Austin’s newest gay sports team may have just started up this summer but it’s already making waves, winning its first national championship in the Open B Division at Gay Bowl XVI. The National Gay Flag Football League’s annual national LGBT flag football tournament hosted by the DC Gay Flag Football League features 48 teams from 22 cities.
The Capitals kicked off pool play late morning Friday with their first game, going up against the South Florida Blue Ocean, winning 38-18. They went on to win their second game Friday afternoon against the Chicago Thunder, 22-19. Their third game of pool play was Saturday morning against fellow Texans, the Houston Hurricanes, where they would eventually win, in double overtime, 33-32. The Capitals ended pool play on Saturday and went in to bracket play later that afternoon the overall third seed.
Austin took on Denver’s Summit (Red) for the first game of bracket play, easily winning 40-13. Sunday morning the Capitals faced off against the Avalanche from Salt Lake City, winning 15-13. In the semifinal games, the Austin faced off again against the Houston Hurricanes, winning 24-12.
The Austin Capitals finished the tournament undefeated in the Open B Division taking home first place with the Denver Summit (Gold) walking away with second place.
In the in the Open A Division, the San Diego Bolts beat out the New York Warriors Black, 26-13, to win that division’s championship, with the New York Shade beating out the Washington Generals, 25-22 to go home with third place. In the Women’s Division, the Mile High Club Blue won against the San Diego Breakers, 33-13, with the Washington Senators taking third in the division after beating the South Florida Cat 5 Black 20-7.