Gridiron: Perth Blitz women and juniors to suit up for Westbowl appearances

Perh Blitz's Jordan Laing. Picture: Jeremy Truong
Perh Blitz's Jordan Laing. Picture: Jeremy Truong

PERTH Blitz will look to claim a historic double this season with its women and juniors having advanced to the Gridiron West Westbowl.

Blitz were victorious in their respective semi-finals at Dorrien Gardens and now prepare for the grand final this Saturday in both the women and junior competitions.

The table-topping women won their semi-final on Friday night 22-6 over fourth-placed Curtin Saints while on Saturday the second-placed juniors were victorious 16-0 over third-placed Claremont Jets.

Blitz’s women will play in Westbowl I after they ran over the top of the Saints, scoring three touchdowns and two two-point conversions, while conceding just one touchdown.

However, if they are to be crowned inaugural women’s champions they will have to do it without star linebacker Rhyanna Edbrooke, who suffered a knee injury and is unlikely to play.

The injury came late in the game, and the subsequent drive led to the Saints’ only score for the game.

In next week’s decider, the Blitz come up against Perth Broncos who won its semi-final 14-6 over West Coast Wolverines.

Meanwhile Westbowl XIII will see the Blitz play Rockingham Vipers in the junior championship after they overcame a resolute Jets side.

The Blitz managed two touchdowns by the end of the game with both two-point attempts successful.

Throughout the first half, the Jets kept the Blitz’s power offence scoreless.

The shackles were broken in the third quarter after defensive back Sham Bol made an interception and ran 80 yards for a touchdown.

Blitz’s defence had a late scare after a touchdown by the Jets was disallowed due to a penalty, which would have set up for a thrilling finish.

The encounter next week against the Vipers will be the second grand final for both junior sides in as many years.

In the other semi-final, the Vipers despatched Westside Steelers 32-0.

Next Saturday, juniors kick off at 1.30pm and the women play at 3.30pm.

At 6pm, the seniors play in Westbowl XXIII with Rockingham Vipers against Swan City Titans.

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