Club Social Update: The Fort Avenue Nine

A golf ball rests on a tee

Australians love a bad idea, and one of the worst is the Nullarbor Nine, a golf course that stretches hundreds of miles across the barren Nullarbor Plain in South and Western Australia. But with no deserts in sight, the Baltimore Dockers social members and players joined for an equally bad idea: The Fort Avenue Nine.

Our April social event, the first annual Dockers Pub Golf Tournament, saw social members and players tee off at nine different holes (pubs) along Fort Avenue, beginning at City Limits Sports Bar and ending at our sponsor bar, Nobles Bar and Grill. Each hole offered three special drinks to score even or under par. Clear skies and a light breeze on a beautiful Saturday meant participants had every opportunity to test their capacity and courage on a difficult course.

The event was so much fun that several players lost their scorecards, so uh, we have no idea who won. That being said, it’s safe to say that anyone who made it to Nobles still vertical is indeed a champion!

Special shout out to everyone who dressed up in golf attire for the day. The clear winner for best costume was Dockers Midfielder Jack Chalmers (pictured below), who rocked a green-and-yellow checkered golf vest. The event was a success and everyone had a great time.

Jack Chalmers (right) wearing a green-and-yellow checkered golf vest, green shorts, a white visor, and a single white glove
Jason Curtis (left) and Jack Chalmers (right)

Thanks to all the bars (City Limits, Wiley’s, Shotti’s, Captain Larry’s, Don’t Know Tavern, Delia Foleys, Banditos, Magerks, and Nobles) for putting up with our shenanigans, and for giving us drink specials; it only made the day that much more enjoyable.

Social members are the lifeblood of any sports club, so big thanks to them and to everyone who came out to Pub Golf! To be the first to know about future Baltimore Dockers social events, become a social member! And if you’d like to try your hand (and foot!) at the crazy sport of Australian Rules Football, join us at practice every Saturday morning, or come to our first home game on June 1st. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome!

Cam Stewart, Dockers 2019 co-Social Chair

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Recap of the Mid-Atlantic Cup Championship

On April 6, 2019, the Baltimore Dockers sailed down to Richmond, Virginia to compete in the first-ever Mid-Atlantic Cup, hosted by a newly-formed USAFL club – the Richmond Lions. The complex was tremendous and the Lions were terrific hosts. Thank you very much for having us!

Baltimore Dockers versus North Carolina Tigers

The Dockers have been training since late January to get in top condition for the first game of the season, and it showed immediately. The club ran all over the Tigers and moved the ball seamlessly through the midfield. A couple hard hits by midfielder Johnnie O’Connor and defender Mike Horney knocked the Tigers out early. And a number of early goals by Brian Skaggs, Matty Byrne, Kit Drury, and Ian Payne quickly put the game out of reach.

In the second half, the Dockers piled on the scoring with additional goals by Skaggs, Byrne, Drury, and Nick Sisca. While the goal-kicking was concentrated between a handful of Dockers, the ball movement was not. It was impressive to watch the Dockers move the ball on all parts of the pitch. When the Tigers were able to possess the ball in their forward 50, the Dockers defense, led by Scott Bradford and Terrence McCauliffe, were able to keep their composure and patiently clear the ball towards the sideline or switch the ball to an open midfielder.

The Tigers scratched and clawed but it was not enough to sink the ship.

Results

TeamGoalsBehindsTotal
Baltimore Dockers13785
North Carolina Tigers2315

Women’s Game

The Baltimore Lady Dockers joined forces with the DC Lady Eagles to face the Virginia Generals men’s team. Warning: DO NOT MESS WITH THESE LADIES! They put a stomping on the Generals. IT. WAS. NOT. CLOSE.

The Baltimore Dockers representatives, Karen Stablein and Roxy Alei, put on a show throughout the game. Everything the Dockers have been working on in training was clearly demonstrated by our female teammates – sheparding, tackling, handpassing, kicking skills, and overall endurance.

The Generals had to retreat with their heads down as the Eagles laid droppings all over their army. Great work ladies!

Results

TeamGoalsBehindsTotal
Virginia Generals4226
Baltimore Lady Dockers81058

Baltimore Dockers versus DC Eagles

Once again, this long-time rivalry did not disappoint. The match was chippy from the beginning and the competition was evenly matched throughout the first quarter. But in between the first two quarters, the Dockers had a quick pep talk and reminded themselves why they are defending Division IV National Champions. The Dockers stepped on the gas pedal in the second quarter and left the Eagles in the dust.

Goals by Ian Payne, Jack Chalmers, Kit Drury, and Brian Skaggs allowed the Dockers to pull away pretty quickly. Strong ball movement through the middle of field by Jake Moyer, Nick Tyson, Jesse Galdston (Captain), and Cam Stewart tired out the Eagles midfield, allowing the Dockers to take advantage of scoring opportunities. Normally, Eagles are known for eating small animals, but the Dockers were selling them candy throughout the second half. Johnnie O’Connor and Nick Sisca AKA “Willy Wonka brothers” broke a few ankles with their quickness and agility.

Flying is cool but sailing is more fun.

Results

TeamGoalsBehindsTotal
Baltimore Dockers10969
DC Eagles117

Awards Ceremony

In the all three games, the Baltimore Dockers executed the game plan crafted by coaches Ian Payne and Nick Sisca. And with two wins, the Baltimore Dockers men’s club was named Mid-Atlantic Cup Champions! This makes two championships in less than six months. It’s hard winning all the time. You get more haters. More clubs want to come at the throne. But this tournament was just another day at the office for the Dockers – kicked some goals, crushed some skulls, and enjoyed some celebratory beers. #Road2Repeat #Undefeated #NevaLost

Best on Ground for the tournament – Jesse Galdston

Dockers Iron Man Award – Cam Stewart

Well-deserved lads!

First-time Dockers players: Reese Garner and Jake Moyer

Thanks again to the Richmond Lions for hosting us!

Pub Golf with the Dockers!

Dockers ruckman Leonardo da Vinci double-fists it

‘Tis the season for Baltimore’s second-favorite sport: Pub Golf!

Join the Baltimore Dockers for our first annual Master’s Inspired Pub Golf Crawl.

Join the team in drunken progress at hole #2, Wiley Gunter‘s in Federal Hill, this Saturday at 1:30 PM (hole #1 was immediately after practice).

Play though a short Par 4 course up and down Fort Avenue with players, coaches, and fans of Baltimore’s reigning national champions. Join the game and drink for prizes, or just enjoy the experience!

At Hole 2 (Wiley Gunter’s), get $5 34-oz mugs of Miller Lite, $5 Tropical Punch Bombs, as well as $6 quesadillas. This hole will set the tone for the rest of the afternoon on the back nine.

Support the Dockers in true Australian spirit: at the pub!

#GetAroundIt #BeerTime #TrainFastDrinkHeavy #ItsFiveOClockInAustralia

Who: You
What: First annual Pub Golf event
When: Saturday, April 13th, starting at 1:30 PM
Where: Starting at Wiley Gunter‘s, 823 East Fort Ave., Federal Hill
Why: Meet the team and support our 2019 season