With the Swans idle, the Suncoast Suns move to 2-0 and sole possession of 1st place on the Major League Footy Florida Winter League ladder.
With the St. Petersburg Swans idle, the Suncoast Suns move to 2-0 and sole possession of 1st place on the Major League Footy Florida Winter League ladder after crushing Starfish FC in Round 3 of winter circuit play.
Although their rather unusual nickname is derived from the oldest depictions of the ‘bunyip’ monster of Aboriginal folklore, StarfishFC didn’t instill much fear Saturday, falling 16.7.103 – 8.10.58 in Round 3 of Major League Footy Florida Winter League play Saturday in St. Petersburg.
Failing to score a major in the first period, and adding only one in the second, Starfish FC limped into the major break trailing by 44 points on an absolutely-perfect day for winter footy.
With a pre-game temperature in the low 50s, conditions seem to rise along with a Suncoast offense that put up the most points in a match on the young winter season. The win, coupled with a victory last week over the Pasco Black Dog, propelled the Suns to 2-0 for December, and straight to the top of the winter circuit ladder.
With the St. Petersburg Swans (1-0) idle, Ken Scheidt and the Suns entered today’s match knowing they had a chance to take over the catbird seat with a win, and they came out guns ablaze from ball up.
Benjamin Walker, Dustin Jones and Basil Benjamin dominated the attack for Suncoast in the first half, while Greg Bray’s Starfish missed several scoring chances in the first half, often on smothers and clearances by Scheidt and Dionne Jones.
Play was much more even in the second half, with Starfish FC powered back to life by the big leg of Jake Keglor and solid all-around play from Jason Kofender, Matt Elliott and Heather van der Hoop.
Although Suncoast did manage to win play 8.3 – 7.8 after the major break, the proceedings were even and fast-paced, especially in an extended fourth quarter that was played twenty minutes by choice of the captains.
After a break for the upcoming holidays, training and winter league play resumes Saturday, January 14 at 10 AM, as Starfish FC will look to regroup in Round 4 vs. Clearwater.
Major League Footy is the Florida Winter League of Australian Football.
All trainings, practices and matches are free, and are open to co-ed players of all skill level. All Major League Footy sides are comprised of players from the St. Petersburg Swans (Tampa Bay ARFC) co-ed USAFL player list.
All Major League Footy matches are scheduled immediately following winter training sessions.
The 2016 St. Petersburg Swans went 13-8-1 overall and advanced to the USAFL Division IV Grand Final in their first official year in the league.
The only US footy club to play and train year-’round, the St. Petersburg Swans (Tampa Bay ARFC) will head into their Holiday Break after training and an intra-squad scrimmage Saturday morning at Crescent Lake.
But, as soon as the wrapping paper is all put away and the New Year’s festivities come to a close, the club will return to the ground January 14 as the club’s Major League Footy Florida Winter League heats up on the road to the winter circuit’s February 25 Championship Final.
After that, eyes will turn to the 2017 USAFL Premiership Season, as the club looks to settle #unfinishedbusiness.
Having officially launched USAFL league play in 2016, the club completed a full 22-round slate of league and metro footy matches, finishing with an overall record of 13-8-1.
That on-field success was highlighted by the team’s encouraging play in the 2016 USAFL National Championships. Grouped in Pool A with long-time league powerhouses, the Swans turned back Nashville than earned a buzzer-beating draw with Tulsa.
Those results put the Swans into the Preliminary with the perennially-formidable Denver Bulldogs. And, in the third-consecutive comeback, St. Petersburg downed Denver to advance to the Division IV Grand Final. Although the Swans fell to the five-time Division champion Cincinnati Dockers, the 2016 campaign was nothing less than spectacular. Amazing performances from Rookie of The Year Austen Kugler, CJ Morton (Comeback Player of the Year); Benjamin Walker (MVP); Janni Mirosevich (Spirit of the Club); Jordan Calero (Up and Comer); Kyle Roun (Most Improved); and every one of the list’s 52 players highlighted a rousing campaign from start to finish.
St. Petersburg Swans (L-R) Dionne Jones, Heather van der Hoop, Holly Wenrich, Sharon Gam, coach designee Judah Lieblich and Annie Weaver with 2016 Women’s Division II Premiership cup.
