Friday, December 10, Sacramento, CA - Sac Footy wrapped up 2010 with a massive night of elections, awards and good times. The evening began with the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and was followed by awards for the Fall League and end of year celebration.
More than 20 people gathered at Capitol Towers for the AGM to elect the Board for 2011. It was overwhelming to have received multiple nominations for five of the eight positions up for election. This is a good indicator of the enthusiasm members have for the club and a positive sign for the future.
"It was wonderful to see so many new faces wanting to volunteer their time for the club," said Amy Bishop, Club President, "I would really like to thank the outgoing Board members, particularly Helen Mondia (co-founder of the club), Jared Kerstiens and Janet McKinley for their contributions this year. I would also like to welcome new Board members, Saleh Tyebjee, Fallon Thomen and Mel Chen and wish them and all the continuing Board Members the best for 2011".
The 2011 Sacramento Australian Rules Football Club Executive Board is:
President - Amy Bishop
Vice President - Saleh Tyebjee
Secretary - Fallon Thomen
Treasurer - Tocher Kellom
Director of Operations - Matt Bishop
Director of Events - Tracy Rivera
Members-at-Large - Jeff Soesbe & Mel Chen
Following the AGM, the Fall League Awards were presented at Pre-Flite Lounge in Downtown Sacramento. There was a great turn out on hand to celebrate the end of an extremely successful year for the club. The night began with the President, Amy Bishop, giving an overview of the year and more importantly gave a sneak preview of what is to come in 2011.
Coach, Matt Bishop, and Vice-President, Saleh Tyebjee, took the stage to award the Most Improved male and female players from each of the four Fall League teams. The winners of these awards showed continued development throughout the season and played the game in great spirit. Congratulations to the following players who were each awarded with a mini footy:
Gold Team - Mike Reynolds & Megan Nichols
Red Team - Robin Bishop & Brad Ander
The Sinners - Stan Cellabos & Tiffany Yuan
Silver Surfers - Yani Castillo & Brenden Chechourka
The formalities were concluded with the Silver Surfers being awarded with the Aussie Sport Stuff Premiership Cup for their convincing win in the Fall League Final.
Monday, November 29 - Congratulations to the 2010 Fall League Premiers, The Silver Surfers!
The championship game for the fall league was between the Silver Surfers and the Sinners and on paper it promised to be a very close game.
Unfortunately for the Sinners the Surfers were too strong and eventually won the game by 37 points.
It was a superb effort by the Surfers with all players making valuable contributions. Highlights of the game included the Super Goals kicked by Yani Costello and Jessica Estrada. It is worth mentioning here that Jessica was the equal leading goalkicker for the Fall League with 7 goals.
The first game of the evening was between the Gold and the Reds in a play off for 3rd place. The game was very competitive and as a result the score remained close the entire match. The Gold started strong however the Reds clawed their way back and took the lead. They never looked back winning the game by 10 points. The only Super Goal for the game was kicked by Megan Nichols and it was a ripper!
Thanks to Lege, Bisho, Salad & Azza for umpiring the games; thanks to Fallon & Heather for braving the elements to score and thanks to Helen, Jeff, Nate & Tocher for goal umpiring.
Game 1 Scores
Half Time: GOLD - 18.104.22.168 v RED 0.4.1.25
Full time: GOLD - 22.214.171.124 v RED 0.6.4.40
GOLD: B. Johnson (2), M. Bishop, M. Nichols
RED: A. Bradley (3), B. Ander, J. Soesbe, J Fernandez
Umpires - M. Lege, S. Tyebjee; Scorer - F. Thomen; Goal Umpires - T. Kellom, N. Minshew
Game 2 Scores
Half time: SINNERS - 126.96.36.199 v SURFERS - 0.2.4.16
Full time: SINNERS - 188.8.131.52 v SURFERS - 184.108.40.206
SINNERS: J. Estrada
SURFERS: M. Lege (2), T. Kellom, Y. Costello, M. O'Leary
Umpires - M. Bishop, A. Bradley; Scorer - F. Thomen; Goal Umpires - H. Mondia, J. Soesbe
Monday, November 22 - What a wet start to the night with the sky opening up and raining enough to make it a very wet, cold and slippery night...
The Reds and Sinners braved the weather playing the first 10 minutes of their game in the downpour. By half time the rain had cleared but left behind a very wet and muddy field. The Reds nearly had their full squad out tonight but were still unable to come away with a win. The Sinners managed to beat the Reds by 26 points in a very slippery wet game.
The second game between the Surfers and the Gold team was a very muddy affair. It was a very low scoring game at half time with only 1 goal on the scoreboard. The Surfers proved to be just a little too good for Gold defeating them and holding onto the number 2 spot.
Next week is the Grand Final between the Sinners and the Surfers at 8:00pm. The Reds and Gold will battle for 3rd and 4th places at 7:15pm.
Thanks to Lege, Bisho, Jeff & Salad for umpiring the games; thanks to Linke, Susan, Tracy, Tocher and Amy for umpiring and scoring.
Game 1 Scores
Half Time: RED - 0.0.2.2 v SINNERS - 220.127.116.11
Full time: RED - 0.1.4.10 v SINNERS - 18.104.22.168
RED: J. Kerstiens
SINNERS: A. Linke (2), M. Chen, N. Minshew, J. Estrada
Umpires - M. Bishop, M. Lege; Scorer - A. Bishop; Goal Umpires - T. Rivera, T. Kellom
Game 2 Scores
Half time: SURFERS - 0.1.2.8 v GOLD - 0.0.4.4
Full time: SURFERS - 22.214.171.124 v GOLD - 0.2.4.16
SURFERS: A. Amaro, R. Boyer, Y. Costello
GOLD: B. Johnson, M. Reynolds
Monday, November 15 - With only one more game before the championship game the competition is heating up!
The winner of the first game between The Silver Surfers and the Reds would take a one game lead in the race to challenge the Sinners for the championship. It was a close match as anticipated with the Reds in the lead by 4 points at half time. However a super goal kicked by Amy Bishop in the second half put the Surfers in front and they eventually won by 7 points.
The second game between the Sinners and the Gold was a one-sided affair with the Sinners defeating the Gold by more than 50 points. Super goals by Jessica Estrada, Elaine Schreiber and Tiffany Yuen racked up the score quickly and they were ably supported by Dave Webb and Jeff Wheeler.
Thanks to Bisho, Salad, Azza & Lege for umpiring the games; thanks to James, Jessica, Brian, Nate, Amy, Tocher, Dazza & Helen for goal umpiring and scoring.
Game 1 Scores
Half Time: RED - 0.2.2.14 v SURFERS - 0.1.4.10
Full time: RED - 0.3.5.23 v SURFERS - 126.96.36.199
RED: A. Bradley (2), A. Cardenas
SURFERS: A. Amaro, A. Bishop, B. Chechourka
Umpires - M. Bishop, S. Tyebjee; Scorer - J. Estrada; Goal Umpires - B. Lewis, N. Minshew
Game 2 Scores
Half time: SINNERS - 188.8.131.52 v GOLD - 0.0.2.2
Full time: SINNERS - 184.108.40.206 v GOLD - 0.1.4.10
SINNERS: J. Estrada (2), D. Webb (2), J. Wheeler, S. Tyebjee, E. Schreiber, T. Yuan
GOLD: B. Lewis
Monday, November 8 - The Fall season is now just over half way through and the competition is tight. Tonight saw two close matches. The first between the Sinners and the Surfers was a close game with the Surfers in the lead at half time. The Sinners rallied in the second half kicking 3 goals to 1 to win by 8 points.
The second game between the Golden Bears and The Reds was also close with the Reds holding a 9 point lead at half time. The match was tied with only a few minutes to go however the Reds held on to win by 11 points. Well done to Amy Stewart who kicked the only super goal for the week.
