Avec un peu de retard, nous adressons toutes nos félicitations à Barry, notre ancien (futur ?) coéquipier, qui a remporté, avec son équipe des Coventry Bears, le samedi 21 août dernier, le titre de champion du Midlands.
Ci-dessus Luke Watts, coéquipier de Barry et marqueur durant la finale.
Ci-dessous, l'article publié sur le site internet des Coventry Bears.
21. August 2010
Both Coventry Bears Mens and Ladies teams were successful today.
The ladies defeated Leeds Akkies 30-8 and the Men were crowned Midlands Champions to add to their League Leaders pennant.
Coventry Bears won through to retain their Midlands Champions title.
The Bears were missing several key players but it was thanks to their strength in depth they still had just enough fire power to see off strong challenge from Bristol.
Bristol Sonics came with a belief that they could win – and they almost did.
Bristol opened the scoring with a converted try on 15 minutes before the Bears settled down. Scrum Half Alex Brown put through a neat grubber kick which was seized upon by Loose Forward Luke Watts who scored under the posts 4 minutes later. 25 minutes in Dan Wilding scored on the left to ease the Bears into the lead.
On the stroke of half time Stand Off half Nick Thatcher raced 70 metres to score under the posts. With Glen Burnside adding the extras the Bears went in to the break leading 16 points to 6 ahead.
The second half was a tense affair with the visitors gradually getting back into the game. As they grew in confidence they started to throw the ball about and two tries on the Bears left hand side brought them right back into contention at 16 points apiece.
With 4 minutes to go Alex Brown appeared to have won the game as he forced his way over for a try.
Two penalties awarded to Bristol saw them drive down field and with just one minute remaining the deservedly drew level with the kick to win the game. Fortunately, for the Bears the kick was missed and the game went into extra time with a Golden Point decider to settle the affair.
Bristol received the ball from the kick off and drove upfield. It fell to Bristol’s top points scorer to have first pop at getting the point with a drop goal from 40 metres. Again, the kick was wide of the mark.
Coventry made their way down field and were awarded a penalty 20 metres and right in front of the posts. Bears Nathan Tilsley playing in his first game for some weeks put the ball just to the left to give the Sonics hope of an upset.
That wasn’t to be. The big Bears forwards again made their way down the field and managed to see out their set of 6. Tilsley hung back and everyone was expecting Hooker Barry Mcguffog to fire the ball to him to try for one point. McGuffog however spotted that there was a gap in the defence and backed himself to force his way over. His confidence looked to have been misguided as the Sonics scrambling defence managed to stop his momentum. Some how he offloaded to Luke Watts on his shoulder and the Loose forward crashed over to score a try under the posts.
Final Score Coventry Bears 24 Bristol Sonics 20