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Gorania Football League - A Fictional Australian Rules Football League in a Fictional Country - 1948 Grand Final

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Hereby we present the...

GORANIA FOOTBALL LEAGUE

 

Team Information:

 

1946 Team Presentation by TGArtworks

 

Team Map 1946 by TGArtworks

 

Background:

 

About Gorania - the country:

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Gorania is an island country located in the Indian Ocean, north of the Kerguelen Islands and has a strong Australian influence, despite it having a larger population than Australia, especially from the state of Victoria, which has brought the state's love of Australian rules football to the country. Australian rules football is the most popular sport in the nation.

 

Below is a national map of Gorania, with the state capitals:

Gorania National Map by TGArtworks

 

Disclaimer: The map was generated through https://azgaar.github.io/Fantasy-Map-Generator/ and the names of the settlements were named after generated Franchise Mode players I have used with Madden 17-19 playing with friends.

 

Cities of Gorania:

 

Chavez - the national capital located in southern Gorania. Chavez is an economic hub, with strong financial and business sectors, and has a strong government presence. It is the largest city, with a metropolitan population of 2.6 million. Culturally, it resembles London, Melbourne, New York City and Shanghai, as it hosts the national stock exchange, and a lively commercial scene. Chavez has a strong coffee culture, with coffee being popular inside the city and the capital district. It is a multicultural city as well, with many people from many different cultures calling the city home.

 

Day - a financial centre in eastern Gorania, and the capital of Wakefield. The metropolitan population sits at 1.5 million inhabitants. Day has a lot of financial and retail corporations, and as a result, the economy is heavily reliant on services. Culturally it has a strong resemblance to Chicago. In addition, Day is an inland port and its port traffic is one of the largest in the country, with a lot of supplies entering the civic ports. 

 

Grimm - a relaxed city located in the west of Gorania, and is the state capital of Schil. The population is currently at 1.3 million people. Grimm culturally resembles Barcelona and Brisbane, and is known to be more relaxed in lifestyle, as well as being a cultural hub within the nation. The weather in Grimm is warmer compared to Chavez and Day. Grimm hosts clothing businesses, and is a major commerce hub. It has its share of water power, as it is located near a lake.

 

Richburg - known as the industrial hub of Gorania and the capital of Pappland. Resembling Manchester and Pittsburgh in the past, it has a strong manufacturing and industrial sector, with a civic population of 1.2 million. Light industries such as textile manufacturing and heavy industries such as steel call the city home. It is the heart of manufacturing in Gorania. Inhabitants are colloquially nicknamed "Pappoos".

 

Angerer - the fifth largest city of Gorania. It is the capital of Cythos and is known to be a food products hub. It is known to be a leisurely city, with large lakes nearby, giving it a Minneapolis-like vibe. Due to its higher altitude, Angerer is a relatively colder city, giving it a similar cooling effect compared to Rwanda and Switzerland and has a population of 1.1 million.

 

Xiong - a city with a thriving fashion industry and hosts a population of 507,000. It is the smallest city to host a foundation team in the league. It is the second largest city in Wakefield.

 

Manderino - another blue-collar industrial city sitting near a lake in the state of Buffie, and is the state capital. Its population holds at 547,000 and most of its population are employed in the automotive industry. It is home to the local car brand, Mount. Effectively it is like Detroit in its heyday, as well as Toyota (the city, not the car), Hamamatsu and Geelong post-WWII. 

 

Ruddy - The primary city of Thurley and the state's capital. It holds a population of 624,800. Ruddy is a services hub which surrounds a large agricultural area, in which the agricultural area in Thurley resembles North Dakota, Minnesota and Saskatchewan. Since Thurley is the breadbasket of Gorania, Ruddy is a centre of food processing, and the city is known for its bakeries. In addition, Ruddy has a strong culture in coffee, and the city has its signature coffee houses, comparable to Vienna. 

