The Atlanta Kookaburras were very pleased to award long time player, coach and club legend Brent Bacon a Life Membership Award at the recent Baton Rouge away game. Brent first played for the Kookaburras in 2002 and has played 60 games and kicked 85 goals, leading Goalkicker for the Kookas, has also been Head Coach, Asst Coach & Captain as well as strategic club leader during different times for past 15 years. Brent was also an important component in bringing and organizing the very successful 2004 USAFL National Championships in Cumming GA, north of Atlanta.
After moving from Chicago having also being a great part of the Chicago Swans there, Brent wasted no time in making the Atlanta Kookaburras successful as well. Brent currently is just concluding two years again as Head Coach, stepping up after a request and like a true Kookaburra came out of a mini playing retirement to take the field in Baton Rouge the other week as the team was short on numbers. This sort of selfless act is what long time members and now new members of the Atlanta Kookaburras have seen and will always admire.
Brent was also named Club Captain earlier this year of the 20 Year Kookaburras Team of Champions at the Clubs 20 year anniversary celebrations.
From everyone here at the Atlanta Kookaburras past and present congratulations Brent "Pig" Bacon on becoming just the 6th Life Member of the Atlanta Kookaburras.
The Kookaburras look to compete for hardware at 2017 USAFL Nationals in San Diego, CA. As a team of working professionals and students, we fund trips like this via our own money, generous sponsorships, and friends like you!
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The Atlanta Kookaburras are at a midway point of their 2017 season with a 2-3 game record. With the Atlanta summer upon us the Kooka's continue to train once a week on Saturday mornings and look forward to some summer local games and of course Summer Social Events. The first of those social events is next Saturday June 24th where we join the party of Atlanta United fans and other supporters for a tailgating extravagnaza and everyone is invited.
In April the Kookaburras took 6 new players for their first game to Nashville in Music City and went down to a more experienced team on the day. Was great to see debuts from, Maggio, Karena, Franchini, Johnson, Wright, Depue and the return of Townley to the Kooka's fold. Our first home game was also a loss unfortunately to Nth Carolina, where each team went goal for goal all through the game until NC pulled away in the last quarter to sink the Kookas first game win of the year. Debuts of Olsen and Drick, the latter who was just walking past the field on the day and decided he wanted to play, were impressive. Old timer Kraska also chipped in for 5 goals.
The Kookaburras first win came a month later in May to the Baton Rough Tigers. Great opponents as always the Kooka's were able to pull away however in the second half for a comfortable 40 point win, with Townley showing his class on one leg kicking 6 goals for the game. Well umpired too by our own Kooka's Life Member Jim Batten.
In June we ventured again to Nashville where they hosted Tampa as well for a three way tourney. The Kookaburras were able to beat a stacked Tampa team full of Nashville alumni back for their 20 year anniversary celebrations, with Aman Mullee on debut for the Kooka's but where unable to hold off the Nashville team in the second game of a very hot day. Wayne Kraska playing his 150th game for the Atlanta Kookaburras had to settle for a disappointing defeat.
You can read all the game day scores and goalkickers for the 2017 Kookaburras footy season here.
The Atlanta Kookaburras welcomed back past legends and champion players from their 20 year playing history to a great action packed game of footy and social event Saturday night. The game itself was tight all day with current players running rings around the Legends team a lot. But the ole guys were not going to go down without a fight and clawed their way back into the game in the third quarter to take the lead. In a hectic last quarter it was anyone's game but the young Kookaburras held on for a great win.
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Atlanta Past Legends 9.11.65
Later in the evening the players, family and friends enjoyed the festivities and hearing the past stories of the greats from the past, reading over presentations lists of every game ever played by the Kookaburras, Most Games and Goals lists, watching slideshows of hundreds of photos and then listening to the announcement of the 20 Year Team of Champions. Of course there were a few surprise names in that team that was selected by club legends themselves, and a few that were unlucky to not make it. Current Kookaburras Head Coach Brent Bacon was named Captain of the team with Curtis Jones at CHB and Center Daniel Searle his Vice Captains. Wayne Kraska was named Head Coach with club founder Mike Powers an assistant coach with also fellow Life Member Jim Batten also an assistant coach.
The team that has 6 interchange players selected has 12 Australians and 12 Non-Australians per the USAFL game rules that the club initially came under when commencing to play in the late 90s. Notable players selected were goal kicking extraordinaire Chris Moerman at Full Forward with Half Forward Flank selection and former Captain & MVP David Croft they both hold the most goals in a game record of 11. At the blue ribbon Center Half Forward position Damien Sheehan was the pick, a player that was drafted from Port Adelaide to Carlton in the early 90s and as you could imagine starred for the Kookas in his shortish two year game career in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Kookaburras would like thank everyone for attending and making it such a great day and night of celebrations and many thanks to those that made it happen.
Commemorative T Shirts are now also for sale for a limited time in the Kookaburras Online Store with this link, grab one before they are all gone.