East Kilbride Pirates quarterback Neil Baptie admits it was all very surreal as his ‘fortunate 13 omen’ delivered him not solely the British title but in addition the MVP award of their spectacular win over Cambridgeshire Cats.
The membership’s quantity 13 performed a starring function in his thirteenth yr with the crew to choose up the highest particular person accolade, because the Pirates tasted British title success for the primary time since 2011.
Promotion to the Premiership was already confirmed after lifting the Northern Convention crown final month, however their 50-12 victory in London on September 4 was the icing on the cake for a dream season.
The modest 33-year-old, from Nerston West, insisted he was embarrassed to win essentially the most invaluable participant prize however beamed: “There was a lot speak concerning the quantity 13 within the thirteenth yr and it’s unreal that it really all got here true.
“Profitable the MVP, I used to be form of embarrassed as a result of I undoubtedly felt I didn’t deserve it. I felt there was higher gamers than me on the sphere.
“However I couldn’t have appreciated it any extra. I couldn’t have envisioned a greater finish to a greater season in that thirteenth yr with the 13 omen. It was simply so surreal.
“I’ve obtained to confess it did shock me how snug a win it was.
“We have been assured going into the sport, we’d achieved quite a lot of scouting and preparation within the lead up as properly so we felt actually prepared for the problem. On the day you understand something can occur. It’s the age outdated saying of ‘Any Given Sunday’. A crew that may be underdogs can come up and win.
“It was a bit little bit of a shock how a lot we dominated the sport however, on the similar time, it wasn’t that massive of a shock wanting again once we have a look at the preparation we put into the sport.
“Even the logistics have been good. We have been capable of journey down the day earlier than and keep over in London earlier than the sport.”All of it labored out in the long run.”
Baptie was only a rookie the final time Pirates lifted a British title, taking part in understudy to Ryan Hunter after they beat Leicestershire Falcons on that event.
He’s delighted to have performed a key function of their newest success and believes a gifted squad are primed for an assault on the Premiership subsequent yr.
He added: “We left the stadium at 10pm that night time and I keep in mind getting residence about 6am the following morning.
“Nevertheless it was a cracking bus journey residence and it was paying homage to the 2011 bus.
“The elation and pleasure everybody had was nice.
“It’s a nice squad now we have once more. Again in 2011 we have been on the peak when it comes to the gamers we had and the place they have been of their careers.
“That was the most effective they have been going to be at. Our common age this season is like 23/24 so now that we’ve been promoted to the Premiership I really feel our trajectory is barely going a technique.”