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Match Report: Milwaukee v Atlanta
It is easy to spout hyperbole and claim that every game is the most important of the year, or even in club history, but when Milwaukee hosted Atlanta on July 24th, 2004, the hyperbole rang true. Both teams were undefeated coming into the game -- Milwaukee needed to win to ensure 3 wins from their 3 home games -- a Division I spot could be earned or lost -- and a new field was being put to the test (The Milwaukee Polo Grounds).

Bombers' Cagey Defense Traps Kookaburras

By Mozzie OZbourne, MBARFC Sports Reporter

Bombers Remain Undefeated in the MAAFL!!!  Atlanta's quest for #1 spot runs aFOUL!

(Milwaukee, WI) - It is easy to spout hyperbole and claim that every game is the most important of the year, or even in club history, but when Milwaukee hosted Atlanta on July 24th, 2004, the hyperbole rang true. Both teams were undefeated coming into the game -- Milwaukee needed to win to ensure 3 wins from their 3 home games -- a Division I spot could be earned or lost -- and a new field was being put to the test (The Milwaukee Polo Grounds).

The day started with an 18-on-18 curtain raiser ... a combined Chicago Swan/Shark team -vs- the Milwaukee B Squad and a contingent from Minneapolis Freeze. A glorious day for the club regardless of the outcome. In a tight affair that switched leads continuously in the first 2 quarters, the Bombers finally took control in the premiership quarter and never looked back. Details of the box scores have been misplaced, but the final score was 76-54 in favor of the Bombers B. This is very encouraging for the Bombers' Club as they prepare to send 2 teams to the 2004 Nationals...Division 1 AND Division 3.

In the Main Match, last minute team changes were required when gun Chris Kendall was caught in Chicago traffic. He would appear in the middle of the third. The first bounce and the game was on. As expected it was a tough first quarter – they always are. Both teams had a chance to make a statement but when the quarter ended 6 points to 2 points, Milwaukee in front, both teams lamented lost opportunities.

End of Q1: Bombers 0-6-6, Kookas 0-2-2.

In the second, it was Milwaukee that drew first blood, but Atlanta responded quickly (or maybe it was the other way around!). Playing on the flat expanse of the Polo Grounds and MCG-like dimensions, goals were hard to come by due to that extra 20 yards for the ball to cover at each end. Bombers by one at the half.

End of Q2: Bombers 1-7-13, Kookas 1-6-12.

Coach Langley loves giving his premiership quarter speech and this time it worked. The Bombers stormed out at three quarter time and hit two quick goals. Luke Woolrich leading the way with a right foot snap. Milwaukee felt it had the game by the neck, but Atlanta bounced back with two very quick goals. The center had broken down and their rovers had the run-on. But, it was the last time Atlanta would have the big number changed on the scoreboard.  Plugger O'Keeffe shouted to bench coach Cam Johnston to bring Wooly back into the center. Kendall finally turns up and the ship was steadied. Gary Hill led strongly and marked. The siren sounded. Luckily Hill did not hear the siren so did not have the extra pressure on his shoulders. He Shoots, He Scores. 4 goals to 2, Milwaukee by a bee’s dick.

End of Q3: Bombers 5-9-39, Kookas 3-7-25.

Atlanta had averaged 103 points coming into this game. The tight Milwaukee defense and the choking of the service into the Atlanta forwards by the Milwaukee center kept them goal-less in the final period...and astonishingly, allowed only 26 points by the Kookas for the entire match. This must be a record low for Atlanta for a full game of footy. Milwaukee kicked away in the last quarter to post 6-15-51. Milwaukee needs to take some goal kicking practice.

Final Score: Milwaukee 6-15-51; Atlanta 3-8-26.

It was a great result for Milwaukee. They played tough, but fair, football all day. They played in front and used their soon to be patented mother-in-law defense to hassle the Atlanta players all over the field, all day. The Milwaukee crew gave a resounding "three cheers" for the Atlanta Kookaburras; they are still awaiting their response.

It was a watershed day in many ways for the Bombers. Winning takes self-belief. It has not always been present in the Milwaukee huddle over the years, but it now takes 19th spot on the roster. Milwaukee has learned how to win.

The attention quickly turns to St Louis on August 14th. The season’s first road trip against the MAAFL premiers. It is sure to be the most important game of the year, and maybe even in club history!

 

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