Battle in the Capital

Magic U14s shine in London tournament

Manchester Magic’s U14 Premier team will go into 2018 with a spring in their step following an impressive showing at the Battle in the Capital 2017.

Up against seven other teams from the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands, they finished fourth thanks to some top individual and team performances.

Magic opened with a 38-27 defeat to Richmond Knights but hit back with a 26-24 OT win over Brentwood Fire at the University of East London.

They then booked their place in the semi-finals with a 37-17 success against FC Barcelona.

They faced Baltic Stars in the last four, losing 47-34, and were then beaten 46-41 by Dutch side Apollo Amsterdam in the fight for third place.

Magic coach Sergio Lara-Bercial said he was proud of his players and added that the tournament had been a great learning experience for his squad.

Baltic Star claimed victory in the final, beating Richmond Knights.

Final positions: Baltic Stars, Richmond knights, Apollo Amsterdam, Manchester Magic, Brentwood Fire, London Youngblood Lions, FC Barcelona and Sussex Storm.

Magic U14 at Battle in the Capital