Saturday 29th June
Glasgow Sharks v Edinburgh Bloods
Hello and welcome sharks fans. Saturday saw the undefeated Glasgow sharks play host to the Edinburgh bloods in round 4 of the S.A.R.F.L at GHA rugby club Glasgow. Traditionally a fiercely contested match these two giants of Scottish AFL rarely fail to put on an entertaining show. The bloods welcomed some prime movers back into their team and were keen to atone for the heavy defeat at the hands of the sharks the last time the teams met. The sharks were missing their club captain for the clash but overall put out a strong line-up that were looking to do the double over their arch rivals. The day was overcast but dry with a strong breeze blowing almost straight down the ground. The sharks won the toss and elected to kick into the breeze in the first quarter.
The bloods got the first term off to a blinding start kicking the opening goal of the game in the first passages of play. Looking to respond the sharks went on the attack but were off target kicking a minor score. The sharks were battling hard heading into the wind but were finding it hard to move the ball past half forward. The bloods defence were rebounding anything that came their way and were able to find targets forward and quickly skipped out to an 18 point lead. By the midway point of the quarter the bloods midfield were on top, giving their forwards plenty of opportunities to hit the scoreboard as they piled on three consecutive goals to make the margin 36. The sharks lifted in the later stages of the term but were inaccurate only managing one major score for the quarter. 1-4-10 v 7-3 45
The sharks started the second stanza looking to continue the good work done at the end of the first and the game became a much tighter contest. The midfield battle was key in deciding who would hit the scoreboard as the team that won the centre clearance met little resistance heading into their respective forward lines. Both teams were trading scoring shots with tough but free flowing football making the game much easier on the eye for the spectators. The bloods handled kicking into the breeze a little better than the sharks kicking 3 goals 3 behinds in the term while the sharks were again inaccurate on goal not making the most of their opportunities kicking 3 goals 5 behinds. When the dust settled on the quarter the sharks had only cut the margin back by 2 points leaving them 33 points adrift at the main change. 4-9-33 v 10-6-66
With the breeze again at their backs in the third term the bloods looked to assert their authority and opened the scoring with a goal in the early going. The sharks got a goal back but other than two more behinds they would not trouble the scorers in the quarter as they again found the going tough and could not get past half forward sending the game into much the same pattern as in the first quarter with the bloods getting goals at regular intervals. The sharks defence were fighting gallantly trying to ward off the waves of attack being set up by the now on top bloods midfield. The bloods just about put the game out of reach of the sharks when late in the term they put on back to back goals leaving the sharks a mountain to climb in the last. 5-11-41 v 16-9-105
The final quarter got going with the bloods kicking the first two goals of the term. The sharks showed they were not going to lie down and lifted their intensity but again were inaccurate on goal. The bloods took all the sting out of the game at the midway point of the quarter with back to back goals. The game opened up and some flowing end to end football was played. Enjoying more of the ball forward the sharks had a string of shots at goal but could not shake off the inaccuracy that had plagued them for most of the day. The bloods then went forward and slotted home another major
as they got themselves to 5 goals 2 behinds for the term to the sharks 1 goal 5behinds leaving the bloods to run out convincing winners by 85 points. 6-16-52 v 21- 11-137