Last month saw the end of a superb British University gridiron season. At the end of the regular season the Stirling Clansmen had gone unbeaten and with the help of some tiebreakers they were the number one seed going into the playoffs.
They continued to dominate throughout the early rounds of post-season play, as did their eventual Championship finalists the Birmingham Lions.
The Lions have been at the forefront of University football for a number of years, and this was their sixth straight final. However, this time around Stirling proved to be worthy winners in a nail-biting 20-15 win.
The Plate final wasn’t as dramatic in it’s finish, nonetheless it was still a great display by the Swansea Titans. Having lost only once in the regular season they were edged into the Plate tournament due to tie-break rules.
They displayed ruthlessness on the ground throughout the final, and their opponents, the Royal Holloway Bears, were no match and the result was never really in doubt as the Titans went into the half time interval 24-0 ahead.
The Bears stayed plucky to the end and got some points but the result was never in doubt.
Congratulations to the Clansmen and the Titans, and indeed all the universities that entered the 2013/14 season. It was a record turn out for player participation, further proof of the games growth in this country.