It was all going off this weekend (well, except for the top tier). We had U17 finals, the final round of Division Two games, action across the middle tier AND GB Lions getting the win!
- A perfect 10-0 regular season for Leicester Falcons, scoring 43 unanswered points against Doncaster after the visitors took a surprise 0-6 lead.
- Averaging 43.5ppg over the final four fixtures, Lincolnshire Bombers head in to the post-season with morale high following a 50-26 victory over Knottingley.
- Lancashire Wolverines and Northumberland Vikings continue to take it down to the wire in the NFC1 North with comprehensive wins over Yorkshire Rams and Glasgow Tigers respectively.
EAST KILBRIDE PIRATES (U17)
Finishing runners up to Highland Wildcats in the regular season, the Pirates posted a 9-2-1 record to just barely qualify for the U17 Britbowl tournament. Wins over Kent Exiles Rebels and the Leeds Academy Assassins paved the way to a final showdown against Chorley Buccaneers. East Kilbride moved up a gear in the final, posting a burger in a 51-22 victory. Congratulations EKP!
BIRMINGHAM LIONS (U17)
The Lions’ may have faced issues at U19 level this season, but the U17 side went from strength to strength through the campaign to reach the U17 National Plate tournament. Wins over both Manchester Titans North and South propelled the young Lions to the title game against East Kent Mavericks, with Birmingham romping home to a 44-6 win. Great work Birmingham Lions!
After two defeats that brought the worst out of the Britball Nation on social media, the Lions took on Denmark on Saturday morning in the 5th/6th place game. RB Dan Conroy returned to action for the side and the difference was noticeable, opening the score for the side early and adding a second through the air to put GB up 14-0. A great performance in all three phases, the standout score came from a 100+ Yard kick return for the score from Josh Amis
PLAYOFF-BOUND DIVISION TWO TEAMS
With the final round of regular season games completed, we know the eight teams heading in to the post-season from both the NFC2 and SFC2, and the match-ups in the first round of knockout games. The Roughnecks’ and Warriors’ perfect seasons capture the #1 seed in the North and South conferences respectively, with Blitz B missing out on top spot in the South by virtue of PPGA. The full slate of quarter-finals is as follows;
#1 Aberdeen Roughnecks vs #8 Furness Phantoms
#2 Chester Romans vs #7 Lincolnshire Bombers
#3 Staffordshire Surge vs #6 Dumfries Hunters
#4 Birmingham Bulls vs #5 Halton Spartans
#1 South Wales Warriors vs #8 Worcester Black Knights
#2 London Blitz B vs #7 Norwich Devils
#3 Hertfordshire Cheetahs vs #6 Ipswich Cardinals
#4 Portsmouth Dreadnoughts vs #5 Torbay Trojans