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8/27/2019 7:30 am  #31

Re: Gorania Football League


Day, after a few disappointing seasons, decided it was time to change their logo. They decided to make the helmet more fiercer, whilst maintaining a predominantly orange helmet. Instead of facing forward, the helmet is facing sideways, looking to attack. It was something Day fans looked forward to after a disastrous 2-19 season the year before. The Knights got Tim Vandenberg from Angerer, looking to boost experience in a young side.

Xiong star Quinton Green decided to hang up his boots at the age of 34, retiring during this offseason. Grimm full-back William Burton also retired, in which the Reapers lost a lot of experience down in defence. 

For the first time in history, a foreign team travelled to Gorania. That team was Subiaco, who finished last in the WANFL the previous year. Subiaco took a three week round trip to Gorania to play Day, Richburg and Chavez. The Maroons failed to win any of their matches in foreign soil, but got within a goal of Richburg. Their lack of talent meant they found it difficult to compete against a much more talented side in Chavez, who belted them by 74 points. Despite losing all three games, Subiaco were commended during their time in Gorania, and all matches that involved Subiaco were well attended. In Perth however, they were criticised for losing all matches, mainly due to the widespread belief in Perth that the GFL was seen as inferior to the WANFL (despite Angerer defeating East Fremantle and Xiong defeating Claremont in Perth in previous years).,h_984,strp/day_sub_1956_friendly_by_tgartworks_ddeyfbq-pre.png?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9MTU1MSIsInBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcLzA3OTFhYmUzLTliOGQtNDMxMS1iODhlLWUzYWY2NzU1NGU5NFwvZGRleWZicS1lMGRiM2Y5ZS1mNTYwLTRmNDktYWExMy0wNDFhMzgyZTU2MzIucG5nIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTEyODAifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6aW1hZ2Uub3BlcmF0aW9ucyJdfQ.PfHqS-m84hw74L2bIdsQaD86WJVn9CDVpCWdlddJMq0,h_984,strp/ric_sub_1956_friendly_by_tgartworks_ddeyfbz-pre.png?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9MTU1MSIsInBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcLzA3OTFhYmUzLTliOGQtNDMxMS1iODhlLWUzYWY2NzU1NGU5NFwvZGRleWZiei1kZTRhODBhMy05N2I5LTQzNDUtYTYzZi1hMjYzOGFjMzRmYmYucG5nIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTEyODAifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6aW1hZ2Uub3BlcmF0aW9ucyJdfQ.AH4uHdMhJQLXvb0pluEDmsR2fVVzpQYVYUOXu3O4MKc,h_984,strp/cvz_sub_1956_friendly_by_tgartworks_ddeyfbh-pre.png?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9MTU1MSIsInBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcLzA3OTFhYmUzLTliOGQtNDMxMS1iODhlLWUzYWY2NzU1NGU5NFwvZGRleWZiaC03NjkyNTNiNS1iOGQ3LTQ5MWEtODNkMy0yMDFjYzRkOGJkOWMucG5nIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTEyODAifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6aW1hZ2Uub3BlcmF0aW9ucyJdfQ.SGcqOmdr1uqptwiByHpErl-Qy9Gx0Q2nqpKT55xDgmQ

Disclaimer: The Subiaco Football Club is a real life Australian rules football club in the WAFL. Credit to">… for the jumper.

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8/27/2019 4:39 pm  #32

Re: Gorania Football League

I would adjust the bottom of the knights helmet, right now it doesn't really look like a helmet to me because the bottom is so square.


8/28/2019 3:41 am  #33

Re: Gorania Football League

Section30 wrote:

I would adjust the bottom of the knights helmet, right now it doesn't really look like a helmet to me because the bottom is so square.

Thanks Section30!

To be honest, I felt like having it straight would make it more 1950s like, though on the other hand, I wasn't particularly 100% satisfied with the design. Out of the redesign, personally, I like the bottom one out of the two and that the bottom one is better than the original.

