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July 14, 2018- Your Mighty SacTown Suns took on NorCal rivals the San Francisco Golden Gate Roos in a friendly match in Concord, CA as a warm-up for the Western Regional Championship. The Roos are reigning Division 1 Champions from the 2017 USAFL National Tournament so this was a true test of the Suns mettle and grit. 


The first quarter opened up great competition from both sides but the Suns persevered with a few quick goals. Sean "Macca" MacEachern and Colby Campbell found pay dirt with a few other teammates adding a pair of behinds. San Francisco bounced back with a handful of goals through to quarter time leading to a score line of 2.2.14 Sacramento, and 5.2.32 to San Francisco. 

Second quarter saw the most goals of any quarter with a total of 12 being scored by both teams. The Sacramento Suns came out hot again with a burst of physicality and fitness from a group of rookie midfielders. Casey Webb and Casey Campbell worked diligently to clean up loose ball and deliver it to their forward line. It was a group effort this quarter as Colby Campbell added 2 goals, while Scott Hensley, and Traxel Towe each added one goal to the Suns total resulting a halftime score line of 6.2.38. San Francisco kicked superbly however not missing a goal kicking 8 goals that quarter going 13.2.80 into the half.

Not deterred by the score, the Suns returned to the field and showcased the closest quarter of the afternoon kicking only one less goal than San Francisco. The Roos left their backdoor open and Robert Kwoka took advantage of that backdoor slotting 2 goals for the Suns (one goal coming off of a cheeky left boot I might add). Defense returned for Suns holding San Francisco to only 3 goals that quarter. The score at three quarter time was 8.5.53 Suns to 16.6.102 San Francisco. 

With one more quarter to go the Roos showed their top tier skills while maintaining form to kick 7 goals bringing their total for the game to 23.10.148. Not one to go down without a fight, the youngest member of the squad, Casey Campbell took matters into his own hands, worked his way into the corridor to take a great mark. His boot stayed true and he slotted the only goal of the quarter for the Suns closing out the day with a score 9.7.61. 

The Sacramento Suns came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and kept fighting one of the best squads in the nation. The day was highlighted by the 8 men who came out for their first Sacramento Suns game on Saturday and every single one of them laid it all out on the line for their brothers in the Suns jumpers. Congratulations Aaron Gray, Casey Campbell, Mike Kelly, Brodie Swaeney,Casey Webb, Toby Simmons, Max Lush and Stanley Rucker on your hard work. Every one of you was pivotal in our well fought battle. Welcome to the family.

A special thanks to Isaac Seckora for traveling with the team and umpiring the game. A few more calls our way next time, perhaps? 

Thank you to our fearless Captain Rabbit aka Kendall Hutchings who does not often lead with his voice but leads through his actions, like almost taking a specky off of one of the best forwards in nation (which was captured on photo, see it here)! Well done. 

The Sacramento Suns now look to the Western Regional Competition with confidence as they look to continue to build on the weekends success. The Western Regional Competition is in Davis, CA at the Davis Legacy Soccer Complex off of Interstate 80 on July 28th. See you there!

-Robert Kwoka

SacAFL Rounds 3 & 4

July 7, 2018-Round 4 was another HOT summer day in the Sacramento valley. With wildfires around, the air was thick and the competition was, shall we say, "on fire"! The women's competition started off with a rapid fire of goals from the Sherrifs/Bandits who ended the first half with 6.4.40 to the Gold Diggers/Jail Birds 1.2.8. In the second half, the ladies were hot and the goals slowed, however this was not enough for the Gold Diggers/Jail Birds to make a come back. It was the Sheriffs/Bandits with the win, 9.7.61 to the Gold Diggers/Jail Birds 2.3.15. Women's MVP was awarded to, Bevin English; that is two weeks in a row folks!


