The Village Bohemians have capped a stunning 2011 NYCAFL season by taking out the premiership in a closely fought contest with the Suburban Tollmen (Trash) at Pier 40 in Manhattan. Also on the night the Times Square Tourists won the battle for third place and the first pick in the 2012 NYCAFL draft by defeating the Hudson River Rats and the Blue team beat the Red team in the final Recfooty game for 2011.
It was a hot and sunny start to the evening as the Times Square Tourists and the Hudson River Rats stepped out on the field for the third place playoff. The River Rats had the benefit of most of their squad being available while the Tourists needed to recruit a few ring-ins to fill out their team. Despite the heat the intensity of the game was high with the River Rats jumping out of the blocks early thanks to the strong work of midfielders Buxton, Rush, Loader and Ormsby. The River Rats were continually pressing forward to their target Bowen with only the strong defensive work of Tourist Ryan preventing a barrage of goals. Both teams worked hard throughout the half but the River Rats had the ascendancy at half time leading 4.1 25 to 2.0 12.
After the break the Tourists came out the stronger with Lin finding space and capping off his own good work with a couple of goals. Mitchell and Miller got busy and worked off the effective tap work of Smiley to put through goal after goal. The River Rats managed to pull back a couple of goals but the damage had already been done with the Tourists running out 17 point winners, 10.0 60 to 7.1 43. The win was the Tourists first for the season and secured them the first pick in the 2012 NYCAFL draft as well as some revenge for their close loss to the River Rats in the 2010 NYCAFL final.
The fourth Recfooty game saw a great turn-out from the Lady Pies resulting in a reduction in the number of male participants compared to the previous games. The first half was a relatively even contest with the Blue team jumping out to an early lead via a goal from Cartier before Staropoli pulled one back for the Red team. Another goal saw the Blue team take a 9 point lead into the break. The start of the second half was a back and forward contest with neither team able to score for the first five minutes as midfielders Licata, Barlaz, Donner and Gallogly and both teams defense saw plenty of the ball. Ultimately the Blue team scored first via McHale to take a 2 goal lead and although the teams traded goals from that point on the established lead was too much for the Red team to pull back. The final game was played in the same excellent spirit of the rest of the series and continued to introduce new Lady Pies to the great game of Australian Rules football.
The main game of the evening pitted the undefeated Boho’s against the Trash for the 2011 NYCAFL premiership. The game represented quite a turnaround for both teams who played each other in the third place playoff in 2010. With healthy squads to choose from both teams opted to tag key players from the outset with the Boho’s Kerr going to Smith and the Trash’s Walsh manning up on McIntyre. The first five minutes of the game was contested at a frenetic pace with both teams giving their one out forwards a few opportunities. The Trash broke the deadlock first via Spielman before the Boho’s hit back via Schultz. The remainder of the half saw the Boho’s with the greater number of opportunities but inaccurate kicking meant that the difference at halftime was only a couple of goals.
Both teams came out fired up in the second half with man on man footy the name of the game and several heavy contests drawing Ooh’s and Aah’s from the tens of spectators at Pier 40. Wayward kicking continued to impact the Boho’s while the Trash were generally making the most of their foray’s forward. Goals were at a premium and the Trash trailed by a straight kick and change going into the final 5 minutes of the game. A goal to Boho ruckman Buckingham gave his team some breathing space before Smith soccered one through for the Trash and maintained the goal margin. Ultimately the Boho’s managed to lock the ball up in the centre and the whistle blew to signal the end of the contest and the Boho victory, 6.1 37 to 5.0 30.
The win to the Boho’s sealed their undefeated season and rise from cellar dwellers to premiers. Illustrating the integrity of the draft, the 2011 ladder was a complete opposite of the 2010 season despite a highly competitive series of games. The Boho’s toasted their victory at Magpies club sponsor the Australian Bar & Restaurant with a significant portion of the crowd kicking on to enjoy the mighty Collingwood Magpies come from behind victory over their arch nemesis the Essendon Bombers. Thanks to all involved in the 2011 NYCAFL season especially umpires Arne Pulle, Michael Payne and Rhys Ryan and the captains of the 4 teams. The NYCAFL will return bigger and better as part of the New York Magpies 2012 season!