With the fast-growing Women’s side combining with Portland, Seattle and Arizona to also capture the Women’s Division II flag, the club’s first-year goal of putting a quality side on the ground has been met and exceeded…capped by Senior Coach Dustin Jones’ invitation to re-join the USAFL Revolution Men’s National Team on their quest to the AFL International Cup ’17.
After Round 3 of Major League Footy action in St. Petersburg is this Saturday (12/10), the books on the 2016 season will close, and the next chapter of footy in St. Petersburg and Central Florida will begin to be written.
Under the title: #unfinishedbusiness.
Training and intra-squad play resumes Saturday, January 14 at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg. All training and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level. Come have a kick with us!
The St. Petersburg Swans may be in the catbird seat on the Major League Footy ladder, but the Suncoast Suns have that perch in their sights.
Coming off a resounding comeback that saw them erase a five-goal early deficit and come out winners Saturday over Pasco, Ken Scheidt as his Suns can supplant the Swans at #1 overall with a follow-up win this weekend vs. StarfishFC.
With each victory incredibly important in the compressed schedule of the winter season, a Suns win over SFC would certainly give them a leg up in the race for the February 25, 2017 Championship Final.
Major League Footy is the Florida Winter League of Australian Football, with seven sides competing in a season running November-February. All sides are comprised of co-ed players from the St. Petersburg Swans USAFL player list. The league is a competitive, fitness and recruitment initiative of the St. Peterburg Swans and Tampa Bay Australian Rules Football Club, Inc.
All trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level. All winter season practices and matches are held on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg. For more information, please call or text us at: (727) 490-9217, or use the contact form on this site.
Ken Scheidt and the Suncoast Suns earned their first four points on the ladder Saturday, roaring back from a huge early deficit to run out 10.7.47 – 9.5.9 winners over the Pasco Black Dog FC at the Crescent Lake Common in St. Petersburg.
The match was the second contest of the 2017-17 Major League Footy Florida Winter League Season. Major League Footy is the co-ed winter competition of the St. Petersburg Swans and theTampa Bay Australian Rules Football Club, Inc.
Storming out to a 5.1.31 – 0.1.1 lead after the first frame – powered by the scoring of Jake Keglor, Miro Gladovic and Dustin Jones, the Black Dog FC found the going considerably slower in the second, but still found themselves up a seemingly- comfortable 23 points at the big break.
A few missed opportunities in the 2nd quarter would come back to haunt, however.
With Scheidt calling adjustments at the half – notably moving Austen Kugler to an outpost at the top of the goal square – helped the Suns establish an improved point-to-point attack paced by Kugler and Heather van der Hoop that helped neutralized great defensive play turned in by Danny McDonald and the rest of the Pasco backline in the second half.
Those moves – plus the stellar ruck play of young newcomer Amaran Subramanian and pesky defense from fellow new recruit Joe Caravella turned those adjustments into an all-Suncoast second half.
After racing to a 5.1 -1.1 result in the third period and finding themselves entering the final stanza a point in the front, the Suns maintained pressure in the fourth, adding another three majors before two late goals from Pasco narrowed the final result.
The win moves Suncoast level with St. Petersburg on the young winter season and with a chance to top the ladder next week, as the Suns play host to Greg Bray and Starfish FC at Crescent Lake, December 10 at 10 AM.
Co-ed winter footy returns to the spectacular Common at Crescent Lake this Saturday, as the Pasco Black Dog take on the Suncoast Suns in a St. Pete Swans/Major League Footy winter-season intra-squad match.
The game will immediately follow our regular footy training, which begins at 1o AM.
Both sides will be looking to pick up the crucial four points on the ladder to come even with the (idle) St. Petersburg Swans winter side, who turned back Orlando 11.6.72 – 3.6.24 to open winter season play on November 19.
Major League Footy is the Florida Winter League of Australian Football, and features seven sides competing for the Championship Final, to be held February 25.
Players from the co-ed list of the St. Petersburg Swans (Tampa Bay ARFC) comprise each of the squads, and all winter matches are played at Crescent Lake, the club’s usual training ground.
All trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level, and new players are always welcome. For more info, call or text: (727) 490-9217 or email us using the Contact Form on this site.
