Posted: April 28, 2016 in American Football Hawaii USA Scholarships
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IMG_0602Current UH Offensive Line Coach, Chris Naeole, will be visiting Australia looking to recruit new talent for the UH Warriors Football Team.

This will be Coach Naeole’s 2nd trip to Australia.  On his visit down under last year, he discovered Max Hendrie, a rugby union player with Scots College.  This year he is hoping to continue his recruiting success by finding some more “diamonds in the rough”.


Naeole was drafted tenth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He was highest selected guard since Eric Moore in 1988, and the first Colorado offensive lineman selected in the first round since Stan Brock in 1980. He served as Hawaii’s interim head coach for its final four games of the 2015 season and has coached the offensive line for the past three seasons.

Excitement is building in Australia as the NFL Draft starts tomorrow and this year there quite a few Australian’s in the mix, most notably, Adam Gotsis IMG_1451from Georgia Tech who was a 3 year starter as a Defensive Lineman and who has been noticed by NFL scouts.  This, coupled with the success of Jarryd Hayne, and the fact that the University of Hawaii will be in Australia to play their season opener against University of Cal in Sydney on Saturday 27 August 2016 brings American Football to a new place in Australia and we feel there will be more and more Australian’s keen on trying to make it to the NFL.

Bring it on Sports Director, Paul Manera, says that most people that play in the NFL have all played college football and it is seen as the first stepping stone to making it to the NFL.

Coach Naeole will be visiting Sydney from 5-7 May 2016.

For more information please contact Bring it on Sports via email at info@bringitonsports.com.au or call Paul Manera on 0406 538 634.


Aussies Abroad – Scott Harding

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Hawaii Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Over the next few months as part of Bring It On Sports recruiting services, we will be highlighting Aussie players who are currently playing college football in the United States. Our goal is to double this number each year by sending the best young gridiron players this country has to offer to play college football on a scholarship! Enjoy this blog series….maybe someday soon we will be doing a feature on you!

Scott Harding:

Scott Harding

Scott Harding is a Wide Receiver for the University Of Hawaii. Born in Brisbane, Scott graduated in 2004 from Anglican Church Grammar School. He was a member of the AFL National Team at the age of 15. He also played for the QLD State Team for the U16, U17 and U18 teams. Prior to attending the University Of Hawaii, Scott played 6 seasons in the AFL. 5 of them were spent with the Brisbane Lions and 1 with the Port Adelaide Power. He was drafted in 2005 out of a local Brisbane club, Morningside.

Scott earned a scholarship to Hawaii in 2011, where he played in 12 games as a slot receiver and returner. He appeared in 12 games in 2012 as a Sophmore, with 8 starts and was the team’s starting punt returner in all 12 games. Scott also played 3 games that year as the punter and the holder.


  • Selcted to the AFL Junior National Team
  • Played for the U16, U17 & U18 Queensland State AFL Team
  • Drafted by the Brisbane Lions and played 5 seasons in the AFL
  • Played 1 year in the AFL for the Port Adelaide Power
  • Selected to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team
  • Selected to the Tahoo! Sports Freshmen All-America second team as a punt returner.
  • His Freshman Year (2011) he return 19 punts for 141 yards and a 7.4 average, which ranked third in the WAC.
  • Named to the 2012 College Sports Madness All-Mountain  West First Team as a returner
  • Maned to the All-Mountain West Academic Team

Aussies Abroad – Sean Muir

Posted: September 4, 2013 in Hawaii Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Over the next few months as part of Bring It On Sports recruiting services, we will be highlighting Aussie players who are currently playing college football in the United States. Our goal is to double this number each year by sending the best young gridiron players this country has to offer to play college football on a scholarship! Enjoy this blog series….maybe someday soon we will be doing a feature on you!

Sean Muir:

Sean Muir

Sean Muir is an offensive lineman who currently plays for the Baylor Bears, a Division I University in the USA. A 2010 graduate of Kirrawee High School in Sydney, Sean did not play competitive football prior to enrolling at Baylor.