Thanks to Azza, Salad, Lege and Bisho for umpiring the games; thanks to Jessica, Funky, Shewy, Lewie and Yeff for goal umpiring and scoring; and finally a big thank you to Fallon for braving the cold to score the first game.
Game 1 Scores
Half Time: SINNERS - 0.1.2.8 v SURFERS - 0.2.2.14
Full time: SINNERS - 0.4.6.30 v SURFERS - 0.3.4.22
SINNERS: S. Tyebjee (2), S. Cellabos, D. Brasuell
SURFERS: T. Kellom (2), A. Amaro
Umpires - A. Bradley, M. Bishop; Scorer - F. Thomen; Goal Umpires - B. Lewis, J. Soesbe
Game 2 Scores
Half time: RED - 0.2.3.15 v GOLD - 0.1.0.6
Full time: RED - 0.5.4.34 v GOLD - 220.127.116.11
RED: J. Soesbe (2), B. Ander, A. Cardenas, A. Bradley
GOLD: B. Johnson, A. Stewart, M. Reynolds
Monday, November 1 - This week Sac Footy was competing with some big events such as the baseball [nice work Giants!] and the Melbourne Cup however attendance was better than expected.
The first game was between the Golden Bears and Silver Surfers. The Bears played a particularly good first half with plenty of possessions but a high amount of turn overs reduced the number of scoring opportunities. The Surfers picked up their game in the second half however they were very wasteful with their scoring attempts, often trying to score from unrealistic positions.The Surfers proved to be too strong in the end winning by 19 points. Well done to Brenden Chechourka who kicked 2 goals.
The second game was between the Sinners and Reds with the Reds only just having the minimum 6 players required to prevent a forfeit. Great work by Ryan Funk and the Reynolds brothers, Scott and Mike, to back up and help the Reds out. The game was played with 9 players on each team which meant there were plenty of wide open spaces. The Reds fought bravely but were outlasted by the Sinners with the final margin being 10 points.Great work by Jessica Estrada to kick a super-goal, this after a comical 3 air shots in an attempt to kick a goal earlier in the game.
Thanks to Azza, Salad, Lege and Bisho for umpiring the games; thanks to Brad, Shewy, Stewie, Lewe and Tracy for goal umpiring; and finally a big thank you to Fallon for hobbling out to the ground again and helping with the scoring!Game 1 Scores
Half Time: GOLD - 0.1.2.8 v SURFERS - 0.0.3.3
Full time: GOLD - 0.1.3.9 v SURFERS - 0.3.10.28
GOLD: M. Reynolds
SURFERS: B. Chechourka (2), M. O'Leary
Umpires - A. Bradley, S. Tyebjee; Scorer - F. Thomen; Goal Umpires - B. Ander, N. Minshew
Game 2 Scores
Half time: RED - 0.1.0.6 v SINNERS - 18.104.22.168
Full time: RED - 0.2.5.17 v SINNERS - 22.214.171.124
RED: J. Fernandez (2)
SINNERS: M. Chen (2), S. Tyebjee, J. Estrada
Friday, October 29, 2010 - More than 200 students at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, were given a lesson in Australian Rules Football, or footy as it is commonly known, by eight representatives of the Sacramento Australian Rules Football Club (Sac Footy).
Sac Footy has been in existence since March 2009 and this year ran a recreational footy league during the summer with more than 80 participants and is currently running a Monday night recreational league of similar numbers at O’Neil Park in Downtown Sacramento. The Fall League finishes with Finals on Monday, November 29.
Ms. Bev Marx, a physical education teacher at Del Campo High, came across Australian Rules Football, when she visited Downunder with her Australian mother. Bev found out about the Sacramento club and came out to watch one of the summer league games and the idea of holding a clinic at her school was born.
Five classes were introduced to the sport during two separate sessions by Sac Footy Coach Matt Bishop, also Coach of the Golden Gate Roos and the USA Revolution men’s national team. The students were given an overview of the sport with demonstrations by Sac Footy team mates and then they were able to try their hand at the basic skills of handballing, marking and kicking.
The feedback provided by the teachers and students was very positive and it was great to see participation levels of such a high number. Ms. Marx would like to incorporate Australian Rules Football into the school’s physical education curriculum and possibly play against other schools in the not too distant future.
Thank you to Sac Footy players Amy Bishop, Saleh Tyebjee, Jessica Estrada, Nathan Minshew, Charlotte Newcomb, Jared Kerstiens and Mark Howlett for their help in making the day possible and an enjoyable experience for all.
If you are a student or teacher in the Sacramento area and would like to have Sac Footy run a footy clinic at your school simply email us here.
Monday, October 25 - First game of Round 2 was between The Sinners and The Gold Team. Gold fought hard, but the more experienced Sinners were too strong for them with Dan Brasuell kicking 4 goals and Marissa Francis kicking her first super goal! Congratulations to Gary Toner who kicked his first goals. The Sinners eventually went on to win by 32 points.
The second game was between the Silver Surfers and The Reds. The Reds were short six players which is a disadvantage on the bigger O'Neil Park field and it showed with the Silver Surfers outrunning the Reds.The eventual margin was 31 points with highlights being super goals by Lindsey Stratton, Rachel Defer and Tracy Rivera.Game 1 Scores
Half Time: SINNERS - 126.96.36.199 v GOLD 0.0.2.2
Full time: SINNERS - 188.8.131.52 v GOLD - 0.2.6.18
SINNERS: D. Brasuell (4), M. Francis, N. Minshew, J. Estrada
GOLD: G. Toner, M. Reynolds
Umpires - A. Bradley, M. Lege; Scorer - F. Thomen; Goal Umpires - J. Fernandez, T. Rivera, D. Hul
Game 2 Scores
Half time: RED - 0.0.4.4 v SURFERS - 184.108.40.206
Full time: RED - 0.1.6.12 v SURFERS - 220.127.116.11
RED: J. Kerstiens
SURFERS: A. Amaro, M. Lege, L. Stratton, R. Defer, T. Rivera
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who made it to Louisville, Kentucky for the 2010 USAFL National Tournament!
The Sacramento Screamers with the help from a few Atlanta Kookaburras recorded their first ever win beating a combined Minnesota/Milwaukee/Toronto team 5.7.37 - 5.1.31. Congratulations to all the girls.. impressive given that this was the first tournament for most of you!
Thanks to Wayne Kraska for guiding us through through the tournament and to coach Matt Bishop for helping us all come this far and be this successful.
The Golden Gate Roos performed well placing 3rd overall in the tournament. The contribution by the Sacramento players in both the Division 1 and 3 teams was significant!
A big thank you to Cooper Teamwear for providing the fantastic looking jumpers that the Screamers wore throughout the tournament!
Monday, October 18 - A great first round with a lot of new players and the league's first night under lights! The Fall League's first game could have been a closer affair if the Gold team had a bit more goal kicking practice under their belts... The Red team took out the game with their slightly more experienced side and more accurate goal kicking.
The second game between Black and Silver was a tough one with the Silver team not making a mark on the scoreboard for the entire first half. The Black team scored the one and only Super-Goal for Round One.
Game 1 Scores
Half Time: RED - 0.3.1.19 v GOLD - 0.1.3.9
Full time: RED - 0.5.2.32 v GOLD - 0.2.6.18
RED: B. Ander (2), J. Kerstiens, A. Bradley, J. Soesbe
GOLD: G. Toner, D. Muhummad
Umpire - M. Bishop; Scorers - F. Thomen; Goal Umpires - B. Delany, T. Rivera, C. Newcomb
Game 2 Scores
Half time: BLACK - 0.1.3.9 v SILVER - 0.0.0
Full time: BLACK - 18.104.22.168 v SILVER - 0.2.2.14
BLACK: J. Estrada, F. Aguilar, S. Ceballos,
KUNGFOOTY: M. O'Leary, R. Boyer
Umpires - M. Bishop; Scorer - F. Thomen; Goal Umpires - J. Soesbe, J. Kerstiens
Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2010 AFL Grand Final viewing party at MVP's.Who would have thought the game would end in a draw - only the 3rd time in the last 100 years! Who also would have imagined we get to watch the whole thing all over again this week!
