Kangaroos drop home opener to Atlanta Kookaburras
The Atlanta Kookaburras welcomed their oldest and fiercest rivals the Nashville Kangaroos with the first action of the 2016 USAFL season. In return, the Kangaroos hosted the Kookaburras at Elmington Park on Saturday, June 4.
A dozen experienced Kangaroos made the trip to Atlanta for a 10-a-side match, while the home team including many raw recruits. On a mild March day, the Kookaburras bigger bench could have little influence, whereas the honed skills of the Kangaroos were a deciding factor. The tables were turned at Elmington Park, with a much more experienced Kooka crew overpowering the Kangaroos.
Nonetheless, there were some gems for Nashville. Eric Toepfer starred in the forward line, kicking three goals against a staunch Kookaburra defense. This was the first USAFL game for three Kangaroos: Andrew Little, Zach Smith and Richard Kent. Andrew Little kicked a goal, while Richard Kent started in the key ruck position. Another first-year player, John Freeman started in the centre and run all over the ground in an impressive performance. Zach Smith played after just one training session. We have plenty of talent in the pipeline.
Atlanta Kookaburras 15.8 (98)
Nashville Kangaroos 6.9 (45).
Kangaroos goals: Eric Toepfer 3, Andrew Little, Tim Dunn, Duane Mathes.
This was game #240 for the Nashville Kangaroos, with an overall record of 142-97-1.
Record vs Atlanta is 25-8, including 15-3 at home.