Burnley Tornados battle their way to fifth place at Britbowl finals

Burnley Tornados (blue) in action.
Burnley Tornados (blue) in action.

Burnley Tornados did the town proud as they battled their way to fifth at the national Britbowl Finals.

Playing at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium, the Tornados went up against some of the toughest teams from around the country starting with arch rivals Woodham Warriors.

After making a few running yards, Tornados went to the air as Callum launched a great pass into the safe hands of Gino Bradshaw with a conversion by Flynn Griffith. Warriors soon levelled though and by half-time were leading 22-16. The second half was similarly tight but despite scores from Bradshaw, Griffith and Sam Zak, Warriors ran out 42-36 winners.

Tornados, who had been ranked sixth team in the tournament then faced Kent Exiles, a team who were ranked seventh. Tornados were a little lost at first as the Exiles powered the length of the field to score. After settling down the Tornados equalled the score through Griffith. Andy Hawkes stepped up a gear and helped to score a touchdown and two-point conversion, helping his team to a 22-19 win.

The Tornados went into their final game against Highland Wildcats playing for fifth or sixth place nationally. The Wildcats raced into a 13-0 lead before Bradshaw and Griffith reduced the deficit at the half. The Tornados started the half in the ascendancy and scored with another great pass from Callum Doherty to Bradshaw. Still trailing by five points, the Tornados took the lead as Griffith ran the length of the field to score and give his team a 20-19 victory. The team now look forward to the Rose Bowl II competition at BRUFC on October 6th. Anyone interested in playing for the Tornados should contact burnleytornadosafc@hotmail.com or check out www.tornadosafc.com