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1999 Results
These are the results (including match reports) from the 1999 season.

USAFL National Tournament

Date: October 16, 1999

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Division II


Game 1

Milwaukee / Dallas 7.10.52
Louisville / Detroit


Match summary: What a way to start the tournament. The Dallas/Milwaukee combination took the field for the first time and they looked like a team that had played together all season. Some fantastic passages of play and a fast start saw the Redbacks get an early lead in this match and never be caught. The backline did a fantastic job of denying the Louisville team the ball and the forward line made the most of the opportunities with some great kicking for goal. The Redbacks had a half time lead of 29 to 6 and went on with it in the second half allowing no points by Louisville in the second period. Justin Todd was Best on Ground pumping the ball consistently out of the centre square and into the waiting hands of the forward line.


Goal Scorers : Mark Manoel, Khan Sharp, Dave Mead, Chris Adams (2), Chris Adams, Stuart Smith

Best on Ground : Justin Todd (3 pts), Mark Manoel (2 pts), Stuart Smith (1 pt)


Game 2

Milwaukee / Dallas 5.8.38
N. Carolina / Tri-Cities / Atlanta


Match Summary: Maybe the Redbacks had spent themselves in the opening game or maybe we had gone to sleep in the first half but the Southern Crusaders took an early lead in this game that would prove to be just enough to get over the line. Some terrible goal umpiring ended costing us this match but we also had some lapses that contributed to the loss. The Southern Crusaders lead by 31 to 10 at half time after getting the jump in the first half. After the half time break the Redbacks found the form they had in game 1 and began to claw back the deficit pulling with 5 points by the end of the game. With 5 more scoring shots than the opposition, accuracy became the telling factor. Even late goals by Gary Hill were not enough to pull back the lead.


Goal Scorers : Gary Hill (2), Dave Mead, Mark Manoel, Chris Adams.

Best on Ground : Khan Sharpe (3 pts), John Battaglia (2 pts), Gary Hill (1 pt)


Game 3

LeHigh Valley / Baltimore / Washington 3.5.23
Milwaukee / Dallas


Match Summary: This game was the "do or die" game for the Redbacks - a win seeing us advance to the final and a loss meaning it was time to go home. The rain had started to fall but the Redbacks came out of the gates firing with the best tackling of the season stunning the Division II favorites and taking an early lead. Again goal umpires appeared to control our destiny as a few calls went against us once  more. With a 20 to 1 half time lead the Redbacks looked good although it turned out that we hadn't scored quite enough points with the strong wind at our backs. The Wallabies came back with some quick goals early in the second half and the Redbacks could not clear the ball into the forward line. A sole behind was all that the Redbacks managed which was not enough to get over the Wallabies. This turned out to be another heart wrenching loss - so near, but yet so far away.


Goal Scorers : Gary Hill, Justin Todd, Geoff Swanton

Best on Ground : Gary Hill (3 pts), Justin Todd (2 pts), Paul O'Keeffe (1 pt)




Regular Season Play


Match 1

Date: May 1, 1999

Location: Chicago

Milwaukee / Kansas City 8.6.54
Chicago Swans 8.20.68

Match Summary:  On a glorious late Saturday afternoon, and at the new (for Aussie Rules) venue in Naperville Illinois, the Chicago Swans and your mighty Milwaukee Bombers came together for the "Clash of the Titans". Unfortunately for us the final scores didn't really reflect the great performance put up by the Bombers. We went down 8 goals 20 behinds (68) to 8 goals 6 behinds (54).  Although Milwaukee was very undermanned for this first outing, we were bolstered with players from Kansas City (Mark, Andy and Dave), Detroit (Neale), Cincinnati (Ruben, Paul and Mark) and Chicago (Dave and Glen). Thanks to these guys for making such a dedicated effort to get to the game. And finally, congrats to Chicago Swans for the great day they organised. Both the venue and the organisation were top class. It looks like Aussie Rules has a real chance of securing a foothold in the Mid West.