 

Introducing the League:

 

In 1945, a figure in George Nakamura suggested to form a national Australian rules football league around the country. He suggested teams from the five largest cities of Chavez, Day, Grimm, Richburg and Angerer to field teams in the national league, with a sixth team later chosen to be in Xiong, the second largest city in Wakefield. In November 1945, Nakamura suggested a proposed logo for the national league.

GFL Logo by TGArtworks

 

 

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Here we are, the unveiling of the first team:

 

On 14 December 1945, club president Harold Canning, who has served his tenure from 1920, has announced that the Angerer Bulls have accepted the invitation to join the Gorania Football League. The club's traditional green and white colours will remain on the uniform, but to announce a new era, Canning has determined a new logo will go with the club. Commissioner George Nakamura has mandated that all teams will have logos of their own as a condition of joining the league.

 

At 7:00pm Gorania time (five hours behind Eastern Australian Standard Time or ten hours ahead of Eastern Time), the club jumpers and logo were announced. The jumper will have a white yoke on green and Canning stated it will bring the club into a new age for the first ever season of national professional football. The Bulls will play at Prasad Park, seating 47,285 people.

 

Angerer Bulls 1946 Logo by TGArtworks

 

Angerer Bulls 1946 Jumper by TGArtworks

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Meanwhile in the capital...

 

At that same date, at 7:30pm Gorania time, the Chavez Football Club have announced they will join the Gorania Football League. The club president, Tom D'Agostino, who has served since 1938, decided that the Nationals moniker will be added to the club, which was formed in 1890. D'Agostino chose the nickname as "it is the team of the capital and we want to be the best in the nation". The jumper remains the same, which they have worn since 1914, looking similar to Carlton. The club logo is the CFC monogram, again bearing striking similarity to the Carlton Football Club. 

 

The Chavez Football Club until now has not had an official nickname, although Blues and Chargers have been colloquial nicknames for the club by the fans and local media. The club will play in the country's largest stadium, the Chavez Cricket Ground, seating 73,720 people. As the most supported club in the Southern Football League, it was a no-brainer to include the Chavez Football Club in the national competition. Commissioner Nakamura immediately asked the Chavez Football Club to join as having a team in the nation's largest city and capital and including one of the country's largest clubs would bring a huge step to success in the league.

Chavez Nationals 1946 Logo by TGArtworks

Chavez Nationals 1946 Jumper by TGArtworks

 

 

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The following day on 15 December 1945, the Xiong Football Club, known as the oldest Australian rules football club in Gorania, have accepted the invitation to participate in the inaugural season of the Gorania Football League. The club was formed in 1879, and the team emblem is the bear, as Xiong literally means "bear" in Chinese. The logo involves a rampant bear paired with the XFC monogram and the guernsey is based off the logo. President Thomas Cohen announced during the Saturday night meeting "This is an opportunity for our city to be represented on the national stage to show we can compete with the big names. Our club will strive to be number one in Wakefield and Gorania". The Bears will play at the historic Rainbow Gardens, a stadium which has stood since 1881, though has been revamped to suit the following eras despite having a grandstand that dates back to 1887. The Rainbow Gardens hold 43,819 people.

 

Credits:

The rampant bear was based from https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/illustration/rampant-bear-royalty-free-illustration/532629581.

Xiong Bears 1946 Logo by TGArtworks

Xiong Bears 1946 Jumper by TGArtworks

 

Feedback will be well appreciated for all designed uniforms and logos.

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9th January, 1946 - Richburg Football Club officials have accepted the invitation to compete in the Gorania Football League. A mass crowd at Quill Hall were overjoyed to hear that their beloved Bulldogs will join the GFL. The Bulldogs, staying true to their blue-collar roots, have decided to keep playing at their current venue at Hunter Yards, near the city docks. The stadium, named Pappoo Oval, seats 57,292 patrons. Pappoo Oval is known to have a hostile atmosphere for opposition teams, and consequently, Richburg fans are some of the most passionate in the entire country. Club president Martin Dvorak, who was elected the previous year, spoke that "we will show our hard-working attitude on the national stage - this is our time to shine!" The bulldog logo, which has been used since the 1930s, will still continue for the inaugural season of the GFL.

