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Fantastic Four Make Revolution!
Four Milwaukee Bomber players, Bruce Beilfuss, Paul Raisanen, James Brunmeier, and Jared Brunmeier, were recently selected to the Revolution team to play in the 2005 International Cup in Australia next month.  The Revolution is an All-Star team consisting solely of Americans from around the country that play Australian Football and compete against national teams from around the world.

(Milwaukee, WI) - Four Milwaukee Bomber players, Bruce Beilfuss, Paul Raisanen, James Brunmeier, and Jared Brunmeier, were recently selected to the Revolution team to play in the 2005 International Cup in Australia next month.  The Revolution is an All-Star team consisting solely of Americans from around the country that play Australian Football and compete against national teams from around the world. 

 

The selection for the Revolution team began in 2004 at the East-West game in Atlanta, an All-Star match among the best Australian Rules Football players in the country.  From that game, some 67 players were selected to compete against Canada in August 2004 and participate in training camps in Phoenix, Chicago, and Denver in early 2005.  Utilizing statistics and accounting for player performance at these events as well as the 2004 USAFL National Championships in Atlanta and the 2005 East-West game in Dallas, 35 players were selected by the coaching panel and selection committee for the opportunity to represent the United States.

 

Here is more about our Bomber players that were selected: 

 

 

Bruce Beilfuss

Statistics: 28 years old, 5' 11", 175 lbs

Position: Center Half-back Flank

Occupation: Consultant

Milwaukee Bomber since 2000

 

Paul Raisanen

Statistics: 27 years old, 6' 2", 210 lbs

Position: Half-back Flank, Half-forward Flank

Occupation: Engineer

Milwaukee Bomber since 2000

 

James Brunmeier

Statistics: 22 years old, 6' 2", 175 lbs

Position: Center Half-forward

Occupation: Student

Milwaukee Bomber since 2003

 

Jared Brunmeier

Statistics: 23 years old, 6' 1", 165 lbs

Position: Wing

Occupation: Manufacturing

Milwaukee Bomber since 2002

 

Q: What does it mean to you to make the Revolution team?

 

Bruce: Just being a member of the team isn’t my focus.  My focus is on continuing to work hard to improve everyday so I can contribute as much as possible.  Representing my country to me means never wondering what I could’ve done differently, but putting in all the work I can so no matter how things turn out, I know I gave it my all.

 

Paul: A lot.  Just by being chosen it is acknowledgment that all the hard work I put into training, preparing, and promoting footy has been worth it.
 

James: I am still trying to grasp what this means for me. I have never represented my country before and it is definitely a once and a lifetime experience. Be that as it is, I am going to prepare as best I can for Melbourne and enjoy myself while I am there.
 

Jared: To make the Revolution team is quite an honor - an All-American team with the opportunity to represent your country against the best players from other countries.


Q: How did you become involved with the Milwaukee Bombers?
 

Bruce: One of my co-workers put up flyers in the office for the Milwaukee Bombers team.

 

Paul: A friend of mine worked with Plugger (League founder) and he (Plugger) kept asking us to come out and give it a try.

James: My brother Jared kept badgering me to play a game and finally I gave in. I've been hooked ever since.
 

Jared: Aaron Siegel recruited me after starting to play a month or two before me.
 

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about Aussie Rules?
 

Bruce: The intensity and pace.  Only when you really begin to understand the game and develop your skills does it begin to slow down.  Until then it can seem like a frantic game of quick decisions with potentially painful consequences - which is a great place to put your competitor.
 

Paul: The culture.

James: I played football and ran track in high school. When I was younger I played soccer. AFL combines all of these sports. To me it is the perfect blend of ferocity and finesse.
 

Jared: My favorite thing about Aussie Rules is the competition, the chance to beat your man either in rushing to the football or preventing him from taking a mark - the fact that you can only win a game by playing as a team; one person can't do it all!

 

 

Q: What qualities do you believe makes you a Revolution player?
 

Bruce: Commitment.  Every day you either get better or you get worse and that is a decision each of us have to make.
 

Paul: Commitment to training/diet all year long and a desire to always play to win.
 

James: I feel that my youth has much to do with it. I can run all day and that usually works to wear my opponent down. Other than that, I can jump and mark well. It also helps that I love to tackle people.
 

Jared: To be a Revolution player you need to have a high level of commitment, the drive to maintain a high level of fitness, as well as an attitude to go hard to every contest and back your team mates.
 

 

Q: Have you ever been to Australia before?
 

Bruce: Yes. I went with the US National team for the last International Cup Tournament.
 

Paul: Yes, in 2002 for the last International Cup.


James: I am currently in Australia. I studied at Macquarie University in Sydney. Now (as of July 3) I am living outside of Melbourne in Shepparton. I am playing footy with former Milwaukee Bomber Chris Kendall.
 

