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End of Year Report
This is the 2004 End of Year report for the Milwaukee Bombers.

2004 Closed Out with an Emotional Win and Retirements

The 2004 Milwaukee Bombers season came to close on a glorious Sunday morning in Atlanta, Georgia. The Bombers walked off the field hoisting aloft two retirees having just convincingly beaten San Diego and claiming third place in the Country. It was the end of magnificent three year journey.
In late 2001, club President, Paul “Plugger” O’Keeffe, approached Colin Langley to become coach with the long-term aim of pulling the Bombers out of the cellar. At the 2001 Nationals Milwaukee could not even field a full team and were rated 30th in the Country. The reigns were handed over to Langley, an ex-AFL player with Carlton, with the aim of gaining respect for the club.    

In 2002, Milwaukee finally fielded a team in their own right and made the Grand Final of Division III, and just lost to Philadelphia. The journey continued in 2003 with the club moving into Division II and stunning all and sundry by making and winning a fantastic Grand Final over Golden Gate.

2004 saw Milwaukee join the Mid American Australian Football League (MAAFL) and make the commitment to travel. Milwaukee finished second in the MAAFL in their inaugural year, losing out to St Louis, the defending Premiers, on percentage.

The Bombers made their aims of moving into Division I. The icing was the ability of the Bombers to bring a second team to Nationals to compete in Division III. We had finally gained respect from the deadbeats of 2001 to a footy powerhouse.

Along the way we achieved some other notable achievements in 2004; we launched our own Metro Footy competition with games every Wednesday night played upon the meandering Milwaukee Lakefront.   We had 4 teams and over 50 players participate during the summer.  Jared Brunmeier won the USfooty/AFL Scholarship to train with the Essendon Bombers and then stayed in Melbourne to play with the Hampton Rovers. Our first Australian scholarship player, Luke Woolrich, joined us for the season from the Rovers. We had 5 players represent the club at the International match against Canada with Bruce Beilfuss pulling on the American Revolution jumper for the first time.

We made a great showing and were the crowd favorites at the Wauwatosa Independence Day Parade. The year was rounded off with Luke Woolrich winning Best and Fairest for Division I and the Nationals and the announcement that James Brunmeier was awarded the 2005 Macquarie University Scholarship to study and play footy in Sydney.  

The National Championships started in style for the Bombers with a huge win over St Louis. We may not have won MAAFL, but we avenged our earlier season loss to St. Louis and proved we were the team to beat in MAAFL. We moved onto our biggest challenge of the weekend, first seed New York. In a tight defensive affair the Bombers went down by 6 points; one solitary goal. The next day we regrouped to prove we had arrived on the National scene with a win over 2001 Premiers San Diego.

The three-year journey ended with the emotional retirement of Plugger and Colin. The time had come to hang-up the boots. The boys had done us proud. The club is strong and vibrant both on and off the field and the passion for the game runs deep. The journey to win the Division I title has begun.


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