The Cheetahs are off to Wembley for the Quarter-Finals of the Division 2 Playoffs, having gone 7-3 on the season. They face a Wembley Stallions team who have gone a perfect 10-0 on the regular season, scoring 354 points whilst conceding just 63. By contrast, the Cheetahs have scored 320 and conceded 114.
A perfect record looked on the cards for the Cheetahs too, earlier in the season. A number of injuries including the loss of QB1 Jason Scurfield threw the Cheetahs season into turmoil. Now, clearly, is the time for the Cheetahs to show up and prove they can perform at the levels they showed earlier on. Scurfield, on the way to recovery, is questionable for the game, which will be a boost for the Offence even if he doesn’t take to the field. QB2 Deniz Karagulle is back, after missing the final game of the regular season in which the Cheetahs fell away to the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts. The Cheetahs will also welcome back receiver TJ Ajayi and hopefully a fully fit running back Adam Adeniji.
The 3 game streak of losses to end the regular season will have been a low point on the season. However, there have been some very high points so far – a 50-14 defeat of the Berkshire Renegades who went on to win the SFC 2 South, stands out.
Defensive Coordinator Craig Barnes is excited to see what the Cheetah Pride can do: “The players have been working hard to prepare for this game, we are very much looking forward to it. We have had a torrid time with injuries recently, it will be great to have some of our weapons back.”
Chairman Luke Clark emphasised what an opportunity this is for the club: “The playoffs don’t come around very often, so when they do you have to go out and take advantage of the opportunity. This is a great achievement for our young squad and one everyone at the Cheetahs is proud of. This Sunday we hope to take the field and show everyone what we are made of. An exciting game is in store and certainly one you don’t want to miss.”