2017: U17 Season Preview

U17s finished 2016 with a winning 8-4 record they came 2nd in the North West Division and qualified for the Britbowl Plate competition.  Despite defeat to Buckinghamshire, they bounced back with wins over the Cornish Sharks and London Warriors in the final game to rank 5th for the year.

During the off season, some U17 teams female players, Ellie Partington, Becky Bingle, Keely Edmonds and Nikita Walker (from Titans North) have gone from playing mixed U17’s football to representing the Titans Women’s team in both the Opal (flag) and Sapphire (contact) national competitions.  Defensive Captain Ellie return to the U17 South team for 2017 along with RB Becky, both now in their 3rd year of playing.

With 2017, the Titans expand their U17 set-up to include two teams. Now split as Titans North and Titans South, there are two teams based across the City who feed players directly into our U19 programme in further years. Building on the good work already done by Head Coach Caleb Jackson under the banner of Manchester Enthusiam, the team came under the Titans banner allowing the two teams to share resources and knowledge and strengthen the Titans brand across Manchester.

With both teams every growing with the additions of some great characters, athletes, coaches and parents all working as big football family in the Under 17s program and we will be excited to see them succeed this coming season.  In the North squad Danielo Jarbath is one to watch playing at Safety, a eye for the ball expect to see him racking up interceptions, the North offense is lead by QB Kacper Babel who has the speed to stay out of trouble and make important plays.  The South team saw a large number of players graduate to U19, however, there is plenty of talent ready to step up;  Filton Pride bound Ryan Weaver racked up 5 interceptions in a pre-season game and returning players Michael Tomlin and Sean Howe give the Defence real bite.  On Offense returning players (commissioner ) James Gordon is now in his second year at U17 and he has a number of target at WR including Lenny Izzard and rookie Max Gracie-Ainscough who has impressed playing with the Adult Flag team.  At RB it’s not unusual to see Tom Jones in endzone, illusive and hard to bring down he will see a lot of the football for the South team.

Since January, both U17s North and South have part taken in a joint training session and a pre-season game and Both teams are start their season on the road with a trip to Chester Romans for Tournament one where they will also play the Burnley Tornados.

Verity Brawn

Team Manager