College Football: More Than Just A Game – Part 3 of 3

Posted: August 6, 2013 in Hawaii Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Aloha Stadium - Hawaii Warroirs 2012

The Game:

In parts 1 and 2, we talked about the tailgate party and the pre-game atmosphere. Now it’s game time! The teams have just taken the field from the tunnel and the crowd is going crazy. Get ready for some college football!



The culmination of the pre-game festivities and the start of the game itself all happen in one moment with the opening kickoff. You would be hard-pressed to find someone sitting down inside the stadium (and if they were their view would most likely be blocked by everyone else standing around them). Many schools will have some sort of kickoff ritual that will start just before the kicker makes his approach to the ball. Once the kick is in the air the game is officially under way!



During The Game:

There are a few great things about being in the stadium during the game. For one, there is the announcer, who is broadcasting from the press box high above the stadium. He is most likely responsible for letting you know what happened during the play, who was involved, and what the down & distance will be for the next play. In between plays there will be music playing, sometimes from the band who is now situated in a section of the stands. As soon as the quarterback breaks the huddle (if there is one), the music will stop. If the home team is on offense, the crowd will also become quiet so that the home team can operate without distraction. If the visiting team is on offense, however, it is a whole different atmosphere, with the crowd making as much noise as possible. This makes it difficult for the team on offense to hear and will produce some negative results from time to time, including the false start, which is the most common penalty caused by the crowd noise.

Cheerleaders & Dance Team:


Hawaii Warriors Cheerleaders

The cheerleaders will be active during the game as well from their position on the sidelines. During key points in the drive, the cheerleaders will lead the fans it chants to support their team. During timeouts and breaks in the action, the cheerleaders will perform routines which feature lifts and stunts and can be quite incredible to watch.

The band will also play during time-outs. During this time the dance team might perform routines, usually from the sideline opposite the cheerleaders, or in some cases from the end zone. Between the band, the dance team and the cheerleaders there is plenty of things going on, but that’s not all….

The Mascot:

Perhaps the most recognizable person on the sideline is the team mascot. Depending on the school, this could either be a person dressed up as a mascot, a real live animal, or both. The University of Texas Longhorns mascot is “Bevo”, a live Longhorn that stands on the sidelines during the game. You can see more mascots by checking out this article.

The Atmosphere:

The atmosphere is electric. People rise and fall during big moments in the game. There are people chanting and cheering and you can literally follow the game without even watching. The sighs, cheers & boos of the crowd tell you how every moment plays out.

College gameday is truly a unique experience!

We hope that you enjoyed our series and that you got to know the college gameday event from beginning to end.

Previous Posts:

Part 1: Tailgate Party

Part 2: Pregame

College Football: More Than Just A Game – Part 2 of 3

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In the previous blog post “College Football: More Than Just A Game – Part 1“, we focused on the Tailgate Party. Now it’s time to enter the stadium and grab your seat for the big game! Don’t forget that everything in college football is an experience! Just like the tailgate party, the pre-game festivities are packed full of excitement and, of course, food and drinks!

Entering The Stadium:

Just Imagine your walking into the entrance of the stadium. Most likely you are going to enter at one of many ticket entrances that will be closest to your seating section. Someone will take your ticket (or scan your ticket) and then you are inside a college-football “themed” amusement park. As you walk in you will most likely see someone standing nearby selling programs which have details about the game and the home school’s sports programs. This is no ordinary 2 page program you might get at a play or recital, but more like an 80 page magazine filled with stories, pictures and information. Enough information, in fact, that some programs can get pretty pricey. For example, the 2013 BCS National Championship Program was 332 pages long and cost $20 each. That’s enough information to read throughout the entire pre-game, and probably all year until the next championship.

