Perth Blitz defeat Steelers to end Gridiron West season on a high


Blitz player Keith Eade makes a tackle on a Steelers player.
Blitz player Keith Eade makes a tackle on a Steelers player.

PERTH Blitz outclassed the Westside Steelers to finish the 2017-18 Gridiron West in style.

Playing again in hot conditions on Saturday at Edinburgh Oval, the juniors enjoyed a 36-0 victory, while the seniors won 20-6.

Blitz’s junior team cruised to victory as the Steelers called off the game five minutes into the third quarter.

They finished the season second in the standings with a record of 10 wins and two losses.

A total of five touchdowns and three two-point conversions were scored by the Blitz.

Munya Matema stepped into the role of quarterback to throw one touchdown and rush for another two against an undermanned Steelers defence.

Blitz’s defence shut out their opponents for the second week in a row and also scored a touchdown off a Jack Collins pick-six.

The juniors now turn their attention to the major semi-final on Saturday, February 3, with the Blitz taking on third-placed Claremont Jets.

The senior team walked away victors for the first time since their round 7 victory, which was also against the Steelers.

Blitz finished the season in fifth place with five wins, one draw and eight losses and did not qualify for play-offs.

The offence managed to score three touchdowns against the Steelers, as stand-in quarterback Paul Mamotte led the offence to a hot start, but the scoreboard remained at a standstill as conditions remained warm throughout the day.

Blitz’s defence also managed to get on the scoreboard, as linebacker Tom Beange brought down the Steelers’ quarterback in his end-zone for a safety to go with his two solo tackles, one sack, one interception, and one forced fumble.

It will be looked on as a season of missed opportunities, which included two-point losses in rounds 3 and 5, a draw in round 11 and two forfeits.

This is the second consecutive season the seniors have finished in fifth place.

Blitz’s women’s team are also in the play-offs, as they finished top of the standings.

They will play Curtin Saints on Friday, February 2.