 

 

Richburg Bulldogs 1946 Logo Mk II by TGArtworks

Richburg Bulldogs 1946 Jumper by TGArtworks

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Love this! Nice template and league background. I have some friends over on another forum called Bigfooty in a sub-forum called "Footy Jumpers and Graphic Design" who would love to see these concepts.

https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/forums/footy-jumpers-and-graphic-design.122/

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44 minutes ago, Spanna65 said:

Love this! Nice template and league background. I have some friends over on another forum called Bigfooty in a sub-forum called "Footy Jumpers and Graphic Design" who would love to see these concepts.

https://www.bigfooty.com/forum/forums/footy-jumpers-and-graphic-design.122/

I do know the Footy Jumpers and Graphic Design sub-forum - in fact I have posted many times on these. I wanted to do a simulated league so that's why I chose to do it on here. Not just to improve design abilities, but to progress further in coding knowledge. The template does originate from this forum - it was converted to be used on Inkscape.

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Hopefully that monogram doesn't curse Chavez to be as terrible as Carlton is...

Can't wait for year one to get started!

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I love the derpy Angerer Bull. I really hope they do so well that the team is practically forced to keep it all the way to the modern day.

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15th January 1946 - Meanwhile in Day, the East Day Football Club have confirmed they will participate in the inaugural season of the GFL. The board decided that the club's name will change to the Day Football Club, but maintain the Knights nickname, which they have held since the 1920s. The Knights have unveiled a new guernsey for the upcoming season, an orange top with a navy cross. Club president Robert Curtis confirmed that the name change will be effective immediately. His statement was "Our club is entering a new chapter in its existence. We are the only team in this city and we want to appeal to all fans across the city. This is the city's team!" The Knights will host their matches in Zimmer Oval, a stadium built in the 1930s during the Great Depression, in order to reduce unemployment in the timeframe. Zimmer Oval at present holds 45,678 people.

 

The Knights have suggested with the Bears that they prefer to have a rivalry cup to determine who is the superior team of Wakefield.

Day Knights 1946 Logo by TGArtworksDay Knights 1946 Jumper by TGArtworks

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The last team to be revealed...

23rd January 1946 - Members of the Grimm Football Club have decided with a landslide majority that their Reapers will compete in the upcoming season of the Gorania Football League. The Grimm Reapers will host their games at Tatfeld Oval, which holds 42,280 people. The logo includes a skeleton wearing a cloak holding a scythe, with their uniforms to be red with a white sash. Fans were relieved to hear that the city of Grimm will have representation in the country's top flight football league. Club president, Graham Hsu, spoke in a 3-minute long announcement that it will bring the club's exposure to another level. He stated that "it's our opportunity, it's our chance, it's our motion in moving forward!"

 

Grimm Reapers 1946 Logo by TGArtworks

Grimm Reapers 1946 Jumper by TGArtworks

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1946 SEASON

 

Leading Goalscorer: William Lindsey (Angerer) - 87 goals

League MVP: Mitchell Yamada (Grimm)

 

The Gorania Football League's inaugural season kicked off with three matches played simultaneously on the 20th of April 1946, with a Wakefield rivalry match between Day and Xiong, and matches involving Chavez vs. Richburg and Grimm vs. Angerer. The Bears won the first ever Wakefield rivalry match with a score of 18.12 (120) to 5.5 (35), while Chavez defeated Richburg by 63 points and Angerer prevailed by 32 points. Ultimately, the league was relatively even, with only five wins separating first and last.

 

Chavez ended the season on top, with a stellar defense led by John McMahon, as the Nationals finished the regular season with a 13-7 record in top spot. The Nationals' 1454 points conceded ranked them with the best defence in the league. The Nationals only lost one home game all season, to Day by 28 points in the third round. Chavez only lost consecutive games once in the season, which was a two-game losing streak. 

