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AFLS Season Kicks off February 17th

AFLS Social Aussie RulesWe are excited to kick off the inaugural AFLS Social Aussie Rules Football Season at 10.45am on February 17th at NH Scott Park, Decatur. Four teams will play games for the 6 week regular season and then vie for the Premiership trophy in a playoff series. The game of AFLS is non tackle version of Aussie Rules football that is completely safe with no contact whatsoever. The games are fast, fun and high scoring and can be played by anyone.

We will be playing two games simultaneously so we can all socialize at breaks and after the games. Should be a load of fun. Players have come out for our 5 trial games have been split evenly onto four teams but there is plenty of room for extra players.New players will be given a run down of how to play. It takes only 5 minutes to learn.

The cost of the season of 7 games is $50 and for that you free passes for friends to try the game, umpires, free team shirt to play in, drinks during and after the game and snacks as well. Also insurance has been arranged via the USAFL where new players must registered and past players must update their details to be covered.

A new website also has been developed to capture all the information, update scores and stats and where you can pay your registration. Jump over to www.aflsocial.com now and sign up.

 

5k Foam Fest - Fun Fundraising Volunteer Event

foam fest 5kThe Kookaburras are partnering this year with the awesome 5k Foam Fest at Lake Lanier Islands on April 7th 2018. The event attracts thousands of participants and Kookaburra volunteers will be able to join in the fun as well has help the event run smoothly. Proceeds of the fundraising will assist with Kookaburras goal of expanding Aussie Rules in the Atlanta area and also assist players for road game expenses.

Everyone is welcome to join with us as the more people we sign up the greater impact we can have. Please reach out to us if you would like to help us and have a few friends that could come along. We guarantee everyone will have a blast.

Contact us here to join our volunteer list.

Read more about the 5k event here.

Kookaburras Commence Partnership With Coopers Brewery

Coopers BreweryThe Atlanta Kookaburras Australian Rules Football Club are pleased to announce a partnership with Coopers Brewery of South Australia to be their prime brand ambassador in the Atlanta Georgia region.

The Atlanta Kookaburras were first formed in 1998 in the back lots of Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, GA but have since grown to be the #1 authentic Australian Football Club in Atlanta introducing Australian Rules Football to many Georgia regions through cultural events, social sports development and health and fitness programs.

Coopers Brewery has been a sponsor of Australian Rules Football in the USA since 2003 and were an integral part of the 2004 USAFL National Championships, held in Cumming GA. The success of that event has led to an annual tournament that is now the biggest Australian Rules Football event in the world.

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Annual Meeting Brings Changes To The Kookaburras Board For 2018

Atlanta KookaburrasAt the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Atlanta Kookaburras this week Wayne Kraska was elected back into the President's role.This will be his 8th time he will lead the club off the field. Jim Batten also stepped back onto the Executive Board as Treasurer, and it will be his 6th stint in that position. Braden Medders continued his role as Vice President, for the 6th occasion also and Ryan Downey 2017 MVP will continue on as club Secretary for the second time.

The club received reports from many of the Executive and Board of Management members on the night with outgoing President Jeff Whitlock saying he was very happy the way the club started 2017 but as in other years as is apparent, the club struggled to keep that momentum going. Outgoing Treasurer Stephanie Whitlock presented a report that showed the club had ran in the black and profited well over the year which is always nice to see. The meeting learned that thanks lies mostly with sponsorship's from Ameris Bank, Vengeance Racing and our social venue sponsor The Bird Bar & Grill in Dunwoody.

In attendance at the meeting was also Erica Barnett of Total Beverage Solutions, the distributing company of Coopers Brewing here in GA and Erica spoke of the great relationship Coopers already has with USAFL as well as the potential to grow the Coopers brand further in the Atlanta market with the help of the Kookaburras family.

As for what is ahead for the Kookaburras, new President Wayne Kraska spoke only about local growth of both players,supporters and the general public. Within the club to make this happen the club needed all players & supporters to be Kookaburra Ambassadors, to spread the word of the club and to support and champion any effort no matter how small that facilitates reaching any short or long term club goals.

Following the meeting the MVP vote count was conducted, superbly as always we might add, by the club statistician Jim Batten.

2017 MVP Awards Night & Annual Meeting - Nov 1st

MVPnightThe Kookaburras cordially invite you to the 2017 Atlanta Kookaburras MVP Awards night and Annual General Meeting. Come and hear the vote by vote count as we crown the MVP for the Kookaburras for the 2017 season with the winner receiving the coveted Mike Powers Medal. Other awards for the night include Best First Year Player, Best Clubman, Most Improved, and a few other surprises. Also on the agenda is the 2017 Annual General Meeting with reports from all the leaders at the club and voting on who will lead Atlanta Kookaburras Inc. for 2018.

The event requires RSVPs, and cost per head will be by donation. Yes, you choose!!! $10, $15 or $20. A light buffet will be served, and domestic beer & wine will be included. You can buy your own drinks or try ours.

What: 2017 MVP Awards & Annual General Meeting
Where: Hudson Grill Brookhaven, 4046 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
When: Wednesday Nov 1st, 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Offer: Light Buffet meal, domestic beer & wine.
Cost: $10, $15 or $20 your choice, Cash or CC on night. RSVPs are important! FB, Teamo or email Ryan Downey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ryan Downey Wins Kookaburras MVP

Ryan Downey MVPThe Atlanta Kookaburras are very pleased to announce that Ryan Downey has won the 2017 MVP and Mike Powers Medal. In a close count of the the votes for the 2017 MVP and Best & Fairest Award, Ryan nudged out club captain Brett Hester by two votes, his second runner-up trophy in as many years.

Tieing for third was first year player Chris Drick who after making his debut this year showed that after a few weeks you can be a great player in this sport. Chris also received the Coaches Award from Head Coach Brent Bacon. Other ties for third were Steve Townley and Wayne Kraska.

Ryan Downey also collected the coveted Best Clubman Award for his overall contribution to the clubs activities and goals on and off the field.

A Most Improved Award was awarded to another rookie Brian DePue and Best at Nationals went to Wayne Kraska.

The Award Winners

  • Best & Fairest 2017 – 
    ​Ryan Downey
     (+ perpetual) & Mike Powers Medal
  • Runner-Up Best & Fairest 2017 - 
    ​Brett Hester
  • Best First Year Player 2017 – Chris Drick
  • Coaches Award 2017 – Chris Drick
  • Best Clubman 2017 – Ryan Downey (+ perpetual)
  • Most Improved 2017 - Brian DePue
  • Best at Nationals 2017 - 
    ​Wayne Kraska

To see a full list of the Atlanta Kookaburras MVP votes for 2017 have a look here..

Congratulations to all the winners.

Picture: Ryan receiving his MVP award, Perpetual Trophy  and Mike Powers Medal from Head Coach and 2017 Life Member Brent Bacon.

Brent Bacon Awarded Life Membership of The Kookaburras

pig1The 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.