Kangaroos defeat Columbus Jackaroos, advance to 7-1.
Who: The Coffee Truck, The Latin Wagon, Columbus Jackaroos and Nashville Kangaroos.
Commentary by Evan “Colonel” Ling and Drew “Not Clohesy” Dunlop.
What: Gourmet food, cool drinks, and Nashville Kangaroos (6-1) v. Columbus Jackaroos (4-1) in a thrilling Australian football match.
When: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 2:00pm.
Where: Elmington Park, Nashville.
Columbus 7.5 (47) defeated Nashville 6.9 (45) in Columbus, Ohio on August 8, 2009.
Nashville 11.18 (84) defeated Columbus 4.3 (27) in Mount Juliet, Tennessee on June 19, 2010.
Columbus 11.14 (80) defeated Nashville 2.6 (18) in Columbus, Ohio on May 21, 2011.
Nashville 8.8 (56) defeated Columbus 3.2 (20) in Louisville, Kentucky on April 28, 2012.
The Nashville Kangaroos and Columbus Jackaroos had faced each other four times since the Jacks were founded in 2008. Each team had two wins, so this was the tie-breaker. Most recently, Nashville defeated Columbus in the final of the John Harrell Memorial Cup, the only loss by Columbus in 2012 to date. Columbus had won a very close and vigorous match against Chicago to make the final, and understandably faded in the second half against Nashville.
This was the first visit by the Jackaroos to Elmington Park. Nashville’s only other home game against Columbus was in 2010, when Elmington Park was closed due to the flood.
Why the Kangaroos won:
Nashville led from the start and were never headed. Despite building a lead steadily throughout the first half, Kangaroos had only a two goal lead late in the third quarter with Columbus looking strong. The back-breaker was two quick goals by Nashville to take the momentum going into the final quarter. It’s very difficult for a USAFL visiting team to come from behind late in the game, so hanging on to that lead was key.
1st - Nashville 3.7 (25), Columbus 3.2 (20)
2nd - Nashville 7.10 (52), Columbus 4.3 (27)
3rd - Nashville 10.10 (70), Columbus 7.4 (46)
4th - Nashville 13.14 (92), Columbus 8.6 (54)
Nashville: Damian Serong 4, Chris Neilson 3, Jake Ridings 2, Preston Jezek, David Walker, Clint Milner, Ben Vaatstra.
Columbus: Rob Ward 4, Brady Minich 2, Evan Gardiner, Chad Welday.
Nashville: Jake Ridings, Joel Morley, Ben Vaatstra, Nate “Nate” Caldwell, Preston Jezek.
Columbus: Shawn Furlong, David Wilson, Will “Batman” Dudley, Andrew Jordan, Peter Taylor, Phil Sisia.
Field: Grant White.
Goal: Alex Benjamin, Toby Persson.