 

Close behind was Angerer with a 12-8 record, having the most potent attack. The Bulls averaged a score of 102.45 points per game for a total of 2049 points for the season. The Bulls were the last undefeated team remaining, suffering their first loss in round 4 to Day by six goals. Whilst Angerer suffered a mid-season slump to drop to 5-6 by round 11, the Bulls responded strongly, prevailing in seven of their next eight before losing to Chavez away in the last round to determine who would finish on top. The Bulls had leading goalscorer William Lindsey, who scored 87 goals for the season, and the attack was further supported by a sixty goal haul from Morten Hansen. The Bulls though wasted key opportunities in some matches to cost them top position, having more scoring shots in some matches but ended up losing.

 

Richburg's reputation of playing strongly at home was true to form. The Bulldogs went 7-3 at home, but only recorded three wins away from home to finish in third place with a 10-10 record. Whilst expected to struggle with a weak defense and favourites to finish last, the Bulldogs defied expectations to sit at 6-3 after round 9 on equal top spot. The attack played above expectations, scoring important goals in crucial moments, led by Jimmy Wagner, who scored 71 goals. Despite finishing poorly, including a 162 point loss to Angerer in round 13, the Bulldogs secured a finals spot with one round to spare.

 

Grimm had a start to forget, losing their first four matches and seven of their first nine. In spite of this, the Reapers went up another gear afterwards, going on a three game winning streak to bring themselves into finals contention. Then the Reapers oscillated between wins and losses afterwards en route to a 9-11 record. A win against Day in the last round by 27 points ensured the Reapers snuck into the four, in a match where the winner reached the post-season. Star rover Mitchell Yamada ensured the Reapers were always in finals contention, trying hard as he was awarded the league MVP, despite a weak forward line to deliver the ball to.

 

Xiong finished 8-12 in fifth spot, and despite an 85 point victory against Day in round 1, the Bears only won consecutive games once during rounds 10-11. The Bears struggled away from home, only winning three games. In spite of this, the Bears went 3-1 in Wakefield derbies. Due to the Bears' superior percentage, they were in the finals hunt even late into the season, sitting in the top four in round 16. A loss to Chavez by 82 points in round 19 sealed the Bears' fate, though a consolation victory against Richburg the following week ensured Xiong did not finish the season last.

 

Day had the ignominy of winning the first ever wooden spoon of the GFL, despite a respectable 8-12 record. The Knights had a weak midfield, and despite a strong forward line led by Hyun-Ki Chang, who scored 78 goals, the rest of the team couldn't keep up, as the Knights scored the lowest amount of points for the season. There was a competent defence, as Day's defence was ranked the third best. A five game losing streak mid-season hurt the Knights' finals hopes and despite reaching 8-10 in round 18, the Knights could not finish off the deed in the last two weeks, losing a crucial match to Grimm to miss out on finals, consigning Day to last place due to their inferior percentage.

 

1946 Ladder by TGArtworks

 

Feedback is welcome on the presentation!

 

Note: For those who don't understand how Australian rules football scores work, a goal is worth six points and a behind is worth one. They are written like G.B (P), for example 5.7 (37), calculated by goals*6 + behinds. 

 

In this ladder, a team winning is worth four points and a draw is worth two. Percentage is calculated by for/against*100.

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For those wondering how the playoff system works for the first few seasons, it is effectively the Page-McIntyre Final Four System:

1st Semi Final - 3rd vs. 4th - winner advances to preliminary final

2nd Semi Final - 1st vs. 2nd - winner advances to grand final, loser goes to preliminary final

Preliminary Final - Loser of 2nd Semi Final vs. Winner of 1st Semi Final - winner goes to grand final

Grand Final - Winner of 2nd Semi Final vs. Winner of Preliminary Final

 

FINALS MATCHES

 

1ST SEMI FINAL

RICHBURG VS. GRIMM

AT PAPPOO OVAL

14 SEPTEMBER 1946 - 2:10PM

 

Coming into Pappoo Oval for the 1st Semi Final, both teams had a lot of stake to advance to the preliminary final. Richburg had a star forward in Jimmy Wagner, while league MVP Mitchell Yamada was firing up his fellow Reapers to the challenge. The first quarter was closely contested, with the Bulldogs and Reapers trading goals. Yamada scored a 45 metre goal from a 45 degree angle to open up the scoring, though Wagner rose to the challenge immediately to answer with a goal for Richburg. The balance of play was fairly even in the first quarter, with Richburg holding a slender two point lead at the quarter-time break.

