBA
INJURY SIDELINES SWANS’ STALWART KEGLOR
St. Petersburg Swans veteran and 2016 and 2017 high scorer Jake Keglor has been diagnosed with a Grade III LCL sprain. He is expected to miss 8-10 weeks of footy as he recuperates, although surgery is not required.
The injury befell Keglor in last week’s match at Crescent Lake Common.
Keglor’s ability to score from virtually anywhere on the ground – along with his defensive prowess when needed – makes him a key component of Bloods’ success.
With the Swans’ 2018 schedule looming, the loss of Keglor is a significant blow to the Bloods’ line-up, although a June return brings hope for the season’s stretch run.
SWANS’ 2018 SCHEDULE INCLUDES LA, JACKSONVILLE, MIAMI
The St. Petersburg Swans 2018 Major League Footy season schedule showcases a full slate of Twilight Home Games at Four ‘N Twenty Field at Campbell Park, along with exciting road trips to new footy clubs in Jacksonville, Miami and Los Angeles.
St. Petersburg will play a 6-match season series with the upstart Miami Saints, topped off by the 2018 Florida Cup in Ft. Lauderdale, September 22.
The Jacksonville Demons will take the ground for the first time, as they bow into MLF action July 28, hosting the Swans at 9A/Baymeadows Park.
St. Petersburg will go cross-continent to take on the home-standing Los Angeles side on August 25. LA will be stocked with NFL-level American football players new to footy at the MLF Los Angeles Combine on June 3.
Other highlights include two ‘State of Origin’ style matches with the Pittsburgh Blackbirds and Greater Northern Philadelphia, both featuring Pennsylvania-born players representing the Keystone State.
General admission tickets to all St. Petersburg Swans 2018 are just $10, and go on sale Monday, March 19. Season Memberships and a $25 Season Ticket to all Twilight Matches will also be available. All proceeds directly fund the growth of Australian Football in Florida.
Four ‘N Twenty meat pies are available hot and ready at all St.Petersburg Swans Twilight Home Games.
A full selection of St. Petersburg Swans custom team gear, Sydney Swans fan merchandise and AFL-licensed gear is also available in the Team Store.
SWANS, MLF GET BEHIND AUSBALL
The St. Petersburg Swans have joined Major League Footy in announcing a new initiative to leverage the Ausball format of non-contact, co-ed footy in an effort to enhance the recruitment and growth of Australian Rules Football in MLF youth, scholastic and collegiate programs.
Ausball provides a fun, standardized environment for participants of all ages to discover our great sport, while developing footy skills and teamwork. These skills are essential, should players choose to continue to play at a higher level.
Under the guidance of Ausball orignators Denis Ryan and Matt Bishop, Ausball has long been a part of club footy in the United States, and Major League Footy is very proud to make Ausball part of our development, education and youth programs going forward.
The Ausball Academy website will re-launch soon, while MLF clubs in St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Los Angeles will immediately make the Ausball format part of their own clubs’ development efforts.
All MLF clubs will operate a league-wide Ausball program under standardize rules going forward.
Come have a kick, and stand by for more info – soon!
Major League Footy is pleased to announce that Four ‘N Twenty Bowl 2018 is coming to American Integrity Stadium at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, Saturday, March 31. Game time is TBA.
The Inaugural Four ‘N Twenty Bowl at American Integrity Stadium will feature MLF clubs battling for the Winter Season Premiership at the fabulous purpose-built soccer facility at Premier Sports Campus.
Four ‘N Twenty USA / USAAPI support the St. Petersburg Swans of Major League Footy, and the Swans offer hot Four ‘N Twenty pies at all 2018 Twilight Series home games.
American Integrity Insurance is one of Florida’s most respected and fastest-growing insurers, and has partnered with Premier Sports Campus on naming rights for the stadium at PSC.
Located in Lakewood Ranch (Sarasota/Bradenton), Premier Sports Campus is one of the nation’s leading multi-event sports facilities, and has hosted soccer, rugby and Australian Rules Football matches and tournaments, plus much more.
The 2018 Four ‘N Twenty Bowl will be broadcast live – broadcast details will be announced as soon as available.
SWANS CAST WATCHFUL EYES ON MLF CLASH
As 2016-17 Grand Finalists Suncoast Suns seek to climb their way out of contention for this season’s wooden spoon, the Swans (3-1, 12pts) will participate in a joint training session before tomorrow’s clash.
The Suncoast Suns (0-1) host Orlando Saturday, February 17 at 11 AM in St. Petersburg.
Currently sitting at 9th on the MLF ladder after a thorough 48-point lashing from contending StarfishFC January 13, the Suns can scratch all the way to 5th – and suddenly climb into the mix – with a record-leveling win tomorrow at Crescent Lake Common.
The Suns enter the contest with bottom-dwelling Orlando with an unsightly point differential, and will be without captain Kenneth Scheidt for this week’s match.
Orlando (0-1) is likewise coming off a massive 16.9.105 – 5.6.36 loss to the Swans early in the season, but both clubs still have time to right the ship and get back to level. Both Orlando and Suncoast will have two matches remaining in the 2017-18 Winter Season after tomorrow’s result – plenty of time to challenge St. Petersburg.
That effort begins tomorrow following a joint training session. Training begins at 10 AM, with the match following at 11 AM. Training drills will be streamed lived on Periscope (Twitter).
SWANS WELCOME ZOEBLUEPRINT
The St. Petersburg Swans are proud to welcome Zoe Blueprint as a 2018 Supporting Partner.
Based in downtown St. Petersburg’s burgeoning Innovation District, zbp is a tech start-up currently developing web and app solutions designed to change the student scheduling narrative.
