Just the one fixture for the U19s this weekend… but it’s a doozy!
London Blitz vs Farnham Knights
By Tom Henley
Ladies and gents of Britball nation, the U19 South had given us a peach of a game this weekend!
The Blitz versus the Knights. Both of these programmes have been the traditionally dominant outfits in the junior facet of the game, until the arrival of the Birmingham Lions into the younger leagues of the British football (queue some salt!).
Normally this game would need no extra incentive to watch, with these two teams, the quality is bound to be good. However, the winner of this match-up must be considered hot favourites to join the Lions in the postseason.
From the Blitz camp, Coach Jason Henry is trying to set create an environment and lay the foundations in order for the London side to get back to their championship winning ways. Responsibility is given to the players, each time they kit up, they set their own objectives, on and off the field. So far this season Henry has been impressed, but when asked what his young ballers needed to improve on, “focus” was the only words that left his lips.
Expect the Blitz to come out with lots of energy and laser concentration. With the quality in this roster, no individual stands out, so expect the whole squad to make an impact in this one. After the dramatic last minute loss to the Lions, the junior Blitz should have their eyes set on that second playoff birth, seeking revenge and a spot at Britbowl.
But first, comes Farnham.
The 2-1 Farnham Knights have had a good year so far, with the only blemish being a loss to the Solent Seahawks, in a game with an ever-changing lead. The Knights defence have been strong this year, only conceding 26 points over three outings. As the saying goes, “defence wins championships”… though it’s worth nothing that without a productive offence, it is significantly harder.
The young Knights have put points on the board, but not enough, only 26 in the last two games. Production and efficiency must improve if they want to represent the south in the postseason. Farnham will be all too aware of this, and with the extra time to practice post exam-season, they could be firing on all cylinders and become a force to be reckoned with during the final games of the regular season.
This game could be a highlight of the season, with quality ballers, quality coaching and some tasty sub-plots. Farnham could easily come away with the W if they bring their A-game, although anyone who has played the Blitz knows, anything other than your best, is not enough.