Wolves first match ends in a loss but a well-fought game ensures we are prepared for the next – 5/11/17
Going into the season with our first game, the now 0-1 Warwick wolves incurred a harsh 45-0 loss to the Renegades of Nottingham Trent university on Sunday. Although the loss was hard to swallow, the team showed strength and determination, qualities that are sure to endure the rest of the season.
The cold, crisp weather of a Sunday afternoon set the scene for the first game, and as warm-ups began, the energy of the team began to pick up. Nerves were running high, but confidence took the wheel as the Warwick Wolves readied themselves for kick off.
Veteran kicker and punter Ed Roberts started the game and booted the ball to the Renegades giving them first possession, in which they put together a strong drive with two big plays eventually resulting in a touchdown. Although this seemed to be scored quickly, an athletic bat-down from Ed Roberts and a near-interception from Ben Webb showed that the Wolves defence was to be taken seriously. The PAT prepares the offence to receive the ball, and the chance for 3rd year QB Will Roberts to make his debut as a starter.
Strong, powerful running from running back Alvin Vyapooree and speedy manoeuvres from slot receiver Lukas Anthuber, however, did not prove to be enough to put together a fruitful first drive. After punting the ball, Nottingham Trent then marched down the field themselves and with a few big passes and penalties, were placed in scoring position and did just so.
With the score at 14-0, the Wolves had still not lost sight of the very-much attainable goal, a win. This spurred the defence to hold out on any more touchdowns in the 1st half, however despite some big completions and even a daring one-handed catch from Mr. 7/11 (Ethan Mawhinney), the Wolves were unable to put any points on the board.
After two Trent field goals, the score pauses at 0-20, yet the new head coach Geoff Williams has not given up and his half time speech sparks energy in the Wolves and keeps the whole team positive for the second half.
However, the promise of victory slowly faded with pressure from the Trent D-Line and injuries from some big hits. Wearing the Wolves down, taking out key players every two plays, even on special teams, the Renegades prevailed.
Attempts to stop the run game became harder and harder as they wore the Wolves down, and even a fumble caused by Linebacker Matt Oosthuizen and recovered by 1st year star D-Lineman Will Carroll was not enough to save the score-line. As the Renegades put up another 25 points, the recently-relegated team showed why they were in the Premiership in the first place, leaving the score at 45-0 at the final whistle.
The Wolves, feeling defeated, held their heads high, for they had nothing to be ashamed of. A well fought battle showed that the Warwick Wolves have a good season ahead of them, and gave volumes of confidence to go and perform next Sunday against the Staffordshire Stallions.
Thank you very much to the Nottingham Trent University Renegades for hosting and giving us a very good game, we cannot wait to see you again after Christmas. Watch this space this time next week for the Wolves’ first dub.