This week shocked all, after tense predictions were replaced by landslide victories across the board. Hype trains have been derailed, whilst dominance has been reasserted by the reigning champions.
Under 19s Week Ten Recap
By Alex McLachlan
Cobham Cougars V London Blitz
By Ryan Duff
On Sunday, Britbowl’s reigning champs travelled to Cobham and came away with an impressive 70-0
victory. After being pushed close in last week’s win against the Cheetahs, London Blitz proved once
again that they are still the team to beat with an emphatic win over a well drilled Cougars squad.
High scoring shut-outs have become habit for the London squad, who already hung 60 points on
Sussex Thunder in the first half of their match earlier this season. Sunday’s game, however, proved
even more impressive, with the Blitz offence scoring 70 points against a generally stubborn and well-
disciplined Cobham defence, whilst the relentless Blitz D shut out an offence which had previously
dissected TVT for 66 points in their last game.
With this imposing result -along with their last victim showing their own strength by demolishing the
Solent Seahawks to really put the Blitz’ prowess into context- the defending champions confirmed to
the nation that they are still very much the dominant force in Britball
Solent Seahawks vs Hertfordshire Cheetahs
By Jack Stodel
In a very surprisingly one-sided match-up this week, the Hertfordshire Cheetahs stepped up and defeated the Solent Seahawks, in a game between two of the fastest rising stars of this league. With stars such as Filton Pride DE Toby Naylor and Iowa-Wesleyan University commit WR Ben Thomas, Britball nation was most likely under the assumption that Solent would take this win fairly easy, however Head Coach Alex Halms and co. seemingly had other ideas as they defeated the Seahawks 38-0.
From kickoff, Solent pinned Herts inside their own half and from the very first play, Herts looked to be dominating as RB Jack Stodel ran for a first down untouched. However, on the very next play, the Seahawks recovered a fumble and set up their offensive drive.
The frightening Cheetahs defence led by LB Patryk Cwiertnia shut down the Seahawks high powered offence, with QB Bruin White starting the game in place of starter Louis Benzey who was unable to be at the fixture. The entire defence dominated with standouts such as S Jack Preece alongside CB’s Tom MacIntyre and Herts Uniballer Dan Ward making plays to force quick three and outs on almost every drive in the game.
After the defensive show had finished, the Cheetahs’ offence took control despite star QB Liam MacGovern exiting the game just before the half due to an injury. The Cheetahs have an outstanding offensive line in LT Callum Cocks, C Billy Ray and RT Byron Kealy, who stood out for their exemplary performance against one of the finer defences at the Junior level. Due to this, the Cheetahs really started to rely on their run game. WR Josh Miller-Hall played a dominant role also, sealing the edge for RBs Stodel and Ashley Gatulah to run in for a touchdown each, as well as having some big runs of his own. Miller-Hall is an asset to this young Cheetahs side and will prove a threat for any defence due to his playmaking ability in all phases of the game.
WR Declan Gleghorn had a huge run beating everyone down the sideline with a blaze of speed for a touchdown. Just as everyone thought the scoring was coming to an end, behemoth Marcin Kurek stood in taking snaps at fullback and made it through the defence to get a couple of scores of his own. DT Lucas Cornwall also recovered a fumble in the endzone to mark his name on the scoreboard.
Solent’s offence did look like scoring a couple of times with some promising runs. However, both QB’s that were used on the day appeared to struggle to make a use of their weapons in Thomas and fellow Wide Receiver Tom Moore.
Solent must now bounce back in order to defeat the Cobham Cougars who have had some mixed results this year. The Seahawks need to be careful, however, as the Cougars could prove a test to this strong Seahawks unit. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Solent have the personnel and talent to do so and reignite the flame they have left blazing on other fields across Britain, they just have to go out and prove it now.
Chester Romans V Nottingham Caesars
By Bruin White
The Caesars travelled to Chester on Sunday – only for a 48-0 whipping.
The Romans will be relieved to have put an end to their losing streak on the weekend – in pavonine style, too – albeit against another winless team. Starting strong, the first half saw RB Sam White rush for two scores which, along with a touchdown pass from Sid Wright to Liam Coxon, resulted in a three-score half for the Romans.
Whilst an injury to a team’s starting Quarterback can often be disheartening, as befell Wright, this was not the case for Chester on Sunday as Sam White filled the shoes without a problem: recording a passing TD as well as another for himself on the ground. RB Liam Coxon, too, punched in further scores – this time rushing.
Chester’s defence were expected to have had a handful dealing with a Caesars O that’s powerful up front – a lineman corps led by preseason ‘impact player’ Jordan Fearon-Lee, along with an athletic Quarterback and Nottingham-Trent’s Paul Watson at wideout. However, they dealt with it easily, big plays coming from LB duo Rhys Ellis and Max Bradshaw-Smith along with a pick from the highly acclaimed Samir Patel. Call it a revenge game for last year, when the Caesars bested the Romans. Chester Head Coach Will Sargeant mentioned that the Nottingham side are still a “tough team”, noting they had “really played hard all game”.
Caesars HC George Lees explains his team couldn’t move the ball offensively, and that the mistake-filled game will serve as good teaching material over the three weeks before the teams’ rematch on July 15th.
“The break will do us good and give us a chance to evaluate things”, he added. “Hopefully we can give the Romans a much closer game the second time around.”