Contributed by: Aaron Richard
Some are calling it the greatest debut since Guns & Roses emerged with Appetite for Destruction. Others are saying that a new dawn has broken. However you choose to describe it, the April 18th debut of the "Aberdingoes" against the Glasgow Sharks was a hugely impressive display from the newest team in the Scottish Australian Rules Football League, dominating the game to win 103-16.
It was a great day for the fledgling club, and an even better day for their fearsome full forward Andy "Plugger Dicko" Dickson who put away 9 goals on debut to stamp his name as a dominant spearhead in Scottish footy. Even more astonishing was that he managed this haul all before the 10 minute mark of the 3rd quarter, when tiring legs and a resurgent Sharks ebbed the flow forward for the Aberdeen side.
This report courtesy of the SARFL.
The tone was set from the initial bouncedown, when the inspirational Aberdeen skipper Matty Wells wrested immediate control of the pivotal ruck position and fed Dicko for two early goals. From there, the athletic Dingoes leader continued his dominance at the taps, and provide ample opportunities to a dominant midfield. The little man brigade of Jimmy, Dunny and Betto were undoubtedly the major difference on the day, all with scintillating displays that had the statisticians in a frenzy.
After a blinding 5 goal opening quarter with the wind that set Glasgow right back on their heels, Aberdeen proved that they also have a steely defence to their spine. As the Sharks set about reeling in the Aberdeen lead, the dashing rebound football of Campbo and the staunch poise of Grizzly Fitzpatrick repelled every thrust. The game was well and truly won by half time when the new boys on the AFL block walked in having kept the Glasgow team goalless for the half.
In a great sign of the depth of the Aberdeen side, the onslaught picked up after the long break, when yet another debutant Duncan took to the ruck responsibilities like a salamander to water. Skipper Wells rested himself looking ahead to the next round, but Duncan and the rampaging midfield fitted together like lego and they continued to feed the big forward’s appetite for goals.
Half way through the third quarter, Glasgow finally managed to slot through their first, however the sting had well and truly gone out of the game by this point and the result was merely a formality when the siren rang out to signal the Aberdingoes' debut victory.
Final scores: Aberdeen 15.13 (103) defeated Glasgow 2.4 (16)
Next round sees Aberdeen host the Edinburgh Bloods, who began the season with a win over Glasgow in early April.
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