#U19 | Blitz best Birmingham to earn return to Britbowl

A goliath matchup between two of the premiere Junior programmes in the nation for the right to compete for the Britbowl crown.

The home side: the Birmingham Lions. Undefeated in the regular season, with one of the most potent offences in the country, backed by a staunch defence. The visitors: the London Blitz. A formidable and physical outfit, who experienced their only loss of the season to the Lions. We promised you a classic, and that it was, though not in the close fought, nervy way we expected it to be. The Blitz were clearly out for revenge here, and gave no quarter, coming out as dominant 34-0 victors on the day.

Photography (C) Andy Neale, Whizzyfingers Photography -  facebook.com/Whizzyfingers
Photography (C) Andy Neale, Whizzyfingers Photography – facebook.com/Whizzyfingers

The Blitz came into this game with a revered ground game, and boy did it live up to expectations! Aaron Mahoney-Jones put on a show for the University coaches in attendance, with the speedy back racking up three scores and consistently making big plays. The whole of the Blitz offence deserves credit, however, not just one player. Coming into the game, the Lions had conceded just 55 points, and so to score 34 in a single game is exceptional. The offensive linemen for the Blitz were particularly impressive, combining size and skill to pave the way for the runs, and allow the time for the Blitz aerial attack.

Photography (C) Andy Neale, Whizzyfingers Photography -  facebook.com/Whizzyfingers
Photography (C) Andy Neale, Whizzyfingers Photography – facebook.com/Whizzyfingers

The Blitz defence, too, had a truly remarkable outing. Sending consistent pressure, the London outfit were able to contain the mobile Lions QB Rohan Sandhu, along with limiting their ground game. Injuries affected the Lions O, with University of Birmingham running back Alex Bell being hurt in the warmups. However, this should take nothing away from the Blitz, who still had to shut down some of the best offensive weapons in the Junior game.

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Photography (C) Andy Neale, Whizzyfingers Photography -  facebook.com/Whizzyfingers
Photography (C) Andy Neale, Whizzyfingers Photography – facebook.com/Whizzyfingers

Both these teams still have one game remaining, with the Lions moving on to the Plate final, whilst the Blitz are left to fight it out for the crown of Junior Britball. Their respective opponents are yet to be determined, but will come from the other semi-final, between the Nottingham Caesars and the East Kilbride Pirates. Both will of course want to end their season on high notes, and with some silverware!

Photography (C) Andy Neale, Whizzyfingers Photography -  facebook.com/Whizzyfingers
Photography (C) Andy Neale, Whizzyfingers Photography – facebook.com/Whizzyfingers
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Nick

Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1