While our Lions balled out on Saturday, upsetting the stakes and beating the top team in Europe in a nail-biting 27-21 win over Finland, back home in God’s Own County Elizabeth ‘Lil’ Bush was similarly making history, potentially putting up the first points scored by a female player in the history of the BAFA National Leagues.
Quarterback with the Leeds Carnegie Chargers, who had a highly successful 2017 Sapphire Series making it all the way to the National Final, Lil has also been playing this summer with the Yorkshire Rams – currently well on their way to a postseason trip if they can round out the year with good form.
In a crucial win to keep themselves ahead of the pack in the NFC1North conference, the Rams mixed in this fake field goal that saw Lil’s pass loop right over the encroaching rushers, landing in the basket of the wide open receiver.
Obviously Britball record keeping is… patchy, at best, but both the efforts of DC and the Rams themselves have been unable to find anything to refute the premise that these are indeed the first points put up by a female player since the establishment of the BAFA National Leagues in 2010.
One of DC’s goals moving forwards is to establish an archive of records and scores… but such a huge task will only be possible with the community’s support to redesign and restructure the website and, unlike Lil and the Rams, we’ve had little success scoring points there!
Cover image Photography (C) Geoff White (left) and Craig Milner Sports Photography (right)