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Lady Bombers Win Atlanta Tournament
ImageMay 2, 2009 Atlanta, GA. The Lady Bombers have left Atlanta with a trophy. After beating Arizona, New York, and Atlanta (twice), the Bombers finished the weekend 4-0. Bomber Denielle Beilfuss carried home the Best on Ground award for the werekend.

Great Southern Footy Challenge Day 1

Image 4 teams from around the country met in the first day of the Great Southern Women's Footy Challenge.  In the first hit out of the year for most players saw Atlanta play host to Arizona/Denver/Baltimore-Washington, Milwaukee, and New York.

Game 1: Milwaukee vs Arizona/Denver/Baltimore-Wash

Following the USAFL tournament format of 20 minute halves, the Milwaukee Bombers took the field in the first game   The Bombers hit the goal posts early with Jenny Sarbacker hitting a freak goal that rolled for about 20 yards in the pocket.  It somehow had followed the boundary line and then veered towards the goal.  Arizona scored a couple of goals to take a lead.  The Milwaukee players started finding their targets and improving their team work to run out winners by 21 points.

Milwaukee: 6.13.49

Arizona/Denver/Balt-Wash: 4.4.28

Goal Scorers:

Milwaukee: Kathryn Hogg (3), Jenny Sarbacker (2), Suzy Thomas
Arizona/Denver/Balt-Wash: Tina Arend (2), Courtney Church (1), Karla Macarenas-Pack

Game 2: Atlanta vs New York

Atlanta: 6.16.52

New York: 1.1.7

Goal Scorers
Atlanta: Judith Stein (3), Carly Harrington, Cathy Reinhardt, Meghan Brown
New York: Siobhan McHale

Game 3: Atlanta vs Milwaukee

In the first game of the afternoon, the two winners from the morning round met to see who would finish the first day undefeated.  It looked to be business as usual as Atlanta got on the scoreboard first with a goal and a behind.

Milwaukee picked up the pace and picked up their skills and team work.  The first half saw Milwaukee with the greater share of possesions in the offensive zone and accurate kicking for goal.

The first half ended with a Milwaukee flurry of scores to take the half at 30 points.

In the second half, Altanta adjusted their defence and both teams were able to get into the forward zone but found difficulty getting clean shots at goal. Milwaukee increased their lead with scores from Suzi Thomas and Jenny Sarbacker before yielding a 2nd goal right before the final siren,

Atlanta: 3.4.22

Milwaukee:   8.4.52

Goal Scorers:
Atlanta: Cathy Reinhardt, Judith Stein, Sharon Lau
Milwaukee: Kathryn Hogg (3), Suzy Thomas (2), Denielle Beilfuss, Jenny Sarbacker, Helen Spink

Game 4: Arizona/Denver/Balt-Wash vs New York

Arizona: 8.16.64

New York: 0.1.1

Goal Scorers
Arizona/Denver/Balt-Wash: Anna Thexton (6), Tina Arend, Courtney Church

New York:

Great Southern Footy Challenge Day 2

Day 2 of the Great Southern Footy Challenge started with Milwaukee guaranteed a spot in the final.  The first game of the day featured the two 1-1 teams battling it out for a spot to take on Milwaukee.

Atlanta vs Arizona/Denver/Baltimore

Atlanta Lady Kookaburras  7.9 (51)
Arizona/Denver/Baltimore  4.2 (26)

Goal Scorers:
Atlanta:  Judith Stein (5), Nori White, Nikki-Nicole Peoples
Arizona/Denver/Baltimore: Anna Thexton (2), Tina Arend, Kelli Modica

Milwaukee vs New York

Milwaukee seemed to have lost their accurate kicking in the first half.  4 behinds from Kathryn Hogg including the worst shank in the history of women's footy helped to keep the score close enough for New York to stay in the game.

Milwaukee regained their form in the 2nd half and turned their 2.9 halftime into a more respectable 4.2 for the second half to set up a rematch between Milwaukee and Atlanta for the Grand Final.

Milwaukee Lady Bombers2.9  6.11 (47)
New York Lady Magpies0.0    1.0 (6)

Goal Scorers
Milwaukee: Kathryn Hogg (3),  Jennifer Sarbacker (2), Denielle Beilfuss
New York: Corynne Pereira

Grand Final

The results from Saturday's match were out of everyone's minds and Milwaukee knew that they weren't just going to be handed the championship.  Atlanta has been to many grand finals and has won all but one.  They had a couple of experienced players who were unable to play in Saturdays game and who knew if that would be enough to change the balance.

Milwaukee didn't want the joy they experienced to go down the tubes by losing the grand final.

The game was a close affair throughout.  Milwaukee seemed to have the ball more but Atlanta was much more efficient with scoring when they had a chance.  Even though Milwaukee had triple the scoring shots, they only lead 4.5.29 to 3.0.18 at half.

Atlanta wasn't going to lay down quietly and came out fighting in the 2nd half.  Milwaukee's midfield continued to win most of the balls, find their full forward out of the goal square, and hit their forward targets who more often than not had teammates running past to receive the quick hand pass.

Milwaukee Lady Bombers4.5  6.8 (44)
Atlanta Lady Kookaburras3.0  4.5 (29)

Goal Scorers:
Milwaukee: Denielle Beilfuss (3), Suzy Thomas, Kathryn Hogg, Helen Spink
Atlanta: Judith Stein (2), Cathy Reinhardt (2)


Judith Stein (Atlanta):  11 GOALS, 6 behinds
Kathryn Hogg (Milwaukee):  10 GOALS, 6 behinds
Anna Thexton (ARIZ/DENV/BALT):  8 GOALS, 5 behinds
Jennifer Sarbacker (Milwaukee):  5 GOALS, 12 behinds
Denielle Beilfuss (Milwaukee):  5 GOALS, 2 behinds
Cathy Reinhardt (Atlanta):  4 GOALS, 8 behinds
Suzy Thomas (Milwaukee):  4 GOALS, 7 behinds
Tina Arend (ARIZ/DENV/BALT):  4 GOALS, 5 behinds
Helen Spink (Milwaukee):  2 GOALS, 3 behinds
Courtney Church (ARIZ/DENV/BALT):  2 GOALS, 1 behind
Nikki-Nicole Peoples (Atlanta):  1 GOAL, 4 behinds
Nori White (Atlanta):  1 GOAL, 4 behinds
Carly Harrington (Atlanta):  1 GOAL, 3 behinds
Karla Mascarenas-Pack (ARIZ/DENV/BALT):  1 GOAL, 3 behinds
Meghan Brown (Atlanta):  1 GOAL, 1 behind
Corynne Pereira (New York):  1 GOAL, 1 behind
Sharon Lau (Atlanta):  1 GOAL
Siobhan McHale (New York):  1 GOAL
Kelli Modica (ARIZ/DENV/BALT):  1 GOAL
Rebecca Hunter (ARIZ/DENV/BALT):  4 behinds
Nicole Martini (Milwaukee):  4 behinds
Karen Stablein (ARIZ/DENV/BALT):  4 behinds
Betty Pat (Atlanta):  2 behinds
Linda Abaray (Atlanta):  1 behind
Eleni Larcombe (New York):  1 behind
(7 rushed behinds)

Best & Fairest

  1. Denielle Beilfuss (Milwaukee)
  2. Tina Arend (Arizona)
    Jennifer Sarbacker (Milwaukee)
  3. Anna Thexton (Denver)

Written by K. Hogg


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