Congratulations to the Dockers’ 2018 award winners!

The award winners, in semi-formal dress, hold their awards at the Dockers' 2018 awards gala
Baltimore Dockers 2018 season award winners (L to R):
Matthew Byrne, Ian Payne, Kristin Poti, Kit Drury, John O’Connor, Coach Bryn Hansen, Mark Salansky
On Friday, November 16th, Dockers friends and family gathered for the Awards Gala to close out the team’s successful first season. Congratulations to the award winners for the Dockers’ 2018 championship season!

The Rookie of the Year award goes to the best first-year player. Several new players were eligible, and Dockers coach Bryn Hansen faced a difficult decision to pick just one player. The 2018 award goes to John O’Connor.

The Clubman of the Year award goes annually to the person who has contributed the most to the overall life of club, and has best exemplified the Docker spirit. The 2018 award goes to Matthew Byrne.

Coach Bryn hands the award - a 2018 Dockers photo book - to Kit Drury
Dockers Coach Bryn Hansen (R) presents the Coach’s award to Kit Drury (L)
The Coach’s Award, selected by Dockers coach Bryn Hansen, goes to the player who has demonstrated the best team spirit and set the best example to their teammates. The 2018 Coach’s award goes to Kit Drury.

The Women’s Best and Fairest Award goes to the player from the Dockers’ women’s team, the Baltimore-Washington Lady Eagles, who has played the best and has best demonstrated the spirit of fair play. The 2018 award goes to Kristin Poti.

Before the top award of the night, club president Ian Payne presented a special award for team spirit and service to the club. The award went to players who have always gone above and beyond in their generosity and enthusiasm on and off the field. But since these two are best mates and we always see them together, the board had no choice but to give the special award to both Kit Drury and Mark “Ski” Salansky. Thank you both for everything you do for the club!

The final award of the night, as per Australian sporting tradition, is the Men’s Team Best and Fairest Award, to the player who has contributed most on the field while exemplifying true Docker spirit. At the end of each match, the two match umpires select and rank the best three players that day. At the postseason awards gala, the votes are publicly counted, round by round – three points for first, two for second, and one for third. The player with the highest point total wins the Best and Fairest award. After the final tally, the 2018 winner was… Dockers President Ian Payne.

Congratulations to Ian and all the 2018 winners, and thanks to all the Dockers players, friends, and family for a successful 2018 awards gala!

Two men in suits, one holding the 2018 USAFL Division IV championship trophy and a bottle of whisky
Kit Drury (L) with Steve Dunmire (R), Ian Payne’s father-in-law

Dockers host Philly in final home game of 2018!

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.

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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!

Location
Fields 8 and 9, Patterson Park, Baltimore MD (map)
Schedule
1:00 PM – Men’s Game
6:00 PM – celebration at Nobles (map)

RSVP at the event page from Dockers Facebook

Photos from prior games vs. Philadelphia

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Off the field: Nashvegas, Boats, Axes, and more

Summer is upon us and the footy season is heating up!

The Baltimore Dockers are beyond happy to have picked up the team’s first W just a few weeks ago. Impressive numbers made the trip out to Nashville, making it a fun day on the field as well as out on the town following the win. The Roos set up our post-game event at Tennessee Brew Works, and the two teams quickly engulfed the entire second floor of the brewery. Great banter ensued during the Roos and Dockers game day awards and it is safe to say that Nashville was a bit salty watching the Dockers get around the Capitals game on the tele while their hockey team was booted from the playoffs.

This weekend will be another entertaining footy trip with the Dockers looking to make a statement at Regionals in Philly. The whole team is amped up and ready to come with their A-game in hopes of celebrating a victory in the city.

