Derby Derby: Oakland Pirates Vs San Francisco Seals
The first ever Derby Derby took place this weekend when the 1-0 Oakland Pirates took on the 1-1 San Francisco Seals. The Derby Derby, named after the infamous disagreement about what truly represents a Derby, started off with some very generous acts on the part of the Seals. The Pirates were only able to suit up 11 players, so the Seals loaned the Pirates a couple players in order to get more guys on the field and fewer people watching from the interchange. It was a great showing of what the GGAFL is all about and why the Seals are consistently looked at as a top club with integrity and honor.
But as soon as the game started, it was just a great showing of the Pirates. Led by Chris “Buckets” Johnson and Daniel “Dahli” “Bones” Dahlquist, the Pirates kicked the first few goals of the game and never looked back. Kevin Waden and Mark Webber combined to dominate in the ruck, while taggers Dave “Ammo” Aymerich and David Star shut down the Seals followers and allowed the Pirates to win most of the center clearances.
The Seals benefited from some great play by Cooper Lees and Ricky “Bobby” Leumann, but in the end, it was not enough. Johnson had kicked six goals, Dahlquist had kicked three, Waden, Aymerich and Webber each had a couple and the Pirates won the day with a score of 19.2.116 to 4.4.28.
A big thank you to Matt Lege for entering the open player draft before the game, as well as Jeff of the Seals for volunteering to jump to the Pirates for the game. Also, to the Seals leadership for their willingness to loan a player, and the ladies, especially Milli Bruce, for all their hard work in umpiring the game.
Pirates: Chris Johnson (6), Daniel Dahlquist (3), Leigh Barnes (3), Luke Quirk (2), David Aymerich, Geoff Pascoe, Kevin Waden, Kyle Johnson
Seals: David Rossi (2), Mickey Powell (2), Heber Saurey, Unknown
Looking for a win: San Jose Hornets Vs Marin Mavericks
San Jose went looking for their first win of 2013 against the Mavericks. Bobby Sears connected with Rob Boyle in the forward line to give the Hornets an early lead. That lead was short-lived however, as the Mavericks began to run roughshod over the Hornets from then on out. After 90 seconds, San Jose was leading 7-0 but at quarter time, the Mavericks had jumped out to a commanding 28-9 lead and never looked back. Bryan Dragus and Bobby Lancaster never let off the throttle and led the Mavericks to a dominant 97-28 win.
For San Jose, the season started with hope and anticipation due to their offseason pickup of Bobby Sears, but the Hornets have been unable to turn it around. Four weeks in and they are still looking for their first win. The May 18 bye week appears to have come at a time where the San Jose Hornets can look inwardly and make some team adjustments. They pick up their 2013 campaign again on June 15 when they take on the defending champions, the San Francisco Knights.
Mavericks: Bryan Dragus (4), David Franco (2), Eli Beyder (2), Chris Johnson (2), David Americh (2), Colm Tully, Riccardon Leumann
Hornets: Robert Sears (2), Rob Boyle
Article contributors: Adam Linke, Kyle Johnson