KENT EXILES @ THE DOG BOWL – HORSEBRIDGE RECREATION GROUND, HELLNGLY
For the final tournament of the 2019 season, both Kent Exiles teams travelled to darkest East Sussex to play in the inaugural Hellingly Hound Dogs Dog Bowl. This was a non BAFA event, so all teams were able to fetch along new players for a run out.
Luke Boorer (Hellingly Head Coach) had arranged for a variety of teams to descend on Hellingly for a morning/afternoon of high-quality Flag Football.
In the Cadets group were Hellingly, South Coast Spitfires and Kent Phoenix. In the Youth group, were
Hellingly Kent Phoenix and a new team Brighton Scorpions. We always welcome new teams as it shows that the game is growing.
CADET FLAG – EXILE RESULTS
Exiles 7 South Coast 21
Exiles 14 Hellingly 7
Exiles 21 Phoenix 14
Main points: For the first time in a few years, the Exiles managed to win more than one game in a tournament.
Several regular participants were missing, but we allowed two new players to join in, which helped the numbers. Sydney Clark and Ted Marshall – Harris, showed great promise and I hope that they stick with us in the future.
We asked the children to play both offence and defence and all stepped up in what turned out to be a good afternoon for the Exiles Cadets.
We have played South Coast in the BAFA National League, so we were aware of the talent that they have. They are well organised and well drilled, although we have scored on them previously, this season the score was very sweet with Lucy Sharp throwing the Touch Down to Max Cooper. Both Lucy and Max had missed some BAFA tournaments and were welcomed back hooking up for the score!
A tighter affair, with an improved and improving Hound Dogs playing hard and testing the Exiles.
Score from Finlay Pester, pass from Lucy Sharp and a Daniel Turner run sealed a tight victory.
Exiles took control moving the ball and passes from Lucy Sharp to Toby Dulson and a second catch by Max Cooper, made the job of the Phoenix difficult. Phoenix had made the decision to play next years players so they wen both ways the whole day!
Phoenix pulled back a score, but then Daniel Turner ran the length of the field to make the score line safe, or so we thought! With minutes or so to go, Phoenix pulled back a score and set up a tense 30 seconds or so. The Phoenix had the ball and a looked like scoring only to be saved by Finley Pester, who made a last-ditch tackle with the goaline only 2 yards away on the final play of the game. Phew!
It has taken some time to for all the training and effort to show on the pitch. What a way to finish off a season? South Coast took home the Cadets Dog Bowl trophy and we look forward to seeing them next season.
YOUTH FLAG – EXILE RESULTS
Exiles 7 Phoenix 14
Exiles 28 Scorpions 7
Exiles 21 Hellingly 14
As with the Cadets we took Charlie Lucking with us. Charlie came along about 4 weeks ago and had impressed in training. We also welcomed back several children who cannot make Saturdays. We had a reasonable sized squad, the largest of the event, so Coach Dan Dart had lots of options to consider.
Game 1 Both teams are very evenly matched and both teams moved the ball and played excellent defence. Exiles equalised an early Phoenix score when Jake Dart threw a pass to Ryan Puszyk. However, Phoenix scored on a long bomb to win the game.
Game 2 Exiles went into game 2, with no knowledge of the level of Brighton’s play. Exiles experience came into focus when Jake Dart threw a pass to Liam Farmer for the opening score. Brighton continued to play hard, but a mistake by the QB, who threw his pass into Isabelle Coveney hands. This set up the second score when Billy James ran in a pass.
The Exiles then opened the playbook and decided to run a trick play with a “flea flicker” from Jake Dart to Liam Farmer, who threw a pass to an open Harvey Weedon in the end Zone. Brighton pulled a score back, but Exiles scoring was finalised when Ryan Puszyk ran into the end Zone.
Game 3 Hellingly have recruited well and have a young lady as running back, who was very fast and ran hard.
Exiles “managed” the scoreboard to run out worthy winners.
As with the Cadets, it has taken some time to for all the training and effort to show on the pitch. What a way to finish off a season? Exiles won the Youth Dog Bowl trophy and we look forward to seeing them next season.