Defense rules Scrimmage Cup

Defense rules Scrimmage Cup

The Lions’ annual Scrimmage Cup – where the club’s Offense takes on their own Defense – was yesterday once again won by the team in blue Birmingham away shirts, the Defense, by 26 hard-earned points to 23.

In a close fought affair, utilising British women’s newest format, 7 v 7, the country’s number one ranked defense just pipped the country’s number one ranked offense to the post, on the last play of the game, to retain their title…and another year’s bragging rights!

Defensive Coordinator, James Branagh was full of praise for his charges: “I’m very proud of the whole team for coming out and competing, but in particular the defense, who had a lot to contend with in an offense laden with GB internationals.”

Defensive Tackle, Aimee Cottingham, awarded the game’s MVP for her bruising second half performance was pleased with how the game went:  “I enjoyed the intensity of the cup, our offense has long been our toughest opponents and the close result goes to show what this cup means to us all; what’s also great is that the fixture also allows each of our players to build upon an already healthy respect for each other as well as our opposing units, which I think helps brings us all a lot closer together.”

For now though the team can look forward to a few weeks break for Christmas before getting back to training ahead of the soon to start 2016 BAFA Sapphire Series: “I’m looking forward to seeing some very talented rookies make some valuable contributions to the team on the field” offered Cottingham, “…watching them make big plays and seeing them progress as players will also demonstrate how being a part of the Lions and the game its’ self affects people for the better.”

Wise words indeed. Have a great Christmas break and New Year’s everyone – see you in 2016!

Birmingham Lions Annual Scrimmage Cup 2015