After a long break and another crushing Grandfinal defeat, Södermalm Blues faced our Grandfinal opponents and eventual winners the Norrtälje Dockers, in our very first game of the 2017 season.
The Söder boys were pumped up for the big occasion and started strongly with Mick Larrson up forward, taking some strong contested marks and converting for a couple early on. The first quarter continued to seesaw until tragically club stalwart Dylan Dylansson went down awkwardly in a tackle, injuring his knee and not being able to take any further part of the game. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery mate!
The second quarter saw the arm wrestle continue between the mid-fields, with Alex Cherry making his presence felt in the ruck and first game player Jake G throwing his body into every contest without fear. As always our defense held strong throughout the second with Matty and Larry working tirelessly and Gaz nullifying the effect of Schultezy dangerous attack.
After a strong showing going into the half time break, the Blues burst out of the block in the third with a quick goal to Cherry and a some great forward movement. After a few years away from Söder, Brad “the Gun” Stahlhut returned to the park and immediately made an impact showing his class with some great tackling, and marking that helped Söder push hard. Unfortunately Norrtajle were able to get a couple of quick goals at the end of the third, which really hurt Söder.
In the last the Dockers supreme fitness and class outshone Söder and they proved again why they were worthy winners in last years granny. With several players battling injury, cramping and fatigue the Dockers really put Söder to the sword and the end result blew out to Norrtälje 98 defeating Södermalm 59. Great effort in the end boys but definitely room for improvement.
Lastly BIG SHOUT OUT to first gamer Jake G for stepping up and shotgunning not 1 but 2 beers after the game! GREAT EFFORT!
Let’s get pumped for this weekend and our round 2 clash with Solna Axeman and hopefully our first win! See you all down at the JCG Saturday at 12:00PM.