As we inch closer to the mid-point of the season, Friday night’s games were played at the relocated venue of Gosnells oval.
After winning the toss and electing to receive, the Curtin Saints got off to a fast start against local rival Perth Blitz. The Saints moved the ball efficiently down the field culminating in a long touchdown pass to open up the scoring 6-0. The Blitz were not to be outdone as they answered back in perfect fashion as they ran the ball hard down the field, before opening up for a play action pass to a wide open receiver. After converting the 2 pt conversion, the Perth Blitz took an 8-6 lead into half time.
The Blitz maintained their level of play throughout as they took advantage of a defensive penalty by the Saints on 4th down to grab a 10 point lead. With only 2 minutes remaining the Saints again went big through the air for a 50 yd TD to cut the deficit to 4, but the Blitz sealed their impressive victory by kneeling out the remaining seconds to secure the 16-12 win.
Saturday’s games were back at last year’s venue, Kingsway.
With summer just around the corner, the afternoon’s are warming up, which brings it’s own challenges for teams mid season.
First up was the Rockingham Vipers taking on the Perth Broncos. It was a good, high scoring game, very intense to watch. One of the junior viper’s running back’s showed some courage, popping his shoulder and then shortly after scored a touch down from an 80 yard run. There was some impressive performances from the Vipers and Bronco’s running backs, receiver Ryan Longridge and the Bronco’s Quarterback who again caused havoc with his runs. Broncos win 34-26.
Next was the top of the table clash with the undefeated West Coast Wolverines, playing the undefeated Westside Steelers. The Steelers shocked the Wolverines into action by scoring by run return on the kick off. The Wolverines hit back pretty quickly and clinically showed why they are the top team in the junior competition. Highlight of the game was a fantastic reverse play late in the game by the Wolverines which had the Steelers defense all at sea. Stand out performances from twins Justin and Ryan Landsdown from the Wolverines and The Steelers linebacker Tom, as well as the Wolverines running backs. Final score had the Wolverines remain undefeated beating the Steelers 16-6.(Lachlan Poor)
Friday Night’s game was the in-form Curtin Saints versus the Perth Blitz, who possess a red hot offense who can score quickly and at will. The Saints started with the ball and on the first drive scored a touchdown. The Saints offense looked sharp with back up RB’s getting the job done. Getting out to a quick but handy lead, the Saints defense took the park and while being able to pressure the run game, they couldn’t contain the Blitz’s passing attack, resulting in touchdowns to the Blitz. The game turned in to a shoot out, as both teams piled on the points. In a high scoring affair that saw over 90 points put up, the scoreline finished up 54 ? 38 in favour of the Curtin Saints! (David Olivieri)
It turned out to be a tight affair in the first half with the teams trading scores to open the game. Nate Lansdell provided most of the offense for the Vipers, while his brother Kieran moved the chains on long third downs with some nice passes. The Broncos offensive line had their most consistent effort to date giving QB Damien Donaldson plenty of time to read the field and keep the ball moving, while the running game was good enough to keep the Vipers defense honest.
The Broncos went into the half up by 12 but knew this was a team they couldn’t afford to let back into it. Their defence stepped up to shut down the running game and force the Vipers to the air. Some inconsistency, a few bad snaps and several penalties left the Vipers with long second and third downs.
The Broncos were unable to capitalise on the short fields their defence was giving them, getting held out twice from first and goal on the one. A couple of long runs and scores broke the game open, with the Broncos eventually running out with a 30-12 win. (Spencer Skett)
The final game of the round had the West Coast Wolverines take on the Westside Steelers. In what ended up being a contentious game, with two sendings off from the Wolverines, the last of which resulted in a multiple game suspension for the player, the final score ended with a Steelers win, 28-14.