Kookas have reasonable success at 2012 Nationals
The Kookas took a record number of players to Mason OH for the 2012 US Nationals. 25 players made their way up north with high expectations following last year’s Division 3 Grand Final berth.
First up was North Carolina, a team the Kookas had beaten once already this year and in blustery conditions, the Kookas quickly moved to the lead. With a balanced attack of Chris Moerman and Steve Townley as focal points and Simon Davis as the roving half forward, the Kookas kicked 5 goals in each half to win by 46 points.
Moerman 4, S.Davis 3, Townley 1, Johnson 1, Ancell 1
Ancell, Jones, Moerman, Crist
The next game on Saturday was last year’s nemesis Kansas City. The Kookas lost to them on the early Sunday match last year by a couple of points and, by their reaction, you’d thought Kansas had won the AFL Grand Final instead of missing out on the Grand Final later that day. This time the Kookas were ready and played well for the whole game, with Chase Trujillo being a constant thorn on their side. By scoring more goals against the wind in the second half than in the first, the Kookas ran out to an 11 point victory.
Moerman 3, Townley 1, Ancell 1
S.Davis, Trujillo, Searle, Townley
The third game on Sunday morning pitted the Kookas against the other undefeated team from the group, Columbus. The wind was howling down the ground and the Kookas had first use of it and use it they did not. With Columbus crowding their backline and the Kookas failing to adapt, the Kookas went into the half time break with only a 1 point lead. The second half was a procession of Columbus goals and they won the game easily by 45 points. Columbus went on to fully account for themselves in the Division 3 Grand Final, losing to Chicago by 7 points.
Jones, Searle, Baker, Ancell
So, disappointment for the Kookas again, with the bright points being the play of new Kookas Steve Townley and Brett Ancell, one of whom will most certainly be back next year, taking some of the load off of Moerman’s back.