The postseason is well underway, but ahead of this week’s U19 Trophy finals we heard the sad news that the Farnham Knights, whose hard fought 3-3 campaign earned them fourth in the southern conference and a third clash of the year against the Solent Seahawks, have had to withdraw from their fixture.
Earlier this week BAFA Director of Competitions, Russ Hewitt, informed programmes:
The Farnham Knights U19 have finished in 4th place in the southern conference, and competed very well throughout the season with a young squad.
with the Three teams (Solent, Farnham & Hertfordshire) all tied on 3-3 record the teams could only be split by average points conceded tie breaker.
Whilst Farnham earned the right to play in the Trophy game, they have had to make the hard decision to step aside because of player availability (holidays, Injuries & even a couple of player heading off to US Colleges). Hertfordshire Cheetahs accepted the place to play for the Southern Trophy last week so will be ready to play this coming weekend in Southampton.
DC also spoke with Coach Chris Howard of the Knights who informed DC that while it was a very tough decision to withdraw from the Trophy final there was also many silver linings to the Knights’ lack of available players this weekend:
We had quite a young squad this year, we relied heavily on 16 year old rookies that we pushed up from u17 so that we could complete the season.
We have also lost a few key players to injuries but on a more positive note, a couple have now left for the states!
Jake Trainor has gone to Brevard College in North Carolina and one of our american players Levi Dailey has left to join the US Air Force. Even more exciting, one of our players, Adam Raine, who played for us in pre season has also got several Div 1 offers including Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Holy Cross, Columbia, and University of Maine. He has a hard decision to make!
We’ll have more to come on these great successes, and in the mean times congrats to the Hertfordshire Cheetahs who’ll now face the Seahawks – the two sides only having met in the preseason this should be a great match up to round out the year!