... a bit Suffolk
|mo 15 Jan|
Yesterday's Ipswich Cardinals second 2018 practice was very encouraging, an excellent turn out of both juniors and seniors and to end the day a full contact scrimmage that was just that. We learnt that a reversing defensive back should try to keep their feet near parallel so it's easy to cut the same way as the receiver they're covering, Optimistic about the approaching season where the Cards will certainly meet the newly returned to the league Norwich Devils.
|th 28 Dec|
The comedy Gridiron UK about the formation of the Crewe Railroaders american football team in 1985 includes ex-NFL running back Dorsey Levens as the coach. It was clearly made with a minimal budget reflected in the lengthy thank yous in the credits with rather nicely the Norwich Devils thanked for the equipment loan.
|su 10 Dec|
POSTPONED Today's UEA Pirates v Imperial Immortals game in Norwich postponed because of a frozen pitch. The match will now take place some time after Christmas.
|fr 8 Dec|
Sunday morning the offside tyre was flat, the car wouldn't go into reverse and nearby the Dennington Queen's Head there were ducks in the road so we missed the UEA Pirates going six nil up against the visiting Kent Falcons. Despite a second Pirates' touchdown in the end they lost 20-12 but encouragingly the Pirates' game ending hurry up offence seemed to slightly bemuse the Falcons, we especially liked the hook and ladder which may have been the first lateral we've seen in British american football ... like our first apex jump in roller derby ... you never forget your first time.
|mo 6 Nov|
A comfortable american football 31-00 win in Norwich yesterday for UEA Pirates against Canterbury Christ Church Chargers. Though distinctly cold when the sun went in more spectators than we recall last season. Neither team showed much interest in punting early on to both their disadvantages and we can't recall a field goal attempt for the entire game. Impressively Canterbury's woman number three (probably not her real number as the Chargers were in borrowed Mavericks shirts) played on special teams and took a turn at quarterbacking. Pirates next home game is December against Kent Falcons.
|fr 20 Oct|
|su 1 Oct|
Like the Ipswich Cardinals and unlike the Bury Saints most of the newbs at yesterday's UEA Pirates rookies day in Norwich were first timers. On adjacent pitches impressive turn outs for men and women's lacrosse made the apparent handful for american football look depressing but it soon swelled to 30-40 players and they could all catch the ball. Looking forward to seeing a fixture list for this winter.
|fr 8 Sep|
Sunday in Thorpe St Andrew Norwich the Iceni Spears were flag training. We were pleased to see new faces including a Norwich Devils coach moonlighting. He told us the Devils are 4-0 on the season and pretty much guaranteed to join the league next year. Visiting website Brit Blitz joined in the training and a mixed ten minute each way game to finish the morning.
|th 24 Aug|
Congratulations to the Ipswich Cardinals for deservedly winning two of the biennial John Slavin awards.
|mo 7 Aug|
At yesterday's juniors and seniors Ipswich Cardinals v Essex Spartans games we learnt juniors are under 19 and reminded that in college rules kicking directly out of bounds is not a penalty. The Three Chordettes entertained at half times with classy 40s style close harmony that prompted dancing ... limited dancing but definitely dancing. The senior Cards as always were outnumbered, lost players to injury, scored a the ball's still live safety and almost made it a win but in the end 22-21.
|mo 10 Jul|
Bury Saints v Bristol Aztecs Sunday in Thetford was the Saints' last home game of their first season the Premiership and only their fourth season since formation. The Premiership has been a big bite for the Saints and not helped by losing their starting quarterback, a running back and they are short one lineman. This year no relegation in the Premiership so they will be back next year and we're looking forward to it.
|mo 5 Jun|
A light moment before yesterday's Ipswich Cardinals-East Kent Mavericks game when the visitors failed to shake hands with honourary captain for the day singer Sarah Probert so the referee sent the Kent captains round again:) The Cards were looking competitive and scored first but the Mavericks had some very nippy (and slippery) runners for a Cards 51 to 28 loss.