The Atlanta Kookaburras notched their 100th win on Saturday with a strong performance against the Nashville Kangaroos.
Played under threatening thunderstorm clouds, the Kookas started steady and got stronger as the game progressed. Coach Bacon has the team disciplined and well trained. There was lots of shepherding, backing and hand passing to open up the game. Long kicking to position was the trademark of the Kookas win.
Two events stick in this observer's eye. One was Kookas new guy Brian Gilliam, taking the center bounce, collecting the ball, taking one bounce and then slotting through a great goal on the run. Brian has really taken to the game and provides a strong influence all of the ground.
The second, also a goal, was from star performer Paul Balding. Paul collected the ball at center half back, took off running, three bounces and then a great 40 meter goal. This snuffed out a Nashville comeback and left them deflated. It was another great performance from Paul and demonstrates his class as a footballer.
It has taken the Kookas since 1999 to rack up 100 wins and this feat has left club founder, Mike Powers, very proud. The next goal for the Kookas is a .500 win percentage, which is only 4 games away.
The Kookas will be celebrating their 100th win at The Bird in Dunwoody on June24th. Come help the team celebrate this momentous achievement, More details to follow.
Final scores from Saturday: Atlanta Kookaburras 15.9.98 defeated Nashville 6.9.45
Goal Scorers: Bacon 4, Balding 3, Gilliam 2, Cannatelli 2, Hester 2, Trujillo 2.
Next USAFL game is August 6th against Baton Rouge Tigers at Garrard landing in Roswell.
The Atlanta Kookaburras revive and Australian tradition by having a Jumper Presentation night. It'll be Saturday April 16th @ 8:00pm at the Kookas new social venue The Bird Rotisserie and Sports bar in Dunwoody (https://goo.gl/maps/m65RSm84fzp).
Jumper presentations are where each player receives his Jumper (aka Jersey) for the footballing year.
Everyone is encouraged to come to start the year off in Kookas style. Bring your partner and friends.
After several years absence and playing occasional local footy in recent years the Atlanta Kookaburras are very pleased to have appointed Brent ('Piggy') Bacon as the 2016 Head Coach of the club. Brent last played Kookaburras footy in 2009 but since then has made several appearances with the Midtown Bombers in the local AARFL league.
Brent was instrumental in the development of the Atlanta Kookaburras from 2002 and especially the organizing of the 2004 USAFL National Championships held in Atlanta at the Cumming Polo Fields, near where he lived at that time. After arriving down from the Chicago Swans in 2002, where he was also an integral part of that clubs early development as a founding member, Brent took on his roles within the Kookaburras with much pride and passion.
Brent was Head Coach of the Kookaburras in 2004 and 2005, Assistant coach during other years and held the role of Club Captain from 2003 to 2005. Having played well over 120+ games in the USAFL for the Atlanta Kookaburras and the Chicago Swans he brings so much football experience and team development knowledge back to the Atlanta Kookaburras that the club can only be excited about the upcoming 2016 season under his leadership.
Welcome back "Piggy"...