17th August 2018, 17:04 | midlands

Midlands Men's League Finals Day Preview

Midlands Men's League Finals Day Preview


Midlands Men's League Grand Final - Telford Raiders v Sherwood Wolfhunt - 3pm

Sherwood Wolf Hunt are in their fourth year as a club and have reached the Midlands Grand Final for the first time this season.

They have won the Plate Final in each of the past three seasons and have plans for the future in place with running a Development team and an under 15s side, who play in the Yorkshire Junior League.

The club has a proud short history and have been represented by Scottish, German, and Swedish Internationals in the past two years.

And their unusual name ‘Sherwood Wolf Hunt’ derives from the 1800s when a group of men were responsible for hunting wolves in Sherwood Forest to protect the local community. Not a group of Wolves on the hunt, as some people quite often suggest!

Speaking ahead of the final, Head Coach Glenn Holt said: "It has been a tremendous year for our Open Age team.

"We have constantly set the team challenges and pushed them as individuals further than we have before. The lads have continually impressed me with their dedication and drive to succeed."

Meanwhile Telford Raiders won all of their matches in the Midlands South League, finishing four points clear at the top of the table.

They were the league's top points scorers and will come into the game as favourites against the Wolf Hunt, who topped the Midlands North table, but fell to defeat once in their campaign and were outscored by second-placed Derby City.

Midlands Men's League Plate Final - Birmingham Bulldogs v NEW Ravens - 1pm

NEW Ravens, formerly Redditch Ravens, were formed in 2005 and they have enjoyed a fine history in North East Worcestershire.

The Ravens currently host teams including Open Age, under 15s, under 11s, under 9s, Little Leaguers, Mixed Touch and Masters.

They have enjoyed another positive year in 2018, despite some challenges and, going into the final, Director of Rugby Jason Spafford said: "Ravens have had a tough season with a small squad, but have completed all scheduled fixtures regardless of numbers available.

"The team has stayed positive and is thrilled to be playing in the Plate final."

In the opposite camp, Birmingham Bulldogs have been prolific in 2018, scoring 248 points across their six league games.

However, four defeats all year saw them fall near the foot of the Midlands South table.

This weekend marks an opportunity for them to end the year on a high - the Bulldogs will be hopeful of a repeat of their two league games against the Ravens this year, where they have run out 62-4 winners away from home, and 96-12 winners in the reverse fixture.