The night was a huge success with more than 80 people in attendance. Thank you to all the generous donations we received for the lucky door prize and the competitions we ran.
Specifically we would like to thank the following people:
Luke Quirk, Calbay Services - www.calbayservices.com
James Chand (for the giant pumpkin)
Jeff Soesbe (who ran the Eric Bana Spot-a-thon)
Matt & Amy Bishop, Aussie Sport Stuff
Ron, May & all the staff at MVP's Sports Grill
"A year and a half ago, when Matt and Amy Bishop came to Sacramento, they brought co-ed footy with them and started a league that now includes 80 players who practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings in McKinley Park...
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - The 2010 Sac Footy Summer League Premiership team is Kungfooty!
The Grand final played between the Sinners and Kungfooty was a very tense affair. Kungfooty came out strong in the first half and played some great footy, going into half time with a lead of 17 points.
In the second half The Sinners fought back hard with a highlight being Yani Castillo kicking 2 super goals! The game came right down to the wire and in the last minute Saleh Tyebjee had a difficult shot at goal that could have won the game for the Sinners. The whole world seemed to stop as the ball sailed through the air toward the goal. Unfortunately for the Sinners it was called a behind and Kungfooty won by one solitary point.
The game for 3rd & 4th places between The Reds and The Screamers was equally as competitive as the Grand Final. The Reds ran their hearts out and created many opportunities in the first half but unfortunately inacurate kicking resulted in them going into half time with a 15 point deficit.
In the second half The Reds again seemed to be on top, however the Screamers had enough of a lead to hold on and eventually win by 3 points.
The games were followed by an Awards evening at MVP's in downtown Sacramento. It was fantastic to see a huge turnout with more than 80 people in attendance. The following awards were given:
GGAFL Team Encouragement Award: The Reds
Grand Final MVP's MVPs: Saleh Tyebjee & Yani Castillo (both Sinners)
Coaches Awards: June Fernandez (The Reds) & Oksana Kurganskaya (Screamers)
Leading Goal Kickers: Aaron Bradley (Screamers) - 23 goals, Amy Bishop (Screamers) & Susan Soesbe (The Reds) - 6 goals each.
Best & Fairest: Matt Lege (The Reds) - 23 votes, Fallon Thomen (Kungfooty) & Melissa Sweeney (The Reds) - 22 votes each.
The Aussie Sport Stuff Premiership Cup and medallions were awarded to Kungfooty.
Thank you to MVP's Sports Grill, The Golden Gate Australian Football League and Aussie Sport Stuff for their kind donations.
Organizers Matt & Amy Bishop were recognized for their efforts by the entire club and both are very thankful and proud to be involved with the Sacramento Australian Football Club.
Grand Final Game Scores
Half Time: Kungfooty - 0.7.1.43 v The Sinners - 0.4.2.26
Full time: Kungfooty - 0.9.1.55 v The Sinners - 22.214.171.124
Kungfooty: T. Kellom (3), M. Bishop, B.Lewis, L. Jones, T. Boyer, R. Boyer, T. Simmons
Sinners: Y. Castillo (2), R. Synhorst J. Soesbe, H. Sauraus, S.Tyebjee, M. Chen
Umpire - L. Quirk, A. Bradley; Scorers - M. Lege, S. Soesbe; Goal Umpires - N. Minshew, J. Fernandez
Wooden Spoon Game Scores
Half time: Screamers - 126.96.36.199 v The Reds - 0.0.9.9
Full time: Screamers - 188.8.131.52 v The Reds - 0.3.11.29
Screamers: A. Bradley (2), K. McAlister, B. Ander
The Reds: D. Martinez, J. Kerstiens, A. Amaro
Saturday, July 24, 2010 - On a cool, windy day in Daly City San Diego won the toss and decided to kick against the breeze. This paid dividends for them almost immediately with the Lions kicking two quick goals via John Jones and Justin Valley to establish an early lead. However the Roos eventually settled with the midfield of Mark Beare, Revo Under 23 players Kyle Johnson and Matt Lege, Captain Andrew Lamont, Coach Matt Bishop, Brian Lewis and Revolution player Mel Chen starting to find the ball. A quick change putting Shane Powell onto Valley had an immediate impact with Powell defending well and the Roos backline found their rhythm.
The forwards lead by Aaron Bradley and Michael Jobling were on song early once the opportunities started to come their way. With Chris Johnson deciding not to play last minute it was great to see Bradley step up early kicking 2 goals in the first quarter and being ably assisted by Mel Chen and Tocher Kellom, each kicking a goal each. The Roos were up by 17 at the first break.
The Lions had the wind in the second quarter however were unable to capitalise as the Roos backline defended well. Vice Captain Luck Quirk, Revo Under 23 players Saleh Tyebjee and Matt Lege, Shane Powell, Jamie Gain, Ian Gunn and Jared Kerstiens stood tall when it was required. Matt Bishop worked back into defence and for some reason the Lions continued to blaze away only to find him waiting there on many occasions. The hard work of Lamont, Mike Lancaster, Chris O'Meara, Gordon "Flash" Beith and Travis Hemmen gave the Roos defence many options to transfer the ball into attack. Hemmen was particularly important winning a lot of contests giving the Roos first use of the ball. The Lions could only manage one goal , through Brian Nickel, for the quarter and the Roos were able to kick two through Jobling. The Roos were up by 4 goals at half time.
San Diego came out switched on in the 3rd quarter again kicking a quick goal against the wind through Justin Valley. However it was all Roos from there with this being the last goal that San Diego would kick for the game. The Roos kicked six goals for the quarter with Tyebjee kicking three while playing at Center Half Back. Jobling added another to his tally, Davide de Vellis who worked hard from the Half Forward Flank kicked his first and Kyle Johnson also kicked his first for the game, a ripper from deep in the dead pocket. The Roos had raced to a 57 point lead by the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Roos did not let up in the 4th and final quarter kicking 4 unanswered goals against the wind. It was fantastic to see players like Heber Saurey, Matt Falkowski, Adan Linke and Gordon Beith continue to add value where possible. A highlight was Heebs running through the middle of the ground away from our goal and doing the disciplined thing of looking for support which eventually came and resulted in a goal. Bradley, Jobling and de Vellis added one each to their tallies and Lancaster kicked his first for the game. The Roos running out winners by 80 points.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Roos 4.5 6.8 12.11 16.13.109
Lions 2.0 3.2 4.2 4.5.29
Roos M. Jobling (4), A. Bradley (3), S. Tyebjee (3), D. De Vellis (2), M. Chen, K. Johnson, T. Kellom, M. Lancaster
Lions J. Valley (2), J. Jones, B. Nickel
Roos S. Tyebjee, S. Powell, K. Johnson, A Bradley, T. Hemmen, M.Bishop, M. Beare, D. de Vellis
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - We now have our finalists! The undefeated Sinners and Kungfooty! The Reds will be playing The Screamers at 6:30pm next week for 3rd and 4th place and the Grand Final will take place at 7:30pm.
The first game this week was between the Sinners and the Reds who were looking for their first win of the season. The Reds have been improving every week and this showed in a high scoring game with the Sinners eventually winning by 15 points. 21 goals were kicked in this game including 5 Super Goals.