QT - Richburg 3.4 (22), Grimm 3.2 (20)

 

The second quarter had the Bulldogs squander opportunities in the forward line, allowing the Reapers to stay in touch. Despite two goals from Peter Cohen for Richburg, Wagner scored four behinds for the quarter, and considering the balance of play, Richburg should have been further ahead at the half time break. The margin was only ten points, considering the dominance from the Bulldogs.

HT - Richburg 6.7 (43), Grimm 5.3 (33)

 

After half-time, a different Richburg team emerged. The Bulldogs ran amok to score 7.3 to nothing, building up a match-winning 55 point lead at three-quarter time. It became apparent that Yamada couldn't do the midfield work on his own. Richburg ruckman Vincenzo Salvatore dominated from the centre bounce, allowing the Bulldogs first use of the ball. Cohen and Wagner teamed up to score six goals combined for the quarter, as the Grimm defence couldn't hold up against the surging attack of Richburg.

3QT - Richburg 13.10 (88), Grimm 5.3 (33)

 

Cohen managed to score his seventh goal for the game, with a 47 metre set shot straight in front early, extending the lead to 61. The Bulldogs eventually extended the lead to 81 points midway through the last quarter, thanks to a long goal from midfielder William Clay. Knowing the game was won already, the Bulldogs simply took it easy in the latter minutes of the period, allowing Grimm to score two consolation goals.

FT - Richburg 17.13 (115), Grimm 7.3 (45)

1946 1sf by TGArtworks

 

2ND SEMI FINAL

CHAVEZ VS. ANGERER

AT CHAVEZ CRICKET GROUND

21 SEPTEMBER 1946 - 2:10PM

 

Underway at the nation's capital had a match calling for high expectations. Early on, the spectators were not disappointed, with both teams fighting heavily for the ball in midfield. By the halfway mark of the first quarter, both teams were tied at 7 points apiece. The later part of the first quarter saw the Nationals go up another gear, as their midfield overpowered Angerer's, creating forward opportunities. It became apparent that Angerer's defence couldn't cope under the pressure of advancing to the Grand Final. The Nationals scored four goals in 10 minutes to hold a handy 24 point lead entering the quarter time break.

QT - Chavez 5.1 (31), Angerer 1.1 (7)

 

The second quarter had Chavez's defence hold up Lindsey and Hansen, as both were held goalless throughout the second quarter. The midfield battle was more even compared to the first quarter, though the Nationals' superior defence limited opportunities for the Bulls. A booming goal from 55 yards out by Vijay Gupta late in the quarter allowed the Bulls a whisker of hope after the Nationals scored four of the first five, though Chavez was still in control.

HT - Chavez 9.4 (58), Angerer 3.3 (21)

 

Gupta's long goal from the previous quarter gave the Bulls the spark they needed. Another electrifying goal from Gupta pulled the Bulls to within 30 early in the third, and suddenly, Angerer found their momentum. This allowed Hansen and Lindsey into the game, and they scored multiple goals each in the third quarter. Whilst Chavez scored a steadier late, through John Billen to double the lead to twelve, it was clearly anyone's game, especially the fact the Bulls found their spark.

3QT - Chavez 11.9 (75), Angerer 10.3 (63)

 

Another long goal from Gupta, his fourth, closed the margin to six, however the Nationals had other ideas. In a sparking move, star defender John McMahon was moved forward for a few minutes. Whilst seen as risky, it came to surprise the Bulls, as McMahon scored two goals to extend the lead to nineteen points, with the scores 89 to 70 late in the final quarter. The Bulls could never recover and both teams managed to score a behind each in the remaining few minutes, with Chavez prevailing by 19 to advance to the Grand Final.

