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East take control of Cup


13350274_10153682682448030_4069627654978501229_oTwo solid wins in Round 2 of Kenguru Cup have put daylight between Oslo East and the chasing pack.
In perfect conditions at Storebrand Stadion, East once again showed its class and composure, running out winners in its two closely fought games.

Playing on their home turf for the first time this year, Ås put in a spirited and much improved performance, pushing the Easties to the limit. Ultimately their efforts fell just short, and East walked away with a tight 21-19 win. East would have to count themselves lucky that their poor goal kicking – two goals and nine behinds – didn’t cost them a win against their straight-kicking rivals.

The Battlers had no time to reflect on what might have been, because their other big-city foe, Oslo West, was waiting for them in game two. The Ås attack managed an almost identical output to its three-goal return in game one. As the game progressed however the West forward line managed to get away from Ås, as it racked up six majors en route to a comfortable 43 to 21 victory.

Oslo’s finest squared off in the final game of the round, and in a familiar story, East handled its crosstown nemesis, inflicting a solid 40 to 29 win to extend its winning streak.

Sitting on four wins from four matches, the race is on for West and Ås to catch the rejuventated Oslo East outfit. Time is on their side, but are they good enough?

Oslo East sweeps West and Ås aside in Kenguru Cup opener

Oslo’s Eastside squad proved it will be the team to beat in Kenguru Cup 2016 after scoring strong wins in a high quality round one under sunny skies at Voldslokka.

Playing with a mixture of new and old faces, the East shrugged off an indifferent start against Oslo West in the first game to run out convincing winners 61 to 18.

With Danny Aukema and Matthew Trzeciak leading the way, East had winners all over the ground. West managed patches of good play, and the continued development of Norwegian national players Hans Olav Heggen and Klas Alexander Harris was evident, but the team was far less fluid and functional in its forward line than its crosstown rivals. East’s forwards converted well, and once the team gained midfield ascendancy, the result was never in doubt.

Game two saw the Easties teach an inexperienced Ås side the finer points of contested, skilled football, and another comfortable win, 53 to 13. There were some encouraging signs for the Battlers however, who will be looking forward to its full-strength squad taking the field following University exams.

In the evening’s final fixture, West took on and conquered the Ås side, which was ably helped out with some extra players from East. The closest contest of the night saw Ås start brilliantly and head into the half-time break up by eight points. West responded however, and hit back with a flurry of second half goals to put the result beyond doubt. Final scores were West 51, Ås 28.

Round one demonstrated that the intensity and skill level of the league continues to improve, and that there is new talent starting to fill the void left by departed players. Development of local players remains a core focus of the competition, and organisers hope that the group of non-Australian players grows for round two and beyond.

Thanks to the timekeepers, scorers, and umpires on the night, who ran all three games well. Special thanks to Anette Smith for driving the now-traditional post match BBQ, which raised much needed funds for the game in Norway.

Round two is Thursday June 2 at Ås.

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