Somewhere very far north near Liverpool and in the middle of seemingly nowhere our Southern Blaze (including 9 of your very own Exiles) were guests of the Northern Blizzard for the showdown of the 2019 Diamond series (The annual North v South 11 a-side tournament).
It was cold, windy and the rainy start to the day when we took to the field to begin play. Hampered by the conditions both sides struggled with the passing game whilst at the same time the defences constantly stifled each other’s run attack.
However, the determination and tenacity of our Blaze offence finally broke the stalemate and put us ahead 6-0. Back and forth changes of possession then continued with no further scoring in the half allowing us to go into the locker room with the slender lead.
Coming out after half time an invigorated Blizzard soon evened the score to put the game tied at 6-6. A very evenly balanced battle then ensued with both teams keeping it close and scoring alternately with the only difference being a successful extra point conversion that allowed the Blizzard to edge ahead into the fourth quarter 14-12.