FT - Chavez 13.12 (90), Angerer 11.5 (71)

1946 2sf by TGArtworks

 

PRELIMINARY FINAL

ANGERER VS. RICHBURG

AT PRASAD PARK

28 SEPTEMBER 1946 - 2:10PM

 

The match at Prasad Park had two teams showing they had plenty to prove. The Bulls started hungry, generating five scoring shots early in the first quarter. However, they managed to only score one goal through these opportunities. Despite the strong ruckwork from Vincenzo Salvatore, the Angerer midfield was too strong for the Richburg midfield, allowing more opportunities to come down the Bulls' forward line. Hansen scored the Bulls' second goal of the match, though they were an inaccurate 2.6 at that point. The Bulldogs answered immediately with a goal, but it was as good as it got, as the Bulls dominated the rest of the quarter to hold a commanding 24 point lead, though by the balance of play, it should have been more.

QT - Angerer 4.7 (31), Richburg 1.1 (7)

 

The Bulls' missed opportunities from the first quarter carried on to the second, and this time, it allowed the Bulldogs a sniff. The Bulldogs scored the first three goals of the quarter to reduce the margin to nine, and suddenly Angerer fans were nervous. Despite this, Angerer fought back, scoring the next two to restore a comfortable buffer, with the lead extended to 21 points. Both teams traded a goal each late in the second, in which one was a snap from the pocket by Richburg small forward Adam Redmond. Angerer maintained the 21 point buffer heading to the long break.

HT - Angerer 7.11 (53), Richburg 5.2 (32)

 

Full-forward Jimmy Wagner, whilst having a quiet day, scored the first goal of the quarter to bring the Bulldogs to within fifteen points. It was the closest the Bulldogs could reach, as the Bulls went charging, dominating possession to continuousally extend the lead. Lindsey netted 3.5 in the quarter alone, with the missed opportunities being the drawback to what was already a commanding lead for Angerer. The Bulls were 45 points to the good entering the final quarter.

3QT - Angerer 12.18 (90), Richburg 7.3 (45)

 

Suddenly, Angerer went defensive entering the last. It worked, as it limited the Bulldogs to one goal in the quarter, completing a 58 point rout of Richburg. Whilst the Bulls scored the occasional goal, one from 52 metres out, from long range specialist Gupta, the lead was large enough for the Bulldogs to eventually overcome and the defense stood tall for Angerer, limiting forward opportunities for Richburg. 

FT - Angerer 15.20 (110), Richburg 8.4 (52)

1946 Pf by TGArtworks

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GRAND FINAL

CHAVEZ VS. ANGERER

AT CHAVEZ CRICKET GROUND

5 OCTOBER 1946 - 2:30PM

 

Since the largest stadium was in Chavez, the Chavez Cricket Ground was chosen as the venue for the inaugural Grand Final for the Gorania Football League. The venue was sold out days in advance, and most of the fans will be decked in blue and gold, effectively giving Chavez a home ground advantage.

 

The long-awaited matchup between attack and defense suddenly went off to a firing start. Within fifteen seconds, Billen scored an early goal from 40 metres out to put Chavez in front. The first few minutes were all Chavez. The Nationals added another three goals to their tally, to gather a commanding 24 point lead. However, the longer the quarter went, the better Angerer got. Hansen put Angerer on the board with the Bulls' first. Despite the Nationals scoring their fifth immediately after, the last few minutes had a plethora of attacking opportunities for the Bulls. The Bulls added three more goals to their tally, but blew a few opportunities, and found themselves down by seven heading to the quarter time break.

QT - Chavez 5.5 (35), Angerer 4.4 (28)

 

Effectively the second quarter had the same difference between the two sides. Opportunities were effectively even, though the Nationals had more polish, as they added 4.3 to 3.2 during the second stanza. The Nationals' defense limited the trio of Gupta, Hansen and Lindsey to one goal between them during the second. A late goal from Kohl for Chavez gave the Nationals some breathing space heading to the long break, as Chavez effectively doubled their quarter time lead to lead by 14 points.

