Barebacks ride home with the Broadstreet trophy
Bareback Riders secured their second Belief NTS title of the season at Broadstreet RFC this weekend.
In a tight Cup final BBR saw off London Scorpions in a battle between the two teams who have dominated the Belief NTS so far in 2017.
Top-class skill and end-to-end action entertained the other teams who had stayed on after their own competitions had finished at the Ivor Preece Centre on the outskirts of Coventry, and while rain brought an early end to the day’s cricket a few miles up the road in Birmingham it stayed away from the lower end of the M6 until after the Touch tournaments had finished.
Bareback Riders also swept the board with the day’s individual awards, too, Joe Kruger and Alison Hogg adding to their wardrobes with MVP 17 t-shirts.
BBR and London Scorpions were joined in the semi-finals by Cambridge Hornets and Wigan Touch Warriors, the quartet consolidating their places in the 2017 Belief NTS table with another successful tournament.
Elsewhere in the Belief NTS Nottingham Hoods beat London Galaxy to take home the Plate, Manchester Chargers overcame Bristol Fijians in the Bowl final, and Thames Valley Vikings saw off CSSC Shadows to lift the Shield.
The Belief NTS may be settling down into a familiar pattern, but in the SPORTTAPE CTS it was a different story, Bournemouth Titans becoming the third different team to win the Cup, beating Green and Gold in the final.
Nottingham Mavericks emulated their Belief NTS counterparts by lifting the Plate, with Thames Valley Vikings and Northampton COYS earning themselves the Bowl and Shield trophies respectively.
Bournemouth and Green and Gold also shared the MVP awards, Brett Milligan (Green and Gold) and Cathi Farrer (Bournemouth) earning themselves some SPORTTAPE goodies.
Most Valuable Referee was Jack Hawken.
The Belief NTS and SPORTTAPE CTS now take a brief hiatus until late July while attention turns to the European Senior Championships and Premiership Permit competitions.
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