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Kent Exiles Youth Win National Championship

On the 10th August 2019, the Kent Exiles under 17 youth team played at Britbowl for the 7th year in a row. The day started off with a four hour coach journey to Stourbridge, with the team and supporters ready for an incredible day of football. Coming into the tournament as the number 5 seed, the team had high hopes to finally win the national championship. They started off the the day against the 4th seed Gateshead senators, ready for the most important game of their season so far, as their championship dreams rested on the result of this game.
From the first play of the game, the Exiles defence dominated the Senators offence, holding them to a meagre 6 points all game. The Exiles offence started their game with a quick touchdown, setting the tone for the game. The Senators defence quickly became tired, allowing the Exiles to score even more points and rest their starters for the next game. Touchdowns from Benji, Noha and Malachi, along with others, convincingly put the game away, with the final score being 55-6 to the Exiles.
After a dominating first game win, the Exiles were now in the winners bracket of Britbowl, guaranteeing them a top 4 finish. However the team would not have been content with only a top four finish, so knew their next game, against top seeded team Tamworth Phoenix, would be even more important than the first. The Exiles knew this game would be the hardest game of their season, so would have to give everything they had to win.
The game started off with Tamworth catching the Exiles defence off guard with a long throw for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. However, the Exiles offence responded with a long drive ending in a touchdown, tying the game. The Tamworth offence then failed to score on their next drive leaving the door wide open for the Exiles to take the lead, which they did.The Exiles then scored again at the begining of the second half, giving them a two score lead. The defence then held Tamworth from scoring until the last minute of the game. The offence then kneeled the game out for the win. The game would end with a 26-21 score line. The final kicked off at 7;30 in the evening, almost 2 hours after the semi-finals, giving the team a much needed break. The game started with the Exiles defence setting the tone for the game, stopping the number 3 seed Highland Wildcats in their tracks. The Exiles defence continued to, yet again, dominate the opposition offence. The Exiles offence did the same, dominating the Wildcats defence from their first play. The Wildcats played well throughout the game, but as attrition began to set in, they could not keep up with the Exiles high powered offence and physical defence. And as the game came to an end , the Kent Exiles were crowned the best team in the nation, with a 46-6 victory. Wide Receiver Malachi was awarded with the honour of the game MVP.
The full game and trophy presentation can be found with the link below.