Burnley Tornados finish in top five in Britbowl American Football Finals (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Burnley Tornados finish in top five in Britbowl American Football Finals
4:23pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
BURNLEY Tornados completed a whirlwind year with another splendid performance at the Britbowl American Football Finals at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.
Last year the Tornados won both the North West Championship, Northern Conference, Lancashire Rose Bowl and picked up third in the national final - and their coach Paul Peppiate heaped special praise on his team of young stars.
“I’m so proud of my lads, to be now rated fifth in the country is an amazing achievement,” said Peppiate.
Peppiate, who saw Tornados crowned the 2012 Grassroots Heroes junior team of the year , added: “The way the club has developed over the last couple of years is a testament to everybody’s hard work.”
The Tornados locked horns with Woodham Warriors, Kent Exiles, and The Highland Wildcats and their opening tie - against old rivals Woodham Warriors - served up a classic for the appreciative crowd.
Gino Bradshaw and Flynn Griffith combined as Tornados forged into an 8-0 lead, but Warriors roared back into the battle, taking a 22-16 lead at the break and after that it was nip and tuck until the finish.
With the scores level, a dramatic late touchdown saw Warriors edge past the Tornados 42-36.
The second fixture saw the Tornados pitched in against Kent Exiles, and it proved another nail-biter.
With the scores tied 6-6 at end of the first half, the second period proved just as tough, both teams trading points, but Andy Hawkes landed a touchdown and a two point conversion to put Tornados in charge.
With the clock ticking - and Tornados up by just three points - they were able to take a knee to end the game and post a hard-fought 22-19 win.
The last game was another rollercoaster ride, with Tornados battling back from 13-0 down to win again by the slenderest of margins against The Highland Wildcats.
Gino Bradshaw and Flynn Griffith reduced the arrears, and trailing by five points, Flynn Griffith, receiving a short pass from Callum Doherty, ran the length of the field to score as Tornados posted a terrific 20-19 win.
The Tornados can now look forward to the Rose Bowl 2 Competition, to be staged at Blackburn Rugby Club on October 6, where they wil meet Standish Raiders and Chorley Buccaneers as they battle it out for fresh silverware.
For further information on the Burley Tornados American Football team please send details on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or www.tornadosafc.com.
The Tornados have teams from aged eleven to the senior team.
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