Dockers Defeat Jackaroos in Nail-Biter

The Cincinnati Dockers Australian Rules Football Club defeated both the intense heat and their in-state rivals, the Columbus Jackaroos last Saturday at Point Pleasant Park in Fairfield by a score of 67-62 in a match that had several lead changes, and was close for all 80 minutes of play.

Cincinnati started the game in promising fashion by scoring the first 13 points, assisted by goals from Matt Seuling and Pat OBrien. This would be the largest lead the Dockers would have all afternoon, as Columbus would come back to kick three goals of their own by the end of the quarter. Cincinnati could only manage to score behinds after that, and Columbus took a 20-17 lead at the 1st quarter break.

Both teams continued to apply pressure in the second quarter, though neither side could dominate on the scoreboard. Cincinnati kicked four goals in the quarter, while Columbus managed three. The Dockers were able to take a one point lead into halftime, 41-40.

By this point, the intense heat was starting to affect both teams performance. Cincinnati only earned three scoring shots in the third quarter, two of them goals. Columbus only managed two scoring shots, both of which were also goals. At the end of the third quarter, Cincinnati increased its lead by only one point, leading 54-52.

With both teams equally in the match, neither side showed signs of quit. Columbus intensified their offensive pressure by kicking several shots towards the goals, but the Cincinnati defense responded well, only allowing one goal in that quarter. With less than a minute to go, however, the Jackaroos, down 67-61, were able to find an open player who kicked towards the goals, however the ball struck the goal post before crossing the line. By rule, that resulted in a 1-point behind, leaving the score 67-62. Seconds later, the siren sounded, and the Dockers claimed victory over their rivals in one of the hottest matches both sides had seen, figuratively and literally.

The Cincinnati Dockers are an Australian Rules Football club based out of Fairfield, Ohio. Established in 1996, they are the oldest club of its kind in the United States. The Dockers won the USAFL Division 4 National Championships in 2008 and 2009. The Cincinnati Dockers are also an official partner club of the Fremantle Football Club of the Australian Football League.

For more information about the Dockers please visit their official website at www.cincinnatidockers.com. To contact the Dockers, please send an e-mail to dockers@cincinnatidockers.com.