PLFA 8 Weekend 1 Roundup

Autor: Alex Zarganis Published: 21 Aug 2012 | Comments: 0

The first weekend of PLFA 8 tournaments has been completed, with games played in all three of the division's groups. If the results of these games are any indication, the 2012 version of Polish eight-man football looks like it's going to be much more competitive and entertaining than ever. Here is a roundup of play in each of the three groups.

South Group: Broncos take control with two wins

Results from the 1st South Group Tournament, played in Rudnik:
Game 1: Majster-Pol Sucha Beskidska Broncos 29, AZS Silesia Re'B'els 24
Game 2: Skoczów Pretorians 8, Wrocław Giants B 0
Game 3: AZS Silesia Re'B'els 8, Wrocław Giants B 6
Game 4: Majster-Pol Sucha Beskidska Broncos 19, Skoczów Pretorians 6

Overview: The South Group turned out to be the most defensive of the three, although the Broncos and Re'B'els staged a shootout in Game 1. The Broncos took a commanding lead in the group with two victories, while both teams they beat were able to overcome the Giants. The South's second tournament will be held on September 15 in Wrocław.

Game 1: The lead changed hands six times in the tournament's most entertaining contest, which saw the Broncos go ahead for good in the final seconds on Mateusz Krupiak's 10-yard touchdown run. Michał Zawada scored twice for the victors, while running back Łukasz Rębowski had all three Silesia touchdowns, including a 42-yarder in the third quarter.

Game 2: Things quieted down in a hurry in the second game, which saw points go on the board on only one occasion. The Pretorians looked to be in control most of the way, although they were stopped on two red zone opportunities by the Giants defense. However, Wrocław could not stop Tomasz Urban from hauling in a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter to provide the winning points for Skoczów.

Game 3: The Giants were right back on the field for the third game of the tournament, which wasn't all that different from the second one. Wrocław gave up a touchdown in the second quarter once again, on an 8-yard run by Rębowski, but this time they managed to find the end zone themselves in the fourth quarter on a 65-yard pass from Mateusz Drygała to Rafał Dąbrowski. The Re'B'els defense held on the two-point try, however, and Silesia held on for their first PLFA 8 victory.

Game 4: Zawada scored two more touchdowns for Sucha Beskidzka in the final game of the tournament, breaking open a tight game with a 35-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter. Sebastian Czyż had the biggest highlight, however, running for a 65-yard touchdown for Skoczów's only points of the ballgame.

North Group: Two Seahawks wins and a tie in weekend's tightest group

Results from the 1st North Group Tournament, played in Słupsk:
Game 1: Gdynia Seahawks B 24, Bydgoszcz Archers 14
Game 2: Gdynia Seahawks B 34, Słupsk Griffons 32
Game 3: Słupsk Griffons 38, Bydgoszcz Archers 38 (tie)

Overview: North Group play on Saturday included three high-scoring and close affairs, with the Seahawks coming away as the big winners on the afternoon with victories in the first two games. Bydgoszcz and Słupsk played the highest-scoring game of the entire weekend, a duel that fittingly ended in the first draw in PLFA 8 history. Bydgoszcz will host the second South Group tournament on September 15.

Game 1: The Archers jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter, only to see the Seahawks score the final 24 points of the game to take the victory. Marek Naczk gave Gdynia the lead just before halftime with a short touchdown run, and Aleksander Kordyś, backup quarterback for the senior Seahawks team, played well in the second half to lead Gdynia to the win.

Game 2: The hosts took the field in the second game of the tournament, which also saw the lead change hands six times. Kamil Iwanicki had touchdown runs of 50 and 75 yards for the Griffons, but it was Michał Uzdrowski who stole the show with three touchdown receptions for the Seahawks. His 10-yard scoring catch in the fourth quarter tied the game, and Gdynia won it on Naczk's two-point conversion.

Game 3: The Archers played from behind all the way through the tournament's final game, finally tying the score late in the fourth quarter on Mateusz Marciniak's third touchdown reception of the contest. Iwanicki picked up where he left off for Słupsk, running for three touchdowns and passing for another, but he was overshadowed by his counterpart at quarterback, Paweł Kubiak, who threw for five touchdowns and led his team back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit.

Central Group: Broncos take control with two wins

Results from the 1st Central Group Tournament, played in Poznań:
Game 1: Warsaw BEagles 34, Wilki Pabianice 2
Game 2: Warsaw Spartans B 14, Kozły Poznań B 8
Game 3: Warsaw BEagles 30, Warsaw Spartans B 6
Game 4: Wilki Pabianice 16, Kozły Poznań B 8

Overview: The B team for the Warsaw Eagles was far and away the best team in the Central Group, winning both of their games by wide margins. The other team from Warsaw, the B team for the Spartans, and the Wilki Pabianice picked up wins, while the hosts, the B team from Kozły, came away empty-handed. The second Central Group tournament will be played in Pabianice on September 16.

Game 1: Michał Śpiczko took over a scoreless game in the second quarter by finding the end zone in three different fashions. He followed a short touchdown run with a 60-yard touchdown reception, and completed the trifecta with a punt return of the same distance. The Wilki got a two-point touchdown after Warsaw's final score by intercepting the two-point conversion attempt and taking it back the other way to avoid the shutout.

Game 2: The Spartans and Kozły played a scoreless first half before Mateusz Wroński's one-yard plunge and subsequent two-point conversion run broke the seal in the third quarter. Kozły tied the game in the fourth quarter when Damian Łuc scored a TD and a two-pointer himself, but the Spartans got the last laugh when Wroński ran in from 20 yards out later in the quarter to claim the victory for Warsaw.

Game 3: Artur Górski followed up on a solid performance in the first game of the tournament by throwing for four touchdowns in the third game to lead the BEagles over the Spartans in the eight-man version of the Warsaw derby. His first touchdown toss was a 75-yarder to Bartłomiej Rot in the first quarter, helping the BEagles to a 22-0 halftime lead. Rot would add a second long touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, just before the Spartans' only score of the contest, a 10-yard touchdown catch by Michał Niewola.

Game 4: In the weekend's final game, the Wilki got a late touchdown run by quarterback Paweł Bednarek to top Kozły by a score of 16-8. Bednarek's scoring run broke a deadlock created when Pabianice leveled the scored with a safety earlier in the quarter. Poznań had taken the lead on a third-quarter Wojciech Szymański touchdown reception before succumbing to the Wilki rally.

Alex Zarganis
PLFA Press Bureau