What a difference a year can make!
Last year at Guildford the Godfathers thrived in the sun and should have taken home the title having dominated the tournament only to fall at the last. This year in the rain and wind a combination of unavailability, injuries and basic mistakes resulted in a very disappointing day at the office!
A makeshift side saw debuts awarded to Chris Day of Chippenham, Avonmouth skipper Matt Belblin and Joe Murphy and despite the inexperience expectations were high.
An opening game against the Apache Braves was a tough first assignment, however despite making unforced errors and suffering a harsh sin binning victory looked assured until the last play of the game when a break from deep saw Apache steal it for a 22-20 win. The lads then had to back up straight away with only a 5 min rest against a good Apollo side and once again suffered a last ditch 21-17 loss as fitness told. A heavy 35-5 win against Cobra in the final pool game was little consolation, especially as injuries to the dangerous Braithwaite and Murphy and Surry ruled them out.
Small margins and basic mistakes resulted in an unwanted entry into the plate. A semi final against Atlas was negotiated 35 10 and a final against the Smashy Bear Cubs the reward. Leading 19-5 early on the game seemed to be in the bag but as the lads tired and the lack of numbers told the standard dropped alarmingly and resulted in a sudden death loss.
On a positive side Josh Hawkins showed a return to form to pick up the player of the day, and Matt Belbin made a good first impression.
Next up for the Godfathers is a trip to the Bournemouth 7's to take on Europe's best in the Elite comp. The Godfathers will be welcoming back some familiar faces and will be aiming to improve on last years impressive Bournemouth debut as they look to kick start 2014!