The Sydney Convicts have sent a message of thanks to its supporters following its Bingham Cup campaign in America at the weekend.

While the Convicts missed out on a third consecutive Bingham Cup, going down to the New York Gotham Knights 18-15 in a tight grand final, the Convicts 2 side picked up the Bingham Bowl.

“The seconds were amazing and came away with the Bingham Bowl overcoming the team they lost to in the pool match to claim the final in an impressive and dominant fashion,” Convicts president Charlie Winn told Sydney Star Observer from Minneapolis.

“The firsts team dominated the tournament and threw everything at the final, having most of the running and doing plenty enough to win but, alas, chances slipped by and Gotham (New York) snared every chance they had.

“No regrets at all, we did everything we set out to do, winning is what usually happens as a result of fulfilling your mission, but never a certainty as it turns out.”

Winn said the Convicts were buoyed by the support from family, friends and, of course, the Sydney gay community.

“All in all we carried the hopes and support of families, fans, community and country and we know we put that all on the field, many local people remarking that they were cheering for a Sydney win,” Winn said.

“It seems we made a pretty big mark on this tournament and as a club we again carried away the lions share of not only accolades but, more importantly, respect from all involved.

“We’re buoyed by the support we’ve had from all corners and thank everyone for their support here at the tournament and in the lead up in Sydney. We’re also hopeful of bringing the magic of the Bingham Cup to Sydney in 2012.”

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