The Screamers had a chance at making the final and had to beat Kungfooty by 55 points. They could not pull this off however and Kungfooty won the game by 19 points.This weeks MVP's MVPs were Christine Sto Domingo (The Reds) and Kyle Manly Johnson (Sinners).
Game 1 Scores
Half Time: The Reds - 0.3.2.20 v The Sinners - 184.108.40.206
Full time: The Reds - 220.127.116.11 v The Screamers - 18.104.22.168
The Reds: Matt Howlett (5), M. Lege (3), C. Sto Domingo, J. Kerstiens
Sinners: R. Synhorst (3), Y. Costelo (2), J. Estrada (2), J. Soesbe (2), H. Sauraus, P. Coaxum
The Reds: F. Garcia, Mark Howlett, J. Kerstiens, C. Sto Domingo, M. Lege, M. Sweeney
Sinners: Y. Costelo, R. Synhorst, K. Johnson, E. Schreiber, J.Estrada, S. Tyebjee
Umpire - M. Bishop; Scorers - B. Lews, A. Stewart, M. Bruce; Goal Umpires - N. Minshew, A. Bishop
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Screamers - 0.1.1.7 v Kungfooty - 0.3.2.20
Full time: Screamers - 0.3.3.21 v Kungfooty - 0.6.4.40
Screamers: A. Bradley (2), D. Muhummad
Kungfooty: T. Simmons (2), T. Boyer (2), M. Bishop, B. Lewis
Screamers: A. Bishop, J. Chand, M. Bruce, S. Reynolds, R. Resendez, M. Nichols
Kungfooty: T. Rivera, T. Simmons, F. Thomen, T. Sandhu, T. Boyer, N. Boyer
Umpires - M. Lege, K. Johnson; Scorer - S. Tyebjee; Goal Umpires - J. Soesbe, S. Newcomb, J. Fernandez, H. Mondia
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - We are nearing the end of the season and still attracting new players!
The Reds battled the Screamers in the first game and had a record 18 players to choose from, including 6 new players. Having this many players is very positive but also made it a challenge for the team captains to organize the team and make sure people received adequate playing time.
The Screamers came out with all guns blazing and jumped to a 34 point lead at half time and eventually won by 62 points. This big win helps to keep the Screamers in contention to make the Grand Final in 2 weeks time.
The second game between the Sinners and Kungfooty could possibly have been a preview of the Grand Final and proved to be a close battle. The Sinners lead by 12 points at half time and Kungfooty were able to reduce that lead to 8 points by the end of the game.
This weeks MVP's MVPs were Amy Bishop (Screamers) and Lewis Jones (Kungfooty).
Game 1 Scores
Half Time: The Reds - 0.1.2.8 v The Screamers - 22.214.171.124
Full time: The Reds - 0.3.3.21 v The Screamers - 126.96.36.199
The Reds: M. Lege, R. Funk, A. Cardenas
Screamers: A. Bishop (2), A. Bradley (2), T. Hemmen (2), J. Chand, O. Russian, M. Nichols, D. Muhummad, Seb
The Reds: J Kerstiens, M. Sweeney, M. Lege, J. Cooper, A. Cardenas, H. Mondia
Screamers: B. Ander, O. Russian, J. Chand, A. Stewart, S. Reynolds, M. Nichols, T. Hemmen, A. Bishop
Umpire - M. Bishop; Scorer - J. Estrada, H. Saurey ; Goal Umpires - B. Lewis, S. Tyebjee
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Sinners - 188.8.131.52 v Kungfooty - 184.108.40.206
Full time: Sinners - 220.127.116.11 v Kungfooty - 18.104.22.168
Sinners: J. Soesbe (2), J. Estrada, T. Yuan, M. Chen
Kungfooty: T. Kellom (2), T. Simmons, M. Bishop, T. Sandhu
Sinners: M. Chen, T. Yuan, H. Saurey, J. Estrada, S. Tyebjee, E. Schreiber
Kungfooty: T. Kellom, T. Rivera, T. Simmons, F. Thomen, M. Bishop, T. Sandhu
Umpires - M. Lege, A. Bradley; Scorer - A. Bishop; Goal Umpires - D. Muhummad, N. Minshew
Tuesday, July 7, 2010 - This week it seemed a lot of players were still recovering from their long weekend.. a few teams were short players and with the help of fellow Sac Footy mates were able to fill the gaps.
The first game was between the underwomanned Reds & The Sinners. With a couple of loaners, the Reds put up a good fight, but were no match for the Sinners, who managed to kick 3 Super Goals this week to add to their total.The second game was between the Screamers and the undermanned Kungfooty. With help from a couple of Sinners and a few family ring-ins, Kungfooty were too strong for the Screamers.
This weeks MVP's MVPs were Charlotte Newcomb and Mel Chen (both Sinners).
Game 1 Scores
Half Time: The Reds - 22.214.171.124 v The Sinners - 126.96.36.199
Full time: The Reds - 188.8.131.52 v The Sinners - 184.108.40.206
The Reds: J. Kerstiens (3), M. Sweeney, J. Fernandez
Sinners: J. Soesbe (2), C. Newcomb (2), P. Coaxum (2), E. Schreiber, S. Tyebjee, K. Johnson
The Reds: A. Stewart, M. Howlett, J. Kerstiens, H. Mondia, M. Sweeney, R. Lipham
Sinners: M. Chen, E. Schreiber, S. Tyebjee, C. Newcomb, K. Johnson, J. Estrada
Umpire - M. Bishop; Scorer - A. Bishop; Goal Umpires - T. Lewandowski, T. Kellom
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Screamers - 0.1.1.7 v Kungfooty - 0.3.8.26
Full time: Screamers - 220.127.116.11 v Kungfooty - 18.104.22.168
Screamers: D. Muhummad, M. Nichols, A. Stewart, M. Bruce
Kungfooty: R. Boyer (3), T. Kellom (3), T. Simmons, B.Lewis, B. Simmons, J. Estrada
Screamers: R. Resendez, S. Reynolds, A. Stewart, M. Nichols, M. Bruce, T. Lewandowski
Kungfooty: A. Simmons, M. Bishop, B. Lewis, J. Estrada, T. Kellom, F. Thomen
Umpires - M. Chen, S. Tyebjee; Scorer - P. Coaxum; Goal Umpires - J. Fernandez, J. Soesbe
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - This week we saw the Sinners almost lose a game winning by the narrowest of margins over the Screamers and Kungfooty moved clearly into second place by defeating the Reds.
The first game was the match between Kungfooty and The Reds and this week Kungfooty brought their kicking boots and scoring 10 goals and only 5 behinds. The Reds have been valiant in the last couple of weeks with several new recruits adding much needed fire power to the side. It is only a matter of time before they break through for a win.
The second match between the Sinners and Screamers was a little one sided in the first half with the Sinners racing to a 16 point lead. However a spirited fight back by the Screamers resulted in the lead changing several times through the second half. At the full time whistle it was the Sinners in front winning by only 1 point. The Screamers had several chances to win the game however their kicking accuracy let them down.
This weeks MVP's MVPs were Bryan "BJ" Johnson (Screamers) and Elaine "The Most Interesting Woman in the World" Schreiber (Sinners).
