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End of a very different kind of season!

Last Sunday brought to a close the 2021 season for the Seahawks. This season, like everything in life, was hit by the Covid pandemic. We had to bring in cleaning regimes at training, pre registration for events, mask wearing and LFT on game days. Despite all of that, we were able to complete every game day and every training session without any mass outbreaks or cancellations. Thank you to everyone who supported us with that, and a huge thank you to the players and their families for your cooperation! On Sunday the Under 16 took one of the biggest travelling squads we have ever taken to an away game (so big in fact we hired a coach for the first time!) to Somerset for the final tournament of the season. We headed to the Wyverns home ground knowing that we could either win the league or come as low as 3rd in the league depending on how the results fell. Following a tight game against Salisbury City Marauders, which saw the Under 16s lose 12-7, we learned that that the 8-8 draw between Poole and Somerset meant that the opportunity to win the league was still in our hands. A win against Poole in game 2 was vital. A solid, professional performance saw us earn that win (25-6), all the time trying desperately not to get distracted by the game on the other field, knowing a Salisbury win over Somerset would give us the division championship. As soon as the final whistle went against Poole, coaches and players alike moved to the second field to find Salisbury with an unassailable lead with just seconds to go - The South A Division belonged to the Seahawks with a game to spare!! Game 3 against Somerset was a chance for the team to play with a smile on their face and close the season with a flourish - and that is exactly what happened! The 30-6 scoreline was a repeat of the scoreline last time we met Somerset, except this time we were on the winning side! The game was full of highlights, 2 interceptions for Toby Dean in his final game of his Under 16 career, and 2 interceptions also for Harrison Charlton in his final Under 16 game. Harrison's second interception began in his end zone and finished int he Somerset end zone, rarely have we seen that level of determination get a TD, and rarely have we seen the sideline get that excited! There were three other events which got the sideline going crazy, firstly Alex Harper fell on a fumble to recover the ball for the Seahawks to see out his impressive rookie season. Charlie Brierley then recovered the ball in the Somerset end zone for his second TD of the season. Without doubt though, the largest cheer went up for Charlotte Stratton as she crossed the line to become the first ever female touchdown scorer for the Seahawks. Charlotte is extremely well liked by the team and never misses a training session, to see her score and the support from her teammates was incredible, such a great way to celebrate the hardworking and effort she has shown for months! What a great day to finish the season and head into 2022 as the division champions!

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