First title for the Toulouse Hawks
Monday, August 05 2013 @ 12:20 am ACST
Contributed by: Olivier Tresca
In the development league, consisting of France's newest and struggling teams, the Montpellier Fire Sharks won their second title in a row. Unfortunately the Marseille Dockers, could not play any of their games this season, effectively making this year's edition of the development league a two team contest.
Montpellier won their first confrontation against Cergy in a one way game at home during the winter. The decider was played in Cergy a few month later with the travelling team narrowly winning the game to secure their second title: Cergy Coyotes 10.8 (68) – 9.17 (71) Montpellier Fire Sharks.
In the Super league, things turned out for the worst for reigning champions Bordeaux. At the end of the winter the Bombers were on top of the ladder hoping to hold on their crown. Unfortunately for them at string of defeats at home against the Toulouse Hawks and the Paris Cockerels put an end to their hopes of title. On the last round of the regular season the Cockerels took the lead over the Hawks in a hard fought game at home, Paris 114 – 99 Toulouse. The final was to be played in Montpellier in June, but the grounds was not made available by the local authorities forcing the CNFA to re-locate and re-scheduled the event at the last minute. Sadly, Paris was not able to make the trip, effectively crowning the Hawks for the first time in the club's history.
As usual in the French footy calendar, the season was closed with the annual French Cup held this year at the home of newcomers Cergy. Toulouse, Strasbourg and Paris made the trip with Bordeaux only able to send in a few players. The day was open by the guest team who defeated the veterans of Strasbourg in a 10 points game. The two favourites, Paris and Toulouse, got to test each others during the second game of the day, with the Hawks proving too good for the Cockerels.
The rest of the day was just a formality for both powerhouses who logically reached the final. Once again the parisians were outscored by the Hawks who received some reinforcements from the Bordeaux players. Toulouse 12.6 (78) - 2.3 (15) Paris, was the final score leaving the Hawks with a second French Cup to had to their trophy list. In the game for the 3rd place, the Coyottes were no match fro the Kangourous winning 7.7 (49)- 1.0 (6).