It was an excited but also slightly nervous Royal Mariners squad that entered the pitch on Tuesday night for a real battle between the Delete division-leading Mariners and the current runners-up, last season's champion Paul's GantsBay Sharks. The stadium was buzzing, with the prospect of a hard deadline (Paul's train) making the game even more exciting as speedy play tends to make things slightly more entertaining (Dwarves and all that).
However, the kick-off table sent the Mariners a Perfect Defence result, and a staunch line of guard-carrying dwarves pushed forward to pile on the pressure and possibly wreak havoc on the Sharks offence. As it happens, that's exactly what went down, ogre boned, blocking ensued, the Mariners got on top of the line and started to cause damage (despite being 1:3 on MB). Paul had a few awful rolls and by turn five his thrower was forced to run off and try to go for it to get out of reach of The Grunki (ST4 AG4 runner) . Snake eyes. So the Mariners consolidated, applied even more pressure and opened a channel on the right. The Grunki got back, picked up the ball and strode downfield for a relatively straightforward T8 TD (although Paul did manage a 1D block vs no-block attempt at the carrier). 1-0 Mariners.
The second half saw the Mariners introduce Daði Runtunðursson, the new team runner. He dutifully picked up the ball, but ended up getting blitzed, with the ball ending up in the middle of the midfield scrum. (Which was lucky, cos Paul was well positioned to take advantage...) Much mischief ensued, with Paul trying to pry the ball from the hands of The Grunki and managing twice, but in the end the grace of Nuffle sent the third/fourth bounce of the ball behind a bit of a dwarf screen, Paul's dodge and long bomb attempt failed on a GFI and another simple blitz-cover-run sent The Grunki into to the end zone for a final score of 2-0 Mariners.
Tough game for Paul, who played well and kept fighting to get points and SPP, but ended up with no TDs and 5 SPP. Thanks for a challenging and fun game, señor.
|Posted Thu Oct 13 2016 2:28:07 (last edited Sun Oct 16 2016 11:37:46) by Geggster