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Match Report: Milwaukee v Nashville
The Milwaukee Bombers have moved ever closer to their first Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) premiership with a dominating victory over the visiting Nashville Kangaroos, 17.11.113 to 6.2.38 in Round 5 of MAAFL competition.  With only two rounds left and as the only undefeated club, the Bombers now appear as clear favorites for the league crown and the accompanying automatic Division I berth at the National tournament this October.

Bombers Stay Undefeated!

(Milwaukee, WI) - The Milwaukee Bombers have moved ever closer to their first Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) premiership with a dominating victory over the visiting Nashville Kangaroos, 17.11.113 to 6.2.38 in Round 5 of MAAFL competition.  With only two rounds left and as the only undefeated club, the Bombers now appear as clear favorites for the league crown and the accompanying automatic Division I berth at the National tournament this October.

   MAAFL Ladder After Partial Round 5

  Won Lost F A %
Milwaukee Bombers 4 0 353 148 239
Dallas Magpies 3 1 356 174 205
Nashville Kangaroos 2 2 296 220 135
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

 

 

Entering the match at 3-0, the Bombers had matched their best start ever in the MAAFL, equaling the same feat in 2004, but had hopes for a different outcome in Round 5.  In 2004, the Bombers had just come off a tremendous team victory over the Atlanta Kookaburras, only to be stunned in Round 5 with a loss to the St. Louis Blues - the eventual MAAFL champions.  Like St. Louis in 2004, Nashville entered the contest with a single loss in Round 1 that came in a tight affair against the Chicago United.  Therefore, the winner of this match may just have the inside track for this year's MAAFL premiership - a title the Bombers have never held and so desperately seek.

 

The rivalry between the Milwaukee Bombers and the Nashville Kangaroos have wonderful history, which the Bombers have had the advantage in recent years.  Prior to joining the MAAFL in 2003, the Bombers defeated the Kangaroos on their way to claiming the Division II championship.  The Bombers next played the Kangaroos in their first ever MAAFL match in 2004 at Brown Deer Park.  In a hotly contested match, Milwaukee made history with their first MAAFL victory.  Just last year, the Bombers visited the Kangaroos in Nashville in what was a thrilling MAAFL match that came down to the final quarter.  With the Bombers ahead by only a single goal as the final quarter began, they were somehow able to solve the stifling Kangaroo defense and ran away with the win.  Both Milwaukee and Nashville entered this match with their eyes squarely on the MAAFL crown as it was believed by many to be the defining moment of the season for each of these clubs.

 

The weather for the game was mostly sunny and a energy-sapping 85 degrees, which favored the home team and its long bench.  The game was played with 14's and expected to be a high scoring affair as the Kangaroos and Bombers led the MAAFL in scoring percentage entering the contest.  After winning the toss, honorary Bomber captain Andy Ciganek chose to defend the West end of the grounds and Coach Colin Langley implored his team to give their best efforts on behalf of the departing player.  Providing an immediate charge for the club was none other than Ciganek who pounded two quick goals through the large posts to lead a Bomber scoring attack, accompanied by goals delivered deftly by Brett Cousins and James Brunmeier.  By the end of the first quarter, the Bombers had a four goal advantage and the rout was on. 

 

Entering the halftime break, the Bombers had extended their lead and had been playing some of their best footy of the season.  The Bomber defense held strong while the Kangaroos had no answer for James Brunmeier, who was able to evade defenders on several occasions to deliver multiple major scores from distance.  Returning player Chris Kendall also had a stellar performance after shaking off some early rust.  Kendall was key to the Bomber offense as he controlled the center of the grounds for much of the game and was able to drive the footy forward to Cousins, who made several marks throughout the contest which were confidently converted into goals. 

 

Nashville had put forward a valiant effort in every minute of the match, but simply did not have the firepower to match the strengths of this Milwaukee club.  At the start of the final quarter, the Bombers had a ten goal lead and the game was surely out of reach.  Within the opening moments of the quarter, the Bombers had advanced the footy to Cousins who then drove it forward to Kendall running free along the boundary line near the Bombers goal.  Passing up the difficult angle, Kendall chipped the footy across goal into the diving hands of Ciganek taking the mark in the goal square, who promptly pounded it through for his final goal of the match. 

 

Both Ciganek and Cousins were recognized after the match as best on ground, but to put up the result that the Bombers did, it surely was the work of a complete team effort.  Other noteworthy performances included the efforts of James Brunmeier, Bruce Beilfuss, Paul Raisanen, Ross Siegel, Jared Brunmeier, Chris Kendall, Patrick DeFors, Mike Perrone, Kevin Brown, Aaron Siegel, as well as all the other Bomber players that played key roles many times throughout the match. 

 

Ciganek was carried off the field in his last match wearing the Bombers red sash, following a tradition of years past.  Like a select few others in the club, Ciganek had been with the Bombers for many years and has watched the club thrive on and off the field after modest beginnings.  In the subsequent ceremony following the match, the Bombers with their supporters reflected upon and celebrated the club's accomplishments during Ciganek's tenure with the team and looked forward to the bright future ahead for both him and the club.

 

Special thanks go out to the Nashville Kangaroos for making the trip up north and giving their best effort on the ground.  Although they were overmatched in this contest, they surely have the players to keep their club in the top of the MAAFL ladder for years to come.  Special thanks also go out to the Wisconsin Warbirds and Milwaukee Explosion, who played an intra-club scrimmage to kick off the day of tremendous footy action.  Finally, thanks go out to all the Bomber supporters that turned up to show their support for the home team and watched them continue their impressive run in 2006.

 

Up next for the Bombers are the Minnesota Freeze in their exhibition match held in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 22 at Rennebohm Park.  Looking further ahead, the Bombers face the Atlanta Kookaburras in their last MAAFL home match of the 2006 season on Saturday, August 12 and then the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis to close out the MAAFL season on Saturday, August 26.

 

Nashville             6.2.38

Milwaukee   17.11.113

@ Brown Deer Park, Milwaukee, WI


 

Other matches forthcoming in round 5 of the MAAFL

Dallas 
       0.0.0
Chicago     0.0.0
@ Chicago, IL

Atlanta
            0.0.0
Cincinnati     0.0.0
@ Cincinnati, OH


St. Louis - bye

 

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