Game Report Finals vs Wembley Stallions
The first game in the playoffs was the Semi-Final against South seed #1 and currently undefeated, we knew it was going to be a great game and we were up to the challenge!
Bears Defence started out well, with LB’s Holly, Felicity and Alison making some great tackles for short gains and on the 4th down LB Alison Lawrence putting the cherry on top with an interception! Bears O put on the pitch and unfortunately first drive nerves hit with a high snap bobbling back and Wembley recovering just outside the endzone. LB Holly Hughes flew across the pitch on the first run with a crunching tackle on the sideline. A flag on the next play meant Wembley were pushed back and a tackle in the backfield by LB Felicity Cossa meant Wembley couldn’t capitalise on the great field position.
Bears Offense back to work and some great runs by RB Helena and QB Rach set them up just outside the endzone. But Wembley defence made a stand of their own and denied our running plays, turning to a pass on 4th down and Wembley come up with an interception this time in the endzone! Wembley offense start to slowly drive up the pitch with short gains and some Bears D group tackling, some great tackles by DLine Megan Delaney but Wembley managed to get a 1st down. On the next play a fumble by Wembley flicked down the pitch only to be recovered by their WR to set them up outside the endzone. They managed to punch it in for the first touchdown of the game and the XP was good for 2.
Again some great runs by Helena and Rach but a high snap and subsequent sack took them back, a bullet of a pass to WR/RB Hannah Roberts was just short however for 1st down. A tackle for a loss by LB Cossa ended the half 8-0 to Wembley.
The first half proved to be a close defensive battle, but the second half completely changes momentum and ends up being the 2 offenses shooting it out for the win!
Straight out of the blocks and RB Helena Lasok-Smith runs the length of the pitch for the Bears first TD of the game, XP good from Helena again for 2.
DLine Megan Delaney tackles for a loss and on the next play a fumble but Wembley recover. Just when it looked to be 4 and out, Wembley RB found her groove and ran the length of the pitch for her own long yardage TD. XP no good courtesy of a bat down from stand in DB Natalie Kelly. Bears Offense suffered a fumble on a running play up the middle and Wembley scooped it up for great field position outside their endzone. A short pass gave them another TD and XP again no good from another Natalie bat down.
However Bears fought back, Offense now found their fire and RB Helena ran another length of pitch TD. XP no good. Wembley replied and got one right back and XP good for 1. This was turning out to be a real shoot out! But Wembley managed to stop our offense on the next drive for only short gains and a crucial turn over on downs for the Stallions.
Wembley offense however picked up the pressure, with blocks executing well and our defence sussed, they ran in yet another TD, XP no good.
Helena decided she wasn’t done and with a duo of runs took the Bears score up closer, XP no good.
Wembley RB looked to be contained and stopped at the sideline for no gain, but no! She dodges tackles and cuts back right across the pitch and just out paces our defenders scrambling back to the other side for another TD. However on the XP LB Felicity Cossa times her blitz perfectly to cause a forced fumble in the back field and fellow LB Alison Lawrence gets back to pick the ball up and starts running down the pitch, however speedy Wembley RB chases her down to make the crucial tackle.
Last drive of the game and QB Rach Broadhurst with some great running and then a deep pass just outside the endzone bounces off the fingertips of WR Natalie Kelly.
The game ended 39-20 to Wembley, but what a game it was!
The closest and most points up against the undefeated Wembley who then went on to win the D2 title in the finals. Couldn’t be more proud!
Kent report and MVPs to follow.
Photo Courtesy of Photos by Furfie