Match 2

Date: May 22, 1999

Location: Madison

Chicago Swans 15.22.112
Milwaukee 4.2.26

Match Summary: Our first game in Madison was an enormous success with 14 Milwaukee Bombers turning out against the Chicago Swans. While we will not report on the first quarter (it saw us behind 60-0 as we acquainted ourselves with our new players) the last three quarters of the match saw the Bombers settle to prove a handful for the more experienced Swans. A fantastic turn out by our Madison based players, many who were making their debut meant that we were able to put a full team of our own players on the field.


Match 3

Date: June 12, 1999

Location: Milwaukee

Chicago Swans 17.14.116


Match Summary: Finally the Bombers came home to their beloved Kletzsch Park for a game against the interstate rivals. With a little bit of help from the Swans the game saw two solid teams in action on quite a hot afternoon. Without Coach Rob Parry and Captain Gary Hill the Bombers were in much better form than their last outing in Madison. The debut of Justin Todd for the Bombers (2 goals) also added to the ranks. Unlike the first game in Madison the Bombers opened the scoring with 2 unanswered goals before the Swans settled into their rhythm closed the gap and went ahead. While the Swans lead at every break Milwaukee certainly kicked more goals than their last outing. It was great to see Ric Martinez back on the field for the Swans as they prepared for the Kansas City the following weekend. Little space should be given to the fourth quarter "cuddlefest" only to note that as the temperature rose so did the tempers. All in all another solid game with Milwaukee gradually improving game to game. The challenge is obviously to put numbers on the field as our Illinois neighbours grow increasingly strong.


Match 4

Date: June 26, 1999

Location: Chicago

Cincinnati 7.10.52
Milwaukee 6.3.39

Match Summary: This game was a modified or tournament game of two twenty minute halves. Cincinnati had already played against Chicago and were a little battered and bruised but they still were as competitive as always. Milwaukee certainly put on their best display of footy in the first half of this match leading a team for the first time this year by 3 points. A lapse in concentration (and maybe the excitement of leading) got to the Bombers in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Cincinnati managed to take advantage and get the lead. While the Bombers kicked a few late goals it was a little late going down by 13 points. There was some promising signs for the Bombers as we reached the halfway point of the season. Justin and Kurt while playing injured both put in 110%, Gary Hill returned with a great goal right on the half time siren, our Chicago helpers were great especially Bernie in the forward pocket. The stand out was Dave Martinez with some tenacious tackling, strong defense and an all round good game. We kicked only 1 less goal than Cincinnati and while they booted a few more behinds the score certainly shows that this one was a competitive game from start to finish. The signs are there that with each game we improve and do the basics a little better. Our next game is on the same ground against Chicago and we need to really put the pedal down for the rest of the season to make the best showing we can (and maybe score an upset win along the way).


Match 5

Date: July 25, 1999

Location: Milwaukee

Chicago Swans 5.9.39
Milwaukee 13.10.88

Match Summary: On a day well into the 90's the Bombers went to Naperville once again for a re-match against the Swans of Chicago. There was no backing down from the incredible heat with a full game of 4 20 minute quarters on offer.  With the help of some visiting students from the University of Queensland and some new found talent care of Dave Martinez the Bombers had a squad of 17 for the match. As usual we had our first quarter "get to know your team" issues which saw us behind at quarter time by about 30 points. But from then on it was almost goal for goal as the Bombers put on a couple of fine goals in the searing heat. Certainly the most popular people at the ground were our two water girls who kept the team hydrated throughout the match. Justin Todd was best on ground with another great game with a couple of goals, plenty of marks and great work in and around the ruck. Our visiting Queenslanders also pitched in with a couple of goals. To the guys from UQ a huge thank-you for spending the day in the Chicago sun rather than the sports bar (which is where most of us would have liked to be). The game was taped by "Wild Chicago" a PBS cable channel from the windy city so to have such a great turn out was excellent for both Chicago who are using it to promote the game and ourselves. We might even be able to use the video replay to adjust the score at a later date!  This was our smallest losing margin against the Swans this year and without the first quarter we certainly are getting closer each game. The challenge now is to be on the ball from the first whistle and keep the intensity throughout the match. The continual improvement augers well for the last 3 games of the season vs. Chicago and we need to keep our numbers up for these last 3 games.


