For the last time in 2012 the NYCAFL visited Hoboken and the results saw the Hudson River Rats book a spot in the NYCAFL Final with a win over the Suburban Tollmen (â€œTrashâ€) and the Village Bohemianâ€™s record their first win for the season beating the Times Square Tourists. Despite their loss the Trash will face the Rats in the NYCAFL Final on Saturday July 21st at Pier 40 in Manhattan while Boho and the Tourists will also rematch with the first pick in the 2013 NYCAFL draft at stake.
First up on the night was the mixed Recfooty game and it was the red team that came out firing, scoring the first 3 goals via Andrea Casillas and new recruit Gabe before the yellow team got on the board via another new recruit, Zak. The middle of the half saw back and forward football with Bryan Caine, Siobhan McHale and Lisette Hinojosa exerting their influence. Unfortunately for the yellow team Casillas and Gabe each added another goal before the break to put the Red team up 5.0 30 to 1.0 6 at half time.
The second half saw a closer contest as Christina Licata got more involved and Rebecca Wax and Autumn Ervin made some searching runs up the wings. Casillas and Gabe continued to be the difference for Red however, each adding another goal. The Yellow team decided it was time to make a game of it with Zak adding another for the Yellow team and McHale exerting her influence with 2 majors to make it a 3 goal game. Unfortunately for them as they had for the whole game Casillas and Gabe kicked truly to finish with 5 and 4 goals respectively and the Red team won 9.0 54 to 4.0 24.
The River Rats knew that they could confirm their spot in the 2012 NYCAFL grand final and continue their unbeaten run with a win other the 2nd placed team on the ladder, the Suburban Tollmen. The game started exactly as they hoped with Rats captain Jeremy Spiteri collecting the ball from the opening tap by Adam Mantzaris and goaling with mere seconds on the clock. Not to be out done the Trash roved the next contest and kicked truly to make it 1 goal a piece with less than a minute played. The next possession continued the trend as the Rats got the ball down quickly to their full forward, Andy Bowen who converted to put the Rats up again. Unfortunately for the Trash, they couldn’t answer straight back and the Rats managed to be more productive during the half with Rob Donner, Brett Felsenthal and Brendan Murphy particularly busy. At half time the Rats led the Trash 10.0 60 to 5.0 30.
After a pep talk from coach David Kyle the Trash came out the more determined in the second half with Nick Oâ€™Sullivan throwing his body into the contests, Jason Clifford getting more involved across half back and fill-in Tai Scott doing a sterling job. The strong work translated into goals with the Trash adding 5 to the Rats 2 in the first 10 minutes, reducing the gap to 2 goals. The rest of the half was an arm-wrestle as Rats backmen Tim Buxton and Ben Squires locked their opponents down and their Trash equivalents Bryan Caine and Myles Walkington did the same. Ultimately though Bowen put through the sealer and the Rats confirmed top spot on the ladder and a grand final place with a 13.0 78 to 11.0 66 win.
The final game for the night pitted the Tourists against the Village Bohemians with both teams looking for their first win of the season and the Tourists still a mathematical chance of making the grand final. The first half was a back and forward battle with returning Boho leaders Jordan McIntyre and Jack Taylor finding their feet after injury related time on the sideline. With Boho full back Dylan Martin doing a good job on Chris Walsh of the Tourists and Tourist Brett Smiley keeping Boho full forward Eddy Buckingham quiet it was left to both teams midfielders to do the scoring and Chris Murray for Boho and Joseph Hocking for the Tourists kicked truly. At half time nothing separated the 2 teams with both kicking 3.0 straight.
Boho came out the stronger in the second half and with Taylor and McIntyre getting more involved built up a buffer of a couple of goals. The Tourists were not to be discouraged however and captain Sam Mitchell added a goal before Boho enforcer Toby Tornay soccered one through on the goal line. Smiley moved into the ruck for the Tourists and gave them a sniff of a victory but ultimately Boho held on to record an 8.0 48 to 6.0 36 victory.
With the Tourists failing to beat Boho the NYCAFL final was confirmed as a rematch of the Round 3 clash between the Hudson River Rats and the Suburban Tollmen. For the Trash it will be a chance to gain some revenge for a close loss while the Rats will be able to cap an undefeated season and their 2nd NYCAFL championship in 3 years with a win. The Tourists and Boho will also get the chance of a rematch with the first pick in the 2013 NYCAFL Draft up for grabs. Both teams will no doubt be keen to get the win and the opportunity to add the best new talent to their squad for next year.
Both games plus the final Recfooty game for the year will take place this Saturday July 21st at Pier 40 in Manhattan (west end of Houston St) from 6pm. Spectators are welcome to attend the New York Magpies only games in Manhattan for 2012 and are encouraged to bring food and drinks (no alcohol is permitted). The games will be followed by the trophy presentation to the 2012 NYCAFL champions at The Australian Bar and Restaurant on West 38th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) from around 10pm. The owner of the Australian, a generous sponsor of the New York Magpies, has also offered to raise the stakes for the Rats and the Trash with the winning team to receive a happy hour and the player voted best on ground a couple of cartons of Coopers.