In a big day of MEC action, the Titans and Vipers would look to have a tune-up ahead of playoffs, while the Calderdale Knights would find themselves chasing down the Leeds Samurai in their division, needing a perfect day to book a playoff spot.
The Calderdale Knights had an uphill battle from the start, turning up with 5 players. They were put to the sword by the excellent Sheffield Vipers, and would end their season effectively in the first contest of the day. The Vipers took advantage of the non-blitizing Knights defence and Keith Woodley went to work. He carved up the Knights with 7 TDs and 7 XPs in the game. On defence, Tom Fowkes grabbed himself a pick six for the Vipers only turnover of the game. An unfortunate injury occurred in the back of the endzone when Luke Bennett suffered some friendly fire as a clash of heads caused him to break his nose. Keith Woodley gets our game-ball for his magnificent performance under centre.
With the pressure off, the 5 Knights put in an excellent performance against the lacklustre Warhawks. The Wigan outfit will looking back on a season lost, but a positive performance from Chris Smith will be something to enjoy. Two defensive touchdowns for the Knights highlighted this contest for Calderdale, as Kyle Sharp and Craig Henry capitalised on their interceptions. Kyle Sharp picked up an additional two TDs and XPs to earn the game-ball in this contest!
The Titans had locked up their playoff spot, but found themselves coming unstuck against the Honey Badgers. Simon Denning turned in a near flawless performance as he found Charlie Paterson for 4 TDs. Meanwhile, the strong Badgers defence frustrated the usually prolific offence. For his 4 TD performance, Charlie Paterson gets our game-ball.
The Vipers defence took centre stage in this high scoring affair, as the Sheffield squad grabbed themselves 6 interceptions, with Tom Fowkes and Craig Costello picking off two passes apiece. On offence, Bradley Mead contributed two TDs while Luke Bennett added another 3 to his impressive tally this season. The Warhawks’ Stephen Woods was the shining light for his team, with a hat trick of scores. Game ball goes to Craig Costello with a solid display at safety.
The Vipers wrapped up their regular season with a battering of the Steam, who came into the day with a new QB and a small squad. Defensively, Craig Costello continued his exceptional form with 3 interceptions, whilst offensively Luke Bennett finishing his awesome campaign with 4 TDs and 2 XPs. For the Steam, new signal caller John Pacey had a length-of-the-field score to Joe Bolton for the consolation score. Luke gets our game-ball for his incredible output.
The misery continued for the travelling Darlington Steam as they were dismantled by a resurgent Honey Badgers. The Badgers defence snagged 6 interceptions in this demolition job, with Jack O’Mahoney grabbing a hat-trick of interceptions along with a defensive score. On offence, Simon Denning threw for 10 TDs, with 4 going to Charlie Paterson and another 3 to James Smith. Jack O’Mahoney earns our game-ball for his defensive heroics in this game!
The Manchester Titans got back to their winning ways with a sound victory over the Darlington Steam. The Titans found pay-dirt on both sides of the ball, as Jay Pitchford scored 3 TDs on offence, and Rick McEwen and Jordan Parker returned interceptions on defence. For the Steam, Robert Fodor scored 2 TDs of his own to make the score more respectable. Jay Pitchford wins a game-ball in this one, as the Titans improved to 10-4 for the season.
In a bizarre outing for both teams, the Knights ended their season on a high with an impressive 25-6 victory over the Honey Badgers. The Honey Badgers, chasing perfection on the day, put in their worst performance as the usually reliable Simon Denning threw 2 interceptions apiece to Craig Henry and Kyle Sharp, who returned one of his picks for a score. On offence, Craig Henry grabbed all three TD passes from Tom Davey as the Knights ran out comfortable winners. Craig Henry earns the game-ball for the Knights as they improved to 5-9, while the Badgers finished their season 6-8.
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