The NFL returned with a vengeance on Thursday night, but Burnley Tornados’ season is well underway, with their latest success seeing them finish fourth in a national competition - the Nuola Shield Adult Flag tournament in Halifax.
Eleven of the senior Tornados team travelled to Calderdale College to take part in the inaugural event, up against 11 other sides.
The first game saw a 26-6 defeat against a well trained and practised Steel City Knights.
The Tornados then had a rest whilst local Lancashire rivals Chorley Buccaneers beat Huddersfield Hawks.
The Hawks had a couple of minutes rest and were back out to face the Tornados, who fell behind before running out 25-6 winners.
Burnley’s third game of the group was against the Buccs, who were able to shut out the Tornados at 26-0.
Having one win and two losses, the Tornados were then ready to go home, but they qualified for the play-offs in eighth place, and took on first seed Jack Martin Juggernauts from Warwick University.
They managed to come from 14-0 down to win 19-14 thanks to a last-gasp Jonny Ashworth score, earning a place in the semi-finals against Steel City Knights.
The Knights led 19-0 at the half, and there was more of the same in the second half, although Cameron Stewart ran the length of the field and dodged the Knights players to score Burnley’s only touchdown for a final score of 31-6.
In the third/fourth place play-off against Chorley, despite a fifth touchdown of the tournament for Peter Ashworth, the Buccs won 19-6.