The Common is located on the north (22nd Ave. N) side of the park. Free parking is available in the neighborhoods to the immediate east and west of the Common.
Both sides will be looking to pick up the crucial four points as Jason Kofender andthe Pasco Black Dog visit the Suncoast Suns in Winter Footy Saturday, December 3 in St. Petersburg.
The Black Dog, led by USAFL veteran CJ Morton and USA Revolution Men’s National Team menber Dustin Jones seem to have the offensive advantage on paper over the debuting Suns of winter captain Ken Scheidt, who look to counter with a smothering defense led by Scheidt and St. Petersburg Swans 2016 Most Valuable Player Benjamin Walker, but anything can happen – especially in early-winter season action.
In the compressed Major League Footy campaign, each side will be desperately searching for a way to move level with the St. Petersburg Swans, who picked up the win in the winter league opener, downing and out-gunned Orlando side 11.6.72 – 3.6.24 behind strong efforts from Swans’ 2016 Rookie Of The Year Austen Kugler and fellow up-and-comer Aaron Crittenden.
Players were selected in the 2016 Winter Footy Draft, November 11 in St. Petersburg, and drafted rosters are as follows.
PASCO BLACK DOG FC:
Dustin Jones Matt Segedin CJ Morton Jake Keglor Basil Benjamin Shio Benjamin John Churns Jason Kofender (Winter Captain)
Benjamin Walker Brad Freeman Danny McDonald Jason Namour Marc Karver Alan Bates-Mendonca Nicholas Orr Kenneth Scheidt (Winter Captain)
Gameday rosters will be augmented by additional players from the St. Petersburg Swans / Tampa Bay ARFC player list, and all are eligible and welcome to play.
The match will begin at 11 AM, immediately following a 10 AM training session 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.
There were few signs of off-season rust for winter squad Captain Jake Keglor and the St. Pete Swans offense Saturday, as the Bloods ran out big winners over Orlando, 11.6.72 – 3.6.24.
Outstanding performances up front from sharpshooting duo of Aaron Crittenden and Austen Kugler spearheaded an attack that also saw big games from Keglor, Ken Scheidt and Jaron Weaver.
The Red and White dominated a short-handed Kangas side from first bounce, racing out to a 25-point margin at the first break. That lead would grow to 37 at the half.
Finally finding themselves in control of the tempo after the intermission, the Kangas did manage to win the third frame, but the squad’s errant kicking prevented a comeback, with six dead-to-rights opportunities amounting to just two majors.
With Keglor sidelined with a ankle injury after a nasty tumble, the Swans relied more heavily on Scheidt and Weaver in the late-going to dispel any thoughts of a nail-biter, as St. Pete tacked on three late majors to close out the proceedings.
Fresh off stand-out performances in the USAFL Women’s Division II National Championships, Dionne Jones (Swans) and Annie Weaver (Kangas) were once again integral to both sides, while Holly Wenrich was forced to leave play early due to a non-football illness.
The season-opening win in the inaugural Major League Footy season of winter Australian Football in Florida gives the Swans a 4-point jump on the rest of the ladder.
Basil Benjamin was named Orlando’s Best on Ground, with Austen Kugler taking the honors for St. Petersburg.
Newcomer Joe Caravella made his 2016-17 debut for the Kangas in a losing cause.
The next Winter Footy match is Saturday, December 3 on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Pete.
Join us at 10 AM Saturday as the St. Petersburg Swans host Orlando in the opening match of the 2016-17 Florida Winter Footy Season!
Major League Footy is the Florida Winter League of Australian Football, with seven sides competing for the Championship Final (February 25, 2017). All sides are stocked with players from throughout the Tampa Bay ARFC co-ed player list, selected in a special 2016 Winter Footy Draft November 12 in St. Pete.
Unless noted, all 2016-17 Winter matches will be played on the Common at Crescent Lake, just north of downtown St. Petersburg. All matches are scheduled to begin immediately after off-season training sessions.
The St. Pete Swans will be lead by winter captain Jake Keglor, who will be looking to get his charges out to a quick start against an experienced Orlando side lead by Basil Benjamin.
With a compressed series taking place during the traditional off-season, every four points will loom large in the race to February.
