Round 2 Sheffield v Manchester report
Round 2 saw the Sheffield Thunder take on the Manchester Mozzies in their first home game of the season at the new Thunderland HQ, the Sheffield Tigers ground in Dore. At training that week the Thunder were met with thunder and lightning and the Sheffield team hoped to bring some of that to the field on Bank Holiday Monday.
The first quarter started off as a tight affair with neither team allowing much free play to create chances. Eventually the quarter opened up a little as the away team took a lead with a couple of goals and behinds before the home team slotted two goals of their own. The Mozzies kept the flow going a little more as they stretched the lead to four goals to Sheffield’s two before the quarter came to an end.
With a switch of ends the Thunder took over and tried to take advantage of the strong wind kicking down the ground. Overall the second quarter proved another tight stretch with the two teams nearly matched, Sheffield kicking 3.4 to Manchester’s 2.2 meant the half finished with only 8 points int it at 36 to 44 in favour of the visiting Mozzies.
As with the Round 1 efforts of Sheffield, the third quarter proved to be the downfall as the Mozzies jumped on and took advantage of the wind and a depleted home team. As injuries started to reduce the already small match day squad of the Thunder the visitors seemed to be free flowing through the middle and always had the extra man. In comparison Sheffield couldn’t maintain any possession of the ball only managing to slot a solitary behind in comparison to the run-away seven goals and eight behinds to Manchester.
Despite the blow dealt to the Thunder in the third, as the final quarter started they weren’t prepared to roll over and just give in. With no subs and tired legs out on the field the home debut of the Thunder at Dore finished with them going toe to toe right through to the final whistle, finishing with the quarter drawn three goals to four behinds to both teams.
As the final whistle blew the third quarter proved to be the deciding factor as the Thunder were downed by a convincingly clinical performance from Manchester. The final score came in as Sheffield 8.11 (59) to Manchester 16.20 (116).