Central Regional Tournament at Metro Parks Soccer Complex, Nashville

It will be a watershed weekend for the Kangaroos. Some of the nation’s best Aussie rules teams will attend Nashville’s first major USAFL tournament, and on Saturday July 14th, 2018 at noon we have the first ever USAFL match featuring the Nashville Kangaroos women, Lauryl Desch, Carson Moore, Alexa Roncancio and Natalie Smith, when the All-Stars compete against the Texas Heat.

At 2pm, the Nashville Kangaroos women’s team is again in action, this time against the Denver Bulldogs. Denver are a Division 1 team and played in the last 8 Women’s National Championship games, winning 6.

Women’s footy grew by 76% last year in Australia, and is rapidly growing in the US. This is one of the fastest sports in the world, combining the speed of rugby, the skill of soccer, and skills from basketball and volleyball, all in one unique game.

In the men’s team, numerous players make their first appearances in the Central Regional Tournament, including Edward Coppola, Ben Jones, Colin Fulgenzi, Kersei Davis, Nick Hibshman, Logan “Machka” Monday, Cameron Payne, Steve van de Kamp, Carlos Villicana, and Caleb “Hammer” von Hammerstein. They are welcome additions to a Kangaroo squad that played well at the tournament in 2017, but came up short against two of the finest teams in the country.

The Roos have a strong record in Central Regionals, having won the inaugural tournament in 2014 and Division 2 in 2016. They aim to improve on their impressive 6-2-1 record at Central Regionals. They will have strong competition in their pool, playing perennial Division 1 team the Dallas Magpies and the highly competitive Houston Lonestars. The other Division 1 pool is equally competitive, including two teams frequently at the top of Division 1 at National Championships, the Austin Crows and the Denver Bulldogs, and the Kangaroos long-time rivals, the Chicago Swans.

Jeff Persson will join Dee Vsetecka in the 200 game club in the men’s second game, which will be the 270th game for the Kangaroos. Maurice Howell will reach the 50-game milestone in the same match. The Roos are 156-111-1 all-time.

It’s free admission, no ticket needed, and all are welcome at Metro Parks Soccer Complex, 1266 Donelson Pike, Nashville, TN.

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