The Village Bohemians and the Suburban Tollmen will face off in the 2011 NYCAFL grand final following wins over the Hudson River Rats and Times Square Tourists respectively in Round 3. The final represents a complete turnaround from 2010 when the 2 teams faced off in the 3rd place playoff. In the nights Recfooty game the red team proved too strong, kicking away with a barrage of goals.
The Bohoâ€™s had basically a full team to select from in the match against the River Rats who were missing several stalwart players including captain Ben Squires and inspirational midfielder Glenn Ormsby. However the Rats conducted some last minute recruiting and were boosted by the inclusion of first game players Matt Astill and Adam Simson. The start of the game was frenetic with neither team really being able to develop much momentum until the Bohoâ€™s applied immense pressure and managed to convert via the debuting Richard Franulovich. That goal opened the flood gates and both teams scored regularly for the remainder of the quarter before the Bohoâ€™s took a 3 goal lead into half time, 7.1 43 to 4.0 24.
The River Rats made a couple of strategic changes at the start of the second half with Andy Bowen moving into the midfield, immediately showing his class with the first two goals of the term to bring the margin back to a solitary major. The rest of the half was a see-sawing affair with the two teams trading goals until Jordan McIntyre put through two in a row to give the Bohoâ€™s some breathing room. The Bohoâ€™s then showed why they have travelled through the regular NYCAFL season undefeated to hold of the River Rats and record victory number 3, 12.1 73 to 9.0 54.
The Recfooty game for the week saw a couple of new players joining the experience and marking themselves as future Lady Pie guns. The game was high scoring with noticeable improvement in skills since the first game was played in the middle of June. Ultimately the Red team had too much firepower up front with Monica Robbins, Lina Staropoli and the debuting Sarah McMahon each piling on multiple majors.
The final regular season game of the NYCAFL for 2011 saw the Trash needing to win in order to guarantee a berth in the grand final and the Tourists still a technical chance of making the decider if they could rack up a big win. The Tourists came out with the intention of overcoming the odds scoring the first goal only seconds into the game via the strong tap work of Brett Smiley and the finishing ability of captain Andy Brennan. Stunned by the early advantage the Trash worked into the game with David â€˜Diggerâ€™ Kyle and Todd Smith combining for several goals to give the Trash the lead. With Brennan being well held by Brian Caine, temporary Tourist recruit Scott McMaster set up as main rover and got the ball down to stay at home full forward Sam Mitchell on multiple occasions who, (aided by some excellent reads of the bounce) kept the Tourists in the contest. At half time the Trash led by 11, 8.0 48 to 6.1 37.
At the start of the second half the Tourists moved Mitchell into the middle where he was quickly picked up by Trash captain Juice Desai while Smith and Brennan established a head to head battle. Relieved of his tagging role, Caine popped up everywhere, delivering the ball with precision to full forward Kyle and kicking an over the head goal of his own to put the Trash in control of the game. Not to be outdone the Tourist scored late goals through McMaster and Cam Sinclair (in similar style to Caineâ€™s earlier goal) to maintain a respectable scoreline. Ultimately the Trash came away with the chocolates, 18.2 110 to 9.2 56.
With the regular season over Saturday July 30th will see the Trash and the Bohoâ€™s fight it out for the 2011 NYCAFL premiership under lights at Pier 40 in Manhattan (west end of Houston St). In the teams earlier meeting for the year the margin was just 2 points so the game promises to be intriguing. Also that night the River Rats and the Tourists will clash for pride and the number 1 draft pick in the 2012 NYCAFL draft and the final Recfooty game for the season will be held. Games kick off at 7pm with supporters, family and friends encouraged to come down to the NY Magpies only games in Manhattan for 2011. Players and supporters are welcome to bring food and drinks (no alcohol is permitted) to what promises to be a fun evening. The after match function will be held at club sponsor, the Australian Bar and Restaurant in Midtown and will include the presentation of the NYCAFL trophy to the winning team and the playing of the Collingwood v Essendon blockbuster on the big screens.