Saturday May 21 saw the boys from the Ontario Football League in Canada head down to Chicago to take on the combined United side in what was be a cracker of a day of International Aussie Rules football. First game kicked off between Chicago and Hamilton at 2pm, with the main game between Chicago and the OAFL Steam at 4pm with post game celebrations at the Brownstone Tavern.
The weather gods held back and the dandelions blew strong down at Waveland field to provide a great afternoon of AFL football in the Windy City. With the BBQ sizzling away and a live(ish) DJ it was a festival atmosphere on the lakefront.
Two games were played between Chicago and a number of players from the mid-west (Des Moines, Milwaukee, Minnesota, St Louis). Both were hard fought and provided some spectacular highlights.
Game 1 between Hamilton/OAFL and Chicago/MAAFL (2:15pm)
|Goals||United: Gizynski T (5), Edwards (2), St John
Game 2 between OAFL Steam and Chicago/MAAFL (4:15pm)
|Goals||United: Knopp (3), Bradley, Drake
|Best||United: Hoyt B
Post-game celebrations were held at the Brownstone Tavern to witness Brian Hoyt receive the Blue Jacket (for his efforts in defense) and Jason “Pony-Boy” Wilhelm take the coveted Golden Goose.