#Britbowl32 | Britbowl XXXII Championship Weekend – How To Get Involved!

The BAFA National Leagues National Championship, Britbowl, and the Division One National Finals take place this weekend, with a fixture each on Saturday and Sunday capping off an amazing summer of British American Football!

Reigning Champions the Tamworth Phoenix take on the powerhouse programme of the last half-decade, the London Warriors, while the Leicester Falcons face the Kent Exiles for the Division One National Title – both teams having already earned their way to Premiership football for 2019!

What and Where?

Saturday is the 32nd Britbowl National Championship game. The Tamworth Phoenix won their first title in 2017 and seek to hoist a second this weekend, but they’ll have their work cut out for them against a London Warriors outfit that lifted four Britbowl Trophies in a row prior to the Phoenix ending their winning streak!

Following this, the British American Football National Leagues will come to a close on Sunday with the Division One National Final, as preseason favourites for promotion, the Leicester Falcons take on a Kent Exiles team that’s really found its form down the stretch!

 

08 September – Britbowl XXXII

John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds. Kick Off 1600.

£5 Entry (£2 Students & Concessions, Under 18s Free)

Hot food & drink available on site. Licensed bar. Parking on site, fees may apply.

Stadium access for fans from 1300.

 

09 September – Adult Division One National Final

John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds. Kick Off 1430.

£5 Entry (£2 Students & Concessions, Under 18s Free)

Hot food & drink available on site. Licensed bar. Parking on site, fees may apply.

Stadium access for fans from 1130.

 

Who?

We’ll have more in-depth previews of each of the fixtures out tomorrow, but we can afford to take a quick glance at each of the teams headed to this weekend’s games:

The Title Contenders

Tamworth Phoenix

Est: 2004

2018 Record: 10-0-0

Since entering the league in 2008, the Phoenix have steadily and surely climbed the Britball pole, developing as a team and a programme as each year goes by. They won their first Prem North title in 2016, and their first Britbowl appearance in 2017, where they shocked the Britball Nation by being the first team outside the big two London outfits to win a National Championship in close to a decade!

As such, the Phoenix are the current reigning National Champions, having won their first title in 2017 in an epic Britbowl showdown against the London Blitz.

 

London Warriors

Est: 2007

2018 Record: 10-0-0

The London Warriors return to Britbowl after a one-year absence, eager to return to the top of the British game.

The four-time National Champions have turned heads ever since joining the British National Leagues as the London Cobras – flying up the Britball rankings to reach their first National Championship game in 2011, in just their fourth season! Two Britbowl losses to the London Blitz would be followed the Warriors asserting their dominance over the British game with a whopping four-straight National Titles between 2013-2016!

With great coaching, great talents, and great contacts, the Warriors, in particular, have had success in giving British ballers opportunity in the big league – former Warriors Efe Obada and Tigie Sankoh currently balling out across the pond with the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns respectively.

 

The Warriors made short work of the Manchester Titans in the semi-finals and you’ve got to think they have revenge on their minds as they return to the bright lights of Britbowl.

 

Welcome to the Prem!

These two teams have perhaps already earned the most important prize – premiership football in 2019! But don’t think for a second that’ll mean either team won’t put everything on the line to hoist some silverware on Sunday:

Leicester Falcons

Est: 2006

2018 Record: 10-0-0

A team many may have thought would already be playing top-tier balling, the Leicester Falcons narrowly missed out in 2017 when they came up just short against a gotten-hot Manchester Titans outfit in the D1 Northern Finals.

Still, the Falcons clearly weren’t flustered, as they came back potentially even stronger in 2018, flying high with an undefeated 2018 campaign where they’ve taken clear steps to develop as a programme – finding success both on and off the field this summer as the Falcons worked with partners and sponsors to lead the way in outreach and promotion in Britball in 2018.

Even so, the Falcons came a little close to the fire in the Northern Final once more, as they waited until late in the fourth quarter to find victory against the Northumberland Vikings and earn their place in the Prem North for 2019.

Kent Exiles

Est: 1990

2018 Record: 7-3-0

The Exiles have battled their way out of a hotly-contested SFC 1 East to earn themselves Premiership balling, and a shot at the National Title.

They follow in the footsteps of 2017 conference rivals, the London Olympians, who edged the Exiles for the Eastern title last year, and went on to have a strong season in the Prem South this summer with a 3rd place finish in their first year back in the top tier.

The Exiles’ rise to the top of the British game represents the culmination of years of superb player development. The Programme have hoisted numerous U17 and U19 conference titles, including an U19 National Championship in 2016, and it’s no coincidence that their victorious 2018 roster boasts eleven graduates from their Programme’s development teams!

One of three 7-3 teams in the Eastern Conference, the Exiles earned their way into this game thanks to great resilience on defence, that proved itself once more in a drenched semi-final battle against the Solent Thrashers, where they held the Thrashers to just a single score to take a 10-6 win!

How to get involved?

As ever, the best way to get involved is head to the games! Both finals are being hosted at John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds, so head along and support a team, or just enjoy a great game of Britball.

If you’re not able to make it to the fixtures? Never fear! Both finals are being live streamed by the awesome crew over at Onside Productions!

These streams were made possible by the British American Football Association, with the support of EP Sports.

EP Sports’ aim is to put players and coaches in the best position to win before they step onto the field by providing customers all over Europe with the biggest range of, and best advice on, football equipment.

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As ever, DC will be sharing any and all updates for the games via our Facebook and Twitter, and you’ll also be able to track the scores via ScoreStream!

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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