17 Apr, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG SWANS - 2018 MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY PREMIERSHIP SEASON
Swans’ Kicking out-legs Starfish FC, 43-13
The St. Petersburg Swans left the ground of the Largo Sports Complex on the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season Opener at 2-0, atop the ladder and with a huge lead in percentages, after thumping Starfish FC 7.1.43 – 2.1.13, Saturday night in Largo, Florida.
The nightcap topped off an evening that earlier witnessed the Bloods throttling of their cross-state rivals the Miami Saints,10.6.66-1.5.11
Jason Blackbourn, Mark Lumsden and Chris Gilligan continued to showcase their kicking skills with an array of long-distance boots.
Clint Jones put in a solid performance with a goal and a minor, while buttressing the Swans attack throughout the evening.
The Major League Footy season opener featured the Miami Saints, Starfish FC and St. Petersburg Swans each playing two head-to-head matches.
While Miami stormed out of the gate in the first game, taking a 38-9 tally over Starfish FC, St. Petersburg dominated all competition and won the evening with a 2-0 record in the round-robin.
Swans Dismantle Weary Saints, 66-11
St. Petersburg Swans assistant coach Matt Elliott set the ultimate example for his charges when he opened the season with three early majors, powering the Red and White to an emphatic 55-point win over the Miami Saints, Saturday at Largo Sports Complex in Largo, Florida.
The Melbourne native helped St. Pete storm out to a 19-2 lead – and the Bloods never looked back, running out 10.6.66 – 1.5.11 winners on a pitch-perfect spring evening in Florida.
After a dominant performance in their opening victory over Starfish FC , Miami’s energy level waned as the match wore on. Aussie natives Jason Blackbourn, Mark Lumsden and Chris Gilligan imposed their physical will on the Saints early and often.
The match looked decided at halftime, as St. Petersburg sprinted to a 32-9 lead at the break.
The second half featured impressive kicking skills by Blackbourn, who nearly scored on a field-length kick. In-bounding from his own goal area after a Miami behind, Blackbourn launched a massive attempt that landed just short of the Saints goal line and was eventually driven home by Pat Bilder for the crumb.
Lumsden, the fifth import in St. Pete’s lineup, also displayed massive kicking skills with a booming, no-doubt goal from the midfield stripe to close out the victory.
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.