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Match Report: Milwaukee v Chicago
The Milwaukee Bombers fell 9.11.65 to 11.8.74 in a heartbreaker to the Chicago Swans in round 3 of the MAAFL on Saturday in Chicago. 

(Chicago, IL) - The Milwaukee Bombers fell 9.11.65 to 11.8.74 in a heartbreaker to the Chicago Swans in round 3 of the MAAFL on Saturday in Chicago.  This game was the most anticipated match-up of the season since the Swans are the oldest and most spirited rival of the Bombers.   The match between the clubs also took on added importance as both entered the game with identical 1-1 records, both teams defeating the Nashville Kangaroos and losing to the Dallas Magpies earlier in the season.  Consequently, this loss to the Swans leaves the Bombers with a difficult route to traverse to claim the 2005 MAAFL premiership.


The weather conditions at bounce-down were great for a game of footy - warm and muggy, but a cool breeze off Lake Michigan and sporadic clouds helped temper the steamy summer heat.  The Bombers chose to use the wind to start the game, but failed opportunities early on within the their red-zone, which has become an unfortunate trademark of the club this season, spoiled their chance to break the game wide open.  The Chicago Swans, on the other hand, showed no ill effects from their last match scoring 6.18.54 against Dallas and built-up a significant lead by scoring true on nearly every kick to their forward line.  Facing the wind and a potential rout, the Bombers began to climb that mountain of doubt with a level of optimism and pride in the jumper befitting a team that placed in the top 4 national rankings last season.  The Bombers defense began to ground the Swans attack and newcomer Paul "Smitty" Smith single-handedly brought the game back into reach at the half. 


With the wind at their backs and momentum on their side, the Bombers came out of the halftime break with a sense of purpose and greed.  By outscoring and dominating the Swans during the second and third quarters, the comeback had been completed as the Bombers led by a mere 3 points at the final break.  Just as coach Plugger boldly predicted during his pre-game assessment, the outcome of the game came down to the final quarter.  Speed and skill were no longer enough for the win as elements of desire, desperation, and hunger became vital in the final minutes to claim victory.  The Bombers flirted with success by scoring an early goal to take a tangible lead at the start of the fourth quarter.  With only ten minutes remaining in the game, however, the adrenaline that brought the Bombers back had been exhausted as the Swans ended the game with three unanswered goals and the win.  The Bombers had shown a valiant effort to come back from certain defeat, but the Swans came away with the outcome.

Congratulations to the Swans for their victory.  This match continues the tremendous tradition between these top clubs and will likely rank as one of the top performances between these two teams of recent memory.  A special thanks go out to all of the Milwaukee reserves that made the trip.  Although many of you did not get a run in the game, your efforts off the field (water, boundaries, cheering) is an indication of the true spirit of the club and was greatly appreciated.


Up next in round 4 of the MAAFL for Milwaukee is a much needed bye week on June 25.  In early July, the Bombers will be participating in the Waukesha 4th of July parade as well as in Summerfest on July 4 and July 10.  The Bombers next match is in round 5 of the MAAFL on July 16 against the St. Louis Blues at Kletzsch park in Milwaukee.  The Blues are the reigning two-time MAAFL premiers, are undefeated, and were the only MAAFL team to defeat the Bombers last season.  Further game details will follow in the coming weeks for this highly anticipated showdown.

Milwaukee    9.11.65
@ Rogers Park, Chicago, IL

Best on Ground: Paul Smith
Milwaukee goals: Paul Smith (5), Andrew Ciganek, Andy Williams



Other results from round 3 of the MAAFL

Dallas         12.8.80

Cincinnati    4.3.27
@ Cincinnati, OH

St. Louis         8.8.56
Nashville      6.10.46
@ Nashville, TN

Atlanta - bye


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