By Kate Carey and Samantha Carey
A smattering of clouds and a light breeze kept the Florida heat at bay for day one of the two day USAFL National Championships. Nearly a thousand players from 44 teams travelled from all over the USA and Canada to descend on the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, for the 2019 USAFL National Championships. The Washington DC area was represented by the DC Eagles men’s team in Division IV while a large contingent of DC Eagles Women were supported by players from Des Moines and the Arizona Outlaws in the Women’s Division II. DC Eagles men’s team started out strong with two convincing wins on day one of the competition. The Eagles attacked the ball with intensity to keep Minnesota Freeze scoreless for a 57-point win followed by another strong win over the Atlanta Kookaburras. The Eagles Women (4.4.28) outclassed the Montreal Angles (1.0.6) in game one and kept Houston Lonestars scoreless in game two, comfortably wrapping up top spot in Pool A. Off the field, the players enjoyed Four and Twenty Pies and mingling with USAFL guests of honour AFL/AFLW players Mason Cox (Collingwood Maggpies) and 2019 Best and Fairest Erin Phillips (Adelaide Crows) (Pictured left).
Read more: Eagles Soar in Florida
What a great start to the 2019 Season! It was a gorgeous day in Arlington.
The parents got involved early with sharks and minnows. They then took up the challenge of handballing and kicking to the players.
After going through the basics the players were split into three age groups. Thanks to coaches Kate, Lara, Jarrod and John for taking the players through their paces with great help from volunteers Samantha and Geovanni as well as parents and helpers.
Read more: Great Day Out
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The order closes Tuesday July 2.
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Delivery is July 20.
It is time register for the 2019 Season. This year there will be four sessions beginning June 22 and running through to July 20. The program is FREE.
You can register HERE.
Players can also purchase Membership Packs. These packs include a WJAFC Bag, WJAFC baseball cap and WJAFC water bottle. There is also goodies from AFL clubs and local businesses.
The Washington Junior Australian Football Club took its next first step on Saturday. The Club hosted the DC Eagles in a game of AFLX at Yorktown High School in Arlington VA. With a team made up mostly of teenagers, many of whom are growing up in the USA, the Washington Juniors took on the DC Eagles, a local adult team led by former Collingwood player, Danny Seow. In weather that was more like winter in the home of footy, Melbourne Australia, than summer in Washington DC, the Juniors came within 1 point of upsetting the Eagles.
Read more: AFLXers come within a point