Northwestern Predators vs Northern Sydney Rebels
A fair few Predators had to eat their words on Saturday (myself included) as the Rebels came out guns blazing in this clash of the north. The opening drive for Northwestern did not go to plan at all, with QB Mark Shoebridge (Australian Outback & NSW Wolfpack Rep) throwing an interception straight into the hands of FS Ben Lucas (NSW Wolfpack Rep) on the first throw of the game. Luckily the Predators were able to get the ball back on the very next play, with veteran Predators DE Jordan Harrison forcing a fumble for it to be recovered by DB Arvand Ghazizadeh (NSW Wolfpack Rep). This would all be futile though as the Rebels struck first. A strong ground game led by OT Ian Stretton (NSW Wolfpack Rep) and the rest of the Rebels O forced the Predators Defence onto the back-foot and the Rebels were able to put the first points onto the board. The Predators struggled against a strong Rebels Defence, failing to put up any points in the first half and going into the break, down 7-0.
The second half saw the Predators come out with a different looking Defence, slowing the Rebels ground game and forcing them to work through the air. And on the other side of the ball, the Predators Offence were able to utilise their own ground game and scored in the 3 rd quarter to bring them within 1 point of their Northern rivals. After a controversial call by the referees was overturned (awarding the Predators with their second TD), the home side were able to hold off the Rebels and WR Sean Toohey scoring in the dying minutes of the game sealed the win for the boys in Red and Black.
Final Score: Predators 18 - Rebels 7
About the Author:
Daniel Crighton - CB for the Northwestern Predators in GNSW and SS for the NSW Wolfpack. Avid Denver Broncos fan. Also known as "Choc" (please don't ever ask me to explain that story haha)