Upcoming Events:

Floating Footy: Bogans & Babes on a Boat

June 29th
9:30-11:45PM
3100 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Please check out this great event to support our women’s team! Enjoy a night on the Potomac River with a live DJ, open bar, and great company! Tickets are going fast so avoid FOMO (fear of missing out) and buy yourself a ticket now! Click here for tickets and more information

Urban Axes

July 8th
2:00-4:00PM
$35/person (24 person limit)*
1 North Haven St.
Baltimore, MD 21224

Baltimore Dockers have reserved a time slot at the new axe throwing venue in Baltimore: Urban Axes. This will be the 3rd event put on with our Baltimore-Chesapeake Football Club counterparts who we are thankful have allowed us to share their storage unit at Bocek (BIG shout out to them for the generosity!).

*Spots are limited so it will be first come first serve with RSVPing/payment

Next Home Games – Afterparty at Noble’s!

Columbus and New York will be coming to Bocek Park on July 14th for a full day of men’s and women’s footy. The post-matches after party will be held at Noble’s Bar and Grill. Raffle prizes, 50/50, drink and food specials, and heaps of fun will be included with the festivities. Please invite any and all who would like to enjoy a great Saturday at the field and/or at the event. More details to come.

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Floating Footy Fundraiser: Bogans & Babes on a Boat

Come out for a booze cruise while also supporting our women’s team’s fundraising for 2018 Nationals!

On Friday, June 29th, we’ll be cruising along the Potomac River on the Boomerang Party Yacht! Your ticket gets you two hours on the Potomac with  a full top shelf OPEN bar on the main level with 2 awesome bartenders and a live DJ spinning Aussie classics on the upper deck (well maybe just one Aussie classic with many other songs mixed in around it.).

Party with some bogans. Party with babes. Who cares… you’ll be on a boat!

 

Don’t suffer from FOMO… buy your ticket early and save up to $20 on entry. Tickets are $50 per person if you buy your ticket within the month of May, but prices go up as the event draws near. An amazing time, top shelf open bar and boat entry all included in pricing.  Click here to get yours today!

This is a fundraising outing for the Baltimore/DC Metro Area Women’s Australian Rules Football Club in support of their trip to USAFL Nationals in October 2018! We’ll have a 50/50 raffle on board but additional donations are kindly accepted!

Friday, June 29th
9:30 – 11:45 pm
3100 K St NW
Washington, DC
RSVP on Facebook
 

Docker Style: Beach vacations and Paintball competitions

The Baltimore Dockers inaugural season is officially underway! A rough loss in a close game down in Wilmington, NC was not the result the squad was looking for but heaps of positives came out of the trip. Outside of the impressive teamwork and sportsmanship seen on the pitch the Dockers showed an exciting presence on the trip. Long drives, cramped vans, and “luxurious” accommodations could all be details that would cause some drama but not with this crew, no way. Team events in Wilmington included Dockers diners, taking over the entire café for breakfast on game day, warming up kicking the footy on the beach, and lastly joining the NC Tigers at Flytrap Brewery for a postgame get together.

The next scheduled Dockers event is Paintball against the Baltimore-Chesapeake Rugby club! Join us on April 29th from 12-2 pm at:
Rt 40 Paintball
11011 Pulaski Highway
White Marsh, MD
Saturday XX XX
XXpm

$30 per head includes:
•  Private course for 2 hours
•  Gun rental with air
•  500 balls per player
•  Protective equipment

After paintball all are welcome to join at Della Roses Tavern (map) where the Baltimore-Chesapeake team has worked out drink specials for everyone.

More events are in the works and will be posted to the Dockers Facebook page as they come up so please follow the team and join in on the fun team environment.

A look at the start of 2018

The first issue of The Docker Times hit inboxes today.  With an opening from Docker’s President Ian Payne and updates from Coach Bryn Hansen, Football Operations manager Nick Sisca, and Events Coordinator Dan Zimmerman, the Dockers share the details of their successful Australia Day fundraiser in January and ongoing preseason training sessions. Fans are also encouraged to follow the Dockers on social media and consider registering for a social membership which gets you some extra perks and special deals with Dockers sponsors.  Featured this month are sponsors Fed Thrill Sunglasses and Reflex Functional Fitness.

For the full stories, click here!