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CATS WIN THURSDAY NIGHT THRILLER
Thursday night football welcomed the Port Malmo Maulers and Farum Cats as the two sides battled it out in the race to decide positions for the upcoming finals. On a day where there had been sun, rain and even hail storms in the region, the weather cleared enough for a closely contested football match that went right down to the final siren. The Cats got off to a flyer, with fast ball use and making the most of their opportunities as they led by 29 points at the first break. However, the Maulers stepped up a gear in the second quarter and showed everyone what they are capable of as they clawed back the score and held a six-point lead at half-time – a 35 point turnaround in one quarter. The Maulers continued their momentum, but the Cats had also lifted their intensity and both defences were able to gain more control in the third quarter compared to earlier in the match. At the final change, it was the Maulers who were in front by 13 points. However, following the theme of this contest, there were more twists as the Cats piled on the pressure and with the last kick at goal for the game, scored a pivotal goal as they recorded an important five-point win in a fantastic game of football.
Final Scores (DAFL)
Men’s: Port Malmo Maulers (80) defeated by Farum Cats (85).
RHEIN MAIN REDCATS AND AMSTERDAM DEVILS RETURN MATCH A SUCCESS
After a successful match earlier in the year in the Netherlands, the Rhein-Main Redcats hosted a return match against the Amsterdam Devils women’s team on Saturday. In sunny conditions as seen in the picture below, the Redcats and Devils battled it out against each other at the Ostpark in Frankfurt. The Redcats team was made up of a combination of players from the Rheinland Lions and Frankfurt Redcats who have been competing in the AFLG Women’s league this season, while the Amsterdam Devils hadn’t played a competitive match since hosting the Champions League in April. In the last game, the Devils came away with the victory and Saturday saw the same result but the visiting team were made to work hard for the win. The Devils started off the stronger of the two teams, with their ball movement and physicality showing around the contest. With a number of players with experience in Gaelic football, the Devils were the stronger side, but a well-worked team goal in the third quarter highlighted the improvement of the Redcats team. The Redcats continued to fight hard but couldn’t match the Devils experience on a day that could become a regular feature in the future. It was a great day for all involved and created a great opportunity for AFL Netherlands and AFLG Women to build a positive relationship for the future of the game in those two countries.
Final Scores (AFL Netherlands/AFLG Women)
Women’s: Rhein-Main Redcats (6) defeated by Amsterdam Devils (99).
DOCKERS HEAD INTO AFLG FINALS UNDEFEATED
On Saturday, the Hamburg Dockers hosted the Berlin Crocodiles as the home side looked to finish the home and away season undefeated, while the visitors were looking to secure their place in the finals and gain some momentum heading into the finals, starting in two weeks’ time. In a tight, physical match, the class of the Dockers shone as they were able to control enough of the game in the key stages to win the final game of the home and away season by 29 points. Despite the final margin, the Crocodiles will believe they can take the game right up to the Dockers in the kind of environment that finals football can produce if they meet at some stage during the AFLG finals. Both defences will look back at the game and find positives with the low-scoring match which tend to be the nature during finals, so both sides would have taken plenty of positives out of the game. The Dockers will be deserved favourites from here after going through the season undefeated, but the Crocodiles will be looking forward eagerly to put their own impression on this year’s finals series, with semi-finals on the 24th of August before the Grand Final a couple of weeks later.
Final Scores (AFLG)
Men’s: Hamburg Dockers (66) defeated Berlin Crocodiles (37).
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