Roos too strong early on

Emus last quarter rally not enough to upset reigning premiers

Stuttgart Emus (6-6-42) vs Munich Kangaroos (9-11-65)

6 April 2013, Esslingen: The Emus have lost their first match for the 2013 season to last year’s champions, despite an outstanding last quarter which revealed the side’s potential. Stuttgart kicked four goals to a tiring Munich’s two in the final term to pretty up the final scoreline but the damage had been done earlier on.

Munich’s determination on the ball, teamwork around the ruck, and success in keeping the ball locked in their forward line for longer periods of the match were the telling factors in a hard-fought match. Last year’s league champions never broke clear on the scoreboard from a tenacious Emus line-up. The Roos only managed to grind out two goals apiece in the first two quarters. It was rather Stuttgart’s inability to convert occasional good attacking forays into solid scoring opportunities in the first half that left Munich with a flattering lead at half time.

In the third quarter, Stuttgart’s less-experienced troop of players started to combine better. The fourth quarter saw a polished performance from the Emus: handballing and kicking accuracy improved, the whole team lifted and fought harder to get to the ball first. Stuttgart laid on 26 points to the Roos’ 13, but it was not enough to overhaul the lead Munich had established.

This game, although lost, was certainly a confidence booster for the Emus and revealed what Stuttgart are capable of when they gel more as a team. It also revealed the positive developments taking place in footy across Baden-Württemberg as this Stuttgart AFLG team was mostly comprised of young German players drawn from the ranks of the Emus, the Ludwigsburg Taipans, the Böblingen Pirates and players from Karlsruhe.

Match Report: Geoff Rodoreda

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