The Portsmouth Dreadnoughts Women’s Team ran away from the competition at the Sapphire Series Tournament in Petersfield on Saturday, the first time the team had playing in a kitted tournament following a strong showing in the Opal Series earlier in the season.
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts Womens vs Wembley Stallions Womens
The opening game saw the team take on the Wembley Stallions. The previous meeting between the two in flag football had proved to be fierce, and it certainly wasn’t any different once both teams were padded up! The Dreadnoughts offense started slowly with a bad snap from Abi Wade leading to a safety and gave the Stallions a 0-2 lead.The Dreadnoughts offense stalled next time out to give Wembley the ball.
In their next drive. Wembley drove the length of the field, a long run was stopped by a touchdown saving tackle from Hattie Amis. The Stallions kept driving only to be stopped inches away from the goal line by a number of Dreadnoughts defenders. The Dreadnoughts Offense took the field again but were halted by a few big tackles from the Wembley defensive front. With the defense back on the field again, Chloe Ranger made sure it wasn’t for long as she intercepted a Wembley pass and ran it all the way to the end zone, though a holding call on the return took the score off the board.
The Dreadnoughts offense started with great field position and capitalized with beautiful pass from Ilona Sennett caught by Jess Edgcombe, acrobatically diving into the end zone! The Sennett to Edgcombe connection also secured the Extra Point. The defense continued to shut down any form of attack by the Stallions. The offense took the field near the end of the game and delivered the dagger to seal the win, as Marie Leather broke off a big run and refused to be tackled, literally dragging players with her into the end zone. The Extra Point Try was no good, however this did not affect the final result as the game finished Dreadnoughts 13 Stallions 2.
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts Women vs Oxford Saints Women
The Oxford Saints were up next for the Dreadnoughts and straight from the off the defense kept their foot firmly on the gas pedal, with a fumble forced by Charyle Mercer on the first play of the game. Chloe Ranger scooped up the ball on the 5 yard line who strolled in for the opening score of the game. The Defense kept the pressure on the Saints backfield with Annie Donohue and Anna Maguire regularly getting in the face of the Saints QB. The offense kept the ball moving down the field with another long run, this time by Lucy Moss on a reverse play which caught everyone (including the supporters) by surprise and saw Moss run all the way untouched into the endzone. The Extra Point was added through the air by Denise Purton.
Another score came almost immediately as Hattie Amis intercepted a pass and walked it home for another Dreadnoughts defensive touchdown. The next Dreadnoughts drive saw a pin point throw from Sennett to Edgcombe lead to a big play as she was stopped just short of the endzone, though a stout effort from Oxford saw the Offense go 4 and Out. The Dreadnoughts defense stepped up and cut short any attempt from Oxford to gain momentum from this. The Offense took the field and Sennett looked deep for Steph Wyant who ran it into the Saints endzone for another Dreadnoughts touchdown to close out the first half.
The second half started a bit slower both defenses forcing a few 4 and Outs. The Dreadnoughts offense soon broke through the Saints defense with another rushing TD by Steph Wyant on an end around play, a good catch by Abi Wade secured the Extra Point. A fumble from Oxford was seized upon by Ranger to bring the offense back out onto the field, this time with Amber Perry at Quarterback. It didn’t take long for Perry to get in the swing of things with her second ever pass being a touchdown to Lauren Purton who made a catch in traffic for the score. The defense took the field and took control once more, shutting down any last ditch effort from the Saints. The offense re-took the field with the ball going to Lucy Moss on the end around. Moss literally ran through 3 Saints defenders into the endzone, capping off a great game for the Dreadnoughts and bringing the final score to Dreadnoughts 43 Saints 0.