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Cross Country: Dorris, Moore Lead Dons at USF Invitational

John Holton
Staff Writer

The Dons kicked off the 2014 season at the USF Invitational on Aug. 30, where they ran to a fifth place finish. The event was held in San Francisco at the Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park.

USF’s top finisher in the meet was senior Jarrett Moore, who placed 14th overall in the eight kilometer (4.97 mile) race with a time of 25:51.3. Moore is a natural runner who did not join a cross country team until after high school, and is now in his third year on the Dons’ squad. Continue reading Cross Country: Dorris, Moore Lead Dons at USF Invitational

Volleyball: Dons go 2-1 in Long Beach, Off to Best Start in Nine Years

Conor McDermott Welch
Staff Writer

The Dons continued their hot start to the 2014 campaign this weekend at the Mizuno Invitational at Long Beach State, which took place from Sept. 5-6. After winning the San Francisco Invitational with a win over Georgia last week, the Dons made it all the way to the final match before losing 3-1 to host Long Beach State.

In the tournament finale on Sept. 6, the Dons were prepared for the challenge and remained competitive. Though they lost the first two sets 25-19, 25-21, they responded with a gutsy 25-23 third-set victory. However, they ran out of gas in the fourth set, losing 25-13 and dropping the match 3-1. The loss was the Dons’ first of the season, bringing them to a record of 5-1, the best start for the team since 2005. Continue reading Volleyball: Dons go 2-1 in Long Beach, Off to Best Start in Nine Years

Men’s Soccer: Aguilar Gets Greedy, Scores Twice to Carry Dons

Nick Welsh
Staff Writer

USF defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 5 thanks to the stellar play of senior forward Miguel Aguilar, who scored both of the goals for the Dons. Although they were playing without senior midfielder Danny Kirkland, the team captain and reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week, the Dons showed a toughness and resilience that led them to victory. Continue reading Men’s Soccer: Aguilar Gets Greedy, Scores Twice to Carry Dons

Professional Hockey Returns After Three Month Hiatus

For 119 days, hockey fans were denied their fix of power play goals, last-second saves, and the drama of dropped gloves for a fist fight. Now, almost two weeks into the 2013 season, hockey fanatics can watch the sport almost every night of the week as the National Hockey League scrambles to squeeze in an adequate amount of games into this dramatically shortened season.

The NHL came to a standstill this fall during a lock out over a labour dispute between the NHL and the NHLPA (National Hockey League Players’ Association). The two parties failed to reach a consensus on the terms of their CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) by the date of the previous CBA’s expiration on Sept 16, 2012.

Negotiations over the CBA surrounded issues of player shares of hockey-related revenue, player contract regulations, free agent restrictions, and signing bonuses. The season that was scheduled to begin on Oct. 11, 2012 was postponed until Jan. 19, 2013, while these issues were discussed.

“I tried to figure out what they were struggling to negotiate. On NHL.com they didn’t have a lot of details,” sophomore Bryce Costley, an avid Los Angeles Kings fan, said.

The two parties came to an agreement on Jan. 6, after about 16 hours of continuous negotiations. Six days later, the CBA was officially ratified, and just 8 days later the previously locked out players were competing in the first games of the season.

“It [the lock out] was horrible. Especially because the Kings are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, and I was so excited for the start of the season but they prolonged it for three months,” Costley said.
“All I knew is that it was gone, and now it’s back. I just wondered where hockey went,” sophomore Kari Olk said. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Olk grew up playing pond hockey and sometimes watching the NHL. I like watching the games. The Minnesota Wild, man. Can’t go wrong with good old MN.”

The season opened with the presentation of championship rings and the  raising of the championship banner at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Before the puck hit the ice for the game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the reigning Stanley Cup Champions paraded out on the ice to hold up the Cup in front of their fans. The Kings went on to lose 5-2.  Also opening the season was a matchup between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburg Penguins, which the Penguins won 3-1.

