On a warm but overcast morning in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Coach
Dustin Brasel was smiling. He carried that smile all day
long...for good reason. The Tulsa Buffaloes were scheduled
to host the Dallas Magpies and the Kansas City Power. Going
into the game he was worried that he would need players
form both visiting teams to round out his team. Game day
had arrived and he was surrounded by 16 eager Buffaloes. It
was decided to play 16's. He had a full team (bolstered
by 2 blokes from Wichita). 17 total players
..."magnificent" he thought. Let the games begin.
Needless to say, although he now had enough to play, his
eager players lacked the skills and experience to compete
with a salty Dallas team. Dallas came out fast and fierce.
With many of the new Buffaloes seeing action for the first
time the errors were plentiful and the play was sloppy.
Dallas pounded the young Buffs and when the final horn
sounded the 'Pies won in a walk 130 - 0.
The first game was followed by Dallas and Kansas City
squaring off. The first half proved to be pretty evenly
contested. These two teams have tussled many times and this
meeting was similar to the rest. Physical, fast and scrappy
was how the game played out. Dallas stepped on the gas
after halftime and proved to be too much. The final tally
wasDAL 8.10.58 def K.C. 2.4.16.
Having had a chance to rest and to watch Dallas and Kansas
City show how the game should be played, Tulsa was keen to
get back on the field. They had been bloodied in battle and
had licked their wounds, ready to show that they were quick
learners. The Power came out hot and scored two goals
straight away. However, Tulsa was starting to win a few
possessions and carried the play in spells. As play swayed
back and forth, Tulsa caught a break. A good kick and a
favorable bounce got the Buffaloes on the board for the
first time. It was only fitting that Brasel scored the
Buffs first goal ever. They weren't done either. Andrew
Dyer added a goal and Andrew Bjorklund (Big Jerk) added a
behind or two. Kansas City rolled from there on and
finished up 70 - 16.
All in Tulsa had 17 players. 11 of those 17 played their
first Aussie Rules games that day. That was why Brasel was
smiling. The future is bright for Tulsa.
Game 1:DALLAS . . .130 def. TULSA . . .0
Game 2: DALLAS 8.10.58 def. KANSAS CITY 2.4.16
Gamee 3: KANSAS CITY . . .70 def. TULSA . . .16
Golden Boot - Stuart Rackham, Dallas - 11 Goals
Best on Ground (Dallas) - Craig Storer
Best on Ground (Kansas City) - Peter Chung
Best on Ground (Tulsa) - Andrew "Hans" Rasbold &
Stephen "Frans" Rasbold