Match Preview: Farum Cats v Port Malmo Maulers

The spotlight goes on the final round of the Danish Australian Football League this weekend with an all-important top of the table match-up between the Port Malmo Maulers and Farum Cats set to decide the competitions minor premiers.

Both sides will head into the game full of confidence after registering romping wins last Saturday afternoon, but they can expect a different level intensity this week with top-spot and a more favourable semi-final on the line.

More than just the for the symbolic reward of first past the post, Saturday’s winner could crucially avoid a semi-final clash with the likely occupants of third-place, the Copenhagen Giants, who have toppled both Farum and Port Malmo already this season.

While those finals machinations are an important sidenote to the contest, Farum Coach, Thore Lauritzen, stressed that his side will have their mind only on the Maulers this week.

“We know that Malmø is a tough opponent, especially when it comes to September matches, and just like us they will give everything they’ve got to secure the minor premiership, and hit the ground running for the finals,” Lauritzen said.

Despite a strong winning record and multiple Grand Final appearances in recent seasons – including last season’s loss to the Copenhagen Barracudas – Farum have somewhat franked expectations to perform as well as they have in 2018 following some significant changes to the playing list.

Lauritzen admits as much, saying the young Cats have outdone themselves to be in contention at this point in the season.

“It was actually meant to be a rebuilding season for us, yet here we are contending for the top spot in the last game before the finals,” he said.

“This proves, at least to us, that a lot of our young talented players are already shaping out to contend, even though we’re missing a lot of key players from the recent 5 years or so.

“Our young team manages to contend for the top spot, even though a lot of the older and very experienced players from our former premierships teams have retired.

“We think that the young squad have learned a lot from tough lessons from final losses in the recent years, and we know that they will have to give it all to raise the cup this year.”

For the Maulers, it will be a matter of overcoming a side who has had the wood over them in recent times, with the most recent round ten match between the two sides delivering a convincing 78-point win for the Cats.

Since then, Port Malmo has flicked the switch to win three consecutive games, buoyed by the goal-kicking exploits of forward, Ben Polmear, who booted another ten majors in the win against Copenhagen last week to draw within three of Farum’s Mikkel “Psycho” Hjerpe at the top of the DAFL goal kicking.

The race for golden boot is just another sideshow of a pure footy match-up,  where both sides will be out to leave a mark ahead of a potential Grand Final meeting.

 

Riley Brettell – AFL Europe

 

DAFL Round 17

FARUM CATS v PORT MALMO MAULERS

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