ANZAC Day Clash of the Titans
Just like Port Malmö, this weeks report is all business (read; sorry, but nowhere near as detailed or entertaining as the work of The Flex).
As the sunburn on more than the one face will attest, the weather had again provided near perfect footy conditions for the ANZAC Day round clash between Port Malmö and Helsingborg Saints. And with both teams understanding what was at stake, the normal camaraderies were put on hold for four quarters of hard fought footy (that’s all I’ll say on that matter, sorry – the umpires did a good job of dealing with any on field issues).
Pre-game saw the acknowledgement of two legends of Skåne AFL reaching two pretty impressive milestones. Andy Svensson in his 40th season (ca. 20th playing AFL) became the first player in Skåne (and maybe in all of Scandinavia?) to reach 250 games. Daniel McClaer took the ground as a player for the 100th time in representing a local club. Once more, a big congrats lads.
Pre-game also saw all present observe one minutes silence in remembrance of the armed forces of our nations, as is the tradition on ANZAC Day. Proceedings were expertly introduced and timed by Adam Brown. As is also tradition, some clown shouted ‘Go Pies’ at the second hand hit 60.
As for the game, the scores tell much of the story. Port Malmö was a maybe a little lucky to be so far ahead at quarter time, with Helsingborg wasting a few good chances early; at quarter time, the Maulers led by 17. That said, luck had nothing to do with the final result. A rock solid defence, great run through the middle, and some quality team work and trickery up forward meant that the Maulers felt in control for the majority of the match. Port Malmö won the second quarter by 6 points, Helsingborg the third by 1 point, and Malmö the final by 11 points. 12-a-side allowed both teams to use the space and set up some great end-to-end plays. Games 2, 3 and 4 between the two DAFL powerhouses from Skåne are shaping up as ones to watch.
Final Scores: Port Malmö 15. 16. 106 def Helsingborg 11. 7. 73
Best; In addition to Gates, Erik Vig, Tony Mac, Ginj, and Az noted on TheFootyRecord, the rock in defence that was Tony Persson, 0.4 Simmo, 3.0 Birtles, and most of the rest of the team deserve to be listed.
Also, congrats to the two boys playing their first game for Port Malmö in Erik Vig (see ‘Best’) and Jonas Lovén. And, of course, a huge thanks to the umpires.
Finally, congrats to Simmo for taking out the nearest the pin comp. Eighth time lucky, to knock out Andy Svensson’s shot at 152cm by a mere, but clear, 9cm.
Yeah, that’s all.