Dockers close out 2018 regular season in Philadelphia

This Saturday, the Dockers men’s team played their final games of the 2018 regular season in Philadelphia. In the USAFL’s traditional format, three teams gather in one city for a round-robin format in which each team plays the other two. The Dockers’ opponents were the New York Magpies and the Philadelphia Hawks.

The Dockers brought sixteen players, a mix of veterans and first-gamers, to face two of the largest and best-organized teams in the Eastern Australian Football League. Although the Dockers eventually lost both games, they played proudly throughout.

Game 1 started as a back-and-forth contest between the Dockers and Magpies, before the New York pulled ahead with three goals late in the first half. In the second half, the Dockers’ back line played with their trademark intensity and skill, holding the experienced Magpies without a goal.

Results

TeamGoalsBehindsTotal
Baltimore Dockers139
New York Magpies4428

Game 2 was a low-scoring defensive battle throughout the first half, with the halftime score level at 9-9. But as the game wore on, Philadelphia’s superior numbers made the difference, as the Hawks scored eight unanswered goals plus two behinds for a final score of 59-9.

Results

TeamGoalsBehindsTotal
Baltimore Dockers139
Philadelphia Hawks9559

And so the Baltimore Dockers men’s team closes out its first-ever regular season of operations after playing an incredible 17 matches, finishing with a record of 5 wins and 12 losses. Their next appearance will be the weekend of October 13, 2018 at the United States Australian Football League (USAFL) National Championships in Racine, Wisconsin. Matchups for championship weekend will be announced next week.

Saturday’s game cancelled

CancelledThe Dockers’ doubleheader against the Chicago Swans and the DC Eagles, scheduled for Saturday, September 15 in Washington has been CANCELLED due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence.

The Dockers’ men’s team plays its next game on Saturday, September 22nd at noon against our rivals, the Philadelphia Hawks.

The Hurricanes maintain their undefeated record through all of world history.

Seriously, everyone stay safe, especially our mates from the North Carolina Tigers, who are directly in the path of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center's predicted path of Hurricane Florence, headed toward North Carolina

Follow the progress of the storm from the advisories of the National Hurricane Center.

Dockers win!

Men’s team

The Dockers men’s team won a thrilling game against the Philadelphia Hawks today, using a fourth-quarter comeback to win by a score of 33-32.

Results

TeamGoalsBehindsTotal
Baltimore Dockers4933
Philadelphia Hawks4832

The Dockers were down 30-19 at the end of the third quarter, but came back to score 14 points while holding the Hawks to just two behinds. The defense withstood intense pressure from the Hawks’ forwards in the last two minutes to hold on for the first win over Philadelphia in club history.

The entire game was played in driving rain at Baltimore’s Patterson Park. Thanks to the Hawks for their fierce competition on the field and their camaraderie off the field, thanks to the umpires, and especially thanks to the fans who turned out in heavy rain to cheer on your team!

Several Baltimore Dockers players on the field talking

The Dockers men’s team assembles at Patterson Park before their game

Women’s team

At the same time, our women’s team, the Baltimore/Washington Lady Eagles, split two games on the road in New York. The Lady Eagles lost to San Francisco 66-0, but defeated New York 17-5.

Results

TeamGoalsBehindsTotal
Lady Eagles000
Golden Gate8856

Results

TeamGoalsBehindsTotal
Lady Eagles2416
New York Magpies000

Next games

The Dockers’ next men’s game is next Saturday, September 15th, in Washington, DC against the Chicago Swans, while the women’s team prepares for USAFL Nationals.

Details

Date Time League Season
September 15, 2018 Canceled USAFL Men's 2018
A Four 'N Twenty meat pie in front of the team

A giant meat pie attacks the Dockers