Western Wallabies win Metro Footy Series 3-2

What a great year 2016 was for the Western Wallabies in the Nashville Kangaroos metro league!

Kicking 3 goals and 9 behinds is never a good formula to win a game of Australian football. Despite excellent performances by Richard Kent, Evan Ling, Jeffrey Persson and Eric Toepfer, the Western Wallabies fell to the victorious East Nashville: Platypus 8.3 (52) to Wallabies 3.9 (27) in Metro Game 1 on May 7. Series started 0-1.

While no Wallaby scored more than a single goal in Game 1, a forward line restructure paved the way for a 9 goal day for Eric Toepfer, and a major turnaround in Metro Game 2 on July 16. The Wallabies gained an 8 goal lead over the second and third quarters, with 6 goals in each. East Nashville came back strongly in the last quarter, but it was not enough as the Western Wallabies 18.12 (120) defeated Platypus 14.14 (98). Series tied 1-1.

After “only” 3 goals in Game 2, it was Evan Ling’s turn for a 9 goal haul in Game 3 on August 6. The experience showed with Dee Vsetecka, Jeff Persson and David Harris in the center, feeding the ball with precision to spearhead Ling. Western Wallabies 13.4 (82) defeated Platypus 8.3 (51). Series lead 2-1.

Between the two teams, five new players debuted at Metro Game 4 on September 15. Being thrown into a match on day one of their footy experience provided a very steep learning curve, but Davis Fox got his name in the record books with a goal in the last quarter, and Elliot Szabo created space and earned numerous disposals in the center. Despite another 5 goals from Evan Ling and 2 goals from Eric Toepfer, Platypus evened the series 13.13 (91) over our Wallabies 8.8 (56). Series tied 2-2.

Our top goal-kicker was on his way to Australia when we played Metro Game 5, but there was still plenty of firepower with John Freeman, David Harris, Eric Toepfer, Dee Vsetecka, Davis Fox and Elliot Szabo representing the West. The lead changed multiple times as both teams struggled for the 2016 Nashville Metro Series win on September 27. It came down to the final kick of the final game to break a tie, and the Wallabies celebrated a score of 10.9 (69) to 9.9 (63). SERIES WON 3-2!

Watch this site for our 2017 schedule. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary, pull on a Wallabies jersey and you will play!

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