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Bombers Defeat Ohio
On Saturday July 10th the Milwaukee Bombers played host to three Ohio based teams the Columbus Jackaroo’s, the Columbus Jillaroo’s (Ladies) and the Ohio valley river rats.

The first game pitted the Bombers men’s team against Columbus in an 18 a side matchup under hot but otherwise fine conditions at Brown Deer Park on Milwaukee’s north side.  The game started with Regan Atkinson, one of Milwaukee’s two 2010 scholarship players winning the center clearance in his first game for the black and red. Andy Vanica was also back to his best after injury forced him to miss most of last season and coupled with Adam Kanack’s handy ruck work, the Bombers had the best of the general play early in the half. By the half way mark of the first 20 minute period the bombers had skipped in front on the scoreboard. O’Connor found Lynch open, whose quick hands to Atkinson resulted in the bombers first. Shortly after Vanica hit up O’Connor directly in front where he was able to post a 6 pointer from short range. When James slotted one through a minute later, the Bombers were looking the better unit on the field. Milwaukee were unable to maintain their intensity for the full 20 minutes however, and after a couple of missed chances went begging in the bomber forward line, the Columbus side hit back posting two late term goals to trail by only 1 at the main break.

During the break the Bomber coach pleaded with his team to regain their intensity and throw their bodies at the contest. Early in the second however it appeared that the message had fallen on deaf ears, Columbus coming out from the break the more spirited side. When Ward posted a goal for Columbus midway through the term the Bombers found themselves 8 points down with their backs against the wall and starring a home defeat down the barrel. Perhaps a renewed sense of urgency was just what the Bombers needed, seemingly lifting the home side in the final minutes. Landers, Rhew Ster, Malchow and Defor’s were able lock down the Columbus half forward line and deliver the ball precisely to Milwaukee’s runners in the Midfield. Lynch, Atkinson and Eric didn’t let them down, finding space that wasn’t there earlier and driving the ball forward for the Bombers. When the ever hard working Siegel popped one through for the Bombers at the 15 minute mark they trailed by only a point. Time was running out however and winning the center clearance was now a must. Not letting their side down James, Defors and Atkinson worked together to win the ball forward once more. While forwards, Chanthavong, Belifuss and Ruhge couldn’t find the middle, they were able to lock the ball inside the Bombers forward 50 and continued to pepper the goals. It was Andy Vanica who covered himself in glory though, sneaking down from the midfield to mark and goal, sealing a tough comeback win for the bombers with only minutes remaining on the clock.


Milwaukee 5.6.36
Columbus 4.6.30

Goal Scorers
Milwaukee: Doren James, Regan Atkinson, Paul O’Connor, Ross Siegel, Andy Vanica
Columbus: Nate Jordan, Santosh Nachu, Phil Sicia, Rob Ward

Best on Ground
Milwaukee - Ross Siegel, Regan Atkinson, Adam Kanack, Kurt Landers, Eric, Vanica.
Columbus - Chet Ridenour, Rob Ward, Phil Sicia

In the second game it was Milwaukee continuing on after a short break to take on the Ohio valley river rats. The game was played with 14 a side leaving Milwaukee with more options on the bench than in the first game. The extra space around the ground appeared to suit Milwaukee’s running style of play, Patrick Defors, Doren James, Vanica and Co moving the ball fluently down the wings and giving the Milwaukee forwards plenty of looks. Bruce Belifuss didn’t let them down up forward, posting his first from a mark early. Tommy Walker also enjoyed the freedom away from his regular full forward spot snagging one from a strong mark at half forward. Andy Vanica and Ruhge also chipped in on the score board as the Bombers skipped away to an early lead. After missing the chance at an easy set shot in the first game due to some uncharacteristically slippery fingers, Lynch didn’t let the opportunity to post his first MAAFL goal allude him in the second. While he himself was unsure if the ball had gone through for a goal, the score sheet say’s YES IT DID! Just when Milwaukee looked to be cruising, the heat of the first game began to take its toll. Lynch hobbled of the ground with a potentially career ending cramp followed just minutes later by the ruckman Kanack. Milwaukee’s bench didn’t let them down though with Chanthavong, Ellery and Upton providing more than adequate replacement. Tommy Walker was especially gallant, moving into the middle to replace the exhausted Kanack and finding plenty of the pill himself. Chanthavong again proved to be an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a riddle. How is it possible that a guy that struggled after 2 minutes on a rower at club sponsors CrossFit Milwaukee could run up and down the field for a quarter and then drop into the forward line to take some key contested marks? Milwaukee fans will have to ask the Man himself…

In the second half a number of Milwaukee’s starters had found themselves taking a rest or in unknown territory on the field. While Doren James and Atkinson continued to be lively in the middle, Peterson found himself in the forward line for the first time in his career while Siegel provided some much needed racial and size diversity to the backline next to the colossus that is Paul Raisanen. Pete looked to have taken the opportunity up forward taking a great mark midway through the term but convinced the coach he needs to spend more time down back by spraying it off the boot and out of bounds on the full from the resulting free. The second half was a more even affair with Ohio’s strong midfield taking advantage of their extra rest during the first game. Milwaukee’s backline held firm however, keeping Ohio from breaking back into the contest. Adding to the experience of Raisanen, Malchow and Landers, Rhew Ster was cutting off Ohio’s advances forward with his strong overhead marking. Kanack was also enjoying some freedom away from the center, floating across half back and shoring up Milwaukee’s defense. When O’Connor came back on late, using his blistering pace to run onto a Defors kick forward and handball over the top to Belifuss for his 3rd the game was all but over. A 50 meter penalty to Milwaukee led to one more on the siren, sealing a solid home win for the Milwaukee Club against a competitive Ohio outfit.

Milwaukee vs. Ohio Valley
Milwaukee: 9.7.61
Ohio Valley 5.0.30

Goal Scorers
Milwaukee Bruce Beilfuss (3), Paul O'Connor, Tom Walker, Matt Lynch, Regan Atkinson, Andy Vanica, Brad Ruhge.

Best on Ground
Milwaukee: Atkinson, DeFors, Rew Ster, Walker, Belifuss, Malchow, James.


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