The Hood’s Wolf Pack has been crowned champions of the inaugural Bengaluru Cup seven-a-side American Tackle Football Championship. Organised under the aegis of the Elite Football League of India (EFLI), the Championship showcased approx 90 players from the two EFLI pro teams from Bengaluru i.e Bangalore Warhawks and the Bangalore Dragons.
This is the first time in the history of Bengaluru that an American Football Championship is being held.
The seasoned Wolf Pack side, which features many players from the two Benguluru EFLI teams, got off to a dream start in the finals, raking up an 8-0 lead. Their Black Mamba opponents tried hard to breach the stout Wolf Pack defense, but couldn’t repeat their earlier league win against the same opponents.
Linebacker Tejas Murthy of Bengaluru Black Mambas was named the tournament MVP. The winning and runners up teams received trophies and medals.
6 teams played in the league cum knockout Championship held at the top class Gamechangers outdoor artificial grass facility in Mathikere, Bengaluru. The participating teams are Black Mamba, Bengaluru Kings, The Hood’s Wolf Pack (Pool A), Bangalore Bulls, Black Tigers and Bangalore Panthers (Pool B).
Each participating team has its individual sponsor: The Hood, Cendrol Constructions (for The Hood’s Wolf Pack), Maiyas (Black Tigers), B3 Wellness (Black Mamba), Jodidhar Family (Bengaluru Kings) and Byramji Racing (Bangalore Bulls). The nutrition partner is Daaki and the medical partner is Dr Solanki Eye Hospital.
All the matches were streamed live on beamitlive.com. This is the first time that American Football is being broadcast live in India.
“The idea is to make this a regular affair and host this Championship every three months. We want this event to act as a feeder system into our professional teams in the EFLI.” said Mr Thimmaiah Madanda, the organizing secretary of this event and Operations Manager EFLI who is also former international rugby player.
Run up to Finals
The morning matches saw Black Mamba, Black Tigers and The Wolf Pack register decisive wins. Bangalore Bulls benefited from a walkover against Bangalore Panthers, but were outclassed later in the morning by the Tigers, who ran their plays to perfection, winning 27-0. The final match of the morning saw favourites The Wolf Pack (which feature many players from the two Bengaluru EFLI teams) take on Bengaluru Kings. The seasoned Wolf Pack led from the get go to hand the hard fighting Kings their second straight loss.
The afternoon saw an exciting final league match played between Pool B teams The Hood’s Wolf Pack and Black Mamba. The teams were locked at 6-6 at the end of regulation, before the Mamba gained an extra 20 yards in extra time to go on top of Pool B. Wolf Pack qualified to the semis as the second placed side.
In the semifinals, Black Mamba continued its dominating run by completely annihilating Pool A’s second placed team Bangalore Bulls 14-0. In the semifinals, The Hood’s Wolf Pack played a second straight extra time game, but this time ended on the winning side, beating Black Tigers 12-6.
1. The Hood’s Wolf Pack bt Black Mamba 8-0
1. Black Mamba bt Bangalore Bulls 14-0
2. The Hood’s Wolf Pack bt Black Tigers 12-6 (OT)