On Saturday, June 7 athletes from LA, San Francisco and Sacramento will descend upon Bryte Park in West Sacramento to participate in an Aussie Rules Football tournament. Teams include the Los Angeles Dragons, Golden Gate Roos, San Francisco Iron Maidens and the home teams, the Sacramento Suns men and women.
“We are extremely excited to be hosting the tournament and welcome the (LA) Dragons to Sacramento for the first time” said Head Coach, Matt Bishop. “We have a large number of new players who have joined the Suns in 2014 and it is a great opportunity for them to play the full version of the game, which is 18 per side, for the first time.”
While some of the players competing this weekend are relatively new to the sport, a number of players from the Suns, the Roos and Iron Maidens will be heading to Australia this August to complete in the Australian Football League’s (AFL) International Cup.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to represent the USA once again on the international stage,” said Suns President Saleh Tyebjee. Saleh, along with teammate, Melvin Chen will both be representing the USA Revolution, the men’s national team.
The women will also be represented on Team USA with Sacramento Sun Alexa Blatnick being named as a midfielder for the USA Freedom for the first time in her short footy career and fellow teammates Helen Mondia, Lauré Kwoka, Vicky Schoennagel and Tiffany Chen will all be suiting up for the USA Liberty squad, a developmental women’s initiative.
The Sacramento Suns are also represented well off the field on the international level as Matt Bishop is also Head Coach of the USA Revolution. “I am really look forward to accompanying members of the Suns to my home country, some for their second time, to be part of Team USA. It is a unique opportunity to travel as part of an international squad, especially to somewhere as beautiful as Australia.”
Sacramento Suns players and staff of Team USA will be hosting a BBQ during the Sactown Showdown to raise money for the trip to Australia to help cover big ticket items like uniforms, flights and accommodation. Local Davis lamb company, Superior Farms, have generously donated lamb for the BBQ and the team hopes to raise funds that will go toward their overall fundraising goal of $10,000.
The United States Australian Football League is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit and anyone wishing to donate directly to the USAFL to help fund Team USA can contact SAFC Vice-President Amy Bishop [email protected]. Sponsorship opportunities are also available!
425 Todhunter Avenue
West Sacramento, CA
10:00am – 11:20am Sacramento Lady Suns vs San Francisco Iron Maidens
11:30am – 12:30pm Sacramento Suns vs Golden Gate Roos
12:30pm – 1:30pm Golden Gate Roos vs Los Angeles Dragons
1:30pm – 2:30pm Sacramento Suns vs Los Angeles Dragons
Aussie Rules is unique to Australia and its roots are traceable back to early forms of rugby and Gaelic football. The United States Australian Football League in celebrating it’s 15th Anniversary this year and more than 35 clubs and over 60 teams will descend upon Mason, Ohio in early October for the National Tournament.
The Sacramento Australian Football Club was founded in 2009 and members not only have the opportunity to represent the region as a part of the Suns, players also have the opportunity to participate in social tag leagues or as part of the local full contact competition throughout the year.
Sacramento Australian Football Club: www.sacfooty.com
AFL International Cup: http://aflcommunityclub.com.au/index.php?id=436
United States Australian Football League: http://usafl.com
Australian Football League (professional level): http://afl.com.au