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Farum completes Danish catrick

EuropeThe Farum Cats became the first team in DAFL history to win three consecutive flags with a hard fought win over the debutante Port Malmö Maulers last Saturday.

It's not uncommon for teams to win back-to-back DAFL flags - four had done it, five if you include Farum in 2005-06. But the Cats were determined to do something no other side had done and complete the three-peat.

Their opponents were also chasing history. Like Farum, Port Malmö, from across the water in Sweden, made the Grand Final in their first season, but they were trying to be the first to take home the bacon in their inaugural year.

It was an extremely tough match - much closer than the 43 point margin would suggest. The Cats were 31 points up at the last break and heading home with the wind - so the home town crowd were feeling pretty pleased about things. But the resilient Maulers would not be beaten that easily.

In a shock onslaught, Port Malmö booted three goals one in the first seven minutes of the last quarter to reduce the deficit to two goals. It meant that the first half of the last quarter was some of the most "willing" footy seen on a DAFL field for years. But the quintessential captain's goal from Troels Ottesen took the wind out of the Maulers' sails and Farum coasted to their comfortable win.

Gavin Hollingworth booted five goals for the victors (having also done so in the 2005 DAFL Grand Final, he becomes the first player to do this twice), while Dave O'Sullivan was awarded the Best on Ground medal.

Full scores of the match can be found on The Footy Record here.

With the Wildcats successful in BARFL and Geelong heading into the big one on Saturday, it's looking like 2007 really is the year of the cat.

On their own version of Mad Monday, some of the Cats hit the tourist trail and adopted one of Copenhagen's most famous landmarks - the Little Mermaid - as one of their own (pictured above).

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