The Atlanta Kookaburras Australian Rules Football Club are pleased to announce a partnership with Coopers Brewery of South Australia to be their prime brand ambassador in the Atlanta Georgia region.
The Atlanta Kookaburras were first formed in 1998 in the back lots of Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, GA but have since grown to be the #1 authentic Australian Football Club in Atlanta introducing Australian Rules Football to many Georgia regions through cultural events, social sports development and health and fitness programs.
Coopers Brewery has been a sponsor of Australian Rules Football in the USA since 2003 and were an integral part of the 2004 USAFL National Championships, held in Cumming GA. The success of that event has led to an annual tournament that is now the biggest Australian Rules Football event in the world.
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The Atlanta Kookaburras are very pleased to announce that Ryan Downey has won the 2017 MVP and Mike Powers Medal. In a close count of the the votes for the 2017 MVP and Best & Fairest Award, Ryan nudged out club captain Brett Hester by two votes, his second runner-up trophy in as many years.
Tieing for third was first year player Chris Drick who after making his debut this year showed that after a few weeks you can be a great player in this sport. Chris also received the Coaches Award from Head Coach Brent Bacon. Other ties for third were Steve Townley and Wayne Kraska.
Ryan Downey also collected the coveted Best Clubman Award for his overall contribution to the clubs activities and goals on and off the field.
A Most Improved Award was awarded to another rookie Brian DePue and Best at Nationals went to Wayne Kraska.
The Award Winners
- Best & Fairest 2017 –
(+ perpetual) & Mike Powers Medal
- Runner-Up Best & Fairest 2017 -
- Best First Year Player 2017 – Chris Drick
- Coaches Award 2017 – Chris Drick
- Best Clubman 2017 – Ryan Downey (+ perpetual)
- Most Improved 2017 - Brian DePue
- Best at Nationals 2017 -
To see a full list of the Atlanta Kookaburras MVP votes for 2017 have a look here..
Congratulations to all the winners.
Picture: Ryan receiving his MVP award, Perpetual Trophy and Mike Powers Medal from Head Coach and 2017 Life Member Brent Bacon.
The Kookaburras cordially invite you to the 2017 Atlanta Kookaburras MVP Awards night and Annual General Meeting. Come and hear the vote by vote count as we crown the MVP for the Kookaburras for the 2017 season with the winner receiving the coveted Mike Powers Medal. Other awards for the night include Best First Year Player, Best Clubman, Most Improved, and a few other surprises. Also on the agenda is the 2017 Annual General Meeting with reports from all the leaders at the club and voting on who will lead Atlanta Kookaburras Inc. for 2018.
The event requires RSVPs, and cost per head will be by donation. Yes, you choose!!! $10, $15 or $20. A light buffet will be served, and domestic beer & wine will be included. You can buy your own drinks or try ours.
What: 2017 MVP Awards & Annual General Meeting
Where: Hudson Grill Brookhaven, 4046 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
When: Wednesday Nov 1st, 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Offer: Light Buffet meal, domestic beer & wine.
The Atlanta Kookaburras were very pleased to award long time player, coach and club legend Brent Bacon a Life Membership Award at the recent Baton Rouge away game. Brent first played for the Kookaburras in 2002 and has played 60 games and kicked 85 goals, leading Goalkicker for the Kookas, has also been Head Coach, Asst Coach & Captain as well as strategic club leader during different times for past 15 years. Brent was also an important component in bringing and organizing the very successful 2004 USAFL National Championships in Cumming GA, north of Atlanta.
After moving from Chicago having also being a great part of the Chicago Swans there, Brent wasted no time in making the Atlanta Kookaburras successful as well. Brent currently is just concluding two years again as Head Coach, stepping up after a request and like a true Kookaburra came out of a mini playing retirement to take the field in Baton Rouge the other week as the team was short on numbers. This sort of selfless act is what long time members and now new members of the Atlanta Kookaburras have seen and will always admire.
Brent was also named Club Captain earlier this year of the 20 Year Kookaburras Team of Champions at the Clubs 20 year anniversary celebrations.
From everyone here at the Atlanta Kookaburras past and present congratulations Brent "Pig" Bacon on becoming just the 6th Life Member of the Atlanta Kookaburras.