The West Coast Wolverines opened this round with their first game of the season, which was also the first game at their new home ground, the Arena, Joondalup. The ‘Beyond Blue‘ bowl was a roaring success with the upper stands filled with supporters, the band getting plenty of work playing after each score and several guests coming through the commentary box. The off-field success was matched by the onfield results with the junior squad posting a solid 42-6 win over the Claremont Jets and a 74-18 rout of the senior squad.
Veteran Wolverine Joel van der Meer had a dream debut at quarterback throwing for seven touchdowns, but he can expect to face a lot more pressure in the pocket this week as the Wolverines face the Saints in Success. The Jets face another high powered offense this week when they take on the league leading Perth Blitz.
The Vipers split this round against the Blitz with a 28-20 win in the juniors and a 48-28 loss against the senior squad. The Blitz were able to capitalise on several early mistakes by the Vipers offense, including a pair of wayward shotgun snaps, putting the Vipers in a pit they couldn’t climb out of. The Vipers host the Westside Steelers in Rockingham this Friday night.
The Steelers also had a mixed bag of results this week in their games against the Perth Broncos. The junior team managed a solid 22-8 win over a Broncos side that is becoming rapidly depleted with several injuries on the day. The senior team put in a mighty effort against last year’s champions, only trailing by two points late in the fourth quarter. However the resilient Broncos held firm and with the addition of a pair of pick sixes quickly turned it into an insurmountable 34-18 result. The Broncos will hope to use the bye to heal and shore up what have been somewhat porous defensive efforts thus far.