The company is currently gearing up for launch, and the Swans are pleased to engage with forward-thinking companies in #DTSP!
CHECK OUT THIS WEEK’S ‘RUSHED POINTS’ PODCAST
SWANS WELCOME BODYARMOR FOR 2018
The St. Petersburg Swans are pleased to announce our 2018 partnership with Body Armor – More Natural – Better Sports Drink.
Body Armor is available nationally, including at Publix throughout Florida and the Southeast.
Body Armor is also available at all 2018 St. Petersburg Swans Home Games, and the partnership includes new advertising in the Swans’ game program, sidelines and across the club’s web properties.
Thanks to the nice folks at Body Armor and SevenUp/Snapple for supporting footy!
COMING SOON: 2018 FAST FOOTY CARNIVAL
With special thanks to the support of the SANFL, the St. Petersburg Swans will trial the SANFL’s ‘Fast Footy’ format in a special carnival event later in February 2018.
In addition to trialing this exciting new version of footy – which the SANFL will officially unveil this weekend at Norwood Oval – we’ll have great Aussie-themed vendors and fun under the Florida sun.
DETAILS – DATE AND VENUE will be announced February 16, 2018 – stay tuned. This is a one-time special event that may become an annual carnival, so let’s make it a success!
We’d like to thank the South Australia National Football League for their support.
AFLX, FOOTY 9s + MORE – THIS WEEK’S ‘RUSHED POINTS’
AGGRESSIVE SWANS TURN BACK PHILADELPHIA, 127-95
A monster second quarter helped the St. Petersburg Swans to a 32-point decision, Saturday at Crescent Lake Common, besting a Greater Northern Philadelphia ‘State of Origin’ representative side 127-95.
In the season’s highest-scoring match to date, the Bloods – propelled by veteran midfielder and former Sandringham trainee Jason Blackbourn, promising rookie tall Jesse Hayes and the always-steady Aaron Crittenden and Austen Kugler – posted a devastating 6.5 onslaught in a furious fifteen minutes that seemingly all but decided the affair.
Nick Whiteside attempts to evade Philadelphia-area native Pat Bilder in Saturday’s debut of the Greater Northern Philly representative team.
Philadelphia-region natives Dustin Jones, Pat Bilder and Dionne Jones regrouped at the big break, however, closing to within ten points early in the final stanza.
The aggressive play in midfield created opportunities for the Green, with Kyle Roun, Kenneth Scheidt and David Senko all notching multiple majors in the second half.
A Blackbourn supergoal and a series of neutralizing 70-yard clearances from Jake Keglor as the clock became a factor iced the affair.
The Kangas (2-0) will have an opportunity to respond Saturday, February 10, when they host Pasco BlackDog in an 11 AM start at Crescent Lake.
RACE TO WINTER FLAG TIGHTENS AS FOOTY RETURNS
With three new recruits making their Florida footy debuts following the Holiday Break, the St. Petersburg Starfish overcame a tight first half contest to run out 66-18 winners over the hosting Suncoast Suns Saturday in St. Pete.
The result puts Starfish FC level in the won-loss column with the Swans, who remain atop the 2017-18 Winter Premiership Season table on percentages.
With blustery game conditions after an extended joint training, a low-scoring affair seemed in the cards, as the two sides traded blows throughout the first 15 minutes, with the ‘Fish up 24-18 at the break.
The second half would tell another story, as the Suns became the first side in MLF competition to be shut-out over the course the second half, with St. Pete notching seven majors to cruise to the finish line.
Major League Footy action continues January 20, as the Swans (2-0) host the Lakeland Tigers (0-1)
MLF ANNOUNCES CHAMPIONSHIP VENUE
MLF CHAMPIONSHIP GAME COMING TO AMERICAN INTEGRITY STADIUM –
Major League Footy has announced that the 2018 MLF Championship Game will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at American Integrity Stadium at Premier Sports Campus.
The state-of-the art soccer-specific stadium is located in Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton/Sarasota), Florida, and is convenient to the entire West Central and SW Florida regions.
The 2018 Major League Footy Championship Game will match the two top-seeded teams from the MLF First Division, based on results and percentages.
The match will be the first-ever footy match at the main stadium at Premier Sports Campus, which also hosted the USAFL National Tournament in 2016.
PSC hosts hundreds of sporting events annually, with over 200,000 visitors to the acclaimed campus participating or attending events yearly.
American Integrity Insurance (AI) is a premier Florida-based property insurance provider and official naming rights partner of the Premier Sports Campus stadium facility, which was christened in October 2017.
LIBERO, GLADOVIC RETURN FOR SWANS BROADCASTS
The St. Petersburg Swans welcome back the radio broadcast team of Rich Libero and Miro Gladovic for the 2017-18 Major League Footy Winter Season.
With former MLS commentator Libero (play-by-play) bringing an American perspective, and long-time footy exec and personality Gladovic (color commentary) supplying an Aussie’s view of the action, the duo will call all five St. Pete Swans twilight matches, beginning November 18, when the Red and White host Orlando in St. Petersburg.
SWANS RETURN TO TRAINING AS PRE-SEASON OPENS
With the 2017-18 Major League Footy winter season on the horizon, the St. Petersburg Swans return to training this week, as Senior Coach Greg Bray looks to lead his charges to a repeat of last year’s winter premiership success.
With the club having aligned its primary schedule to October-March, the Major League Footy circuit takes on new importance in its second season, as the Swans will tackle clubs in an 18-week schedule in a race for the MLF flag.
Major League Footy is presented in part by Aussie Sports USA.
All St. Petersburg Swans trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level, and Major League Footy player memberships are free for the 2017-’18 season.
The club trains weekly on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg.