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Austin to Host U.S. Australian Football Championships
Updated: Thursday, October 17 2013, 07:01 PM CDT
The Austin City Limits festival may have come and gone, but this weekend the capital city is once again playing host to groups with international flare who are capable of producing big hits.
South Austin's Onion Creek Soccer Complex will host the United State Australian Football League national tournament. It's the second time Austin has played host to the championships.
"We were here in 2011 and we had a fantastic time," said Doren James, USAFL's National Tournament Director. "Our teams really enjoyed the fields and the city, so we are really looking forward to this weekend."
40 teams from North America and more than 1,000 athletes will take part in the two day tournament. Matches will be played from 9am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. At times, as many as five matches will be taking place simultaneously.
"Fans will see a fast-paced, highly skillful game", said Doren. "It's a very high-scoring game. A combination of the skills of soccer, football and basketball. It's something totally unique. It's not rugby. If you like sports and you like skills and scoring, you'll definitely enjoy the weekend."
James tells KEYE TV Sports that the Austin Crows, currently undefeated this year, are one of the favorites to make a run at the title.
The USAFL will also welcome several special guests from the Australian Football League. Nick Riewoldt, Captain of the Saint Kilda Saints, a professional AFL team based in Melbourne, Australia, will be in attendance on Sunday to present awards to the tournament champions.
Additionally, three US Athletes who have all recently been drafted to professional AFL teams, will also be attending the event and interacting with participants. These three players were all drafted to the AFL via two talent combines held in Los Angeles in 2012 and 2013. Eric Wallace (2012), Patrick Mitchell and Jason Holmes (2013) have all been selected for their outstanding physical attributes as well as skills that the AFL hopes will make them stand out players at the top level in Australia.
The Subiaco Football Club, from Perth in Western Australia are also visiting the US and will be attending the tournament, but not competing. The Club will be running a coaches clinic Friday and assisting at the event throughout the weekend. The team is being supported by Tourism Western Australia who, in 2014, will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the cities of Perth and Houston, Texas, long standing Sister City relationship. As well as the visit by Subiaco, The Honorable Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi from Perth Australia plans to visit Texas for the anniversary celebration.
More info: USAFL.com