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Report: July 4 Weekend
The Milwaukee Bombers participated in one of the largest July 4 parades in the state of Wisconsin yesterday.

(Waukesha, WI) - The Milwaukee Bombers participated in one of the largest July 4 parades in the state of Wisconsin yesterday.  After being involved in the Wauwatosa July 4 parade for the last 2 years, the Bombers have moved west to Waukesha, the site of the 2005 USFooty National Championships in October.  This was an exciting opportunity for the Bombers to showcase the club and the sport of Australian Rules Football in front of thousands of spectators as they prepare for the second half of their 2005 season.


The day started off quite ominously as torrential rain fell in the morning hours leading up to the parade.  By the time the parade began at 11:00am, however, the inclement weather had subsided to party cloudy skies and beautiful 80 degree temperatures.  The Milwaukee Bombers were scheduled as one of the last groups to walk the two-mile long parade route, perhaps with the intention of having the perennial parade fan-favorite footballers provide the 'grand finale' for the thousands of festival goers.  The buzz among the multitude of spectators was evident as most came to the feet to get a better look at the spectacle of players and supporters of the Bombers passing through.  Boomerangs, fliers, and candy were handed out to the curious crowd while players sprinted through kicking, passing, and taking marks with one another as well as with the audience.


Once the Bombers completed the parade route, they played a full metro football game as part of the "Flying High on the 4th of July" Festival in Waukesha.  Played alongside activities such as rock climbing and a music concert, the Milwaukee Bombers stood out like a sore thumb as hundreds of the festival pedestrians stopped to catch a closer glimpse of what all the action was about.  As for the game, the reds shot out to four goal advantage in the first quarter led by captain Mike Perrone.  The whites pulled back into the contest with a couple of goals by Neil Hanlon and newcomer Raechel Spink.  This rally was not enough, however, as the reds pulled away in the fourth quarter with a decisive victory.  Players on both the reds and the whites did not walk off the grounds blue on this patriotic day as both sides gave out a resounding three cheers for the Bombers, the true winners on the day.


Congratulations to the Milwaukee Bombers and their supporters for their tremendous show of club spirit on the day.  A special thanks go out to Peter Kerr, Ryan 'Rhyno' Russell, Barry 'Bear' Arnold, Tara Lee 'T' Felton, and Neil 'Fez' Hanlon for their efforts in coordinating this highly successful event.


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