Game 1 Scores
Half time: The Reds - 0.3.3.21 v Kungfooty - 0.6.4.40
Full time: The Reds - 22.214.171.124 v Kungfooty - 126.96.36.199
The Reds: P. Adamo (2), J. Fernandez, E. Tange
Kungfooty: R. Boyer (3), T. Kellom (3), M. Bishop (2), M. O'Leary, T. Sandhu
The Reds: M. Howlett, E. Tange, P. Adamo, M. Sweeney, M. Lege, J. Cooper
Kungfooty: M. Bishop, T. Sandhu, B. Lewis, F. Thomen, T. Simmons, M. Farsi
Umpires - A. Bradley, S. Tyebjee; Scorers - A. Bishop, M. Chen; Goal Umpires - N. Minshew, J. Soesbe, P. Coaxum
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Screamers - 0.2.1.31 v Sinners 0.4.5.29
Full time: Screamers - 188.8.131.52 v Sinners 0.6.6.42
Screamers: D. Muhummad (2), B. Johnson, N. Minshew, O. Kurganskaya, R. Resendez
Sinners: P. Coaxum, M. Synhorst, M. Chen, J. Soesbe, H. Saurey, K. Johnson
Screamers: S. Reynolds, A. Stewart, B. Johnson, M. Nichols, T. Hemmen, K. McAllister
Sinners: J. Soesbe, E. Schreiber, S. Tyebjee, J. Estrada, M. Synhorst, T. Yuan
Umpires - M. Bishop, M. Lege; Scorer - H. Mondia, F. Thomen; Goal Umpires - M. Howlett, E. Tange, M. Sweeney
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - We are at the halfway mark in the season and the Sinners are clearly the best team in the competition, undefeated on 6 wins. The battle for second place and a spot in the final is heating up with the Screamers and Kungfooty both with 3 wins and Kungfooty holding a narrow lead based on percentage. The Reds are yet to win a game however went very close against the Screamers this week and may surprise their next opponent.
The first game in Round 7 was the game between the Screamers and the Reds. The Reds fielded a strong team and lead by 3 points at half time. The lead changed several times through the second half however the Screamers came out on top and won by 7 points.
The second game was a top of the table clash between The Sinners and Kungfooty and promised to be an exciting match. Goals were hard to come by due to good defensive pressure and as a result both teams kicked several behinds. At the end of the first half the Sinners lead by 8 points and by the end of the game they had extended that lead to 17 points.
This weeks MVP's MVPs were: Teji Sandhu (Kungfooty), Jessica Estrada (Sinners) and Matt Lege (The Reds).
Half time: Screamers - 0.4.3.27 v The Reds - 184.108.40.206
Full time: Screamers - 220.127.116.11 v The Reds - 18.104.22.168
Screamers: A. Bradley (3), A. Stewart, D. Muhummad, M. Nichols, T. Lewandowski
Reds: A. Amaro (2), J. Kerstiens, E. Tange, M. Lege, P. Adamo
Screamers: M. Nichols, N. Minshew, A. Bishop, S. Reynolds, A. Bradley, A. Stewart
The Reds: P. Adamo, H. Mondia, M. Sweeney, M. Lege, A. Amaro, S. Soesbe,
Umpire - M. Bishop; Scorer - R. Defer; Goal Umpires - S. Tyebjee, M. Farsi
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Sinners - 22.214.171.124 v Kunfooty - 126.96.36.199
Full time: Sinners - 188.8.131.52 v Kungfooty - 184.108.40.206
Sinners: P. Coaxum (2), E. Schreiber, H. Saurey
Kungfooty: F. Thomen
Sinners: H. Saurey, E. Schreiber, S. Tyebjee, J. Estrada, P. Coaxum, T. Yuan
Kungfooty: M. Bishop, T. Sandhu, F. Thomen, C. Naylor, B. Lewis, T. Rivera
Umpires - M. Lege, A. Bradley; Scorer - C. Alvarez; Goal Umpires - S. Soesbe, J. Fernandez, N. Minshew
Extract from Sac Bee Sunday, June 20, 2010
"A year and a half ago, when Matt and Amy Bishop came to Sacramento, they brought co-ed footy with them and started a league that now includes 80 players who practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings in McKinley Park.
Footy is chaotic. At a recent practice, four teams took turns squaring off in free-for-alls of punting and underhanded passing.
One of footy's hallmarks is that throwing is not allowed. (Rookies have trouble with this rule).
Players move the ball toward – and, they hope, through – goalposts by kicking it or handing it off to another player. They can't hold onto the ball for more than five seconds.
The ball itself, which looks like a rugby ball or a more voluptuous version of an American football, is oblique and bouncy. When it hits the ground, there's no telling which way it will bounce, resulting in lots of empty-handed clutching. It gives the game a silly quality.
Players said footy is as easy to pick up as kickball and just as athletic as basketball or soccer.
"If you can run and think, you can play," said Amy Stewart, 26, a state worker.
The Bishops – blonde, tan and smiley – look like they walked out of an Australian tourism advertisement with kangaroos and coral reefs. Matt Bishop played footy semi-professionally back home. Both play the game now in Sacramento."
Read the full story: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/06/20/2831143/sacramento-new-home-to-aussie.html
July 31 in Toronto Canada, the USA will meet their rival from the north in the 49th Parallel Cup. We are excited to announce that a number of our very own Sacramento players have been named in both the men's and women' USA national teams.
Over the weekend of June 19 & 20 a number of Sac Footy players travelled to Denver for an Australian Football Tournament. There were 3 ladies and 3 mens teams and a big part of the weekend for the ladies was that the USA Freedom Team was selected.
We are happy to report that Amy Stewart & Amy Bishop were selected to be a part of the squad of 22 out of 60, to represent the USA!!!!
The Freedom team was the first ever International women's team to travel to Australia in 2009 and played 4 game in Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne and Bendigo respectively. They are planning to tour Australia again next July/August and the Amy's may just be a part of the team that makes the trip.
In addition, earlier this month Sac Footy and USA Revolution coach, Matt Bishop announced the USA Revolution squads who will also be competing against the Canada in Toronto.
Sac Footy player Mel Chen was named in the Revolution squad and Saleh Tyebjee, Matt Lege, Kyle Johnson and Nathan Minshew were named in the Revolution Under 23 squad.
A very exciting time for all at the Sacramento Australian Football Club!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - Round 6 was the first time the Reds met the Sinners and Kungfooty took on the Screamers (since Round 3 was washed out).
In the first game the Reds and the Sinners fought a close contest with the Sinners going into the half time break with a 6 point lead. In the second half the Sinners came out firing on all cylinders, running away with a 32 point victory.The Sinners remain undefeated after six rounds.
The second match between Kungfooty and the Screamers was a scrappy affair. It was low scoring in the first half with Kungfooty leading by 11 points. In the second half the inaccurate Kungfooty team went on to win by 19 points, even though they kicked 12 behinds for the game.
The post-game celebrations were held at MVP's and this weeks MVP's MVPs were: Teji Sandhu (Kungfooty) and Tocher Kellom (Kungfooty).
Half time: Sinners - 220.127.116.11 v The Reds - 18.104.22.168
Full time: Sinners - 22.214.171.124 v The Reds - 126.96.36.199
Sinners: J. Moralez (2), S. Tyebjee, K. Johnson, C. Newcomb, M. Chen, T. Yuan, M. Synhorst
Reds: M. Sweeney, S. Soesbe, J. Fernandez
Sinners: K. Johnson, C. Newcomb, J. Moralez, E.Schreiber, M. Chen, T. Yuan
The Reds: H. Mondia, M. Sweeney, M. Lege, A. Amaro, S. Soesbe, J. Fernandez
Umpire - M. Bishop; Scorer - A. Stewart; Goal Umpires - F. Thomen, D. Muhummad
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Screamers 0.1.2.8 v Kunfooty 188.8.131.52
Full time: Screamers 184.108.40.206 v Kungfooty 220.127.116.11
Screamers: A Bradley, A. Bishop, A. Stewart
Kungfooty: T. Kellom (3), D. Hul, C.Naylor, T. Simmons
Screamers: D. Muhummad, A. Bradley, A. Stewart, M. Nichols, A. Bishop, S. Reynolds
Kungfooty: M. Bishop, T. Simmons, T. Kellom, R. Defer, T. Sandhu, D. Hul
Umpire - M. Lege; Scorer - C. Alvarez; Goal Umpires - C. Newcomb, S. Tyebjee
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - This weeks games were between Kungfooty and The Reds and the second game was between the Screamers and Sinners on a glorious summer evening at McKinley Park.
