National Final Preview – London Blitz vs Manchester Titans
This Saturday brings the game that everyone in the u19 league aims for, the game everyone wants to play in, the National Final to decide the best Under 19s programme in the country: The 30th instalment of the Under 19s British National Championship!
Both teams, the reigning champions, the London Blitz, and their competitors from the North, the Manchester Titans, finished their seasons undefeated on the field of play, and with big results against big teams, they have proved their respective rights to play in the biggest game of all.
The Blitz clearly have a very good track record, and after a 46-42 win over the East Kilbride Pirates in last year’s final. As such, Manchester really have their work cut out for them.
The Titans are filled with talent on both sides of the ball however, and with players such as RB Reuben Quinn-Williams and WR Tom Morgan, this Manchester Offence could seriously cause some damage to what has been a strong Blitz defence, even though the Blitz have led the league, conceding just 15 points all year.
Manchester’s defence, led by LB Ryan Weaver has had a strong season of its own – holding the rampant EKP offence to just 12 points early in the season, but will likely have to be on their best form as the Blitz Offence is no cakewalk either! With players such as superstar WR Malachi Marquis-Adams, RB Lennox Osei-Biney and in place of Marco Livi, QB Leonardo Sophoclis all looking to cause trouble and retain the title for the Blitz.
Last year’s final was a shootout for points, with two enormous offensive performances, but will this season be the same? Could the title be going North? Or will it stay in the capital? We will find out this weekend!
Head along to Leeds to watch the game live! Entry to a great afternoon of sporting entertainment is completely free. Can’t make it to the game? Fear not – all this year’s finals are being live streamed: catch the National Plate final below, or at onsidetv.co.uk.