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Exiles Youth Season Ends

Curtain Call Tournament Report


A depleted, but again competitive, Exiles squad made the journey to Hammersmith for the final regular season tournament of the year. For this tournament a draw was made to determine opponents and order of play. This benefitted the Exiles as they were awarded an automatic victory after being drawn against the Colchester Gladiators who failed to arrive.

The Exiles next opponents were the hosting London Warriors, and just before play commenced the heavens opened, quickly making conditions difficult. Both teams set to their task, with defences initially in the ascendency. This was not to last, as scores started to occur, Solomon Agbabiaka’s strong running instrumental for the Exiles, along with Digby Holland’s passing to Matt Murphy and James Woods. Frustratingly the Exiles just failed to equalise before the half, and this proved costly as the Warriors scored off an Exile fumble immediately after half time. The Exiles still took the game to the Warriors, but could not close the gap, losing by a score line of 33-19.

With the weather improving, the Exiles then took on the Marlow Wolves. They suffered an early blow, losing quarterback Digby Holland through injury. Kwame Opoku ably stepped in, and n a high scoring, entertaining, encounter both teams traded blow for blow. Agbabiaka, Woods, Myles Leslie and Devon Brown all scored for the Exiles, but the Wolves mixed up their play calling and just managed to hold the Exiles at arm’s length, eventually running out 48-34 winners.

After the tournament, Exiles Head Coach Julius Hobbs commented “the players should be proud once again of the effort and skill they showed today, staying competitive in each game. They kept going on both sides of the ball, and showed a great deal of heart. We had chances to win both games, but mistakes on key plays at vital times really set us back. This team has been fantastic to coach all season, and the players should be very satisfied with the season that they have put in”.


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