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Gorania Football League - A Fictional Australian Rules Football League in a Fictional Country - 1949 Grand Final

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Name: Anders Lindberg

Age: 47

Quick Bio: Lindberg is the CEO of a regional gas station chain in Gorania who is a strong supporter of growing the game across the nation.

Votes:

1. Ruddy

2. Ulbrich

3. Blalock

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Name: Peter Jans

Age: 51

Bio: A Dutch Immigrant to Gorania, Founded the country's leading Road Cleaning Company, Jans & Sons.

1. Ruddy (unparalleled fan support)

2. Blalock (Also great fan interest)

3. Ulbrich (most consistent with fan happiness and support)

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In the event if voting points are tied, there may be more expansion teams. As it currently stands:

 

Ruddy - 6

Blalock - 3

Ulbrich - 3

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To encourage more participation, as well at the same time to eliminate potential deadlocks (will be on a Monday night for people in the Americas for the deadline), the expansion council deadline will be extended to 5 March 2019 3:30pm AEDT or 4 March 2019 11:30pm ET.

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Name: LJ Smith

Age: 54

Quick Bio: Business Magnate, owner and founder of one of one of Gorania's largest property development firms.

Votes: 1. Ulbrich

2.  Blalock

3. Ruddy

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1949 ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Commissioner George Nakamura is delighted to announce the new expansion teams based in Ruddy and Ulbrich that will begin play in 1951. He quoted "we welcome both Ruddy and Ulbrich to our promising league with their fantastic bids". The voting had Ruddy ranked the highest, followed by Ulbrich. Blalock was unlucky to miss out in third place in the voting.

 

For the proposed nicknames, Ruddy is to have a bovine-based identity, most likely involving a buffalo or bison. The proposed Ulbrich nickname will either be aviation or marine related.

 

Final voting results:

Ruddy - 7

Ulbrich - 6

Blalock - 5

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1949 SEASON

Leading Goalscorer: Morten Hansen (Angerer) - 84 goals

League MVP: Wally Trow (Day)

 

Only three wins separated first from last as no team managed to win more than eleven games during the regular season.

 

Day returned to the top with strong form from star midfielder Wally Trow. Trow collected his second MVP award as he led Day to an 11-9 record. The Knights started strongly, as they compiled a 6-2 record to start the season. The Knights held top spot for the rest of the season, despite losing talisman Hyun-Ki Chang to a knee injury. He will not participate in the finals, which is set to affect their forward line. Despite losing their last three matches, the Knights just managed top spot by a margin of 0.26%.

 

After missing the finals the previous year, Chavez returned to prominence. John McMahon continued to play well at the age of 31 in defence. His talent led the Nationals to the second-best defence in the league. Chavez, much like Day, managed a record of 11-9. Dramatic scenes happened in the final round when they played Angerer at Prasad Park, fighting for the double chance. The Nationals got home by a comfortable 47 points, which potentially put them in the hunt for top spot. Despite Day's defeat against Grimm, the margin was not sufficient enough to secure top spot.

 

The miss that haunted the Bears did not initially affect their performance, as Xiong started in full force with a 4-0 record. Suddenly, Arlington was lost to a hamstring injury for six weeks. Without his presence, the Bears went on a six-game skid. Round 10 against Richburg had Xiong score a total of 14 points, achieving the ignominy of the lowest ever score in GFL history. The Bears refused to surrender their finals hopes, and were an outside chance of securing the double chance entering the last round. A loss to Richburg in the final round placed them in third spot.

 

Despite fielding a relatively inexperienced team, the Angerer Bulls found a way to sneak into the finals with a 10-10 record. Helped by the return of Morten Hansen, his presence improved the Bulls' scoring output. Whilst predicted by many to struggle again, the Bulls continuously defied expectations, and achieved a 10-8 record by the 18th round. It appeared likely the Bulls would gather a top two spot after two seasons on the bottom. It was obvious that inexperience got the better of the Bulls, as they fell meekly in their last two matches, only holding onto a finals spot on percentage. Despite the late meltdown, the future is bright for the Bulls with their youth.

