The Adelaide Phoenix flexed their muscle and shook the tag of underdogs in Game 1 of the Ladies Gridiron League as they defeated the Brisbane Blaze by 40 points in a hotly-contested battle at City Mazda Stadium.
Talented, hard-hitting and with (almost) unmatched leg speed at their disposal, the Phoenix cut shapes through the Blaze defence, with MVP Chelsea Farr leading from the front as she danced around her opponents for four running touchdowns.
Turning it on in front of a raucous and Coopers-induced home crowd, the Phoenix defense impressed from the outset as they threw down with Denver Broncos-esque pressure and caused a multitude of errors resulting in Farr’s first touchdown of the match and the first in LGL history.
Down by six early in the second, Blaze sprint queen, Amanda Ewers, said ‘get on my shoulders’ as she broke clear of the Phoenix defensive line and levelled the score with a successful 25 yard run of her own.
However, Ewers’ touchdown was the closest the Blaze would get for the remainder of the match as the Phoenix continued to assert their authority via dominant performances from Lisa Fyfe, Laryssa Tarasenko, Elisabetta Del Re and Farr.
Arguably the most talented quarterback in the LGL, Fyfe’s multi-faceted gameplay and innate ability to read the situation of the game has her dubbed an early fan-favourite among a long list of proficient female athletes.
Fyfe and Farr continued to wreak havoc on offense as they benefitted from a dominant defensive effort, extending the margin at each break in play and making it increasingly difficult for the Blaze to make any inroads as they eventually went down 48-8.
Despite being unable to put the score on the board, the Blaze stood tall in the face of the Phoenix onslaught, with their defensive pressure improving as the match wore on as they grew accustomed to the fast-paced nature of LGL.
Led by K-Squared (Krissy Torres and Krissy Mitchell), Ewers and with talent oozing from every crevice of their star-studded line-up, it is only a matter of time before the Blaze hit their straps and register their first W of the season.
Underdogs no more, the Phoenix will look to continue their red-hot form when they go head-to-head with the West Coast Angels in Perth.
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