Continuing the diverse ground appearances this season, Round 3 of the 2013-14 season was held at the Success Sports Complex, home to quite a few games this season. A mostly dry evening greeted players on Friday night while Saturday presented an unusual foe; rain. An object not normally seen in Perth during the season.
Friday’s first game saw the Westside Steelers juniors put the Rockingham Vipers away in a clash which had the Steelers grab a late score to put the game completely out of reach. The final result, 22-10 to the Steelers.
In Saturday’s games down at Success, the Perth Blitz juniors got their first ever win for the younger half of the club, taking Claremont Jets to task with a 16-0 shutout. The result shows promise for the fledgling players, having lost their QB for the season shortly before the first round and having to rewrite their intended plans. The Jets, however, will need to go back and work on their strategy for the next round as they face the Broncos, fresh off a bye.
The last game for the juniors round had the West Coast Wolverines juniors continuing their offensive domination, beating the current GW U19’s champions the Curtin Saints 32-20, taking their record to 2-0.
While the Vipers juniors couldn’t manage the W, the seniors did just enough to get all of the points on offer against their senior rivals, the Steelers. The win, best described as scrappy, didn’t showcase the best offensive football from either team, defense having to do a lot of the work on the night. Turnovers were the winner of the day, occurring more often from both teams than either would like. The final score; 18-6 to the Vipers.
Saturdays games were seen by most supporters from under the cover of the clubrooms verandah. The rains arrived with a fair amount of consistency, hanging around for most of the early game but clearing as the night progressed.
The early game had the Perth Blitz take on the Claremont Jets, still reeling from their loss last round to the Wolverines at Arena Joondalup. Missing personnel and having a full strength opposition, the day didn’t bode well for the youthful Jets, succumbing to the undefeated Blitz, 60-8. The Jets, however, capitalised on some Blitz discipline issues late in the game to get a consolation score on the board.
The final game of the round gave the supporters a look at a few new Curtin Saints players as they dominated the travelling West Coast Wolverines 42-6. Hoping to continue their opening run from last week, the Wolverines were met by a Saints team that had different ideas, opting to score and score often. Not letting the Wolverines settle into the game, the Saints defence kept their opposition to a single score, stopping their only conversion attempt.