Mixed results for Perth Blitz in Round 1 of Gridiron West season

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THE Perth Blitz kicked off their 2016-17 campaign with split results on October 8 with Round 1 of the new Gridiron West season kicking off for the club at Anniversary Park in Rockingham.

The Under 19s avenged their semi-final loss from the previous season over the reigning champions the Vipers by getting a win 22-12.

Zac Wood started his offensive campaign strongly by contributing 16 of those 22 points.

In the seniors, the result went the opposite way – a 12-0 win to the Vipers – but the Blitz was keen to take away the positives.

Two-time champions the Vipers were not able to convert on either of their TDs, scoring their second late in the fourth quarter after a stout defensive effort from the Blitz.

Considering the Vipers took their second consecutive title last season by putting up a 50-0 scoreline against the Broncos, conceding only 12 points while still rebuilding the senior team was considered by the coaches to be an excellent result.