26 Mar, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG SWANS - 2016 USAFL DIVISION IV GRAND FINALISTS
25 Mar, 2017
IT’S ON: 2ND ANNUAL INT’L RULES TEST MATCH IN #DTSP
Football takes on a truly International flavor in the ‘Burg tonight, as the St. Petersburg Swans (Australian Rules) host Tampa Bay GAA (Gaelic Football) in the Second Annual International Rules Test Match in St. Pete, at historic Richard ‘Dick’ Turner Field in downtown’s EDGE District.
The match will begin at 7 PM, and will pit the region’s best Aussie Rules players against the area’s premier Gaelic footballers in what promises to be a fast and furious affair, with 2017 bragging rights on the line,
Last year’s inaugural test saw the Swans run out 108-67 winners in a match that might have turned out far differently if time hadn’t run out on GAA’s furious second-half comeback.
Admission and parking are free at the historic football ground in the shadow of Tropicana Field, and the match closes out the Swans’ Pre-season Series, Presented by Rollbotto.
The St. Petersburg Swans 2017 Home Opener is Saturday, April 8, when the Red and White host Pittsburgh at 7 PM.
FINAL TUNE-UP: AUSSIE RULES CLUB PREPS FOR TEST
With one final practice session before Saturday night’s International Rules Test Match vs. Tampa Bay Gaelic, the St. Petersburg Swans will take to the training ground Thursday evening at 6 PM in one last preparation for the match.
Having emerged with the win in last year’s Exhibition, the Bloods will look to fine-tune their approach to the compromise rules tomorrow night.
While St. Pete figures to have superior numbers for Saturday’s test, the head into the affair with an unsettled situation at goalkeeper, due to the unavailability of last year’s minder, Arthur Beredjick.
The Swans are also at a disadvantage for the tilt, as the Test Match is during the club’s Aussie Rules pre-season, forcing players to re-acquaint with International Rules while still in early-season prep for their own regular season.
Thursday’s Practice is 6 PM – on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg. All trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level.
CRACKING THE CODES: SWANS PREP FOR INT’L RULES TEST
The St. Petersburg Swans 2017 Pre-Season Series Presented by Rollbotto continues next Saturday night in downtown St. Pete. This time, with an international flavor.
In the 2nd Annual International Rules Test Match, the Red and White host Tampa Bay GAA in a exciting match that pits the region’s best Aussie Rules players against the area’s premier Gaelic footballers.
International Rules football is a hybrid combining rules from both Australian Rules and Gaelic Football, and offers lightning-fast and hard-hitting that showcases the best of two of the oldest codes of football.
Last year’s match was taken by the Aussie Rulers, as the Swans ran out with a 108-67 win highlighted by big matches for CJ Morton and goalkeeper Arthur Beredjick.
The reprise is set for Saturday, March 25 at 7 pm at Richard ‘Dick’ Turner Field at Campbell Park (adjacent to Tropicana Field). Admission and parking are free!
SWANS EYE FIRST FLORIDA WINTER LEAGUE FLAG
Just a few days ago, the St. Petersburg Swans were facing elimination in their quest for the Major League Footy Florida Winter League Championship Final.
A nine-major outburst in the late-going changed all that.
Having scratched back in ‘win-by-attrition’ fashion against a Redbacks side that had thoroughly dominated last Saturday’s proceedings before succumbing to a rash of injuries – the Swans (2-1) lived to tell the tale, and will square off with the undefeated Suncoast Suns for the winter circuit Premiership.
They can expect another nail-biter this Saturday.
After successfully navigating their way to a 3-0 tally in the Inaugural Major League Footy Florida Winter League season, the Suncoast Suns are also aiming to take care of business Saturday
Finishing at the top of the ladder, and with the only unblemished mark in the seven-side competition, the Suns also lead all clubs in scoring and point differential, although St. Pete is close behind in both categories.
In order to capture the winter season premiership, the Swans will have to rely on the players captain Jake Keglor selected in the 2016 Winter Footy Draft.
Those players, including Aaron Crittenden, Jason Kofender and Austen Kugler – form the nucleus of the Red and White’s emerging talent base – and are certainly capable of taking control of the offensive attack.
The Suns, meanwhile, will be without winter captain Kenneth Scheidt – a big loss on the Suncoast backfield.
Game time Saturday on the Common at Crescent Lake is 11 AM. The match will immediately follow the combined club’s 10 AM weekly training. All trainings, practices and competitions are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level.
Following an off-week, the combined club will begin 2017 weekly Saturday trainings with a pre-season match vs. Orlando AFC Saturday, March 11 at 7 pm.
SWANS START SLOW, TOP TAMPA BAY GAA, 63-52
The St. Petersburg Swans overcame their errant kicking, and recovered from a slow start – helped in large part by stellar play by Adham Makki and Best On Ground Basil Benjamin – running out 63-52 winners over Tampa Bay GAA Saturday night in St. Petersburg.
If anyone wearing the Red and White imagined the Second Annual International Rules Test Match would be an easy ‘pre-season tune-up’, they quickly learned otherwise, as the Gaelic side came out with all the energy, quickly building a two-goal lead before St. Pete had a chance to ready themselves.
Although the ledger showed just a 10-point lead for Tampa Bay GAA at the first break, solid work from Aaron Crittenden and Mark Earley quite nearly could have ended the Swans’ chances early, but for a few unlucky bounces for Gaelic.
The second frame proved much the same – with both sides keeping offenses in check. Nursing a 33-29 lead at halftime,GAA seemed poised to go on an offensive run and break the game open in the third stanza.
That’s when Benjamin and Makki took the game over.
The St. Petersburg defense clamped down on GAA in the third stanza – allowing just one over and one behind – giving the Swans their first lead of the night, headed into the final turn.
St. Pete wouldn’t look back from there, as solid goalkeeping from Miro Gladovic, coupled with a much improved second-half attack carried the Red and White.
While Benjamin was named Best On Ground, Jake Keglor paced the offense with three goals, bringing his pre-season tally to 14.
Makki proved a force in the middle, taking a series of tough marks and staying on ball almost the entire evening.
Had St. Pete’s kicking been up to standard, the proceedings may have topped last season’s 41-point margin. The Swans kicked a stunning 18 behinds, as well as three overs, in cobbling together the winning tally.
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