It is only fitting that the British University finals day has four teams from around the United Kingdom, showing just how far and wide the game has come in its growth over the last decade.
All roads lead to Leeds today, as this is now the focus for the nations finest ball playing students. Once again the John Charles Stadium is the host venue.
In the Championship final are two unbeaten behemoths. Stirling Clansmen and the Birmingham Lions, and in the Plate final Swansea Titans will face off against the Royal Holloway Bears.
“It is a great honour to be representing the University of Birmingham in the BUCS National Championship Game.” said Lions head coach Wayne Hill, “The players and coaches have worked tremendously hard this year in what has often been an up and down season as we tried to find our identity.”
The Lions won a tough semi-final against Hertfordshire last weekend 27-21, and are now in their sixth consecutive final.
“We’ve done incredibly well to get this far and we have one final hurdle to get over.” Clansmen head coach Rob Orr was perhaps playing down his team a little, they are favourites to be crowned champs. He went on to say, “We’ve played really well all season and we’ve pretty much dominated all-comers.”
Travelling up from London, Bears head coach Mike Dunson was seemingly just happy to be there saying, “We’re elated to be in the final after a long, hard season. Our results are testament to the hard work our guys have put in.”
Swansea will go into the game as favourites having lost only once during the season, and played so dominantly in the playoffs.
Swansea Titans v Royal Holloway Bears KO 12.15
Stirling Clansmen v Birmingham Lions KO 4.15
Admission is free to the John Charles Stadium and the full address is Middleton Grove, Leeds LS11 5DJ.
If you cannot attend both games will be streamed live at gridirontv.co.uk