This year’s Jaguars Se7ens Cup kicks off today, 1500 at Allianz Park, London.
The stakes for this single fixture… in fact perhaps in any single fixture in British American Football… have never been higher.
Tickets for the full winning team to the 2018 Superbowl.
That’s flights, accommodation and the game itself, all for the low low price of being the best seven-a-side team in British Flag Football!
Today’s fixture sees two teams face off for the very first time, having each emerged undefeated from their qualifying tournaments in Manchester and London.
The Baker Street Button Hookers are rapidly rising giants of the British game. Entering the British Flag football scene via the Go Mammoth Leagues of London, the Button Hookers are familiar with the seven-a-side format of the game. They went ‘mainstream’ this past year however, joining the BAFA National Leagues flag competition in 2017 and finding immediate, resounding, success – claiming the BAFA Flag National Championship with a convincing victory over the Birmingham Lions earlier this summer.
The Hookers were finalists in last year’s Jags Se7ens Cup too, narrowly missing out to the Ex Pads in last year’s event, but with greater stakes than ever on the line fought through a hotly contested London Heat to earn their spot in this year’s final.
Joining them will be a surprise contender that emerged from the Manchester Heat – 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 Manchester Heat – 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 aDanish 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!
As such, this year’s final really should represent a clash of the titans, such as they are in the flag football game…
Who do you think will be enjoying the sights and sounds of Minnesota and Super Bowl LII in February?