Perth Blitz women secure top seed for gridiron playoffs

Blitz players combine to tackle a Swan City Titans player.
Blitz players combine to tackle a Swan City Titans player.

IT was a weekend of mixed emotions in Perth Blitz’s encounter against Swan City Titans.

Under Friday night lights at Curtin University, Blitz toppled the Titans in the women’s game 66-0 while the senior men were outclassed 32-48.

The women’s seventh victory for the season has sewn up the number one seed heading into the playoffs with one game remaining.

Quarterback Lou Devine-Egan marshalled the offence to record their highest ever score, which included nine touchdowns and six two-point conversions.

Defensively linebacker Rhyanna Edbrooke orchestrated the Blitz’s fourth shut-out victory this season; their first since round five which was also against the Titans.

Titans cannot climb off the bottom of the standings, meaning the undefeated Blitz will meet Curtin Saints in the first round of playoffs regardless of other results.

Meanwhile the seniors suffered their seventh loss for the season, which knocks them out of playoffs contention.

It was a high scoring affair plagued with penalties, but with a lack of personnel available for the crucial game the Blitz were unable match the Titans from the opening drive.

Having scored a total of five touchdowns and a safety, receiver Munya Matema found the end-zone twice in the first half to keep the Blitz in the game, which included an exciting 90 yard kick-off return touchdown.

Linebacker Mitchell Cavanagh battled hard all game in defence to slow down the Titan’s running game, amassing six solo tackles, six assisted tackles, one sack, and forced one fumble.

Two games remain for the seniors.

In Round 13, Blitz take on West Coast Wolverines in a triple-header at Edinburgh Oval in the penultimate round of the 2017-18 season.

Juniors kick-off proceedings at midday, women play at 2pm, and seniors take the field at 4pm.