22 Jan, 2018
WELCOME TO THE ST. PETERSBURG SWANS - 2017-18 MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY WINTER SEASON!
MLF’s AMERICAN FOOTY SHOW DEBUTS
American Footy Show debuts, as hosts Brittani Stetina and Miro Gladovic discuss Miro’s American Footy Star project, Brittani’s introduction to AFL at the MCG and more. New episodes presented by Major League Footy every Monday!
SWANS GO FROM CATBIRD SEAT TO PRECARIOUS PERCH
The St. Petersburg Swans’ hold on the catbird seat of the Winter Ladder has suddenly become a precarious perch, indeed.
Looking for a win to keep them comfortable atop the Major League Footy 2017-18 table, St. Petersburg instead found themselves in what promises to be a real scrap as the season heads into the home stretch, as Lakeland ran out thirty-point winners Saturday in St. Pete.
With young guns David Senko, Kyle Roun and Nick Whiteside leading the way, the Tigers evened their record at 1-1, using a big third quarter to turn back the Bloods (2-1).
A key Supergoal from Whiteside punctuated the stanza, providing essentially the knock-out blow for the Tigers.
With the result, Starfish FC have an opportunity to move past the Swans on the ladder when they host the Clearwater Kangas Saturday in St. Petersburg. First bounce is 11 AM, following a weekly combined training session on the Common 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)
STATEMENT ON MLF AND THE USAFL
The people of Major League Footy are passionate and dedicated to growing our great sport in the United States, and we look forward to working with everyone in the overall footy community in creating a new pathway for competitive footy.
While we are no longer associated within the organizational structure of the USAFL, we wholeheartedly support and acknowledge the USAFL’s twenty-year efforts to develop the sport in accordance with the traditions of Australian club culture in a non-profit model.
The USAFL is comprised of amazing people – nearly all volunteers – who devote themselves to our great sport, day-in and day-out. That can never be overstated.
Major League Footy is independent of the USAFL, which is the currently-recognized sanctioning body of the sport in the United States.
The business model of Major League Footy differs from the USAFL’s non-profit model, as it is based on the long-standing norms for American professional and semi-professional sports.
That business model is fused with an intent to focus only on the format of game-play best suited for American playing facilities, player availability, travel and the like – and is the model the St. Petersburg / Tampa Bay club has operated under since 2014.
As MLF continues game-play in its second season this weekend, we remain steadfast in our hope that the American landscape of the greatest team sport in the world will see room for new approaches and efforts to always cooperatively grow our game. Together.
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.
SWANS SOAR, TOPPLE KANGAS, 105-36
A prodigious offensive attack in the paved the way for St. Pete, as the Swans (2-0) ran out 16.9.105 – 5.6.36 winners over Orlando (0-1),Saturday at Rollbotto Oval at Crescent Lake Common in St. Petersburg.
Looking to build on the momentum of a 45-point win over the Lakeland Tigers a fortnight ago, the Swans attacked from the first ball-up, racing to a 4.5 margin before Orlando notched a major just prior to the first break.
St. Pete has now outscored opponents 211-97 on the young 2017-18 Major League Footy Florida Winter Season.
Jones, back from the US Men’s National Team’s positive showing at the AFL International Cup in Melbourne, was again seemingly everywhere on the 100 yard gridiron-size field, directing traffic and moving
the ball forward throughout the contest.
Down but not out, Orlando battled back in the second stanza, kicking the first two majors before Aaron Crittenden and Miro Gladovic struck again just before the big break.
St. Pete held a 33-point advantage at the big break.
Playing under AXFL rules for the second time in the early goings of the 2017-18 Winter Season, Orlando was again able to slow the Swans’ offense in the third quarter – keeping things close with pressure from Benjamin Walker and Pat Bilder – as the sides entered the final 10-minute period.
While Orlando entered that final frame still withing striking range, Jones and Co. again let loose the scoring fireworks, breaking the proceedings wide open in a 32-2 fourth quarter result.
The sides will meet again Saturday, December 9 at 7PM at Four ‘N Twenty Field at Campbell Park in downtown St. Petersburg.
SWANS SET TO DEFEND WINTER FLAG
Ball up is 11 AM on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Pete.
Having stormed back from a slow start to take the 2016-17 flag by routing a previously-undefeated Suncoast Suns side, the Swans are hoping for an easier path to the top of the ladder this season.
With a 45-point win in their November 4 pre-season debut against the expansion Lakeland Tigers, St. Pete saw flashes of offensive dominance that characterized the club’s 2016 USAFL season.