HT - Chavez 9.8 (62), Angerer 7.6 (48)

 

Despite having more possession of the ball throughout the third quarter, Angerer simply could not convert. A shocking miss from 20 metres straight in front by Lindsey summed up how wasteful the Bulls were. The Nationals on the other hand punished them when they gathered the ball forward, adding five goals in the third. A goal from 30 metres out by Kohl on a 60 degree angle showed luck was bouncing the Nationals' way. At that point the Nationals led by 34 points, 94 to 60. However, Angerer struck late with two late goals, the last one by Gupta through one of his signature long goals, to eventually reduce the margin down to 22 points, sparking some hope for a Bulls comeback.

3QT - Chavez 14.11 (95), Angerer 10.13 (73)

 

Although the Nationals conceded the last two goals of the game, the Chavez fans were still convinced they had the title in the bag. And the first goal in the last quarter by Billen indicated there was a lot of catching up for Angerer to do. 28 points was the difference and the Bulls needed to do something. Suddenly Angerer went all out attack, kicking two consecutive goals and a behind to reduce the margin to fifteen. However the attacking plan had some flaws, as Chavez was able to capitalise on the spare man forward. Despite this, the Nationals blew their opportunities, scoring five behinds in the next few minutes along with a goal and two behinds from Angerer, as the margin was reduced to 12. Six minutes remained and the score read Chavez 15.16 (106), Angerer 13.16 (94). The Nationals seemed to gather the ball forward and score a goal, though Kohl blew his shot wide left to only increase the lead to thirteen. It was a sigh of relief for the Angerer faithful and suddenly the Bulls attacked. A goal and a behind were both scored, and the margin was suddenly reduced to a goal, with the scores 107-101 in favour of Chavez. The Bulls charged forward and whilst the Chavez defence was stingy, a shot around the corner from Hansen suddenly levelled the scores. Two minutes remained and both teams were on 15.17 (107) each. 

 

The Nationals won the following ruck battle and advanced forward. The Bulls defense was going strong until the Nationals found a spare man close to goal in Greg Goering. Goering suddenly marked the ball, and chose to take a set shot twelve metres in front. Goering converted and brought the lead back to Chavez. The impetus was clearly back with the blue and golds, with thirty seconds remaining on the clock. The Bulls had to win the ball from the middle and ruckman Paul Snelling tapped the ball down to midfielder Trow, who connected with the following pass to Lindsey at half-forward with nine seconds remaining. Lindsey was 52 metres out and he chose to take the set shot, taking the clock down to zero. He took his shot and whilst it was along the way to scoring a goal, the ball couldn't cross the line and fell an inch short, as it was tapped away by McMahon, crowning Chavez as the inaugural champions of the Gorania Football League!

FT - Chavez 16.17 (113), Angerer 15.17 (107)

 

1946 Gf by TGArtworks

 

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Angerer nearly stole it! They were certainly more competitive than they were in the 2nd Semi Final. Could this be the beginning of a Chavez dynasty?

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1947 SEASON

Leading Goalscorer: Hyun Ki-Chang (Day) - 85 goals

League MVP: Wally Trow (Day)

 

Offseason:

Angerer lost a star midfielder, Wally Trow, to Day during the offseason where no other significant events happened. Trow joined Day as the Knights offered him a larger contract. No teams changed uniform or logo designs as the league was still in its infancy and Nakamura preferred for the teams to maintain their identities for a few seasons at least in order to maintain potential traditions. 

 

The first round had Chavez prevail over Grimm by 62 points at home, along with Angerer gathering a 11 point away victory over Day in what was a feisty clash between both sets of teams, as Trow's transfer fired many players up. The other match of the first round had Richburg prevail over Xiong with the scores 9.16 (70) to 8.11 (59) at Pappoo Oval. The league still maintained a similar gap between its best and worst, though the gap widened, as the first placed team had twice as many ladder points as the last placed team at the end of the season.

