Milwaukee Bucks star Matthew Dellavedova and Dallas Wings coach and
Australian Rules footballer Erin Phillips will be attending the Mateship Cup this Sunday (Oct. 14) during US Australian Football League (USAFL) National Championships. The match starts at 2 p.m. at the Soccer Complex of Racine (SCORe), 9509 Dunkelow Road.

They are serving as Honorary Patrons of Mateship. The US and Australia this year are commemorating a century of mateship – a friendship formed in the trenches of World War I when Australian and American troops first fought side by side at the Battle of Hamel. In recognition of this major anniversary, the Australian Embassy and the USAFL are inaugurating the Mateship Cup. The teams, featuring members of both the Australian and US military, teams will be wearing specially designed uniforms and will be playing for the honor of hoisting the Mateship Cup.

Free admission and parking all day. (Hint: bring a chair!) For further details on the tournament, visit the USAFL website at

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One of Australia’s finest homegrown athletes, Matthew “Delly” Dellavedova started his basketball career in regional Victoria playing for his hometown, the Maryborough Blazers. He spent three years at the AIS, before representing Australia for the first time captaining the U/19 Australian team at the World Championships in New Zealand. Dellavedova received a full athletic scholarship to attend St Mary’s College of California.

Delly broke into the NBA in 2013 and became the sixth Australian to win a coveted NBA Championship in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dellavedova currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, where he is starting his third season. Delly also represents his home country as a member of the Australian Men’s National Team.


If there was an award, Phillips has won it. The two-time WNBA champion and Olympic basketballer made an equally successful transition to Australian Rules Football, claiming the NAB AFLW best and fairest, AFL Players’ Association MVP and the Crows’ club champion award. A prolific ball-winner, Phillips has clean hands at ground level and is a strong mark overhead. The co-captain played a key role in the Adelaide Crows’ premiership triumph. Phillips splits her time between Texas, where she is a coach for the Dallas Wings, and Adelaide, Australia.

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