East take revenge on Ås, West still winless

Kenguru Cup Round 2

Action from Ås v Oslo East

By David Stone

Kenguru Cup Round 3 was played in beautiful Ås weather as a full 9-a-side contest between Oslo West, Oslo East and host team the Ås Battlers.

The winless West, searching desperately to register their first victory, started proceedings against Ås, who are developing a growing list of home-grown players. Ås fired the first shots, with veterans Adam O’Toole and Matt Baranski marshalling the troops.

West would prove a difficult foe to overcome. Key position prospect Atle Mengshoel Brevik played his first full game, and made an immediate impact as a key backman. Klass Alexander Harris also helped repel Ås’s forays forward, and with Nick Harrison looking dangerous up forward, West hung in the contest.

But it was not to be. Ås’s superior finishing skills and workrate pushing forward saw them pull away for a strong 15 point win.

The Battlers’ joy was to be shortlived. The contest took a physical toll that carried over into their next game against Oslo East.

Ruckman Just Andre Michaelsen gave Oslo East a new dimension in the middle, and once the usual suspects Pearce and Roxby began to run and hit their targets, the tiring Ås backmen found themselves under seige. East was relentless, and by early in the second half the result was beyond doubt. They ran away with a big win, racking up the biggest score ever recorded in Kenguru Cup.

In game 3 Oslo West hoped to turn the ‘two games in a row’ curse on Oslo East, and for a while it looked like happening. A high quality encounter from start to finish, the West improved their ball use and efficiency by foot, looking for new target Nikolai Warren up forward. At the main break the Westerners carried a slender lead. Coach Stone implored his Westerners to score the first goal of the second half, knowing how vital it would be for the momentum of the game. The team lifted, but it was East who lifted even more, piling on two quick goals to wrest momentum from their cross-town rivals.

West would score again, but it was too little too late. East rubbed salt into the wounds with some late goals that put the result beyond doubt. The night belonged to Oslo East, who have now narrowed the gap between themselves and ladder-leaders Ås.

With two rounds to go, there is still much to play for.

The action on the field was followed by a friendly BBQ and drinks among the teams and spectators. Round 3 of Kenguru Cup featured more players (over 30) and more spectators than any previous round; testament to the building momentum of Australian football in Norway. To put it in context – in 2011, there was sometimes barely enough players to field a 9-a-side team in the Swedish league. Back in 2009 there was nothing more than a handful of Australians playing the game here. As always, growth is being driven by dedicated volunteers and passionate players who advocate to their friends what a great game Australian football is. Sure enough, this leads to new players trying the game.

For Round four the Kenguru Cup moves back to Oslo, on 23 August.

Kenguru Cup Round 3, 2012.
Game 1
Ås 6. 6. 40
Oslo West 3. 7. 25

Game 2
Oslo East 13. 13. 91
Ås 3. 2. 20

Game 3
Oslo East 10. 6. 66
Oslo West 7. 4. 46

Kenguru Cup table – After Round 3

Team Played Win Loss Draw Points for Points against % Points
Ås 6 5 1 0 191 193 98.96 20
Oslo E 6 4 2 0 292 186 156.98 16
Oslo W 6 0 6 0 169 273 61.90 0

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