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Coventry Win 2017 Opal Series

05 December 2017

Cougars prove pedigree once more with back-to-back titles.

The Coventry Cougars retained their BAFA Opal Series national championship on Saturday 2nd December with a masterful display of offense and defense as they defeated new-comers Hyde Park Renegades 38-6. This win makes it four out of five championships for the veteran Midlands team.

Cougars' Coach and QB, Milliee Barrett, coordinated a near flawless display of passing and running that stretched the Renegades' defense to their limits, with receivers Grace Conway and Kellie Barrett finding openings again and again in Hyde Park's coverage. Conway also contributed an outstanding defensive performance and was the undoubted star in a high quality cast.

The Renegades have been a revelation in their first season and were the only team to defeat the Cougars in the regular season, so a close final match-up was eagerly anticipated. However, the Renegades came-up against what must be one of the Cougars' best ever performances and had to settle for national runners-up position, no mean feat by any means against the rapidly improving standards of women's flag football in Britain!

In the third/fourth-place game the London Warriors took the honours with a very narrow 19-18 win over the Sheffield Giants, another new team that has burst upon the scene this year with an impressive first-season run.

Thanks must go again to all the teams for the commitment and hard work in raising the quality of the sport and to all the volunteer administrators and officials who supported the Series.

Opal Series 2017 Final Standings:
1st - Coventry Cougars
2nd - Hyde Park Renegades
3rd - London Warriors
4th - Sheffield Giants
5th - East Kilbride Pirates
6th - Hallam Warriors
7th - Chorley Bucs
8th - Cougars Youth
9th - Wembley Stallions
10th - Portsmouth Greys
11th - Nottingham Gold
12th - Hallam Rangers
13th - Portsmouth Blues
14th - Iceni Spears
15th - Nottingham Green

Pic 1 - Grace Conway
Pic 2 - Coventry Cougars
Pic 3 - Hyde Park Renegades
(All by Geoff White, gw-images)

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