Stadium_concession_stand1So now that you have your program, you might want to check out the nearest merchandise booth to stock up on your team gear for the game. Hopefully you came prepared and bought your shirt before you came, because merchandise inside the stadium can get a bit pricey. But don’t fear, because there are tons of other things you can buy to show support for your team. Everything from hats to noisemakers are available with team colors and logos. Some of today’s merchandise booths more closely resemble a gift shop filled with just about anything you could put a logo on!

Your now decked out in gear, and on your way to find your seat. But wait…there’s no point in rushing to sit down until you have gotten something to eat and drink. The menu options at a college football stadium are expanding each year, with all kinds of new things being added including pizza, barbeque and sometimes even steak!

The standard food at a football game includes:

[list type=”check”]

  • Hot Dogs (with chilli and cheese)
  • Hamburgers
  • Popcorn
  • Nachos with Cheese (and sometimes jalapenos)
  • Peanuts (in the shell and salted)
  • Popcorn
  • French Fries (with cheese & chilli)

[/list] You can be sure that you will find most if not all of these items on the menu, as well as a selection of soft drinks and beer.


Pre-Game Warm Ups:

So now we are in our seat, program in our lap, food in our hands! You probably have done the smart thing and arrived early to your seat so that you can enjoy the pre-game festivities inside the stadium. The teams will spend about an hour going through their warmup routine.

If you have never seen a college football team warm up before a game, it goes a little something like this…
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  • Kickers, Punters, Snappers & Holders out first
  • Quarterbacks come out to warm up their arms
  • You start to see skill players such as receivers, running backs, defensive backs, linebackers & tight ends warming up in the endzone
  • Quarterbacks will throw routes to the skill players. Defensive Backs & Linebackers might be doing backpedal and ball drills or tackling. They might also be doing some 7 on 7 drills at this point.
  • The big guys (offensive and defensive line) will be warming up in the end zone
  • Everyone is in individual positional groups working on techniques and warming up
  • Everyone comes together for some team (offense against defense)
  • They might finish up with a punt to the end zone and a field goal. During this time you might get lucky and hear the players pre-game chants


Obviously this order can change dramatically depending on the team and the coaching staff, but you get an idea of the time spent and the process by which the teams warm up for the game. During all of this, there will also be music playing and video playing on the jumbo tron. By the time the teams finish warming up, it is time for the marching band to take the field for the pre-game show.


The Band:

In most cases, both teams will bring a band to the game, and both bands will perform. While the band is performing, the cheerleaders for each squad is warming up and doing throws and lifts on the sideline. Each team might also have a dance squad as well, which will most likely be performing to the music of the band, or to the music being played through the speakers inside the stadium.

After the band has finished, the home team fans will start doing cheers. Some will be lead by the cheerleaders, but many others will grow organically. Most fans will know all of the cheers and rituals associated with their team beforehand. If you are new, don’t worry, you will pick them up quickly. It could be anything from a cheer to a series of hand gestures to a full on wave! College football is full of tradition and the fans are no exception.

If your not sure what I mean…just watch this video of Texas A&M.


Coin Toss:

In recent years, the coin toss will take place before the teams actually come onto the field before the game. The captains from each team will be sent to meet each other and the officials in the middle of the field. The head referee will flip a coin to decide which team will have the decision. Their decision can be to take the ball first, to kick the ball first (in which case they get the ball in the 2nd half), or they can defer, meaning they will let the other team choose and they will instead choose in the 2nd half (which means they will most likely take the ball).


The Tunnel Entrances:

Finally, it will be time for the team entrances. This is one of the most exciting and heart-pumping moments of the pre-game. The stadium has filled to capacity and everyone is on their feet as the home team starts to peak their heads out of the entrance. If it is a night game, the lights will go off, the music will start to play and the stadium will fill with electricity. Smoke billows out from the entrance to the field and the highlights are playing on the jumbo tron. Just as you think you can’t take the suspense any longer, the team bursts out of the tunnel and onto the field to the sounds of the fight song and the roar of the crowd. It is one of the most magical experiences in sport!