Kungfooty were too strong for the Reds this week and the most impressive aspect of their game was that all players contributed to the win. Kungfooty were the first team to kick over 100 points in a game and a highlight was that the four ladies playing each kicked a super-goal! Kungfooty move into second place on the ladder with this timely percentage boost. The Reds fought hard and the best thing was they didn't give up kicking 5 goals in the second half, including two super-goals.
The second game between the Screamers and the Sinners was a very competitive and tense affair. The Screamers were leading by 3 points at half-time and for most of the second half, however a late goal kicking spree by the Sinners saw them run out winners by 22 points. The Sinners remain undefeated on 4 wins.
This week's MVP's MVPs were: Jessica Estrada (The Sinners) and Scott Reynolds (Screamers).
Jessica ran hard popping up all over the field and took several strong marks making a very solid contribution to her team.
Scott was an impenetrable defensive wall for the Screamers, resisting many attacks throughout the game and giving his team every chance to knock off the undefeated Sinners.Game 1 Scores
Half time: Kungfooty - 18.104.22.168 v The Reds - 0.2.3.15
Full time: Kungfooty - 22.214.171.124 v The Reds - 126.96.36.199
Kungfooty: T. Kellom (4), L. Jones (3), R. Boyer (2), M. Bishop, T. Sandhu, F. Thomen, R. Defer, T. Rivera
Reds: J. Kerstiens (2), M. Sweeney, M. Lege, S. Soesbe
Kungfooty: T. Sandhu, T. Rivera, F. Thomen, L. Jones, B. Lewis, T. Kellom
The Reds: S. Soesbe, H. Mondia, M. Sweeney, M. Lege, A. Amaro, J. Fernandez
Umpire - A. Bradley ; Scorer - C. Alvarez; Goal Umpires - J. Soesbe, S. Tyebjee
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Screamers 0.2.1.13 v Sinners 0.1.4.10
Full time: Screamers 0.3.5.23 v Sinners 0.6.9.45
Screamers: A Bradley (3)
Sinners: P. Coaxum (2), M. Chen, S. Tyebjee, K. Johnson, M. Synhorst
Screamers: A. Stewart, M. Nichols, A. Bishop, B. Ander, A. Bradley, S. Reynolds
Sinners: T. Yuan, J. Estrada, E. Schreiber, S. Tyebjee, M. Chen, R. Synhorst
Umpire - M. Bishop; Scorer - T. Kellom; Goal Umpires - B. Richey, L, Jones, F. Thomen, T. Sandhu
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - What a close round of games. Players were raring to go after last weeks round was washed out. Round 4 matches of the Sac Footy League were between the Reds and Screamers and the Sinners and Kungfooty.
The first match between The Screamers and The Reds was a close, high scoring game. Both teams played well and credit goes out to The Reds who had 7 sheilas and only 4 blokes.
The second game between the Sinners and Kungfooty was the closest match yet with only 1 goal separating the teams. The Sinners went into the game undefeated and were certainly favorites, however Kungfooty gave them a good run for their money, only to fall just short.
The post-game celebrations were held at our Sponsor Pub - MVP's A big crowd gathered once again to see who would win the MVP's MVP awards for the best & fairest bloke and sheila for Round 4.
This week's MVP's MVP's were: Melissa Sweeney (The Reds) and Tristan Boyer (Kungfooty).
Melissa is improving every week and was heavily involved through the middle of the ground and kicked her first Super-Goal! Tristan was everywhere helping his team whenever possible, sharing the ball and no opponent was too tall.
Half time: Screamers - 0.5.3.33 v The Reds - 188.8.131.52
Full time: Screamers - 184.108.40.206 v The Reds - 220.127.116.11
Screamers: A. Bradley (3), J. Chand (3), A. Bishop (1), D. Muhummad (1), M. Nichols (1), M. Reynolds (1)
Reds: S. Soesbe (3), J. Kerstiens (2), M. Sweeney (1)
Screamers: J. Chand, T. Lewandowski, T. Hemmen, A. Stewart, A. Bishop, M. Nichols
The Reds: M. Lege, J. Kerstiens, H. Saurey, L. Clayton, S. Soesbe, H. Mondia, M. Sweeney, K. Sevier
Umpire - M. Bishop; Scorer - T. Kellom; Goal Umpires - J. Soesbe, F. Thomen
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Sinners - 0.3.2.20 v Kungfooty - 0.3.3.21
Full time: Sinners - 0.6.4.40 v Kungfooty - 18.104.22.168
Sinners: P. Coaxum (2), M. Chen (1), H. Saurey (1), J. Soesbe (1), J. Newcomb (1)
Kungfooty: T. Simmons (1), R. Boyer (1), T. Boyer (1), T. Rivera (1)
Sinners: S. Tyebjee, J. Moralez, J. Soesbe, E. Schreiber, T. Yuan, C. Newcomb
Kunfooty: T. Simmons, B. Lewis, T. Boyer, D. Hul, F. Thomen, T. Rivera
Umpires - M. Lege, A. Bradley; Scorers - A. Bishop; Goal Umpires - A. Stewart, J. Kerstiens
Due to wet weather, Round 3 has been moved to July 20 before the finals.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - Round 2 matches of the Sac Footy League were between the Reds and Kungfooty and the Screamers and the Sinners.The first game was between Kungfooty and The Reds was very competitive, however Kungfooty overpowered The Reds to run out eventual winners. Kungfooty lead by 18 points at the end of the first half and the Reds reduced that to 14 by the final whistle.
The second game between the Sinners and the Screamers was a very close affair and the Screamers might have surprised themselves leading by 12 points at half time. The game was close until the final 7 minutes when the Sinners stepped it up a level and kicked 5 goals in 5 minutes to win by 20 points.
The post-game celebrations were held at our Sponsor Pub - MVP's (17th & Capitol). A big crowd gathered once again to see who would win the MVP's MVP awards for the best & fairest bloke and sheila for Round 2.
This week's MVP's MVP's were: Amy Stewart (Screamers) and Paul Coaxum (Sinners).
Amy was impressive with her charging runs from the backline and her superboot and Paul ran hard and kicked a bag of 5 goals!
Game 1 Scores
Half time: Kungfooty - 0.6.2.38 v The Reds - 0.3.2.20
Full time: Kungfooty - 0.9.10.64 v The Reds - 22.214.171.124
Kungfooty: C. Alvarez (3), T. Kellom (2), T. Boyer (2), B. Lewis (1), R. Boyer (1)
Reds: S. Soesbe (1), S. Holleran (1), J. Fernandez (1), A. Amaro (1), H. Mondia (1), J. Chand (1)
Kungfooty: B. Lewis, M. Bishop, T. Kellom, T. Rivera, M. Farsi, F. Thomen, C. Alvarez
The Reds: J. Fernanadez, A. Amaro, M. Lege, S. Soesbe, H. Mondia, M. Sweeney
Umpire - A. Bradley; Scorer - A. Harvey, A. Bishop; Goal Umpires - J. Soesbe, S. Tyebjee
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Sinners - 0.4.1.25 v Screamers - 126.96.36.199
Full time: Sinners - 0.11.4.70 v Screamers - 188.8.131.52
Sinners: P. Coaxum (5), S. Tyebjee (2), M. Chen (1), H. Saurey (1), J. Soesbe (1), J. Newcomb (1)
Screamers: A. Bradley (4), A. Bishop (1), K. McAlister (1), T. Hemmen (1)
Sinners: S. Tyebjee, J. Moralez, P. Coaxum, M. Chen, C. Newcomb, C. Bonneville, S. Schlaile
Screamers: N. Minshew, T. Hemmen, B. Ander, J. Chand, K. McAlister, A. Bishop, A. Stewart
Umpires - M. Bishop; Scorers - H. Mondia; Goal Umpires - M. Lege, C. Alvarez, T. Kellom
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 -The first ever Sac Footy League games were played at McKinley Park in East Sacramento. 60 people took part in two 40 minute games on a sunny and cool Spring afternoon... perfect for footy!
