Lions Enjoy Swedish Success
Birmingham’s contribution to the first ever BAFA Great Britain’s 11 aside international team was telling – not only contributing 15 of the 40 strong playing squad, but two coaches and 3 of the 4 touchdowns scored on the day, as Great Britain, against all the odds, beat their more established hosts, Sweden, in a thrilling 26-14 encounter.
“I think we even surprised ourselves a little” said Lions’ Defensive Captain and GB Strong Safety Nena Killick, “…we knew we had a good team going out there, we knew our Lions’ girls were solid, but without question it was a whole-team effort, we just played our part like every other player did.”
In fact it was such a team-effort and such a consolidation of focus that arguably proved the key: “…the team bond was certainly a massive factor for us” offered Lions’ Head Coach and GB Offensive Coordinator, Jamie Kilby, “so many girls, with such little relative experience, coming together to play 11s was a huge challenge, but one they embraced whole-heartedly and the result, well that speaks for its’ self right.”
With the Women’s European Championships now confirmed for August next year, with Spain hosting, the challenge will be for the Lions’ to work hard and again represent strongly: “it’s something that we’re prepared to do” offered Lions’ and GB Quarterback Jo Kilby, “we’ve all got the bug now and with a whirlwind 12months behind us, there’s another 12months of it all coming up again…fingers crossed some of us will be in the mix again come selection time.”
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