• Chicago at Nashville 2013

    Posted by Thomas Shearman

    Results

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
    Nashville 0.0.0 0.0.0 0.0.0 11.10.76 11.10.76
    Swans 0.0.0 0.0.0 0.0.0 7.3.45 7.3.45
    Goals Nashville: None
    Swans: Burton (2), Wallach (2), Jimenez, Hoyt B, Malcolm
    Best Nashville: None
    Swans: Burton, Wallach, Wilhelm, Hermann
  • Swans vs Kangaroos – Inaugural Wayne Schwass Cup

    Posted by Thomas Shearman

    Chicago and Nashville are the titans of the central United States with a long and storied history, just like our professional counterparts in Australia, the Sydney Swans and the North Melbourne Kangaroos. Both USAFL Clubs have been an integral part of the growth of Football in the Central region, and in 2012, that rivalry is set to continue in a big way with the inaugural Wayne Schwass Cup on August 11.

    Since 1998 Chicago and Nashville have played at least once every year, with Chicago holding the advantage of 9 wins to Nashville’s 8. Of the 12 MAAFL Championships, Chicago holds 4 titles and Nashville holds 3. Chicago is 6-0 in Chicago, Nashville is 5-1 in Nashville. The remaining games are on neutral grounds (such as the national championship tournaments).

    This week the Roos travel north to continue that rivalry, but this time the stakes are very different. With both clubs strengthening their relationship with their professional namesakes back home, 2012 marks the inaugural Wayne Schwass Cup which Chicago and Nashville will now battle it out for every time they meet.

    Wayne Schwass played 282 games for North Melbourne and Sydney from 1988-2002 and averaged over 21 possessions per game throughout his stellar career. Playing on the Wing, he was known for his blistering place and courage. His record speaks for itself, winning Best and Fairest Awards at both clubs, representing the State of Victoria 3 times and being named to the All Australian Team in 1999. He is a Premiership player with the Roos in 1996 (against the Swans) and was named to North Melbourne’s Team of the Century. Not only does this make him a great candidate to not only honor this Cup after and continue the Swans/Roos rivalry here and in the States, it’s his work since then that is just as impressive.

    “Schwatta” was born in New Zealand, making him one of the very few who were born overseas to succeed at the highest level in Aussie Rules Football. He has since forged a name for himself as a highly respected Australian AFL media identity on TV, radio and in print with Triple M, Fox Sports and the Herald Sun. He commentated the International Cup in 2005 (NZ took the title that year), and helped found the Sunrise Foundation which supports those suffering from depression after his own experiences as a professional athlete.

    So as the Swans/Roos rivalry grows here in the US, we’re proud to honor Wayne Schwass and his contribution to the sport of Australian Rules, to North Melbourne and Sydney respectively, and to the great work he performs through his foundation.

    Chicago will be unveiling its brand new jumpers this weekend, at which time the Chicago United name is being retired, and the Chicago Swans will rise like a phoenix. With jumpers donated by North Melbourne being worn by Nashville, it’s the Swannies taking on the Roos USAFL style.

    So with Nashville in strong form, and Chicago always strong on home turf rest assured it’ll be a tough match and the footy will do the talking. Stay tuned for the result as both Clubs look to add more silverware to their trophy room.

    Check what Wyane Schwass said about the Wayne Schwass Cup here.

     

  • John Harrell Memorial Cup in Louisville

    Posted by Thomas Shearman

    Thee opening weekend of our football season saw us set sail South down the picturesque 65 to Louisville for Kings of Louisville tournament between Nashville Kangaroos, Columbus Jackaroos, Ohio Valley River Rats & a mix up of the spares and a new team from Cleveland.

    Some of the boys loitered overnight in Indianapolis; a few others couldn’t drive past the birthplace of John Cougar Mellancamp and set up camp in Seymour, IN. On paper the squad of 22 heading down looked really solid; which also included a number of star recruits donning the Chicago jersey for the first time. Congrats to those boys, Russ, Dennis, Xavier & Toby.