The first game was between the Sacramento Screamers and the Sacramento Reds with the Screamers proving to be too strong. The game was close until half time with the Reds holding a 1 goal lead. However a 5 goal half be the screamers secured them their first win.
The Second game was dominated by the Sacramento Sinners, however Team Kungfooty put up a brave fight and had chances to make the final score closer than it was.
The post-game celebrations were held at our new Sponsor Pub - MVP's (17th & Capitol). It was fantastic to see a big crowd turn up to support our sponsor and enjoy themselves. Two $25 MVP vouchers were awarded to the Best & Fairest Bloke and Sheila for Round 1.
This week's MVP's MVP's were: Fallon Thomen (Kungfooty) and Matt Synhorst (Sinners).
Congratulations to Matt & Fallon and all participants for making Round 1 a HUGE success!!
Game 1 Scores
Half time: Screamers - 0.2.2.14 v Reds - 0.3.2.20
Full time: Screamers - 184.108.40.206 v Reds - 0.5.3.33
Screamers: A. Bradley (5), T. Hemmen (1), A Bishop (1)
Reds: M. Lege (3), J. Kerstiens (2)
Screamers: A. Bradley, T. Hemmen, J. Chand, S. Reynolds, A. Stewart, K, McAllister, A. Bishop
Reds: M. Lege, L. Clayton, C. Holleran, H.Mondia, C. Sto Domingo, S. Soesbe
Umpire - M. Bishop; Scorer - C. Alvarez; Goal Umpires - J. Soesbe, C. Newcomb, D. Hul
Game 2 Scores
Half time: Sinners - 5.5.35 v Kungfooty - 1.4.10
Full time: Sinners - 9.8.62 v Kungfooty 4.7.31
Sinners: H. Saurey (2), K. Johnson (2), J. Soesbe (2), S. Tyebjee (1), J. Moralez (1), P. Coaxum (1)
Kungfooty: C. Alvarez (1), T. Kellom (1), R. Boyer (1), B. Lewis (1)
Sinners: S. Tyebjee, M. Synhorst, J. Moralez, J. Estrada, C. Newcomb, E. Schreiber
Kungfooty: C. Alvarez, T. Kellom, B. Lewis, F. Thomen, T. Rivera, T. Sandhu
Umpires - M. Bishop, A. Bradley; Scorers - A. Bishop, D. Muhummad; Goal Umpires - J. Newcomb, C. Holleran, R. Funk
The Sacramento Australian Football Club hit the ground running in 2010 with large numbers of players attending local practice sessions and participating in the Golden Gate Australian Football League (GGAFL) in the San Francisco area.
On Sunday, May 2nd, a warm and sunny Northern California day greeted 46 participants that took part in the first ever Sac Footy Open Day at McKinley Park. The group consisted of both Sac Footy veterans and those that were learning to kick an Aussie football for the very first time.
Participants were given an overview of the Sac Footy League rules and put into practice the skills required to play footy like an Australian. The group was then divided into 2 teams and a 40 minute game was played and it was exciting to see an open and free-flowing style of play that generated many scoring opportunities. With the inaugural Sac Footy League less than 2 weeks away it looks as though there will be some entertaining football played!
The Sac Footy crew aren't just keeping their love for their new-found sport contained to the Sacramento area. On the 24th of April 18 members of the club travelled down to Concord and participated in a recreational footy game and the annual GGAFL ANZAC Day Cup played between the Aussies and the Americans. This year the Americans were too fit and strong for the Aussies and we are happy to report that several Sac Footy members contributed significantly to the 5 goal win.
The first round of the GGAFL competition was played on Saturday May 1st and again a big group traveled down from Sacramento. The ladies practiced for an hour before settling down to watch the Sac Footy guys dominate for their teams, the Marin Mavericks and the Oakland Pirates. Both teams were big winners on the day in their respective games!
There is no doubt that having the opportunity to practice and play 4 times per week is helping to fast track the Sacramento locals into fine Australian Footballers!!
If you would like to join this growing sport in Sacramento please join us at one of our upcoming practice sessions at McKinley Park (33rd & H Streets):
Tuesday May 4 from 5.30pm
Thursday May 6 from 5.30pm
Sunday May 9 from noon
The first ever Sacramento Footy League commences on Tuesday, May 11 at McKinley Park so join us now and get yourself into one of the 4 teams....you won't believe how much fun you will have!!
Sunday, May 2nd from 1pm - 3pm
Come along on Sunday, May 2 for the first annual Sacramento Australian Football Club Open Day! We want to spread the word and have as many participants along as possible. We will be holding skills clinics, games and encouraging new players to sign on for the 2010 rec-footy league which starts on Tuesday, May 11.
From 3:00pm we will be heading to a nearby bar for refreshments.
George Cole Butter Baseball Field - 33rd & H Streets, Sacramento, CA
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Congratulations to our Marathon Runners!
On Sunday 6 December, Jared Kerstiens (pictured left with wife Jodi in support) and Alex Amaro both participated in two separate marathons, in Sacramento and Las Vegas respectively. Jared has been training hard over the last few months, while Alex only took up training 6 weeks prior. A massive effort by both guys, we are all very inspired and proud of you!Also, a huge congratulations to Jennifer Hemmen on completing 75 miles of an ultra Marathon (100 miles) on the weekend of September 26-27. An outstanding effort not many could say they have ever tried.
In the club’s first year Sac Footy was well represented at the 2009 US Footy Nationals in Mason, Ohio over the Columbus Day weekend of October 10-11.
The men’s contingent were led by American Revolution Head Coach, Matt Bishop, and Aaron Bradley and also included first year players Jeff Soesbe, Travis Hemmen, Saleh Tyebjee and Matt Lege.
The women were ably led by Sac Footy President Amy Bishop, Helen Mondia and represented by first year players Charlotte Newcomb, Molly Yeigh and Orange County player Mary Votava. Thanks to the generosity of club members (Jeff Soesbe, Charlotte Newcomb, Travis Hemmen, Saleh Tyebjee, Chris Alvarez, Tracy Rivera, Helen Mondia, Matt & Amy Bishop and Golden Gate player Chris Johnson) Sac Footy were able to send their first scholarship winner in Molly Yeigh to compete in her first US Footy Nationals.
The men played for the Golden Gate Roos first and fourth division teams respectively. The first division team had a successful campaign winning games over 2008 US Footy National Champions, the Vancouver Cougars, and the Boston Demons. Unfortunately the Roos were beaten by the eventual 2009 Champions, the Denver Bulldogs.
The fourth division team had mixed success with one win over Columbus/Nashville, a draw with Orange County/Des Moines and a loss to Ohio Valley/St Louis.
The ladies were incorporated into a mixed team of players from the Central Canadian Blues and the Montreal Saints and while losing their first two games to Calgary Blue and Arizona they regrouped to defeat New York in their last game.
Sac Footy’s foray into the 2009 US Footy National Championships caps off a very successful year for the new club.
The club formed in March of 2009 and during the course of the year it held 22 games of the recreational version of the game with approximately 45 participants. The club also had 8 of the new recruits participate in at least one game of the Golden Gate Australian Football League and is proud to have had 2 players, Matt Lege and Saleh Tyebjee, represent their country by playing for the American Revolution at the 2009 49th Parallel Cup in Mason, Ohio, in August.
