Wallabies wallop Redbacks in the wet.
Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Elmington Park, Nashville.
Draft Day on Thursday, May 17, was an enthralling event as the two Nashville Metro Australian Football League teams were reformulated. Two teams emerged with a history dating back to 2010, when the Redbacks won the 2010 Nashville Metro Championship with a season record of 5-1 over the Wallabies.
In very wet conditions, the Redbacks started their 2012 season strong with two goals by full forward Damian Serong. The Wallabies were faster to get numbers around the ball and soon took control of the game, responding with four goals by four different players before the end of the first quarter.
Aided by the Redbacks’ inaccurate kicking at goal, the Wallabies extended their lead in the second quarter. The Redbacks struggled to utilize their skills with the wet ball and slick field. The Redback forwards found themselves drawn down the field, out of range even when they gained possession. Long shots towards goal slipped out of bounds or bounced through for behinds. At the other end, the Wallabies set up scoring opportunities with more precision.
Despite a twenty-seven point deficit, the Redbacks reassured themselves that they had equal time of possession. There was still much work before the Wallabies could put this win in the record books. The Wallabies managed only two scoring shots in the third quarter to the Redbacks’ six scoring shots, as the Redbacks repeatedly seized control of the ball from the center. However, kicking 1.5 for the quarter cost the Redbacks what could have been a huge comeback.
Although the pace inevitably slowed, the Wallabies maintained their lead in the final quarter, finishing the game with a 30 point lead. The Wallabies seem to have the Redbacks’ measure in the rain. It may be that dry conditions would help, but the Redbacks must consider whether a different strategy could give them more bite.
The second Metro game was very valuable match practice for the entire Nashville Kangaroos footy team prior to the Down Under Fest Footy All-Stars Cup in Cumming, Georgia next weekend.Scores By Quarter
1st - Wallabies 4.1 (25) Redbacks 2.2 (14)
2nd - Wallabies 7.3 (45) Redbacks 2.6 (18)
3rd - Wallabies 9.3 (57) Redbacks 3.11 (29)
4th - Wallabies 11.6 (72) Redbacks 5.12 (42)