Jared: I have been to Australia twice.  The first time in 2002 to study abroad at La Trobe University, just outside of Melbourne. There, along with Aaron Siegel, I took a very hard course load mainly focused on Australian Beer and social activities.  The second time was in 2004 on the USfooty Scholarship with Essendon Bombers.  I stayed in Australia for six months and played with the Amateur club Hampton Rovers and trained with the VFL side Williamstown Seagulls.
 

 

Q: Who do you anticipate will be your toughest competition in Australia?
 

Bruce: Ireland will be tough - they won the last International Cup.
 

Paul: Ireland and/or New Zealand.


James: I think that Ireland will be our toughest competitor. They have a strong background in Gaelic football and the won the cup in 2002. We will really have to concentrate on our skills and come together as a team for that game.
 

Jared: I have heard the Irish will be very tough, they play a sport called Gaelic Football, which is similar to Aussie Rules. That gives them a bit of an advantage coming into the sport being more familiar with the skills needed.
 

 

Q: What will you look most forward to in Australia?
 

Bruce: Playing footy representing the US against the world!
 

Paul: Playing. It sounds simple, but it's different than playing in the States.

James: Being with my Revolution teammates.
 

Jared: Playing a football game in Australia, where the sport originated, representing my country!
 

 

Q: What is something unique about yourself that your Bomber teammates don't know?
 

Bruce: My current favorite wine comes from the Yarra Valley, a pinot noir from Sticks.  It just so happens that the Yarra Valley is only about 45 minutes outside of Melbourne and the winery was named after an Aussie Rules ruckman with the nickname of Sticks. I just found this out this summer when I was looking into visiting the winery after the International Cup.
 

Paul: Unfortunately, I think there isn't anything that hasn't been shared.
 

James: I am a German major and a journalism minor. The skills I am learning in these subjects will benefit me in everything I do but I really want to go back to school in a few years time and become a nurse. In Eau Claire, I work at a nursing home and it is the first job I have ever had where I actually looked forward to going to work.

 

Jared: To pay for college I used to spend summers in Las Vegas where I was known by the stage name of 'Betty the Dancing Bear'.
 

 

 

Schedule for the 2005 International Cup

 

Round One,  MURPHY RESERVE  PORT MELBOURNE

Wednesday, August 3   
(A.T. Aanenson Oval)  (T.M. Woodruff Oval) 

9.45am DENMARK V JAPAN  
10.15am SAMOA V PNG    
12.00pm OPENING CEREMONY     
2.30pm IRELAND V NAURU  
1.00pm GREAT BRITAIN V NEW ZEALAND 
2.15pm USA V SOUTH AFRICA  
2.45pm CANADA V SPAIN
   
   
Round Two, MURPHY RESERVE  PORT MELBOURNE

Friday, August 5   
(A.T. Aanenson Oval)  (T.M.Woodruff Oval)
 
10am NAURU V DENMARK  
10.30am CANADA V PNG 
11.45am USA V IRELAND  
12.15pm NEW ZEALAND V SPAIN 
1.30pm JAPAN V SOUTH AFRICA  
2.00pm GREAT BRITAIN V SAMOA
   
   
Round Three,  TEAC OVAL  OPTUS OVAL

Sunday, August 7
10am SOUTH AFRICA V IRELAND  
10.30am SAMOA V SPAIN 
11.45am DENMARK V USA  
12.15pm NEW ZEALAND V CANADA 
1.30pm NAURU V JAPAN  
2.00pm PNG V GREAT BRITAIN
   
   
Round Four,  WANGARATTA (City Oval)  (Showgrounds)

Tuesday, August 9
10am IRELAND V JAPAN  
10.30am CANADA V GREAT BRITAIN   
11.45am USA V NAURU  
12.15pm SPAIN V PNG 

   
Round  Five, MURPHY RESERVE  (A.T. Aanenson Oval)  (T.M. Woodruff Oval)

Thursday, August 11
10am NAURU V SOUTH AFRICA  
10.30am GREAT BRITAIN V SPAIN
11.45am JAPAN V USA  
12.15pm CANADA V SAMOA 
1.30pm IRELAND V DENMARK  
2.00pm PNG V NEW ZEALAND
   
   
CROSSOVERS  TEAC OVAL  PORT MELBOURNE

Saturday, August 13
10am 6th POOL A V 6th POOL B (for 11th)  
11.45am 5th POOL A V 5th POOL B (for 9th)  
1.30pm 4th POOL A V 4th POOL B (for 7th)  
      
OPTUS OVAL  CARLTON
11.45am 3rd POOL A V 3rd POOL B (for 5th)  
1.30pm 2nd POOL A V 2nd POOL B (for 3rd)  
      
MCG - GRAND FINAL  RICHMOND  
4.30pm 1st POOL A V 1ST POOL B 

 

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