Sac Footy will continue to host Rec Footy games when possible during the fall and winter before launching into their 2nd season in spring of 2010. For all developments visit www.sacfooty.com as often as possible.
The 2009 US Footy Nationals are not far away. From October 10-11 teams from all across the US will meet to complete at the tournament, held this year in Mason, Ohio.
A number of players from the Sacramento team - both men and women will travel to Ohio for their first ever Nationals. The men will be playing as part of the Golden Gate Roos team and the women will be paired up with another lady's team for the weekend.
With some 35-40 clubs attending from across North America, the Nationals will host more than 1,000 players in approximately 50+ matches over the weekend time frame. Round robin games will be held all day Saturday and Sunday morning, and the Grand Final matches will be held Sunday afternoon.
This year there will be 4 men's Divisions with Golden Gate playing in Division 1 and one women's division made up of 8 teams. This will be the largest US Footy National Tournament to date.
For more info go to www.usfooty.com.
You can keep up to date with all the scores and details of the weekend, on the soon to be released "2009 US Footy Nationals" iPhone App... check back for more details!
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the AFL Grand Final party at Capitol Towers the night was a huge success - if not for the St. Kilda Saints, the Sacramento Saints had a great night. A big thanks to everyone who contributed to the Aussie delights or donated beer or wine to the evening.Check out the photos, now on Flickr >>
September 7, 2009 - The Sacramento Australian Football Club was given the opportunity on to exhibit the club at the recent California State Fair (www.bigfun.org) in Sacramento.
The club had a busy day situated in the heart of the fair grounds with an exhibit and handball game. The exhibit received more than 100 visitors throughout the day. Visitors were educated about the game and their newly learnt handball skills were challenged with a handball target. Participants of the handball game won prizes generously donated by the USAFL and Australian Consulate in LA. A Sherrin Football, kindly donated by Leigh Barnes of the GGAFL, was up for grabs via a raffle. Congratulations to Robert Flemming in winning the football.
Thank you very much to the Sac Footy members who gave their valuable time to help set up and to staff the event. Particular thanks go to Helen Mondia for organizing the opportunity and to Kurt Frandrup for his fabulous handiwork building the handball target.
August 29, 2009 - The Golden Gate Roos season finished up with a great day of footy. The day began with the first GGAFL co-ed football match, with new and old players alike teaming up. Great attendance saw a terrific, fun filled match with the girls and guys. This was followed by the 2009 GGAFL Grand Final between the Marin Mavericks and San Francisco Knights (Full match report). The Mavericks were to good for the Knights, taking out the 2009 title. Congratulations to Sacramento locals Aaron Bradley and Matt Lege who represented the victorious Marin.
The GGAFL Awards Night was held later that evening with Sacramento's own Saleh Tyebjee taking out the Most Improved Player award and the league presenting an appreciation award to Matt & Amy Bishop for their efforts here in integrating the Sacramento and Golden Gate clubs.
We had a great turn out from the Sacramento club who all had a terrific time and walked away with not only awards but a number of great raffle prizes aswell. Many thanks to Leigh Barnes and the Golden Gate club for welcoming the Sacramento players into the GGAFL.
July 11, 2009 - We're please to announce that we have had really strong interest in getting a women's team together for the west coast and hopefully take most of these women to the 2009 US Footy Nationals in Mason, Ohio in October.
There are plans in the pipline to hold a west coast women's football weekend sometime in August or September, possibly in LA. To register your interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On July 11 in Daly City (San Francisco) we had approximately 10 ladies turn up to participate in a small footy session prior to the Golden Gate Roos v Orange County Bombers USAFL match. Pictured L-R: Amy & Alicia (Sacremento), Christine & Natalie (San Francisco), Mary (Orange County), Helen (Sacramento), Kari & Sandra (San Francisco). Thanks everyon for coming out if you played or were just there to support!
July 11, 2009 the Orange County Bombers come to Daly City (15 mins south of San Francisco) for a game against the Golden Gate Roos. We will be taking this opportunity with the visitors to get together for a introduction and scrimmage match for any women (from OC or the Bay area) who interested in participating. We will also aim to hold women's practice prior to all men's GGAFL games for anyone present.
Since 2005, Women have participated in the annual US Footy National Championships.To date, there have been a few women from the west coast (Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle) play at the national tournament, but no real team from any of these cities. So at the 2009 US Footy Nationals, our aim will be to field a West Coast Women's team from which we will eventually grow women's footy on the west coast in the coming years.
If you are interested in participating prior to or at this years Nationals, please register your interest at email@example.com
June 10, 2009 - A local ABC 10 correspondent visited the Sac Footy practice, filming the game and took an interview with coach, Matt Bishop. The thirty second clip was broadcast Wednesday evening during the late night news. A huge thanks to Helen Mondia for organizing this great piece of publicity for the club.
June 3, 2009 - We are now officially week 3 into holding Wednesday night games and this week even had goal posts! Thanks to everyone who has been making it out each week... we've had some great numbers allowing us to have full games over the past few weeks.
Wednesday evening's game was a close, high scoring game with the blue team taking the glory over the maroon team (10.4.64) to (8.4.52). The leading goal kicker for the game was Kyle... only week 2 into his footy career - a tremendous effort!
A big thanks to the Golden Gate AFL for supplying us with jumpers - we could not have looked so good without you!
May 9, 2009 - The Golden Gate AFL got underway on May 9 with 2 matches between the Oakland Pirates & San Francisco Knights and the Marin Mavericks & San José Hornets.
Sac Footy members Saleh Tyebjee & Matt Bishop played well for the Pirates in the first match, and followed up the long hot game helping out the Hornets who were short a few men. The Pirates took the lead early in the game, but their rusty kicking skills lead them to be defeated by the Knights 10.12.82 to 18.4.113.Check out the footage from the game or go to the Golden Gates AFL website www.ggafl.com for more info.
April 8, 2009 - The USAFL is proud to announce the selection of Matt Bishop as the new head coach of the Men's National Team, “The Revolution“.
Matt has been involved in the USAFL for four years, playing and coaching with the Baltimore Washington Eagles. Matt joined the Eagles in 2005 and was appointed head coach in 2006. During 2006, the Eagles won the Division 2 National Championship. In 2007 the Eagles continued their ascension to one of the elite teams in the country by going undefeated in and winning the Eastern Australian Football League ("EAFL").
March 11, 2009 - Thanks everyone who made it to the first official footy practice this week! We had a great turn out and a lot of fun with you all. Feel free drop us an email if you have any questions on anything you learnt. Also, there are a large number of video clips on You Tube with helpful tips and just general footage of games at different levels. I will post some of these on the website for you.
We will continue to be hold introductory evenings until you are all comfortable with the skills you are learning and we have enough players for a good size game.
Matt Bishop teaching footy new comers the basic skills of the game.
March 3, 2009 - Capitol Towers in Downtown Sacramento played host to the first official Sac Footy event! An information and welcome evening was held attracting an audience of 21 who are mostly foreign to the game. Two participants had attended school in Melbourne, Australia so they were familiar with the sport, but no other attendees knew much about it.
"It is great to see so many people interested and enthusiastic about the sport in an area with very few ex-patriate Australians" commented Matt Bishop, past Baltimore-Washington Eagles coach and player.
The intention is to start a competition based on the recreational version of the game and ultimately to form mens and ladies teams to compete in the Golden Gate Australian Football League in San Francisco and the US Footy Nationals in October.
Throughout March several practice sessions will be held to teach players the basic skills and rules of the game and to have some fun!
So if you haven't registered your interest to play or you are just interested in being part of this great social network send us an email or checkout our Facebook group (Sacramento Footy) and introduce yourself.