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2/18/2021 2:24 pm  #231


Re: All-American Association Football League

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Western Division 1913-1914
The Seattle Black Diamonds ran away with the Western title, outpacing the Alameda Nightstalkers by eight points.  With the triumph, the Black Diamonds became the first club outside of California to wear the Western crown.  Alameda was really never in contention for a fourth title.  Defending champion San Diego Golden Hillsiders finished a disappointing 8th place.  LA Pumpjacks owner Emma Summers was happier with her club’s 3rd place finish, and she had vowed to invest even more to garner a crown.

The extra year of preparation for its debut did not help the San Francisco Seahunters, as they finished in a distant last place in the table.  It might be some time until they can compete against the Barbary Pirates for bragging rights in San Francisco, but they have offered to establish a derby trophy for their games against their cross-town rivals.  Similar discussion has occurred in Los Angeles to begin having Victoria and the Pumpjacks for a trophy.

 


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2/24/2021 11:14 am  #232


Re: All-American Association Football League

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American Football Association Cup 1914
The defending Cup champions, Old Nassau 1869, had an early exit from the competition, dropping a first-round match to Madison Ice Boats.  Madison’s fellow Wisconsin club and most successful AFA competitor (1903, 1906, and 1907 champion) suffered an opening round loss to Des Moines Mönche.  Philadelphia Sports Club built on their relative success of their return to the Ultimate by making it to the semi-finals.  The Minneapolis Millstones had a surprisingly easy run as to the semi-finals as they did not have to face another Ultimate Division team. 
 
The Washington Insiders stopped Des Moines' Cinderella run as the Capital City club looked to add a third AFA Cup to their banner.  In their way in the semi-finals would be Baltimore Bannerets, who likewise hoped to add another AFA Cup, their second, to their own banner.  
 

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Yesterday 8:33 am  #233


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Matters did not go as expected in the first AFA Cup semifinal at Boundary Field in Washington, DC.  While the Insiders had the home field advantage, they had finished third from the bottom in the Ultimate Division and 11 points behind their regional foe, the Baltimore Bannerets.  History was on Baltimore’s side as well; they led the all-time series 9-4-4, and an amazing 5-1-2 at Boundary Field.  Furthermore, they had swept the season series 5:2 in Baltimore and 3:2 in DC.

From the very first minute, it was clear that the Insiders were not in awe of their competition.  Banneret center forward John Holden received the pass from the opening kickoff was promptly brought to the ground by a crunching tackle from Cole Morris.  From that moment, the Bannerets played tentatively while the Insiders played maniacally.  Jovan Chapman opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a blistering solo run through the Banneret defense.  This was followed five minutes by a Carl Braun, courtesy of precise cross from Chris Benjamin.  After another five minutes, Kellen Blanchard stole a lackadaisical pass from Cantrell to Farmer in the Banneret defense and went in opposed.  While the Bannerets hoped to make it to halftime without any further damage, Braun could not be stopped.  On a floated corner kick served up by Abel Benson, Braun went high above every Banneret defender to head the ball past a helpless Caden Mahoney.   The second half did not feature much excitement on the field, save for Braun’s completion of a hat trick in the 60th minute from a splendid through ball from Benson.


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Yesterday 8:35 am  #234


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The paths of Minneapolis and the Sports had crossed ten times before, with all but the last two meetings in the Penultimate Division. The series stood at 4-4-2.   During the Ultimate season, Minneapolis won 4:1 at Nicollet Park while Sports held serve by the same score at Columbia Park.  Across all their meetings, Minneapolis held the edge 3-2-0 at Nicollet Park, so hopes were high in the Mill City.  The game opened well for the Millstones when Blaze Floyd blazed past the Sports defenders to collect an errant long ball and then dribbled past Sports ‘keeper Craig.  The lead doubled when Alfred Schaefer volleyed a poor clearance into the upper corner.  The excitement of the locals was quickly dampened when Peter Larsen converted a penalty kick three minutes later for the Sports.  The locals were silenced a minute later when Jimmy Hammer lived up to name with a 30-yard blast to knot the match.  The comeback was completed a scant three minutes when a clever backheel from Merchant let Robby Chase get behind the Millstone defense, and he slotted the game winner inside the far post.
 


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