The men's competition was exciting with three newbies taking the field! The first quarter, the Marshalls/Convicts defense was overrun by sneaky forward, Traxel Towe, who was always in the right place at the right time bagging three goals for his team and allowing the Miners/Convcits to start with a decent lead; 3.3.21 to the Marshalls/Outlaws 1.1.7. In the third quarter, the Campbell brothers made an effort to get ahead with younger brother Casey scoring two goals and Colby with one. Unfortunately this sibling dominant third quarter wasn't enough for their team and the Miners/Convicts remained in the lead with a score of 10.9.69 to the Marshalls/Outlaws 6.2.38. In the fourth quarter, the Miners/Convicts held up the onslaught of goals and finished on top with a final score of 13.11.89 to the Marshals/Outlaws 7.2.44. The men's MVP was awarded to, Julian David for the second week in a row!


June 30, 2018- Round 3 followed our second youth footy clinic.The women's competition saw an early lead by the Bandits/Gold Diggers. Despite the offensive attempt from the Sherrifs/Jailbirds, they were unable to make a significant comeback. The Bandits/Gold Diggers 9.3.57 to the Sherrifs/Jailbirds 3.2.20. The women's MVP was award to Bevin English of the Bandits who also managed to bag 5 goals!


The men's competition started with an early lead by the Marshalls/Convicts who led the first quarter 4.6.30 to the Miners/Outlaws 0.3.3. The second quarter, the Miners/Convicts morning caffeine must have kicked in, as they decided to finally join the competition coming up to 4.4.28, however the Marshalls/Convicts remained in the lead with 7.11.53. The third quarter we saw a change in tides and the sudden comeback must have thrown the Marshalls/Convicts off their game plan. At the end of the third quarter, it was the Miners/Outlaws who pulled ahead 9.5.59 to the Marshalls/Convicts 7.12.54. In the final quarter, both men's teams only scored one goal respectively (maybe accurate goal kicking should be added into their training regimen) and the scores remained close! In the end it was the Miners/Outlaws who took the win with 10.9.69 over the Marshals/Convicts 8.12.60.  

SacAFL 2018 Rounds 1 & 2

June 13, 2018-Round 1 kicked off June 2 at Bryte Park in West Sacramento. It was a boiling day, and the first significant heat of the Sacramento summer.  The women's numbers were a bit low and several men pulled on ladies jumpers and helped make this game competitive; thanks mates! 


Round 2 was held June 9th at Bryte Park following our first Youth Footy clinic of the season. The men's league continues to grow with four additional recruits signing up after dropping in for their first game. All the men's teams currently have nine players on their rosters with a great mixture of talent from speed in the middle, height in the forwards and handful of tough defenders. This season is shaping up to be a great competition for these boys!


After two rounds of our local metro league, there has been a clear leader for both the women's and men's leagues. It is the Jailbirds, captained by Rosemary Kloh who've pulled ahead with a significant lead over the ladies. On the men's side, it is the Outlaws, captained by Colby Campbell who have a slight lead over the competition; however the Marshalls, captained by Ramish Brahramand are right on their heels! 


Our next game will be held June 30 at Doc Oliver Field in Land Park following our second Youth Footy clinic. 


Round 1 MVP's- Erika Titus Lay & Kelly Meriano

Round 2 MVP's- Vicky Schoennagel & Kendall Hutchings


Full game schedules and competition ladder, can be found HERE

Kickin' with Klatt & SAFC Umpire Clinic

June 7, 2018-  Join us for Katie's brief visit from the Land Down Under. 


Katie Klatt is a former Lady Sun who has been living in Australia for two years training with the Melbourne Uni Mugars, a VFL team, with hopes of progressing into the AFLW.

Katie is planning to host a training session on Sunday June 10th 10:30 am at Curtis Park in Sacramento. This session will include drills, skills and kickin' with Klatt is always a FUN time!

Event details can be found by clicking here

Following Kickin' with Klatt, the SAFC is hosting an Umpire Clinic


A classroom session from 12:00-1:30 at Inspired Wellness followed by on field instruction at nearby Curtis Park (3349 W Curtis Park Dr.)

Classroom session will discuss game play, rules and umpire basics.

