The Youth flag team took part in their first ever game against the well drilled and experienced Chorley Buccaneers. The Tornados travelled to Bamber Bridge for the game which kicked off at 12.00 on Saturday 15th November.
The Tornado captains – Ben Parker and Tom Lockett, met the opposition for the coin toss. Chorley won the toss and so Burnley would start with the ball. The first play saw Ben Parker (QB) hand off the ball to Oliver Norwood who managed a quick few yards. The second play of the game saw the team line up in the same formation but this time Parker would throw the ball into the safe hands of Tom Lockett, again making a few yards. Burnley battled on in this fashion but were unable to capitalise on the yards made. Chorley then launched the ball the length of the field for their first score of the day. Fortunately the Tornados stopped the extra point. The first half carried on in much the same fashion, with Rebecca Robins as centre cleanly getting the ball to the QB but the team just couldn’t keep hold of the ball in the endzone. At the end of the first half the Tornados were trailing 0-30.
After a quick team talk from the coach Paul Brammer, the team went out to try a flea flicker play. This worked successfully between Ryan Parker and Ben Parker who then launched the ball into the endzone for Oliver Norwood to catch. Burnley had at last got some points. Chorley quickly matched the play and scored their own touchdown but again failed on the conversion. The Tornados then started to make down field progress with Ethan Hollas making some yardage. Oliver Norwood then ran the ball into the endzone for his second touchdown of the day. Burnley were narrowing the gap at 12-36. With a late injury to Ben Parker, Ryan Parker stepped into the role of QB and Ethan Hollas went into running back position. Sam Widdup stayed on the field as a defensive player but as a team could not stop Chorley from scoring. The players were reminded at the end of the game that this was their first game as a team and they were facing the number team in the country. The final score on the day was 12-52.
The coach and spectators were impressed with the youthful team and how well they came together in their first ever game as a team. As the coach said, some of the players had only been to a handful of training sessions and as a team they now know what we need to work on but are fully prepared to enter the league next year. Bring on 2015!!!
Anyone interested in joining the team should see the website for more details www.tornadosafc.com