February 10 saw the women’s Sapphire series progress in division one while it began in division 2 before it continues next weekend.
The second tournament of the Sapphire Series division one season saw the same teams monopolise both in the north and south.
In Division one North, the Leeds Carnegie Chargers defeated the Manchester Titans 43-12 and shut out the Edinburgh Wolves 61-0 to advance to a 4-0 record. The Titans defeated the East Kilbride Pirates 53-2 to stay one game behind Leeds. In the all Scottish affair, the Wolves beat the Pirates 34-19 who now languish at the bottom of the division.
In Division one South, the Birmingham Lions continue to dominate, overwhelming the Hertfordshire Tornadoes 61-11. The Tornadoes were playing without their number one quarterback and couldn’t compete with their superior opponents. The Lions also shut out the Derby Braves 18-0 and with the Braves 15-6 loss to the London Warriors, Derby remains winless.
The Warriors overcame the Tornadoes 35-6 to keep in touch of the (4-0) Lions.
Next weekend’s cross-conference tournament at Derby will reveal the strengths of the different divisions with Leeds set to meet Birmingham and London.
In Division 2 on one of the most miserable wet days of winter, the 2A and 2B divisions began their 2018 season. In Petersfield, division 2A South saw the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts play host to the Cardiff Valkyries and the Wembley Stallions.
The first game between the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts and the Wembley Stallions was a repeat of last season’s affair when the two teams met for the first time. Last year the conditions were cold and wet and last weekend they were colder and wetter and although the rain was relentless it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the teams and officials who did well to ensure that football survived.
The first game of the tournament between the two big rivals of Portsmouth and Wembley was a defensive affair with the deadlock only broken in the second half with a superb burst of speed on the outside from Lucy Moss to score the Dreadnoughts first touchdown. Steph Wyant added to Portsmouth’s score to give the Dreadnoughts a 15-0 victory.
The Cardiff Valkyries faced the Stallions next and were unable to adapt to the wet conditions giving up scores on their first three possessions before losing 35-0. The Stallions defense dominated with touchdowns from Martika Taylor and rookie Jovi Uysin.
As condition grew worse, the final game between the Dreadnoughts and Valkyries showcased the power of Portsmouth’s running game with five touchdowns as they went 32-0 ahead before the game was stopped because of an injury.
The Chester Romans hosted the Division 2A North and tied 8-8 with the Sandwell Steelers before the Romans overcame the Teesside Steelers 22-15. The Steel cities clash saw Teesside win 13-8.
Next Saturday will see the north meet the south as the Sandwell Steelers host what should be an intriguing tournament between the 2A divisions.
In the five on five Division 2B, the Oxford Saints controlled both of their games defeating the Staffordshire Saxons 26-7 and shutting out the Peterborough Royals 26-0. The new team Kent Exiles also won their two games, 25-12 against Peterborough and 32-0 over Staffordshire. Next Saturday will see the two unbeaten teams in this division face each other in the next tournament.