Hawks v Cockerels battle for French premiership glory.
Sunday, May 25 2014 @ 09:00 am ACST
Contributed by: Wesley Hull
Maybe it’s fate, karma, coincidence. Or maybe it’s just two excellent teams dominating for the last two years, but the Toulouse Hawks and Paris Cockerels get the chance to lock horns in the CNFA grand final in France for the second consecutive year. Or, more correctly, the first. The 2012/13 grand final was never played after the Montpellier venue could not be used due to a local authority’s decision.
When Paris could not get to the rescheduled and relocated event, the premiership was handed to the Toulouse Hawks for their maiden flag. Even though the two met later in the year in the French Cup (for a Toulouse win), it still wasn’t the grand final they deserved to play. But the 2013/4 season sees them both back in the grand final for another chance.
The Toulouse Hawks made their way to the June 14th grand final by running out convincing winners over the brave Cergy-Pontoise Coyotes by 136 to 86 at the Stade Corbarieu in Toulouse. For the Hawks the opportunity to chase back to back flags is a reality. The Coyotes were arguably this season’s surprise packet and did extremely well to reach the finals at the highest level for the first time.
The Bordeaux Bombers finished the home and away season in second place and therefore hosted the Paris Cockerels in the other semi-final. In the match played at Stade des Bords Jalles in St Medard en Jalles (Bordeaux), the Cockerels booked the other grand final berth with a hard fought win by 14 points. Final score saw Paris 85 d Bordeaux 71. Bordeaux were unlucky for the second consecutive year to miss out on grand final action, but credit to the Paris team for getting there the harder way beating the Bombers on their home turf.
The grand final will be played on June 14th in Toulouse.