Match 6

Date: August 1, 1999

Location: Chicago

Milwaukee / Cincinnati / Denver 8.3.51
Chicago Swans 8.5.53


Match 7

Date: August 14, 1999

Location: Chicago

Milwaukee / St. Louis 12.15.87
Chicago Swans 13.18.96

Match Summary: A great effort by all of our guys who went down to play in a combined Milwaukee/St. Louis team. The game was much closer than our Southern rivals had expected and it was only our first quarter "get to know your team" session that held us back. The game was quite even through 3 quarters however with the combined Blues/Bombers team having a stellar third period.  The final quarter could have gone either way but the Swans still had the advantage of a weakening breeze. It was an exciting last term and Swans took early ascendancy only to see the Blues/Bombers bounce back to get within a straight kick near the finish. Unfortunately Chicago hung on for a win.


Match 8

Date: September 11, 1999

Location: Madison

Chicago Swans 22.10.142
Milwaukee 4.5.29

Football returned to Madison in a big way on September 11th. It was certainly a day of the "red and whites" with Ball State playing against the Wisconsin Badgers as a curtain raiser up the road. It was pleasing to see 40-50 of the 75,000 make the trek to the main event at Rennebaum Park that saw the Chicago Swans return to Madison to play a full team of Bombers. The Bombers first quarter syndrome was well and truly in gear today with Chicago racing to an early lead after the opening goal was scored by the Bombers (if we had of called the game after 5 minutes we were the winners!). The first quarter also saw the loss of Dave Martinez with an injured shoulder and he was sorely missed in the defensive line. The second quarter saw a much tighter Bombers outfit that held the Swans for most of the quarter and certainly made them work for the goals that they scored. A number of first timers again graced the Bombers and they started to settle well in the third period. The ground is great for football but a lack of rain over the past month saw one of the hardest surfaces you can get. Maybe that was the reason for the weary legs, or maybe we are just that out of condition that the slightest excuse will be taken! With one game to go the Bombers are yet to register a win - but boy are we having fun !


Match 9 

Date: September 25, 1999

Location: Milwaukee

Chicago Swans 14.3.87
Milwaukee 13.2.80

Match Summary: This game was our first chance to play the modified game of AFL 11's. Played on an American football field all AFL rules applied except for the fact that there was no behinds and no bounce downs. The game was seen as a success by both Chicago and Milwaukee who agreed that it was a great to hone the skills of the game, especially hand passes, leads and short kicks. The game also provided the closest match of the year between Chicago and Milwaukee with only 7 points dividing the teams at full time. After the first quarter Milwaukee led by a single point before falling behind for the next 2 quarters. The Bombers rallied to lead with 5 minutes to go but the Swans came home with a wet sail kicking two late goals to win the match. The crowd was one of the best we have had this year and a close match provided plenty to cheer about. The defense of Paul O, Chris A, Bill O and Dave Mead provided the catalyst for some great scoring by Geoff, Jason (on debut had an awesome game) and Dave Martinez (playing with a broken collar bone!) Great efforts too from Rick L, Stuart S and the always reliable Gary Hill.  This was a game that showed the skill and athleticism similar to that watched on Friday night as North Melbourne beat Carlton in the "real thing". Obviously it was disappointing to finish the regular season "so near yet so far away" from a win but this game represented the hard work from the guys all season and put our "regulars" on the field against their Southern rivals. Only the Nationals remain for the 1999 season.


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