The Des Moines Roosters return with another
action packed season
Hayes tries to burst through the pack during
a match. Check out the Des Moines Roosters
in action during an inter-squad scrimmage
on Saturday, May 5. For more information,
or if you’re interested in joining the team,
Des Moines sports fans have a lot of teams
to root for in a wide variety of sports including
baseball, football, basketball, hockey, roller
derby and more. But recently, a new sport has
slowly been building a fanbase in the metro.
Now in its third season, the Des Moines Roosters
are ready to fully introduce the metro to Australian
“My brother and I had played while living
in California, and when we moved back to Des
Moines we thought we would try it out here,”
said Tyler Kamerman, president of the Des Moines
Roosters. “Luckily, we met this Australian guy
named Paul Fradd, who was excited to play. I
really wasn’t confident in coaching the team,
but with Paul here it worked out great.”
The team officially started in March 2009.
In the beginning, it was hard to attract new
players into the mix.
“It was definitely a hard sell when we started.
It was just the three of us, and we ended up
adding about five more players,” Kamerman said.
“But we have grown a lot over the past few years.
We had 18 players a few weeks ago at a practice.”
Australian Rules football is difficult to
explain, and even Kamerman admits it’s “really
hard to describe without seeing a game.” According
to the United States Australian Football League
(USAFL), “A game is divided into four, 20-minute
quarters of playing time. When a ball is kicked
between the two larger goal posts without being
touched, it’s a goal and scores six points.
If the ball passes between the behind posts
by any other means, then it is a behind, and
it scores one point.” The team scoring the most
points wins the game.
“The Australian guys would not like me saying
this, but I would compare it to full-contact
soccer,” Kamerman said. “The games moves like
a soccer game, but there is a lot more contact.”
Although there is plenty of contact in Australian
Football, the goal is to get rid of the ball
and keep moving. “It’s a full-contact sport,
but if you get tackled with the ball, it’s a
turnover. So the goal is not to be tackled with
the ball,” Kamerman said.
The team kicks off its season with an inter-squad
scrimmage on Saturday, May 5 at Stilwell Junior
High (1601 Vine St., West Des Moines). The rest
of the homes games will be played at the Fort
Des Moines parade grounds. Kamerman says it’s
the perfect opportunity for new fans to learn
“Not only does it benefit our fans, but our
new players get the experience of a live game
rather than practice,” Kamerman said. “It’s
a great opportunity to get the feeling of the
game before the out-of-state teams start showing
Kamerman says the Roosters are always looking
for new players and encourages anyone who thinks
they have what it takes to rise to the challenge.
“We’re looking for players that are ready to
commit to a team and try something different,”
he said. “We’re not only trying to build a team,
but we’re trying to create an Australian Football
League movement in the metro.”
The Des Moines Roosters 2012 home schedule
All matches are played at the Fort Des Moines
Parade Grounds (South of Army Post Road on the
east side of S.W. 9th Street.)
May 5 – Intersquad Scrimmage (Stilwell Junior
May 19 – Kansas City Power and Ohio Valley River
June 3 – Intersquad Scrimmage
Sept. 15 – Minnesota Freeze and Milwaukee Bombers