AFL England

AFL CNE- Round 1 Results

The weekend of the 22nd/23rd April saw the AFL Central & North East League complete their Round one and there were some big winners to start the season!

The Mozzies and Wolves powered ahead to show that their respective pre-season forms were no fluke. Nottingham’s victory over Huddersfield sees them take 3rd position, while the Saints sit at the bottom by default having had a bye in Round 1.

Final scores from the weekend with reports below:

  • Manchester Mosquitoes 32.24.216 d. Tyne Tees Tigers 1.6.12
  • Nottingham Scorpions 16.19.115 d. Huddersfield Rams 11.20.86
  • Wolverhampton Wolverines 36.25.241 d. Sheffield Thunder 1.5.11
CNE Round 1

AFL CNE standings after Round 1

Saturday saw Manchester Mosquitoes welcome Tyne Tees Tigers for this season’s opener. Fresh off the back of a third place finish in the Champions League the Mozzies were confident even in fielding a very different looking team to the one that won the CNE Premiership last year. The Mozzies started strong with  goal on the run by Cam McBryde to open the goal account for the 2017 season. It was a dominant first quarter where the Mozzies’ backline kept the Tigers goalless.

While the Tigers put in a hard-fought performance, the experienced and well-drilled Mozzies proved too much, putting in a commanding 216-12 victory and putting in very early claims that they will be going all out for that fourth consecutive premiership.

On Sunday 23rd April, the Nottingham Scorpions faced off against Huddersfield Rams at Moderns RUFC. With both teams bringing good

Nottingham Scorpions following their Round 1 victory (Photo Credit: Nottingham Scorps)

Nottingham Scorpions following their Round 1 victory (Photo Credit: Nottingham Scorps)

numbers including some new faces, the Scorpions were hoping for a reverse of the pre-season scoreline that saw the Rams take a convincing victory. The first quarter saw the scorpions get out to an early lead with the team moving the ball nicely and making to most of their opportunities. The second quarter saw the scorpions head into the wind allowing Huddersfield back into the contest.

In a really competitive match an exciting final quarter was played out and some experienced Huddersfield players made an early surge and got within a couple of goals. To the scorpions credit however they were able to rally with there forwards winning a couple of pivotal contests to get the team over the line with a 115-86 victory.

The final match of the weekend saw a buoyant Wolverhampton Wolverines team carrying momentum from a successful pre-season come up against a rookie 9-man Sheffield Thunder side. Given the two team’s contrasting pre-season prep, a Wolves victory always seemed likely, however the huge 241-11 scoreline suggests that Wolves will be firmly lodged among the finals spots come the end of the season.