 

History was made with the first ever .500 team to miss finals. Richburg achieved that unfortunate feat, as they will not compete in finals football for the first time. The Bulldogs were in strong contention in achieving back-to-back championships as late as round 13, holding an 8-5 record. A main highlight was an 89 point victory over Xiong in round 10. Disaster struck in round 14 where Willie Quinlan, a stellar defender, suffered a season-ending ACL injury. His presence was sorely missed, as the Bulldogs capitulated in defence. Their weakened defensive prowess was unable to halt the decline, as they tumbled down to fifth.

 

Age got the better of Grimm's defence as they conceded the most points in the league. It was a disastrous start as the Reapers lost four of their first five games. Despite Yamada shining in midfield as usual and Flores constantly improving as the season progressed, Grimm continued to struggle. Things looked dire by round 12, with a lowly 2-10 record. Their finals hopes were basically shot. Whilst they recovered to 8-12, the Reapers were clearly the weakest team in the league; never a chance in threatening for a finals spot.

 

1949 Ladder by TGArtworks

 

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FINALS MATCHES:

 

1ST SEMI FINAL

XIONG VS. ANGERER

AT RAINBOW GARDENS

17 SEPTEMBER 1948 - 2:10PM

 

Many fans were expecting an easy victory for the Bears over a young Angerer team. The coin toss was won by the Bulls, who chose to kick with the breeze. The Baby Bulls, dubbed by their fans, went on a dream start, immediately scoring the first goal from young forward George Wing. The remainder of the quarter was dominated by Angerer, as the Bulls sailed to a 35 point lead at the first change.

QT - Xiong 1.3 (9), Angerer 6.8 (44)

 

Quarter two had a reversal of fortunes as Xiong continuously attacked. The Bears piled on five consecutive goals to draw within three points of the Bulls. Angerer answered immediately, helped with a stroke of luck, as Johnny Esposito dropped a simple mark in half-back, which allowed the Bulls to punish Xiong. The Bears continued to attack despite the mishap, but struggled to score through the big sticks, and ultimately scoring a total of 6.9 for the quarter.

HT - Xiong 7.12 (54), Angerer 8.12 (60)

 

The optimism the Xiong fans felt after half-time turned to disappointment. Despite the fact the Bears scored the first goal after a behind to briefly take the lead, it was all Angerer. The Bulls simply crushed the Bears as eight unanswered goals were piled on Xiong, with old-timer William Lindsey booting three for his Bulls. The three-quarter-time scores showed Angerer in a position with the match wrapped up.

3QT - Xiong 8.14 (62), Angerer 16.16 (112)

 

Whilst Angerer had a fifty point lead entering the final period, Xiong had the wind in their favour. Despite this, the Bulls continued to pile up damage to the Bears, scoring the first two goals in the first five minutes of the quarter to place them 66 points ahead. Simply afterwards, Angerer took it easy, as many players gently allowed their opponents cheap goals to prevent serious injury, which the margin seemed closer than the actual balance of play. Xiong scored three goals in the last two minutes, with Quinton Green having completed the match with ten: six in the final quarter alone.

FT - Xiong 16.20 (116), Angerer 18.22 (130)

1949 1sf by TGArtworks

 

2ND SEMI FINAL

DAY VS. CHAVEZ

AT ZIMMER OVAL

18 SEPTEMBER 1948 - 2:10PM

 

A well-hyped postseason match had Day fans nervous with their missing talisman Hyun Ki-Chang. Most pundits predicted Chavez to pull away with the victory. The first quarter, in contrast, told a different story. Day went off to a lightning start; the Knights having booted four goals in the first ten minutes. Slowly, Chavez worked themselves into the game, and over time, reduced the damage. In spite of the Nationals playing stronger football for the latter half of the quarter, they were unable to punish Day, as the Knights entered the first change 23 points to the good.

QT - Day 5.3 (33), Chavez 1.4 (10)

 

Things started to click for Chavez in the second quarter, with John Billen and Henry Koo dominating up front for the Nationals. Both scored two goals each at the start of the quarter to place Chavez in front for the first time. Day refused to wilt however, and piled four consecutive goals to restore the status quo. Chavez managed a goal to end the quarter, reducing the margin to 16 points, from Mikel Kowalczyk.

