BURNLEY Tornados maintained their 100% record after travelling to Chester for their second tournament of the season.
The team already had three wins out of three from their home tournament and were full of confidence going into games against Leicester Falcons, Coventry Jets and Chester Romans.
The Tornados first game was against the Falcons and they were on defence from the off. The defence stood firm and were able to stop the Falcons first drive. The offence team came on the field and scored a quick six points from the unstoppable Andy Hawkes, who ran the length of the field.
He scored the two point conversion and then the next six points. After a defensive error on the Tornados part the Falcons were able to get on the scoreboard but Andy Hawkes and Lewis Clarke scored again, taking the Tornados into a 26-6 lead at the half. After a fumble from the Tornados the Falcons capitalised on this error and scored their only six points of the second half. Jake Peppiate had an outstanding second half, completing all five passes, which culminated in touchdowns and conversion passes for Lewis Clark, Xavier Sutcliffe and Phil Robins. The final score of the game was a 50-12.
The second game of the day for the Tornados was against the well drilled Coventry Jets team.
Coventry got on the scoreboard first, however the ever confident Andy Hawkes took the ball and ran for 118 yards in the half gaining 24 points for the Tornados.
Xavier Sutcliffe caught another interception and ran the ball back 24 yards putting Burnley in with the chance of another score. Phil Robins then ran in the two point conversion.
The half time score was 26-12 in favour of the Tornados. The second half was much more difficult for both teams and after trading plays both scored only six points in the half, leaving the final score 32-18.
Following a short break the Tornados were back in action against conference rivals Chester Romans.
The Romans were quick of the start and scored eight points first. However a quick pass from Jake Peppiate to Andy Hawkes saw the Tornados level the game and take it into the half 14-14.
Andy Hawkes quickly put the Tornados into an eight point lead at the start of the second half but Chester rallied and scored another six, cutting the lead. An exceptional pass from Jake straight into the safe hands of Lewis Clarke more or less helped seal a third victory for the Tornados. The final score on the day was Tornados 30, Romans 20.
The coaches had a difficult decision to make for the MVP awards following these three games but in the end decided to award four players – Andy Hawkes, who ran for an impressive 415 yards on the day; Jake Peppiate who completed nine of the 14 passes, Lewis Clark for some awesome catches and overall plays and Lewis Freeman for stepping up as defense captain and leading by example with his hard hits and tackles.
These three wins now mean that the Tornados now have an unbeaten 13 game record this season and keep them joint top of the national league. The next tournament that the Tornados will be taking part in is at Chester-Le-Street, County Durham on the July 21st, against Chester Romans, DC Presidents and joint northern league leaders Woodham Warriors.
The Tornados have some fine tuning to do over the next few training sessions but are looking forward to meeting up with these teams for what will help decide who is top of the national league!