Blitz bombs out in open­ing round

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Sport -

PERTH Blitz tasted de­feat in its 2017-18 Gridiron West sea­son opener against last year’s grand fi­nal­ists Rock­ing­ham Vipers, with both the se­niors and ju­niors de­feated.

The two fierce ri­vals bat­tled it out at Lark Hill Sport­ing Com­plex, and the round 1 en­counter saw the Blitz se­niors beaten 36-0, while the Blitz ju­niors nar­rowly went down 14-6.

In the se­niors games, the Blitz came up against the reign­ing pre­miers in a game which was tightly con­tested un­til late in the game when a tired de­fence was over­run by the Vipers.

There were glimpses of bril­liance through­out the game with kick re­turn­ing be­ing a high­light, but the Blitz of­fence was un­able to string to­gether enough to pres­sure the op­po­nent’s de­fence, while the Blitz de­fence was left ru­ing mul­ti­ple missed tack­les.

The ju­niors’ game was a re­match of last sea­son’s Ju­nior West­bowl Fi­nal, with a num­ber Aus­tralian Out­back rep­re­sen­ta­tives tak­ing the field for both teams.

Tthis en­counter be­tween the ju­niors saw the Vipers put on early score­board pres­sure against a Blitz side who could only find the end-zone to­wards the end of the game.

Round 2 sees Perth Blitz re­turn to Lark Hill Sport­ing Com­plex to take on Clare­mont Jets on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 14.

The ju­niors kick-off at 5pm and the se­niors will take the field at 7pm.

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