The Cadets, apart from a few more experienced players, were by and large a completely new group, as was the Youth group.
Upon arrival, we were disappointed to find out that Cobham had withdraw not only from the tournament but the whole season. This meant that Exiles would only play hosts London Blitz and Solent Red Storm.
Down to 3 teams, Exiles were first up against London Blitz, who were defeated in the semi final of the 2018 National Flag championship. They returned almost the same squad, apart from a few who have moved into kitted, but had recruited from last years Cadets team.
We were also very proud, to have our first female representative play a youth flag game, Maya Coveney, a graduate from Cadet, who has blazed a path for the other females who now enjoy playing our great sport. Well done Maya!
London Blitz were first up. With several new recruits, The Exiles were up against it from the off. London Blitz quickly took control and showed what they are capable of. The Exiles squad and never gave up. Exiles scorers where, Eli Hubbock one pass and one run, pass from Jake Dart. Harvey Weedon also picked up a pass from Dart for the PAT. and scored towards the end of the game to make the score respectable. Blitz 50 Exiles 13
Exiles were next up against Solent Red Storm. Solent broke away from Solent Thrashers at the end of 2018, to start their own programme. Despite a lengthy trip from Southampton, we were aware of the Red Storm players, who were cadet’s last year
Red Storm, with a small squad played some good ball but were quickly behind as Exiles scored through Eli Hubbock run and a pass from Jake Dart. A Liam Farmer pass and PAT also from Dart, and a Run by Oliver McCabe, rounded out the scoring. Charlie Van Nuland, on debut intercepted a pass to round off a good start to the 2019 season. Exiles ran out winners 32 to 6.
The players elected Eli Hubbock as Most Valuable Player. Well done to Eli and all the 25 or so children who participated in what was trying circumstances.
Attention now moves to 2 weeks of training, which is followed by our Home tournament on Saturday 25th at our home, The Beaverwood Club.
Players warm up’s from 11am and the Start of the tournament will be at 12pm.
All are welcome and we are hoping for a big Exiles support.