PERTH Blitz was unable to take away any points from its round 8 encounters against Rockingham Vipers.
The juniors’ 18-12 loss at Anniversary Park on Saturday was the only game played as the seniors forfeited.
Blitz scored the opening two touchdowns in a physical and entertaining game, but with multiple personnel missing, it forced some players to play both offence and defence.
Ultimately, the Blitz grew tired by the end and conceded three consecutive touchdowns without scoring another.
Receiver Munya Matema recorded the first of his two touchdowns on the back of an interception by linebacker Mitchell Cavanagh.
Defensively, Cavanagh played tirelessly with four solo tackles and 14 assisted tackles.
Blitz entered this round on top of the standings, but dropped to third after a second defeat to the Vipers this season.
Meanwhile, the seniors made the agonising decision to not take to the field with a large number of players unavailable to play.
The seniors fell outside the top four to fifth with results elsewhere in the tight competition.
In round 9, Blitz travels to Rockingham again to take on Claremont Jets, who defeated Westside Steelers.
Juniors will kick off proceedings at 5pm and seniors play at 7pm.
The women’s team has another bye, and returns to action round 10 against Perth Broncos.