Matched up against an Orlando side that failed to see victory in last season’s winter campaign, Senior Coach Greg Bray and Assistant Coach Matt Elliott look to put their stamp on a winter of improvement in all facets of the game, beginning with this week’s Season-opening tilt.
The match is presented by Rollbotto, and will air live worldwide on RadioStPete – now entering its third season as the official broadcast partner of the St. Petersburg Swans.
Fans can listen live for free at radiostpete.com, or download the RadioStPete app for iOS and Android.
Rich Libero returns with the play-by-play, with Miro Gladovic on color commentary. Game time weather in St. Petersburg is expected to be sunny, with a ball-up temperature of 77 degrees.
GLADOVIC, LIBERO SET TO DEBUT AMERICAN FOOTY SHOW
St. Petersburg Swans broadcast partners Miro Gladovic and Rich Libero are set to tackle the debut of their new American Footy Show – an exciting new look at footy from an International – and sometimes distinctly American – perspective.
Production begins Friday, November 10 in St. Petersburg.
Featuring footy news, analysis and commentary, player interviews and much more – American Footy Show connects the personalities and action from around Major League Footy with the global footy scene.
American Footy Show figures to be a ‘must-watch’ event for fans of Major League Footy – and footy everywhere!
ST. PETE FLIES BY LAKELAND IN AFLX RULES TEST, 106-61
The St. Petersburg Swans used a dominating second half performance to pull away from a tight affair to run out 16.10.106 – 9.7.61 winners in an AFLX rules test match vs. the Lakeland Tigers, Saturday in St. Pete.
After jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first minute of play, the Swans looked ready to get a rout underway before Lakeland captain Pat Bilder answered with two majors of his own to put the Tigers up by five.
While the Swans would scratch their way to a 2.1.13 – 2.0.12 lead at the first break, the second stanza was see more of the same, as players adjusted to the wide-open spaces of AFLX rules footy.
After a nip and tuck affair through the period, St. Pete once again struck late in the frame to take make their early 7-point lead stand at the big break.
The second half would spin a completely different take from the first, however, as a quick Tigers strike by Ken Scheidt that drew Lakeland back within one point was quickly negated by a barrage of St. Pete scoring set up by Dustin Jones and CJ Morton.
While Lakeland did close the gap at the third quarter break to with three majors, momentum had turned to the Red & White as the Florida sun also began to take its toll.
With temperatures in the low 80s heading into the final ten minutes, Ben Walker and Jake Keglor locked down midfield, continually keeping Lakeland on defense in the final quarter.
That pressure finally saw the Tigers break down, as St. Pete put up a 29-point margin the 4th en route to a 45-point win.
Schiedt, Bilder and Kyle Roun led the Tigers in scoring, while Basil Benjamin excelled on defense.
Saturday’s AFLX Rules Trial was played on a American (gridiron) football-sized field with regulation goal and behind posts.
With the only center bounces to start each ten-minute quarter, all goals and behinds resulted in a kick-in from fullback.
The St. Petersburg Swans return to action Saturday, November 11 in a Footy 9s rules scrimmage on the Common at Crescent Lake.
ST. PETE GOES RETRO FOR MLF JUMPER
The St. Petersburg Swans will sport a decidedly old-school look this winter season, when the club rolls out a new back-to-the-future jumper strip this December.
Custom designed by Australia-based Blackchrome Sportswear, the new strip is a no-nonsense, traditional design that exemplifies the club’s deep respect for the history and spirit of Australian football.
The new kit for Major League Footy Florida Winter League competition features fully sublimated jumpers, shorts and socks, and is expected to debut for the club’s December 9, 2017 match at Four ‘N Twenty Field in St. Petersburg.
ST. PETE HOSTS SCRIMMAGE AS TIGERS BOW
The scrimmage will begin at 11 AM, and marks the first action of the Major League Footy 2017-’18 Florida Winter Season.
The debuting Lakeland Tigers are led by USAFL veteran Patrick Bilder (New York/Baton Rouge/St. Petersburg), and will play a limited number of matches in the coming season as part of the MLF Elite Series.
Admission and parking are free, and the scrimmage will immediately follow the regularly-scheduled pre-season training session.
The Major League Footy 2017-’18 season kicks off Saturday, 18 November, as Orlando visits St. Pete.
St. Petersburg (3-1) captured the 2016-17 MLF Premiership flag by defeating the previously undefeated Suncoast Suns, while Orlando went winless at 0-3 in a rough Inaugural campaign.
ST. PETE SEEKS ‘X’-FACTOR
The St. Petersburg Swans will incorporate a trial match under proposed AFLX rules into their pre-season training this Saturday at 10 AM, as USAFL veteran Patrick Bilder (New York/Baton Rouge/St. Pete) leads the upstart Lakeland Tigers in the Tabbies’ Winter Footy debut.
