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Juniors Crowned Division Champions!

30-08-2016

On  Sunday 7th August the Exiles juniors were set to play what would perhaps be the toughest and most important game in programme history. The 5-0 London Blitz were their opponent, a side that hadn’t lost a game in almost three years, and were the reigning national champions. The Blitz quickly lived up to their name, as an aggressive defense and fast offense helped them put 14 points on the board before the Exiles could blink. However, the Exile defense refused to bend any more, as strong tackling from Bryn Cotter, Eoin Hunt, Olly Gadd and Nathan Wilson rejuvenated the sideline. Henry Young looked to take advantage, as he took a short screen pass 40 yards for the Exiles first points. The PAT was no good, 14-6 Blitz at halftime. At this point the Exiles knew that if they wanted to keep their championship dreams alive, a strong finish was not only needed, but their only option. And so the second half belonged to the men in black. Connor Hassan scored early in the 3rd quarter from a James Cook pass, and also converted the 2-point attempt. 14-14. The Blitz sideline at this point was starting to look nervous, when Prince Wynter turned it into full blown panic. Running out of the backfield, Wynter took a short pass 80 yards to the endzone for the go-ahead score. 20-14 Exiles. Hamish Elliott, Savior Onuorah, Jacques O’Dwyer and Harry Costin dominated in the trenches, to prevent any chance of a Blitz comeback. Late in the 4th quarter, Henry Young put the game away much like he started it off, scoring on another TD pass from Cook and sealing the victory. Tom Lee converted the 2-point attempt and the game was over. Exiles 28-14 Blitz. The Blitz had been beaten for the first time in 3 years, and the Exiles had a date with the Birmingham Lions in the National semi finals. Dreams still in tact, the juniors headed home after a historic win for the programme. 

(Match report written by James Cook)

We are always happy to hear from any coaches or players interested in joining the Exiles. We can be contacted via the club website, www.kentexiles.co.uk or by e-mailing contactus@kentexiles.co.uk.

(News article published by Mark Lawrence)

 

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