Dockers to open 2009 USA vs. Canada International Matches

The Cincinnati Dockers Australian Rules Football Club will continue its 13th USAFL season at 11:30 AM on August 1st when they open the festivities at the USA vs. Canada international matches at the Mason Sports Park in Mason, OH, where they will once again challenge their in-state rivals, the Columbus Jackaroos.

This will be the third meeting between the two clubs this season, with each side holding one victory thus far. Back on April 25th, the Jackaroos pulled out a tough victory over the Dockers 59-50 in a 40-minute match as part of the John Harrell Memorial Cup tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. Almost 3 months later, the Dockers traveled to Ohios capital and earned a victory in monsoon-like conditions 45-19. This third match will be the rubber match and will determine which team reigns supreme in Ohio. The match is currently scheduled for 2 20-minute halves.

But this match between two regional rivals is only the beginning of the events of the weekend. Immediately following this match, there will be 2 displays of international-level Australian Rules Football. At approximately 1:00 PM, a team of the USAFL Australian All-Stars will challenge a team of Canadian-Australian All-Stars. Finally, at approximately 3:00 PM, the feature match will pit the USAFLs national team, the Revolution, against the Canadian national team, the Northwind. The last time these two teams met was back on August 4th, 2007 in Vancouver, BC. On that day, the Northwind defeated the Revolution 45-32, in Canadas first victory over the United States in the 11 years that the two teams have competed against each other.

After this weekends events, the Dockers will head west to take on St. Louis. That match will take place on August 15th.

The Cincinnati Dockers are an Australian Rules Football club based out of Fairfield, Ohio. Established in 1996, they are the oldest club of its kind in the United States. Last year, the Dockers were co-winners of the USAFL division 4 national championship. For more information about the Dockers please visit their website at www.cincinnatidockers.com. To contact the Dockers, please send an e-mail to dockers@cincinnatidockers.com.

Note: The Cincinnati Dockers combine with the Louisville Kings for all 2009 MAAFL games.