The West Coast Angels registered their first win of the season over the weekend when they defeated the Brisbane Blaze by 34 points, ultimately ending Queensland’s LGL dream.
Despite a valiant effort in front their home fans at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre, the Blaze were unable to curb the offensive prowess of the Coach Kev’s Golden Square; Tegan Brown, Britney Were, Kahra Sprylan and Ebony Brown.
With hindsight at The Crunch Magazine’s disposal, it is easy to understand the slick movement encompassed by all four points of the Golden Square after seeing Coach Kev out-splitting Britney Were’s notorious touchdown celebration on an alcohol-soaked d-floor.
Unfortunately, the loss means the end of the road for the Blaze. A humble, fun-loving and ever-gracious group of supreme athletes who truly embody everything this league stands for; and everything an after party stands for.
Despite finishing 0-3 at the conclusion of their home and away fixture, the girls in Maroon arguably ended their season 3-0 off the field. Unable to keep the smiles of their faces for too long, the Blaze lamented each loss for what it was, but stood tall in the face of disappointment and let loose like no team before them.
Given the Blaze will not be pulling on the guernsey again this season, we thought it necessary to award those who stood out for our favourite Queensland-based rock stars, both on and off the field.
Here is our tribute to the Fiery Blaze!
Best Player (On field)
Amanda Ewers – Unbelievably, Ewers had not touched a gridiron prior to the Blaze’s first training session 12 months ago. Despite her inexperience, Ewers made running back her own and earned recognition as one of the top tier backs in the league. Wheels, explosiveness and unfathomable agility, if Ewers got free on the outside, there was no defender this side of Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie who stood a chance.
Honourable Mention (On field)
Meagan Cover – A defensive wall incapable of taking a backwards step, Cover’s efforts Gandolf-ing opposition offences earnt her the title of Defence Captain for Game 6. An injured neck and concussion in the final stanza of the season showcased her willingness to throw the body on the line for her teammates and her leadership will be an invaluable asset for the young Blaze squad moving forward.
Best Player (Off field)
Mikaela Briggs – Where to start. If this QB/WR combo guard isn’t slinging the pigskin 40 yards or getting on the end of KT’s rocket arm, she is cutting serious shapes on the d-floor with her happy feet and unmatched twerking ability. In perhaps her greatest performance to date, Briggs won the hearts of all partygoers at the Stock Exchange Hotel over the weekend when she got low, low, low, low with torn ligaments in her knee.
Honourable Mention (Off field)
Coach Frek – As scary as he may look to an inexperienced and highly impressionable sideline reporter, Coach Frek is no more than an oversized teddy bear with a semi-addiction to Jägermeister and pancakes. Quick wit and a dry sense of humour put Coach Frek front and centre when identifying the league’s best personalities.
Tara Cassidy – A wide receiver for the first two games, Cassidy showcased her versatility when she kitted up at cornerback against the Angels, giving savagery new meaning with a number of the hits she laid on opposition players. Off field, Cassidy is a well-spoken journalist-in-waiting. Oh, and a dancing queen who loves nothing more than running rampant in a dance circle.
K-Squared – Krissy Torres and Krissy Mitchell were relentless in defence – albeit KT played two games as QB – and both interviewed as well as any player in the league. True professionals and students of the game, K-Squared will cause more than enough headaches when the LGL returns for season two.
Without naming each player to pull on a Blaze guernsey, the girls from Brisbane will be sorely missed going into the business end of the year but will undoubtedly bounce back when the LGL returns for its second season.
Conversely, the Angels will be looking to take their stellar form to Canberra when they clash with the Mustangs in a do-or-die preliminary final, with the winner granted the opportunity to face the Adelaide Phoenix in the final at City Mazda Stadium. Stay tuned as it’s all about to go down.