Dockers Stall in Second Half, fall to Columbus

The Cincinnati Dockers Australian Rules Football Club opened the festivities of the USA vs. Canada international matches at Mason Sports Park on August 1st, but were not able hold back their in-state rivals, the Columbus Jackaroos, for all 40 minutes as Dockers fell 42-14.

The Dockers were immediately set back when player/coach Kyle Strenski was unavailable to play in this condensed game, as he would play for the USA reserve squad in their match later that day. Despite this setback, the Dockers showed grit and toughness in the first half, as they matched the Jackaroos in scoring shots, with each side making 4 each. The Dockers proved to be more accurate, scoring 2 goals and 2 behinds for 14 points, against Columbus 1 goal and 3 behinds for 9 points.

The second half was a much different story, as the Jackaroos denied the Dockers a single point. Cincinnati were able to win plenty of center rucks, but Columbus were better able to pick the ball out from those contests, and not allow the Dockers to advance the ball into their forward line, forcing the defense to work overtime in that period. Columbus 33 unanswered points were more than enough to put away the Dockers on this afternoon. The final score had Cincinnati with 2 goals and 2 behinds for 14 points to Columbus 6 goals and 6 behinds for 42 points.

There will be no rest for the weary, as the Dockers have 2 weeks to prepare for their last scheduled match before the USAFL National Championship Tournament in Mason, OH. On August 15th, Cincinnati will travel to St. Louis, Missouri to take on the St. Louis Blues (not to be confused with the Blues of the NHL), and the Kansas City Power.

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. Last year, the Dockers were co-winners of the USAFL division 4 national championship. For more information about the Dockers please visit their website at www.cincinnatidockers.com. To contact the Dockers, please send an e-mail to dockers@cincinnatidockers.com.