Farnham Knights

Knight Juniors Reach National Finals!

The Farnham Knights Juniors (17-19 year olds) welcomed the Lanarkshire Longhorns, who had travelled to Farnham Rugby Club all the way from Scotland for this Semi Final playoff game.

The Knights kicked off to the visitors who were tackled early, pinning them deep in their own half. After two runs were tackled for little or no gain, the Longhorns quarterback dropped back to pass only for the Knights to intercept it and take it in for the opening touchdown. The extra point failed and the Knights led early 6-0. The Knights defence again stopped the Longhorns drive and the Knights offence then passed their way into the endzone to lead 13-0 at the end of the 1st quarter after a successful extra point.

The Longhorns offence switched to their running game and started to move the ball, but the Knights defensive line were in no mood to allow them to score. Each time they were stopped the potent Knights offence took control, led by quarterback Jacob Nunnerley. They moved the ball with relative ease through the air and on the ground and the half ended with the Knights leading 33-0.

After the break the Longhorns battered defence started to take out their frustrations and made good stands against the Knights, limiting them to just one more converted touchdown as the 3rd quarter ended 40-0.

With an eye on the final and wanting to get experience for players against good opposition, the Knights coaches rested their starters. There appeared to be little change in pace as the Knights added another touchdown, the extra point failed but the score was now 46-0. However the Longhorns continued to show their spirit and quality as they put together an offensive drive deep into Knights territory. Going back to the air their quarterback threw to the corner of the endzone and the Longhorns wide receiver jumped high to catch and score. The extra point failed and soon after the game ended Knights 46 Longhorns 6.

Offensive highlights were Michael Bradley-Banszki / Courtney Goodall each with 2 TD catches, Aaron Sekwalor / Henry Schoen each with 1 TD rushing and Tomas Breschi who kicked 4 extra points. Defensive highlights included Tom Murray an interception for a touchdown, Glenn Tomlinson who had 1 interception plus 1 fumble recovery, Josh Oakley who had 1 interception, Matthew Williams who forced two fumbles, Aaron Sekwalor who forced a fumble and Courtney Goodall / Tom Shanks who each recovered a fumble.

The Knights Juniors entered the playoffs as the number 2 ranked team and it will be the number 1 ranked London Blitz who they now face in the final at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Complex on Saturday 20th September. The Knights will look to win the National Title on the back of a perfect season, one game better than the last Knights Juniors who lost a regular season game on their way to their title in 2009. Head Coach Richard Scott said to his players afterwards “Thank you. A Championship game in my first year, I’m so proud. However we’re still one game away from our ultimate goal and we’ve still got work to do”. Quarterback Jacob Nunnerley was named MVP on Offence whilst the whole of the Defensive Line (Glenn Tomlinson, Jon Ashton, Tom Shanks, Jack Wakefield and Ed Welch) got the MVP on Defence.

If you’re 14-19 years old and want to play for the Knights then just contact the team through our website www.FarnhamKnights.com or via facebook www.facebook.com/FarnhamKnights.

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