Well done to all those who participated today in friendlies with Peter Symonds Sabres and the Zombie Horde of Basingstoke.
It was an incredibly cold day but that didn’t stop some great football being played in good spirits. I don’t have the actual scores to hand but the final results stand as:
Horde beat Sabres
Sharks beat Horde
Sharks beat Sabres
(EDIT: Horde 45 – Sabres 20, Horde 20 – Sharks 47, Sharks 13 – Sabres 12 – Thanks Martyn)
Thank you very much to both the visiting teams for joining us today. Hopefully, you enjoyed the day as much as we did. Despite all the shivering!
Special mentions today, go to our 6 new players – Charlie, Ben, Darren, Mike, Alex and Rob. At the start of the day they had 1 training session of flag football between them (Rob), but by the end of the day they all had contributed strongly to the two wins we got today. It’s no small feat to step straight into two games on your first day, and especially to perform at the level you all did.
Alex had a particularly impressive start to playing on defense, making several tackles for short gains on running plays. Rob, Charlie, Darren and Ben made some great grabs and helped keep scoring drives alive. And Mike was a ballhawk in at Safety. Mike and Charlie’s previous experience playing kitted football was very evident today.
What was even more impressive, was that we played – and won – two games where 60-80% of the defense were first day rookies – and on a couple of drives in the last game, it was up to 100%. So well done to you all.
Congratulations to Scott too – winning his first ever start as QB today against the Sabres.
Hopefully we’ll have a few more friendlies before the season starts in April. And with a bit of luck, we’ll see all our new rookies back for more training over the coming weeks.
Anyone not defrosted yet? 🙂