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USAFL Regionals schedule is up

This Saturday, June 23rd, the Dockers head to Philadelphia, PA for a full day of men’s and women’s competition at the USAFL Eastern Regional tournament.

Teams competing include our hosts, the Philadelphia Hawks, and visitors the Baltimore Dockers, DC Eagles, New York Magpies, Boston Demons, North Carolina Tigers, and the Columbus Cats.  Our men’s team is playing in Division II against Columbus, Boston, and DC, and our joint Baltimore/DC women’s team is joining forces with Boston to take on New York and Columbus.

The Dockers have the first game starting at 9:00am and it will be a full day of footy at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park.

USAFL Eastern Regionals: June 23, 2018

Men’s team schedule

9:00 AM ET

Baltimore Dockers

Columbus Cats

Noon ET

Boston Demons

Baltimore Dockers

3 PM ET

DC Eagles

Baltimore Dockers

Women’s team schedule

10 AM ET

DC Eagles Women

Columbus Cats Women

4 PM ET

New York Magpies Women

DC Eagles Women

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.

Bogged down at Bocek Park

Saturday June 9th saw the Dockers host their first EAFL tournament that saw three outstanding Eastern Region teams converging on Baltimore, MD. The teams consisted of the Philadelphia Hawks and DC Eagles with the Baltimore Dockers serving as hosts. The game was played at Bocek Park in Baltimore City and in true Baltimore City fashion the day turned from a hot sunny day to a wet cold monsoon in a matter of hours that saw teams playing in water ankle deep.

Game 1: Battle of the Beltway, Game 2

The rain held off for the first game where the DC Eagles took on the Baltimore Dockers in the second game of the “Dennis Ryan Cup”. The first half went back and forth, with DC pulling ahead at halftime. As the second half began, the Dockers where able to trim the Eagles lead but in the end fell short.  Game 2 went to the Eagles by a score of 6.4.40 to 8.3.51. In the end, DC’s midfield with standout performances from Jake Moyer and Sam Radcliffe served too much for the Dockers to overcome.  Standouts for the Dockers were Josh Richardson and Mike Horney.

Baltimore Dockers
6.4.40

Philadelphia Hawks
8.3.51

Game 2: Dockers vs the Philly Hawks

The second game started shortly after the first one ended and saw the Dockers take on the Philadelphia Hawks. Hawks jumped out early on the Dockers kicking three quick goals. The Dockers were able to answer in the first half with a goal of their own two behinds. At halftime the heavens opened up and it was a torrential downpour that lasted for about 20 minutes. As players and spectators took shelter the rain, thunder and lightning lasted for about 20 minutes.

With a break in the weather the second half started. With ankle deep water all over the field it turned to a very sloppy game of footy with each team just trying to gain territory in each other’s scoring half. The Hawks were able to pull away with some timely marks and straight goal kicking to come out on top of the Dockers by a score of 3.3.21 – 6.8.44. The Dockers were led by Ian Payne, Terrance McAuliffe, and Mike Horney who won Iron Man honors for his effort in both games.  

Baltimore Dockers
3.3.21

Philadelphia Hawks
6.8.44

Dockers bring home their first “W” from Music City U.S.A.

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.

Nashville Kangaroos
3.13.31

Baltimore Dockers
6.5.41

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.

Coach’s Corner: Dockers look for their first win this weekend

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 Dockers
6.6.42

DC Eagles
11.11.77

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.

Baltimore Dockers

Philadelphia Hawks

We will be playing at Bocek park this Saturday at 1pm so make sure you get down and enjoy what will surely be a good display of Aussie Rules Footy.

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

$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.

Coach’s Corner: Dockers Debut in Wilmington, NC

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.

North Carolina Tigers
5.11.41

Baltimore Dockers
5.4.34

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.

We all hope to see you there!

Bryn

Dockers to host first game in the Battle of the Beltway

With sponsorship from First Home Mortgage, Dockers are set to host the first game in the Battle of the Beltway on May 5th, 2018. The Battle of the Beltway is a best-of-five competition against the DC Eagles.  Formerly the metro competition of the Baltimore-Washington team, the newly independent Baltimore Dockers and DC Eagles teams will battle for the Denis Ryan Cup.

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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.

Location
Bocek Park, Baltimore MD (map)
Schedule
11:00am – Women’s Training
12:00pm – Men’s Game
after – celebration at Nobles (map)

RSVP here

highlights from a 2017 metro game filmed on umpire and alumni player Chris Adams

Nick Sisca named Captain for the 2018 Season

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!