The Portsmouth Dreadnoughts Women’s Team headed into the third round of the Sapphire Series this weekend in Oxford. Due to an early cancellation, the team only had one game at the tournament against the hosts, the Oxford Saints.
The defense started strong, getting an early stop. With the offense on the field for the first time, a trick play to Abi Wade got the Dreadnoughts into Saints territory. The team made the most of the scoring opportunity with Lucy Moss running it in for the game’s opening score, with the extra point no good to make to score 6-0. A quick turnaround saw the offense back out, but a high snap gave Oxford a safety and made the score 6-2.
Momentum seemed to be swinging the Saints way as they started to drive the ball, but this was brought to a jarring halt as Charyle Mercer intercepted a third down pass and flipped field position. The offense again converted this into points, with Marie Leather scoring on the ground and Izzy Clay catching the extra point, giving the Dreadnoughts a 13-2 lead at halftime.
The Dreadnoughts offense started off the second half, but a fumbled snap gave the Saints the ball and led to a touchdown and converted extra point to get them back in the game at 13-9. Not to be deterred, the Dreadnoughts Offense retook the field, with Steph Wyant coming close to the goalline on a reverse before Lucy Moss struck again with her second touchdown on the game, this time through the air. Nicole Percy added the extra point to make it 20-9.
The Dreadnoughts continued to pile on the points, with Amber Perry scoring the Dreadnoughts 4th touchdown of the afternoon to give Portsmouth a 26-9 lead. The Saints attempted a late rally, but a touchdown saving tackle from Ashleigh Madgwick and another interception by Charyle Mercer brought the game to its conclusion with the final score Dreadnoughts 26-9 Saints.
The Dreadnoughts Women’s Team are now 4-1 on the season in the Sapphire Series, boasting one of the highest scoring offenses as well as a stingy defense. Only a few games remain on the schedule but the Dreadnoughts Women’s Team remain in a strong position to compete for the Division Two title.