Gridiron: Rare tie and a historic loss for Perth Blitz against Curtin Saints

Blitz running back Andre Folkes prepares to take the ball from quarterback Andrew Perez.
Blitz running back Andre Folkes prepares to take the ball from quarterback Andrew Perez.

IT WAS not a good weekend for Perth Blitz with all three teams unable to walk away winners against the Curtin Saints on Saturday.
In the Gridiron West round 10 clash at Curtin University, the seniors tied 12-12, the women lost their first ever match 18-0, and the juniors were upset 22-12.
The seniors’ tie means they hang onto third place and retain an important tie breaker advantage against the Saints going into playoffs.
The Saints took back the opening kickoff for a touchdown to start in a blaze of glory but when Blitz marched in on their first drive, the game appeared headed for a shootout.
However both sides’ defenses held strong as the Blitz headed into half time 12-6 up.
A touchdown to the Saints with seven minutes to play levelled the score and neither team were able to break the deadlock, which included an interception to the Saints on the last play of the game.
Earlier, the Blitz’ women’s team failed to score points for the first time in their history.
With a stand-in quarterback, the Blitz were forced to a run game for the majority of the match.
Defensively the injury ravaged Blitz were beaten by long throws over the top and their first loss has robbed them of top spot in the standings.
Earlier in the day, the juniors’ defence slipped up and let through touchdowns which ultimately cost the game.
Next week, the team in blue travel to Craigie to take on the West Coast Wolverines at Warrandyte Park.
Juniors kick off the day at 3pm, with the women and men playing at 5pm and 7pm respectively.