Just the two tourneys this past weekend as we saw the North East Academy’s tournament pushed back. What’s more, with the Colchester Gladiators unable to attend the South East tourney hosted by the East Kent Mavericks, the end result was only nine games of Under 17 balling this past Saturday!
That said, it’s a rare gameday when every single team taking part is able to walk away with a win…
Favourites for triple-dubyoos coming into the weekend were clearly the Buckinghamshire Wolves, and they did not disappoint with three nice wins that keep them ahead of the Solent Academy Seahawks in the race for a postseason berth. With a loss to the dominant looking Cobham Cougars and a single point win over Solent, the Wolves will be looking to remain perfect through their final tournament to lock up at least second place in the conference – and if they can replicate Saturday’s strong offensive output we see no reason why they shouldn’t be able to see some postseason balling.
For the other contenders Saturday was a mixed bag of results as each of the three programmes managed to take a win away from another – Swindon Storm defeating Sussex Thunder, before losing to the Berkshire Renegades, who in turn fell to Sussex in a narrow 20-18 defeat! It’s still early days for Sussex and Swindon in their campaigns, but they’ve now got a lot of catching up to do if they’re plan to contest a playoff berth before the season’s over. Greater consistency on offence will be key for both young teams.
- Sussex Thunder 14-26 Swindon Storm
- Sussex Thunder 20-18 Berkshire Renegades
- Sussex Thunder 6-34 Buckinghamshire Wolves
- Swindon Storm 18-34 Berkshire Renegades
- Swindon Storm 6-32 Buckinghamshire Wolves
- Berkshire Renegades 20-34 Buckinghamshire Wolves
In the South East meanwhile we saw a significantly reduced tourney due to the Colchester Gladiators lacking the available players to make the trip.
As expected from their strong start in their opening tournament, the East Kent Mavericks dominated the day – impressing in their dominant #50Burger win over the South London Renegades and placing themselves in a strong 6-0 position atop the conference.
They’ll need to be somewhat warey however as they took a far more modest win away from the Essex Spartans who opened their campaign at this tourney – the 13-2 victory the Mavericks’ lowest offensive output so far. Luckily for the Mav’s, the Spartans own offence appears to have having a very slow start to their season – scoring just 6 points on the day (alongside a safety from the D). Luckily for the Spartans, those 6 points were enough to snatch a win from the Renegades, but if the Spartans want to repeat their playoff trip from last season they’ll need to really start putting up more points in their remaining three tournaments.
- East Kent Mavericks 54-0 South London Renegades
- East Kent Mavericks 13-2 Essex Spartans
- East Kent Mavericks 1-0 (w/o) Colchester Gladiators
- South London Renegades 0-6 Essex Spartans
- South London Renegades 1-0 (w/o) Colchester Gladiators
- Essex Spartans 1-0 (w/o) Colchester Gladiators