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Shoot The Hooch With the Kookaburras

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The Atlanta Kookaburras are taking to the Hooch again for a fundraising event for the USAFL San Diego National Championships.

All is included in the price ($25), just rock up with your friends, pre event there will be a local game at Garrard Landing Park...then straight to the dock there to launch. You are all welcome to the game at 10.00am first then to the Shoot the Hooch event or you can just come for the fun on the river event. RSVPs will be required so we have enough supplies for everyone. Kids are free...but they might need their own vest that fits.!

So support the Kookaburras on their quest to reach SD in October and bring home some hardware.

Kookaburras to San Diego With Your Help

sandiegologoThe 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!

As the only Australian Rules Football club in the state of Georgia and one of only a handful in the South, the Kookaburras have been spreading our love for the game of footy and Australian culture throughout the region for 20 years. You can read more about USA Footy on the National website  www.usafl.com

We head to the 2017 USAFL Nationals in San Diego, CA this October, and while we expect every player to fund the bulk of his trip to the tournament, every dollar raised will help lower that cost and ensure that every member of the club who wants to represent the Kookas will be able to attend. fundlylogo225 opt

We have been working hard on and off the field this year to improve our game, and we will make you proud in San Diego and intend to bring home some hardware!

We have enlisted the assistance of Crowd Fund App Fundly. Click on the image to be taken to our donation page.

Finally, please note that we are a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and your charitable gift is tax deductible!

Kookaburras Tailgating For Atlanta United

Atlanta TailgatingThe Atlanta Kookaburras are excited to tailgate and show our support for the other footy club here in Atlanta (you know, the one drawing 45k fans per game in their first year!). We'll have beverages and Kookas merchandise on hand, and we will be raffling off 2 tickets to the upcoming Atlanta United game on July 4th for all of our generous donors (suggested donation $10). All proceeds from this tailgate will support the club as we look to raise funds for our trip to USAFL Nationals in San Diego this Fall.

Please come support all Atlanta footy!

We will be setting up in The Varsity Parking Lot adjacent to the Supporter's Groups (first come, first serve parking) and only 2 blocks from the North Ave. MARTA Station. Parking in Midtown is plentiful, and Uber/Lyft are great options as well! If you have not been to an Atlanta United Tailgate yet, it is a sight to behold, and we know you'll have a great time!

Adjacent tailgates also have many kid-friendly activities (including a small pitch for small-side soccer games!

Legends v Atlanta Kookaburras 20 year Anniversay Weekend

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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.

Kookaburras 2017 Season Rolling Along

Baton Rouge home 2017The 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.

Kookaburras 2017 Schedule

The Atlanta Kookaburras 2017 season games, all events commence at 2.00pm unless otherwise noted.

Results updated for all games are here

April 8th   -  @ Nashville  - Tourney with Nashville and Columbus

April 22nd – NC Tigers @ Atlanta 

May 13th – LEGENDS v KOOKAS

May 20th  - Baton Rouge Tigers @ Atlanta

June 3rd  - @ Nashville – Tourney with Nashville and Tampa

August 12th - Nashville @ Atlanta (Grant Park,  Map here ) Note: Game time 12.00pm

August 26th - @ NC Tigers

Sept 23rd - @ Baton Rouge Tigers  - Tailgate with LSU vs Syracuse

Oct 21st - 22nd National Championships in San Diego California

Legends v Kookas Game & Event A Great Time

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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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20teamgraphicLater 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.

 

Mark Cannatelli Wins The Kookaburras 2016 MVP Mike Powers Medal and Best & Fairest Award

MVP 2016 Atlanta KookaburrasOn Friday the Atlanta Kookaburras celebrated the 2016 season with their annual MVP Mike Powers Medal vote count and Annual General Meeting. Mark Cannatelli after a stellar 2016 took out the Mike Powers medal in front of a packed but well controlled crowd.

Cannatelli traded the lead throughout the announcement of each games voting with good mate Brett Hester. Hester who has come along in amazing leaps and bounds in 2016 also had a fantastic year just fell short this year but we are sure if he continues to improve his medal is not far away.

In the end it was Cannatelli's consistency across all games, missing just one for the year, to grab votes and he rounded out with a terrific finals series at the Sarasota USAFL National Championships to thoroughly deserve the MVP award.

In third place was last year winner Paul Balding also best mates with Cannatelli and Hester meaning the 'GA Tech Boys' made a clean sweep of all the voting awards. Balding also won 'Best at Nationals' this year, for the second time running. Fourth place in the MVP was a tie with newcomer Mike Peek and Braden Medders who also has another great year and impressive final series.

Also note worth was Sam Ridenhour who was awarded Best Clubman and the Coaches Award from 2016 Head Coach Brent Bacon. Ridenhour's commitment to the club, to training, functions and his teammates didn't go unnoticed obviously. He also made some signifcant contributions on the field as well. (He also picked up the new Skoal Award for admirable pregame enriched warm-ups).

A new Board of Management was also voted in bringing many new people to important club administration roles. But more about that later. Right now congratulate Mark Cannatelli and all the award recipients for a great 2016 Kookaburras season.

MVP Voting - Leading Votes

Mark Cannatelli 70
Brett Hester 63
Paul Balding 28
Braden Medders 26
Mike Peek 26

(photo L-R: Sam Ridenhour, Brett Hester, Mark Cannatelli MVP, Paul Balding)

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