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Two years ago, the USAFL held its Western Regional Championships in the Denver suburb of Westminster.

Two years hence, we are back, only this time for the Central Regionals.  It’s always good when a city can shift regions without the aid of some sort of earthquake, right?

The city is a mile high, the air this thin, but the football will be thick with champions trying to do their thing again.  The Austin men and Denver ladies are looking to stretch their trophy case’s structural integrity just a bit more, while others are looking to end the day on Saturday lifting hardware.

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With the burgeoning quality and quantity of women’s Aussie Rules here in the USA, it wasn’t a question of if an American would get signed by an AFL Women's team.  Just when, and who.

On Wednesday, those questions were answered when Coloradan Danielle “Dani” Marshall was signed by the Western Bulldogs for the 2020 AFLW season.  She becomes the first American woman to ink a deal with an AFL club.

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We are thoroughly in summer's grip, and the USAFL season is well and truly underway.  We're in between the first two regionals, and everyone is ramping up their campaigns as we head towards Nationals.

There are five interclub events this weekend and a bunch of community happenings as well.  For the games, click on the location for the Facebook event links.  For the community events, the links will take you to the host's Facebook page.

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In this, the fifth year of the Reigonal Championships Series, one thing that can be counted on is that the weather will be unforgiving.

However, by some divine providence of the Australian Football gods, it was a cool and breezy day at the Raleigh MAC Sports & Entertainment Complex.  It was a beautiful day, and for three clubs, the day was made even better by winning the first regional championships of the summer.

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In my mind, I’m going to Carolina.  Tomorrow, we’ll all be there in person.

Raleigh, North Carolina.  One leg of the Research Triangle, home to the NC State Wolfpack, the Carolina Hurricanes, and some damn fine BBQ.  Whether you like it saucy or vinegary is your own choice and I won’t hold you to whatever you enjoy most.

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The weather is getting warmer, the sun is getting brighter and my calendar is getting fuller.  We’re into the swing of the USAFL season and its time for the triumphant return of the USAFL Top 20 Poll.

This is the fifth year that we’re doing this thing and for those of you not familiar with it, here’s how it works:

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On the first real big day of the 2019 season, it was good to play away from home.

The New York Magpies men and women both came away with full points, as did the Austin Crows, the Minnesota Freeze, and the San Diego Lions.  All playing in hinterlands.

Montreal Women’s Tournament
Montreal Angels 1.2.8 def by New York Magpies 7.12.54

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Times are changing. Choose a partner who can keep up.

Using a bank to transfer money overseas may seem like your easiest option, but it can be an expensive one. Banks publish a daily exchange rate for currencies even though the market exchange rate moves by the second. Therefore, banks typically build in a margin of up to 5% on the daily exchange rate, which they pass on to you (on top of hefty transactions fees).

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Since the end of March, that has been a few USAFL matches here and there, with teams either shaking off the winter cold or preparing for the long seasonal journey with training matches, metro games, and the odd AFLX carnival.

This weekend, however, things kick into high gear.

Nine events across the USA -- including two up in Maple Leaf Land -- punctuate this weekend's Aussie Rules activities.  Attached to each event is the Facebook event page, which will have up-to-date information on venue, start times, and game status should there be inclement weather.

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What a long, strange trip it’s been.  We’re finally at the last of the nine part season preview series.  And we saved the best for last.

Just as it has in the men’s game, the West has produced some of the best women’s football, and, owing to the fact that Denver was in this region up until last season, an astounding nine D1 championships on the trot, as well as all four D2 titles contested.

That’s impressive.

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