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REDBACKS CONTINUE FORM TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED
On Saturday, the South Dublin Swans travelled north to take on the Belfast Redbacks in the Australian Rules Football League of Ireland. In challenging conditions for both teams with the rain falling down and a strong wind blowing across the ground, the game was a physical contest between the two sides. In slippery weather, both teams attacked the ball hard as locking the ball in the forward half was key to creating chances. The Redbacks managed to gain the ascendancy first and controlled much of the game as they slowly increased their lead throughout. The Swans created some good chances but the weather made kicking at goal difficult and the accuracy of the Redbacks helped them record an important 55-point victory.
Final Scores (ARFLI)
Men’s: Belfast Redbacks (14.10. 94) defeated South Dublin Swans (5.9. 39).
PORT MALMO LYNX IMPRESS IN TOUGH CONDITIONS
Over in Copenhagen, three women’s teams from three countries came together on Saturday as part of a round-robin tournament. The Odense Lionesses, Hamburg Dockers and Port Malmo Lynx took to the field despite heavy rain and thunderstorms in the area. On the day, it was Port Malmo Lynx who impressed in the tough weather, as they illustrated a formidable defence against Odense, not conceding a single score and scoring three goals as they won by 20 points. Despite not getting on the scoreboard, the Odense Lionesses battled hard in the rain against one of the benchmark teams in Scandinavia. In Port Malmo’s final match of the day, they continued their strong form beating a gallant Hamburg Dockers. Despite the weather, the day was a success for all involved, showcasing the impressive growth and development of the game in the region.
Women’s game one: Port Malmo Lynx (3.2. 20) defeated Odense Lionesses (0.0. 0).
Game two: Port Malmo Lynx (2.2. 14) defeated Hamburg Dockers (0.0. 0).
CLOSE BATTLE SEES HAMBURG COME OUT ON TOP
Round Five of the AFLG season saw the Frankfurt Redbacks host the Hamburg Dockers in a key clash for both teams at the half-way stage of the season. With a couple of weeks break ahead for both teams, to allow players to travel for the Euro Cup, the two sides gave it everything in a match that was even throughout. The home side, Frankfurt, created plenty of chances, but struggled to convert, kicking 15 behinds, while Hamburg was more polished when going forward as they kicked 10 goals for the game. When the final siren sounded, the accuracy of both teams in their forward-50 was the difference, as the Dockers got over the line by three goals in a close contest.
Final Scores (AFLG)
Men’s: Frankfurt Redbacks (6.15. 51) defeated by Hamburg Dockers (10.9. 69).
SUSSEX SWANS CLEAN SWEEP SEAFL ROUND 3
In Round Three of the SEAFL/WARFL, the Bristol Dockers, Southampton Titans and Sussex Swans battled it out at Hove on a sunny day in the south of England. In the opening game, Sussex was dominant against their south-coast rivals Southampton as the home side won by 109 points. Despite the scoreline, the Titans created a number of opportunities in front of goal which would have pleased them heading into their game against Bristol. The Titans and Dockers game were the tightest of the day, with the Titans providing plenty of attack going forward, but it was the Dockers who were just too strong in the end, as their experience helped them to win by 14-points in an entertaining contest. The final match saw Sussex play Bristol, and the home team continued their good form from the opening match as the Dockers just couldn’t match them, with Sussex winning by 58-points.
Final Scores (SEAFL/WARFL)
Men’s: Sussex Swans (120) defeated Southampton Titans (11)
Southampton Titans (54) defeated by Bristol Dockers (68)
Sussex Swans (84) defeated Bristol Dockers (26)
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