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Match Report: Milwaukee v Cincinnati
The Milwaukee Bombers finished off the 2005 Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) season at home with a convincing win over the Cincinnati Dockers, 13.8.86 to 0.0.0.
(Milwaukee, WI) - The Milwaukee Bombers finished off the 2005 Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) season at home with a convincing win over the Cincinnati Dockers, 13.8.86 to 0.0.0.  With this victory, the Bombers finish third in the MAAFL and improve their chances of receiving their second-consecutive Division 1 berth in the National Championships in Milwaukee this October.  Looking back at this win over the Dockers, this may have been the Bombers most impressive showing to date.

  Final MAAFL Ladder

  Won Lost F A %
Dallas Magpies 6 0 470 234 200
Chicago Swans 5 1 528 250 211
Milwaukee Bombers 4 2 465 260 179
St. Louis Blues 3 3 322 417 77
Nashville Kangaroos 2 4 251 419 60
Atlanta Kookaburras 1 5 308 463 67
Cincinnati Dockers 0 6 171 469 36

 

All signs leading up to this game were for a tight match-up.  The Bombers played the Dockers in Cincinnati last year and were able to pull away late in the game after trailing at halftime.  Since that last match-up, the Dockers won the Division 3 championship in Atlanta last October, which included a convincing 10.7.67 to 0.0.2 victory over the Bomber reserves.  Although the Dockers were having another tough season this year in MAAFL play, they had been playing their best football to date after close loses to Nashville and St. Louis.  With several new recruits and looking for something to prove, this was expected to be an exciting match in Milwaukee.

 

The final game of the season for the Bombers tipped off under perfect conditions, 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky.  The game was played under National Tournament guidelines, two twenty-minute halves (instead of four twenty-minute quarters) and 18 players per side.  The Cincinnati side made the trip to Milwaukee short a few players due to injuries and were aided with a couple of skilled players that traveled from Minnesota as well as a few of the top Bomber reserves.  The Bombers, on the other hand, had one of their top line-ups of the season as they had their four top players return from Australia after playing in the International Cup.

 

The game started off very aggressively for the Bombers as they controlled the ball for most of the first half.  Milwaukee was able to chase down loose balls and consistently advance them to their red-zone, or 50 meters to goal, offensive area.  Inaccurate kicking led to several behinds and many others out on the full while the Bombers held a comfortable lead at the break.  Coach Paul "Plugger" O'Keeffe was not satisfied with the Bombers efforts, however, as he gave his team specific instructions for improvements in the second half.  Those words by coach Plugger certainly seemed to make a difference as his club was able to convert more of those offensive opportunities into goals.  The Bomber defense was also up to the task as they held Cincinnati to without a scoring opportunity the entire game and consistently drove the ball back into the center of the grounds at every time the Dockers threatened.  Although Cincinnati proved to be no match for the Bombers skill, they did match their athleticism and limited the number of offensive advances by Milwaukee in the second half.  The Dockers should be commended for never giving up once in the game or getting down on each other.  This "work-in-progress" likely left Milwaukee with several encouraging signs that will prove invaluable when they return for the National championships in a month.

 

Standout performances against the Dockers were numerous for the Bombers, but this group does not place value on such individual efforts.  The mark of the Milwaukee Bombers is about working together as a team through supporting their mates with lots of talk on the field and a relentless charge to the fall of the ball.

 

In the end, the Bombers rolled on for their third consecutive victory and completed another successful season in the MAAFL.  After an ominous 1-2 start to the season, the Bombers were able to regroup, improve their skill, and return to their form that resulted in a top-four result in last year's National tournament in Atlanta. 

 

After the game, the Cincinnati Dockers had one more run with the Milwaukee Bombers in an exhibition for all the fans in attendance.  This additional game was intended to help them prepare for National tournament play in which teams play multiple games in a single day.  For the exhibition game, the entire starting defense of the Bombers swapped with the Dockers to level the sides.  In what was another thrilling match, the Bombers ran away with the win, however, both teams benefited with the additional run.  After the game had finished, both teams joined at the center of the grounds in a huddle for a tremendous show of sportsmanship and camaraderie and walked off together for a BBQ held at the field.