I have whipped up two other options:

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8/29/2019 9:09 pm  #34

Re: Gorania Football League

I agree, I would go with the second one.


9/01/2019 6:28 am  #35

Re: Gorania Football League

Leading Goalscorer: Elliott Evans (Ruddy) - 93 goals
League MVP: George Parkin (Ruddy)

Round 1 was full of wild results, with a match between Ruddy and Grimm accumulating a total of 282 points combined from both sides, with the Longhorns winning by 42 points. Chavez obliterated Ulbrich by 97 points, while the Wakefield derby between Xiong and Day had the Bears prevailing by 15 in an extraordinarily low-scoring affair. Richburg upset Angerer on the road by 84 points, sending shockwaves throughout the competition.

Against the odds, Ruddy ended the season on top, with the Longhorns having compiled a record of 15-2-4. Ruddy were consistently strong, and many of their players stepped up to help the Longhorns become a GFL power. Ruddy dominated in the forward line as they matured, most notably with Elliott Evans who dominated up front to lead the season's goalkicking tally. The Longhorns' consistent form should see them as clear favourites to land their first premiership.

Chavez only improved by a draw from last year. However, it was enough to propel the Nationals into second, securing the double chance. Chavez started poorly, often looking like a contender for the wooden spoon in the early part of the season. In stark contrast, the Nationals made their act go together as they finished the season on a wet sail, securing nine consecutive victories to snatch second place.

Xiong, after missing the finals last year, was determined to return. And the Bears delivered, holding a top four spot for the entirety of the season. Stuart Arlington and Johnny Esposito continued to dominate down in defence as the Bears' defensive output was ranked the best. They conceded 66.38 points per game, which made them difficult to beat. However the Bears dropped many winnable games as they found themselves in third spot.

No longer the power, Grimm secured their first losing record since 1949. Yet it was enough to secure a seventh consecutive finals appearance. The ageing of superstars Mitchell Yamada and Jimmy Wagner made them shadows of the players they were. In spite of this, their supporting cast made up for their aging side, as the Reapers were clearly in the top four at the midway point of the season. Unfortunately for Grimm, they went on a six-game winless run, before stringing together three consecutive wins to fall into the finals.

After a superb 1955 in which they narrowly missed out on winning the Grand Final, Angerer fell. Injuries to star players hurt the Bulls significantly. The Bulls only managed two wins from their first twelve matches. However, Angerer strung together five consecutive wins to briefly take fourth spot before three consecutive losses, including a 13 goal loss to Grimm in the penultimate round. A win against Day in the last round was a small cause of celebration in what was otherwise a disappointing season.

Another finalist from last year disappointed themselves in 1956. Even worse, their defensive prowess faltered to become the worst in the league. It did not help with fielding two inexperienced defenders struggling against more experienced opponents. Hamish Hamilton struggled through injury, as he was no longer the dominating force he once was. Despite these shortcomings, Ulbrich looked set to make finals by the halfway point. The Pilots however capitulated towards the business end of the season, only managing one more win in their last seven matches to fall to sixth.

Offensively, Day performed even worse than their disastrous 1955 season. Fortunately for the Knights, their defence was tough to beat that it won them crucial games, avoiding a second consecutive wooden spoon. Whilst the side was not strong enough to take it to the contenders, the Knights were a much improved side compared to 1955. Full-back Scott Larsen was unlucky to not take the MVP award, as he was dominant in one-on-one contests.

