Injuries hamper battling Burnley Tornados

Battling hard: The Burnley Tornados youth team in action during their latest tournament.

Battling hard: The Burnley Tornados youth team in action during their latest tournament.

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The Tornado youth team travelled the short distance down the M60 to Salford to play Manchester Titans, Doncaster Mustangs and Chorley Buccaneers in their second youth tournament of the season.

The first game of the day was against the hosts, Manchester Titans and after the settling of nerves, quarterback Jonny Robertshaw linked up with Gino Mann and George Wrathall to lead the Titans 18-0 at the half.

The second half was much the same with Gino Mann scoring 13 of the 19 points in the half, the other scorer being rookie Ellis Crump, helping Tornados to a 37-8 win.

The Tornados came up against a very well disciplined, older and stronger team next in the shape of Chorley Buccaneers.

After the fifth throw by the Tornado quarterback, injury struck and Roberts would have to be replaced following an injury to his hand. Ellis Crump stepped up and quickly got into a stride but the Buccaneers proved too strong for the team and at the half were already up by 22-0.

The second half was much the same with the well drilled Buccaneers scoring against the Tornados. Gino Mann managed an interception, and Zack Leigh did well to give the new quarterback some time to get the passes off. On defence Josh Bonnick made some monumental tackles to try to stop the Buccaneers, however the final score was 0-37, and a few injured players on the Tornados team.

The Tornados got off to a tricky start on their final game agianst the Doncaster Mustangs with the replacement quarterback throwing a couple of interceptions but Ben Dyer was able to sack the Mustang quarterback in the endzone so the score at half-time was 12-2 in the Mustangs favour.

The Tornados tried running the ball with George Wrathall and Dom Ward in the second halfbut the Mustangs were able to stop the play and in turn score themselves. The final score on the day was 24-2.

The coaches decided that MVPs for the tournament would be Ben Dyer for his tenacity and drive through all three games, despite picking up an ankle injury; Ellis Crump for stepping up to the role of quarterback following the injury to Jonny; and in an unprecedented move the third award would go to rookie George Wrathall who played on both offense and defence and kept driving throughout all three games.

Next action for the youth team will be on July 19th. Anybody interested in joining can visit www.tornadosafc.com