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Lions Unveil 2016 “Stay Classy” Jumper Design

The Lions proudly present our new look for 2016 and beyond!

Stay Classy Jumpers

A big thanks to Pokey for his fantastic work on the new design!

Players who would like to order your own set to keep and choose your own number, you now have that opportunity.  The full kit is available (jumper, shorts, socks) for $75 via pre-order.  Please email Rob to let him know sizing (sizing chart below) and number details, fill in the Player Name and Number box below, and click the “Buy Now” button.  Please pay by Sunday August 14, 2016

Player Name and Number

Jumper Sizing

California Cup Wrap-Up

“Hi-ho, hi-ho. It’s up the Five we go.” gleefully sang four carloads of San Diego Lions on Saturday July 30 as they headed from the Sorrento Valley Park ‘n’ Ride to the field behind South Lake Middle School for the opening round of the 2016 inaugural California Cup; a three-way US Nationals-styled competition between Los Angeles Dragons, Orange County Bombers and San Diego Lions. The games consist of two 20-minute quarters between full-sized teams on a full-sized field, with a round robin played on one day. The Cup provides matches for the teams as well as inputs to the USAFL ranking system for downstream formulation of the Nationals divisions.

First up, the OC Bomber hosts took on the LA Dragons in a one-sided affair, in which it took OC until late in the game to register on the scoreboard. LA ran out convincing winners, needless to say, with great use of the width of the ground. Solo umpire and former Bomber Paul Pietsch did the field officiating for this and, indeed, for all three consecutive matches. The Lions provided boundary and goal umpires, which in the building heat provided a good warm up for some of us.

San Diego, arriving with a contingent of 16 players, borrowed 3 from the LA Dragons: forward flank John the elder, forward pocket John the younger, and first-gamer bruiser Travis. A bench of one can be a godsend at times! There was a glimmer of hope that LA had shot their wad in downing OC and that, shaking off the road trip, the Lions would capitalize when John the elder booted truly with the first goal of the game against a string a point from LA. But a late first-half goal to the Dragons saw them head to the trees at half-time – for shade rather than climbing – with a lead of 3 points. Coming out for the second period saw an onslaught from LA with a string of unanswered goals. The Lions went down fighting but were unable to get their forward line moving. Your author and coach of last resort, Bob, made an uncharacteristic gaffe in meteorology and the wind was against us for both halves … climate change!

With both sides having been shredded in a similar manner by LA, there was interest to see who could regain composure and breath for the final match. With the LA team departing, the Lions lost their loaner players and 16-a-side was agreed. So no bench and, therefore little for the coach to do tactically. Although, game day runner Ben Evans did a mighty job taking water and instructions onto the field. Some reckon that he ran more than he would in a match.

The Lions played with an open forward line running Fletcher Wall and Brian Nickel as two-pronged center half-forwards – one prong each, I suppose. Doug Day at full forward was given a roving commission and roamed widely putting pressure on the OC defense with support from Brian Adamson. Evan Bradshaw in the ruck for the whole match and recovering from illness over the week found his straps, shook off the wog, and was master of the air once he had availed himself of the medicinal magic sponge. The Lions were well ahead at half time with JV proving solid in the middle and Brando running from center half-back and taking the kicks in. Then OC, via the gray-haired but not nearly as tall as Gandalf Brattles, started to control and drive off their half-back line. Before long, they hit the front midway through the second term. With nothing left to look forward to but the long drive home on the Five, the Lions piled on the pressure and found renewed coordination through the middle via Johnny Carpenter and Ryan Nielson, taking to the heat as if he had finally thawed out from Minnesota. The engine room of Evan, JV and Swanny spread the ball effectively. The backs recently fortified with skilled Lions first gamers Tony and Jason along with Scuba, AJ, and Anthony held strong, and the Lions cruised home to a 2-point win.

A minor controversy erupted in the crowd when with 45 seconds left in the match and the Lions ahead by 2 points, Fletch took a mark in the middle and immediately fell to ground with leg cramp. “He’s faking it!”, “Stop the clock!” etc. was screamed. The clock stopped, Fletch hobbled off and we won with 15 on the field.

Arthur Kinsey the Lions wing and LA Ambassador identified the Barley Forge Bar for post-game recuperations and storytelling. Evan Bradshaw was voted overwhelmingly as Players Player on the day. A small group took off home early and, despite being 90 minutes ahead of the drinkers, arrived home a bare 15 minutes ahead. There has to be a moral there.

Lions Welcome Wheelscience as New Sponsor

The Lions would like to thank Wheelscience for their sponsorship during the 2016 season!

About Wheelscience:  At Wheelscience we do one thing and one thing only. We make world-class race bike wheels. Our wheels were ridden at every major non drafting triathlon world championship in 2015, we had some great results including an age group podium at Kona!

How it Works:  Go to the Wheelscience website and choose the wheels that best suit your needs.  During your order use discount code lionintro up until May 31, 2016 for 20% off!  After June 1, 2016 use code lions15 for 15% off your order.  5% of each order goes back to the Lions so tell your mates!


SCAFL Round 2 in San Diego May 1, 2016

The Lions take on the Orange County Jets Sunday May 1st in San Diego in the second round of the SCAFL. The match starts at 10 a.m.  Lions players please be at the ground no later than 9 a.m. to help set up the fields and begin getting warmed up.

All friends and family welcome to the action!  The Lions will be hosting a BBQ while we watch the 2nd and 3rd matches of the day that start at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. respectively.

