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David and Siegel Earn D2 Honors at US Footy Nationals
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Spectators and players all endured a cold and wet weekend in Colorado Springs, CO at the US Footy Nationals weekend. Held at the Air Force Academy grounds, close to 1000 players laced up their cleats for a final weekend of footy. The backdrop of the mountain range provided breathtaking scenery (when the clouds were not hovering) over the multi-level and four field layout.

The Bombers, in newly sponsored Sekem uniforms, battled Dallas and came away with a victory to start the tournament. However, Revolution player Andy Vanica sustained an injury to the foot which took him out of the remaining action for the weekend. US Footy legend Paul "Plugger" O'Keeffe suited up for his record 11th US Nationals  (the only player to do so) and demonstrated magic as his sideline kick from 30 yards out found its way between the sticks for 6 points. Aussie Bomber Rob Humphries found himself around the ball for the much of the game and sadly found his head around feet, elbows, shoulders, and the ground for most of the weekend. Humphries left the afternoon game against North Carolina a bit dazed, but aware of his name and age. The afternoon game against North Carolina was dubbed "the worst game of footy ever" due to the heavy rain and cold temperatures. The fit Tigers found themselves utilizing the soccer kick to their advantage and snatched victory from the Bombers. Sunday's game against Calgary was hotly contested in dryer (still cool) weather. Both teams battled hard and aggressively. An early goal by Bomber Heath Whalen was disallowed due to "dangerous play" - and was answered by a quick goal by Calgary. This turn of events seemed to put Calgary in control till the end. Bombers saw great effort from Doren James, Patty "Patty Cakes" DeFores (recently back from his playing stint in Western Oz), Revo Bruce Beilfuss, and new comer Cory "Corka" Malchow. Big congratulations to Captain Ross Siegel who earned Division Two Most Consistent for his play throughout the weekend.

The Lady Bombers played their best footy to date, with a victory against Arizona on Saturday morning. Captain Denielle David, who earned Most Consistent honors and was named to the US Freedom squad (touring Australia August 2009), controlled the midfield from end-to-end and side-to-side. Helen Spink (named as co-captain for US Freedom), Nicole Martiny, and Suzy Thomas (also named to US Freedom) played great footy all weekend, leaving thre field on Sunday afternoon exhausted. The Saturday afternoon game against Calgary was a close first half, with the eventual US Footy 2008 Women's Champions pulling away in the second half. Sunday's game against heated rival Atlanta left the Kookas bruised and battered - the effort and overall play left the Bombers walking off the field with heads raised high.  The first ten minutes were controlled by the Lady Bombers who physically dominated play - each contest left a Kooka on the ground and wishing they did not have to play more.The second half saw Kooka Captain and US Freedom Captain Jenny Sarbacker roam free, grabbing loose balls, and kicking long to the forwards. The Lady Bombers left the field and weekend proud, looking forward to the rest that the off season brings. 

Overall, the 2008 US Footy Nationals will be rememberd for the freezing rain, the thin air that left players gasping for breath, and latenight tomfoolery.  Both the Lady Bombers and Bombers look to the 2009 campaign to add new players, raise the level of skills, and spread the game of footy in the region.

 

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