Wolves Women Get Unlucky At Home Tournament
The Edinburgh Wolves Women’s Team put in an impressive showing in front of a good home crowd during their home tournament of the Sapphire Series. With the 1st game being against a Leeds team, who are packed full of Great Britain Lion’s players, the team showed why they should not be underestimated. The team fell short 21-8 however put in a performance that left Leeds feeling they were lucky to come away with anything at all.
This game was quickly followed by a game against a Manchester Titans team, who had earlier thumped a depleted East Kilbride squad. The game ended with a 6-6 scoreline, with the Wolves Team being the better team throughout, giving away 1 first down all game. With a few decisions not going their way and unable to punch the ball in, the scoreline means the Wolves will be fighting for 5th place in the Sapphire Series table.
Match reports and photos below.
Edinburgh 8 – 21 Leeds
It looked to be a tough game for the Edinburgh Wolves after the 52-16 defeat in the first round but the Wolves were at home and with the support of the crowd were determined to have a good game. Defence were on first and a stray pass was tipped by safety Lynsey Llewellyn which she managed to secure running it over the line for the first score of the game. The Wolves offence took to the field for the first time but unfortunately failed to convert the PAT. Leeds unfortunately were quick to answer back with a touchdown of their own.
A 15 yard run by wide receiver Amy Wright was too hot to handle as she made 3 big jukes to get the first down. There were also strong runs by Lynch and McDougall that meant the Wolves were gaining ground but the Leeds defence proved strong and Edinburgh failed to convert their efforts into points.
A series of sacks and tackles in the backfield by D lineman Harper, Hendricks and Moody put the Leeds offence on the back foot. Leeds answered back using their strength and size on the O line to form a rugby-esque maul and walk the ball down the pitch over a string of plays and the score was soon 15-6.
With a safety from Defensive End Rachael Moody the score was set at 15-8 in the dying minutes of the final half. After an all or nothing last ditch effort to turn the ball over the Wolves D threw everything at Leeds but unfortunately a pass over the top of the defence was caught in the end zone to finish the game at 21-8.
Edinburgh 6 – 6 Manchester
The second game of the day saw 2nd and 3rd place positions in the table fight it out to decide who would finish up in the top 2 of the North division. After rumours surfacing from the Manchester camp that they were feeling confident against the home team, the Wolves were ready to rain on their parade. .
The Wolves offence looked close to scoring on more than a few occasions with the most notable coming after a fumble recovery by Ashleigh Bell setting the Wolves up on Manchester’s 7 yard line. But the Titans defence held strong and Edinburgh failed to score.
Both defences looked strong throughout the first half with each teams struggling to get first downs on their drives. Sacks and tackles for loss by the Wolves D line (Bell and Moody) and linebackers (Hendricks and Connell) halted many a Manchester run and the first half came to an end at 0-0.
Numerous turnovers were on the cards again as both teams came up short, most notably a play which left the Manchester QB tracking deep into her backfield. After receiving pressure from cornerbacks Mckillop and Hughes the Manchester QB was left with no where to go and was hit by D Lineman Rachael Moody for a huge loss.
But Manchester proved resilient and a good run down the sideline meant they were up 6-0 after failing to convert the PAT. Wolves were quick to retaliate after a series of solid yards gained by Lynch, McDougall and Elder Edinburgh were set up 5 yards from the goal line. Defensive End Rachael Moody was called into the QB position and ran it into the end zone to level things up. The Pat was no good. Things stayed at 6-6 and the whistle was blown to end the game. A win in the earlier game for Manchester against EKP (86-6) meant they would finish 2nd in the league with Leeds already securing 1st place and beating EKP 45-0 in their second game.