FLL Week 3/23
First up were the Vienna Vikings with their experienced team of coaches and players and their very purple jerseys (usually very purple, they wore white this time). And just like that the gameday had started, Saints on defense, Vikings with the ball. Saskia Macharia had other plans though, as she picked the very first ball thrown by the Vikings QB and wouldn’t you believe it, the Saints have the ball now. A quick touchdown on the books, caught by Jessica Macharia and the game is under way. The opponents respond quickly with a TD of their own, but the offense lead by QB Saskia Stribrny take matters into their own hands and score twice more.
On the other side of the ball, defense also does a good job, but the Vikings manage to use their last drive of the half wisely and score another TD. Saints Ladies struggled to find a rhythm in the second half missing their chance to turn the first drive into points, allowing the opponents to equalize early. As the game went on QB Saskia connected with receivers Claudia and Jessica for another two TDs, that ultimately put Saints in front with an end result of 32:24.
(Scores: #84 Jessica Macharia 24p, #39 Claudia Freiberger 8p; Interceptions : Saskia Macharia 1x)
They say there is no rest for the wicked, but the Saints Ladies did get a short break before they faced the second opponent of the day, the Tiroler Adler. After another success in the battle of the Coin Toss, the Saints started on defense. Coach Lila’s wise philosophy of “rookies have to learn and in rookies we trust” was implemented throughout this game. So there they were, Esther and Eszter taking over the defensive unit, battling it out with the best receivers of the opposing side. All this, while defense captain Sophie was putting on a show on offense, catching for 4 TDs and a few stray extra points for good measure.
Both halves were characterized by high scoring on the Saints side with QB Saskia connecting with a total of 6 receivers throughout the game. To the Adler’s merit, they did not give our defense an easy time, managing to score three TDs and holding their own. All in all, a good game for the Saints and the second win of the day. End result: W 59:18
(Scores: #17 Sophie Spitzer 27p, #18 Franziska Glaser 12p, #59 Anja Pewny 7p, #42 Stefanie Schönecker 6p, #9 Saskia Macharia 6p, #84 Jessica Macharia 1p; Interceptions: #17 Sophie Spitzer, 1x; Sacks: #29 Eszter Novak, 1x)
Last on the list for the day were the mighty Tigers from Slovenia, a most anticipated faceoff and this not without reason. The Tigers offense proved too strong for the Saints Ladies, starting strong and converting every one of their 5 drives in the first half into points. However, the Saints were not far behind themselves scoring 4 TDs with receivers Jessica and Franny. The team found themselves a score behind in the halftime, but all was still for the taking as Coaches Tudor and Lila did not fail to mention in their speeches.
The second half saw the Saints starting with the ball on offense, giving them a slight edge to their opponents, which they managed to capitalize upon quickly when WR Steffi caught a deep touchdown. Things were heating up quickly and Tigers responded quickly, taking their one score advantage back. There was clear improvement on the defense for the Saints as this half saw them more focused and able to stop some of opponent’s drives. Unfortunately this was not enough as the Saints closely lose this match 38:45.
(Scores: #84 Jessica Macharia 19p, #18 Franziska Glaser 12p, #42 Stafanie Schönecker 7p)
This gameday marked the halfway point of the FLL season, leaving the Saints with a 4-2 record and the 4th place on the classification table. With that there was only thing left to do: Summer Break, with training commencing at the start of August to prepare for the very intense second half of the season and hopefully the playoffs in September. Next gameday takes place in Schwechat, with the Ladies facing Thunder, Adler and Vikings for a second time this season.
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