Pies blown away in surprise result

James Sproston reports on Newcastle's surprise loss to Northumbria in Ultimate

James Sproston
27th February 2018
A weakened Newcastle team struggled in the strong winds. Image: David Jones

Newcastle Pies suffered a shock defeat in their Ultimate Stan Calvert clash against Northumbria, losing 11-3 at a blustery Cochrane Park.

In just the third Stan Calvert meeting between the two sides, Northumbria took advantage of the windy conditions, as several of Newcastle’s regular handlers weren’t available for the fixture.

Northumbria’s ability to throw big into and against the wind sent the team into a comfortable 4-0 lead, whilst Newcastle struggled when pulling and trying to press forward with the wind in their faces.

Newcastle managed to pull the score back to 6-2, following good work from Ali Razzaq to get a point block deep in Northumbria territory. From the resultant play, Pies handler Charlie Huins picked out Alex Monaghan in the end zone from the vertical stack for the point.

Newcastle struggled to find the necessary final throw

With an 8-2 deficit at halftime, Newcastle had a mammoth task to turn the game around. Though they managed to shore up their leaky defence, and continued to produce good bucket offence, Newcastle struggled to find the necessary final throw.

Northumbria continued to use long deep hucks to score points, often using the wuthering conditions to catch Newcastle out. Though Newcastle managed to hit back through Razzaq’s hammer blade into the Northumbria end zone.

On the face of the result, Northumbria will be delighted to have broken their Ultimate Stan Calvert duck, however Newcastle will know that the conditions and their weakened team played a huge factor in their first Stan Calvert defeat

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