Things looked to be on the up for Richburg last year. This year, the Bulldogs took a step backwards, succumbing to their third wooden spoon in four years. Despite a promising start, Richburg couldn't keep up with the other teams, as the their poor away form meant they struggled to notch up wins. Whilst they managed a lopsided victory over Angerer to start the season, it was one of their few highlights in what was otherwise a year to forget for the Bulldogs.,h_875,strp/1956_ladder_by_tgartworks_ddfaju7-pre.png?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9MTIyNyIsInBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcLzA3OTFhYmUzLTliOGQtNDMxMS1iODhlLWUzYWY2NzU1NGU5NFwvZGRmYWp1Ny1jMGMzMzI5Ny02ZTg3LTRhMGYtOWNhNS0wNjQyZDMyODA0NzQucG5nIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTEyODAifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6aW1hZ2Uub3BlcmF0aW9ucyJdfQ.0vznqnlvcbwtq7UQAQVEn92kIf4dZgQXXGrB_nzVClc

Major Events

- Angerer's two consecutive draws in rounds 4-5 was the first time since 1947 it occured.
- Richburg's victory over Angerer with the scores 18.17 (125) to 5.11 (41) was considered to be the biggest upset in GFL history. The Bulls entered the match as 33 point favourites.
- Xiong in a match against Ulbrich managed to score 12 behinds without a goal in the final quarter. The Pilots were held scoreless. That proved costly as Ulbrich managed to win by one point: 10.5 (65) to 7.22 (64).

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9/14/2019 4:40 am  #36

Re: Gorania Football League


15 SEPTEMBER 1956 - 2:10PM

Grimm had some unfinished business to become the first team in history to win three successive flags. The Reapers, like last year, finished in fourth spot. However, the Reapers had a losing record to grab a finals berth. Xiong entered the match as comfortable favourites, having the best ranked defence in the league.

Led by Stuart Arlington down back, Xiong defended relentlessly. Grimm dominated the midfield early, though did not manage to score a goal. Suddenly the Bears found their momentum and booted the first five goals of the match to take an early 31 point lead. However Grimm slowly fought themselves back into the contest with two late goals for the quarter, but the Reapers found themselves 21 points in arrears heading into quarter time.
QT - Xiong 5.6 (36), Grimm 2.3 (15)

Xiong dominated the entirety of the second quarter, piling in five goals to one. Michael Heng starred for the Bears, scoring two goals to extend the Bears' lead to 46 points.
HT - Xiong 10.9 (69), Grimm 3.5 (23)

Being the defending champions, Grimm knew they were on a mission. Being 46 points down, it was an uphill battle if they were to defend their crown. Things started promisingly for Grimm as they managed the first two goals, but were a long way behind. Sadly for the Reapers, it was as good as it got as Xiong piled through four consecutive goals to effectively seal victory, extending the buffer to 61 points before Grimm scored a late goal to end the quarter 55 points behind.
3QT - Xiong 14.13 (97), Grimm 6.6 (42)

Knowing the match was entirely over, the Bears took it easy in the last, only adding one more goal. Grimm attacked relentlessly, though were only able to manage three extra goals to end the match down by 44 points. This guaranteed for the first time since 1949 that the Grand Final will not feature Grimm, while Xiong advanced to play the loser of Ruddy vs. Chavez.
FT - Xiong 15.17 (107), Grimm 9.9 (63),h_984,strp/1956_1sf_by_tgartworks_ddg5tr9-pre.png?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9MTU1MSIsInBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcLzA3OTFhYmUzLTliOGQtNDMxMS1iODhlLWUzYWY2NzU1NGU5NFwvZGRnNXRyOS0xMTExMTIwNy00OTk0LTQ4MTItODk3YS0yM2JlODY4MDJhNWEucG5nIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTEyODAifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6aW1hZ2Uub3BlcmF0aW9ucyJdfQ.UrrdZMEL7FgHDZ-g4XwvMKh32XLTwksAna_zBvM1gTk

22 SEPTEMBER 1956 - 2:10PM

Fans throughout Ruddy were pumped to see the Longhorns play their first ever finals match at home. As the minor premiers, Ruddy entered the match as favourites, though Chavez's nine-game winning streak to end the season was not to be ignored. Shevchenko Stadium was sold out to capacity, with over 50,000 people attending the match in Gorania's sixth-largest city.