The pre-game is all about building the excitement for the game to come. In part 3 of our series, we will look at the game itself.

Previous Posts:

Part 1: Tailgate Party

College Football: More Than Just A Game – Part 1

Posted: July 24, 2013 in Hawaii
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Part 1: The Tailgate Party




In a locker room in the US, young men are getting taped up, putting their pads on and getting mentally prepared to take the field. They will compete against talented opponents, many of whom have been playing or following the game of American Football their whole lives. This is the culmination of a lifetime of hard work and dedication, and it’s known in the states as Gameday. In the states, it’s called that because college football is more than just the competition. It is an entire day of fanfare and excitement, of honor and tradition and incredible entertainment. For most players around the globe, the college football gameday is something that you may not have experienced first hand. In conjunction with the Southern Cross All-Stars trip to Hawaii in 2013, we wanted to give you a sneak peak into the gameday experience, from tailgating to pre-game, the game itself and everything in between…from the perspective of the fan.

we begin at 8:00 AM on gameday….

The Tailgate Party:

In the US, it is commonly known that a tailgate party is a party held in the carpark of college football games. The fans gather hours before the game to BBQ and socialize before the game starts.

The tailgate party is more than just a few sausages and hamburgers washed down by a couple of refreshments; it is a tradition. Part ritual, part social gathering and part preparation for the day ahead. The origins of the tailgate party was a few fans camped out on the back of their trucks and cars, sharing food and drinks before entering the stadium.


These days it has grown into an all day event, with many people going to elaborate measures to tailgate in style. It is not uncommon for people to bring couches or other furniture and set up big screen TVs and satellite cable to watch other games in progress. Some people even build custom tailgating vehicles decorated from top to bottom in school colors and equipped with gigantic BBQ’s.

In fact, many people who tailgate at a college football game today don’t even have a vehicle at all, but instead roam around to various set-ups throughout the parking lots and outside the stadium to enjoy food and drinks and catch up with friends and fellow fans.

While there are no rules per-say…there are a few standard items included in a tailgate experience:[list type=”check”]

  • The BBQ: Most likely it is a gas grill brought in the back of the truck from your backyard. Standard food includes hot dogs, hamburgers and sometimes wings. More elaborate setups will include a huge BBQ smoker where large amounts of meat are slow-cooked throughout the morning and then shared between large groups of tailgaters.
  • The Tent: Almost all tailgating events are concentrated underneath tents (or marquees) that are set up to shade the sun or protect from the weather. Many of these tents are in the team colors, and some even have logos of the team on them.
  • The Beer: We’re not sure how much beer is consumed at a typical Division I college football tailgate party, but you can be sure that there will be plenty of cold cans readily available. There are a minority of fans who provide cocktails such as frozen margaritas or something similar, but you can be assured that the drink of the day is cold beer.
  • The Entertainment: some people prefer to play games such as Beer Pong, Cornhole or Ladder Golf, while many others play music or watch the other games of the day on big screen TV’s. Some of the bigger parties might even have live music performing on stages set up specifically for the tailgaters.[/list]


Many people will spend the entire morning and afternoon in the parking lot. Some fans who don’t have tickets will stay at the tailgate party and watch the game from a TV. What started out as an underground ritual has grown into a major spectacle at college football games. In fact, ESPN, the US sports network that covers major college games, has a crew that visits one marquee match up each week. They set up an elaborate stage and broadcast center in the parking lot and broadcast a pregame show from the stadium. Many people know this show simply as College Gameday.


To truly understand this experience, you have to go and get a taste for yourself. This is why, as part of the Southern Cross All-Stars tour, we attend the Hawaii tailgating party and the UH alumni tailgate party prior to the game. There’s nothing quite like this experience, which has been referred to by many as the “last american neighborhood”, and the “new American community”.


Up next in our “More Than Just A Game” series…Part 2: The Pregame.


