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Bombers Pluck Roosters
Saturday August 14th marked the Milwaukee Bombers last official home game for the summer at Brown Dear Park against the Des Moines Roosters. While Milwaukee had managed to pip the Roosters in a practice match in Des Moines earlier in the season, the Bombers squad was looking much stronger at home and was fired up for a big win after loosing the week before to Minnesota.

In the first quarter both teams came out strong with no side able to trouble the scorer in the opening minutes. Signs were good for the home team however, with Adam Kanack dominating out of the square early. Kanack was winning the ruck taps and giving the first opportunity to Milwaukee on-ballers James, Siegel and Atkinson and then following up to clear the ball forward himself with his now trademark run and carry. It was not all one-way traffic though. The Iowa team had plenty of winners, including the on-loan revo Andy Vanica and the speed merchant Matt Lynch. While the intensity of both teams could not be questioned, it was Milwaukee’s superior experience and use of the ball that proved the difference early. The game was played at 15 a side allowing Patrick Defors space to run off the back flank. Two early goals to the Paul Chapman/Ellery look a like showed Defors class and gave the home side the advantage.

In the second term it was more of the same from the Bombers. Regan Atkinson was enjoying the space and finding plenty of the ball as were fellow on-ballers Ross Siegel and Doren James. Antz’s skill across half forward was also telling, delivering the ball perfectly to forwards O’Connor, Chanthavong, Walker and Belifuss. The Bomber backline led by Landers, Coad and Heath Moore was also looking rock solid, with the Iowa team unable to find an avenue to goal despite entering the 50 on numerous occasions. The Roosters coach then took things into his own hands, out positioning Bomber defender Malchow to post kick two quick goals for the Roosters and finally get the away team scoreboard ticking over before half time.

Milwaukee started the third quarter with a handy lead and were looking to wrap up the match before 3 quarter time. Like the previous week however, Milwaukee seemed unable to maintain its intensity for all four quarters and came out after the half looking slow. Andy Vanica was monstering the Milwaukee mid-field, demonstrating a willingness to run and make the contest that the home team could not match. The Milwaukee forward line had also stagnated, the talk and movement of the first half had gone. Typifying Milwaukee’s concentration lapse, scholarship player Regan Atkinson gather the tap in the middle before running the wrong way and delivering superbly to Bomber backman Rew Ster, winning him the Corka award instantaneously. The Roosters, sensing the lack of urgency in the Milwaukee side lifted. First gamer number 22 was proving a more than handy replacement in the ruck, and Kegger, with the help of the Lynch brothers, was toweling up the Milwaukee forwards out of full back. Matt Culane marked strongly in front of Heath Moore to post a major in the closing minutes to give the points for the quarter to the Roosters.

Milwaukee rang the changes at 3 quarter time in an effort to win back momentum. Antz went into the middle to provide some extra grunt while Belifuss went to Kegger in an effort to quiet the Rooster defender. Malchow also went forward providing a challenge for Lynch who had been wasted up until then in the back pocket. Thankfully for the home team Milwaukee again fired in the last. The combination of Antz, Siegel and Atkinson proved too much in the middle for Vanica and co. The Milwaukee forwards also started to fire. Jeza was getting in front while, Walkers impressive run resulted in a goal off the hands of O’Connor. Ellery and Chanthavong were also providing targets and running the Iowa defenders ragged. Belifuss finally got on top of Kegger, and while his boot was a little off he finished the day with a couple of goals and plenty of the ball playing the toughest position on the ground. While the Bombers were wasteful in front of goal, Ross Siegel and Defors ensured the Roosters were unable to clear the ball from half back and kept the Rooster defenders busy. In the end it was Milwaukee comfortably in what was a great game of footy by both clubs.

Special thanks to the Roosters for travelling up and providing us with a great game of footy and to umpires Plugger O’Keefe and Gary Hill for their efforts on the day. The Bombers look forward to a long rivalry in the future as the newest Midwestern team continues to develop. It was all fun after the game as many of the Roosters stuck around to enjoy the infamous Milwaukee nightlife and watch Regan Atkinson abuse the Corka award bib. It was also good to see many of team sponsors Cross fit Milwaukee members out on the town at Brocach Irish Pub and AJ Bombers to share a drink after their own day of competition. Remember if you want to get fit like Vanica, Bombers can show up for free on Tuesday nights ( or speak to Paul O’Connor. On a sour note, it was unfortunate to see Antz throw Jeza and his Aussie accent under a bus for an unknown female later in the evening. Hopefully these guys can patch it up and form a winning combination both on and off the field at Nationals. The Bombers next game is Against Ohio Valley in St Louis on the 28th.

Final Score:

Milwaukee: 11-11-77
Iowa: 5-7-37

Milwaukee: 11-11-77

Q1: 3-3 scorers:  Pat DeFors (2), Regan Atkinson
Q2: 4-1 scorers:  Pat DeFors (2), Anthony Pugh, Tommy Walker
Q3: 2-1 scorers:  Anthony Pugh, 13?
Q4: 2-6 scorers: Bruce Beilfuss (2)

Best: Patrick DeFors, Ross Siegel, Adam Kanuk, Regan Atkinson, Doren James

Iowa: 5-7-37

Q1: 0-1
Q2: 2-1 scorers: Matt Cullen, Andy Vanica
Q3: 2-4 scorers: Andy Vanica, Matt Cullen
Q4: 1-1 scorer: Matt Cullen

Best: Andy Vanica (loaned from MKE via Denver), Adam "Kegger", Shaun Chichine, Paul Fradd, Mike (on loan from Boston)

Umpires Best on Ground: Andy Vanica


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