Australian Rules Football gains interest in Tulsa
The Tulsa Buffaloes, a local Australian Rules Football club, won its first divisional national championship in 2017.
Members of the Tulsa Buffaloes practice at Veterans Park.
The Tulsa Buffaloes are coming off their best year yet. The Tulsa-based Australian Rules Football club won its first divisional national championship in 2017, which has been a launching pad.
“The future looks bright for the team,” says team President Shane Hood. “Winning a championship does wonders for recruiting. We have added eight new guys this year and in an exciting twist we have added several women to the squad as we work on building a women’s team.”
Australian Rules Football is a contact sport that mixes elements of rugby and soccer. Teams are comprised of 18 players, which was a major struggle for the Buffaloes in the early years. It took three years to field a full team.
The Buffaloes’ season runs March to October, but the team has events year-round. Practices are at Veterans Park at 6 p.m., Tuesdays, and at 3 p.m., Sundays.
Comprised of former college athletes, doctors, architects, nurses and engineers, it’s an open club with no tryouts. “I tell people that if you are looking to work on fitness, sweat a little, get a little physical, drink some beer and make real, lifelong friends, then Aussie Rules is the sport for you,” Hood says.
He says the club plans to relocate to Chandler Park in the future, a move that would allow it to host regional tournaments and draw teams from Dallas, Houston, Chicago and more.