This Friday the Great Britain ladies team will take on Mexico in their final game at the IFAF Women’s World Championships in the battle for bronze!
Mexico might be new to international competition but they should NOT be underestimated. Mexico faced Team USA in their first match coming away with a 29-0 loss. Now, no one really expected any team to beat the American giants but to lose by this small a margin is actually pretty good if we look to previous results.
Team USA in the 2013 world championships defeated Germany 107-7, Sweden 84-0, and Canada 64-0. America also defeated Finland 48-0 on Tuesday. So on reflection, Mexico did a pretty outstanding job to hold the USA to their lowest score ever in the world championships!
Mexico also secured their first win of the series against Australia on Tuesday, coming away with a 31-10 victory. Things started slow for them until QB Angeles Cruz Colon connected with receiver Ana Maria Barbosa Venegas for a first down on the 12 yard line. Another great pass and reception for the duo saw the first TD of the game putting Mexico in the lead 7-0 near the end of Q1.
The Mexican defence made a big stop in Q2, preventing the Aussie’s TD attempt from 4th and 1. This stop put their offence in a difficult position and Angeles was eventually sacked in the end zone for a safety. The game was a close 7-2 by half time.
In the second half, DB Consuelo Alejandra Hernandez Macias picked off the Aussie’s and running back Andrea Romero Vasquez took it all the way for a TD, the point after was blocked leaving things at 13-2 to Mexico.
Australian running back Kristy Moran finally managed to break away for a big play, taking it to the house for their first TD of the game. Australia went for the two, closing the gap at 13-10. The Aussie’s then came straight back with a second touchdown of the game to take the lead. DL Megan Wills stripped the ball and ran it all the way, but the refs called it back saying the ball was downed…
Mexico, quick to regain the upper hand, threw in a trick play. QB Carla Fernanda Melo Hernandez flicked the ball to running back Maria Fernanda Pacheco Garcia who launched it to the end zone for a TD caught by Tania Garcia Sanchez. The two point attempt was no good bringing the game to 19-10 late in the third quarter.
In the 4th quarter Mexico advanced their lead with Pacheco Garcia running it to the end zone. Shortly after, DB Hernandez Macias picked the Aussie’s off for a second time. Romero Vasquez then ran it in for her second TD of the game bringing the score to 31-10.
Mexico have some serious playmakers the GB team need to keep an eye on. Running back duo Pacheco Garcia #28 and Romero Vasquez #33 caused heaps of problems for the Aussie’s, as well as wide receiver Barbosa Venegas #17. Defensive back Hernandez Macias #2 is also one to watch on those deep passes!
Mexico are also a fan of the occasional trick play, having used a receiver to throw the ball deep twice so far, as well as faking a punt. The GB defence will need to stay disciplined against this team.
Final Game Day Schedule:
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If the GB team can take home the W, they will come away from their first ever World Championship with a bronze medal which is just insane. Even if they don’t win, 4th place for a first appearance is still amazing!
Good luck to all those involved. Live stream will be available from host team Canada on Friday 30th June 11:30pm BST!