CannonRose – February 2016

Over the last year, UOY VX Club and Falkirk Cannons have been building on their friendship. A positive outcome of this has been the CannonRose Trophy. This event is a bi-annual event which allows both clubs to pit their players against each other in a friendly competition. Both formats of the sport, V10 (Team) and V2 (Singles), is played throughout the day. Points are awarded for victory in each format. This is a great event and opportunity for UOY VX Club, with the Falkirk Cannons being the most prestigious club in Scotland.

The 13th February saw UOY host the CannonRose Trophy for first time, with the view to get their name on there for the first time too. The day started at 10am with the starting format being V10. With some of York’s players having no experience with the format, Cannons had the advantage from the get go. The previous encounter saw UOY win the first three quarters of V10 but it was evident the Cannons had something to prove this time around. The first quarter saw Falkirk Cannons take the lead by 41 points but they didn’t slow the pace down. They came out at half time 81 points in the lead. York had a deep talk at half time and soon settled into the game coming out to win the 3rd quarter but were still behind by 56 points. Although it was too late by that point, York began to show their colours, but it was not enough to bring back the deficit from the first half. The game ended Falkirk Cannons 294 – 223 University of York.

After the V10 game, the two clubs mixed the teams and played friendly games to build each other’s skills and experience in the format. Overall it was a great morning for York having come so close the top club in Scotland.

The afternoon was nearly all Black and Gold, with York starting strong in the V2. Many of the York players were winning their games, some for the first time. Unfortunately the experience and stamina of Falkirk’s players overcame York and ended with Falkirk taking the most points in V2.

At the end of the day, Falkirk won the CannonRose Trophy for the second time with an overall competition score 27-19. A good day all round and one that shows a great improvement in York from the last meeting between the two clubs. With more determination to win, York are aiming for their name on the trophy in November. #YorkIsBlack&Gold

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