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Exiles Junior Kitted Team Makes Debut

Historic First for the Exiles - Junior Kitted team plays


May 5th saw a historic first for the Exiles, as their Junior Kitted team made its debut in the BYAFA tournament in Crawley, hosted by the Sussex Thunder, following their formation over the winter.

The team had a tough baptism against the experienced Sheffield Tomahawks, but after initially going 14-0 behind, rallied through strong running by Billy Williams and Chas Mulvihill. A catch from Jamie Prentis was followed up by the Exiles first touchdown by Matt Simms, catching the football and dragging three defenders into the end-zone. Sheffield replied to leave the half-time score 21-6.

The Exiles started well in the second half, driving to 5 yds from the Sheffield goal-line after a Mulvihill first down catch, and a Prentis touchdown catch from Lawrence Deakins saw the score close to 27-12. However, the rest of the game was all Sheffield, who ran out eventual winners 41-12

Their second game saw Exiles face last year's national champions, Sussex Thunder, on their own turf. Again the Exiles drove close to the end-zone, but couldn't penetrate, and a series of dropped catches and good Sussex offence saw a half time score of 32-0 to the home side.

The Exiles team came out in the second half galvanized however, and a Rob Cromack interception set up Williams and Mulvihill runs to the Sussex goal-line, but they could not punch the ball into the endzone. The next possession however saw the Exiles score on a well worked pass to Prentis again, and the next Sussex possession led to their quarterback being tackled in the end-zone by Joe Collins for a safety.

 The Exiles Junior Kitted Team - The First Squad

Despite their rally the Exiles went down 44-8, but showed heart to keep the second half of this game to only 12-8.

As preparations were made for game three, against the London Blitz, the Exiles were informed that Blitz could not continue, and so were awarded the game 32-0.

The day showed a steady debut for the Juniors, who all improved as the day went on, and impressed the more experienced sides on their debut. Following the tournament the Exiles Junior Team Manager Julius Hobbs praised his whole team for their effort, and awarded the most valuable player awards to Lawrence Deakins (Offence), Robert Cromack (Defence) and the overall Tournament MVP to Jamie Prentis.

The Exiles now look forward to their next tournament on the 19th May, and this time they are hosting the event which sees the Tomahawks and Thunder come to Orpington, along with two teams they have not faced before in the London Warriors and East Midlands Saxons.

The Exiles Junior team would welcome any new members, and no experience is needed, if you are aged from 14-16 and would like to play then contact the club via their website,


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