The first quarter started off as an exciting affair, with neither side enjoying total dominance. No side managed consecutive goals, as defences were holding up strongly to prevent the creation of easy opportunities. A snap by Colton Robertson of Chavez went through for a goal, though was awarded a behind as it appeared to be touched by Paul Swallow. The Chavez fans that travelled east were booing loudly.
QT - Ruddy 3.0 (18), Chavez 2.2 (14)

Destined to avenge the controversial decision, the Nationals were all fired up, as they relentlessly attacked. Their determination led to their early dominance in the quarter. Henry Koo found some form as he scored two goals of his own to help Chavez gather a 14 point lead midway through. Despite this, a strong tackle by George Parkin on Shigeru Ueda lifted the Longhorns, and they found some form, scoring three consecutive goals to regather the lead. Both sides traded goals to end the quarter, with Ruddy leading by a solitary goal.
HT - Ruddy 7.2 (44), Chavez 6.2 (38)

Buoyed by the home crowd, Ruddy appeared to break the game open with a dominant display. It appeared as if the Nationals were exposed. The Longhorns had a blitzkrieg start to the quarter, scoring four goals early to lead by 30. Hugh Burton started to dominate Graham Shirley in the matchup, as he managed three goals of his own for the quarter, bringing his total to four. Whilst Chavez added two more goals to Ruddy's one extra to end the quarter, the four goals scored by Ruddy early in the quarter proved to be the margin of difference entering the final change.
3QT - Ruddy 12.4 (76), Chavez 8.4 (52)

The Nationals, knowing they were four goals behind, looked unlikely to keep their winning streak alive. Chavez had the best possible start to the quarter with a long goal from defender Lukasz Bednarek to reduce the deficit to 18 points. However, it was as good as it got for Chavez as Ruddy dominated play during the next few minutes. Although the Longhorns only scored two additional goals, they wasted time off the clock to bring themselves closer to victory and to book a Grand Final berth.

Shigeru Ueda of Chavez scored a late consolation goal, though the match had already been decided as Chavez was set to face Xiong next week, while Ruddy made their first ever Grand Final.
FT - Ruddy 14.8 (92), Chavez 10.6 (66),h_984,strp/1956_2sf_by_tgartworks_ddg5trf-pre.png?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9MTU1MSIsInBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcLzA3OTFhYmUzLTliOGQtNDMxMS1iODhlLWUzYWY2NzU1NGU5NFwvZGRnNXRyZi04MWIwNzliMS1jMTI1LTRhY2YtYmZhZi0yNmY1NjM0MzY2MmMucG5nIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTEyODAifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6aW1hZ2Uub3BlcmF0aW9ucyJdfQ.Bcu4L8KKJLz-VVlWoWPBwEcM6xG7nFkM9UG6BZWanys

29 SEPTEMBER 1955 - 2:10PM

An exciting matchup loomed as both teams were similarly matched to face off against each other to play Ruddy the following week. In the nation's capital, the ground exceeded capacity, and Xiong wore their clash uniforms. The team of the capital faced off the nation's oldest team.

Xiong won the first centre clearance, and Carl Lewes, having his first season as a first-choice forward for Xiong, scored the first goal of the match. Against expectations however, Chavez played some terrific football to blow the game open early, scoring the next seven goals of the quarter to lead by 36 points at quarter-time. Lukasz Bednarek dominated the Xiong forward line as he took many intercept marks, while Richard Axelson had already scored three goals for the Nationals.
QT - Chavez 7.3 (45), Xiong 1.3 (9)

Many viewers expected Xiong to come out stronger. However, Bednarek continued to dominate in defence that it was increasingly difficult for Xiong to even score. On the other end of the ground, Xiong's usually powerful defence was being outplayed, as the Nationals scored five goals to one in the quarter to hold a commanding 62 point lead at half-time.
HT - Chavez 12.5 (77), Xiong 2.3 (15)

