Lions add to GB’s pride
It’s been a vintage year for the Lions’ women’s team – a first international club game, a first club game at 9-a-side, retention of their British title and the introduction of a second team, that proved itself competitive right from the start, but away from explicit Lions’ duties, there’s been even more success for Birmingham, as key contributors to Great Britain’s Lions.
Having taken to the University of Hertfordshire’s 3G pitches on May 3rd 2015, 14 Lions (from a squad of 36) helped power GB to a 54-6 win against Russia, and as a result, qualification for IFAF’s inaugural Women’s European Championships, to take place in Spain, in August.
“The Lions have been crowned BAFA’s national champions two years running and as such have proven themselves to be some of the best players in the country” affirmed Lions’ Head Coach, and Great Britain Running Backs Coach, Jamie Kilby, “…this was reflected in their selection and whilst they’ve delivered all season for their club it was great to see them continue their form and deliver in the red, white and blue of GB too.”
…and that’s putting it mildly, with five Lions on the score sheet, and countless big plays being made by the likes of Cornerback Nancy Stone, Linebackers’ Phoebe Schecter and Laura Moore, and on the offense, Half-Back Ruth Matta and Left Tackle, Michelle Gwynne, the Lions’ influence was felt across all facets of the field, so much so, that 3 of the 4 on-field captains for the Russia game came from Birmingham, courtesy of Schecter (Team Captain), Gwynne and Stone.
Congratulations Lions and we look forward to hearing more from your international forays in due course.
Image courtesy of, and with thanks to, Luke Plastow and Plastow Photography.