Rookies Impact Pre-season Friendlies

Flag football returned to Chichester last weekend, with the Sharks hosting the Basingstoke Zombie Horde and Peter Symonds Sabres for friendlies.

The Sharks, preparing for the 2012 season starting next month, got a chance to check out the new rookies who joined the club over the off-season. And if first impressions count, then the Sharks have strengthened their squad for the upcoming campaign.

All four rookies – Ed Acton, Pete Busson, Tomele Geciauskas and Phil Morris – got on the score board in their first game, a 61-33 victory over the Sabres. In fact, Geciauskas made his mark immediately, picking off two errant Sabre passes, returning one for the score.

All four had extensive playing time on both sides of the ball, with a number of veterans yet to return from other off-season responsibilities.

Chichester’s 2nd game was against BAFA league rival, Basingstoke, an established, well drilled team with a lot of offensive firepower. It was a closely matched game throughout, with the new-look defensive playing admirably in just its second outing. The game went down to the wire, with a late Horde score giving the Sharks less than a minute to get into the endzone. Unfortunately, the Sharks fell 4 yards short on a 4th down pass and run and the game ended 45-37 to the Horde.

Well done to all Sharks that played Sunday – it was a lot of fun and extremely useful preparation for the season

Check the photos taken on the day (thanks Kymie!)

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