The Wolverines took first blood in the first leg of the 2016 International Rules series against St Mary's GAA, winning a very hard fought game 30-28 in an encounter that was contested until the final whistle.
The first half went all the Wolverines way with some tough tackling and fast movement up the ground meaning they were able to score 26 points to St Mary's 8 at the half. A clever punched-in goal from former St Mary's player Craig Jones gave the Wolverines an earlier lead, before the Gaelic boys quickly hit back with a goal of their own. After that, some calm play from the Wolverines lead to a cooly slotted over from far out from captain Adam Morris which was followed by further scores from the Aussie Rules outfit.
The half time break greatly benefitted St Mary's as they kept their shape in both attack and defence, which enabled them to use the skillful midfeld combo on Johon Hawley and Andy to move the ball well up the ground and also cut out attacks to prevent any Wolverines counterattack. Some lax kicking from the Wolverines and good play from St Mary's meant to game went right down to the wire, with the Wolverines Goalkeeper pulling off some phenominal saves and the unusual defensive partnership of Lewis Gedney and Vice-Captain Cameron Cope linking up well, sweeping round the back and sniffing out any loose ball.
St Mary's GAA: 2:2:10: 28
Wolverhampton Wolverines: 2:4:6: 30
This gives the Wolverines a 2 point advantage going into the second leg on Saturday 19th March, for which both teams will have several more key players available so it will surely be the most thrilling International Rules match between the two sides to date.