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Tournament Results: Nationals
The Milwaukee Bombers hosted the 2005 USAFL National Championships on October 1-2 in what turned out to be one of the most memorable events in the history of the club. In addition to the raving reviews of the performance of the Milwaukee volunteers off the field on running the tournament, the Bombers on the field played the best footy of their lives.

(Milwaukee, WI) --  The Milwaukee Bombers hosted the 2005 USAFL National Championships on October 1-2 in what turned out to be one of the most memorable events in the history of the club. In addition to the raving reviews of the performance of the Milwaukee volunteers off the field on running the tournament, the Bombers on the field played the best footy of their lives. For the first time in USAFL history, the Milwaukee club had three teams competing in a National championships - an indicator of the progress that the club has made over the years. The Bombers Division 1 team reached the Grand Final with an effort that will be recounted by all involved in USFooty for years to come. Several individual awards were also earned, including the Coopers Best and Fairest Medal (MVP) to both Paul "Smitty" Smith in Division 1 and Denielle David in the women's division, and the Paul Roos Most Consistent Medal (best American player) to James Brunmeier in Division 1. After this performance, the expectations will continue to grow for the Milwaukee Bombers.


Division 1

Game 1

Milwaukee vs Dallas

The Dallas Magpies were the undefeated MAAFL champions, entering the contest with an 8-0 record, which included a convincing victory over the Bombers in Milwaukee earlier this year. That bitter taste of defeat still fresh on several players minds helped to fuel Milwaukee as they took the lead against Dallas early and never looked back. Although the Magpies played like champions in defeat, it was the host team Bombers that stole the spotlight in victory. Game one complete; one down, two to go. Although spirits were high in the home stands, both players and spectators alike knew that another challenger faced the Bombers in just a few short hours.

Dallas             1.0.6
Milwaukee  8.9.57


Game 2

Milwaukee vs New York

At last year's national tournament in Atlanta, the Bombers faced the New York Magpies for a place in the Division 1 championship. In likely the hardest fought contest of the year for Milwaukee, they fell short by the slimmest of margins - a single goal. After a long and cold off-season up in Wisconsin, the mantra for the Milwaukee club for the 2005 season became "one more goal". Just one year later, the Bombers had earned the opportunity to prove that they had that one additional goal in them against those very same New York Magpies. Newest Milwaukee Bomber supporter and first pick of the NBA draft Andrew Bogut gave the host club a riveting and emotional pre-game talk to help things in perspective. In his talk, he mentioned how fortunate the team was to be able to play footy in the United States, and the players took his words to heart. At the start of the contest, the Bombers came out firing, ultimately taking a three-goal lead heading into the halftime break. Milwaukee could almost taste sweet victory, but New York was not as accommodating in the second half. With the Magpies season on the line, they fought hard to climb back into the contest and had several chances at the end to take the lead. In the end, Milwaukee had enough in them to hold off the charging New York club and win - by a single goal. In a true measure of class and professionalism, New York head coach and newly elected president of the USAFL Robbie Oliver congratulated the Milwaukee club for their efforts. When players and supporters of the Bombers recall the first day of games in the 2005 national championships, they will remember how terrific their team played on this afternoon in early autumn and also how they were able to overcome on a day that will be remembered as the "revenge of the Bombers". Game two complete; two down, one to go.

New York      2.3.15
Milwaukee   3.2.20


Game 3

Milwaukee vs Arizona

At 2-0, the home-team from Milwaukee were the talk of the tournament heading into the second and final day of competition. After putting in extended hours the entire weekend organizing and running the tournament, the Bombers were running the table and had a place in the Division 1 championship within their grasp. The final match of the round-robin match play were the Arizona Hawks, last year's Division 2 champions. The last time Milwaukee played Arizona was at the 2003 national championships. The Bombers won that match on the way to securing the Division 2 championship, and the Hawks likely did not forget that match. Arizona won the coin toss and chose the wind for the first half. Their strategy paid off, scoring two quick goals and taking the first lead any team had on Milwaukee in the 2005 tournament. After the first five minutes of the contest, however, the Bombers finally settled and began to fight and claw their way back into the contest. Driving the Bombers now was a combination of intensity, fear, anger, and desire to not let their achievements from yesterday be dashed and cost them a spot in the championship match. Having finally pulled even with the Hawks close to the halftime break, the spirit of the Bombers soared as Paul "Smitty" Smith scored a goal for their first lead just as the halftime horn sounded. That momentum coupled with with wind carried the Bombers high over the Hawks as they sailed home with the victory. Game three complete; undefeated and heading for the Division 1 Grand Final!

