2nd Annual Nathan Blakey Movember Cup a Success

Saturday 1st December saw a very chilly Manchester host the second annual Nathan Blakey Movember Cup. Named in honour of the much-loved former Mozzie who sadly passed away in 2011, the day was a great success with over £1100 raised for cancer research.

Joining Manchester in the tournament were Sheffield Thunder, Leeds Minotaurs, Birmingham Bears, Huddersfield Rams, Tyne Tees Tigers and Glasgow Sharks. With Huddersfield and Tyne Tees slightly short on numbers they combined to form one team.

The six teams were split into two groups of three, with each team playing the other teams in their group once. The matches consisted of 2 x 15 minute halves. The groups were Leeds-Manchester-Birmingham and Glasgow-Tyne Tees/Hudds-Sheffield.

The results from the first rounds were as follows:

Leeds 48 v 15 Manchester
Glasgow 66 v 1 Tyne Tees/Hudds
Leeds 35 v 18 Birmingham
Sheffield 26 v 15 Glasgow
Birmingham 39 v 27 Manchester
Sheffield 84 v 8 Tyne Tees/Hudds

Birmingham vs Leeds

In the semi-finals first place from group 1 (Leeds) played second place from group 2 (Glasgow) and first place from group 2 (Sheffield) play second place from group 1 (Birmingham).  Taking part in the playoff for 5th and 6th were Tyne Tees/Hudds and Manchester.

Semi-final 1
Birmingham 21 v 20 Sheffield (after 5 minutes of extra time due to scores being tied at 19-all after regular time)
Semi-final 2
Leeds 58 v 13 Glasgow


5th/6th playoff
Manchester 94 v 8 Tyne Tees/Hudds

With Birmingham knocking off Sheffield in an extra time thriller in the first semi final and Leeds defeating a tiring Glasgow outfit the final was a replay of both team’s opening match.

Leeds went into the final as favourites having beaten Manchester and Glasgow convincingly as well as already beating their opponent Birmingham earlier in the day. The match turned out to be a tight contest with Birmingham edging out Leeds to win by 10 points.

Birmingham 32 v 22 Leeds
Congratulations to Birmingham for a stirring victory and Leeds for playing a stellar tournament despite falling short at the last hurdle. Having both missed the finals this year both teams’ pre-season form coming into 2013 looks ominous and will give rest of the league something to think about.
On top of winning the tournament, Birmingham full-back Ollie Dilieto won player of the tournament with a series of top performances that helped the Bears form a rock solid defence.
For the other clubs it was a great chance to get some good match experience and put into practice the things that have been worked on at training. All clubs also featured players who had never played competitive games of Aussie Rules before, so regardless of the results it was great to get them involved.
For a variety of photos from the day click here.
Movember Cup

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