The season couldn’t have started much sweeter for MK Wolves as they got their hands on their first ever piece of silverware.
On Saturday, Wolves were crowned What Project East RL9s champions after seeing off a host of tough opponents on their way to victory.
It is the first trophy Wolves have won since their inception just two years ago.
With even more players coming forward during pre-season than ever before, Wolves were able to field two teams in the annual curtain raiser.
The 2nds found it slightly harder going, but battled through to the semi-finals of the Plate competition, missing out on the final with a last-minute score.
MK’s 1sts were unbeaten through the group stages, pooled with Southend, hosts Bedford Tigers and last year’s 9s Champions North Herts Crusaders.
And after seeing off Kings Lynn in the semi-final, they made it to the final against neighbours and fierce rivals Bedford.
Bedford took an early 6-0 lead, but MK scored twice to make it 12-6 with minutes to play.
Bedford then drew things level in the last minute, meaning the final would be decided with a ‘golden point.’
It took two sets of tackles for MK to cross the tryline and seal the victory – Ben Fisher taking the ball to the left of the posts to score in the corner and spark jubilant celebrations from the MK contingent.
Full of confidence now, Wolves’ first game of the new season begins this Saturday with a home match against Bedford Tigers.
Kick-off is at 2.30pm at Emerson Valley.