Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:18
The 2004 year could be said to be the biggest in the history of the Atlanta Kookaburras. The club was awarded the hosting of the USAFL National Championships as well competed in 15 games during the year. The Kookaburras also were invited and accepted an invitation to join the Mid American Australain Football League (MAAFL) and would also remain in the SEAFL and compete for their 4th Premiership in a row.
The Kookaburras also hosted the East v West USAFL All Star game with 80 of the best players coming from around the country to play at the Atlanta Polo Club in Cumming GA.
Some newer players to make their mark in 2004 were Chad Huie from Nashville, Joey Kametz & Ed Robinson. The Kookaburas would complete the quadrella and get their forth SEAFL title in Raleigh NC winning 12.10.82 to NC 7.7. 49
At the National Championships the Atlanta Kookaburras secured local sponsor Pratt Industries as the tournament major sponsor as well as Qantas and Champs Sports. Through these sponsorships the event was able to attract many special guests including legendary Essendon Coach Kevin Sheedy, former Richmond star Kevin Morris and AFL Football Development Manager David Matthews. Television broadcasters in Australia Fox Footy would also attend using the weekend to film a documentatry about the championships and Kevin Sheedys push to make the sport global.
Atlanta would field two teams at the Championships a Div 3 team combining with Tri Cities Saints TN that would win just the one game. Plus a team in Div 1, but again the Kookaburras would fail to impress kicking just a few goals in each of their games against eventual winners Denver then later Boston and Orange County. It would be Andrew Johnston's last game also before returning to Australia. Johnston kicking only his third goal for the club with his last kick in a Kookaburra jumper after 29 games in four years.
Coach: Brent Bacon
Assistant Coach: Wayne Kraska
Captain: Brent Bacon
Vice-Captains: BJ Gambaro, Ron Sheffield
Record: 9 wins, 7 losses (1 by forfeit)
MAAFL Positions: 3rd
SEAFL Position: Minor Premiers
Best-and-Fairest: Bjorn Farrugia
Leading Goalkicker: Wayne Kraska - 20 goals
US Representative: B.J. Gambaro, Ben Crist, Travis Quigley
Played in all games: Alan Mobley
National Championships Div 1: 0 wins, 3 losses in pool play