The condensed 2013 season will contain just 48 games per team, and will end after just four months of play on April 27. A typical season is 82 games, some of which are inter-conference–these matchups have been excluded from the 2013 schedule. Bay Area hockey is dominated by the local San Jose Sharks, who are currently 5-0-0. Their next game is tonight, Jan. 31, at HP Pavilion in San Jose. The Sharks take on the Edmonton Oilers at 7:30 p.m., broadcast live on CSN-CA.

SF Footy: Fast. Fun. Friendly.

It is Australia’s signature sport and the third most popular game on the globe. Its championship game is the most attended worldwide.

I, for one, hadn’t heard of it. And to the best of my knowledge, neither had you—until now.

Australian football—footy, as it is affectionately known—is fast, fun, and available to play in the Bay Area. San Francisco Footy is a co-ed, non-contact footy league co-founded by native San Franciscan and longtime footy enthusiast Jessica Estrada. The group meets once per week at various expansive outdoor spaces in San Francisco.

“SF Footy welcomes anyone to come get outside and play,” Estrada said. “Regardless if you are a current or former athlete, never picked up a ball in your life, or just looking to meet people, SF Footy has something for everyone.”

USF graduate student Robin Bishop has been involved with SF Footy since its inauguration in 2011.

“Footy is a great, unconventional game that many people enjoy for exercise, camaraderie, and fun, regardless of athletic ability, body type, or experience,” Bishop said.

So she invited me to a match last Sunday.

About 15 people showed up to the soccer field in the Sunset, and Bishop introduced me to the gang. Everyone was kind and welcoming as they encouraged me to participate in the upcoming match. I said no (at first), because I only wanted to observe.

Following some casual conversation, the group split into two teams. Each team practiced hand passes and kicks, and the game began shortly thereafter.

My first impression was that footy looked fast-paced and fun. Players ran around the field, passing the elliptical ball by holding it in one hand and whacking it with their other hand, clenched into a fist.

I also learned some of the rules. Kicking the ball through uprights scores points. There are four uprights; a kick through the inner two is worth six points and a kick between an outer upright and an inner upright is worth one.

A kick can also function as a pass. If a player catches a kicked ball before it hits the ground, that player earns the mark and is permitted to back up as far as she wants without defender interference. Earning a mark is advantageous because it gives a player the opportunity to kick the ball towards the uprights uncontested.

After the first half was over, I was once again encouraged to join in the game. This time, I accepted the request. Someone was nice enough to loan me an extra pair of cleats.

For the next 30 minutes, I played and had a great time. I learned there are many different ways to participate in footy. Running, catching, kicking, and passing are all integral and equally important parts of the game. Bishop reiterated this point after the game.

“There is always a spot for interested new players on the field, regardless of athleticism, because Aussie rules football uses so many unique skills and diverse abilities,” she said.

When the game was over, many players were sweaty, some were dirty, and all were in good spirits. It was the final match of the season and everyone prepared to go out for food and drinks. Once again, I was invited to participate. Although I had to decline, I could see why people returned to this group week after week and even hung out before and after games.

“The people who play with SF Footy are fun, inviting, encouraging, and positive,” Bishop said. “We usually go out for pizza or tacos after the games and many of us meet up outside of league games for a kick, a jog, or for a non-sport related night out.”

Even other local media recognize this attractive group. SF Footy won SF Weekly’s “Best Full-Contact Fun with (Clothed) Strangers” award for the year 2012.

“SF Footy provides a social, yet competitive place for many active San Franciscans. Footy is the greatest sport on earth, and we want to provide everyone the opportunity to learn about and how to play this crazy Australian sport,” Estrada said.

While the sport may seem crazy at first, veterans like Estrada and Bishop make it seem safe for all.

“Anyone can play SF Footy,” Bishop said. “The tag version of the sport is set up to maximize fun and safety. The veterans love to teach new people how to play the game and everyone is encouraging.”

Indeed, I could not have felt more welcomed by this group. Before, during, and after the match, everyone was polite and inviting.

SF Footy has something for everyone. Whether you want to meet new people, try new things, or exercise in a fun and dynamic way, SF Footy will welcome you with open arms.

For more information about SF Footy, check them out online at http://www.SFFooty.com.