London Olympians vs Kent Exiles 30/6/19
On Sunday the 30th June 2019, local rivals the London Olympians made the short journey to the Beaverwood Club to take on the Exiles in the seventh game of the 2019 season.
The game started well, with the Exiles demonstrating that they could move the ball on offense and be relentless on defense. However, it would be the Olympians that would score the game’s first points, picking up a crucial sack in the endzone resulting in a safety. Olympians 2-0 Exiles.
It was at this point that the Exiles defense would step up yet again and get the momentum back on the home team’s side. Veteran cornerback Nick Mayer would be the one to make the statement, as he intercepted a screen pass and took it all the way to the endzone on the ensuing Olympians drive. Following a high snap, kicker Harry Kent would take matters into his own hands on the conversion attempt, running the ball in himself for 2 points. Exiles 8-2 Olympians.
The Olympians would eventually find their way into the endzone late in the first half, but would fail to add the PAT. At the end of 2 quarters, the game was tied at 8 points each.
The second half would see the Exiles struggle on offense, as penalties and mistakes would cost them opportunities and place them in difficult field position. On the defensive side of the ball, defensive backs Jay Henderson, Daniel Raeburn and Ian Whitehead would effectively make it impossible for the Olympians to pass the ball all day.
The Olympians however would find their rhythm when it came to the running game and were sure to stick with it almost exclusively for the rest of the game. Multiple scoring drives from the O’s and long Exile drives that failed to result in points would eventually eat up most of the second half, with the Olympians walking out as 28-8 victors.
This loss places even more emphasis on upcoming games for the Exiles, as they fight to remain in the premiership next season.
The men in black will continue their 2019 premiership campaign this Sunday against the reigning National Champions, the London Warriors. The game will be held at the Beaverwood Club following our junior team also taking on the London Warriors juniors. Kickoff is at 3pm and we would encourage as many people to come along and support as possible.