The Common at Crescent Lake is located on 22nd Ave North in St. Petersburg, and free parking is available in the neighborhoods to the immediate east and west of the Common. All trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level, so come have a kick with us!
Just one month after battling their way to the 2016 USAFL Division IV Grand Final, the St. Petersburg Swans now set their sights on a Championship in the Inaugural Florida Winter League season.
Featuring seven sides competing in the circuit’s first campaign, Major League Footy is the off-season / winter season league of Australian Football in Florida, with each side comprised of co-ed players from the Tampa Bay ARFC (Swans) player list.
Having selected a bevvy of young American talent in the 2016 Winter Footy Draft (November 12), St. Pete’s winter side captain Jake Keglor looks to guide his charges to a quick-start in Saturday’s opener vs. Orlando. Both sides will be looking for the crucial four points in the standings to begin the abbreviated winter season schedule, which picks back up December 3.
Match time is 11 AM, immediately following the club’s first off-season training session. That session begins at 10 AM on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg.
All trainings are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill levels.
The Common at Crescent Lake is located on 22nd Ave North in St. Petersburg. Free parking is available in neighborhoods to the immediate east and west of the Common.
With the first snowfall of the season coming to the Midwest and Northeast this weekend, footy returns to the Sunshine State, as the St. Petersburg Swans return to training Saturday, November 19.
One month after battling their way into the USAFL Division IV Grand Final, St. Pete reconvenes on the Common at Crescent Lake – with training at 10 AM to be followed by the first scrimmage of the season – vs. the Kangas, immediately after the practice session.
Competing in the Inaugural Season of the Tampa Bay ARFC Major League Footy Florida Winter League, players from across the club’s co-ed senior list retake the ground in the November-February off-season competition of Australian Football.
Off-season Footy training returns to the Common at Crescent Lake – this Saturday at 10 AM!
Trainings are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level.
For more information, please get in touch using the Contact Form, or call/text us at: (727) 490-9217.
Jordan Brower was selected with the St. Pete Swans’ 4th pick in the 2016 Winter Footy Draft, November 11, 2016.
St. Petersburg Swans 2016 Rookie of the Year Austen Kugler was selected 5th Overall in the 2016-’17 Major League Footy Winter Draft, highlighting a promising and youth-oriented evening for winter captain Jake Keglor’s side.
Opting for emerging players who came to the club’s regular season squad in 2015 and 2016, Keglor and the Swans will open the Winter competition Saturday, November 19 vs. Orlando at the Common at Crescent Lake.
Entering the draft proceedings with the #5 overall pick, and gaining the #8 selection by virtue of the ‘snake’ format, Keglor parlayed the evening into two selections in the top ten choices from the entire Tampa Bay ARFC senior list.
With veteran Ken Scheidt (also the captain of the Suncoast Suns) and Jason Kofender likely to join Keglor on the backline, Arthur Beredjick will likely join Kugler on the attack.
Major League Footy is the off-season Florida Winter League of Australian Football, and is administered by Tampa Bay Australian Rules Football Club, Inc., with all players selected from the Tampa Bay ARFC senior list. The circuit begins play November 19 and will conclude February 25, 2017 with a Championship Final.
Match play is co-ed in 7s, 9s and ‘metro’ rules formats. All trainings and practices are always free, and are open to players of all ages and skill level.
ST. PETERSBURG SWANS 2016-’17 WINTER FOOTY DRAFT SELECTIONS:
ROUND ONE: Austen Kugler ROUND TWO: Aaron Crittenden ROUND THREE: Arthur Beredjick ROUND FOUR: Jordan Brower ROUND FIVE: Dionne Jones ROUND SIX: Kenneth Scheidt ROUND SEVEN: Jason Kofender
St. Pete’s 2016 Most Improved Player, #21 Kyle Roun in action
Built from the ground up to a spot in the 2016 USAFL Nationals. the St. Petersburg Swans (Tampa Bay ARFC) saluted its standouts of the season in an Awards gala in downtown St. Petersburg, Friday, November 4.
Having begun 2016 training in January, St. Petersburg battled its way to a 13-8-1 mark on the year, with USAFL Nationals victories over Nashville and Denver – and a hard-fought draw with Tulsa – seeing the club take Cincinnati to the wire in the Grand Final before falling short.
