Tornados retain Rosebowl as Bradshaw takes key catch

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Burnley Tornados retained their Rosebowl title after Gino Bradshaw caught Callum Doherty’s Hail Mary pass at the death to see off Chorley Buccaneers.

Burnley won the tournament in it’s inaugural year, and travelled to Blackburn Rugby Club, home of the Lancashire Academy senior team, hoping to claim victory again.

They were due to challemge Chorley and Standish Raiders, but Standish’s late withdrawal made it a straight shootout between the Tornados and the Buccaneers.

The Tornados offense were on the field first, and Flynn Griffith ran in a 35-yeard touchdown, though the conversion was incomplete.

The Bucs then returned the points and scored their extra point.

The Tornados then went to the air on their next drive and Doherty slotted the ball perfectly into the safe hands of Bradshaw, along with the two-point conversion.

But the Buccs were able to score and tie the game, and the teams traded points to the half with the score at 20-20.

The Tornados came out of the huddle in style, with Doherty getting passes off to the receivers, Griffith and Sam Zak, to score.

The Buccs came back with their own score and conversion, before Paddy Berkins helped pressure the Bucs with a knockdown, allowing Zak to score again.

The game was tied at 34-34, with about 20 seconds left on the play clock and the Buccs converted to make it 35-34.

But Doherty hailed the ball towards the endzone, and Bradshaw jumped between the Buccs players and landed safely in the endzone to winon the Rosebowl II 40-35.

Most Valuable Players were named as James Macken, Ben Dyer and Bradshaw.