Round 9 Action
Round 9 began with the Tyne Tees Tigers hosting a triple-header up north.
First up was Sheffield versus Huddersfield. With both teams short of numbers and using a couple of local lads to top up the game shaped to be an even one. Unfortunately for the Rams it turned out nothing like that. Sheffield put on possibly the best performance seen this year with a 209 point win. Garth Nevin led from the front with 10 goals and was ably supported by Backs with 7 and Vardy with 5. With the huge win Sheffield sent out a warning to Nottingham that their semi-final is going to be a very hard-fought contest.
In the next game Leeds took on second placed Nottingham. The Minotaurs shocked most observers by being level with the Scorpions at half time. In the third quarter Nottingham blew them out of the water with an 8 goal to nil quarter. In seemed like game over at three quarter time but to Leeds’ credit they had a massive last quarter, booting 7 goals to 1. Unfortunately for Leeds they fell just short and in the process ended their finals aspirations. For Nottingham it was the perfect preparation leading into the finals. Niall Crowcroft kicked 6 goals for the Scorpions and John Turpin kicked 5 for the Minotaurs. Ash Swift had the ball on a string all day through the midfield for Nottingham.
In the final game the Tyne Tees Tigers played the Barbarians in a social match. The game was a great experience for all who played. To read a full match report see the ‘game reports’ section of the website or click here.
The photographer Dave Moore kindly took a large set of photos of all three games of which many can be seen in the ‘photos’ section of the website or by clicking here. For a larger set of photos click here.
Wolverhampton hosted the other game against the Manchester Mosquitoes. Needing to win to secure 4th place and a definite finals berth the Wolverines had a lot to play for. Unfortunately for them the Mozzies played one of their best games of the year and never gave Wolverhampton a chance to get going. Manchester ended up winning by 20 goals giving them the perfect lead-in to their semi-final in two week’s time. Wolverhampton’s fate rests in their own hands this weekend with their final home-and-away match of the season against Nottingham.
Please see below for some photos from the Wolverhampton vs Manchester game. Thanks to SJ Wilshaw Photography for these shots.
For more Round 9 info check out the Game Reports, Ladder, Stats and Photos section of the website.
With one round to go and with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places all locked in, amazingly three teams can finish 4th and take the last finals berth. The final round scenarios are as follows:
For Wolverhampton to finish 4th: Wolves must beat Nottingham. If Wolverhampton lose they must rely on Huddersfield and Birmingham also losing.
For Huddersfield to finish 4th: Rams must beat Leeds and Wolves must lose. If Huddersfield lose they cannot make the finals.
For Birmingham to finish 4th: Bears must beat Sheffield and Wolves and Rams must lose. If Birmingham lose they cannot make the finals.