First Metro Game Shows Roos and North Evenly Matched
Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Elmington Park, Nashville.
It was an excellent way to start the season. Wanderland Urban Food Park fed a crowd enjoying the gourmet delights of Jonbalaya, The Grilled Cheeserie, Hot Spot, Blackbird Heritage and Izzie’s Ice as they watched a skilled exhibition of eleven-a-side footy. The sun shone on a mild spring day, with a moderate breeze assisting the downhill West End Ave end of Elmington Park.
Kicking towards the scoring end, the North team had the ball on a string for the first quarter. New recruit Tim Creed showed some incredible skills at half forward to feed the ball to the North forwards. If not for some North inaccuracy, the Roo team might have thought their game was over after only one quarter, scoring a paltry 0.2 (2) to the mighty North’s 4.4 (28).
It became apparent that the food truck patrons had the best seats in the house, as their end was favored by the Roos’ three goals to North’s two in the second quarter. At half time, seven goals had been kicked at the food truck/West End Ave end of Elmington Park to only two at the school end. North still had a good lead, but the Roos had made up some ground to trail 3.5 (23) to 6.7 (43).
Luke Nemeth, sporting his hirsute Captain Caveman style, dominated the center in the third quarter, leading the Roos to a four-goal haul. At the other end, North sprayed their scoring shots to kick an untidy 1.5 for the quarter, wasting their last opportunity at the scoring end. The match was set for a thrilling fourth quarter, with less than a goal separating the two teams, Roos 7.8 (50) to North 7.11 (53).
It appeared the promise of a thriller would be fulfilled as the two teams burst into the final quarter. The two teams swapped the lead, with the Roos’ first goal being answered by a North goal, followed by the Roos retaking the lead to be answered again by a North goal. Only a few minutes into the last quarter, the lead had already changed four times. However, North finally felt the cost of missing their third quarter opportunities at the scoring end. Kicking uphill and against the breeze, the North players’ legs began to ache. The Roos seemed revitalized, and five unanswered goals toppled the game towards an unexpectedly uneven final result. A desperate effort by the North offense produced a face-saving goal in the last minute, but it was too late for a meaningful surge. The final score showed the Roos victorious 14.11 (95) to 10.13 (73).
The two teams will reunite to form a formidable Nashville Kangaroos squad for the John Harrell Memorial Cup Tournament in Louisville on April 28. It looks like 2012 will be an enthralling footy season!Scores By Quarter
1st - Roos 0.2 (2) North 4.4 (28)
2nd - Roos 3.5 (23) North 6.7 (43)
3rd - Roos 7.8 (50) North 7.11 (53)
4th - Roos 14.11 (95) North 10.13 (73)
Roos: Luke Nemeth, Nathan Caldwell, Andy Steinman.
North: Tim Creed, Cliff Cosnahan, Ben Vaatstra.
Field: Ross Flemming.
Goal: Alex Benjamin, Mike Guinsburg.