It already looked ugly for Xiong and being 62 points down, their season looked like it was over. Chavez, knowing the game was virtually won, decided to take it easy in the third quarter. It turned out to be a total disaster for the Nationals as their lead evaporated, with the Bears scoring six goals to none in the third quarter. The margin could have been reversed even further had the Bears not wasted some gettable opportunities. By three-quarter time, the Nationals held only a 22 point lead, causing many fans inside the stadium to be nervous.
3QT - Chavez 12.6 (78), Xiong 8.8 (56)

The momentum was all with Xiong, and Chavez fans feared they could snatch a win. The Bears continued to dominate the middle, generating a few opportunities for their forwards. Unfortunately for Xiong, they peppered the goals, scoring five consecutive behinds. Being less than three goals ahead, and the momentum all with the Bears, Chavez desperately needed to make their move.

What stared with a brilliant kick from Ueda to Tremain ignited the charge for Chavez. It seemed to have mentally shot Xiong, and the Nationals added two more consecutive goals to go 37 points ahead. Xiong finally managed to score through the big sticks, but the Bears were too far behind to be a threat to Chavez. Chavez added two late goals to put the icing on the cake to end up 42 point victors.
FT - Chavez 17.9 (111), Xiong 9.15 (69),h_984,strp/1956_pf_by_tgartworks_ddg5trm-pre.png?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9MTU1MSIsInBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcLzA3OTFhYmUzLTliOGQtNDMxMS1iODhlLWUzYWY2NzU1NGU5NFwvZGRnNXRybS01MDliOTUyZi01OGI0LTQ2OTgtYjhlMi1hYzgzOTkyY2ViNjEucG5nIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTEyODAifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6aW1hZ2Uub3BlcmF0aW9ucyJdfQ.sQnVh1sL9ROoEcEYOHVZkxo4AtHehwUHUEIs-CaB6sE

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9/14/2019 11:42 pm  #37

Re: Gorania Football League

Jeez, Chavez really ran away with that one, 45 points after just the first quarter!


9/20/2019 9:29 am  #38

Re: Gorania Football League

6 OCTOBER 1956 - 2:30PM

Fans in Ruddy were overly excited about viewing their beloved Longhorns in their inaugural Grand Final. They faced a determined Chavez side, who were eager to avenge the loss from last fortnight. Pundits placed the Longhorns as comfortable favourites, though Chavez were not to be underestimated, especially after their dominant first-half display against Xiong last week.

Before the bounce, there was an early fight, in which players from both sides suffered minor scratches to the face. First year player Silvio Salvatore went out before the game, forcing the Longhorns to play with a reserve player short. Despite this, Ruddy managed the first two goals of the match. The Nationals immediately responded with three of their own, including a long goal from Pat Fernandez from over 55 metres (60 yards) out. However, Ruddy managed the last goal of the quarter, helped by a strong mark by Hugh Burton, which he duly converted to level the scores at three straight.
QT - Ruddy 3.0 (18), Chavez 3.0 (18)

Much like the first, the second quarter was tightly contested. Hugh Burton managed his second goal for the match to place Ruddy in front again. Chavez started to dominate possession for a period of time but only added one goal with a few behinds to show for it. The Ruddy defence held firm, limiting opportunities for Chavez. However, Ruddy did not take advantage of their strong defensive efforts as the Longhorns failed to buy a goal, while the Nationals scored a goal against the run to hold a six point lead at the main break.
HT - Ruddy 4.3 (27), Chavez 5.3 (33)

A close game beckoned and both sides were hungry for the flag. The Nationals started the quarter the better of the two sides, scoring the first. This gave them a handy lead exceeding a single goal. Predictably under the scheme of the match, Ruddy answered back to reduce the margin to less than a goal, Chavez added a couple of behinds to slowly extend the buffer. The second behind should have been a goal, and unfortunately for the Nationals, they were subsequently punished with a goal to the Longhorns to reduce the deficit to one. Ruddy won the following centre bounce, and advanced forward. Alfred Claymore took a crucial mark, which allowed him to take a set shot after the siren 35 metres out (38 yards). Claymore converted to gift the Longhorns the lead once again.
3QT - Ruddy 7.4 (46), Chavez 6.5 (41)

After Claymore's goal, the fans of Ruddy were at fever pitch. And given they were close to their inaugural premiership, fans could see it coming. The commitment the Ruddy club put in 1956 to improve from a nine-win team was easily demonstrated throughout the year, and they had the ultimate prize to play for. On the other hand, Chavez aimed to return the premiership to the capital and to break a ten year drought.