Access to field parking may be available through the Black Mountain Middle School entrance. If the gate is locked, park on the east side of Black Mountain road and hike up the path to the field. See map below.

Field  Location (map below):

Black Mountain Middle School
9353 Oviedo St
San Diego, CA 92129, United States

Crawfish Boil, Saturday, May 7

Low Country Style Crawfish Boil!  

Crawfish, Crawdaddies, Mudbugs or Yabbies…whatever you call dem, we’re gonna eat dem!  Spend the day sippin’ cold beer, pinchin’ tails and slurpin’ heads.  We’ll boil dem up and lay dem out on the table to enjoy elbow to elbow with the San Diego Lions.  No utensils needed here!

When:  Saturday, May 7.  2:00pm onward

Where:  The Hubner’s. 2955 McGraw St., San Diego, 92117

Admission: $25 on day of event.

This is a family friendly event, but we ask that you leave your fur babies at home.  No pets please.


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Lions first SCAFL Match April 24 in L.A.

The Lions take on Orange County B-52s Sunday April 24 in Los Angeles in the first round of the SCAFL. We will be carpooling up together leaving at 8:45 AM.

The Lions have field, goal, and boundary umpiring duties for the 11am game. All players should be at the ground by 10:30am so we can organize who from the Lions will run boundaries and goal umpire the 11am game. We’ll need 2 goal umpires 4 guys running boundaries so everybody’s fresh for our game.

Carpool Location (map below):

Park and Ride Del Mar
12791 Sorrento Valley Rd,
San Diego, CA 92121

Field Location:
1221 N. Figueroa Pl
Wilmington, CA 90744

Carpool Location Map:

Co-Ed Footy Season Starts Feb 27!

The Lions Co-Ed Footy League Starts Saturday February 27, 2016!  All women and men are welcome to join us for the social non-contact version of our great sport!

What is Co-Ed Footy?

Imagine soccer, volleyball and basketball rolled into one cool game where everyone gets to be the quarterback at the same time. Another way to think about it is that Ausball is like Ultimate Frisbee, with a few twists. The ball is passed quickly from player to player by either handpassing or kicking. There is no turnover rule, so the ball is almost always “live” resulting in a fast, free flowing game where everyone is involved. Scoring is usually frequent, so games are not only fun to play, but fast and exciting to watch!

The rules are simple and easy to learn (it will take about 10 minutes) and NO EXPERIENCE is required. In fact, we encourage newbies as the game is designed for complete novices!

When: February 27, March 5, and March 12 at 11 A.M.
Location:  Doyle Elementary School:  3950 Berino Ct.  San Diego CA 92122  (Please note this is the field behind the elementary school not the field at Doyle Community Park.)  Map Below.
What do I need?: We’ll supply all the gear all you need to do is come dressed to play in shorts and shoes (cleats if you have them, they are not necessary).

There will be Social Events after each Co-Ed Footy Match culminating with our World Famous Pie Day on March 12, 2015!

Download our 2016_CO-ED_Footy_Flyer here!

Lions’ Pie Day! March 12

Join us for the 9th Annual Pie Day!

One of the Lions great traditions, Pie Day is a great opportunity to catch up with old mates, welcome new faces around the club and celebrate the success of the Co-Ed Footy Season. Join us for a great afternoon filled with Jan’s homemade meat pies, libations and good cheer.

Everyone is welcome and we’d love for you to join us!


  • JAN’S MEAT PIES! Arrive early to make sure you get 1 or 2. They are not to be missed.
  • Meet & Greet – This is the best place to catch up with old mates and welcome new ones to the club.
  • CO-ED Footy Awards- Come celebrate the conclusion of our Spring Co-Ed Footy Season!
  • Quarter Toss – This old favorite is back! Think carnival coin toss game in a bar.
  • Beer, Wine & Soda – Yes, they’re included! (Rumor has it, Bob has been brewing a new keg of “Wet Cement”)
  • Cornhole Tournament – A good outlet for those competitive juices before the footy season starts

All this for the very reasonable price of $25 (early bird price). All proceeds directly benefit the club!

Location: The BItmead’s – 2006 Beryl St. Pacific Beach 92109 (Map Below)
Date & Time: March 12, 2015 at 2pm (Following the Co-Ed Footy Grand Final!)
Admission: $25 With the Early Lion Discount (Pay Before March 9 2015) or $35 (Between March 9, 2015 and March 12, 2015)

Purchase your admission here or pay at the event:

Lions Celebrate Australia Day 2016!

Rob Aus DayThe Lions had a great day out Celebrating Australia Day 2016 at NTC Park with a family friendly picnic.  The Lions joined forces with the Australians in San Diego Club to have an all ages group of more than 80.  The picnic provided a great setting for everything from not-so-competitive Beach Cricket to Americans trying fairy bread for the first time.  The Lions also hosted a raffle of Aussie wares including Cadbury Chocolates, Vegemite, Aussie Wine, and Lions gear with proceeds benefiting the Lions.  It was a great day out, and a big thanks to the Aussies in San Diego Group!

Lions Elect Board for 2016

Your San Diego Australian Football Clubs’ board for 2016:

President – Brandon Blankenship
Vice President – Justin Valley
Treasurer – Jim Boyer
Director of Football Operations – Ben Evans
Secretary – Rob Liwanig
Member at Large – Evan Bradshaw
Lions Head Coach – Simon Schenk
Social Director – Stacy Struble
Nationals Committee Chair – Michael Pekonen

The Lions Board is committed to growing all aspects of the Club in 2016.