 

After coming last in the previous season, Day emerged as a force. Gaining Trow was a major boost to the midfield the Nationals needed, and with that, they were able to deliver the ball to their forward line more frequently. Trow eventually won league MVP, with star forward Hyun Ki-Chang scoring 85 goals for the season, good enough to top the leading goalkicking chart. Hyun had further support in the forward line, with full-forward Travis Yeoman stepping up, scoring 65 goals of his own. Despite losing to Angerer in round 1, the Knights went on a six-game winning streak, and never looked back. They held top spot for the rest of the season, as this potent forward duo led the Knights to victory often. Trow's leadership in the midfield enabled more deliveries to the forward line, which increased their scoring opportunities and the duo did not disappoint. A late collapse had the Knights drawing two consecutive matches in rounds 18 and 19 but by then they were comfortably ahead in first spot, securing a 13-5-2 record.

 

The Bulldogs much like last season battled it out for a position in the finals. The defence stepped up for Richburg, as the Bulldogs conceded the fewest total points for the season. Young defender, Willie Quinlan, was strong at full-back and he made things difficult for opposing full forwards. Unusually, despite their home ground reputation, Richburg managed to win more games away than at home. The Bulldogs won their first three games, and eventually reached 6-3 by round 9. Despite a mid-season slump to fall to 7-8, the Bulldogs were never out of the top four at any stage, and rebounded to win four consecutive matches to secure a home final. A loss to Day in the final round made minimal difference as Richburg secured the double chance, with their superior percentage gifting them the double chance at 11-9.

 

Grimm had a rough start to the season, losing three on the trot to begin the season and ended up at 3-6 by round 9. Yamada played superbly for the Reapers, trying his hardest to allow Grimm another finals appearance. The second half of the season had Yamada lift the team, as the Reapers played excellent football to lift them to 10-7, which placed them as high as second. Ultimately, losses to Angerer and Richburg prevented the Reapers from securing the double chance, finishing with a record of 11-9, but a weaker percentage placed them lower than Richburg, who had an identical record.

 

Despite being the defending champions, Chavez went on a rough run early in the season. The Nationals, after a victory over Grimm in round 1, had a disastrous run in the first half, dropping as low as 2-9 by round 11. Whilst McMahon played superbly, the Nationals suffered injuries in the midfield, severely limiting their scoring output. A victory in round 12 against an inaccurate Xiong seemed to lift the Nationals, and they gathered four consecutive wins, while finishing with a win in round 20 by 11 points against Angerer to secure a finals spot on percentage, with a record of 8-11-1.

 

Much like last season, Xiong had an inconsistent run. The Bears were only able to win consecutive games only once in the season, as they again missed out on finals on percentage. The Bears were pretty much in a finals position for most of the season, sitting at 5-4 after nine rounds and 7-7 after 14. However, the Bears choked, only gathering one win en route to a record of 8-11-1. A 32 point loss to Grimm sealed the Bears' fate, as it was another year without finals football for Xiong. Despite this, the Bears had a shining midfield star, aged 19, in the name of Harry Goetz. Goetz was known to deliver lots of opportunities to the Bears' forward line, but the forward line was often undersized against opposition teams.

 

The biggest disappointment of the season was Angerer. Despite losing Trow to Day, the Bulls were still expected to contend for finals with the strong forward line they had. Despite Hansen and Lindsay scoring more than fifty goals each, and Gupta's long range sharp shooting, the Bulls struggled in the midfield. In spite of this, Angerer had a 6-4 start, and were looking at finals football. Then disaster struck. The Bulls went on a seven game losing streak, as Lindsey was injured, and Hansen was manned up, effectively repelling the Bulls' attack. With that, the Bulls failed to score more than twelve goals in a match between rounds 11-17. Despite a victory over an in-form Grimm in round 18 mainly due to straighter kicking, by a score of 15.5 to 12.14, the Bulls effectively were in a rabble that they ended the season in a slump, finishing with a 7-13 record. A loss to Xiong by 62 points eliminated them from finals contention and a Grand Final rematch in round 20, which was predicted in pre-season as who would get first seed, would determine who finished last. The Bulls lost by 11 points, which consigned them to the wooden spoon.

 

1947 Ladder by TGArtworks

 

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