Perth Blitz finish 2017 on a high against Curtin Saints

Perth Blitz running back Britney Weretapou in full flight.
Perth Blitz running back Britney Weretapou in full flight.

PERTH Blitz ended 2017 on a high against Curtin Saints in Saturday’s round 11 clash at Edinburgh Oval in Bentley.

The juniors and women won their respective games while the seniors drew in their final outing before a two-week break.

The seniors clawed back from a three-touchdown deficit to finish 26-26.

Blitz scored a touchdown with less than a minute to play, and a two-point conversion would have given them the lead but the attempt was unsuccessful.

The tie keeps the Blitz in the hunt for playoffs, now two-and-a-half games off the fourth-placed Saints with three games remaining.

Receiver Munya Matema caught five catches for 110 yards and scored one touchdown, while defensively Luke Middleton made a total of nine tackles and made an interception.

Earlier in the day, the juniors fought hard for a 28-6 victory.

Blitz finish the year in second place behind Rockingham Vipers after their eighth win for the season.

With key personnel missing, the reigning junior champions are well positioned for another tilt at the title with two games to play.

Receiver Tom Paskov scored one touchdown from his six catches and 125 yards, while defensive lineman Rondelle Thorne made four tackles and forced two fumbles.

Meanwhile the women remain undefeated after five games with a 16-6 triumph.

Blitz conceded an early touchdown to the Saints, but they regathered and used a powerful running game to pound the Saints defence.

Running back Britney Weretapou carried the ball 16 times for 60 yards and scored a two-point conversion while quarterback Lou Devine-Egan ran the ball for 93 yards off 10 attempts.

Sitting atop the standings, first place it the Blitz’s to lose with two games remaining.

With three rounds remaining, 2018 kicks off when Blitz take on Swan City Titans at Curtin University on Friday January 5.

Women take to the field at 6.30pm with seniors playing at 8pm, while juniors have a bye.