The Grangemouth Broncos’ first home fixture at Whitecross could not have gone better.
Three wins out of three puts them clearly in command of the HNC South Division.
Three teams travelled to the Broncos to play in five games at Whitecross. The action kicked off with what was likely to be the game of the day from the neutral’s point of view. The Edinburgh Outlaws, who made the Regional Playoffs last season, were looking to improve on their disappointing performance in their home fixture. The Broncos were looking to ensure that they had the head to head advantage over the team most likely to challenge for their division.
The Broncos were out of the starting gate quickly again and scored on their drive with Scott McKenzie throwing the Touchdown to Callum Woods and the Extra Point conversion to his brother Kevin Woods. Before the Outlaws could mount any kind of reply, a communication mishap from the Outlaws Quarterback, Liam Clutterbuck, let Matthew Ross in for the easiest interception Touchdown he is ever likely to get.
McKenzie threw the XP to Liam Fleming. The Broncos really piled on the pressure with a third touchdown throw from McKenzie, this time to Jimmy Thomson. With the XP from McKenzie to Fleming the Broncos had a 21 – 0 half time lead.
With a three score cushion, Head Coach John Myles began to ring the changes to give starters a rest and the other players meaningful game time. What didn’t change was the pace of the Broncos game. Callum Woods ran in a Touchdown. The Outlaws began to throw caution to the wind and managed to get on the scoreboard with a Touchdown, but McKenzie and Fleming combined again for Touchdown and XP. As the clock was running down the Outlaws managed another TD, but the Broncos ran out comfortable winners at 34 – 12.
The second fixture saw the Outlaws follow on and play Carnegie Thunder. The previous encounter had seen both of these teams come off frustrating losses, so it was gratifying to see this game played in good spirit. While the Thunder tried their best, they just couldn’t match the greater experience in the Edinburgh team. The Outlaws beat the Thunder for the second time this year, this time 26 – 13.
So it was a disappointed Thunder team who then met the Broncos in the third fixture.
The fact that the Broncos scored with their third play of the game with a pass from McKenzie to Kevin Woods. This time round, Callum Woods caught the XP. Then, a hiccup in the Broncos plans. The Thunder scored to make it 7 – 6. From then on though it was all Broncos. By half time it was 26 – 6, and although the Thunder scored a TD in “garbage time” the Broncos won the game comfortably 45-12.
McKenzie threw five more touchdowns, to Callum Woods, Andy Brown, Liam Fleming (2) and Matthew Ross plus two more XPs, one to Andy Brown and one to Liam Fleming. Royce Lumsden intercepted the Thunder three times and returned one of them for a TD.
In the day’s fourth fixture, the Edinburgh Outlaws, played the brand new team in the league, the Mid Lothian Sabers. The Sabers lack of game experience really showed as
they were over-run by the Outlaws 67–0.
The final fixture of the day saw the Sabers play the Broncos. As expected the Broncos were just too good. It would be fair to say that the Sabers had learned from their game against the Outlaws and showed a good bit of maturity throughout the game, using as much of the clock as possible and not giving the Broncos too many chances for interceptions. The Broncos ran out comfortable winners at 60-0. Scott
McKenzie threw 8 TDs and 6 XPs. TDs were caught by Kevin Woods(2) Callum Woods, Jimmy Thomson, Matthew Ross, Daniel McGill, Gordon McSherry and Andy Brown. XPs caught by Steven Cliffe, Callum Woods, Jimmy Thomson (2), Liam Fleming and Daniel McGill. Kevin Woods scored a TD on an Interception.
The Broncos have their third set of fixtures on the 8th of May, but before then, three Broncos will be heading to Manchester for the Great Britain Trials for the coming Flag World Cup. Fraser Thomson and Kevin Woods will be hoping to keep their playing places on the team that will travel to the Bahamas. Jimmy Thomson will be there as an assistant coach.