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Waveney Wolves American football team celebrates an achievement worth howling about

PUBLISHED: 13:21 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:21 11 September 2017

Waveney Wolves under-12s - national champions of American Football. Picture: Courtesy of Waveney Wolves

Waveney Wolves under-12s - national champions of American Football. Picture: Courtesy of Waveney Wolves

Courtesy of Waveney Wolves

A Lowestoft-based American football team is celebrating an achievement well worth howling about.

Waveney Wolves under-12s - national champions of American Football. Picture: Courtesy of Waveney WolvesWaveney Wolves under-12s - national champions of American Football. Picture: Courtesy of Waveney Wolves

Waveney Wolves under-12s have huffed and puffed their way to national glory, following an invincible season that saw them win all 18 of their fixtures.

The team, which only formed two years ago, defied the odds to defeat London Warriors in the national finals, having dominated in the league and overcoming Leicester Huntsmen in the semi-final.

Based at Barnards Meadow, the team takes on youngsters from the age of three upwards, across three age groups.

John Sherwood, Wolves head coach, said: “Physically, we should not really have stood a chance in the final. Our opponents were bigger than us, stronger and faster, so it really was a massive achievement to win.

Waveney Wolves U12 celebrate their National Championship success. Picture: Courtesy of Waveney WolvesWaveney Wolves U12 celebrate their National Championship success. Picture: Courtesy of Waveney Wolves

“We try to teach our boys how to understand and play the game, we have a philosophy which we call ELF - effort, learning and fun. I think this philosophy really helps us.”

While other American football teams rely on coaches to offer set out instructions during the game, Mr Sherwood said his players set out their own strategies once they are on the field.

He said: “The boys call their own plays during their huddles and I think because they learn to understand the game, they are better at reacting to different situations. We try and encourage them to express themselves in their play.”

As well as bringing home the national championship, the dominant Wolves also won a separate, four game tournament, in Leicester without conceding a single point.

Waveney Wolves U12 celebrate their National Championship success. Picture: Courtesy of Waveney WolvesWaveney Wolves U12 celebrate their National Championship success. Picture: Courtesy of Waveney Wolves

Mr Sherwood added: “Everyone enjoys offensive play - scoring points - but we concentrate just as much on defence, which is a big part of our success. We finished the season as highest scorers, but also with the least points conceded.”

Club manager Nigel Hadley, added: “This was such a brilliant achievement for the boys and the coaches. We try and teach the boys to work hard for each other and have trust and respect in one another, which they do.”

For more information on the team and how your child can get involved, contact Mr Sherwood on 07771252780.

The road to glory

Southern Division results

London Warriors 23-33 Waveney Wolves

Waveney Wolves 31-18 Timberwolves

Waveney Wolves 7-0 London Renegades

Timberwolves 12-47 Waveney Wolves

Solent Seahawks 0-83 Waveney Wolves

London Blitz 6-36 Waveney Wolves

London Renegades 6-26 Waveney Wolves

Timberwolves 6-46 Waveney Wolves

Waveney Wolves 61-0 Solent Seahawks

Semi-Finals

Leicester Huntsman 0-34 Waveney Wolves

Final

London Warriors 13-46 Waveney Wolves

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