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Match Report: Milwaukee v Dallas
The Milwaukee Bombers kicked off the 2006 Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) season with a convincing win over the 2005 defending (and undefeated) champion Dallas Magpies, 10.17.77 to 5.8.38.  With this victory, the Bombers begin the season with high hopes of capturing their first MAAFL premiership and a marked improvement over last season's competition.

Bombers Top Magpies in Dallas

(Dallas, TX) - The Milwaukee Bombers kicked off the 2006 Mid-American Australian Football League (MAAFL) season with a convincing win over the 2005 defending (and undefeated) champion Dallas Magpies, 10.17.77 to 5.8.38.  With this victory, the Bombers begin the season with high hopes of capturing their first MAAFL premiership and a marked improvement over last season's competition.

   MAAFL Ladder After Round 1

  Won Lost F A %
St. Louis Blues 1 0 97 38 255
Milwaukee Bombers 1 0 77 38 203
Chicago United 1 0 68 52 131
Nashville Kangaroos 0 1 52 68 76
Dallas Magpies 0 1 38 77 49
Atlanta Kookaburras 0 1 38 97 39
Cincinnati Dockers 0 0 0 0 0

 

For the past two seasons, both the Dallas Magpies and the Milwaukee Bombers contended for the MAAFL title, so this game had significant implications for their overall seasons.  Although their recent history against each other had Milwaukee ahead by a 2-1 advantage, the Magpies utilized a victory against the Bombers in round 1 of the MAAFL last year to springboard their season.

 

The weather for the game was overcast and an unseasonably cool 70 degrees which favored the northern Bombers who were not accustomed to the potentially devastating Dallas heat.  Hard rains from the previous night left several treacherous spots on the Magpie home turf, however, both clubs were eager to start the game no matter the conditions.  Possession of the footy would be critical factor for success in this contest.

 

The Bombers started the game off well in the first quarter with several scoring shots.  Team captain Heath Moore led the Bomber charge with the first goal of the season and of his three-year career with Milwaukee.  Unfortunately the rest of his club could not follow his accurate lead as the Bombers missed a golden opportunity to distance themselves from the Magpies and only had a goal lead after the first quarter.  The second quarter began much as the first quarter had played out with several unsuccessful scoring chances and the score still dangerously close.  Several of those shots were near-misses, however, and it was only minutes later into the quarter that the Bombers began to convert on their opportunities and make their push.  At the sound of the halftime horn, the Bombers had distanced themselves and taken a five goal lead.

 

The halftime break in the Bomber huddle was positive and active as they discussed adjustments to be made that would enable them to coast home capitalizing upon the momentum of the first half.  As the game progressed in the third quarter, however, Milwaukee realized that Dallas had no intention of conceding the victory.  The Bomber defense, which had played stellar all afternoon, was showing signs of fatigue as the Magpies were able to penetrate their backline and set-up several shots on goals.  The defending MAAFL champions were not willing to back down in front of their boisterous home crowd and were able to trim the deficit to a mere three goals by late in the third quarter.  The Bombers were able to settle by the start of the final quarter, however, and walked away with a critical victory to begin their 2006 MAAFL campaign.

 

Special thanks go out to the Dallas Magpies players and fans that put on a tremendous show of footy and should be recognized as one of the leading clubs in the country.  The thrilling competition and tremendous camaraderie between these two clubs will only strengthen the healthy rivalry amongst these two perennial MAAFL favorites.

 

Up next for the Bombers is a bye for round 2 of the MAAFL competition, but an exciting exhibition match against the reigning Division III champion Minnesota Freeze in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, May 20.  Following that match, the Bombers host the Etobicoke Kangaroos from Toronto, Canada on June 3 followed by a round 3 match-up at home against their top rivals, the Chicago United.

 

Milwaukee   10.17.77

Dallas                5.8.38

@ Lookout Park, Dallas, TX


 

Box Score

                         Milwaukee Bombers                                    Dallas Magpies

  Goals Behinds       Goals Behinds  
Quarter 1 1 5     Quarter 1 0 0  
Quarter 2 4 6     Quarter 2 0 0  
Quarter 3 2 3     Quarter 3 0 0  
Quarter 4 3 3     Quarter 4 0 0  
Final Score 10 17 77   Final Score 5 8 38

 

 

Other results from round 1 of the MAAFL

Atlanta  
         5.3.38
St. Louis   14.13.97
@ St. Louis, MO

Chicago       10.8.68

Nashville     7.10.52
@ Nashville, TN

Cincinnati - bye

 

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