This Saturday, the Dockers men’s team played their final games of the 2018 regular season in Philadelphia. In the USAFL’s traditional format, three teams gather in one city for a round-robin format in which each team plays the other two. The Dockers’ opponents were the New York Magpies and the Philadelphia Hawks.
The Dockers brought sixteen players, a mix of veterans and first-gamers, to face two of the largest and best-organized teams in the Eastern Australian Football League. Although the Dockers eventually lost both games, they played proudly throughout.
Game 1 started as a back-and-forth contest between the Dockers and Magpies, before the New York pulled ahead with three goals late in the first half. In the second half, the Dockers’ back line played with their trademark intensity and skill, holding the experienced Magpies without a goal.
Game 2 was a low-scoring defensive battle throughout the first half, with the halftime score level at 9-9. But as the game wore on, Philadelphia’s superior numbers made the difference, as the Hawks scored eight unanswered goals plus two behinds for a final score of 59-9.
And so the Baltimore Dockers men’s team closes out its first-ever regular season of operations after playing an incredible 17 matches, finishing with a record of 5 wins and 12 losses. Their next appearance will be the weekend of October 13, 2018 at the United States Australian Football League (USAFL) National Championships in Racine, Wisconsin. Matchups for championship weekend will be announced next week.
The Dockers men’s team won a thrilling game against the Philadelphia Hawks today, using a fourth-quarter comeback to win by a score of 33-32.
The Dockers were down 30-19 at the end of the third quarter, but came back to score 14 points while holding the Hawks to just two behinds. The defense withstood intense pressure from the Hawks’ forwards in the last two minutes to hold on for the first win over Philadelphia in club history.
The entire game was played in driving rain at Baltimore’s Patterson Park. Thanks to the Hawks for their fierce competition on the field and their camaraderie off the field, thanks to the umpires, and especially thanks to the fans who turned out in heavy rain to cheer on your team!
At the same time, our women’s team, the Baltimore/Washington Lady Eagles, split two games on the road in New York. The Lady Eagles lost to San Francisco 66-0, but defeated New York 17-5.
The Dockers’ next men’s game is next Saturday, September 15th, in Washington, DC against the Chicago Swans, while the women’s team prepares for USAFL Nationals.
Your Baltimore Dockers take the field for their final home game of the 2018 season, this Saturday, September 8th. The opponent is the Philadelphia Hawks, who prevailed in two close games earlier this year.
The Dockers will play at 1 PM in a new location: at Baltimore’s historic Patterson Park, near the famous neighborhoods of Fells Point and Canton. The game will take place on Fields 8 and 9, east of Linwood Avenue between Eastern Avenue and Pratt Street:
Join the team and supporters there! The first bounce is at 1 PM, rain or shine. The game will be followed by a traditional Dockers afterparty at our sponsor, Nobles Bar and Grill in Federal Hill. All players and supporters from both teams are welcome!
Fields 8 and 9, Patterson Park, Baltimore MD (map) Schedule
1:00 PM – Men’s Game
6:00 PM – celebration at Nobles (map)
Last week, Coach Bryn and a few senior players met to discuss what it means to play for the Dockers. During this meeting, they selected Nick Sisca to Captain the men’s team on the field for the 2018 season. Nick leads by example both on and off the field between trainings, competition, and managing the Dockers’ football operations.
We are excited for his leadership in the Dockers’ inaugural national title campaign, so everyone get around our new captain Sisca!