The club’s final record in debuting in USAFL league play stood at 3-3-1.
In Division II Women’s USAFL Championships, Holly Wenrich, Dionne Jones, Annie Jones, Heather van der Hoop and Sharon Gam contributed to the Grand Final victory of a combined Portland/Arizona/Tampa Bay/Seattle squad to earn Tampa Bay its first share of USAFL championship hardware.
St. Petersburg Swans 2016 MVP Benjamin Walker takes on Spirit of the Club awardee Janni Mirosevich in intra-squad action.
The St. Petersburg Swans / Tampa Bay ARFC 2016 Awardees are:
Rookie Of The Year – Austen Kugler Most Improved Player Of The Year – Kyle Roun Up and Coming Player Of The Year – Jordan Calero Comeback Player Of The Year – CJ Morton 2016 Spirit Of The Club: Janni Mirosevich 2016 Most Valuable Player – Benjamin Walker Anthony Koutifedes Trophy For Prototypical Footballer: Gregory Bray
The club will resume training and Winter Season play Saturday, November 19 in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg won 13 regular season games, bounced back from frustrating losses to Baton Rouge and Ft. Lauderdale, and advanced to the USAFL D4 Grand Final in their first league season, falling in a razor-tight match with 5-time champions Cincinnati.
Having trained all through 2016, the club’s primary goal was recruitment and skill work heading into a full summer of metro matches and league play. Faced with a bevvy of unknowns, the expectation was for a respectable first showing at the USAFL National Tournament. Breakout campaigns from rookies Matt Segedin, Austen Kugler, Brian McArdle, Aaron Crittenden, Mark Earley, Arthur Beredjick and others helped push along modest goals.
Infusing a multitude of new recruits, a growing number of experienced ex-pats, and a core of players with USAFL experience in CJ Morton, Janni Mirosevich, Brad Freeman, Ryan Morton, Marc Karver, Basil Benjamin and many more, the St. Pete offense proved explosive at times, including the league’s second highest single game score (160) late in the campaign. The aforementioned rookies gave the side a combination of toughness and speed that will form a solid backbone in 2017, and flexible Jake Keglor will continue working into a dominant front.
Despite up-and-down performance for much of the season, the St. Petersburg defense came into its own when the chips were down during the rush to the Division IV Grand Final – using a second half shutout to best Nashville before drawing Tulsa – and then posting yet another second-half clampdown against Denver in the Preliminary. Encouraging growth from Jason Kofender, Ken Scheidt and Crittenden, plus great work from ruck Mustapha Turay and fullback Benjamin Walker not only set the tone for the Grand Final run – but also for 2017. Overall Rating A Making the Grand Final by winning thru a ‘Group of Death’ including heavily-favored Tulsa and Nashville, then taking out longtime league powerhouse Denver top off a long year of development, although a 9-point loss to Cincinnati stings. The Women’s Division II Premiership as part of a combined team with Portland, Arizona and Seattle also earns an A+.
With Morton, Mirosevich, USA Revolution Men’s National Team designee Dustin Jones, Greg Bray, Freemen and a cadre of experienced players, St. Petersburg is fortunate to have a rock-solid core of leaders to keep things steady, while showing the way for a wave of youth that now tops 50 listed players.
After posting a 13-8-1 overall mark and appearing in a Grand Final in the club’s inaugural USAFL campaign, St. Petersburg will compete in the Florida Winter League (November-February), and will open pre-season matches in March. A promotion is expected, and the Red and White will intend to replicate their 2016 Nationals success in San Diego next October.
The Girls Play Footy Podcast interviews Swans’ Heather van der Hoop. Five members of the Swans helped the combined squad of Portland/Tampa Bay/Arizona/Seattle capture the 2016 Women’s Division II Grand Final at USAFL Nationals October 16 in Sarasota/Bradenton!
The 2016 USAFL Women’s Grand Final – pitting a Portland/Tampa Bay/Arizona/Seattle combined team vs. Montreal – saw the Sockeyes (featuring five members of the Swans/Tampa Bay ARFC) help win the hardware, 7.4.46 – 1.2.8!
The St. Petersburg Swans will return to historic Richard ‘Dick’ Turner Field at Campbell Park, with six exciting home games for 2017!
