Gridiron: Perth Blitz win first ever women’s game, but mixed results for seniors and juniors

Perth Blitz's Samantha Lee. Picture: Jeremy Truong
Perth Blitz's Samantha Lee. Picture: Jeremy Truong

QUARTERBACK Lou Devine-Egan led Perth Blitz to victory in its first ever women’s game.

Hosting the game at James Miller Oval against Perth Broncos, the women won 6-0 as Devine-Egan rushed for a touchdown late in the game.

The Blitz captain created history when she atoned for a mistake earlier in the drive, and the continual breakdown of the Broncos defence eventually cracked – much to the delight of a large crowd.

The defence, martialled by WA’s only Australian Outback representative Rhyanna Edbrooke, was the cornerstone to shutting down the opposition and included six sacks on the opposing quarterback.

Perth Blitz’s women’s team won its first ever league game. Picture: Jeremy Truong

Meanwhile the seniors lost 14-12 and juniors dominated 36-0.

It was heartbreak for the seniors as a late touchdown to the Broncos decided a tough, see-sawing game, with receiver Matt Nelson fracturing his ankle in the fourth quarter shortly after scoring a touchdown.

While the defence kept the Blitz in the game, limiting the Broncos’ run game and picking off four intercepts, the offence conceded mistakes at crucial times.

The junior’s offence showed great poise under quarterback Ben Metcalfe, who rushed for two touchdowns and passed another two, while rookie defensive lineman Rondelle Thorne toiled hard all game for four solo tackles.

All three teams will return to James Miller Oval to play Curtin Saints in round 4 with juniors playing at 12pm, women battling at 2pm, and seniors taking to the field at 4pm.

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