On field instruction by a USAFL certified umpire that will include detailed hand signals, umpire positioning, & how / when to make those tough calls.

Event details can be found by clicking here.

Upcoming Youth Clinic

June 5, 2018- In our efforts, to expand our services, the Sacramento Australian Football Club offers youth clinics during the summer and at participating area middle schools and high schools.


This Saturday, 8:30 am at Bryte Park in West Sacramento, the SAFC will offer the 1st of 5 FREE youth clinics this summer. Your kids will learn the skills and basics of the game followed by fun drills and a scrimmage. Ages 5-17 are welcome and stick around to watch our local women's and men's tackle leagues who will have a game after the youth clinic.

To find out more about this event and to pre-register, you can check out our event on Facebook or our Youth Footy Page.

These clinics are supported by anonymous donations, Adamos Kitchen and AFL Auskick


The SacAFL (Metro) season is Underway

June 3, 2018-Round 1 of the SacAFL metro league is underway. This the the SAFC's local men's and women's tackle leagues. Players are split into four pods and on game day, two pods combine to form the competitive teams. 


Round 2 of SacAFL is scheduled for Saturday June 9th at Bryte Park in West Sacramento. 


Full schedule can be found here


The Sacramento Suns and Lady Suns are in Season

Suns Training sessions began Tuesday May 1, 2018. After jumping around to several fields (due to poor field quality and prior bookings) the SAFC will host training sessions at Doc Oliver field for the remainder of the season June 12th.


The first Suns and Lady Suns participated in their first USAFL competitive game of 2018 on May 19th in Concord. 


Both the men and women played with teams composed of players from both San Francisco and Sacramento.


It was a great day for footy with several newbies playing on all sides. Photos from the men's game are located here.

Head Coach Announcement-2018

April 25, 2018- The Sacramento Australian Football Club (SAFC) is happy to announce the appointment of Vicky Schoennagel as the Suns head coach and Brad Anderson as the Lady Suns head coach.

Vicky has considerable field knowledge and game awareness as she has been a player for six years. Vicky has participated in 40+ SacAFL games, 35+ Lady Suns games, and 70+ SacFooty games. She has been elected to a Lady Suns leadership role in 2015 and Captain in 2016. Vicky was the SacAFL Runner Up Best & Fairest in 2015 and 2016 as well as the Lady Suns Nationals MVP (2015 & 2016). Vicky was selected to participate in the 2014 International Cup as a member of the USA Liberty Squad and represented the USA as a defensive player. Vicky has been a USAFL Certified Umpire for three years and in addition to umpiring numerous games at the local level, she has umpired games at Regional Tournaments and Nationals. Vicky is excited to transition her dedication and knowledge from a player role into a coaching role.



Brad Anderson has been involved with the Sacramento Australian Football Club since 2013. He has been both the head coach and assistant coach to the Lady Suns. Brad attained his USAFL Certified Coach Certificate in 2016. In 2017, Brad was the league manager for the USA Revolution and accompanied the team in Australia on their International Cup Tour. Brad began his footy career in Australia at the age of six. Brad held many roles over his footy career including coaching which started at the young age of nineteen! Brad has had the pleasure of seeing the sport he knows and loves spread and grow in Australia and now in the USA. Brad has been an integral part of the SAFC and we look forward to his continued support.  

Spring in Sacramento-2018

Fitness Through Footy  

The SAFC has again partnered with Inspired Wellness to bring Free Fitness Sessions to the community! These fitness eventss were held over a twelve week period at McKinley Park in East Sacramento. These two hour sessions included a thirty minute full body bootcamp style workout including sprints followed by footy skills and scrimmages.

These sessions were led by our Director of Operations, Makenzie Seckora with support of fellow board members Isaac Seckora (Director of Events), Vicky Schoennagel (President) and Brad Anderson (Lady Suns Coach & League Supporter).  

Special thanks to our friends at Inspired Wellness for their continued support. Be sure to check them out!.

