We’ve been reliably informed that on Sundays, some of the #BritballNation actually do something other than pay attention to our manic live coverage of each and every* Britball game?!
Little things like working, supporting, or even playing in the actual games themselves all rather inconveniently get in the way of keeping yourself up to speed with the results and ramifications from around the #Nation.
Never fear, DC is here! With a scoop of the important bits from the past weekend of Britball!
This weekend saw the final fixtures of contact football for #Britball16 as the top four programmes in tier three headed to Leeds to duke it out in the Division Two Regional Championships!
We were expecting big things from Sundays final fixtures in Leeds and they certainly didn’t disappoint – even if they played out nothing like they were expected to!
Division Two South Championship:
Oxford Saints vs Cambridgeshire Cats
(#2 Seed, 1st place SFC II West, 10-0-0) v (#6 Seed, 2nd Place SFC II East, 7-3-0)
The Cats had been upsetting the pundits throughout their postseason, so it’s doubtful they were overly concerned about coming into this match up viewed as heavy underdogs. Built upon a tough defence and reliably ground game, the key to the final would be whether they could slow down the Oxford Saints’ offence…
From the off the Saints proved they were going to make it a tough day for the outnumbered Cats – driving swiftly down the field and opening the scoring early with a TD shot from imported QB Destin Maulding to #HomeGrownBaller, James Walter.
Sam Fielden followed this up with a FG, giving the Saints a 9-0 lead at the end of Q1.
The second quarter saw James Walter bust through the Cats’ defence for a second TD, with fullback Tony Athanasiou tacking on the 2PAT for a 17-0 lead. The Cats had a chance to get a score in before the half, but this was snuffed out when DC Mike Turner picked off an errant pass inside the first half’s two minute warning.
Following half time it was essential the Cats defence stemmed the Saints’ scoring if their more pedestrian offence was going to be able to catch up. They opened the third quarter strong, Dean Caldbeck bringing the Saints down in their own end zone for a safety.
The rest of the third and fourth quarters were dominated by defences as the Cats closed down the Saints offence, while their own aerial and ground attack continued to struggle to get anything going.
It wasn’t until about five minutes left in the fourth that the stalemate broke – the Saints ground game busting out a big play as Ryan Kingshott smashed through the second level and took a 37 rush to the house.
Time was running out for the Cats and they continued to be stifled by the Oxford side who had clearly saved their best defensive performance of the year for the final!
Congratulations to the Saints, and commiserations to the Cats – though remember both teams were locked in for promotion ahead of the weekend so #NanaBritball has that to look forward to!
Division Two North Championship:
Leicester Falcons vs Newcastle Vikings
(#1 Seed, 1st place NFC II South, 10-0-0) v (#2 Seed, 1st Place NFC II North, 9-1-0)
The top two seeds in the north went head to head to decide the NFC2. We were expecting a shoot out as both teams had been racking up huge points scores per game going into their final fixture of the year…
And, well, there was certainly some shooting! …Just more of the ‘Execution by firing squad’ kind of shooting.
Certainly the Falcons were the favourites going into the match up, but few we think were expecting them to so completely dominate the fixture.
The scoring opened with the Vikings conceding a safety after being pinned back, deep. This would be a trend for the Vikings throughout the fixture – rarely able to sustain drives and often beginning drives deep in their half.
The real difference makers were the big breakout plays – time after time the Falcons were able to take shots down the field, Veteran QB Stuart Franklin hooking up with Jack Verling the give the Falcons 1st and goal inside the Vikings’ five yard line. From there the Falcon’s big O-line had no trouble punching their runners into the end zone through a combo of QB sneaks and powerful dives.
24-0 up at the half there was a genuine concern the Falcons might cause a complete Vikings collapse in the second half and end up with their third straight postseason #50Burger!
However, while the Vikings’ offence continued to falter and stutter, the D did their best to keep things under control.
The Falcons rounded out the game with a couple of second half scores and rolled out of Leeds 36-0 victors – completing what is likely one of the most dominant seasons in Britball History… Running unerringly parallel to the London Warrior’s astoundingly dominant season in the premiership. Stuart Franklin took home the MVP award, leading one of the highest scoring postseason offences in the history of the game.
And that’s the season!
There’s still the flag finals to wrap up, but otherwise #Britball16 is done and dusted – BUT FEAR NOT #BritballNation!
We’ve got a wealth of coverage to keep your Britball appetites satiated – including GB Lions coverage, post season anaylsis, preseason Uniball content.
Many thanks to everyone involved in an amazing year of #Britball.
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