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Heartbreak for Exiles as Jets Claim Victory

Coventry Jets 30-26 Kent Exiles


The Exiles travelled to Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield at the weekend to play in the Division 2 "Britbowl" game, the first time in the clubs 15 year history that they have reached the finals.

The battle of the undefeated teams lived up to expectation, both teams having posted an amazing 12 wins out of 12 so far this season, so something had to give.

Honours were even in the first quarter as both teams came to terms with the atmosphere of the game, but early in the second, Mark Cohen put down the first score for Coventry on a pass from Tim Spaull, Scott Lawrence blocked the point after attempt, and the Jets led 6-0.

The Exiles were quick to reply and put the Jets behind for the first time this season with two touchdowns from Mat Duncan to Sean Starwind (from 5 and 38 yards respectivly) and one from a Glen Boyle goal-line plunge. Mat Tompsett kicked 2 of the 3 point afters for the Exiles to lead 20-6 at the half.

The Jets came back in the third quarter with two touchdowns from the games most valuable player (MVP) Tony Perkins and another from Mark Cohen who then added a further TD early in the fourth quarter to take the Jets back into the lead at 20-24.

The Jets held the lead until 2.03 was left in the game, when Alex Campbell received a twenty-seven yard pass from Matt Duncan to turn the game back to the Exiles, and for what to all seemed to be the winning score

But the Exiles joy was short-lived as Tony Perkins returned the kick-off for eighty yards to clinch victory for the Jets in heartbreaking fashion, and send the Exiles home wondering what might have been.

The BAFL showcase event was an enormous success – on-line, there were over 80,000 visitors from around the world to watch play-by-play action unfold on the BAFL Game Centre Live, whilst around 2000 fans turned out to watch the game live in Sheffield.

The game has since also been widely acclaimed as one of the best games ever seen in the country, for the neutrals or Jets fans that is!

The Exiles are now preparing for next seasons campaign which sees them promoted to the ultra competitive Division 1a South, where they will pit themselves against the Chiltern Cheetahs, Bristol Aztecs and Ipswich Cardinals, as well as tough games againt Division 1 opponents the Southern Sundevils, London Blitz, PA Knights and current UK Champions the London Olympians.

A full report and play by play statistics will be available to view online soon, as well as some photos of the event. Match DVD's will also be available.


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