Under 17 Week Three Review

Three tournaments in the Under 17 game this weekend, with the South East’s second tourney of the year – originally scheduled for Sunday – now moved back to the final week of the year.  Even so, some great games and massive scorelines in the tourneys that did take place!

 

North

A hard fought tourney in the Northern Conference this weekend as two early favourites for the conference title emerged following the fixtures.

Top contenders on the day were the hosts, the Chorley Buccaneers, and the Manchester Titans Southern squad, who had emerged undefeated (2-0-1) from the opening tournament of the conference hosted by the Romans.  Both the Bucs and Titans South took fairly comfortable wins from the other tourney attendees – the Chester Romans and Manchester Titans North – but the clash of the tourney was surely when the two teams went head to head.

Photography (c) Tracie 'Turner' Cooper-Probyn
Photography (c) Tracie ‘Turner’ Cooper-Probyn

Bucs drew first blood with a catch from Rion Haworth, though the Titans quickly struck back and tied things up at 6-6.  A second score, once again Oxborrow to Haworth, gave the Bucs the lead once again heading into the half – 13-6 up. Both sides traded interceptions through the second half as they tried to gain an edge, but the Titans eventually broke the deadlock – their second score giving them a narrow lead they were able to hold onto to round out the fixture as a 14-13 victory for the Titans.

For the second tourney in a row the Chester Romans, experiencing a lot of ‘graduations’ over the offseason, struggled with three heavy losses, including giving the Titans North their only win of the weekend.

Of note, the Titans North-Buccaneers match up was called early, following a severe injury to a Titans North player. We’re pleased to share the player has since left hospital and he’s all on the mend.

13/5/17 Results
  • Chorley Buccaneers 28-0 Manchester Titans North
  • Chorley Buccaneers 13-14 Manchester Titans South
  • Chorley Buccaneers 42-0 Chester Romans
  • Manchester Titans North 18-38 Manchester Titans South
  • Manchester Titans North 38-8 Chester Romans
  • Manchester Titans South 53-0 Chester Romans

London

Afraid it’s going to be tough to give a full account of the London tourney, as beyond the London Blitz‘s highly successful time hosting the tournament, we’re yet to receive any information pertaining to the Warriors-Stallions, Stallions-Cheetahs and Cheetahs-Warriors fixtures. To that end, if you know the results from these games, please do get in touch with DC so we can update our tables, and even this review of the weekend!

What we do know however was that the Blitz U17s kicked off what ended up being an excellent weekend of football for the programme. The day opened up with a nail-biting shoot out against cross-city rivals the London Warriors – emerging 38-34 victors. That said, even though they missed out on the win, the scoreline represented a great debut for the Warriors who came into the years with a lot of question marks over them this year, reporting a rather small roster size coming into the year and sparking concerns that the Nation’s top programme might not perform up to scratch this season in the Under 17 game.

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Blitz followed this up by avenging their Tournament One loss against the Hertfordshire Cheetahs – jumping out to a 25-0 lead in the first half and holding on to it through the second as the Cheetahs attempted to mount a comeback.

Finally for their day, the Blitz took a comfortable 38-12 win away from the Wembley Stallions, who from the fixtures we’ve got scores for so far this season currently seem furthest off the pace in the conference – though with lots of balling left to make a comeback!

As we mentioned, we’d really love to get a hold of those results we’re missing – if you’re in the know, share the love and sling them in the comments below or get in touch over Facebook!

13/5/17 Results
  • London Blitz 38-34 London Warriors
  • London Blitz 25-12 Hertfordshire Cheetahs
  • London Blitz 38-12 Wembley Stallions
  • London Warriors ??-?? Hertfordshire Cheetahs
  • London Warriors ??-?? Wembley Stallions
  • Hertfordshire Cheetahs ??-?? Wembley Stallions

North East

The big story from the North East tourney was the Leeds Academy Assassins who utterly dominated all three of their games this past weekend – putting up a #50burger in each fixture and posting a shut out as well. This strong second outing continues to set up a top of the table rivalry between the Assassins and the North East Academy, who weren’t included in this weekend’s fixtures, but held the Assassins to a draw in Tournament One.

The other teams had a much more mixed tournament, though the Doncaster Academy will be pleased to notch up a pair of wins, including a narrow single-score victory over hosts, the Lincolnshire Bombers. The victories set Doncaster up at .500 so far this year, primed to make a run at a top-two spot if they can gain ground on the Assassins or NEA.

The Lincolnshire Bombers will be frustrated to come away with just a single win from their home tourney, but the narrow loss to Doncaster shows they’re not far off the pace of others in the conference. The same however can sadly not be said for the Sheffield Giants, who’ve struggled in both tournaments so far this year. However, they’re yet to be shut out in a single game this season, which shows they have the ability to notch up points – they just need to work on their consistency and then they can fight their way right back into the conference.

13/5/17 Results
  • Lincolnshire Bombers 24-30 Doncaster Academy
  • Lincolnshire Bombers 43-12 Sheffield Giants
  • Lincolnshire Bombers 12-59 Leeds Academy Assassins
  • Doncaster Academy 44-12 Sheffield Giants
  • Doncaster Academy 0-61 Leeds Academy Assassins
  • Sheffield Giants 6-60 Leeds Academy Assassins
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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