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Recap: Red and White Awards Night 2016

Recap: Red and White Awards Night 2016

Saturday November 14th saw the 19th annual Chicago Swans awards - Red and White Night - recognizing the on and off-field contributions that make the club run.
Rhinos Gore Their Way to Victory With Strong Finish

Rhinos Gore Their Way to Victory With Strong Finish

Just 15 minutes before the scheduled bounce down of the first metro match of the 2016 Chicago season thigs were not looking too promising. Only a handful of players had roughed the 38 degree rainstorm and made it to Waveland Field.
2015 Board Members and Committees Announced

2015 Board Members and Committees Announced

The Chicago Swans Australian Football Club met at The Brownstone this past weekend for their 2015 Annual General Meeting. A good mix of established and new leaders stood for office, and the following committees were formed to lead the Swans for the 2015 season.

Executive Committee:

President: Brian Hoyt

Vice President: Stu Nicol

Club Liaison Manager/Metro Commissioner: Andrew Woodman

Treasurer: Bradley Ross

Secretary: Keith Campion

Webmaster: Tom Shearman


Coaching Subcommittee:

Anthony Hendrie, Alistair MacGlashan, Sean Curran, Andrew Woodman

Communications Subcommittee:

Doug Malcolm (Social Media), Sam Svoboda (Internal Communications), Stu Nicol, Andrew Woodman, Tom Shearman

Branding Subcommittee:

Keith Campion, Drew Wolfe

Operations Subcommittee:

Michael Panek, Danny Yunes

2014 Red & White Night

Red + White night details as follows:

When: Saturday 15 November
Where: SideBar & Grill – 221 N LaSalle
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm (after party @ Benchmark)

Cost: $40 per person (Food, beer & Oxford Landing wine ALL inclusive)

Your payment will be via PayPal, click the button belowRight now, you should be making arrangements for sitters, dusting off your Red & White bag of fruit, and making sure your better halves are dolled up for this glamorous night of nights.

The MVP count will be a really interesting this year, a number of players have put their hands up, none other than Pedro who had a stellar year. Stu Nicol must have at least one hand (or boot) on the Al MacGlashan Goal Kicking award, and of course the coveted Rich Noty award, awarded to the best clubman. These and others will be presented over dinner and stories from the weekend will be revealed on 15 Nov.

2014 AFL Grand Final

2014 AFL Grand Final

Who will raise the trophy?

The AFL finals are underway with eight teams fighting it out to lift the AFL premiership cup on the last Saturday in September. You don’t need to fly to Australia to watch the game. The Chicago Swans and Brownstone Tavern are once again throwing the greatest AFL Grand Final party in the midwest.

The night kicks off at 9pm on Friday, 26th September 2014 at the Brownstone Tavern. $20 entry includes food and drink specials all night, chances to win over $1000 in cash and prizes and the AFL Grand Final televised LIVE!

Purchase tickets below ($20 per person):

During the game we also have a Squares competition with prizes drawn every quarter. Proceeds of the squares competition goes towards the club for help with the expenses of running the club – permits, equipment, travel etc. So purchase a square or two and be in the running for some great prizes and support the club at the same time!
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Saints sign leaping US basketballer as rookie

Saints sign leaping US basketballer as rookie

ST KILDA has signed American giant Jason Holmes on a two-year international rookie contract.

In announcing the signing at the AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, Saints head of football Chris Pelchen said the 203-centimetre former college basketballer from Chicago had excited the club with his athletic prowess, coordination and competitiveness.

“For those who were here yesterday to see the vertical leap that Jason has, I think we were all impressed by that,” Pelchen said.

“That doesn’t mean he’s an AFL player (yet) … He’s got to learn some very basic skills and obviously understanding of the game… (but) I think he’ll adapt to the game very, very quickly.”

Holmes, 23, was identified as a potential AFL project player at the US combine in Los Angeles in April.

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He and fellow Americans Patrick Mitchell and Mark Cisco spent three weeks with the Sydney Swans Academy, then coached by Paul Roos. Only Mitchell was offered an international rookie contract by the club.

Holmes recorded a vertical leap of 97 centimetres – just four centimetres short of Nic Naitanui’s record.

Holmes told reporters he first came across Australian Football on cable television about six years ago.

When he heard about the US combine, he believed it was a game he was capable of playing after studying it on YouTube.

He says he picked up the skills more naturally than many other hopefuls at the combine.

“I’ve just been trying to absorb as much as I can,” he said. “It was polarising to me, watching just how important it is in this country and how many fans come watch it. It’s a huge sport and it looked really exciting.”

Asked whether he found it difficult to give up basketball, Holmes said: “At times … but my passion is to compete. I had time to think about (it) … and I wouldn’t be here if this wasn’t serious to me.”

Holmes said he was looking forward to the physicality of the game, saying his basketball career had him well equipped.

“As a ruckman it’s very similar as far as dominating other men against you, and I have no problem with getting physical and imposing my will,” he said.

Kicking was never a problem, says the left-footer, who reveals he played soccer as a youngster and also punted for a gridiron team. He also played baseball.

“So I have read the ball in the air before. It’s a different ball, different shape but it helped, it translates,” he said. “And handballing … just felt real natural to me …

“I have a lot to learn, and I’m here for that reason, but I feel I can be more of an asset to the club in my later development when I can do a little bit more … full-forward maybe. I like kicking.”

Holmes’ older brother Andre plays with NFL franchise Oakland Raiders.

“He’s excited,” Holmes said. “He wishes I shared the same interest in football, so I’m pretty excited to say I play too.”