We love hearing stories from people playing across the country and further afield so we were delighted when we were told about the success of the British Blades last weekend who went to Italy to take on teams from across Europe and ended up as runners up!
The British Blades formed for this tournament and was made up of players from two sides – Chorley Buccaneers and Studley Bearcats. The team were to face competition from teams from Austria, Italy and the Czech Republic, giving them invaluable early international experience.
The 7 Lakes International Bowl saw the British Blades take on four different sides and came out on top against both Italia A and B sides as well as the sides from both Austria and Czech Republic. The British Blades were not put off by the size of their side, much smaller in numbers than the other international teams there, but stuck to their task. A semi final spot beckoned against the hosts Skorpians Varese the next day.
Taking their success from the first day, the Blades burst into their semi-final and took a strong 27-7 win. And so to the final. The Blades came up against the Italia A team again who they had beaten the day before. It was an exciting and nail-biting game with both teams showing fantastic play. The Blades however just came up short, losing the final 29-32 and took home the 2nd place trophy.
In addition to taking second place, Blades player Jonathon Williams was also named offensive player of the tournament.
A fantastic effort by all players and Coach Graeme Chesters couldn’t be more proud of the team. “We’re really proud of the Blades achievement and feel that we’ve really put down a marker for the British game against some talented, well funded and very well coached teams. The hosts – Skorpions of Varese have been absolutely wonderful and the facilities have been excellent too, great to have three officials for each game, and a real sense of comradeship and sporting behaviour throughout.”
We couldn’t agree more, what a fantastic achievement by the team and wish them all the best for their playing careers. Team listed below, am sure we’ll see those names in representative teams of the future.
British Blades: Nathan Smalley, Bradley Temple, Jonathon Williams, Joel Chesters, Josh Atkins, Lewis Wyatt, Theo Smith, Andrew Carr.