Berlin Crocs finished 3rd at the AFLG Grand Final

Rowan “Biscuit” Miegel was recently voted by the German version of Vogue Magazine as having the 3rd biggest head in the country, behind Angela Merkel and Thomas Müller. Well that was before he won the AFLG 9’s League Best & Fairest Award for season 2015, a season that also saw him finish equal first in the goal kicking.

It was a cold and dreary European mid-summer day that saw the Berlin Crocs assemble for one last time for season 2015 at Hauptbahnhof to catch the 6:30am train down to Frankfurt. The Berlin Crocs had not made a finals appearance in the last three years and had struggled for consistency on the field, while off-field shanagans had been as strong and numerous as ever. After finishing 3rd in a very impressive home and away season, with nine wins and three losses, the Crocs were due to face the Hamburg Pirates having narrowly lost on the two occasions they had met each other during the season. Expectations were high, and none higher than new cult-hero “Tiger” Trev who turned up fashionably late much to the annoyance of super coach Conny. The weather didn’t look much better closer to Frankfurt and the mood was souring amongst the team as the Berlin Crocs set themselves for a wet and rainy encounter. Luckily the ever resourceful captain Bart had brought along one of his many card games, which rumour has he invented himself, and got the competitive juices flowing.

Much to everyone’s surprise, however, the sun was blazing as the keen Berlin Crocs showed up at the ground, which turned out to be two hours early after some late fixture changes (i.e. the day before) by the organises. This didn’t perturb the Crocs in any way though with Finnish superstar Antti enjoying the best sun he had ever seen, immediately ripping off his shirt and showing off his sizzling physique.

Game 1 – Semi Final vs Hamburg Pirates

After watching the 1st place Munich Roos defeat 4th place Hamburg Swans in some heavy rain, which seemed to sweep in out of no-where, the Berlin Crocs readied themselves for a tough encounter against the Pirates. The Pirates had defeated the Berlin Crocs by seven and nine points respectively on the two previous occasions the two teams had met this season, but the Berlin Crocs had led both games late and had been unable to hang on. The skies cleared for the first bounce, which saw Soda contesting well in the ruck trying to feed it to his starting midfielders Woodsy and “the Dude”. The Pirates midfield were switched on early and sent the ball whizzing down the throats of their forwards. The defence, captained by the Bartman and supported by Irish Vince as well as Finnish Antti (who if granted would have played without his shirt), stood strong but the Pirates were relentless and the Berlin Crocs soon found themselves three goals down. Things had to change and with the injection of Ackers and “Popeye” Pete (who had consumed his matchday spinach on the train that morning) through the middle, along with “Tiger” Trev finaly finding his range as loose man in defence, the Berlin Crocs were able to claw two goals back, both from Dingo! The first coming from a breathtaking team display finishing with a goal square snap and the second a great set shot conversion after a solid lead and mark. The Berlin Crocs were unlucky not to level the scores at half time, with the siren going just before a third goal could be scored.

Super coach Conny revved his charges up with a sintilising half-time speech followed by a few “aight’s” and put himself in the forward line to snaffle a few. But things didn’t go to plan early and the Pirates got the first clearance, which led to the first goal, of the second half. That was when Cony made his move! With a stroke of coaching genius he brought powerhouse forward “Biscuit” Miegel into the midfield to play as a rover alongside the handsomest man in football – Dan Thomas – in ruck. The result was instantaneous, Biscuit tore it up, and the Crocs were peppering their forward line. Dingo took another strong mark from a solid lead, and a little to far out to score, handed it off to Miegel who with a long range bomb seemingly put it through the middle to bring the Crocs back within striking distance. The goal umpire called it a goal only to overturn his decision when it was questioned. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for the Crocs and all went downhill from there with the Pirates, a bit to strong in the end, running out victors 7.4 (46) – 2.2 (14).

 

Game 2 – Third Place Payoff vs Hamburg Swans

Unlucky Woodsy, the author of the text, decided to spend the time during the second game at a local Frankfurt Hospital. After a close, but funny game were the Berlin Crocs changed the backs with the forwards the Berlin Crocs ended the season with a win and a fantastic third place in the AFLG. Finnish Antti in his last game for the Berlin Crocs turned out as a ice cold goal machine with 5 goals and being best on ground.

 

After Game report

The post match train ride back to Berlin was an eventful one with the Berlin Crocs entertaining all the lucky passengers on their carriage. Apart from playing football the boys sure can hold a tune, especially after a few cold ones! And of course Antti took off his shirt!

It was a successful season for the Berlin Crocs and it was great to see a lot of new faces around the Club. The Club would like to thank all players who participated during the year. The Club would especially like to thank coach Conny Höher for all his hard work and commitment throughout the season. As the first born and bred German coach of the Berlin Crocs he is also the most successful. He may at times be as grumpy as Mick Malthouse and as boring as Ross Lyon but he has at least got a better win/loss record – 71.43%. Onwards and upwards for next season!

Also anyone who found a pair of black boots at the ground in Frankfurt can have Soda to thank for a nice new set of wheels. He walked all the way home in his socks before realising he didn’t take his boots with him.

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