    The scene was set on a sunny 70 odd degree day, with three quarter size grounds and 14 a side format proposed. Upon our arrival, we were informed that only 4 teams would play, with the lads from Cleveland not having enough players to make the trip.

    So the schedule was set, Chicago Swans V Columbus Jackaroos and the Nashville Kangaroos V Ohio Valley River Rats. We ended up playing a full game against the Jackaroos, a game they were desperate to win, having never beaten Chicago previously. Chicago knew the Jacks would come out firing, and really took the game up to us. In a game where Chicago never really threatened saw Columbus ultimately run out winners by 5 points.

    A good tough hit out first up, from a team that had been nipping at our heels for a while now. Led well by a solid defense and an excellent game from one if the best center half forwards in the game.

    That said, considering it was our first game of the season, and with blokes like Ponyboy sunning himself in WA, regular full back Hoyty plucking a few notes at some dive bar in Chi-town and ‘Big Bad’ Al McGlashan preserving his last hurrah for a home game, the boys needed to pick up the slack and fill the holes.

    There were indeed some promising signs of good things to come from new recruit Russ, working his way around the ground in a tireless performance. Since defecting from Milwaukee a couple back, Pat Defors has become a rock solid defender for Chicago. And a big improver, who could make a push for this year’s MVP award, Jayson Schmelzer was in and under everything on Saturday. There were signs shown yesterday that Jays might be useful as a pinch hit midfielder in the future.

    Results

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
    Swans 0.0.0 7.3.45 0.0.0 5.4.34 12.7.79
    Columbus 0.0.0 7.5.47 0.0.0 5.7.37 12.12.84
    Goals Swans: Patterson (2), Bradley (2), St John (2), Schmelzer J (2), Ortiz, Edwards
    Columbus: None
    Best Swans: Schmelzer J, Edwards, Panek, Adams, Defors, Fitzgerald
    Columbus: None

    The second game was played in Nationals format, with 20 minute halves. Once again we battled hard in tough conditions; We really let ourselves down in the second quarter kicking 6 behinds. While the work rate was pleasing, we can’t allow teams to get four goals ahead and expect to peg them back later in the game. We did eventually run out of legs in the last few minutes of the game, however were still a chance to take the win with 90 seconds to go.

    Solid efforts by newcomer’s Russ Adams and Toby Patterson, and regulars, Dave Fitzpatrick, Frank Bradley, Josh Edwards & Mike Panek gave us a lot of drive from their respective positions on the field.

    Results

    Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
    Swans 0.0.0 4.10.34 4.10.34
    Ohio Valley 0.0.0 5.11.41 5.11.41
    Goals Swans: Meyer (2), Bradley, Schmelzer J
    Ohio Valley: None
    Best Swans: Adams, St John, Defors, Fitzgerald
    Ohio Valley: None
  • MAAFL 2011 - Nashville at Chicago

    Posted by Thomas Shearman

    Nashville were only able to muster up 7 players to make the trip up to Chicago. This resulted in a forfeit and the crowning of Chicago United as MAAFL premiers.

    The travellers and Chicago put together two teams and played a heated match to get a good run in leading up to Nationals. The United jerseys won on the day and sent Drakey off to retirement with a win (with only his beloved Wrigleyville missing out on a Metro premiership the only blemish in his career).

    Results

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
    United 4.3.27 1.2.8 4.2.26 2.3.15 11.10.76
    Nashville 1.0.6 2.3.15 1.1.7 1.6.12 5.10.40
    Goals United: Cassity, Meyer, Kasby, Jimenez, Enzinger, Drake
    Nashville: None
    Best United: Kasby, Jimenez, Swierupski, Wilhelm
    Nashville: Brennan, Wolfe
  • 2010 MAAFL - Chicago at Nashville

    Posted by Thomas Shearman

    Results

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
    Nashville 2.3.15 3.7.25 7.4.46 5.4.34 17.18.120
    United 3.0.18 0.1.1 3.1.19 0.1.1 6.3.39
    Goals Nashville: None
    United: Meyer (2), Allen T, McKeegan, Hoyt B, MacGlashan
    Best Nashville: None
    United: Allen T, Hanisch, Deehan

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