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Report: Season Kickoff Meeting
The Milwaukee Bombers 2006 season kicked off with an informational meeting held on Saturday, February 11 at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  At the meeting, team president Paul "Plugger" O'Keeffe and MAAFL head coach Colin Langley discussed the goals for the upcoming season, the next two years, and even next five years.

(Milwaukee, WI) - The Milwaukee Bombers 2006 season kicked off with an informational meeting held on Saturday, February 11 at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  At the meeting, team president Paul "Plugger" O'Keeffe and MAAFL head coach Colin Langley discussed the goals for the upcoming season, the next two years, and even next five years.  The key motivators behind these goals were to grow the profile of Aussie Rules and to simply capture the passion that the players have for the game.  Also discussed at the meeting was the exciting announcement of the recipient of the 2006 Milwaukee Bombers scholarship, Daniel Higham, as well as the establishment of a sister-club relationship with the West Perth Football Club.  In other exciting news, the club announced that a greater emphasis will be given to the Milwaukee Bombers reserves this season, which will in-turn help improve the overall play of the club.  This increased attention for the reserves was highlighted by the official announcement that the reserves will be now known as the "Wisconsin Warbirds", and will have their own jumpers this year.

 

Coach Langley then talked candidly with all the players, including several new recruits that attended the meeting, about the personal commitment that they each had to make to the club this season.  This involves a commitment to pre-season conditioning, keeping track of the season schedule, communication with your coach if you cannot make a practice or a game, registering your availability to play in games this season, and taking care of team dues prromptly.  Indoor trainings this year will be held at UW-Milwakee's Engelmann Gym on Sundays from 10:00am - 12:00pm, outdoor trainings will be held in Milwaukee at Kletzsch Park on Sundays as well as in Madison on Thursdays, and Metro games will be played at Naga-Waukee Park for the second consecutive year.  Coach Langley then discussed how skills, most notably the disposal of the ball, will be a major emphasis for Metro games and trainings this season.

 

There were also several exciting announcements made by Coach Langley regarding the upcoming season.  The first was the regarding the possibility of having former AFL standout Cameron O'Brien host a weekend clinic for all players, tentatively scheduled for the weekend of April 29-30.  This clinic will consist of in-depth discussions about footy and include intense training sessions designed to improve player skills and awareness.  Also announced was the possibility of playing a game against Toronto in Milwaukee this summer with a return trip to Toronto in 2007, which promises to be a very highly competitive match.  Coach Langley then announced that the captain of the 2006 MAAFL team will be Heath Moore - the second straight year that Moore was given this honor.  In addition to the captain's role, a vice-captain will be selected by the players during the season.  Coach Langley then finished his talk by identifying several key dates for players to be aware of, including:

 

· Sunday, February 26: Indoor Training Kickoff @ UW-Milwakee Engelmann Gym

· March 19 - April 2: Recruiting Drive

· Sunday, April 2 (weather permitting): Outdoor Season Kickoff @ Kletzsch Park

· Friday, April 21: All Players Dues Paid - Payments can now be made online

· Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30 (tentative): Weekend Clinic with Cameron O'Brien

· Wednesday, May 3: Metro Season Begins @ Naga-Waukee Park

· Saturday, May 6: MAAFL Round 1 vs Dallas Magpies @ Dallas, TX

 

To finish the meeting, veteran player Bruce Beilfuss discussed additional avenues for players to have an increased role in the club.  These would be "grassroot" efforts organized and run by players, but supported by the club.  Some ideas presented were to have additional training sessions, similar to those held informally at the MSOE athletic fields over the past two seasons.  Also discussed were having someone film practices, holding film breakdown sessions, and then ideas for helping recruit new players and members to the club, for example, holding an event at UW-Milwaukee or on Water street.  More discussion of these ideas as well as a brainstorming for additional ideas will happen during the indoor training at UW-Milwakee Engelmann Gym on Sunday, February 19 at 10:00am.

 

The Milwaukee Bombers are one of the top Australian Rules Football clubs in America and are always looking for new recruits.  Players of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to join or to contact us to find out more about Aussie Rules - a full contact, no pads sport!  Absolutely no experience is necessary as both male and female players are wanted to join the club.  

 

 

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