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Match Report: Milwaukee v Chicago
The Milwaukee Bombers made an important statement to the Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) with a thrilling victory over the Chicago United, 8.13.61 to 5.10.40.  In a match that was penned by some league pundits as the "match of the year", the Bombers showed that they had the stuff to be labeled as favorites for their first league premiership.  With this victory, the Bombers start off their 2006 season with victories against the only MAAFL opponents to defeat them a year ago.

Bombers Step Closer to First MAAFL Title!

Milwaukee, WI) - The Milwaukee Bombers made an important statement to the Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) with a thrilling victory over the Chicago United, 8.13.61 to 5.10.40.  In a match that was penned by some league pundits as the "match of the year", the Bombers showed that they had the stuff to be labeled as favorites for their first league premiership.  With this victory, the Bombers start off their 2006 season with victories against the only MAAFL opponents to defeat them a year ago.

   MAAFL Ladder After Round 3

  Won Lost F A %
Nashville Kangaroos 2 1 258 107 241
Chicago United 2 1 241 135 179
Milwaukee Bombers 2 0 138 78 177
Dallas Magpies 2 1 214 126 170
St. Louis Blues 1 2 156 240 65
Atlanta Kookaburras 0 2 73 186 39
Cincinnati Dockers 0 2 16 224 7

 

The Milwaukee Bombers and the Chicago United have perhaps one of the most storied and physical rivalry of any two footy clubs in the country.  Since joining the MAAFL in 2004, where the annual competition between these two clubs took on additional significance, each match came down to the wire.  In their match-up last year in Chicago, the United dominated the entire match until the Bombers mounted an impassioned comeback to take the lead in the final minutes of the game - only to be overtaken in the final moments in a thriller.  Both clubs entered this match undefeated in the MAAFL and the winner of this game would surely have the inside track to the league premiership and the coveted berth in the Division 1 tournament at the USFooty Nationals.

 

The weather for the game was partly sunny and a brisk 60 degrees, which felt much cooler with a stiff northern breeze that favored the south end of the field.  After winning the coin toss, Bomber captain Heath Moore chose to face the wind first against the vaunted Chicago offense so that the home team could utilize the weather to their advantage in the final term.  After scoring 133 points against a stout St. Louis team just last round, stopping the United scoring attack would be no easy feat.

 

As expected, the wind was a major factor in the contest as Chicago dominated the play for the majority of the first quarter.  The United clearly appeared to be a team just that as they were able to attack the Bomber defense with several long scoring shots that put the visitors ahead by three goals by the end of the quarter.  The Milwaukee huddle during the break was both tense and filled with anticipation.  Tense in that they knew they had a better effort within them and the score did not reflect the capability of the club.  Anticipation in that both knowing they had something to prove to the large home crowd and with the wind at their backs, Milwaukee was ready to put on a performance worthy of a MAAFL leader.  The second quarter was truly the Bombers from the start as they penetrated the United defense with ease by sending long exchanges to the forward line where Brett Cousins was able to distribute the footy to a running James Brunmeier and several scoring opportunities.  Dustin Checkai was also able to get into the scoring action for Milwaukee in the quarter by running hard at the footy and collecting several scoring shots for himself - one driven off the ground for a spectacular goal to put the Bombers ahead for the first time in the game.  By the halftime break, Milwaukee was able to erase their deficit and take a two goal advantage.

 

With the biting wind in their faces for the start of the third quarter, the objective of the Bombers was to contain the Chicago offense so that they could play from ahead at the end.  It was a matter of pride for the home team as well to minimize Chicago's potent attack and send a clear message to the visitors that the game was not available for the taking.  After holding firm for the first ten minutes of the second half, Chicago was able to break through - and break through strong they did.  Scoring shot after scoring shot enabled the United to reclaim the lead and momentum in the match, following the script that has characterized this rivalry so well over the past several years.  It wasn't until the waning moments of the quarter that the Bombers were able to shore up their defense and mount their first offensive threat of the half.  An exchange near the center square where Patrick "Patty" DeFors was able to maneuver his way around a group of Chicago players and deliver the footy to Donald "Sir Don" Shadian at half forward took the United by surprise.  "Sir Don" was then able to deliver the ball towards the goal square, where Coach Colin Langley was able to pick up the ball unchallenged and jog towards an open goal that leveled the match at the third quarter break, 5.8.38 to 5.8.38.

 

The final quarter started off with Chicago giving their very best to stay off the inevitable.  The United controlled play for the first five minutes of the quarter and had several scoring shots that nearly gave the visitors a significant advantage.  However, a missed free kick ten meters in front of the Milwaukee goal square that was delivered directly into the sure hands of Bomber Kevin Brown turned the tide of the quarter as Milwaukee was able to drive the footy downfield ultimately into the hands of Brett Cousins.  After taking the mark thirty meters in front of the goal, Brett Cousins does not miss from that range and the Bombers never looked back, taking it home 8.13.61 to 5.10.40. 

 

Special thanks go out to the Chicago United and their reserves that made the short trip up I-94.  In the curtain raiser match between the United reserves and the Wisconsin Warbirds (including players from the Milwaukee Explosion), the Warbirds came out victorious 8.15.63 to 2.3.15.  After falling behind by two goals early in the first quarter, the Warbirds attacked with an explosion of points enabled by standout performances by Neil "Fez" Hanlon, Anthony Felton, and Denielle David, among many others.  Also deserving recognition is Barry "Bear" Arnold for shoring up the Warbird defense and nearly holding the United reserves scoreless for the final three quarters.  This marked the first victory in the three year history of the Bomber reserves in top competition, and will surely be a stepping stone of increased expectations throughout the year. 

 

Up next for the Bombers are the Cincinnati Dockers in round 4 of the MAAFL competition in Cincinnati on Saturday, June 24.  Looking further ahead, the Bombers face the Nashville Kangaroos in Milwaukee for round 5 of the MAAFL on July 8 and the Minnesota Freeze in Madison on July 22 for our annual exhibition match.

 

Chicago        5.10.38

Milwaukee   8.13.61

@ Brown Deer Park, Milwaukee, WI


 

Other results from round 3 of the MAAFL

Cincinnati  
     2.2.14
Dallas            13.9.87
@ Dallas, TX

Nashville     10.9.69

St. Louis        5.7.37
@ St. Louis, MO

Atlanta - bye

 

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