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Freeze Too Much For Bombers
On Sat August 7th the Minnesota Freeze traveled to Milwaukee to take on the Bombers at home. After a poor showing in Minneapolis earlier in the year in which the Bombers did not travel well, Milwaukee were looking to upset the strong Minnesota outfit at home. From the opening bounce however it was clear that the Freeze had brought a strong side. Once again with a number of new faces in the Bombers lineup, Milwaukee struggled early with the freeze jumping out to a handy two goal lead early in the first. Andrew Date who is raising money for MS by running across the country with his fiancé ( popped in for the day from somewhere near the Illinois/Indiana border and was the best for the Bombers early, picking up possessions at will across half back. The Freeze half backs including revo Werner and the running Weaver were doing all the damage though, setting up their team with beautiful running play off the defensive zone.

Milwaukee began to creep back into the game in the second with local hero Patrick Defors taking the job on the damaging Hansen and getting plenty of the ball himself. Regan Atkinson was also finding plenty of the ball out of the middle for the Bombers and Antz was becoming lively across half forward using his foot skills to perfection. Adam Kanack continued to show he is on track to be one of the club greats, winning the ruck dual for the Bombers and taking a number of key contested marks around the ground and at kick ins. While in general play Milwaukee had fought their way back into the game, the home club continued to be unable to Match Minnesota on the scoreboard, giving the freeze and handy lead by half time.

In the third quarter Milwaukee sprung to life. Date along with Aussies Sheehan and Culane had gone forward providing some extra class in the front 50. It was the great vision of Coad however the provided the first for the Bombers, squaring the ball up nicely to Atkinson in front. Heath Moore along with Malchow, Peterson and Landers were holding strong in the backline but despite at times having the best of general play, the Bombers could not real in the Freeze on the scoreboard. Instead, going goal for goal as Minnesota appeared to have all the answers. The Bombers would work hard to find a target inside 50 only to have the freeze sweep the ball down field in only seconds for the quick reply. The frustration got to Milwaukee big man Jeremy Moore, a cheeky backhander to his opponent costing him 50 and winning him the Corka award for the day.

At the three quarter time huddle with time against them, it was clear that victory was unlikely for the home side. Coach O’Connor was emphatic that the team finish well however and send a message to the opposition that Milwaukee could match it with their likely division II club rivals. Disappointingly, the last quarter was the worst for the home side with many of the Milwaukee players appearing to run out of legs. The freeze easily outscoring them to run away with a 9 goal win. While the Bombers had a number of key players missing on the day and are awaiting the return of current club champion Rob Humphreys in the coming weeks along with the hungry Dingo, it is clear the club have plenty of work to do if they are going to go one step better at Nationals this year and take home the title. The Bombers get one more crack at the Freeze before nationals in the Mississippi rubber match scheduled September 11 in Lacrosse. Before then, Cheer the Bombers on at home next weekend August 14 as they hope to bounce back at home against the traveling Des Moines Roosters!

1st Quarter
Milwaukee Bombers 1.0.6  Goal Scorer: Regan Atkinson
Freeze 4.2.26  Goal Scorers: #54 (2), #23 (2)

2nd Quarter
Bombers 0.3.3 Total:1.3.9 Goal Scorers - none
Freeze 2.2.14 Total: 6.4.40 Goal Scorers: #35, #23

3rd quarter
Bombers 3.1.19 Total: 4.4.28 Goal Scorers: Regan Atkinson (2), Ross Siegel
Freeze 4.1.25 Total: 10.5.65 Goal Scorers: #35, #9, #4 (2)

4th Quarter
Bombers 1.2.8 Total: 5.6.36 Goal Scorer: Andrew Date
Freeze 4.3.27 Total: 14.8.92 Goal Scorers: #54, #9, #23, #4

Umpires for the game: Paul O'Keefe, Gary Hill

Milwaukee 5 best:
Best - Adam Kanack, Regan Atkinson, Ross Siegel, Andrew Date, Patrick DeFors

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