AMERICAN FOOTBALL (Gridiron)

The 30th Annual Down Under Bowl will be held on the Gold Coast and is suitable for players aged 17 to 19 yrs of age at the time of competition.  (All participants must be turning 17 years or older during the 2018 calendar)

COMPETITION DATES AND PACKAGES

Tournament Package: 26 June – 2 July 2018
Teammate Package: 25 June – 3 July 2018

gridironThe Down Under Bowl was inaugurated in 1989 and was established to promote gridiron to the people of New Zealand and Australia. Prior standouts of the Down Under Bowl include Jake “The Snake” Plummer – former quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Ahman Green – running back for the Green Bay Packers,  Rob Morris – 2007 Super Bowl Champ with the Indianapolis Colts and Australian Adam Gotsis who was the 2nd round pick for the Denver Broncos in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Teams from the United States, Australia and New Zealand are invited to participate. Games are played according to High School Federation Rules. Game time consists of four 12-minute quarters, with a minute between quarters. Half time is 15 minutes. Officials are from the United States and Australia.  Medals and awards will be presented after the Championship Game and at the Down Under Sports Awards Dinner.

The following packages are available to Australian and New Zealand players and coaches only.

TOURNAMENT ONLY PACKAGE

COST: $295 per person
DATES: 26 JUNE – 3 JULY 2018

INCLUDES:

  • Uniform – 2 Game Day  Jerseys ( Home and away) + 1 Game pants (to be picked up at first practice)
  • 4 practices
    • Practice 1: Tuesday 26 June 2018
    • Practice 2: Wednesday 27 June 2018
    • Practice 3: Thursday 28 June 2018
    • Practice 4: Sunday 1 July 2018
  • 2 Games of Football playing with Visiting USA High School All Star Team
    • Game 1: Friday 29 June 2018 – Seeding Game
    • Game 2: Monday 2 July 2018 – Championship Games
  • Tournament Farewell Ceremony Banquet
    • Monday 2 July 2018

* Dates, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
* Price does not include airfares, transfers or accommodation
* Participants must make their own travel arrangements to training and games.
* These packages are for Australian and New Zealand Players and Coaches ONLY
All Athletes need to bring their own pads (shoulder,  knee, elbow, hip, thigh, tailbone or girdle) and helmet
* This event is run by Down Under Sports
* It is recommended that all participants purchase sports insurance for this event.  Appropriate travel and sports insurance can be purchase from Travel Insurance Direct

TEAMMATE PACKAGE

COST: $1399 per person
DATES: 25 JUNE – 3 JULY 2018

INCLUDES:

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 2 meals per day
  • Ground  Transfers
    • 3pm Monday 25 June 2018: Pick up at Gold Coast Airport for the Accommodation
    • 3pm Tuesday 3 July 2018: Pick up at Gold Coast Accommodation for Gold Coast Airport.
  • Uniform – 2 Game Day  Jerseys ( Home and away) + 1 Game pants
  • 1 participation medal
  • 4 practices
    • Practice 1: Tuesday 26 June 2018
    • Practice 2: Wednesday 27 June 2018
    • Practice 3: Thursday 28 June 2018
    • Practice 4: Sunday 1 July 2018
  • 2 Games of Football playing with Visiting USA High School All Star Team
    • Game 1: Friday 29 June 2018 – Seeding Game
    • Game 2: Monday 2 July 2018 – Championship Games
  • Tournament Farewell Ceremony Banquet
    • Monday 2 July 2018

– SEE SAMPLE TEAMMATE PACKAGE ITINERARY HERE
– READ THE 2017 FOOTBALL PROGRAM HERE

IMPORTANT REGARDING FLIGHTS 
FLIGHTS TO THE GOLD COAST AND TRANSFER – Bus will depart Gold Coast Airport on Monday 25 June 2018 at 6pm.  Please ensure your flight arrives at Gold Coast Airport by 5.30pm on 25 June 2018 so that you do not miss this transfer.
RETURN FLIGHTS AND TRANSFER – The return flight should be booked after 2pm on Monday 3 July 2018 – the shuttle will depart the hotel at 11am.

* Dates, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
* Price does not include airfares
* These packages are for Australian and New Zealand Players and Coaches ONLY
All Athletes need to bring their own pads (shoulder,  knee, elbow, hip, thigh, tailbone or girdle) and helmet
* This event is run by Down Under Sports
* It is recommended that all participants purchase sports insurance for this event.  Appropriate travel and sports insurance can be purchase from Travel Insurance Direct

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT TIMELINES: To register for the Down Under Bowl  please fill in the following form.  Registration cut off date for the Down Under Bowl is Monday, 21 May 2018 – Absolutely no extensions.  

Down Under Bowl Registration

 

PACKAGES

 

GRIDIRON SPECIFIC INFORMATION

 

MERCHANDISE SIZES

  • Sizing is in inches. Please choose your sizes carefully IMPORTANT NOTE: The pants run small in size. If you order the wrong size unfortunately YOU are responsible for buying a new uniform plus paying the shipping and handling costs.
 

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TESTIMONIAL

The first time I actually thought that college football could be a possibility was when I played in the 2010sportsAFoote_SU__176-982x653 Down Under Bowl which is a tournament run by Bring it on sports and  allows for junior Australian gridiron players to go up against/play with American High school players. This opportunity helped me to realise that if I can be as physical and tough as these guys I can stand a shot at getting over to the USA and into a college.  Not long after the tournament me and Paul spent a few weeks together were a lot of it was him explaining to me how much of a opportunity I have, but he, as well as trainer Peter Upham from Shire Speed and Strength in Sydney, both told me what I have to do to physically to stand a chance.

I definitely  owe a thank Bring it on Sports for the opportunity they gave me, and a BIG thank you to Coach Manera who has played a giant role and spent a lot of time helping me achieve my dream.”

Sincerely, Adam Gotsis