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Match Report: Milwaukee v Cincinnati
It was a mixed bag of players and supporters who made the long trip down to Cincinnati. The time in the cars, trucks, and vans gave each club member plenty to think about as we prepared for what many considered one of our tougher games of the season. The Milwaukee Bombers were without 13 key starters for this game, and the club had dug deep to fill the gaps. Upon arrival at the field we were greeted by what appeared to be a full strength Cincy team, they certainly had numbers, and the weather was getting warmer by the minute. We knew that we were going to have to fight this one out.

Bombers Marked by Victory

(Cincinnati, OH) - It was a mixed bag of players and supporters who made the long trip down to Cincinnati. The time in the cars, trucks, and vans gave each club member plenty to think about as we prepared for what many considered one of our tougher games of the season. The Milwaukee Bombers were without 13 key starters for this game, and the club had dug deep to fill the gaps. Upon arrival at the field we were greeted by what appeared to be a full strength Cincy team, they certainly had numbers, and the weather was getting warmer by the minute. We knew that we were going to have to fight this one out.

   MAAFL Ladder After Round 4

  Won Lost F A %
Milwaukee Bombers 3 0 240 110 218
Dallas Magpies 3 1 356 174 205
Nashville Kangaroos 2 1 258 107 241
Chicago United 2 2 300 266 113
Atlanta Kookaburras 1 2 204 245 83
St. Louis Blues 1 3 204 382 53
Cincinnati Dockers 0 3 48 326 15

 

After a tight first quarter, there was very little in it. Both teams had scoring opportunities, but neither could quite capitalize on them for a clear advantage. Neil ‘It really was touched off the boot’ Hanlon scored an early behind, and the shots were few and far between afterwards. The huddle at quarter time was one of mixed emotions, we knew that we were in the game, and we just had to dig a little deeper for each other. Bruce, Colin, and Kurt all spoke of what the game meant for the club and urged us to put in for the 2nd quarter.

 

The siren kicked off the second term, and the Bombers were straight into the fight. Utilizing the long kick on the short ground, Milwaukee kept peppering the Dockers goal, becoming more accurate from inside the 50. The first few minutes were scrappy with both teams fighting hard, but towards the end of the half Milwaukee were starting to get on top of their kicks, and the scores were coming. Brett ‘Behinds’ Cousins was starting to kick true, and Dan ‘Dingo’ Higham was making good runs, supplying the forwards with decent passes. Ross ‘Energizer’ Siegel was incredible with trademark runs around the center, constantly fighting for scrappy possession on the ground, and Dustin ‘There’s not much of me, but it’s all muscle’ Checkai marked everything that came his way.

 

Once again, halftime provided an opportunity for some of the Bomber leadership group to speak to the players. It was an excited, fired up playing group that made their way back onto the field for the second half. Within the first 10 minutes of the third term the Bombers were starting to kick away. Playing more direct football gave the Milwaukee talls better delivery, and the roving players were crumbing well. The Milwaukee backline held firm with Kurt ‘That’s not coming past me’ Landers, Scotty ‘Semi-trailor turn’ Acherman, and Bear ‘Surgeon’s dream’ Arnold doing everything in their power to repel any Cincy advance. Paul ‘White Castle’ O’Conner joined the backline for a stint, as well as running around at half forward flank for a good return. The third term was also the kickstart for Brad ‘Rainman’ Ruhge who began running like his true self after some self -admonishment on the sidelines. James ‘Sherman tank’ Brunmeier crashed his way through tackle after tackle, was good in the air, and was clearly putting in a ‘Best On Ground’ performance.

 

In the 4th, the game was truly in the bag, and Milwaukee rewarded those players who had joined the trip from the Warbirds & the Explosion by combining the 14 on the field. It was a true testament to Milwaukee’s depth that we could use players from our 2nds and women’s team, and that they were not simply there for decoration. Bruce ‘Motley Crue’ Beilfuss, and Paul ‘Quiet Achiever’ Raisanen capped off great games by playing the 4th right through to its conclusion. Colin ‘You kick across goal again and I’ll kick your backdoor’ Langley was rapt with the team effort, and could be seen beaming when the final siren sounded. Milwaukee firmly deserved the victory and the points. It was a classy victory, senior players stating that it was one of the best wins that they’d been associated with, simply because of the commitment shown by those players not normally in the starting MAAFL group.

 

We constantly talk about being the best club in the country. This is reflected in how we conduct ourselves on, and off the field. It is shown in how we respond when we are needed, and how we never give up on the field. Every player deserves to be mentioned for their efforts on the weekend; I started mentioning players for exceptional effort and ended up with 9 names! It was a fantastic win, and each of us should feel proud for what we did as a club. That drive home was a lot sweeter with a well earned victory. Congratulations Bombers, job well done.

 

Milwaukee    14.17.102

Cincinnati             4.8.32

@ Point Pleasant Park Park, Cincinnati, OH


 

Other results from round 4 of the MAAFL

Chicago  
         8.11.59
Atlanta         20.11.131
@ Atlanta, GA

St. Louis           6.8.48

Dallas        22.10.142
@ Dallas, TX

Nashville - bye

 

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