Magpies Alex Aurrichio was featured yet again on afl.com.au. The AFL featured Aurrichio’s training efforts to secure a rookie contract for the upcoming season.
Aurrichio was not deterred for his dream of becoming a professional athlete despite not receiving any offers after the USAFL combine. Aurrichio commented on his time in the combine saying, ‘The combine thing too, it’s tough. Because it’s not like footy where there’s so much hitting. Who’s the guy who’s going to get punched in the mouth and get back up and go again? You can’t measure those intangibles in a combine.’
‘I want to be a professional athlete. So I want to do whatever it takes while I can to make it happen, even if that means coming halfway across the world,’ Aurrichio tells AFL.com.au.
Check out the full coverage on AFL.com.au.
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New York Magpie Alex Aurrichio began his journey to Australia flying high from a National Championship win by the Pies this October.
Formerly an athlete at Columbia University playing soccer and baseball, Aurrichio joined the New York Magpies during the 2014 season after a showing at the USAFL Combine last April. Although Aurrichio was not offered an international rookie spot after the combine, his desire to make his AFL dream a reality only grew stronger.
Working relentlessly throughout the 2014 season, Aurrichio improved his skills and knowledge of the game. At the 2014 Nationals, he proved to be a force in the ruck and helped lead the Pies to their second premiership in four years.
Having been in Melborne for just over a month, Aurrichio is putting his effort into overdrive training with the likes of Collingwood VFL, Coburg VFL, and St. Kilda Sandringham VFL. While trainings have been challenging with hill sprints and altitude rooms, Aurrichio reports that the experience has also been extremely fun. Aurrichio keeps working hard trying to catch the eye of AFL teams.
In true Magpies fashion, former New York Magpie and 2010 USAFL Grand Final Champ Joel Daniher and his family are hosting Aurrichio during his stay. Aurrichio has also been fortunate enough to train with Terry Daniher, who he regards as “an awesome ambassador for the game and a true legend.” Of course, no trip to Melborne would be complete without meeting former New York Magpies head coach and Collingwood fan extraordinaire, Rob Oliver.
While Aurrichio’s future in the AFL is yet to be determined, we back here in the States know that his hard work, spirit, and unweilding dedication to the game will turn heads. Until the games in March, Aurrichio plans to keep working hard and making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity. Aurrichio said in a recent email to the New York Magpies leadership, “Thank you because without you all, I would not be out here pursuing this dream!”
Hip hip hooray! We’re cheering for you, Alex!
It’s that time again, time to celebrate the greatest nation in the world, Australia (and kick off the New York Magpies 2015 campaign).
Join the Magpies for our 2015 Australia Day event at The Liberty NYC on Saturday January 24th from 8pm. There will be Aussie sport going on the TV’s and Keith the Koala might even make an appearance!
A $20 ticket gets you entry, a free drink upon arrival, drink specials throughout the night, a New York Magpies beer coozie and helps the New York Magpies start our road to the USAFL Nationals in October.
Get there early – complimentary food will be available from 8pm – 9pm.
Live music from Australia’s own Dave Young
Where: The Liberty NYC
When: Saturday, January 24, 2015at 8:00pm – 4:00am
How Much: $20
Since their inception in 1997, the New York Magpies have been an affiliate club of the Collingwood Football Club, the biggest professional sports club in Australia. The two clubs share a number of similarities, including the year 2010, when both sets of Magpies won their respective titles, with Collingwood taking out the 2010 AFL Premiership and New York winning the Division 1 title at the 2010 USAFL Nationals.
In August, the black and white partnership was formalized by Collingwood CEO Gary Pert who announced the New York Magpies as Collingwood’s first international supporter group. This followed a meeting in July between administrators of the two clubs at the Magpie’s sponsor, The Australian Bar and Restaurant, where the two clubs discussed a global strategy aimed at growing both the game of Australian Rules and the Magpie brand in the world’s largest economy. Through the New York Magpies’ supporter network, Collingwood has now signed up over 300 international members based in the United States, to add to their 80,000 members in Australia. Collingwood’s new international members received a Magpie supporter pack including a black and white scarf and other team paraphernalia. In a TV segment announcing the partnership Pert said, “It’s all part of our international strategy to say ‘if you are a Collingwood supporter and you want to be connected to the club, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world’”.
See the announcement here on CollingwoodTV, staring the New York Magpie’s very own Michael Murphy and Drea Casillas.