It's the Houston Lonestars final home game of 2016 and the final leg in this year's Texas Cup as they take on the Dallas Magpies and Austin Crows. Come out and enjoy a great day of Aussie Rules Footy with a sausage sizzle and Karbach beer tent (free for Lonestars Social Members, $15 for others).
Location:Bendwood Park, 12701 Barryknoll Lane, Houston, 77024 Game Schedule: 10.30am - Houston vs Austin 11.30am - Austin vs Dallas 12.30pm - Houston vs Dallas 1.30pm - All-Comers Texas Game It will then be onto our sponsors Karbach Brewery from 5-8pm for Presentations and Boat Races.
COME OUT & CHEER ON YOUR LOCAL HTOWN AUSSIE RULES BOYS AND ENJOY A FUN DAY OUT!
Lonestars win Division 2 title at USAFL Central Regionals Tournament in Indianapolis
Victory! A glorious, glorious victory. For the first time in our short history the Lonestars have won a Divisional title at the Central Regionals tournament. Such a momentous event deserves more than a mere recount of events. No, an achievement of such epic proportions deserves, nay demands, an account to echo through the ages. And if the iambic pentameter format has been good enough for Shakespeare to endure the annals of literary history, then dammit it is good enough for a Lonestars match report.
Oh gather, oh brethren, learn of deeds great of battles true in the Hoosier State. A footy carnival in the Midwest new chance to play some of USA's best. A squad comprised of a keen 23 harbored ambition of sweet victory.
~Act 1. HOU def Ohio River Rats 3.6.24 to 3.1.19~
Opponent Ohio, mystery team runner up in Austin, Division 3. Dark horse at Indy, no flight, just a drive intent on scalp to prove they had arrived. 'Stars started strong, showing we were awake first goal of day kicked by "fertile" Blake. On top in the middle, confidence grown but structure and game plan went out window. Players pushed up field, crowded forward line result for effort? No goals, just behinds. Half time address and the coaches implored stick to our structures, receive our reward. Tidy up skills, remove simple mistakes outcome, a goal to DB via Blake. Jesse ran free, JD and Jeff won ruck but further behinds displayed lack of luck. Intent unquestioned, execution lax Ohio left to run free in attack. Successive majors kicked into the wind first time all day, River Rats dreamed of win. But 1 point behind, 10 seconds to go match winner kicked by "Creature" Restrepo. Narrow escape, or timed to perfection still two chances for game plan redemption.
Goals: Blake, DB, Restrepo.
~Act 2. HOU def Chicago Swans 8.7.55 to 4.3.27~
Memories of last year, scars were still raw Austin Nationals, Swans salvaged late draw. And also Racine, a Regionals farce Swans went home instead of facing Lonestars. Of other three teams, only reg Div 2 big game v Chicago, big point to prove. Kicked into the wind to start play again indications early, much cleaner game. Stevens played on ball, repelled most attacks Seany's pressure stopped ball coming back. When Swans did get through (t'was hardly at all) Fielder, Simon, Morris, and Sam stood tall. Young Nik was inspired, charged into fray but injured shoulder paid end to his day. Hamstrings of Scotty and Chisi went ping undeterred, the Lonestars pushed for the win. Matt L made the shift to Centre Half Back "Creature", Anastas, Ricko ruled attack. "Wily" Bryant dominant on one pin Ahmed and Boothby racked up ball on wing. 2nd half, our favorite piece of play Jesse Carcamo kicked goal of the day. Ruck Tap from Tommy, 1-2 with Jeff Jam perfect display of desired game plan. In contrast to Game 1, we held our space smart switching from Diesel released our pace. Winners ground over, all players on song this brand of football in Div 1 belonged.
Goals: Anastas 2, Veroude 2, Restrepo 2, Tom D, Jesse.
~Act 3. HOU def Tulsa Buffaloes 10.6.66 to 0.1.1~
And thus we progress, the day's final throes a game against winless Tulsa Buff'los. Pickle juice bought, secret weapon on show Fielder's warm up had team ready to go. Game Three v Tulsa saw much of the same our Donnelly bookends controlled the game. Sam D the marshal of stingy backline Tommy spoon fed by disposal sublime. With contested marks, 4 goals his reward Phil's tackling pressure a sight to behold. Half time address had familiar ring stick to our structures, maintain discipline. "Creature" goaled. Ricko, Anastas kicked brace cramping players galore, succumbed to pace. A growing bench saw guys play in new roles the highlight here, JD's last minute goal. 66 to 1, final score belied the ongoing pressure Tulsa applied.
Goals: Tom D 4, Anastas 2, Veroude 2, Restrepo, Devlin.
With final whistle, Lonestars began toast tough part for coaches, distributing votes. How to distinguish amongst even team as tough as it sounds, in fact coach's dream.
Could not have achieved without day support
Carolina, Sonni, Meath, we applaud.
Game plans executed, growth of new guys lessons from training laid out for all eyes. Balanced the team, solid structures in place worked for each other. Created time, space. Challenge remains, progress forward herein carry momentum to Nationals win!
Best Players: “Creature” Restrepo, Jesse Carcamo, David Anastas, Tom Donnelly, Dave Bryant, Sam Donnelly, Matt Stevens