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.
Atlanta Kookaburras 9.15.69
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.
The Atlanta Kookaburras are excited to invite all past and present players, supporters and the public to their 20th Anniversary celebration events. Featuring a Legends game against the current Kookaburras team made up of past players of the 20 year history of the club, coming back to live former glories, tell some funny stories and celebrate the great history of the Atlanta Kookaburras Australian Rules Football Club.
The Legends v Kookaburras game will take place Saturday May 13th at Central Park, Pine St, Atlanta Map here
Later in the evening all players, supporters and guests will gather at The Bird Rotisserie and Sports Grill in Dunwoody Map here, where we will hear from club founder Mike Powers and enjoy the announcement of the 20 year Legends Kookaburras team and also the Legends Atlanta Lady Kookaburras Women's team. Also see club memorabilia, historic artifacts and peruse many of the past records of 20 years of Kookaburras footy in Atlanta,
2.00pm : Central Park, Atlanta. Announcement of legends players and team photos.
2.30pm : Kookas Vs 20 yr Legends team. Game will consist of 4 x 15 minute quarters. (With commentary)
7.30pm : Dinner Location: The Bird, Dunwoody $20 a head for non alcoholic drinks, beer and appetizers. Includes presentations from the game, speech by club founder Mike Powers and presentation of the 20yr Kookaburra Legends team and Lady Kookaburras Legends team.
You can RSVP to the event on FB with this link
We look forward to seeing everyone at the game and function afterwards to celebrate with us.