Under 17s Britbowl and National Plate Results and Final Season Standings

Sixteen teams descended on the University of Derby and after a jam-packed day of some superb balling, two outfits emerged with the silverware!

The Birmingham Lions came into the National Plate playoffs as the number one seed and proved themselves utterly worthy of it, powering through to victory in the Plate Final. They’d opened the day strong against the Manchester Titans South, before having to show a lot of grit and guts to win out 19-18 against the Titans North in the semis – a couple of deep connections the key to victory and a place in the Final.

Up against an impressive East Kent Mavericks team the Lions’ size and strength was particularly on show – their defence giving the Mavericks offence problems all day long, repeatedly setting up the offence with good field position and even contributing directly to the scoreline – Birmingham eventually running away 44-6 victors with a particularly one-sided second half of the fixture.

Following the Plate, the Britbowl finals kicked off with a number of hotly-favoured teams looking more than capable of hoisting the trophy. For the East Kilbride Pirates however, they had to take a long and daunting route to their third-straight National Final appearance, having snuck into the Championship tournament with the eighth seed.

Straight out of the gates the Pirates made a statement with their nice win over #1 seeds, the Kent Exiles Rebels. They followed this up with a similarly confident win over the Leeds Academy Assassins in the Semis and then heading into the Finals, appeared to hit their best form of the season so far!

Good roster depth meant that even three games into the day the Pirates weren’t lacking for pace and power – Logan Gallagher leading the Pirates offence to score after score as Matt and Greg Black repeatedly punching into the End Zone – EKP posting the sole fifty burger of the day scored on the biggest stage! The Pirates came out hot and scored on four straight drives in the first half, but credit where it’s due to Chorley, they kept plugging throughout the fixture, some really athletic plays from their receiving corps creating some great highlight reel moments for Onside Production’s Livestream!

National Plate

Results

Round One

Birmingham Lions 36-6 Manchester Titans South
East Kent Mavericks 14-2 Kent Exiles Outlaws
Hertfordshire Cheetahs 6-12 Lincolnshire Bombers
Manchester Titans North 27-12 Swindon Storm

Round Two

Birmingham Lions 19-18 Manchester Titans North
East Kent Mavericks 32-20 Lincolnshire Bombers
Hertfordshire Cheetahs 6-18 Kent Exiles Outlaws
Manchester Titans South 27-13 Swindon Storm

7th Place Playoff
Hertfordshire Cheetahs 34-34 Swindon Storm

5th Place Playoff
Kent Exiles Outlaws 0-21 Manchester Titans South

3rd Place Playoff
Manchester Titans North 1-0 Lincolnshire Bombers (w/o)

National Plate Final
Birmingham Lions 44-6 East Kent Mavericks

Standings (seed)

9. Birmingham Lions (1)

10. East Kent Mavericks (2)

11. Manchester Titans North (4)

12. Lincolnshire Bombers (6)

13. Manchester Titans South (8)

14. Kent Exiles Outlaws (7)

= 15. Hertfordshire Cheetahs (3) & Swindon Storm (5)

National Plate Final Livestream:

 

Britbowl

Results

Round One

Kent Exiles Rebels 14-26 East Kilbride Pirates
Chorley Buccaneers 45-0 Solent Academy Seahawks
Etone Jaguars 33-26 Highland Wildcats
Leeds Academy Assassins 19-18 Cobham Cougars

Round Two

East Kilbride Pirates 27-13 Leeds Academy Assassins
Chorley Buccaneers 20-12 Etone Jaguars
Kent Exiles Rebels 49-7 Cobham Cougars
Solent Seahawks 0-48 Highland Wildcats

7th Place Playoff
Cobham Cougars 20-6 Solent Seahawks

5th Place Playoff
Kent Exiles Rebels 31-18 Highland Wildcats

Bronze Medal Game
Leeds Academy Assassins 18-14 Etone Jaguars

National Championship Game
East Kilbride Pirates 51-22 Chorley Buccaneers

Standings (seed)

1. East Kilbride Pirates (8)

2. Chorley Buccaneers (2)

3. Leeds Academy Assassins (4)

4. Etone Jaguars (3)

5. Kent Exiles Rebels (1)

6. Highland Wildcats (6)

7. Cobham Cougars (5)

8. Solent Seahawks (7)

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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