The Gidirons Crowned Champions
Gidirons emerges Shitsuke Flag Football’s first QUEENS and KINGS
In what was an eagerly anticipated encounter for the championship trophy, Gidirons emerged victorious as champions of the first Shitsuke Flag Football League, spring season.
Both teams earned their spot in the final showdown to slug it out for the TO Bankole trophy. The trophy was named after the league owner’s, Bimbo Bankole,father, whom he said was his inspiration for his involvement in sports. It was difficult to pick out a winner before the game started. The teams were evenly matched with an array of talent in every department of the team roster.
The build up to the final was very tense with the Trogons having a slight advantage to emerge as champions. Both team had met three times in the regular season with the Trogons coming out with two victories and Gidirons winning one.
The stand out result was the last meeting before the final where the Trogons shut out the Gidirons to win 43-0.
New Uniforms and Social Message.
The Gidirons chose the perfect day to launch their new team uniforms. Having played the season in 3 different uniforms, The Gidirons brought their maroon and white uniforms to the big stage. The sublimated sword and shield on the shirts must have really fired up The Swordsmen.
The Trogons sported their traditional scarlet and black shirts but were seen to all have a red strip of fabric around their left arms. This was a decision made by the team, with the league’s approval, to show solidarity with a teammate who had lost her niece earlier in the week to sickle cell anemia. The official ribbon colour of sickle cell anemia is a black ribbon with red “C” shaped cells dotted around.
The Return of The Lightning Monkey
With the returning Babse into the team, a different kind of game was expected as Babse was the league’s leader in touchdowns before his two game absence.
The first touchdown was scored by the Trogons when Donna was quick to take advantage of the famous cross play which the Trogons seem to have perfected. With three of their players crossing the field to the right side, Donna was left wide open to get an easy catch for the first touchdown of the game.
Gidirons responded with two touchdowns from Babse to bring the first half of the game to a close, with Gidirons leading 12-8.
This game shared some similarities with the last encounter between both teams as the score line was pretty close in the first and second quarters.
The second half saw Gidirons make good progress to move towards claiming victory with touchdowns by Bisola, Ama and Mark.
Trogons Secondary Slumber
The Trogons’ usually stingy secondary with Pelumi and defensive captain Temmy was being picked apart by the wiley Gidirons quarterback, Sina, and his receiver corps did not let him down. The game’s exciting moment was the second touchdown by Ama and the final nail in the coffin was a touchdown by a returning Henry, who took advantage of a lapse in concentration when the Trogons only had five players on the field. Henry couldn’t care less and was filled with joy having scored his first touchdown for his team.
History was made as Gidirons became the first team to win the Shitsuke Flag Football Championship T.O. Bankole trophy.
Final score: 23-48