Columbus’s Australian Rules Football Clubs


The Jackaroos and Jillaroos!

Blog entry submitted by Aron Tharp – President, Columbus Jackaroos – Australian Rules Football Club

Who we are:

We are the Jacks and Jills, the men’s and women’s Australian Rules Football Clubs here in Columbus, Ohio. We play local metro games and travel throughout the Midwest and further, competing against teams from Nashville, Chicago, Toronto, and more. You’re likely to see us around Columbus at Byrne’s Pub (our biggest sponsor since 2008), in Outlook Magazine (our new partner in 2012), at an involvement fair at one of the new Aussie Fit gyms, or at Mud Ninja (in South Salem).  Last year the clubs combined for over 50 active members.

What we do:

Our season kicks off with our first game on April 21st and concludes with the United States Australian Football League (USAFL) national tournament October 13th and 14th. We practice weekly at Tuttle Park near Ohio State’s main campus and usually host games there or at Darree Fields Park in Dublin. This year Dublin is hosting the USA vs. Canada game on August 4th. The cup will match up the Men’s, Women’s, and U-23 clubs to showcase the best of the best of North America. Dublin will also be hosting either the 2013 or 2014 national tournament.  Both the cup and the tournament will be played at Darree Fields Park.

Come Check Us out:

Columbus is very involved in the promotion and growth of this unique and exciting sport in the United States. We’d like to extend an open invitation to come and join us for a practice or to watch one of our games (see schedule below). There are spots for players with varying levels of involvement on the team too, from playing only in local matches to competing with the traveling team.  We’re always looking for new players and fans, with rolling recruitment throughout the season. The Jacks practice on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m., and the Jills practice on Fridays from 6-8 p.m. Come out and play with us and see if you have what it takes to be the next Jack or Jill!

Upcoming Schedule:

  • April 21st vs. Toronto Central Blues and Central Lady Blues – Columbus, OH
  • April 28th John Harrell Memorial Cup – Louisville, KY (tournament hosted by the Ohio Valley Riverrats)
  • May 19th vs. North Carolina Tigers – Columbus, OH
  • June 2nd vs Ohio Valley River Rats – Cincinnati, OH
  • June 16th vs Nashville Kangaroos – Nashville, TN
  • June 30th vs Chicago United – Columbus, OH

National Schedule:

  • August 4th49th Parallel Cup – USA vs. Canada– Dublin, OH Darree Fields Park
  • October 13th – 14th USAFL National Tournament – Mason, OH

Want more information?

E-mail us at to be added to our newsletter, check out our website at, or like us on Facebook @ Columbus Jackaroos ARFC and Columbus Jillaroos Australian Football Club.

What is Australian Rules Football?

“Aussie rules” or “footy” (as it’s colloquially known) shares similarities with many sports you’re already familiar with. There are three ways to advance the ball. The first, and most important, is kicking the ball (usually a punt). Unlike soccer, the ball is oblong and players can use their hands. Players run routes, similar to wide receivers in American football, and receive “marks” from kicks rather than catching passes. The second way to move the ball is to do what’s called a “handball.” It is illegal to throw the ball, so players must hit the ball from their hands similar to an underhanded serve in volleyball. This is a great way to maintain possession of the ball and clear it from traffic. The third way to advance the ball is simply to run with it.

Footy shares similarities with other sports as well. For example, players can be tackled like in rugby, but often will kick or handball to a teammate to avoid the tackle and a loss of possession.  Additionally, players can “shepherd” opposing players to create space for a teammate to gain control of and/or advance the ball, similar to a check in hockey.

Games are played with 18 players on the field at a time for each team. The field is oval and up to 180 yards long and 120 yards wide at the middle. The objective of the game is to kick the ball through the uprights at the end of the oval. A “goal,” worth 6 points, is scored when the ball is kicked through the middle of the four uprights. A “behind,” worth 1 point, is scored when the ball is kicked through the outer uprights or is touched on its way through the middle uprights. There are positions for people who are tall, short, muscular, fast, and/or endurance athletes.

You can find a more detailed explanation of the game here:

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90th Anniversary of the OHSAA Boys High School Basketball State Tournament

Some things to know going into Thursday’s start of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball State Tournament at the Schottenstein Center:

  • Columbus is excited to celebrate the 90th year of the boys state high school basketball tournament with all but nine having been in Columbus and the tournament moving into the Schottenstein Center in 1999.
  • Overall, Columbus is proud to host 19 state tournaments each year and we believe that is one of the highest numbers in the country for one city
  • Two schools from Central Ohio are still in contention for the state title with No. 9 Columbus Africentric (22-3) in Division IV and No. 4 Pickerington Central (24-2) in Division I each playing in the semifinals. Africentric’s game is Thursday at 10:45 a.m. and Pickerington’s game is Friday at 8:30 p.m.
  • The Boys Tournament will also feature an intriguing semifinal rematch of the Girls Tournament Division IV championship when Berlin Hiland  (25-1) will take on Arlington (23-3).  Arlington defeated Berlin Hiland 52-37 to win the Girls state title.

