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Swans Get Tough and Muddy

Swans Get Tough and Muddy 0

Mud. Water. Fire. Electricity. A 12 mile course with a few obstacles along the way. The Tough Mudder was billed as a rugged challenge to test even the toughest. So obviously when it was suggested (possibly under the influence) that the Swans should field a team in the Chicago event, that a flock of 20 Swans and Swanettes geared up to brave the challenge.

The day began with the unveiling of the team shirt (A perfectly white tank top emblazoned with the new logos) and a quick drive down to Joliet for our limo (school bus) to the event site. Despite Dougy getting busted for “standees” we managed to survive the wrath of the bus driver and arrive at beautiful Seneca, IL.

One initial test, scaling a 7ft wall (which we would learn to be just a confidence booster) was all that stood between us and the start line. A couple of “hoo-rahs” later and we were off, running through a plume of orange smoke we got a brief taste of what we were up against… a short distance of ankle deep mud.. Only a few hundred feet later we got to test if the new Swans training shirts would stand up to the punishing our shoes just experienced. A face first slide and slither through thick mud, to avoid getting dirty meant getting cut up on barbed wire so that was the official end of the “white” shirts. That was also the end of the “easy bit” of the course.

From there the pain continued. 12 miles, 22 obstacles, from jumping fire pits to swimming through ice water, from climbing up and over 20ft structures to jumping off them, from running through pits of mud to running through pits of mud while being shocked by 10,000 volts of electricity. 12 miles and 22 obstacles designed to test our mental and physical toughness, our teamwork and our laundry machine.

Congratulations to all that participated and our photographers and fans on the day. The beer at the end was worth it.

Preseason Update

Preseason Update 0

Well we’re well and truly into Preseason 2013 with only a few weeks to go before we start our Metro Season in May. Numbers so far have been very encouraging with many new faces as well as a few of the older ones coming back to see what’s left in their tanks.

The less than fabulous Chicago Spring weather may have slightly dampened the field at Waveland but it certainly hasn’t done the same to the enthusiasm shown by the Swans on the track.  We’ve been able to take advantage of the open ground to work on full ground ball exercises while adding to our base fitness in this early stage of the season.

A couple of big “Atta boys” to Pony Boy on his recent Revolution selection and also to Super Dave Grzesiak on his most impressive results at the AFL Combine in LA this week.  We congratulate you both on your fantastic achievements.

If you haven’t signed up for Metro please contact Metro Comish’ Brian Hoyt ( – hopefully he’ll check his email – and let him know you’re in.  Not long to go with May 3rd as the kick-off round for 2013.  This is when the real fun starts.

Also Saturday, April 27th the Chicago Swans will be hosting an ANZAC Day celebration at Bar Forza.  A replay of the Swans vs St Kilda match played in New Zealand will be televised…and possibly the Pies victory over the Bombers if time permits. For the drinkers.. $38 gets you all the draft beer, Oxford Landing Estates wine and well drinks you can handle from 9pm to midnight. $4 Cooper’s all night is also up for grabs.

If you haven’t already join us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and updates.  If you think you might want to join us for a kick come on down and see what it’s all about.

We’ve only just started…but already 2013 looks to be a huge year as we begin our journey to Austin in October.

Cheer, cheer the Red and the White.


ANZAC Day Celebration

ANZAC Day Celebration 0

The Chicago Swans will be hosting an ANZAC Day celebration at Bar Forza on Saturday 27th April (9pm start). A replay of the Swans vs St Kilda match played in New Zealand will be televised.

$38 (includes tip) and gets you all the draft beer, Oxford Landing Estates wine and well drinks you can handle from 9pm to midnight. $4 Cooper’s all night is also up for grabs.

Footy on the big screens, beers and good company… what more do you need!

2012 AFL Grand Final Party 0

The Chicago Swans are once again hosting the AFL Grand Final party.  Who will raise the AFL premiership trophy?

Tickets are $20 per person and include drink and food specials. The Qantas/Chicago AFL Raffle will also be drawn this night so be sure to purchase your tickets for the chance to win 2 return tickets to Australia.

The night will be held at the Brownstone Tavern on Friday September 28th kicking off at 9pm (game starts 11pm).

2011 Red, Black and White Night 0

Now that you have had a chance to wind down after a busy year of footy, we now look forward to the night of nights, 2011 Presentation Night!  A night where we recognize outstanding perfromances both on and off the field, and those who have joined us and those who will leave us, in addition, who will win the Rich Noty award for recognition of service to the club, the Warwick Burgmann award for Best & Fairest (MVP), the Al McGlashan award for the one who kicked straightest throughout the year and of course the Runaway Train award that Rocky has made his own in recent times?  So dust of the tux and get your dolls all frocked up for our Presentation night on Saturday November 19, 2011 @ 7pm.

Where: SideBar & Grill (LasSalle & Wacker)
When: Saturday November 19
Time: 7pm
Dress: Red, White & Black

Tickets: $40 – ALL inclusive (tax & tip), dinner and drinks.  You must purchase tickets online, this will be our only indication on numbers.

2011 AFL Grand Final Party 0

The 2011 AFL Grand Final Party held at Brownstone Tavern on Friday September 30th was a resounding success. A couple of hundred people watched Geelong knock off Collingwood to win the 2011 AFL Premiership. Thanks to all for attending and to Brownstone for hosting!

The winners of the Qantas CAFA raffle were:
5th Place – Case of Oxford Landing Wine – Steve Cassity
4th Place – $200 – Anthony Hendrie
3rd Place – $300 – Marty Labelle
2nd Place – $500 – John Simon
1st Place – 2 round trip tickets to Australia courtesy of QANTAS – Josh Edwards