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Celebrate Australia Day in San Diego January 27, 2018

Are you ready for Australia Day 2018?  Well, we’ve got it all sorted out for you.  The San Diego Lions will be hosting a potluck picnic that is open to all and family friendly. We’ll play a co-ed touch Australian Football match and some tennis ball cricket (bring your runners!).  We’ll have a raffle as well, so bring some $!

PROVIDED: Snags, buns, condiments, napkins, plates

BRING: Beer (Yes, beer is fine, just no glass), drink of choice, a dish to share, your favorite Aussie apparel, cash for raffle

WHEN:  Saturday, 1/27/18 from 11am-3pm

WHERE:  NTC Park at Liberty Station, look for Australian Flags near the playground.

Aussies, friends, and families.  All are welcome! Spread the word!

Lions vs. Bombers SCAFL Round 3 May 20, 2017

The SD Lions travel to Irvine, CA to take on the Orange County Bombers this Saturday, May 20th for the third round of the SCAFL season. We will be carpooling up together leaving at 9:15 AM. All players should be at the grounds by 10:15 am to be warmed up and ready for our game at 11:15 am. All friends and family welcome to the action!

Carpool Location (map below):
Sorrento Valley Park and Ride
San Diego, CA 92121

Field Location (map below):
South Lake Middle School,
655 W Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92614

Car Pool


10th Anniversary of Pie Day! March 11, 2017

Join us for our 10th 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 charge into a new footy season. Join us for a great afternoon filled with Jan’s homemade meat pies, libations and good cheer.

Pie Day directly follows our first session of Co-Ed Footy!

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


  • JAN’S WORLD FAMOUS HOMEMADE 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.
  • 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 home brewing a new keg of “Wet Cement”).  After last year’s performance we’ll be sure to have a backup keg ready to go!
  • 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). All proceeds directly benefit the club!

Location: The BItmead’s – 2006 Beryl St. Pacific Beach 92109 (Map Below)
Date & Time: March 11, 2017 at 2pm (Following the first session of Co-Ed Footy)
Admission: $25 With the Early Lion Discount (Pay By March 10 2017) or $35 the day of the event.

Purchase your admission here or pay at the event:


2017 Co-Ed Touch Footy League

Join us for the co-ed, non-contact version of Australia’s favorite game. Footy is a game based on Australian Football (which is NOT rugby). It is a fun-filled, energetic, co-educational, tag version of the game. This laid back social league is a great way for beginners from children to adults to try the sport. New players are mixed in with veteran players to ensure healthy competition, and skills training is provided for all new players.

What is 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 Footy 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 it as the game is designed for complete novices! 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 starting with the 10th anniversary of our World Famous Pie Day on March 11, 2017!

Co-Ed Games:

Date/Time Location (See maps below)
March 11 – 11am Bonita Cove Park
March 18 – 11am Doyle Elementary
March 25 – 11am Doyle Elementary
April 1st – 11am Doyle Elementary

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.)

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Lions Searching for 2017 Head Coach Applicants

The San Diego Lions are searching for applicants for the position of Senior Head Coach for the 2017 season.


  • Ability to develop and teach players of all capabilities
  • Able to mentor new players
  • Able to be part of recruiting effort
  • Ability to promote a great culture within the playing group
  • Work closely with the Director of Football operations and Board of Directors to promote the club’s mission of “Growing the game of Australian Football in San Diego.”

This is a volunteer position.  The Lions are prepared to pay for coaching certifications.  All applicants are encouraged to apply.  Interested applicants should express interest via email to info at or through the website.

2016 AFL Grand Final San Diego

2016 AFL Grand Final Viewing Party in San Diego

The Biggest Day on the Australian Sporting Calendar is being broadcast live in San Diego by the San Diego Lions!  Game time begins about 9:30 pm local San Diego time.

ENTRY $20 at the back patio entrance!

Space is limited so buy your tickets today.
Ticket price includes:

Live game with sound on all TVs in the outdoor portion of the venue
Drink specials throughout the Night
Giveaways and raffles including First Goal contest
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM – Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:00 AM (PDT)
The Ould Sod – 3373 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Lions vs. Bombers in San Diego for Home Finale September 10, 2016

The San Diego Lions take on the Orange County Bombers in the regular season home finale on September 10, 2016.  All supporters are welcome as the Lions hope to bounce back after their last loss to Orange County.  Opening bounce is 11 AM.  Players are asked to get to the ground by 10 AM to help set up and warm up.

Location:  Black Mountain Middle School, 9353 Oviedo St, San Diego, CA 92129, United States (Map Below)

The field location is the same as most this season.  If you haven’t been to the ground before, it can be a little tricky.  You can walk up a dirt trail from Black Mountain Road, or park in the school and walk up the driveway.

After party:  Immediately following the match we will head to 9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego, CA 92126  All are invited to join us for a beer after the match.

Field Location:

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!