HT - Day 9.8 (62), Chavez 6.10 (46)

 

Attack was the key for the third quarter, with both sides managing nine scoring shots. Despite this, while the Nationals went for goal, it appeared to be a certain goal, though Theodore Wang flew at full stretch to prevent any score, with a courageous mark before falling on the turf. Wang was immediately stunned that play stopped for a few minutes to allow him to recover. Wang managed to recover and returned to the fray before the quarter ended. A late goal from Albert McIntyre gave the Knights more breathing space, entering the final change with a 21 point lead.

3QT - Day 14.12 (96), Chavez 10.15 (75)

 

Chavez dominated the final quarter, and scored the first three goals and behinds, levelling the scores at the halfway mark. Suddenly Day fans were nervous, fearing that they would not challenge for the championship without Hyun Ki-Chang. However a little-known player, filling in for Hyun, rescued the Knights. 19 year old forward Matej Vidmar emerged, and booted three goals to seal the victory for Day.

FT - Day 17.12 (114), Chavez 13.20 (98)

1949 2sf by TGArtworks

 

PRELIMINARY FINAL

CHAVEZ VS. ANGERER

AT CHAVEZ CRICKET GROUND

25 SEPTEMBER 1948 - 2:10PM

 

After a heartbreaking loss to Day, the Nationals were desperate to make amends while a young Angerer team was confident in advancing to the Grand Final. The first quarter went in a see-sawing fashion, with both sides alternating scores. Fittingly, the quarter time scores were exactly level in a thrilling contest.

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

 

The deadlock dragged well into the second quarter, with that point both sides were on 42 points each. Neither side had multiple goalscorers at this point. Dinesh Choudhary scored his second goal to place Angerer in front once again. Suddenly, Angerer pressed forward again to double the lead, marking it the first time consecutive goals were scored by any side at this point. Chavez retaliated with a late goal by Richard Smith to reduce the lead to one even goal at the half-time break.

HT - Chavez 7.6 (48), Angerer 8.6 (54)

 

The arm-wrestle continued, though Angerer scored first to regain a two goal buffer. However, the margin never exceeded two goals. Both sides alternated between goals, with neither side scoring consecutive goals. The Bulls maintained their lead to end the quarter with an eleven point buffer.

3QT - Chavez 9.8 (62), Angerer 11.7 (73)

 

Angerer went further ahead to gather what was the largest margin of the game with the quarter's first goal. The Bulls were seventeen points ahead. Chavez refused to surrender, and scored consecutive goals for the first time, three in a row, while Angerer scored a behind in the meantime. The scores were level at 80-all. Angerer pounced back immediately to regain the lead, only for Chavez to immediately tie things up again.

 

The next few minutes had the Bulls going all-out attack, but could only muster four consecutive behinds. William Lindsey, despite his experience, missed a simple set shot from 22 metres (24 yards) out straight in front. Nonetheless, the Bulls' four consecutive behinds gave them the lead, four points ahead. Suddenly Chavez emerged forward and scored a goal from 45 metres (49 yards) to gather the lead.

 

The scores read Chavez 92, Angerer 90. The following ruck battle had Richard Myers fist the ball forward. He punched it with excessive force that it eventually got close to goal for the Bulls. Choudhary picked up the loose football, and scored a goal to place Angerer back in front with three minutes remaining. Both sides fought hard to get the win, and both defences stood strong, with a spoil by young half-back Matthias Ebert sealing the game for Angerer.

FT - Chavez 14.8 (92), Angerer 14.12 (96)

1949 Pf by TGArtworks

 

 

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GRAND FINAL

DAY VS. ANGERER

AT ZIMMER OVAL

1 OCTOBER 1949 - 2:30PM

 

The young Angerer team, riding off the back of two consecutive wins, have returned to the Grand Final for the first time in three years. Meanwhile, hosts Day prepared to return the title to Wakefield, and win their second in three years; while it is the third consecutive season a Wakefield team is in the Grand Final. Heading into Zimmer Oval, Day entered the match as favourites, with most pundits predicting them to get the job done comfortably.

