By Juan De Ildefonso
On the 4th of August the Redbacks hosted the second round of the 2021 “Corona AFLG” against the Rheinland Lions. Both teams brought into the field 15-17 player each and they agreed to play 10v10, bringing more playing options and flexibility into the game.
It was a very physical game and Köln made the difference showing their greater fitness. Both teams fought hard for the ball with a lot of contests in the midfield, followed by quick possession changes between them.
The final Score was 6.10 (46) to 11.14 (80). This result brings the Redbacks into the obligatory position to win the next two games if they want to reach the finals this year…
We want to thank the field umpires Ioanna Kopasaki and Matthias Kaiser for the consistent job.
After an unlucky start of the game for the Redbacks, the Rheinland Lions had an early 3 goals lead. Then Matthias “The King in the North” Klusemann brought some fresh air back to the team by scoring the first of his 4 goals in the game. After this point the team fired up pressing harder for the ball with a great performance of the midfielders Jason Edwards, Andrew Molloy and Xavier Cramer using their great speed and tackling skills.
In the second and third quarters the boys got closer to the Lions, with Constantin Pixa dominating in the ruck and Gerard Forelli bringing down some players with his great tackles. As well Stephen “Big Ben” Williams showed a great performance in the forward line in his first game with the Redbacks. Jose Martinez had the chance to play some minutes, after his injury in the last game. Welcome back Jose!!
But in the fourth quarter the Lions stopped the comeback for the Redbacks showing good ball control and better fitness level to win the game. Cheers to the Köln Lads for their great commitment on and off the Field!!! We can´t wait to play against you again!
The game was accomplished with no injuries.
This week´s Redback Man of the Match was Jason Edwards, who dominate the midfield contesting every ball and playing almost the full game. Great effort Jase!!
Welcome to our first gamers Stephen Williams and Gökhan Kocmar!
We want to welcome to the team to David Desfosses, who came to support the Redbacks for the game and joined the team in the next week training!!
The premium raffle prize was won by Steve, and doesn’t he look happy about it!!
Thank you to all the volunteers who made the day possible, as you can see the Grill had a nice line…. Also it was great to see a good number of supporters back again! The after party at the Tap House was a great location. Specials thanks to Eli and and Megan to lead the after-party!
Our next game is an away game, 18th September, against the Zuffenhausen Giants. Carn the Backs!!