Terriers Give Sentinels A Taste Of The League
12/10/2014 Terriers @ Sentinels Match Report
It was nearly two years to the day Walney Terriers played their first ever game against Carlisle Border Reivers at Furness Rugby Club, the rookie side taking a shock lead before losing the 'Cumbria Bowl' 21-6. A lot has changed in that time, Walney are now in the British American Football league and Carlisle have started from scratch as the Sentinels.
The conditions couldn't have been better for gridiron: a bright sunny day still wet under foot from the night's rain helping set the stage for a great game. The kick off was preceded by an impeccably observed minute's silence for Terriers #63 Shaun Hannigan in what was the first game since his passing.
The first quarter was an even contest with both teams looking to find rhythm, the Terriers narrowly missed a chance to open the scoring with a field goal before Carlisle ended a strong drive with a successful field goal to lead 3-0. While the Terriers offence was slow to start, the Terriers defence were quick to respond with honorary captain and former Reiver Lyam Denney making the most of the Free Safety role to consistently be in the right place at the right time.
Some naive play calling by the Sentinels offence, who lacked their star quarter back through injury, saw them concede a safety to bring make the score 3-2. The Sentinels didn't panic and utilised a strong running game to put together some strong drives in the face of the tenacious Terriers defence. In the second quarter Head Coach and veteran quarterback Phil Gilgrass made way for Gareth Jones, who quickly found a rhythm to find Ben Richardson for a touchdown. Halftime saw the teams at 8-3.
The Sentinels fought in the second half but the Terriers league experience shone through as they opened up a larger lead thanks to touchdowns from Pete Gunson and Liam Bradbury (x2) with Gareth Jones providing two passes and Pete Gunson the other. The defence got another safety and worked hard to create a lot of turnovers, Lyam Denney managing to sack the Sentinels quarterback and recover the ensuing fumble at one point.
The Sentinels never gave up and managed to return a 2 point conversion to the Terriers end zone for a final score of 28-5. The Sentinels looked very impressive given this was only their second game and will surely be joining the Terriers in the league in the near future, ensuring the future of American Football in Cumbria looks bright.
Some Sad News
We lost a member of the pack this week.
He was the epitome of the Terrier spirit: uncompromising, friendly, loyal, relentless, hungry to learn and to win.
He was not only a great player, but a committed and dependable friend, and a reliable, pivotal member of the committee.
Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
We've all lost a friend, and it hurts.
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