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tu 8 no 16

Ipswich Cardinals new playersAn absolutely cutting east wind across the Northgate playing field Sunday but a very encouraging 53 seniors and juniors for the Ipswich Cardinals new players session.  These American football prospects try out both offensive and defensive drills with just a little padded contact.  The Cards are doing it again next Sunday.

mo 10 oc 16

Bury Saints American football new playersDespite hints of rain and a wind that made our camera holding hands a touch painful some 30 at the Bury Saints new player session yesterday in Stowmarket.  No contact until January and the players divide themselves in to defence and offence.  A second Bury new player session next weekend in the Bury leisure centre (been there for roller derby) and nearer to the ntc homeland Ipswich Cardinals have two newbie sessions next month.

mo 29 au 16

Bury Saints 21-13 Edinburgh WolvesYesterday at the South Leeds Stadium home of rugby league team the Hunslet Hawks the Bury SaintsBury Saints 21-13 Edinburgh Wolves beat Edinburgh Wolves 21-13 to become Division One champions.  Annoyances were no scoreboard, the ref not wired to the pa and only vending machines for catering but though somewhat dwarfed by the stadium both sets of supporters were totally committed as was the play.  A magnificent and sporting game that we can only hope will be the Premiership final next year.

su 14 au 16

Bury Saints 39-13 Colchester GladiatorsLast month we saw the Saints beat the Colchester Gladiators to win home field advantage.  On the adjacent pitch there was a motor bike show and such a scorcher that the visiting bench briefly run out of water.

Three weeks laterBury Saints 42-13 Sandwell Saints we saw Bury beat the Yorkshire Rams 35-00 in the quarter-finals on another roasting day but this time a black van was serving chicken wings and fries.

Today we saw the Bury Saints beat the Sandwell Stealers 42-13 achieving promotion to the Premiership and progression to the Division One final in Leeds on the 28th.

fr 15 jl 16St Swithin's Day

A large person has stepped on the ref's footOne of the Ipswich Cardinals' supporters can advise the refs what they're doing wrong in a voice loud enough the whole ground can hear.  Sunday just before kick off we heard TESTING! TESTING! 123.  There were only some 20 Cards and in the second half they lost to injury the player punting amongst other jobs ... but they stuck at it, you have to admire them.

th 30 jn 16

The announcer got a penalty at Ipswich Cardinals v Essex Spartans American football Sunday.

mo 20 jn 16Summer Solstice - the longest day

Ipswich Cardinals 12-41 Wembley StallionsYesterday not surprisingly Ipswich Cardinals outnumbered some three to one lost 41-12 to visitors Wembley Stallions.  Usual entertaining combination of excellent plays contrasted with fumbled snaps and dropped punt returns.  Unintended humour when at a play end pile up a giant lineman cried I can't move!  Ref called for a medic before it became apparent he couldn't move because of the bodies on top of him ...

tu 7 jn 16

Very young starter at Colchester GladiatorsSix hours of British American football at Colchester Rugby Club Sunday.  A very rewarding tuck stall, a scoreboard (we do find it hard keeping up with the score especially when it's not clear whether a point after at the other end was good or not) and half time entertainment from twirlers carrying as many injuries as a roller derby league.  Hosts Colchester Gladiator's defence started strongly but the very short handed team faded to a 40-00 whitewash from the Bury Saints.  In the second game Kent Exiles came from behind for a 28-14 win over Herts Cheetahs.  Enjoyed it all and thankfully no overtime.

tu 3 my 16

The weekend before last we saw Bury Saints beat Solent Thrashers 19-6 atBury Saint 19-06 Solent Thrashers home.  A scrappy match that in the spirit of Shakespeare's anniversary might be described as a Comedy of Errors.  For us the most surprising moment was when the visiting defensive coach was warned for unsportsmanlike conduct because one of his hand signals to his own players could be interpreted as threatening (NFL Rules Section 3 Article 1b).  This Sunday the Saints play the Herts Cheetahs, free admission.

su 10 ap 16

Bury Saints v Sussex ThunderDespite a pleasant morning here in near the coast we suspect that this year's Paris-Roubaix could be a muddy one.  Either way we won't be chasing it around the Internet because we'll be near Thetford snapping the Bury Saints v Sussex Thunder rematch that was such an outstanding semi-final last year ... it's free admission.

mo 9 no 15

Bury Saints tiny running back 27As most of the grass near the coast was sodden Saturday we expected Thetford rugby club to be the same but either the pitch is remarkably well drained or it's been drier in that there Norfolk.  Despite a 31-0 shut out on international visitors the Rotterdam Trojans the Trojans sportingly played a final post game rush where hosts the Bury Saints brought on a tiny running back who took it in for a TD.

we 9 se 15

Bury Saints v Sussex ThunderWe knew the NFL had changed the rules about overtime but were very confused when they were needed Sunday near Thetford.  It took nearly an hour but as a playoff there couldn't be a draw.  In the end the Sussex Thunder couldn't get in for two points to match the Bury Saints who progressed to the final and will meet Bristol Apache near Leicester this Saturday.

mo 10 au 15

Ipswich Cardinals v Bury SaintsReckon when we saw the Ipswich Cardinals play the Wembley Stallions last month Ipswich were outnumbered two to one.  Yesterday when Ipswich played Bury Saints reckon it was three to one.

th 2 jl 15

After decades of watching American football on tv saw our first live match Sunday.Ipswich Cardinals  Not surprisingly being outnumbered at least two to one the Ipswich Cardinals lost to the Wembley Stallions 19-44 but an honourable loss.  We were surprised how difficult it is to follow the ball at ground level and in this soccer obsessed country how hit and miss the kicking was.  We're looking forward to last match of the season against Bury (St Edmunds) Saints who reputedly are mostly US military.

mo 6 oc 14

Cecil Martin at the Ipswich CardinalsCecil Martin played for four years as a Philadelphia Eagle in the NFL.  Though there may be an element of professional bonhomie in his manner it was a great pleasure meeting him yesterday in Ipswich leaving us a bit stunned we've actually met a one time pro American football player ... even if we're still a bit confused about full/tail backs:)  Cecil will be back publicly coaching at the Ipswich Cardinals at the end of next month, if you have any interest in the sport grab the chance.

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