Ruddy continued the momentum they gained from the previous few minutes, though peppered the goals. Still, the Longhorns' lead exceeded a single goal, leading 49 to 41 at this stage. Suddenly, the Longhorns' diligence came to waste as out of the blue, Chavez managed to sneak one through. The tension was restored as the margin dropped below a single goal.

Having scored the first of the quarter, this generated belief to the Nationals squad that victory was looming. It turned out to be a few minutes of glory for Chavez as their efforts in the forward line reaped the rewards, adding two more goals to go 11 points ahead. Leading 60-49, Chavez looked like they were headed to a famous victory on the road. Despite this, the match was far from over.

Suddenly Ruddy made their move. The Longhorns started to create chances, and many chances that generated simple shots on goal. It was a period of Ruddy dominance, though pressure got to many of the players, a vast majority of whom were playing in their first Grand Final. Despite scoring three consecutive goals, the Longhorns wasted crucial kicks for the aforementioned reasons, leading by 11. The dominance of Ruddy during the last few minutes should have made the Longhorns clear victors in the Grand Final.

The common saying of failing to make the opportunities count meant Ruddy had to pay for them. Crucially, Chavez added a goal and a behind to reduce the deficit to four points. What seemed like a moment when Ruddy would steamroll Chavez was out of reach now. The Nationals clearly had a sniff. Chavez moved forward once again, and found Henry Koo up front, as he won the one-on-one contest to take a mark, allowing him to take a set shot.  Koo converted to place Chavez back in front.

The Longhorns were not done yet. One and a half minutes remained, so there was time for the Longhorns to score a goal. Chavez however slowed down the Longhorns' play, which created difficulties for Ruddy up forward. Time ticked and it appeared that Chavez would secure a famous victory. Suddenly, from nowhere, Elliott Evans of Ruddy placed a strong, crunching tackle on Chavez defender Martin Gardiner, earning a free kick.

Evans had the chance to take a set shot 35 metres (38 yards) from a tight angle to be the hero for Ruddy. The difficulty of the kick meant that fans of both sides waited nervously to see if the ball would go through the big sticks. Evans took his shot, and the shot looked promising. It however slowly started to drift a bit right, and hit the post! The home crowd subsequently fell silent, while the Chavez fans who travelled breathed a sigh of relief. The Nationals held on to secure a famous victory on enemy turf to win their first premiership in ten years!
FT - Ruddy 10.12 (72), Chavez 11.7 (73),h_984,strp/1956_gf_by_tgartworks_ddgkztd-pre.png?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9MTU1MSIsInBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcLzA3OTFhYmUzLTliOGQtNDMxMS1iODhlLWUzYWY2NzU1NGU5NFwvZGRna3p0ZC0xMGEzMmFlYy03MTExLTRkNGYtODMwYi0wNGM2MmEwZmQ4ZjIucG5nIiwid2lkdGgiOiI8PTEyODAifV1dLCJhdWQiOlsidXJuOnNlcnZpY2U6aW1hZ2Uub3BlcmF0aW9ucyJdfQ.uYio8s1km5z6MZAiFGb3bPUPijzDX78kSsb2e8XZUKU

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9/20/2019 3:58 pm  #39

Re: Gorania Football League

Ouch, gotta feel for Ruddy, so close but just off the post.


9/25/2019 9:57 am  #40

Re: Gorania Football League

No side had any cosmetic changes in the offseason, nor changed logos. No side took any overseas tours nor any side came to Gorania, but some teams planned to travel to Melbourne for the 1958 preseason. 