The Hawaii Connection

Posted: July 23, 2013 in Hawaii
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Australian & New Zealand Gridiron players who have played at the University of Hawaii

Paul Manera #76 -


The Hawaii Connection:


It’s no secret that our nearest US neighbor, Hawaii, shares a lot of similarities with Australia & New Zealand. One of those similarities (for a lucky few of us) is a love of American Football. In conjunction with our 2013 Southern Cross All-Stars trip to Hawaii, The staff at Bring It On Sports thought it was only fitting that we should look back at the people who came before us. Perhaps more Aussies have competed in Division I American Football at the University of Hawaii than any other place on earth!

  • Colin Scotts 1982 (Sydney Australia) – First Aussie to receive a scholarship for American Football in the US.
  • Paul Sironen 1984 (Sydney Australia) – Prominent rugby league player that played for 1 season at UH.
  • Mark Nua 1984 (Auckland New Zealand ) – played for Hawaii and eventually got picked up by the San Diego Chargers.
  • John Freeman 1986 (Auckand New Zealand)
  • Paul Manera 1989 (Sydney Australia) – Pictured Above – Played in Mississippi and also Hawaii and the director of the Southern Cross All-Stars & Bring It On Sports.
  • Matt Mcbriar 1999 approx (Victoria) – after playing for UH, was signed by the Denver Broncos…also played for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles as well as other NFL teams. He is currently a Free Agent.
  • Adrian Thomas Sydney Australia (2006) – Now playing Semi-Pro American Football in Germany.
  • Alex Dunnechie (2009) – Punter for UH and has also had workouts with NFL teams including the New York Jets.
  • Scott Harding (2011) (Brisbane Australia) – current UH player.
  • Blake Muir (2011 Sydney Australia) – current UH player.


Moving Forward


One of the reasons we put on this trip to Hawaii with the Southern Cross All-Stars is to expose a whole new generation to the bond we share with our Rainbow Warrior counterparts. It will be interesting to see how this connection strengthens as we continue to expand and grow the game in Australia & New Zealand.

Now that women are playing football across the globe, The Southern Corss All-Stars will be fielding a women’s tackle football team to compete in 2013 along side our men’s team. Bring It On Sports hopes to use this opportunity to grow and expand the women’s game along side the mens.

We hope that those of you who get to take part in this year’s Southern Cross All-Stars trip can experience first hand the fanfare and awe of American College Football. Who knows…maybe you will be the next name we add to this list.

Pathers & Mermaids join Bring it on Sports in Hawaii

Posted: May 21, 2012 in Hawaii
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We are happy to announce that Cheerleaders from Cronulla Mermaids  and Penrith Pantherettes are stepping it up and are joing the Bring it on Sports 2012 Hawaii Tour.  They will make up the Southern Cross Spirits.  The World Gridiron Association announced the introduction and inaugural kick-off game for the Hawaii Gridiron League. This annual exhibition game will present the best of the best as the USA All Stars come loaded with several recognizable former mainland collage names while the Hawaii Gridiron All Stars will feature the elite talent from the HGL.   The Cronulla Sharks Mermaids and the Penrith Pantherettes will attend Cheerleading workshops with cheerleaders and coaches at the University of Hawaii for 4 days.  They will also perform and cheer the Southern Cross All Stars Gridiron Team as they do battle aginst the Hawaii Gridiron League All Stars….. it’s gonna be a great week!!!!!!!

Hawaii Tours

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Hawaii
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Just a follow up on our previous post. We are taking a Gridiron and Cheerleading Tour to Hawaii in November. This Tour will be a great opportunity to play some Gridiron in Hawaii and for the Cheeleaders you will also get the opportunity to have Cheer Workshop with Universtity the University Of Hawaii Cheer coaches….. and to top it all off you will get to Cheer for the Aussies as they take on the Hawaii Gridiron League All Stars….. for more information email us at info@bringitonsports.com.au

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