Mozzies (32.24) 216 def. (1.6) 12  Tigers in the rare Manchester sun.

Mozzies (32.24) 216 def. (1.6) 12 Tigers in the rare Manchester sun.

Saturday 22nd April saw the Mozzies kicked off their 11th season with a win against Tyne Tees Tigers. On a glorious day for footy, Burnage looked a picture and was buzzing with the anticipation of Round One.

The Mozzies took to the field with a very different looking team to last years premiership. Only six players who featured in last years grand final started the 2017 season. The Tigers struck first blood when they won the coin toss, but that was the limit of the Mozzies worries. The mozzies started strong with  goal on the run by Cam McBryde to open the Mozzies account for the 2017 season. It was a dominant first quarter. The Mozzies’ backline kept the Tigers goalless as the blue and white stripes of Manchester (due to a kit clash, Mozzies played in their alternative strip, one similar to that of the Geelong Cats) extended themselves to a 42 point lead.

As the game progressed, the mix of experienced and debuting Mozzies showed the hours spent on the training track had paid dividends as the link up play was seamless. Over the course of the middle two quarters the Mozzies put the game to bed. The goals were shared around and the large home crowd were treated to passages of top quality play. Having missed out of the Champions League, there were impressive club debuts by Alex Peitrus and Chris Bates, whilst Tim Benson (7 goal) and Shae Killey carried on their strong form from Amsterdam. Budd Norris, yet again, owned the defence and set up many attacks from effortless turnovers. James Charleson picked up where he left off last year with a strong midfield display, especially over the ball and in contact. Young Irishman, Niall Dowd was damaging as ever at both ends of the ground. Dowd took home his first Best on Gorund votes of the season from his team mates.

The final score for Round One ended Mozzies 32-24-216 def. Tigers 1-6-12