In player transfer news, Willie Quinlan moved from Richburg to Ruddy, hoping to chase glory once again after a few seasons playing in a struggling team. Midfielder Samuel Wheaton moved to Day from Angerer, hoping to improve the Knights' midfield stocks after scoring the fewest amount of points last year. Wheaton also looks to boost experience in the Day midfield as well. Comparatively, Jay Davies travelled in the opposite direction and transferred to Angerer, where the Bulls hope to utilise him to develop him to his full potential. At the ripe young age of 21, Davies has plenty of room for improvement, and a high ceiling. 

An exciting moment loomed for the Gorania Football League. The league announced that two new teams will be added for season 1959. On the other hand, much like the previous expansion, it will be decided by a vote to determine which cities get these teams.

Welcome to the second expansion council of the Gorania Football League! Anyone can pick three preferences, ranging from first to third, with a points-based system. The format can be used as follows:
Name: Person
Age: Number
Votes: 1. city (explaining the selection is optional for all cities)
2. city
3. city

Team Candidates


City bio: A blue-collar industrial city sitting near a lake in the state of Buffie, and is the state capital. Most of its population are employed in the automotive industry. It is home to the local car brand, Mount. Effectively it is like Detroit in its heyday, as well as Toyota (the city, not the car), Hamamatsu and Geelong post-WWII.

Currently it is the largest city in Gorania that lacks a GFL team. This in theory should get a lot of new supporters to the league. However, the sport of Australian rules football is not as popular in the city, limiting the potential for the team to dominate the local media in their early seasons. Manderino is the country's heartland of rugby union, which is the city's most popular sport, and the city develops many players for the Gorania national team. In spite of this, the increasing popularity of the GFL have started to get people in the city speaking about the league due to its professionalism. The city also promises to provide improvements to Thomas Park should Manderino be successful in getting a team joining the league. 
Population (1949): 547,000
Population (1957): 589,000
Stadium: Thomas Park (33,224)
Fan Interest: 61%
Fan Happiness: 71% 

City bio: As a primary port city of the state of Dindinia, Brackenridge is known for a lot of cargo. The port gathers lots of imports from all of Africa due to its proximity, and is a trading hub. In addition, many of the populace work in the local docks. The city resembles Liverpool. 

Wharf Oval had a recent redevelopment in which increased the stadium's viability to host top-flight football matches. This sparked increased interest amongst the league to bring a team into the city. The city's proximity to Grimm though have generated a lot of Reapers fans in Brackenridge, mainly due to their successes. If Brackenridge is successful in getting a team, a west coast rivalry with Grimm looms.
Population (1949): 393,200
Population (1957): 410,600
Stadium: Wharf Oval (32,809)
Fan Interest: 67%
Fan Happiness: 88% 

City bio: The city has enjoyed vast economic growth since the conclusion of World War II. As the capital of Elzburg, Blalock has enjoyed a population boom with a vibrant film industry. It is the national hub of Goranian films. It has a small but fast-growing banking sector. Somewhat it resembles Buenos Aires and Los Angeles at present, but has a touch of Zurich. 

Blalock is one of the fastest growing cities in Gorania, and its large population boom has many officials speaking about placing a team there. Narrowly missing out on a spot for a GFL team in the last expansion council, there have been calls for Blalock to have their own local team. People in Blalock have developed a reputation of being passionate about their community, and by getting a team, would be immediately popular in the city. A large percentage of the population of Blalock are recent immigrants, who mostly lack the understanding of the game. Despite this, matches played in the city have been popular amongst the locals, and adding a local team has the potential to add even more supporters to the league. Additionally, it will be the first ever top-flight Blalock team in any sport should Blalock be successful in landing a GFL team.
Population (1949): 241,600
Population (1957): 337,200
Stadium: Lambton Oval (27,337)
Fan Interest: 94%
Fan Happiness: 85%  

City bio: Construction companies have started to call the city home. A significant real estate industry has risen in the city, due to low land and home prices, skyrocketing the city's population. Subsequently, the construction industry has boomed there. With the construction boom, the city has developed its local industries in the services sector. The city has developed an affluent reputation due to many people quickly becoming wealthy there, though there are still lots of people not as lucky. It is the main city of Cardesia. It hosts many government employees. The city resembles what is a satellite city even though it has a vibrant central business district. 

