KeySec 24 U19 Home Tournament Report

Posted by Dan McDermott on 1 June 2018

This Saturday the Buccaneers U19 Junior kitted team got their season started and hosted the first tournament for the season. It's been a tough start to the year for the U19s and Head Coach Ian Nicolson as unfortunately due to player numbers they had to drop down from playing 9v9 football in Division 1 to playing in Division 2 playing 7v7.

However to see the u19s finally get to play some football is what was the main thing on Saturday and they put in some great performances despite losing both of their games. The Bucs played the Leeds Assassins first and although moved the ball well throughout the game struggled to get any points on the board. Defensively the Bucs held the Leeds offense for most of the game and but a lapse of concentration on a couple of plays and then a offensively fumbled leaving the defense back up on their own goalline gave the Assassins a 20 - 0 win.

The Bucs played against Black Country Vipers in their second game who looked to be a tough opponent, strong running from the Vipers along with some questionable tackling attempts from the Bucs defense gave the Vipers a 6 - 0 lead. The Vipers then put a big hit on QB Lochlann Park which saw him leave the field meaning that back up QB Reon Haworth had to step in.

A couple of plays in and Bucs got their first points of the day with Running Back Sam Walker following some superb blocking and rushing for over 30 yards to get the score. QB Haworth ran in the extra point to give the Bucs the lead 7 - 6 which remained like that until the Vipers scored again on a run just before the half giving them a 12 - 7 lead.
The second half saw the Bucs offense move the ball well but fail to find the endzone and more poor tackling from the Bucs allowed long runs from the Vipers to extend their lead to 25 - 7, however the Bucs weren't done and in the final two minutes moved the ball full length of the field with strong running from backs Walker and Zulfqar resulted in Haworth rushing in for another score and then follow it up with an extra two points leaving the final score at 25 - 15.

On speaking with Coach Nicolson after the tournament on his thoughts, he said "It's been a tough day and never great losing games but it was great to be able to see them finally getting to play some competitive football and the pride I have for the effort they have put in today is unquestionable. Lots of players played out of position today and had to play with little time off the field but they gave it their all and that is all a coach can ever ask for."

The Bucs now have a week to work on things before they travel up to Leeds to play the Assassins & Vipers in the second encounter of the season.

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