Game 5 – Darlington Steam vs DC Presidents MVP’s (29/08/21)
Team MVP: #26 Mikey “Snowball” Healey
Who else? Great running in his usual running back position but in this game, he predominantly played as the Safety on defence in Liam Woods absence. A pick-six, a Punt return for touchdowns and running in his own 2 pointer. An amazing example of a playmaker in all three phases.Head Coach, Darren Mitchell
Offence MVP: #9 Luke Mansell
In my opinion, Luke changed the entire second half! He ran the normal offence with great effect, he managed Beast with great effect, he was scoring touchdowns and drilling home 2 pointers. Great effort from him.
A special mention goes out to two of the Offensive Linemen, Lee Kelly and Leon Leeds.Standin Offensive Coordinator, Lee Howitt
Lee stood in at centre due to Jordan McCabe being in a concussion protocol and he did an excellent job. Leading the line, making sure his fellow brothers were set and knew what they were doing, great snaps, and set the interior very well.
Leon Leeds has shown a massive surge in his development as a lineman. Coming into the game and picking up blitzes, some excellent downfield blocking, showing great form, strength and leadership. We are over the moon with how Leon is progressing.
Defense: #70 Paul Davies
In the time-honoured tradition, it’s gotta go to Diddy, aka Paul Davies in my humble opinion, balled out all game all over the line hitting hard every down, as we’re the usual suspects on D but Diddy continued despite being injured from half time and after I’d given him the “prefer you fit next game sit down if u ain’t feeling it”. Thought I had success, he sat out a series then crept behind me to tell me he was ready to go back in. CLEARLY in pain but defiant like the warriors we need.
Honourable mentions to Ricky Mannion too throwing himself with no regard at the big lads, excellent tackling techniques though, he is really improving. Lewis, Ste, Patrick, Connor hell most of the D need a nod.Defensive Coordinator, Michael Rumney
Special Teams MVP: #84 Chris Kilgour
I think for specials, there’s a shout between Luke and Kilgour.
Luke made a good tackle on the first kick-off, lead blocked for snowball on the returns and did what is in my opinion one of the harder jobs and secured the ball beautifully for the extra point.
Kilgour, his punts were great, even after he took that massive hit on his first one, his kickoffs are getting better and he scored that extra point. But specials is a hard call, a lot of rookies stepped up and did the assignments great, made some hits and helped give the team momentum when we needed it.Special Teams Coordinator, Sean Carr