Much like Blalock, Washington has enjoyed significant population growth. The fast-growing city has hosted GFL regular season matches to a high degree of success. Regardless of the team's performance, fans in Washington will back the team no matter their record. Lambton Oval however would need some redevelopment in order for it to be to a permanent top-flight standard. The city promises to provide financial support to the redevelopment in order to boost the bid of the city landing a GFL team. Still, officials are not ignoring Washington due to predicted further population growth.
Population (1949): 245,600
Population (1957): 358,400
Stadium: Lambton Oval (22,921)
Fan Interest: 90%
Fan Happiness: 58%  

City bio: Effectively Goddard is a large city with strong economic strength. Many people live there due to relatively cheaper housing rates compared to nearby Chavez. It is 100 km (62 miles) from Chavez, and is more industrial in character. Goddard has an automobile industry, producing another brand of cars, named Corin. If Chavez is London, Goddard would be Luton. 

Not too far from Chavez, Goddard has the potential to have a fierce rivalry with the Nationals. This could spark a huge increase in interest of the game to the city. Many people in the city are unaffiliated with a team due to its civic rivalry with Chavez, though the Nationals enjoy strong support in the city. Chavez's recent premiership have sparked calls amongst the populace to call for a team, mainly for civic and provincial pride. Corin Park, bulit after World War II, is still in good condition, and would be the newest stadium in use in the GFL should Goddard be elected.
Population (1949): 442,000
Population (1957): 478,900
Stadium: Corin Park (25,625)
Fan Interest: 54%
Fan Happiness: 67% 

City bio: Known for its textiles, Warner is known to be heavily dependent on manufacturing. The city manufactures a large percentage of the country's clothing. The large sheep farming areas nearby have supplied the city with vast amounts of wool, allowing textiles to boom there. The city has become a centre of materials engineering, as new synthetic fibres have been produced there, often in association with local universities. 

Knowing the dissatisfaction with their oval from the previous expansion council, the city of Warner have explored different locations to build a world-class facility, mainly to increase stadium rating and subsequently fan happiness. It is the second largest Goranian city to lack a GFL team at present. Its proximity to Grimm would lay the foundations for a large rivalry between the future Warner team and the Reapers.
Population (1949): 518,900
Population (1957): 535,900
Stadium: Aspley Oval (29,223)
Fan Interest: 64%
Fan Happiness: 44% 

City bio: Located near Lake Ramana, Spragan is a city filled with beautiful nature. It has a Nordic and Minnesotan feel, having warm summers and cold winters. Its higher elevation and proximity to Mount Ranomandry makes the city a hotspot for nearby skiing. The city is also a hub for electric power, where the industry employs a significant percentage of the city's labour force. Because of a lot of job vacancies in the electric power industry there, Spragan has collected a large amount of immigration, mainly from war-torn European countries after World War II. 

The stadium is known to be of a world class standard, and fans are impressed with the prospect of teams playing there. Having hosted regular season GFL matches there, this has increased the city's prospects about getting its own team. A potential rivalry with Angerer also looms. Despite this, rugby union is very popular in the city, and should the Spragan team struggle, attendances and gate receipts have the potential to drop heavily compared to when the team is going well.
Population (1949): 346,700
Population (1957): 405,300
Stadium: Lakeside Oval (26,720)
Fan Interest: 61%
Fan Happiness: 91% 

The due time for the expansion council is Sunday 6 October 2019 11pm Eastern Australian Standard Time (or Sunday 6 October 2019 12pm GST or Sunday 6 October 2019 7am EDT/6 am CDT/5am MDT/4am PDT).


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