Arizona         3.3.21
Milwaukee  7.5.47


Grand Final

Milwaukee vs Denver

The entire tournament was abuzz with the pairings of the Division 1 Grand Final. Milwaukee Bombers-Denver Bulldogs, David-Goliath. Milwaukee has grown leaps and bounds as a club over the past several years as they were only a Division 3 team just three years ago. Over those same three years, Denver has won the Division 1 Grand Final, and four over the past five years. If there ever was a Cinderella story in USFooty's history, this was it. The game commenced under tremendous fanfare and pageantry with the largest crowd of the weekend flanking all sides of the field just to catch a glimpse of the host team and find out whether it would be a tournament of destiny or dynasty. The game started off on a fever pitch with both sides playing in top form. Despite surrendering several scoring opportunities to the Bulldogs, the Bombers were able to keep pace and were only down a goal at halftime. With the wind against them for the second half the Bombers played valiantly and with heart, but were unable to match the firepower and skill of the Bulldogs. This victory for the Denver Bulldogs epitomized their sheer dominance of the sport, having now secured an unprecedented fourth consecutive Division 1 Championship, and their fifth of the last six years. As for the Milwaukee Bombers, their expectations will be soaring in 2006 after having come so close to winning it all. With a continued commitment to growing the sport and the club in Wisconsin, the Bombers will truly be the team to beat.

Denver        4.8.32
Milwaukee    1.1.7



Division 3

Game 1

Milwaukee B vs Louisville/Kansas City

The Milwaukee Bombers B team kicked off their tournament run early on Saturday in pool A of Division 3 play. Their first match was against a powerful combined team consisting of top players from both the Louisville Cats and the Kansas City Power. The Bombers played tough in the first half and were only down a few goals at halftime. Perhaps it was the early morning start coupled with the exhaustion of running the tournament that caught up with the host team that allowed the Louisville/Kansas City club to pull away in the second half.

Louisville/Kansas City   9.5.59
Milwaukee B                       0.0.0


Game 2

Milwaukee B vs Baton Rouge

The second match for the Bomber B team was against the sentimental favorite club over the weekend; the Baton Rouge Tigers. Having only weeks earlier endured Hurricane Katrina, the Tigers played with an undying passion for the game in what was a distraction from the chaos suffered at home. Having received assistance from several clubs to attend the tournament, including direct support from many of the players on the Milwaukee team, the Tigers persevered in a wonderful exhibition of what this sport is all about.

Baton Rouge   10.6.66
Milwaukee B        0.0.0


Game 3

Milwaukee B vs Cincinnati/Pittsburgh

The Milwaukee Bombers B team's final match of the tournament was against the combined team consisting of players from the Cincinnati Dockers and the Pittsburgh Wallabies. This very same combined club won the Division 3 tournament last year, and was forecasted to be another grueling match for the host team after a tournament of tough matches. By halftime, the Bombers appeared to be out of the match and worse, down on spirit after trailing once again by several goals. It may have been the final 20 minutes of the season looming ahead that finally sparked this club to a remarkable finish and a memorable end to the season, albeit in a losing effort. The Milwaukee Bomber B team had outscored the reigning Division 3 champions in the second half, scoring their first two goals in Nationals competition over the past two years. An effort like this had the local supporters wondering if the season ended too soon for the host team. With this effort, there will surely be much higher expectations for these Bombers next year at the National tournament.

Cincinnati/Pittsburgh   6.2.38
Milwaukee B                   2.2.14



Women's Division


For the first time in USAFL history, there was a women's National tournament held at the USAFL National Championships.  There were four teams officially entered into the competition, however, the host team Milwaukee Bombers divided its players with the other three clubs to provide sufficient numbers to have a strong bench.  Having a full team at the tournament was a dramatic improvement over the past year in which the women's team was just started.  All players from Milwaukee played extremely well over the tournament, including Denielle David, winning the MVP award for the tournament.  The future looks bright for the women's club in Milwaukee in years to come after a strong performance at their first National championships.


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