Earlier this month, the Dockers headed to Nashville, TN to take on the Kangaroos (June 2, to be precise). The Dockers were still hungry for the first win of the season — and after canceling the May 19 games due to a a monsoon in Baltimore, it was nice to play a game on a sunny warm Tennessee day. Both teams started the game feeling each other out as each tried to swing the momentum to their respective sides. The first half saw the Kangaroos being on top 16 -7. The Dockers made some adjustments at half time and started to assert themselves on the offensive end. In the 3rd quarter Baltimore had repeated forward 50 entries that resulted in multiple goals being kicked. Ian Payne lead the charge by kicking 2 in the 3rd term with Jack Chalmers and Jake Moyer adding a goal each. In the 4th quarter the Dockers were aided by the Kangaroos inability to kick straight and coupled with a great defensive effort, were able to hold on for the win. The final score was 3.13.31 to 6.5.41 in favor of the Dockers.
Zeluis Teixeira played a great game in the ruck, winning multiple ruck taps and not coming off the field all game, earning himself Iron Man honors for the match. Mike Gilbart, Nick Tyson, Mike Horney, and Matt Woodruff dominated the back line and held the Kangaroos from kicking a goal in the 4th to preserve the win. Coupled with some timely goal kicking by Ian Payne, the Dockers were able to secure their first win as a stand alone club.
With recent local lightning and thunderstorms here in Baltimore one could think we humans had pissed off some ancient weather God. One could also ponder the same thing with the Baltimore Dockers and the footy Gods, with the Baltimore Dockers without a win after their first two games.
It has not been without effort though and the boys can hold their heads high with the intensity and passion they displayed in their first hit out against Washington D.C. this year. The hard effort we have put in at training and on match days will ensure we will bounce back and soon be in the winner’s circle.
The game against Washington last weekend was physical. Neither side wanted to give an inch. This tight affair continued, with both teams scoring evenly until late in the 3 rd quarter. This was when D.C.’s ruck and midfield dominance capitalized and they got a good run on and delivered the ball continuously into their forward line. Our back line could only hold on for so long and the DC pressure paid dividends. They ran away victorious 77 to 42.
Baltimore will lick its wounds and be ready for hit out #2 in June. Standouts were Brent Bates, Ian Payne and Nick Sisca.
Not dwelling on a loss, Baltimore are solely focused on this weekend’s home game against Philadelphia in what will be another good test of the depth of our squad. Philly has a lot of experience and we will need to be on our A game defensively to ensure their experienced squad doesn’t get any freedom to dictate play. I expect we can outrun, outmuscle and outscore this side but we will need to be focused from the get go and remain so for all 4 quarters.
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!
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.
Spring may finally be upon us here in Baltimore and with the (hopefully) warmer comes the official beginning to the USAFL season 2018. The Baltimore Dockers have been keeping busy with preseason training over the last month maintaining 3 sessions per week. Fitness levels have massively increased since our first REFLEX FITNESS sessions at the start of the year and all our new comers to Aussie footy and the Dockers are improving rapidly. It is great to see how far this new team has come in such a short time.
It was with this strong attitude of belief that we travelled to Wilmington, NC, last weekend to test our skills and strength against the NC Tigers. This team has come off the back of a very strong 2017 and we knew we were going to be in for a tough scrap. In very blustery conditions the Dockers were ahead for 3 quarters with Terence aka Tezza kicking the Dockers first ever goal as a USAFL side. Scores were low as the windy conditions made it very difficult to kick accurately.
The Tigers roared back in the fourth quarter and took the lead and the momentum. A late Baltimore goal got us back in the game but it was not enough, as the Tigers eventually secured a close one by 7 points. Injuries unfortunately played a role with major influencer Ian Payne out with a hammy in the first 5 minutes and Ben Crenca suffering with knee and back injuries until he could not go on.
Heads were held high as this game was not lost for a lack of effort or toughness. Gusty conditions and a strong zone from the Tigers made it very difficult for us to move the ball effectively even though we did hold most of the possession. A solid first hit out for Baltimore with standout performances from captain Nick Sisca, Kit Drury, Dan Zimmerman and the defense who made it very difficult to score. Overall, I am very happy with how we went about it as a team. We have shown what we are capable of and now have an idea of what we need to do at training to improve and secure our first win as a team together.
Thanks to the NC Tigers for their hospitality and for a great hit out. We look forward to returning the favour and hopefully getting one back next time we meet in Baltimore.
Next up we face our former teammates and current mates Washington D.C. for what is going to be a battle of epic proportions. Locked in for May 5 at Bocek Park in Baltimore, this will be the first time the two teams have locked horns since splitting into 2 separate sides during the off season. The Battle of the Beltway will surely be a very tough and hard fought out game with both sides aiming to get the very first win for both teams and bragging rights for a long time.
Starting with women’s training session (open to players of all skill levels!), the day will be filled with entertainment and refreshments so bring the whole family out! Yes, there are even rumors of Four’N’ Twenty meat pies and beers brewed by none other than Coach Bryn himself…Be sure to stay through the game, which tips off at noon, and for the after party at Noble’s.
Bocek Park, Baltimore MD (map) Schedule
11:00am – Women’s Training
12:00pm – Men’s Game
after – 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!
Time to hit the ground running and step up our preseason preparations. The training schedule for the next two months gives three opportunities to work on fitness and skills. Sessions will be about an hour and a half, and players should bring cleats, runners, and water.
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.
Get up, get around, and get out (but not until close 😏). Simple as that
$5 cover…but free entry if you come dressed in costume OR become an inaugural Baltimore Dockers social member. Social memberships come with Dockers swag and benefits from our sponsors all year long. Proceeds from this event go toward the inaugural season of the Baltimore Dockers Australian Football Club.