Adelaide is a city in party mode after their Phoenix golden girls won their third consecutive Ladies Gridiron League match with a 36 – 28 victory against the Canberra Mustangs and subsequently booked themselves a home final.
Led by two-time MVP, Lisa ‘Fyfe Train’ Fyfe, the Phoenix overcame a two-point first quarter deficit and delivered on their promise to give the raucous and arguably nation’s best crowd, value for money.
There were hits, bumps, more hits and a whole lot of f@cking carnage in a spectacle all fans hoped would eventuate between the two undefeated juggernauts of the competition.
Reina Del Dolor was savage on defence, bulldozing her opponents and inspiring the rest of the firey Phoenix when they looked shaky in the face of a potential Mustangs fightback.
It was the Mustangs who drew first blood in the opening minutes of the match, with Paremo ‘Pudz’ Marsh slicing and dicing her athletic frame through the Phoenix defence and into the end zone with an ease encompassed by very few.
Unwilling to be outdone in front of her home crowd, Chelsea ‘Farr and Away’ Farr torched the Mustangs in response, with a 50 yard run eventuating into the Phoenix’s first and Farr’s eighth for the season. Yep, her eighth*.
After being subjected to a number of the most vicious hits laid this season, Farr and Away showcased another string to her bow as she stood up and continued to deliver despite playing in obvious pain.
In her first start for the season, Nikki Hodgins got on the end of a centimetre perfect pass from the Fyfe Train in the second quarter and ran for her first-ever touchdown, giving the Phoenix a slight buffer at the main break.
With bodies and bones taking beatings on both sides in the season’s hardest and most enthralling game to date, the Phoenix were able to stand tall in the second half and eventually run out eight-point victors.
Despite a 40-yard ‘never broke stride’ Africa touchdown and a highly intelligent performance from QB, Dani de Groot, the Mustangs were unable to curb both the Phoenix offense and vocal crowd as they endured their first loss of the season.
However, all is not lost as Canberra Mustangs sit 1-1 after their first two matches and look to reverse the result when they meet the West Coast Angels in their next encounter.
The win ensures the Phoenix a home final at City Mazda Stadium and gives them the best possible chance of LGL season one glory.
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