A clearly reinvigorated San Diego Surge made the trip up the West Coast to take on the table-topping Seattle Majestics, current home of Britball standout Gaby Knops.
In a back and forth game, Gaby’s workload was significantly increased as she appeared returned to health after missing the Majestic’s third fixture of the season with an injury.
Having made a limited return with some time on special teams a fortnight ago, Saturday evening saw Gaby active in all three phases of the game, as she spent much of the first quarter laying the boom in a very familiar fullback role, before suddenly featuring at linebacker in the second quarter!
Knops made an immediate impact, taking down the ball carrier deep in Surge territory on her very first play, forcing San Diego into take a shot long – which was picked off by the Majestics secondary and returned to the 1, before being punched in by the Seattle offence just ahead of the half, allowing the team a narrow 13-14 lead at the break.
The second half saw Gaby mostly repping in at linebacker, making some crucial tackles and pressures as the Majestics fought to hold onto their lead, which they’d extended to 13-20 in their first series of the third quarter.
Knops was noticeably absent deeper in the 4th, as the Surge offence built momentum, the home crowd getting increasingly vocal as the comeback looked on the cards! When the San Diego punched in a score on a broken play, the game was set for overtime action!
Though Seattle drove deep into Surge territory, they were unable to punch in a score, with Knops returning to the field at linebacker to stifle what would be San Diego’s final two drives of the day, including bringing down the Surge QB on the final play of the day.
The Majestics will be frustrated to be held to a tie after certainly having gotten the better of most of the game, but it’s great to see Gaby getting utilised in an expanded role in all three phases of the game!