FOOTY RETURNS WITH #BATTLEOFTHEBURG

FOOTY RETURNS WITH #BATTLEOFTHEBURG

JASON BLACKBOURN

Jason Blackbourn and the St. Petersburg Swans look to avenge a Finals loss Saturday, when they tangle with Curtis Speller and StarfishFC in St. Pete

The 2018-19 Major League Footy Premiership Season kicks off Saturday in Florida, as the St. Petersburg Swans and Starfish FC clash in a ‘Battle of the ‘Burg’ matinee double-header.

Ball up is 11 AM.

The Swans will be looking to avenge a shock 120-114 loss to the ‘Fish to close out the summer campaign, having only a month to ruminate over the last-moment defeat.

With MLF pivoting to an October-March regular season schedule, the Swans may be eager to see a clean slate after an uneven summer circuit.

Although the Bloods finished 7-4 and atop the ladder as minor premiers, inconsistencies during a rough mid-season skid – punctuated by big losses to Tampa Bay and Miami – will top a list of corrective tasks for coaches Greg Bray and Matt Elliott heading into Autumn.

All four St. Pete losses in 2018 came in games that saw the opposition top the century mark on the scoreboard, and those defensive lapses contrast with a 7-0 record otherwise.

Following last week’s Territorial Allocation Draft, the Swans will enter the circuit’s 2018-19 season with a core player list comprised of players local to St. Petersburg, and the St. Pete side will look to get off on the right foot this weekend.

MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY WEEK ONE:

ST. PETERSBURG SWANS v ST. PETERSBURG STARFISH FC
Saturday, October 27. Game One: 11 AM.
Rollbotto Oval at Crescent Lake Common, St. Petersburg.

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