Debuting at Turner Field (immediately adjacent to Tropicana Field, home of the MLB Tampa Bay Rays), the Swans enjoyed positive results in the cozy confines, including besting Ft. Lauderdale in their Home Opener, April 2, 2016.
Footy fanatics should expect an improved fan experience at Turner for 2017, with plenty of surprises in store!
Please stay tuned – our 2017 Home Opponents will be announced soon, and Season Memberships will be available shortly!
All 2017 Home Dates at Richard ‘Dick’ Turner Field are Saturday evening games.
ST. PETERSBURG SWANS 2017 HOME DATES – ALL MATCHES – 7 PM
PRE-SEASON: MARCH 11 * MARCH 25
REGULAR SEASON: APRIL 08 * MAY 20 * JUNE 17 * JULY 15
The St. Petersburg Swans will participate in the 2016 Winter Footy Draft, 11/4/16.
The St. Petersburg Swans (Tampa Bay ARFC) will participate in the 2016 Major League Footy Winter Season Draft, Friday, November 4 at 7 pm.
The seven round draft will see the playing sides of the Winter Footy season stock their rosters from eligible players of the Tampa Bay ARFC co-ed player list.
The Major League Footy / Florida Winter League 2016-17 Season begins Saturday, November 19, and features co-ed matches of 7s and 9s for the duration of the traditional American off-season. The league is administered by the Tampa Bay Australian Rules Football Club, Inc.
The 2016-17 Major League Footy season will conclude with a Championship to be held on February 18, 2017.
Dustin Jones tabbed as the St. Pete Swans’ representative on the USA Revolution Men’s National Team
In a bid to return to the 2017 AFL International Cup in Melbourne next season, Swans ruck rover Dustin Jones has been selected to the first player list for the 2017 USA Revolution USAFL Men’s National Team. In being named to the first Revos player list, Jones has been chosen from the 125 candidates for the Revolution roster, and will travel with the club to Europe if he does not represent the St. Petersburg Swans at the MCG next season for IC17.
Jones, a veteran of USA Men’s National Team play, also serves as the St. Petersburg Swans senior coach, and guided to team to the 2016 USAFL Division IV Grand Final, where the team battled through a pool of top-ranked opponents, defeated USAFL powerhouse Denver Bulldogs in the Preliminary, and fought Cincinnati for the flag in a tough and high-scoring affair.
The USA Revolution conducted training camp in St. Petersburg in July 2016, and will continue to also hold open camps throughout the early portion of the 2017 season.
St. Petersburg Swans (L-R) Dionne Jones, Heather van der Hoop, Holly Wenrich, Sharon Gam, coach designee Judah Lieblich and Annie Weaver with 2016 Women’s Division II Premiership cup.
The combined team featuring players from the Portland Sockeyes, Seattle Grizzlies, Arizona Hawks and St. Petersburg Swans wreaked havoc on the Women’s Division II National Championships, October 15-16 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
With Swans Dionne Jones, Heather van der Hoop, Holly Wenrich, Sharon Gam and Annie Weaver contributed to the Sockeye’s title in a big way, helping fuel the tournament-opening 6.6.36 – 3.0.18 victory over Columbus?Baltimore; a 5.6.36 – 1.0.6 drubbing of Montreal to reach the Women’s Division II Grand Final.
That Grand Final – a rematch vs. the Montreal Angels, the Swans propelled Portland to a 7.4.46 – 1.2.8 win, and the 2016 Women’s Division II Premiers.
The St. Petersburg Swans will begin Winter League co-ed play vs. Orlando, November 19 at Crescent Lake Common. Ball up will be 11 AM. Trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level.
Entering their debut USAFL National Championship grouped with heavily-favored Tulsa Buffaloes and equally strong Nashville Kangaroos, the St. Petersburg Swans faced the longest of odds in the league’s 40-team 2016 tournament at Lakewood Ranch, FL.
They left the weekend armed with a new wager – on just how far can they climb in 2017.
Quickly falling behind to Nashville in the opener, St. Petersburg erased a 27-8 halftime deficit, ran the table in the second half and ran out 5.5.35-4.3.27 winners. The decision marked the first time the St. Petersburg defense had notched a shut-out in an entire half, but wouldn’t be the last as the tournament unfolded.
