The second BAFA tournament followed quickly on from the London Blitz hosted event at Finsbury Park. Whilst, by and large, similar squads, the addition of a few new faces, offered great hope and perhaps, daring to improve the current standings.
The Cadets welcomed, The London Blitz, London Warriors and South Coast Spitfires to The Beaverwood Club. With a slighter larger squad, there was anticipation of an improvement on the previous showing.
First up was the London Blitz. Both teams played hard and the Blitz scored first. Exiles never gave up although letting a couple of more scores in.
Exiles finally struck when Gabe Hubbock scored with a run. The PAT was missed. The Blitz then reasserted themselves and ran out worthy winners 31 to 6.
Second up, after a brief rest was the London Warriors, who were attending their first tournament of the season. The Exiles had faced the Warriors last season, so had an expectation of what was to come. However, the unexpected loss of 2 key players, meant that Coach Mary Smith had to rearrange the offensive unit, with 3 of the players playing Quarter Back including new signing, Jayden Barrett-Haynes, to get the ball rolling.
As much as the young Exiles tried, the Warriors were bigger and quicker and dominated the Exiles Offence. The Warriors ran out winners 0 – 45.
Final game was against BAFA newcomers, South Coast Spitfires (SCS). Exiles had played SCS last season in friendly games, however, this was a totally a new squad.
The game started in similar circumstances, with the Exiles unable to move the ball. Coach Smith was running the ball more, which started to have the desired effect of stretching the game out.
After SCS opened the score, Jayden Barrett-Haynes handed the ball off to Finley Pester who took off on a long run to open the Exiles account. This was followed by Gabe Hubbock, almost running the same play that allowed Finley’s, score for the second Exiles TD. Half time score was 21 to 12 to SCS.
The second half was totally dominated by SCS who ran in another 4 scores, the Exiles tired, to wrap up the win 47 to 12