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Southern Division Playoffs: How We Got Here

 

 

This weekend the road to Montreal begins in the AUDL South. Dallas and Jacksonville face off in the 2v3 game to decide who will face Raleigh on August 12th. A few months ago it was hard to conceive how the South would pan out but there were certainly signs leading up to the season that perhaps, with the right combinations of talent, effort and preparation, Raleigh would find itself on top.

 

The most interesting wrinkle in the AUDL South has probably been Jacksonville’s success against Dallas. It’s worth remembering that it was the Cannons who gave Dallas their first ever loss on the road and at home. Jacksonville’s 10-4 record could have easily become a 12-2 one if not for late game rallies at the buzzer by Raleigh in two key games. The Cannons received a significant boost from the additions of Jordan Huston and Jeremy Langdon. Alongside Mischa Freystaetter and Michael Fairley, these two receivers have turned the Cannon’s offense into a much more efficient and confident machine. Belief and a ‘no fear’ mentality fueled the Cannons in their two wins against Dallas. They will need both this weekend against a full squad of Roughnecks who are hungry to end Jacksonville’s Texas winning streak.

 

With 16 goals, 7 assists, 49 completions, and just 1 turnover in the Jacksonville Cannons' two game sweep of Texas, Jeremy Langdon is the AUDL Player of the Week!

Posted by AUDL American Ultimate Disc League on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jeremy Langdon was impressive on the road against Dallas.

 

What happened to the Roughnecks? That’s a question you’ve probably heard more than once this season. Compare to their undefeated run to an AUDL title last season, the Roughnecks have had a bumpy road. Their problems began during the pre season when Kurt Gibson and Dillon Larberg sustained injuries that kept them out of the mix until very recently. Gibson played the last regular season game for Roughnecks and although he looked rusty at times he still lead his team to a come back victory securing a favorable opening round playoff spot for Dallas. Injuries haven’t just plagued Larberg and Gibson. Multiple Roughnecks including Daniel Emmons and Matt Jackson had to fight to get back on the field and stay healthy. Simply put; the Roughnecks just haven’t looked like a complete team up to this point. They’re still the most dangerous team in the division and will be looking to gain momentum with a final home game victory over Jacksonville during the opening round. Roughnecks owner Jim Gerencser has staked his team’s playoff hopes on a healthy squad of superstar players.

 

Gibson’s long anticipated return to the field began against Austin in Dallas’ last regular season game.

” Kurt is back. He’s the best player in the world. He knows how to win and our starting 7 is worlds team quality” said Gerencser. With regards to whether Stanley Peterson is the Russell Westbrook of the league, “I think Westbrook is selfish. Stan is not!”

 

Regardless of who prevails this weekend in Texas, almost everyone in the league has their eyes fixed on the Southern Division Championship game at 12pm on the 12th of August at WakeMed Soccer Park where the Flyers have yet to lose. Raleigh has owned the field at home this year in no small part due to their fan base.  The fans who they call Flyers family have been on beat and have been showing their love all season for the team rocking their Raleigh Flyers red with pride, cheering on the team through every pull layout, huck, and goal. The process of getting to August 12th at 12pm is a long, methodical grind for the Flyers family, staff and volunteers and the never-ending quest to create a great game day experience will be tested in the midday heat that’s typical of late summer in Raleigh. Every fan in the stand counts; you don’t have to look far to notice the impact of home crowd energy in big games this season and its palpable effect in their previous playoff South Division Championship.

 

The Road to Montreal

The Road to Montreal starts here! Your Flyers will host the AUDL Southern Division Championships vs Jacksonville Cannons&Brodie Smith or 2016 AUDL American Ultimate Disc League Champs Dallas Roughnecks on August 12th at Wake Med Soccer Park! RSVP today & grab your RaleighFlyers.com/tickets for the best playoff matchup in the league https://www.facebook.com/events/1387031131344342/ Can't make it? Watch it Live. https://boxcast.tv/view/raleigh-flyers-vs-winner-of-jacksonville-cannons-or-dallas-roughnecks-798124 #FlyersFamily #AUDLSouth #AUDL2017 #GoFlyers #RoadtoMontreal

Posted by Raleigh Flyers on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

 

The Flyers have had a tremendous run so far reaching their best regular season record of 13-1 in the most contentious and talked about of division in the AUDL to date. From the first whistle of the season to the final score of their double header against the Nashville Nightwatch, the Flyers have been building inexorably towards a showdown in the South Division Championship game. With the regular season wrapped up the Flyers sit not only at the top of the AUDL South Division, but at the top of the AUDL. If the Flyers win on August 12th only two games will stand between them and a first ever AUDL title for Raleigh and that’s an exciting prospect for any North Carolina Ultimate fan.

 

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The Road to Montreal begins at 12pm on August, 12th. If sadly you can be in the stands send a friend in your place and tune in at raleigh-flyers.com/live/. This trip is one you won’t want to miss.

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