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Super night for Walney Terriers

WALNEY Terriers’ end-of-season awards doubled up as a Super Bowl party as the American Football team witnessed Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in a thriller. Terriers player and chairman ROB STEELE gave his verdict on the game to MATT DAVIES, and revealed exciting times ahead for the Furness-based club

THE lights might have gone out in New Orleans, but they certainly shone bright in the Ormsgill Hotel.

Walney Terriers took part in their first training session of the year on Sunday afternoon – and then eased their aches and pains with a few beers in the Barrow pub while watching a gripping finale to the NFL season.

Baltimore Ravens seemed to be running away with it at 28-6 up early in the third quarter, when a power failure at the New Orleans Superdome halted the clash for 35 minutes. And when play resumed, it was the 49ers who dominated for the rest of the game.

In the end the Ravens held out in a tense finale, with quarterback Joe Flacco being named MVP after completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards, including three first-half touchdowns.

Super Bowl XLVII had lived up to all the hype (and not just for Beyonce’s half-time performance) and Terriers player-chairman Rob Steele certainly didn’t regret staying up until the early hours to watch it – even though he was feeling slightly the worse for wear yesterday!

“It was a really good game in the end,” said Steele.

“The 9ers really came back into it, I was really surprised, because after the first quarter you thought it’s the Ravens all the way. But the 9ers really came back into it and they turned it into a proper free-for-all.”

He added: “It was a bit of a farce with the lights going out, that’s got to be tough on the players. But I think that probably worked to the 9ers’ advantage because it allowed them the chance to compose themselves again.”

In the end it was the Ravens who clung on, and Steele said: “I’m quite happy that Flacco got his Super Bowl win finally. That’s what he wanted and I think he deserved it. Their passing game was far, far superior. The 9ers couldn’t cope with it to be honest.”

Things are looking up for the Terriers in their quest to earn league status. A £3,500 grant from Sport UK is enabling them to invest in some much-needed kit, including 10 helmets, and the club have found a new home at Hawcoat Park.

The team played their first friendly last year, against Carlisle at Furness RUFC, but although the club were delighted with the hospitality and facilities on offer at the Strawberry Grounds, unfortunately league officials felt differently.

“The league weren’t happy with a few things such as the changing rooms not being big enough, and in order to be allowed into the league you have to meet pretty strict requirements.

“Furness rugby were really good to us, they let us do whatever we wanted, they were dead friendly and I can’t say anything bad about them, they were fantastic.

“But the league weren’t happy with the venue, so we had to start looking elsewhere and the only place that was probably viable was Hawcoat Park.

“So we met up with them and they were willing to do everything that we wanted to – and more.

“We will be guaranteeing at least 80 people in the bar after games so it’s going to be good for the club, and from our point of view, the facilities are fantastic.

“They are going to help us out a lot and we are going to help out with other sports events that they hold at the club, so it should work out well for both.”

Have your say

Great night great team this is our year watch this space

Posted by jaggar on 9 February 2013 at 17:45

Fantastic night with a great team of people. It was a nail biting game, the Terriers awards were excellent and to cap it off the BBC were broadcasting from a broom cupboard!

Hats off the the Ormsgill Hotel too.

Posted by Jets Fan on 6 February 2013 at 21:37

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