Group B of the Womens bracket has the champions named, as they have a very difficult group to negotiate!
The Amazing Austrian Amazones added yet another Big Bowl trophy to their collection last year after defeating the Cougars in the final. After a dominant group stage, the Amazones faced little resistance throughout the finals stage. This is probably the most competitive field of teams we’ve seen at Big Bowl – can they retain their title?
If they’re going to do so, the Amazones are going to need to put away some talented teams. Starting with the Foxes 82, who are the reigning Champions Bowl winners. In a bit of a fantasy match-up that we were robbed of last year, the winners of the most prestigious club tournament in Europe will take on winner of the national competition! The Foxes finished fifth last year, but that’s a little misleading – they lost by a single point in the quarterfinals, before running through Special K and the Moscow Sirens.
Speaking of Moscow, there’s two more teams from Mother Russia taking part in this group. The Moscow Unicorns competed last year at Big Bowl, finishing 12th overall. Don’t let that fool you though, as several of the team from the Moscow Sirens, who finished 6th last year, have hooked up with the Unicorns for this year. Can they put it all together and seriously compete in this group? We’ll find out soon!
Also hailing from Moscow are the Lynx. The Lynx are a young side in only their second year, but already have shown signs of promise – a third place finish at King Bowl gives us reason to believe they could be more competitive than their relatively limited experience would suggest.
Rounding out the group at the San Juan Dolphins. The top team from the Valencian league, the Dolphins came an incredible 2nd overall at last year’s Pink Bowl, sandwiched between two Mexican national sides. Their athletic play should earn them plenty of admirers throughout the weekend!
The Amazones are going to finish top for us. As the reigning champs, they’ve earned our respect, but we don’t have them having quite as comfortable a time as they did last year. If they take their foot off the gas against either Spanish side we can see them potentially slipping up.
Foxes 82 will come in second. It’s a toss up for third between the Dolphins and Unicorns. Since they’ve got more continuity, we’ll go with the Dolphins, with the two Moscow sides coming 4th and 5th – the Unicorns taking it over the Lynx.