 

 

SacFooty Spring League  

SacFooty Spring League began early this year with three Free Open Days in late March and early April. These sessions are designed for new players to learn the rules and skills of the co-ed tag game. We had a record number of new players attend these open days with a staggering eighteen new players who've registered for the league!

Numbers are stout enough that four full teams have been formed with the team names announced at Round 1. Team names are suggested by players and usually the more outlandish the better!

Mak n Blue Cheese-Captains Makenzie Seckora & Tim Peterson

Red Headed Sluts- Captains Erin Sheaffer & J. Lee

Olivia's Black Eye-Captains Olivia Christansen & Robert Kwoka

Green Eggs n Helen- Captains Helen Mondia & Julian David 

Round 1 Results concluded with Mak n Blue Cheese 2.7.7.67 over the Red Headed Sluts 2.4.2.22 and Green Eggs n Helen 2.5.3.51 over Olivia's Black Eye 0.6.4.40.


For updated results be sure to check out the SacFooty Current Season Page .

Calling All Coaches

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - The Sacramento Australian Football Club is starting the search for both the Suns Head Coach and the Lady Suns Head Coach for the 2018 season.  With the retirement of long term Suns Head Coach, Matt Bishop, and the relocation of last year's Lady Suns Head Coach, Andy Jacobs, both teams are excited to find new leadership for the 2018 United States Australian Football League (USAFL) representative season.


The men and women are scheduled to compete in the Western Region Tournament July 28, 2018 in Davis, California, Stumptown Throwdown August 25, 2018 in Portland Oregon and the National Tournament October 13 & 14 - Racine, Wisconsin; as well as other USAFL sanctioned matches yet to be confirmed.  Both teams practice weekly at local Sacramento area parks from May to early October on Tuesday evenings.  This is a volunteer position, and the coach will be responsible to pay the same travel expenses as the players.


For a brief overview and some highlights from our 2017 season, check out the 2017 News Page on our website.


For any questions, opportunities to come out and meet the team, or to express interest, please email [email protected] signaling your interest.  Our Head Coach position description and search process will be provided.

2018 Schedule Overview

Local footy events scheduled for 2018 include:


Fitness Through Footy @ McKinley Park
Tuesdays 6-7:30 pm March 6 to May 2
Saturday Sessions- February 24, March 10, March 24, April 7 & April 21

SacFooty Spring League @ Danny Nunn West
Open Days Thursdays 6 pm March 15, 29 & April 5
League Games - Thursdays 6-8 pm April 12- May 24

SacFooty Summer League @ Doc Oliver
Open Days - Thursdays 6 pm July 12, 19 & 26
League Games - Thursdays 6-8 pm August 2- September 13



League Games Saturdays 10 am June 2 through August 18 (Some exceptions)

June 2-Round 1 at Bryte Park in West Sacramento
June 9-Round 2 at Bryte Park in West Sacramento
June 30-Round 3 at Doc Oliver
July 7-Round 4 at Doc Oliver
July 21-Round 5 at Doc Oliver
Aug 11-Round 6 at Doc Oliver
Aug 18-Finale at Doc Oliver


*August 18th Finale will be followed by a Youth Footy Clinic and Family Day



Sacramento Suns, the representative women's and men's teams, events scheduled:


Trainings 

  • Tuesdays 6-8 pm starting May 1 through August 28
  • Saturdays 10 am September 8, 15, 29 & October 6

USAFL Matches
  • Lady Suns vs San Francisco Iron Maidens & Suns vs Roos May 19 in Concord, CA
  • Suns/Lady Suns vs Portland Steelheads-June 16 in Talent, OR (near Medford)
  • GGAFL vs Suns (men only)- July 14 in Concord, CA
  • USAFL Western Region Tournament - July 28; Sacramento, CA
  • Stumptown Throwdown August 25th; Portland, OR
  • GGAFL vs LA vs Suns (Men?s & Womens competition)- September 22 in Concord, CA
  • USAFL National Tournament - October 14-15; Racine, WI