2012 State Tournament Information

Tickets can be purchased in person at Ticketmaster locations (including most Kroger stores), by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by going on-line at  If ordering on-line, type ‘OHSAA’ in the search area for a quick link to tournament tickets. Ticketmaster orders will also include applicable service charges.

To avoid service charges, tickets can be purchased in person in Columbus at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office, located in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center with office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 22 – Semifinals  click pairings below to view game stats and box score
10:45 a.m. – Division IV Game #1    Jackson Center (26-0) vs. Columbus Africentric Early College (22-3)
2:00 p.m. – Division IV Game #2    Berlin Hiland (25-1) vs. Arlington (23-3)
5:15 p.m. – Division III Game #1    Bedford St. Peter Chanel (23-3) vs. Cincinnati Summit Country Day (24-1)
8:30 p.m. – Division III Game #2    Ottawa-Glandorf (19-6) vs. Portsmouth (23-2)
Friday, March 23 – Semifinals  click pairings below to view game stats and box score
10:45 a.m. – Division II Game #1    Mentor Lake Catholic (23-2) vs. Dayton Dunbar (26-0)
2:00 p.m. – Division II Game #2    St. Clairsville (23-2) vs. Elida (23-3)
5:15 p.m. – Division I Game #1    Toledo Whitmer (23-2) vs. Lakewood St. Edward (18-7)
8:30 p.m. – Division I Game #2    Pickerington High School Central (24-2) vs. Fairfield (21-5)
Saturday, March 24 – Championship Finals  click pairings below to view game stats and box score
10:30 a.m. – Division IV
1:30 p.m. – Division III
4:30 p.m. – Division II
8:30 p.m. – Division I
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The 37th Annual OHSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament Returns to Columbus this Weekend

All ticket sales — both all-session and single-session — for the OHSAA girls state basketball tournament continue. All-session ticket books cost $64 each and single-session tickets are $10 each. The girls state tournament will also be held at the Schottenstein Center and is March 15, 16 and 17.

Tickets can be purchased in person at Ticketmaster locations (including most Kroger stores), by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by going on-line at  If ordering on-line, type ‘OHSAA’ in the search area for a quick link to tournament tickets. Ticketmaster orders will also include applicable service charges.

To avoid service charges, tickets can be purchased in person in Columbus at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office, located in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center with office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tournament Schedule

Thursday, March 15 – Semifinals
  click pairings below to view game stats and box score

Friday, March 16 – Semifinals
  click pairings below to view game stats and box score

Saturday, March 17 – Finals

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Congratulations to the OHSAA State Swimming and Diving Champions

There were a lot of of winners from Central Ohio/Franklin County at the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state swimming tournament and we would like to congratulate all the state champions on their accomplishments.

Girls Swimming

Upper Arlington – Division I Team Champion

Grace Long (Upper Arlington) Division I – 100 Yd Freestyle

Grace Long, Jessica Miller, Jenny Smith, Gabby Veri (Upper Arlington) Division I – 200 Yd Freestyle Relay

Grace Long, Lauren Comer, Jenny Smith, Gabby Veri (Upper Arlington) Division I – 400 Yd Freestyle Relay

Camey Rabold (Columbus Bishop Watterson) Division I – 200 Freestyle

Maddie Martin (Pickerington Central) Division I – 100 Yd Butterfly

Olivia Ball (Olentangy Liberty) Division I – Diving

Andrea Cottrell (Columbus Bishop Hartley) Division II – 100 Yd Breaststroke

Boys Swimming

Joey Long (Upper Arlington) Division I – 200 & 500 Yd Freestyle

Jake Moore (Dublin Jerome) Division I – 100 Yd Butterfly

Ronnie Bolden (Columbus Bishop Hartley) Division II – 50 Yd Freestyle

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Buckeye Cup Club Hockey Classic Lights Up Franklin County

The Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League (GCHSCHL) is a USA Hockey sanctioned league participating in the Mid American (MIDAM) District. It's players are High School aged students from Central Ohio. It's member teams are broken up into districts to allow players who do not attend a high school with an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) sanctioned varsity program to play at a competitive high school level.

The weekend of March 9-11, 2012, twelve high school club hockey teams from Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus will compete for the Buckeye Cup Championship at the Ohio Health Ice Haus and Chiller North. The Cup, the Holy Grail among Ohio’s three highly competitive prep club leagues, annually draws outstanding individual talent as well as spirited team play well worth watching.

While the defending champion Northeast Storm out of Columbus’ GCHSCHL ranks will return to compete for the Cup, three other strong contenders from the league will take their run at keeping the hardware in Franklin County. The top-seeded and top-ranked Hilliard Wildcats, winners of their first-ever regular season championship lead the charge along with the Bluejacket Cup champion and second ranked and seeded Newark Generals, the Westerville Warcats, and Storm.

