Palmer started the Midwest DI league season with a convincing 57-7 win over the Chicago Blaze in Lemont, Ill. Saturday.
It rained throughout the match, making for some boggy conditions, but Palmer still managed to effectively get the ball wide and tally numerous tries after a tightly contested opening 20 minutes.
“They had some very good movements. They moved the ball along the line effectively and got the ball out to the wingers and scored several times that way,” Blaze coach Chris Folland said of Palmer.
“The weather was really poor, but we did well to score 57 points. We scored some nice tries actually, from inside our own 22 – made four or five phases and were linking passes,” added Palmer player/coach Luke Stringer. “At times we struggled to retain the ball, which is a bit frustrating, but at times we did really well to score some nice tries.”
“I suppose from our perspective,” said Folland, “the first 20 minutes looked good, but 20 minutes or so in we failed to move the ball out effectively and to use our key players out on the wing, made some mistakes of either handling or lack of tackling. But overall Palmer played a very good, effective game.”
Palmer will look to carry momentum from the opening win into their first pool match of the season against Metropolis, while the Blaze will prep for their pool opener against the also 0-1 Chicago Griffins.