Doha Kangaroos Played the Abu Dhabi Falcons in Round 3.
As far as the Middle East competition goes this was the game that Kangaroos were both looking forward to it means much more than just another game of football this time around. We travelled to Abu Dhabi twice last year and lost to the Falcons both times. With the last loss being the hardest one to swallow. It was the Grand Final, which was always going to be a tuff game to travel away to play the undefeated Falcons. The game was tight from the get go and the boys only falling short by 13 points with the final goal being kicked after the final siren making it that little bit harder. All the boys were keen to get revenge on the Falcons on the field but also catch up with the lads after the game.
Abu Dhabi won the toss and kicked with the wind. With both teams looking sharp out of the centre it was going to be a very physical and fierce game with both sides laying some heavy bumps straight after the first bounce. Benny Simpson and Joey Barnes worked their magic around the centre with Andre Jay and Ryan Christians nullifying the Falcons centers. The Silver Fox (Brett) was strong up forward as usually taking some solid marks under some heavy defense, kicking a respectful 4 goals. Chi started up forward and was looking sharp making some strong leads but pulled his hamstring late in the first quarter putting him out for the rest of the game. Wade Kirklands played his first every AFL game and managed to sneak a goal on the scoreboard showing some very nice skills for a Kiwi.
The back line put some great pressure on the Falcons forwards making it difficult for them to score. With another new recruit being brought over from the Rugby code, Matt Bates used his size to get physical against the forwards on and off the ball. He managed a couple of lovely disposals in there as well. Shane Thompson, Luke Kelly, Clayton Neill all doing a great job rotating up the back. Joe Chooka Lewczuk was punching well above his height to keep up with the Falcons and their tall full forward.
Overall the kangaroos walked away with a 21 point win in front of the home crowd who were very vocal and well and truly behind the local team. Ben Simpson Voted Best on Ground