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INVERCLYDE Phoenix were in action again as Glasgow Tigers hosted the latest Junior American Football Tournament.

In hot and clammy conditions four teams from the north, east and west of Scotland met at Stonelaw High School in Rutherglen for a day of fast, hard-hitting and exciting American Football.

League leaders Glasgow Tigers took on the Phoenix in the first game and were given a real run for their money.

The Phoenix took an early two-touchdown lead through scores by Fabio Marturano from quarterback James Thomas.

Unfortunately a couple of interceptions let the Tigers back in to the game. Down by three points at half time, the Phoenix lost a crucial decision on the first play on resumption which they failed to recover from. The Tigers went on to win by 50 to 25 but knew they had been in a game, suffering several injuries from the hard hitting Phoenix Defence.

Next up for the Phoenix were the unfortunate Edinburgh Wolves who felt the full wrath of the Inverclyde team -- on both sides of the ball. The Wolves barely got out of their own half and managed to concede a possible record amount of 84 points – 12 touchdowns!

The MVP (Most Valuable Player) was Fabio but could easily have gone to several players – Stephen McCarter or Jonny McKillop on the offence or Jonny Gallagher on Defence. This was a very impressive performance by the whole squad.

The final game of the day was against the Inverness Wildcats. The Phoenix had beaten them comfortably in a pre-season friendly but were determined not to underestimate them.

Marturano ran the show at quarterback and the Phoenix were soon well ahead.

The Offence was running the plays as smoothly and powerfully as Coach Vince Gillen had ever seen. He said: “The boys played so well and never looked like losing.”

The Phoenix ran out winners by three touchdowns.

Coach Gillen added: “Coach MarkPeberdy had his defence firing on all cylinders – hard hitter Adam Harkin was in fine form and of course Fabio and Mick Delaney took charge of the game on the defensive side of the ball. There were also fine contributions from Stew Keenan, Jordan Pickett, Ryan Gall and Jack Murray. On Offence – Center Kieran McFadyen continued his streak of a score in each tournament despite his spherical related injury.

The Phoenix now lie in third place with two tournaments still to go – including their home tournament on the 22 August.

The team thank Lenny Allan for refereeing; Allan Grant and Paolo Sassarini for media services, and Tony McInnes for his assistance.

The Phoenix are sponsored by Fraoch Ltd and CHAS and are funded by Awards For All, Inverclyde Council, Sportsmatch, and the Voluntary Action Fund