The Great Britain Women’s American Football team is searching for a gold at this year’s European Championship next week in Leeds. Can Great Britain go one better than 2015 and gain a home-field victory with the home-field advantage?
When did the journey start?
The Great Britain Women’s American Football Team was formed at the early inception of Women’s American Football in the UK in 2013. The British Women took to the game quickly and came out on top against experienced opposition Sweden with a success in a 5-a-side international.
In 2014, the British women faced Sweden again in a full 11-a-side game this time and also get a win. Women’s Football in the UK was growing very quickly.
In 2015, they join the first time in International Tournament Football. The team went into the Tournament as the absolute underdogs inspite of putting in an impressive performance in winning their qualify over Russia.
In their first game of WEC 2015, Great Britain beat previous European Champions Germany, earned a Silver Medal and claimed second place behind a very dominant Finland side.
In the summer of 2017A they continued to finish second-place in the qualification of World Championship, and took a trip to Vancouver, Canada. They would be facing Finland in their very first game of the Tournament. Head Coach, Jim Messenger, and Great Britain Women make them the Number One Seeds in Europe by defeating the Fins at the very top of their game.
Sadly, in their match against Mexico, Great Britain fell short of securing a Bronze Medal and had to settle behind the North American teams for 4thplace.
At this year’s European Championship, Coach Messenger and his team will attempt to make up for the pain of missing out on a World Championship Medal and hope to convert Silver into Gold.