This past weekend saw the kickoff of the 2013/14 Gridiron West campaigns. Many of our league’s top players have spent the six months between seasons working hard in the gym and on the field, participating in the Outback training camp and exhibition game and the Junior’s National Championship. A great influx of new players hit the field in active duty for the first time with all teams demonstrating the growth of interest in the sport with solid numbers along the sidelines.
The season opened on Friday night with the Perth Blitz hosting the Perth Broncos in a double header at their home ground, George Burnett Reserve.
The junior game was full of big plays but the returning experience of the Broncos was too much for the fledgling Blitz squad, the visitors running out 22-12 victors. The senior game was an interesting one, as the Blitz dominated time of possession consistently with long, time consuming drives the length of the field but with the Broncos capitalising on critical mistakes they were able to hang in for an 18-18 draw.
Saturday’s junior fixtures saw the Westside Steelers earn a surprising 20-6 win over the reigning champion Curtin Saints. The Rockingham Vipers struck early for a 20-0 victory over the Claremont Jets.
The Saints v Steelers senior game was a close fought effort with neither offense able to attain a sizeable advantage. The Saints consistency in converting their scores made the difference in the end, getting them a 16-14 win. The Vipers on the other hand showed no change to their dominant multifaceted attack, routing the Jets 50-6.
Week Two kicks off with the Wolverines first game for the year, against the Jets. The Wolverines will be looking to christen their new home field at the Arena, Joondalup with a win in the inaugural Beyond Blue Bowl.