With weather conditions keeping some players away and forcing a schedule change, the Bohoâ€™s retained their perfect record in the 2011 NYCAFL with a win over the Tourists while the Trash got their first points for the year with a big win over reigning premiers the River Rats. And after a close first half the Blue team, featuring special guests former Sydney Swans premiership captain Brett Kirk and his son Indhi, ran away from the Red team in the nights Recfooty game.
Overcoming a change in opponent from the Tourists to the River Rats and a significant height disadvantage the Trash had too much depth over the field for the River Rats who were missing a number of key players. After a tight first 10 minutes of traded goals the Trash opened up a lead via the strong midfield work of undersized ruckman Ash Flavel and midfielders Todd Smith, Ojas â€˜Juiceâ€™ Desai and Mike â€˜Dickoâ€™ Dixon before the River Ratâ€™s via strong efforts from Andrew â€˜Bubbaâ€™ Bridges and Glenn Ormsby wrested back the lead by half time. At half time the River Rats led 4.0 24 to 3.1 19.
The Trash came out the more committed team in the second half as the midfield ran all over their opponents to give full forward Tristan Keefe the opportunity to kick 4 second half goals. Up the other end of the ground Scott McMaster was having a good battle with his Trash opponent Lukas Didon with the honors largely even despite McMaster kicking a couple of goals. Unfortunately his efforts werenâ€™t enough with the Trash recording 11 goals to 1 in the second half to run out comfortable winners, 14.1 85 to 5.0 30.
The second Recfooty game saw an increase in the number of women participating and the involvement of Brett Kirk and his son Indhi as special guests. The contest was tight for the first half with Red team forward Rebecca Gallogly getting good service from her midfield of Andrea Casillas and Todd Smith and Lady Pies coach Lina Staropoli keeping the Blue team in contact, converting a needed goal following a courageous mark. At half time the Red team led by a goal from Gabriel Casillas.
After the break the Blue team came out fired up and the Kirkâ€™s combined to shut down the Red teamâ€™s forwards. Brett developed a potent combination with Blue team midfielders Matt Barlaz and Siobhan McHale and forward Monica Robbins capitalized to lift the Blue team to a runaway victory, 188.8.131.52 72 to 184.108.40.206 37.5.
The second NYCAFL game pitted the improving Bohoâ€™s against the Tourists with both teams missing several players. Despite the absence of their captain Nick Walker and key players Jordan McIntyre, Chris Norman and Toby Tornay, the Bohoâ€™s jumped out to an early lead thanks to the strong play of Jimmy â€˜Pistolâ€™ McLoughlin and debuting 2011 first round draft pick Jack Taylor. The Tourists can never be counted out however and team leaders Andy Brennan and Walt Lin asserted themselves on the contest kicking late goals to put their team only 2 goals behind at halftime, 5.0 30 to 3.0 18.
After the loss of their 2011 first round pick Adam Overall to a knee injury at the end of the first half, the Tourists were exposed by the Bohoâ€™s whose whole team ran-out the second half strongly. Despite the odds the Tourists were well served by Pat Miller and Jamie Baskett but could not stop the Bohoâ€™s from scoring 8 second half goals and running out winners, 13.1 79 to 6.0 36.
The Bohoâ€™s win saw them retain 1st position on the ladder with a significant percentage boost. The Trash jumped up from last to second courtesy of their big win with the River Ratâ€™s equal on points and the Tourist yet to open their account in 2011. After the game the players from all teams were joined by the Kirkâ€™s and cameraman Dominic Azoto for a couple of beers and analysis of the games.
With New York Magpie games scheduled against Philadelphia and North Carolina and the 4th of July long weekend the NYCAFL will take a temporary hiatus before resuming at Stevenâ€™s Institute on Friday July 15th for the final round robin fixtures. Â That night will see the Bohoâ€™s clash with the River Ratâ€™s and the Trash take on the Tourists to determine the teams that will go through to the 2011 NYCAFL grand final which will be held on Saturday July 30th at Pier 40 in Manhattan.