Date: 30 Jun 2012
Home: Gdynia Seahawks - 52
Away: Silesia Rebels - 7
Seahawks punch ticket to final.
No surprises as #1 seed dominates in 52-7 semifinal victory over Rebels.
The Topliga's first semifinal produced no big upset on Saturday evening in Gdynia, as the Seahawks booked their place in NAC SuperFinal VII with a 52-7 victory over the visiting AZS Silesia Rebels. The Seahawks will now await the result of the second semifinal, between the Warsaw Eagles and Wroclaw Devils on Sunday, to see who they will face at the National Stadium in Warsaw on July 15.
Gdynia took control of the game early, consistently moving the ball at will against the Silesia defense in the first half of their ninth straight triumph. The Seahawks built up a 39-7 lead before halftime, mainly on the strength of three Kyle McMahon touchdown runs. He would go on to add a fourth score in the fourth quarter.
The Seahawks led 19-0 after a quarter, taking the lead on the first two of McMahon's scores as well as a 16-yard touchdown run by Sebastian Krzysztofek. They extended the lead to 32-0 in the second quarter, getting a touchdown run by Gawel Pilachowski and a touchdown reception by Josh Le Duc. The Rebels got their only points of the game late in the second quarter on what may have been the prettiest play of the game, a 39-yard touchdown reception by Zbigniew Szrejber.
The semifinal at the National Rugby Stadium closely followed the pattern set by the two regular season games played between the teams, with Gdynia outscoring Silesia by an aggregate score of 162-26 in the trio of contests. The Rebels, who won the national championship in 2009 (as the Miners), finished the 2012 season with a total record of three victories and eight losses.
With the win, the Seahawks expectedly advanced to their third title game. Gdynia (then known as the Pomorze Seahawks) reached the championship round in 2006 and 2008, falling both times to the Warsaw Eagles. In dominating the Rebels on Sunday evening, however, they showed that they have perhaps their best chance yet of going one step further and lifting the trophy at the end of the season.