This weekend a group of young ballers came runners up after making their way to Italy to take on teams from across Europe in an International American Flag Football competition.
The British Blades squad included seven members of the Chorley Buccaneers American Football Club. Andrew Carr, Joel Chesters, Josh Atkins, Bradley Temple, Theo Smith, Lewis Wyatt and Nathan Smalley were joined by Jonathon Williams from the Studley Bearcats as they faced teams from Austria, Italy and the Czech Rebublic.
A successful first day of the Seven Lakes International Bowl saw the British Blades win all four of their games, albeit with a far smaller squad than many of the other international teams, beating Austria, the Czech Republic and the Italia A and B teams. Thereby setting them up for a semi final against the hosts, Skorpians Varese, the next day.
After winning their semi final 27-7 the Blades faced the Italia A National team once again in the final. An exciting and nail biting game ensued with the Italians claiming the title 32-29, the Blades taking home the 2nd place trophy.
As well as the team’s success Blades player Jonathon Williams was named offensive player of the tournament.
Coach Graeme Chesters couldn’t be prouder of his team
“We’re really proud of the Blade’s achievements and feel like we’ve put down a marker for the British game against some talented, well funded and very well coached teams. The hosts – Skorpions of Varese – have been absolutely wonderful and the facilities have been excellent too, great to have three officials for each game, and a real sense of comradeship and sporting behaviour throughout.”