 

A small breeze was present along Zimmer Oval, but was not expected to provide a major difference in scoring between the ends. Angerer won the toss and elected to score towards the northern direction. Despite winning the toss, the Bulls played a kamikaze style, kicking long balls towards the goal. It was completely inefficient as the Day defence constantly stood tall. The Day midfield continually dominated the match, with Trow gathering lots of possessions early. Matej Vidmar starred in the first quarter, scoring six goals as the Knights led by 33 points heading into quarter time.

QT - Day 8.3 (51), Angerer 3.0 (18)

 

Angerer were desperate to get on the board. Strategically, the Bulls played a more conservative game despite being behind. It seemed to work as the Bulls' disposal efficiency increased, and created more opportunities forward. Dinesh Choudhary drew first blood for Angerer in the second quarter to reduce the deficit to 27. Quickly after, the Bulls pounced forward again, with William Lindsey found open to take a mark (catch). He took the subsequent set shot and converted. The Bulls kept charging in the second quarter, and managed to reduce the margin to 7 points. Day slowly found their composure, but the Angerer defence shut out Vidmar, with multiple defenders manning up on him. The Knights took advantage of some open men, and managed two consecutive goals to increase the buffer to 19 points. Day nearly scored a third consecutive goal, but Paulsen's shot hit the post. The resulting kick-in led Angerer forward to score a late goal from George Wing, which reduced the margin to 14 points. The difference remained the same at half-time.

HT - Day 10.4 (64), Angerer 8.2 (50)

 

A very wasteful third quarter came up as Day dominated early possession, but managed three consecutive behinds. Then it was Angerer's turn to attack, but the Bulls could only muster four behinds during that spell. The scores read 67-54. Suddenly, Angerer ruck-rover Ralph Bourne ran a long distance from defence to attack, scoring a magnificent goal with the process. After the goal, behinds were immediately traded, with the scores reading 70-61. Eddie Snell scored a goal from the forward pocket to reduce the difference to three points, the closest margin for the day. The Bulls pressed forward yet again. Francis Ellison ran to 25 metres (27 yards) out straight in front, but butchered the kick as the ball hit the post.

 

The Bulls wasted a crucial chance to take the lead, and Day immediately punished them with not only one goal, but two. The Knights powered through with goals from McIntyre and D'Agostino to restore the 14 point buffer they previously had at half-time.

3QT - Day 12.10 (82), Angerer 10.8 (68)

 

The momentum was clearly with Day, and the Knights continued to surge. Despite Vidmar being held, other forwards were getting the job done, as Day scored the first two goals of the quarter. Knights fans were already cheering on what seemed to be destined for their second championship. The Knights continued to attack, and Matej Vidmar won a free kick in the forward line after two more behinds were scored by Day. He duly converted to increase the buffer to 34 points. The crowd decked in orange and navy were cheering.

 

Angerer had other plans, and slowly clawed back into the match. The Bulls converted the next goal they desperately needed, though it was a long way away from victory. Day surged forward, but mustered a behind. 29 points down, Angerer knew they needed a spark. Veteran William Lindsey took a clutch one-handed mark, followed by a goal to spark the Bulls. The Bulls finally found their stride, but did not completely take their opportunities going forward, as they had the next four scoring shots. Only one went through for a goal, but with the margin reduced to 14 points, Day fans started to feel nervous. They knew Angerer was coming.

 

However, a strong tackle by Artur Novak won Day a free kick in midfield. Novak passed to Vidmar, who took a strong contested mark. Vidmar was 39 metres (45 yards) out from an acute angle. The kick sailed through, extending the buffer to twenty points. The Bulls desperately needed to lift, but the Day defence stood strong. The defence limited the Bulls to two goals in the remaining time allocated; one was kicked after the siren. Day have become the first ever multiple champions of the GFL!

FT - Day 16.13 (109), Angerer 15.13 (103)

 

1949 Gf by TGArtworks

 

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