 

Special thanks go out to the Cincinnati Dockers and Minnesota Freeze players that made the trip to Milwaukee for several games of top-footy action.  The Bombers look forward to returning the favor next year to renew the great relationships between these clubs.  A special thanks also go out to all of the fans and supporters that came out to the final home games of the season.  Their attendance was appreciated and rewarded with some great action on the field.  Their continued support will be necessary as the National tournament looms ahead.

 

Up next for the Bombers is the National tournament in Milwaukee.  The Bombers will await as other leagues complete their regular seasons and the tournament pairings are announced.  Further details about the weekend are now available on the National tournament website.

 

Cincinnati          0.0.0

Milwaukee   13.8.86

@ Brown Deer Park, Milwaukee, WI


 

Box Score

 

Milwaukee Bombers

Name # Goals Behinds
Kevin Brown 1    
Ross Siegel 2 1 1
Heath Moore 4    
Bruce Beilfuss 5 1  
Adam Guenther 6    
Aaron Siegel 9    
Kurt Landers 11    
Paul Raisanen 12    
Gary Hill 14    
Paul Conway 15    
Colin Langley 17 1  
Patrick DeFors 24   1
Jared Brunmeier 26    
Paul Smith 27 6 1
John Upton 30 1  
James Brunmeier 31 1  
Don Shadian 34 1  
Neil Hanlon 35    
Brad Rymer 45   1
Mike Perrone 48    
Andrew Ciganek 57 1  
Dustin Checkai 95   4

 

                         Milwaukee Bombers                                Cincinnati Dockers

  Goals Behinds       Goals Behinds  
Half 1 6 6     Half 1 0 0  
Half 2 7 2     Half 2 0 0  
Final Score 13 8 86   Final Score 0 0 0

 

 

Other results from round 7 of the MAAFL

Atlanta  
        4.9.33
Chicago   13.12.92
@ Chicago, IL

Dallas       11.9.75

St. Louis     7.7.49
@ St. Louis, MO

Nashville - bye

 

 

Exhibition Match

 

Name # Goals Behinds
Kevin Brown 1    
Ross Siegel 2   2
Heath Moore 4    
Bruce Beilfuss 5 1  
Adam Guenther 6    
Aaron Siegel 9    
Gary Hill 14    
Paul Conway 15    
Colin Langley 17    
Arkansas Smith 23    
Mitch Upton 25 1  
Jared Brunmeier 26    
Paul Smith 27 5 1
John Upton 30    
James Brunmeier 31 1 1
Don Shadian 34 3  
Neil Hanlon 35    
Raechel Spink 40    
Rock Smith 42    
Andrew Ciganek 57    
Barry Arnold 69    
Dustin Checkai 95   1
Rushed     1

 

                        Milwaukee Bombers                                Cincinnati Dockers

  Goals Behinds       Goals Behinds  
Half 1 7 3     Half 1 0 0  
Half 2 4 2     Half 2 0 1  
Final Score 11 6 72   Final Score 0 1 1

 

 

Curtain Raiser Match

 

Speed Kills                                                         Milwaukee Bombers

Name # Goals Behinds   Name # Goals Behinds
Heath Moore 1       Ross Siegel 2 1  
John Upton 7   1   Adam Guenther 6 4 1
Scrappy Raasch 8       Ryan McLuen 9    
Paul Raisanen 9 2 1   Paul Conway 15    
Boom 12       Colin Langley 17    
Raechel Spink 14       Patrick DeFors 24    
Brian Latus 15       Mitch Upton 25    
Troy Thibedeau 22       Jared Brunmeier 26    
Rock Smith 27       Steve Lehman 28 1  
Aaron Siegel 29       Sandy Bradley 30    
Nate Bergengren 30 1     James Brunmeier 31 2  
Arkansas Smith 33       Nick Breach 33    
Kurt Landers 35       Neil Hanlon 35    
Don Shadian 37   1   Scott Acherman 39    
Kevin Brown 38       Mahlum 40    
Teddy Bailey 45       Brad Rymer 45    
Paul Smith 50 1 3   Mike Perrone 48   1
Gary Hill 52       Andrew Ciganek 57   1
Bruce Beilfuss 54   1   Dustin Checkai 95    
Rushed     1   Rushed     1

 

                                  Speed Kills                                       Milwaukee Bombers

  Goals Behinds       Goals Behinds  
Half 1 2 2     Half 1 4 4  
Half 2 2 6     Half 2 4 0  
Final Score 4 8 32   Final Score 8 4 52
 

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