This weekend saw the second annual Jaguars Se7ens Cup get underway, and it became immediately apparent that the incredible prize for this year’s event has drawn some big fish to the British pond!
With flights, accommodation and tickets to this year’s Super Bowl LI in Minnesota on the line, sign ups for the tournament’s two heats have absolutely smashed last year’s numbers, with sixteen teams taking part in Manchester at the weekend, and an estimated FORTY teams expected to participate in Saturday’s London Heat.
Winners from the Manchester tournament, and headed to a final fixture that’ll take place in London later this month, the Mass Flag All-Stars are a travelling flag programme of great renown!
With the core of their players recruited from the Mass Flag League, out of Boston, Massachusetts, the All-Stars saw six of their players quite literally fly into the UK on the morning of the Tourney – arriving in Manchester at 5:30am and heading pretty much straight to the venue!
With the tournament rules requiring all teams to have at least four EU-passport-holding players, their ranks were bolstered by three Brits and a
Dutch Danish baller they had met at the Flag Football world’s biggest event: Big Bowl – a tournament at which the Mass Flag All-Stars have emerged back-to-back winners in both 2016 and 2017!
Despite the lack of sleep, the MFAs made an immediate impact in the northern heat, dominating the competition to go through the day entirely undefeated.
Upon reaching the final, they faced a team on a similarly impressive hot streak – the Pole Axe squad that had put themselves together for the sole purpose of earning themselves a spot in the Jags Se7ens Cup final. A year of preparation and training had seen Pole Axe earn great success through 2017 heading into the tourney.
— Pole Axe (@PoleAxeOfficial) September 2, 2017
However, when the two sides went head to head in the final, the young Pole Axe programme simply couldn’t match the firepower Mass Flag were able to bring to bear – the international-combo roster rolling out 42-7 victors on the day!
— Double Coverage (@Dbl_Coverage) September 2, 2017