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Milwaukee Bombers knock the Roosters of their perch
On Saturday the Milwaukee Bombers travelled to Des Moines Iowa to play against USAFL new comers the Des Moines Roosters and cross border rivals the Minnesota Freeze in a ‘friendly’ pre-season tournament. A number of Bomber senior players as well as some rookies made the trip past the silos, smokestacks and Kum n Go’s.
In the first game the Bombers took on the Minnesota Freeze. Early it looked like the Bombers were capable of knocking off the Freeze who had travelled strongly, with second gamer Nathan Coad holding strong in the backline alongside rookies Rich Grose and the Ferrari. The Bombers had their opportunities, Jason Kmiecik, Kurt Landers and Ross Siegel providing the forwards with plenty of the ball out of the middle. Forwards O’Connor and Walker couldn’t find the gap between the big sticks however, as opportunities in front of goal were wasted. Things looked up for the Bombers in the second half when small forward Khon Chanthavong fired taking a strong contested mark in front of goal and feeding his bomber team mates the ball with clean hands. The Bombers couldn’t capitalize though, with Ross Siegel adding to the list of bomber culprits in front of goal. While the Bombers took plenty away from the contest, in the end the Freeze’s extra legs and run of the half back line was the difference. The Freeze outlasting the Bombers to record the win.

In their second match the Bombers took on the home team the Des Moines, Iowa Roosters. Having provided a strong contest in their first game against the Freeze, Coach O’Connor pleaded with his team not to take the Roosters lightly. The game started well for Milwaukee with the Bombers skipping out to an early lead with a quick goal. With the Ferrari wowing the ladies of the half back line, and old man Landers continuing to steam through the middle, Milwaukee was looking the goods. Things started to unravel for the Bombers in the second half however. The Bombers couldn’t clear the ball from their backline and, in an increasingly tight contest, the Roosters continued to pepper the goals. Finally the Roosters broke through with a goal tying the score with only minutes remaining. Not wanting to become the Roosters first scalp, Siegel, Kmiecik and Landers won the center clearance and forced the ball forward. Forwards Franzen, Walker, Hogg and Chanthavong then teamed together to get the job done. The Bombers getting over the line in a close one.
Best: Chanthavong, Coad, Landers.

Corka Award. Tommy Walker looked to have wrapped up the award early when he ran into an open goal with no defender in within 15 meters only to spray the ball of the side of the boot, just sneaking it home for a point. O’Connor also put his hand up for selection, taking the bait hook line and sinker and allowing a Rooster’s first gamer sell him the dummy and run around him on the boundary to the delight of the home crowd. Siegel turning directly into the path of the sprinkler stream and being temporarily blinded by the water also deserves an honorable mention. But…for the first time in Award history… the award goes to the opposition! Minnesota’s number 22 gets the award in game 1 for smothering Siegel’s torpedo punt with his testicles and taking himself out of the game.

The Bombers thank the Roosters for hosting the tournament. The weekend was a great success. The Bombers look forward to turning the tables on the Freeze on June 12th in Minneapolis.

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