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Match Report: Milwaukee v Atlanta
On Saturday, August 12, the Milwaukee Bombers secured their first ever Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) Championship with a dominating performance over the Atlanta Kookaburras. In very warm conditions, the Bombers overcame a lackluster start, but rallied to run away with the game halfway through the second quarter. 

Bombers Secure First MAAFL Championship!

(Milwaukee, WI) - On Saturday, August 12, the Milwaukee Bombers secured their first ever Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) Championship with a dominating performance over the Atlanta Kookaburras. In very warm conditions, the Bombers overcame a lackluster start, but rallied to run away with the game halfway through the second quarter.  

   MAAFL Ladder After Round 6

  Won Lost F A %
Milwaukee Bombers 5 0 487 168 290
Dallas Magpies 3 3 470 312 151
Nashville Kangaroos 3 2 355 262 136
Chicago United 3 2 379 338 112
St. Louis Blues 2 3 283 420 67
Atlanta Kookaburras 1 4 289 449 64
Cincinnati Dockers 1 4 156 470 33

 

 

The forecast for the afternoon was tipped to hit the high 80s, which definitely favored the home team as Atlanta only brought 15 MAAFL players with them. The huge expanse of Brown Deer Park seemed like the paddock at Subiaco as it was announced the game would be played with 14 a side. When Benny Rodgers smacked the first bounce to the advantage of the Bombers it looked as though a rout could be in the offering. However, poor disposal, lack of communication, and a number of missed opportunities kept the game close at the end of the first quarter.

After a spray from the coach, the team bonded together and really started to put the foot down. It was a different team that came out of the huddle, and from the outset it was clear that the Bombers were going to be a harder tackling unit, and one that was not going to give charity to opposing players chasing the loose ball. The Brunmeier brothers began to dominate around the center of the ground, Coach Langley was finding space on the wing, and Big Brett Cousins was making good leads that, more often than not, were honored by straight kicks from his teammates. After a fairly shaky start, Heath Moore took a strong chest mark midway through the quarter. This proved to be a catalyst, and from this point he dominated his Atlanta opponent, keeping him well away from the pigskin for the rest of the match.

Entering the half-time break, it was clear that the Bombers were on their way to a title. But the mood in the huddle was not that of celebration. It was clear that each player was thinking about their own play, and how they could improve it that 10%. This self-reflection is a sign of a maturing football side that is quietly confident in its abilities. Each player has read reports from other clubs doubting the ability of the Bombers, stating the club is only good for 12th in the nation, and that Milwaukee is not a club to be feared. The Bombers were determined to make a statement to their doubters in the second half.

With strong attacking play from Bruce Beilfuss, Ross Siegel, and Patrick De Fors, the Bombers were able to move quickly against a seemingly rejuvenated Kookaburras squad. However, the run from Sir Don Shaidan, and Kevin Brown, coupled by sensational ruck work from Ben Rodgers, was simply too much for the Atlanta players, and after a couple of scoring shots, the visitors capitulated to the incessant attacking play of Milwaukee.

The Bombers began rotating players from the bench, and these players who had been champing at the bit, came on and played strong. Big Will took a great chest mark on a lead, and only just fell short of a major score on distance. Boom Sadowski bobbed and wove through a tired Atlanta defense, and added a couple of goals. Mitch Upton was outsized physically, but showed his toughness in a couple of crunching hits from which he bounced back, and applied second effort tackles. Bear Arnold was his usual fearless self, applying tackle after tackle, and Paul O’Conner made a seamless transition into the MAAFL squad.

At the final siren the Bombers had accomplished two goals, they had won the coveted MAAFL title, and they had sent a clear message to those in the nation who believed that runners up in last year’s Grand Final was a flash in the pan for Milwaukee. Despite the few players mentioned, it really was a team effort. The Milwaukee Bombers shared responsibility across the field; there was no single player that ran the game himself, and it is this depth that must be resonating with the doubters.

Special thanks must go out to Atlanta for making the trip up north and giving their best efforts on the ground. It was a pleasure to host such a gracious and respectful team. It was also a bonus to be able to put on a women’s match before the MAAFL game, and it was clear that Atlanta’s women are going to be the team to beat in the tournament this year in Vegas. Their aggression, skill level, and fitness were on view for all to see, and they definitely deserved their result. Thanks must also be given to the members of the Milwaukee Warbirds who suited up and got a run in the MAAFL game. 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 St. Louis Blues away in St. Louis, on Saturday, August 26. This is the final game of the MAAFL season, and the last match before the National Tournament in Las Vegas.

 

Atlanta             3.2.20

Milwaukee   19.20.134

@ Brown Deer Park, Milwaukee, WI

 

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