#BNAs2017 | Player of the Year 2017 with My Touchdown Box

 

Scott Mckigen

QB, East Kilbride Pirates (Under 17s)

It’s difficult to believe there was a more productive baller anywhere in the Britball Nation last year!

While Mckigen and the Pirates may have come up just short of lifting a second straight U17s National Championship in 2017, it certainly wasn’t for lack of production from their talented young Captain and quarterback who threw for 56 Touchdowns and only 2 interceptions through the Pirates’ 12-0-0 regular season!

Described by his coaches as an incredibly hard-working athlete, Scott also contributed at Wide Reciever to the Pirates’ Under 19’s incredible 2017 season, where they stormed their way to a second straight Britbowl final, coming up just short in an epic shoot-out against the London Blitz.

Phoebe Schecter

GB Lions (Women’s), GB Lions (Women’s Flag), Birmingham Lions (Women’s), Staffordshire Surge (Adult)
Photography (c) Geoff White

There likely wasn’t a harder working member of the Britball Nation last year than Phoebe Schecter.

Frankly, Britball couldn’t ask for a better advocate on the world stage, as this elite athlete represented the British American Football community across the globe.

The multi-talented international-calibre Miss Schecter spent 2017 in an awe-inspiring number of roles:

  • National Champion with the Birmingham Lions (Sapphire) who continued to trailblaze this year, heading to Finland to face the Helsinki Wolverines
  • Captain and IFAF Game MVP with GB Lions during astounding 4th Place World Championships run
  • Selected to GB Lions Flag who impressed with historic European Championships performance.
  • England Kabaddi National Team

And while that list only scratches the surface of what Phoebe’s been up to this year as an Ambassador for the British game, to top it all off, Schecter spent the summer in the NFL, as a coaching intern for the Buffalo Bills.

Patrick Daley

Tamworth Phoenix (Adult), University of Nottingham (BUCS)
Photography (c) Craig Thomas, Tallboy Images

Patrick Daley lost ONE game in 2017.

Sure, maybe that doesn’t sound so impressive if you’re thinking that’s in an eight-game season, or similar?

But no. We’re talking one single loss across a whopping 23 competitive fixtures in 2017 – most at the highest level of the British game.

Daley led the University of Nottingham to the BUCS 1A Midlands Crown in convincing fashion in 2016/17, with the #1 offence in all Uniball (by close to 100 points!).

He followed that up in the summer by leading the Tamworth Phoenix to similarly impressive accolades – Prem North champs, #1 offence in the country… and a little thing called their first ever Britbowl National Championship, where he also picked up the Game MVP award?

Before bouncing back to Uniball, where his Notts side are currently cruising – 4-0 with the #1 offence in Division One – Daley consistently plays his way off the field by halftime!

And if his accolades don’t do it for you, his stats really ought to:

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BUCS 17/18 stats:
Passing: 17/30 7TD 356yds
Rushing: 26 for 181yds, 3TDs

Adult 2017 stats:
Passing: 183/287 49TD/7 Int – 2,878yds
Rushing: 64 for 456yds, 7.1YPC, 7TD

 

Millie Barrett

GB Lions (Flag), Coventry Cougars (Opal, Flag)

The elite gunslinger of the women’s flag game, Millie Barrett’s skillset only continued to improve through 2017, alongside her list of accolades.

Adding the deep pass to her dynamic skill set, there was no more prolific passer in women’s flag football in 2017.

Her Coventry Cougars maintained their dominance in Women’s flag once more in 2017, a second straight Opal Championship followed a dominant campaign where the Cougars outscored opponents 525 to 64 (!) through nine fixtures (a whopping 58.33 points scored per game!).

Barrett’s composure and comfort on the big stage was honed in 2017, as she led the GB Lions Women’s Flag team to an impressive outing at the World Championships last summer, including throwing the last seconds TD pass that sealed a historic win against Israel.

This veteran poise truly came to the fore in the Opal finals, where the Cougars cruised to victory over each of their opponents, including avenging a regular season loss to the Hyde Park Renegades with a statement 38-6 win in the Championship Final.

Aaron Mahoney-Jones

London Blitz (Under 19s)

We’ve discussed this young athlete’s impressive achievements a fair amount already so far this award season!

As DC shared last week, Mahoney-Jones’ impressive 2017 has opened the door to him heading stateside this year, as the Running Back will have the opportunity to further his balling, and education, with Garden City Community College in 2018.

This’ll come as a surprise to few who know the huge contribution this workhorse running back made the London Blitz’s Under 19 Britbowl Championship run in 2017.

The Blitz’s early-season loss to the Birmingham Lions meant the London side actually entered the U19 postseason as distinct underdogs… But the development of their incredible ground game, led by Mahoney-Jones, was key to the Blitz storming their way convincingly through the latter part of their season, and avenging their regular season defeat with a 34-0 smashing of the Lions in the Semi-Finals.

Aaron’s MVP performance in the U19’s National Championship game is well documented, but also very worthy of repeating: 340+yds of offence and 2TDs in one of the best games of Britball played all year!


And the winner is…

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Patrick Daley

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This was yet another hard-fought race in the voting, with the Busiest Lady in Britball, Miss Phoebe Schecter, coming in a close second…

But with Uniball and the Adult game remaining the core of the Britball community, it was always going to be a toughie to beat out a man who’s risen to the fore in both formats… and we simply couldn’t argue with those incredible numbers, either.

Through three seasons in 2017 (BUCS/Adult/BUCS) there wasn’t a more effective, or successful, baller in the entire Britball Nation, and thus Patrick Daley is our Player of the Year, 2017!

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1