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Freeze Too Much for Milwaukee
On Saturday the Bombers travelled to Minneapolis for their first official MAAFL game of 2010 against the Freeze. The Minnesota team has improved every year since entering the competition and has now become one of the powerhouse clubs of the Midwest and a very difficult team to beat on the road. The Bombers job was made even more difficult with the late withdrawal of Jason Kmiecik and the Ferrari due to injuries. Despite travelling light, those Bombers that did travel were determined to give a contest. In the first half it was the Freeze who handled the wet conditions the best, winning it out of the middle of the ground and kicking truly to set up a strong half time lead. While first gamer Pete and backs Nathan Coad and Mike Baguhn battled hard in the backline, all they could do was slow the tide as wave after wave of Freeze players continually brought the ball forward. The normally mild mannered Landers summed up the Bombers frustration in the first half, uncharacteristically giving away a free in the middle for mouthing off to the umpire. When the bombers did go forward the message was clear, put the ball to the top of the square and give the forwards the best opportunity. The forward structure appeared to be working with, Siegel’s quick hands and a subsequent centering kick to Bussy resulting in the Bombers first major of the day.

In the second half the Bombers continued to work hard sending Bussy into the middle for some extra run and releasing the big man Becker into the forward half. When Bussy goaled against the tide of play and O’Connor chipped the ball over the top to Becker in the goal square for a second, the Bombers appeared to be working there way back into the game in the 3rd. While on the scoreboard the game looked out of reach at 3 quarter time, the Bombers went into the last looking for some respect. While Minnesota continued to score, the final quarter was the Bombers best. Franzen and Chanthavong, were beginning to find the ball across half forward and Landers, Siegel, Ruhge and Bussy were the Bombers best combination in the middle. The Bombers opened the term strongly with Bussy blasting out of the middle and kicking truly from 35 to post his second for the day. While the opportunities were there, the Bombers could not recreate the accuracy of there opponents down the other end. O’Connor bolting to favoritism in the Brett Cousins medal for most behinds kicked in a season with a haul of 0.3 for the quarter. Despite the result on the scoreboard, the Bombers gained some valuable experience in wet weather football and look forward to their next game at home against Chicago on the 26th, where they expect to be a much tougher opponent.

Best (Milwaukee) Bussy, Ruhge, Peterson, Franzen

Corka Award: Bussy for running the wrong way out of the middle after the half.

1st Qtr
MIN 6.3.39
MIL 1.0.6

2nd Qtr
MIN 13.6.84
MIL 1.2.8

3rd Qtr
MIN 16.13.109
MIL  3.2.20

MIN 20.20.140
MIL 5.4.34

Goals:  MN: Weaver (4), McLuen(3), Crane (3), Werner (2), Sawyer (2),
Gabiou(2), Hansen, Kerwin, Fuchihara, Sutherland

MIL: Busse* (2), Becker*, Zinnel*, Siegel

* = Minnesota player loaned to Milwaukee

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