Friday night saw the Saints have their first home game of the season, hosting the Vipers at Curtin.
The Saints beat the higher ranked Vipers 24-12.
Saturday had the Jets kicking off again at 1230, but this week the opponent was in red, the Junior Broncos. These two teams are the youngest in the competition, and this bodes well for the future of our game in the West, as the standard was impressive. Jets were the first to score, scoring off the very first drive to put running back Jack Weston through a gap to cross for a TD. The conversion was unsuccessful as a pass from the league?s youngest QB Lachlan Poor, was dropped only after some impressive defense from the Broncos. The Broncos scored the next two TD with some punishing O-line pushes, getting their running back over the line with brute strength on the first. The Bronco?s QB showed he has some good legs on a few great runs, and there was a lot to like about the offensive plays from the Broncos, which made the Jets defense work hard to keep them out. Broncos win 14-6.
The second game had the top of the ladder Wolverines take on the young Blitz. Fresh off their first win ever last week, the Blitz ran on with increased confidence, despite the ominous presence of the well drilled Wolves. The Wolves however, put on another polished performance on offence, and the Blitz had all sorts of trouble containing the league leaders, despite some courageous performances. There was a lot to like about the Blitz? offence though, as the rookies were able to put eight more points on to their already impressive ?for? tally, which is on par with some of the much higher ranked teams. The Wolves again proved why they are the team to beat in the juniors this season winning 40-8.
Opening play of the day saw Nate Lansdell #37 of the Vipers run for 66 yards and a TD, quickly putting a damper on the Saints pre-game spirits. Saints answered back with a 5 play drive to score on a 29 yard run. Saints took the lead after a successful 2pt conversion.
Both teams went score for score for much of the night, only punting once each.
Clearly ball security was going to be a key point, both teams only turning it over once or twice with interceptions (saints x 2, Vipers x 1).
Curtin Saints gained a slim lead as time wound down, but the Vipers had possession. In a grinding display of run power, they closed in on the end zone, scoring with 18 seconds left, wrestling away the lead and the 4 points. Final score 34-30.
The first seniors game on Saturday was a clash between last year?s champions, The Perth Broncos and the Claremont Jets, who are yet to record a win.
The Jets were animated on the sideline, and as a large number of the roster are rookies, they were not fazed by taking on the might of the Broncos.
The first half was intense, and saw some really impressive defense from the rookie Jets, frustrating the Broncos offense at every turn. The clash up front was hard hitting, with neither side giving an inch on their lines, and it seemed like the game would go on and grind out without many points being scored, with the score locked up at half time.
The second half opened up a little, with the Broncos experience starting to show in the later stages of the match, the Jets rookies had been buoyed by their 90 plus yard pick six, but they were eventually worn down by a savvier opponent. There was a lot to be taken away from the game by the young Jets though, despite eventually going down 26-12 to the 2013 champs.
The last game of the night was the top of the ladder Blitz, Vs. The Wolverines.
The game was was a bit tense, opening play was a 40 yard pass for a TD from the Blitz to kick it off and they dominated the rest of the way. Second half lapses in discipline and resolve let the Wolverines in but the Blitz never risked losing the lead. Half time dramas with the head referee left the game to potentially run out without a white hat but all was resolved by the time play resumed. Despite the hefty win, the Blitz racked up 120 yards in penalties, a poor display of game/player management. The loss hurt the Wolverines chances of a semi-final berth as they slip down the ladder.