Glasgow Tournament West Coast Offense 9 May 2001
Edinburgh Tournament Capital Bowl 16 May 2001
Scottish Claymores Flag Football Dundee Tournament Independence Bowl Junior 2001
Dundee Tournament Independence Bowl 25 July 2001
Ness Tournament Tartan Bowl III 29 August 2001
Scottish Claymores Flag Football Ness Tournament Junior Tartan Bowl III 2001
Scottish Flag Football Association Junior Finals Day 3 October 2001
Dundee Storm won the first two Scottish Flag Football Association Junior Bowl Tournaments in 2001, defeating Galloway in the West Coast Offense Bowl Final on 9 May, then hosts Coatbridge Colts by two points in the Capital Bowl in Edinburgh a week later. Coatbridge Colts got revenge in July with a 54-18 demolition of Dundee Storm in the Independence Bowl hosted by Dundee. The Final Bowl of the Season was the Tartan Bowl III in Inverness in August, won by Inverness Rockets with a 3-0 record.
Some of teams were travelling all weekend to get to the games and back, especially Scalloway Vikings from the Shetland Isles, who competed in the Capital Bowl in Coatbridge High School in Edinburgh.
The Finals Day in early October produced a thrilling Final with Galloway Eagles defeating Dundee Storm 46-37 to claim the SFFA Title. The Eagles had triumphed convincingly in the Semi-Finals 40-6 over Paisley Panthers the Grangemouth Broncos had defeated the Dundee Storm 55-26 to reach the Final where Galloway went “all the way” and took the Trophy.
Grangemouth is Scotland’s biggest port, having been founded as the finish point of the Clyde-Forth Canal. Located near Falkirk in East Scotland, it is famous also for the art-statues of the two Kelpies, mythological Horses which can take Human form from Celtic Folklore. The artist who created the two giant artworks at the entrance to thde Helix Park, however, took inspiration more from the two work horses which drew each canal boat. Scotland was colonised by Gaelic-speakers from Ireland in 500 AD, although Gaelic is now only widely spoken in the Highlands and Western Isles. [References: 7-9]
About the Scottish Flag Football Association Junior Bowls
The Scottish Flag Football Association replaced the Scottish Claymores Flag Football Association in providing Adult, Youth, Junior and Cadet Flag Football Leagues (Non-Contact American Football where a flag attached to players’ waists must be pulled off in order to tackle them.) The Age Grades are Adult: 18+, Youth (Under 18), Junior (Under 16) and Cadet (Under 12)
 Anon. (2001) First Down. May 3-9, 2001. Pg. 20.
 Anon. (2001) “Dundee Triumph” First Down. May 10-16, 2001. Pg. 20
 Anon. (2001) First Down. July 19-25, 2001. Pg. 21
 Anon. (2001) “Ness Kids are Flag Happy” First Down. August 23-29. 2001. pg. 2
 Anon. (2001) “Galloway go all the way” First Down. September 27-October 3, 2001. pg. 27.
 Scottish Flag Football Association | Wayback Machine (2004) Header [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20040211081833im_/http://www.sffa.org.uk/header.jpg [Accessed 14 April 2018]
 My Voyages Scotland (2021) Things to do in Scotland [Internet] Available from: https://www.myvoyagescotland.com/things-to-do-in-grangemouth [Accessed 2 March 2021]
 BBC (2014) The Man Who Built The Kelpies [Internet] Available from: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-27192965 [Accessed 2 March 2021]
 Scotland.org (2021) Scottish Myths, Folklore & Legends [Internet] Available from: https://www.scotland.org/features/scottish-myths-folklore-and-legends#:~:text=The%20mythical%20kelpie%20is%20the,able%20to%20adopt%20human%20form. [Accessed 2 March 2021]
 My Voyages Scotland (2021) The-Kelpies-2048×1536 [Internet] Available from: https://nitrocdn.com/ulRiykeULofgfSIYVbWmSZPDLaGlJJIj/assets/static/source/rev-4480d86/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/The-Kelpies-2048×1536.jpg [Accessed 2 March 2021]
Thanks to Laura Shadbolt and Roisin Ni Dhonnacha.
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