If that opening match win did anything, it set the narrative for the remainder of the tournament, as once again the Bloods fell behind early, only to claw back.
With Tulsa following a page from the Nashville script, the Buffaloes raced out to a lightning-fast 13-1 lead before anyone on the St. Pete side had an opportunity to settle in, and it looked as the Buffs size and athleticism would put a quick end to the proceedings.
It wasn’t to be, however, as the Swans rallied furiously once again, with a last-minute minor ending the affair in a knot at 4.5.29.
That stunning result – coupled with a subsequent Nashville victory over Tulsa later in Saturday play – found St. Petersburg in the unlikely spot atop the Pool A ‘Group of Death’ ladder at 1-0-1 (114%) and heading to the Preliminary Final vs USAFL powerhouse Denver.
Perhaps a bit pre-occupied with their surprising competitiveness and good fortune, St. Pete opened the Preliminary in familiar fashion – faced with an early deficit and needing to right the ship quickly to get back in the match, with an exit from the tourney awaiting if they didn’t.
Clawing back to trail only by three points at the half, the Swans once again dominated the second half, shutting out the Bulldogs after the intermission and reaching the Grand Final on the strength of a 4.6.32 – 2.5.17 victory.
While a technically superb Cincinnati Dockers club would turn back the Swans in a thrilling 8.5.53 – 7.2.44 Division IV Grand Final, the St. Pete showing in their first-ever National Championship tournament after entering pooled with two of the division’s strongest sides – then rewarded by facing one of the USAFL’s most-clubs in the Preliminary clearly has set the stage for even higher aspirations for 2017.
With a squad featuring veteran footballers CJ Morton, Dustin Jones, Troy Taseff, Janni Mirosevich, Simon Morgan, Benjamin Walker, Marc Karver, Mustapha Turay, Ryan Morton, Greg Bray, Jason Namour, Brad Freeman, Tim Kleman, Kenneth Scheidt, Matt Elliott, Jared Fegan and emerging talent in Judah Leiblich, Basil Benjamin, Arthur Beredjcik, Aaron Crittenden, Mark Earley, Scott Cooper, Ryan Hogan, Jordan Calero, Jake Keglor, Austen Kugler, Matt Segedin, John Churns, Danny McDonald, Brian McArdle, Kyle Roun, Jason Kofender, the club appears primed for future growth – and higher aspirations in 2017.
The club begins its Winter Season November 19 with an intrasquad match vs. the Orlando Kangas in St. Pete. Ball up will be 11 AM at Crescent Lake Common.
With minimal match experience coming into the 2016 Season, emerging talent Jordan Calero was nonetheless looked on as a building block for the St. Petersburg club’s future.
Turns out, that future is now.
Starting with an impressive display in the teams’ Home Opener in April that saw him named Best On Ground and subsequently featured on the Australian Embassy’s website, Calero, 21, has made it clear his developing presence near the ball and ability to score from virtually anywhere is indeed a important cog in the Swans’ outlook.
A remarkable 60-meter bomb in Ft. Lauderdale and season-long grinding work at midfield, ruck or wherever he’s been needed has made 2016 a season of highlights whenever Calero takes to the ground.
With his first full season of footy coming to a close, he’s already captured the attention of other throughout the USA football community, and seems poised to be a force to be reckoned with as his development continues in 2017.
Newcomer Miro Gladovic guided the Bloods to victory Saturday, as St. Pete defeated the Black Dog 98-58 at Flora Wylie Park in downtown St. Pete.
The win – in an added game to finish the 18-week regular season – closes the books with St. Petersburg at 11-7, including 1-3 in league play.
Joining with fellow ex-pat and new recruit Matt Elliott (5 goals), Gladovic teamed up with stalwart CJ Morton, Dionne Jones and emerging talent Jordan Calero in pushing the Red to victory after trailing 6.1.37 – 1.1-7 after the first frame.
Greg Bray, Ken Scheidt, Ryan Hogan, Benjamin Walker and Jake Keglor started the proceedings with an offensive onslaught, racing out to the big margin before slowing after Hogan suffered a non-contact knee injury as he sprinted alone toward a likely goal.
The combined clubs resumes training Thursday on the Common at Crescent Lake, and will have a walk-thru practice session Saturday.
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.