20 Feb, 2018
WELCOME TO THE ST. PETERSBURG SWANS - 2017-18 MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY WINTER SEASON!
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!
FLORIDA DERBY LIVES! MLF WELCOMES FT. LAUDERDALE
Major League Footy is pleased to announce the addition of the Ft. Lauderdale Fighting Squids to the MLF Eastern Conference, effective immediately.
Founded in 2005, the Squids have experienced multiple success on and off the ground, and enter the MLF 2018 competition as the independent league’s most tenured club.
Over the past several seasons, the Swans and Squids have competed in an annual ‘Florida Derby’, played as a home and away series. With the last match in St. Petersburg being the exception, the home team has prevailed in each contest.
As the 2018 summer schedule is being finalized, the Squids will compete with teams in the Central Florida region, along with the new Jacksonville Demons club.
The Squids will also travel along with the St. Petersburg club to face the start-up Los Angeles squad. That match is currently slated for Saturday, July 14 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles.
In addition, the Ft. Lauderdale club will also bring their Miami Saints side into the competition for a limited number of matches.
Selected members of the Ft. Lauderdale Fighting Squids will also help represent the USA at the Latin America Footy 9s Championships in Bogota, Colombia, October 6, 2018.
Be sure to keep up to date with the club’s full schedule as the 2018 summer Premiership slate is announced in the coming days.
Major League Footy is an independent competition of 9-a-side footy in the United States, and matches are played on American football (gridiron) fields.
Major League Footy is committed to the growth of Australian Rules Football at all levels in the United States, and players are not charged ‘dues’ to participate.
The league is committed to scheduling head-to-head competitions between its clubs, while tournament-style events are merit-based events.
The Ft. Lauderdale Fighthing Squids train at Croissant Park in Ft. Lauderdale, and most matches are played at Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium in Lauderhill.
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.