USAFL National Championships results
On Saturday, October 15th at the USAFL National Championship Tournament, the Nashville Kangaroos played the Tampa Bay ARFC at 9am ET and the Tulsa Buffaloes at 3pm ET.
“Nashville brings dangerous forward Cliff Cosnahan and athletic midfielder Mo Howell to the fray, and combined with quick Shane Branscum from Indy and Cleveland’s AJ Olding, should be a tough nut,” said USAFL media manager Brian Barrish.
Nashville vs Tampa Bay preview
The Kangaroos have never played Tampa Bay ARFC, who are in their first USAFL season. Nationals are in their back yard, so we can absolutely expect Tampa Bay to show up fully loaded. They have a couple of former Nashville players, goal-kicking forward Janni “Superstar” Mirosevich and solid defender Tim Kleman. If this is any indication of the quality of their roster, they will be a force in Division 4.
Barrish confirmed that Tampa Bay will bring a large contingent down I-75 for their maiden tournament. “Dustin Jones, who has been playing footy since the Victorian era (okay, maybe not that long) is the man to look for, aside from fellow vet Mark Karver and big man Basil Benjamin.”
Nashville vs Tampa Bay result
The Kangaroos led by four goals early, but it was a tale of two halves as Tampa Bay came back with superior speed and accountability.
Tampa Bay 5.5 (35)
Nashville Kangaroos 4.3 (27)
Goals: Ted Foecking 2, Cliff Cosnahan, Eric Toepfer.
Nashville vs Tulsa preview
A reduced Nashville Kangaroos team made the trek to Little Rock in August to take on the full Tulsa squad in the rain on a turf soccer field. As undermanned as they were, the Kangaroos were very competitive against skilled and physical competition. Nashville hammered Tulsa in the fourth quarter, but not enough to overcome Tulsa’s early lead.
“They are an all-American side that is known for its physical strength, as exemplified by former college linebacker Chris Cox,” said Barrish. “Jonathan Showman is the team’s playmaker, and veterans Shane Hood and Revo hopeful Andrew Snead are versatile targets.” Top seed Tulsa will demand the Nashville Kangaroos’ best.
Nashville vs Tulsa result
Very smart footy, applying lessons from this morning’s game, led to a convincing win over Tulsa.
Tulsa Buffaloes 2.6 (18)
Nashville Kangaroos 6.10 (46)
Goals: Cliff Cosnahan 2, Eric Toepfer 2, Ted Foecking, John Freeman.
Nashville were 4th on percentage after Saturday’s games, claiming the opportunity to play in a semifinal against top seed Ohio Valley River Rats.
Semifinal: Nashville vs Ohio Valley preview
The Ohio Valley were on the hunt for their 5th National Championship in this Division after making the Division 3 Final in 2015. Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, Nick Bowman, and Dave Zitko brought their national team experience to augment that of Aussie veterans Matt Seuling, Scott Schroeder, and Jack Jacobs. As expected, the River Rats had bulldozed all before them in Pool B and were formidable opponents for the Nashville Kangaroos in the semi-final.
Semifinal: Nashville vs Ohio Valley result
The Kangaroos displayed a great semifinal effort against the powerful Ohio Valley River Rats. Nashville was only a goal down at the half, but Ohio Valley pulled out all stops to make the final.
Ohio Valley River Rats 8.3 (51)
Nashville Kangaroos 4.4 (28)
Semifinal goals: Cliff Cosnahan 2, Ted Foecking, David Dai.
Ohio Valley kicked on to defeat Tampa Bay by nine points in the Final, claiming a fifth Division 4 championship.
Watch for the Nashville Kangaroos 2017 schedule coming soon!