PAFL Round 4
In Game 1 the Cascades were hoping to keep things rolling after their first win of the season. By the end of their game last week they were clicking on all cylinders. After a flying start to the season the Ospreys were dealt their first loss in round 3 and hoping to get back to the top of the ladder with a win this weekend.
It was another tightly contested game throughout the first half. Therewas contest after contest and some great passages of play. One on one match ups were heating up around the ground. Gawlista and Phillips were tussling with new Aussie Ryan Stewart, but they couldn’t hold him forever and he got loose working with Coach Okely through the mid field. They would go on to score 4 goals between them. At the other end Coach Chalk of the Cascades was closely checked by Ben Hargrave. Given literally no breathing space by Hargrave, Chalk put his body on the line to set up for his team. The Cascades were given a boost with the late arrival of Mike B who had an immediate impact, finishing with 3 goals for the game.
In the second half the Ospreys began to struggle as they were missing some of their regular on ballers. Stewart was forced into the middle for some extra run. Terry Brasch battled hard all day on the ball for the Ospreys and was rewarded with a goal. The Cascades caught on fire early in the second with the unstoppable combo of Mercouriou and Kim streaming out of the middle. They piled on three goals. After proving his worth in the backline in round 3, Nathan Gaebe was back in front of goals for the Cascades. He returned to form nailing a nice set shot. The Ospreys were unable to stem the flow as the Cascades stormed home for a 21 point win.
Ospreys: Stewart 3, Brasch, Okely
Cascades: Borenstein 3, Kim 2, Gaebe, Mercouriou, Weinstock
Daniel, Klaebe, Snider
The Loggers were hungry for a win after consecutive losses, but were missing key mid-fielders in Pele “F U” Blundell and their team backbone, Coach Tyler “The Iron Plank” Cox. Coxy would have to do his damage coaching from the sideline, having chipped his elbow in the previous round. The Brewers had solid numbers and plenty of experience, looking to continue where they left off the previous week.
Both teams were hard at it in the early going. Big Alex battled manfully in the ruck for the Loggers up against the tireless Seth Wright of the Brewers. Seth would win out in taps, but Alex made up for it with his hard work around the ground. Easton and Begg went up against Coventry and Weinstock on the ball. Each player getting loose on occasion. The Loggers had trouble finding an avenue to goal with usual targets Easton and Begg forced to play exclusively in the middle. A cameo from Okely gave them their only first half goal. As per usual, Mcphee and Snider were mopping up in the backline. The Brewers’ teamwork got them on top, leading to an even spread of goals from Coventry, Baker and new recruit “Is he the real Slim” Shadi.
The Brewers dominated possession early in the second half, but were unable to capitalize on the scoreboard. The goal kicking was woeful and they left the door open. The Loggers didn’t waste any time and were suddenly back in the game with a couple of goals from Okely and new player, Shane Blanden, who is fresh from playing down under. Finally the Brewers managed to get their kicking boots on to the correct feet and re-establish their lead, running out to a comfortable 30 point win.
Brewers: Coventry 3, Baker, Brasch, Weinstock, Wright, Shadi
Loggers: Okely 2, Blanden, Begg
Gaebe (aggravated dislocated finger – 1 week)
Klaebe, Snider, Daniel
Thanks to the players from The Shockwave, Portland’s very own full contact professional women’s American Football team who stopped by to watch. During the breaks in play of the PAFL, they also demonstrated they have some serious Footy skills. Bring on the Stumptown Throwdown.
Memorial Weekend – Skills Development