East Kilbride Pirates are u17s British Champions!
September 5th, 2016
The East Kilbride Pirates Youth team won the British under 17s championship on Saturday 3 September at the Youth Britbowl event at Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park.
Eight teams competed for the championship title on the day, in a knock-out tournament formula. All teams who competed had finished top in their conference from across the UK. Putting a determined display throughout the event, the Pirates won their games as follows:
Quarter-final – East Kilbride Pirates 16 v 8 Birmingham Bulls
Semi-final – Chester Romans 13 v 25 East Kilbride Pirates
National Championship Final: East Kilbride Pirates 37 v 6 Cobham Cougars
The young Pirates saved the best till last, giving their strongest performance of the day in the final where they outpaced the Cougars from the outset. Jack Cochrane, #20, was also named MVP for the championship.
Club Chairman Amanda McDonald commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the win, which gives us our first ever championship title at this level. It’s absolutely down to the hard work of the players and coaches, led by Head Coach Jim Dorman.”
Scotland has had a great year for u19s football, with EK Pirates youth winning the u17s championship and Highland Wildcats winning the u17s plate tournament for those second placed in their conference. The junior Highland Wildcats also won the u19s plate, and EK Pirates were championship finalists, finishing #2 in the UK at their age group – a huge achievement.
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