The AFLX rules trial will begin at 11 AM, immediately following the club’s pre-season training session.
The training session begins at 10 AM on the Common at Crescent Lake Park in St. Petersburg, with the trial match to follow.
AFLX is the 7-a-side format of Australian Rules Football, currently in development by the AFL, and intended for play on a soccer or American football (gridiron) field.
Saturday’s trial will be the Swans’ second test of the proposed gameplay rules.
The trial match does not factor in the 2017-’18 Major League Footy Florida Winter League standings or results.
The Common is located at the north (22nd Ave. N.) side of Crescent Lake Park, and free neighborhood parking is available to the immediate east and west of the Common.
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.
WINTER WONDERS: SWANS CHART NEW COURSE FOR FLORIDA FOOTY
As the St. Petersburg Swans begin pre-season training this evening – with an eye on the 2017-18 Winter Season Opener (November 18 vs. Orlando), the club is also embarking on a new course for footy in Florida.
With a new primary schedule that sees the club compete in the Major League Footy circuit in an October – March season, the Swans become the flagship club in a new effort to grow Australian football adapted for American gridiron fields.
With the 2015 and 2016 winter training schedule – and the 10-round 2016-17 Inaugural Winter Footy competition – proving to be the club’s strongest in terms of both numbers and growth potential, the Swans’ switch to a full-on winter circuit shouldn’t surprise.
And, in adapting a game play format developed specifically for the United States, the club now turns its attention to staging competitive footy during what has long been the sport’s traditional ‘off-season’.
The schedule change also means footy in Florida will also now be played in more reasonable weather conditions – rather than the scorching heat and humidity of the sub-tropical summer.
The St. Pete Swans open the 2017-18 Major League Footy season November 18th, when the club hosts Orlando AFC 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.
IN LEAGUE WITH LEGENDS
Hall Of Famers Aylett, Barassi, Dixon Welcome Swans to AFI
The St. Petersburg Swans will return for the second season of Major League Footy circuit of Footy 9s Australian Rules Football, kicking off the 2017-’18 season November 18th in St. Petersburg, Florida, when the Swans host the Orlando Sharks.
The Swans defeated the Suncoast Suns 117-38 to capture the Inaugural Major League Footy Championship Final, February 25, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
With the Swans as the circuit’s flagship club, Florida-based teams will compete in an 18-week season through March 2018.
The campaign also marks the league’s new alignment with Australian Football International, developers of the Footy 9s format and leading independent advocates for worldwide growth of the sport.
In the new alignment, Major League Footy recognizes AFI as the governing body of the Footy 9s format, which has been developed specifically for game play in the United States.
AFI Board Members and Hall of Famers Allen Aylett, Ron Barassi and Brian Dixon share a career-long passion for the international development of the sport, and are universally renowned for their distinguished careers as players, coaches and administrators.
Founded in 2014 as a member of the USAFL, the St. Petersburg Swans are honored to today represent Major League Footy and Australian Football International as a direct connection between some of the greatest luminaries of footy history – and the future of our great sport in the United States.
The 2017-’18 Major League Footy Premiership Season, Presented by Aussie Sports USA, kicks off Saturday, November 18, when the Swans host Orlando in St. Petersburg.
SWANS LOOK TO REGROUP AFTER DERBY DEFEAT
The St. Petersburg Swans will return to training this Thursday with a renewed focus on fundamentals, having been schooled by Ft. Lauderdale for the second straight match.
In a tough, well-played match in sultry conditions, the sides spent the entire first frame feeling each other out, playing to a 0.3.3 – 0.3.3 break.
In the second quarter, Ft. Lauderdale found the weaknesses they had spent the first quarter searching for – and exploited them.
The Squids posted a 5.3.33-0.5.5 advantage, paced by WAAFL veteran Curt Martin (East Perth), and went in to the big break handily ahead by 28.
St. Pete did bounce back to life in the 3rd, firing four quick majors to get back into the contest, as Dustin Jones, Janni Mirosevich, Jake Keglor and Aaron Crittenden did their level best to fight back.
That run would not play out in the final stanza, however, as Ft. Lauderdale rediscovered their ‘even-numbered quarter’ magic once again, sealing the affair with a 4.4.28 – 1.2.8 period and a final of 11.11.77 – 5.10.40.
Despite the Swans’ prowess as an offensive-minded side, that result was Ft. Lauderdale’s highest score against St. Petersburg going back the past two seasons.
The Swans return to training Thursday evening at 6 PM, on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg.