The Edinburgh Wolves are just one game away from a second BritBowl Final appearance in a row as they prepare to host their BAFA North Division 1 semi-final at Meadowbank this weekend.
The American football outfit go into the match having completed their best-ever regular season, breaking a number of team records on their way to a comprehensive 9-1 final position. Their impressive campaign – coinciding with a step up from Division 2 – means that they enter the play-offs as the No.1 ranked side.
Standing in their way on Saturday (kick-off 2.30pm) are long-time rivals Clyde Valley Blackhawks.
Quarterback Jamie Morrison, in his ninth year with the Wolves, believes the work they’ve put in on the training field has been key to their success. We’ve had to raise our game this season and have spent time on the training field working as a unit. We need to keep that going against Clyde Valley as we know how strong a side they are.”
The Wolves go into the game against the Blackhawks having beaten them twice in the regular season, conceding just 12 points while scoring 66.
The club has enjoyed growth both on and off the park in 2015. This year has seen the biggest squad of players across three men’s age groups as well as the launch of the first full-contact women’s side in Scotland.
And the Wolves have also secured a major sponsorship deal with fantasy sports company FanDuel. Founded in Edinburgh and recently valued at over $1 billion, FanDuel – whose customers are based in North America – have kept their engineering head office in the Capital.
Nigel Eccles, FanDuel’s CEO, said: “We’re delighted to support the Edinburgh Wolves. It’s fantastic to see a home team doing so well in a sport that is an integral part of our business. Their commitment to training and developing the skills of young players is testament to the growing American football scene in the UK.”
The support from FanDuel has allowed the Wolves to maintain the majority of the side which lost out to Merseyside Nighthawks in overtime in last year’s Division 2 BritBowl final. Adding experienced players as well as a number of exciting rookies thsi term, head coach Don Edmonston has been able to improve performances in all parts of their game.
He said: “We are looking forward to our first-ever home semi-final, especially as it is against our rivals. We’ve worked hard since our final appearance last season. We’re prepared and ready to prove we deserve to be in the final again this year.”