Article by Tom Green…
In a weeks time the Highland Wildcats will be heading down to the North of England to attempt to defend their UK Championship which they won in 2014. If they are successful they will be the first Club since the Clyde Valley Falcons (back in 2008 and 2009) to achieve this feat.
They would also join an exclusive group of 3 teams who have won three UK titles (the other teams are Clyde Valley Falcons and the Tiptree Titans (formerly known as the Steel City Titans) and become a youth American football dynasty in the UK.
To achieve this they will have to endure three rounds of the toughest American football most of these players will ever face.
In the first round the Wildcats will have to defeat last year’s finalists the Kent Exiles. They will be looking to get their revenge on us following last year’s 22-13 defeat against the Highland side in Britbowl 28. This season the Exiles won the south eastern conference with a 10-2 record and have been an all round offensive threat in their running game as well as the passing game.
If the youth Wildcats successfully defeat Kent they will have to face either the Leeds Academy Assassins or the Buckinghamshire Wolves.
The Leeds Academy Assassins have shocked the country as a newer team in the National Leagues finishing in a playoff spot. They then won the Northern playoffs after defeating the playoff favourites the Tamworth Phoenix. They have a similar set up to the Wildcats and are not a side to be underestimated.
The Buckinghamshire Wolves could also be playing us in the Semi finals and many have tipped them as favourites to win the title. Like the Wildcats last season they achieved a perfect season and they comprehensively defeated the opposition in the fiercely contested south Western division.
If the Wildcats were to progress into the final they would be playing either the Woodham Warriors who have rebuilt since last seasons disappointment as they failed to make Britbowl, the East Kilbride Pirates who defeated the Wildcats this season, the Chorley Buccaneers who were in Britbowl last year or the Solent Thrashers who won the Southern playoffs.
The Wildcats will have a difficult battle to face but they are more than capable of retaining their crown and bringing glory to the Highlands once more.