The Hudson River Rats shocked the heavily favoured Times Square Tourists in the 2010 NYCAFL grand final. The Rats started strongly and continued their surprising form throughout the game to keep the Tourists at arms length. The skill and class of the Tourists came to the surface however and threatened the Rats after halftime. It was the initial shock at the start that propelled the Rats confidence and they hung on for a 1 point win, 8.1 to 8.0. The Tourists trailed by 3 goals late in the game and a late surge put them ahead before a snapped goal by the Rats gave them the lead with seconds remaining. It was a great, hard fought game, probably the best of the season, and credit must be given to Squires’ men who were not given much of a chance during the year.
The Rats win ended a 5 season premiership run by the Trash. Coincidentally, the Rats ended the Trash’s hopes of 6 in a row the week before with a 7 goal drubbing, while the VB’s were handed the wooden spoon by the Tourists. The Tourists dream of bottom to top was close, but not close enough.Â However, Brennan’s men will be eager to atone for the loss next season.
2010 saw a great season for the NYCAFL with more players taking part than any other year and a new team taking out the title to reinvigorate the competition.
For the last time, this is the Commish signing off!