From Cleveland’s North Coast League come Fremont, Jackson, North Royalton, and Medina.  And, Cincinnati’s CHSHL sends Mason, Butler County, Lakota West, and Northern Kentucky.

The club circuits that feature nine teams in Cleveland, nine in Cincinnati, and six here in Columbus’ GCHSCHL, are open to those student-athletes whose high schools do not sponsor varsity teams under the auspices of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The clubs are governed by the rules and regulations of USA Hockey and provide much-needed outlets for many talented players who otherwise might not be in a position to continue youth hockey careers.

In 1998-99 Columbus’ GCHSCHL was established. The  Original “7” members were Hilliard Southwest, Dublin, Olentangy, Pickerington/Reynoldsburg, St. Charles, Westerville, and Gahanna.  As hockey became more popular among the high schools in Columbus, the number of member teams began to fluctuate as some clubs pursued membership in the OHSAA.  

The GCHSCHL continues to develop and promote high school hockey through its current six member teams; the Athens Bobcats, Hilliard Southwest Wildcats, Newark Generals, Northeast Storm, and PRPC Prowlers (Pickerington/ Reynoldsburg/ Pataskala/Canal Winchester).  

So, whether you are a casual fan of the game or a self-declared “Rink Rat”, you are bound to find an abundance of outstanding and highly competitive hockey in Columbus this coming weekend.

The tournament, sponsored by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Papa Johns Pizza, Marriott, and Ohio Sports Marketing, runs through the weekend with each team facing a grueling five-game grind to claim the Cup in a championship game set for Sunday at Chiller North at 4 p.m.

Admission to each game at every location is free as are programs. Commemorative t-shirts are also available along with professional photography services for individual and team sales.

Click here for more information.

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Columbus Hosting NCAA March Madness | Information and Activities

Columbus is a great city for NCAA Basketball with the Ohio State Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams in the Top 25 annually.  Central Ohio has also become a great destination for hosting the early rounds of March Madness over the last ten years.

This March, the second and third rounds of the Men’s Basketball tourney return to Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 16th (four games) and Sunday, March 18th (two games).  For both the men and the women, Columbus will have hosted the early rounds three times each in the last decade (Men: 2004, 2007, 2012 and Women: 2004, 2009, 2011).  The Women’s Basketball – Second and Third Rounds will be coming back to St. John Arena in 2013, making it three times in the last five years Ohio State has hosted the games.

As we great ready for NCAA Basketball, check out the Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage and our facebook page that will have all the things to know about March Madness.  Whether, it’s game times, TV schedules, tickets, fan fests and more, this guide will be updated several times, so keep coming back to check for new information.

For fans wanting to know what other activities are planned during the Second and Third round games, check out the website  On Friday, March 16th from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., the Columbus Dispatch, 10TV and Columbus Alive! will again host “Fan Madness”, as they did in 2004, in Battelle Hall at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Battelle Hall will turn into one gigantic and FREE sports bar for NCAA March Madness.  Fans can enjoy a day of basketball action, Columbus’ ESPN radio station affiliate 97.1 The Fan “LIVE”, cold brews, Fan Girls and a ton of other activities including appearance by former Buckeye football and basketball stars including Scoonie Penn, JJ Sullinger, Terrance Dials, Craig Krenzel, James Laurinaitis and Mike Doss.

Come early and stay late with activities including TV coverage of the games, a NASCAR Simulator, corn-hole tournament, an X Box station, Arcade and Pool Hall, golf simulator, snowboarding simulator, mechanical bull, and a pop-a-shot.

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The Ohio Machine’s First Ever Lacrosse Player Clinic

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 3! From 4-7:30 p.m. at Field Sports of Sports Ohio in Dublin, the Ohio Machine is holding their first ever Ohio Machine Players Clinic presented by Ohio State University Sports Medicine. And boy do they have a star-studded line-up for you to enjoy that day!!

For only $30, 5th, 6th and 7th grade boys will receive exclusive instruction from Greg Bice, Stefan Schroder, Max Schmidt, Nolan Godfrey, Joel Zalesky, Eric O’Brien, Brian Yontz and Matt Cafarelli. These professional players will bring world-class perspective and dynamic instruction to help children learn from the best while having fun in a great environment.

The Ohio Machine have put together a really exciting day of lacrosse, but there’s even more! With your registration you will also receive one ticket to the team’s historic Inaugural Season home opener on May 19th and a Machine t-shirt. And that’s not all: the day will also feature important health & safety tips courtesy of OSU Sports Medicine and conclude with an awesome Q&A and autograph session with the players. They’ll even have some great prize raffles to cap off this great day of lacrosse.

The Machine hope you are as fired up about this clinic as they are. Make sure you sign-up today as there will not be any availability for walk-up registration. Online registration takes place by clicking here. You can also call their office at (614) 754-1973. Welcome to the Machine!

All participants will be required to complete a participation waiver prior to attending the clinic and players are subject to change without notice.

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