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2004 National Tournament Wrap
After another successful campaign at the national tournament, Milwaukee received the news that they would be hosting the 8th annual USAFL National Championships in the fall of 2005!  The announcement was made during this year's Nationals Banquet in Atlanta. 

Milwaukee to Host 2005 USAFL National Tournament!

(Milwaukee, WI) - After another successful campaign at the national tournament, Milwaukee received the news that they would be hosting the 8th annual USAFL National Championships in the fall of 2005!  The announcement was made during this year's Nationals Banquet in Atlanta.  The games will be played over two days (October 1-2) at the Milwaukee Polo Fields. The tournament will feature three divisions pitting clubs according to their national rankings and league titles. The event also will include booths featuring Australian foods and beverages, Australian merchandise, as well as USAFL club and tournament gear. In addition, clinics will be held for those who would like to learn more about the game.

 

As for this year's tournament, the Milwaukee Bombers had their best ever showing.  Posting a 2-1 record over the two-day event in Atlanta in October, the Bombers missed out in playing for the Division 1 championship by a single goal loss to New York.  This year's success was a direct result of the leadership's commitment to develop and promote the sport in the Milwaukee area over the past three years.  Heavy recruitment, Metro Milwaukee league play, a commitment to MAAFL, as well as an increased visibility through several public events (i.e. Summerfest) has allowed the Bombers to grow and achieve new heights.

 

For the Bombers, the simplest indicator of this progress can be seen in the past three year's national championships.  From reaching the Division 3 final in 2002, to winning the Division 2 final in 2003, to placing third in Division 1 in 2004, the Bombers has shown consistent improvement.  With achievements like these to build on, 2005 looks very bright for the Bombers.

 

Australian Rules Football (“footy”) is one of the most spectacular, physically demanding and quickest team sports in the world. Its roots are traceable to early forms of rugby and Gaelic football, but it is uniquely Australian. Its rules were codified in 1858, and probably predate all other modern forms of football. Faster than rugby and American football, more physical than soccer, this national sport of Australia now is played across the United States and all over the world. For years, Americans have observed the game on ESPN and Fox Sports World. The wild, action-packed game immediately caught on with Americans, who now make up the bulk of most clubs’ rosters. The league has grown steadily to include more than 40 clubs nationwide, with over 2000 registered players.

 

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