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mo 20 Aug
2018

Bury Saints 13-56 Bristol AztecsYesterday for the first time this season the Bury Saints outnumbered (if only by a few) their opposition the Bristol Aztecs.  The Saints had a promising start but as the game progressed tiredness led to injuries, a rolling clock and a 56-13 loss.  The players were sufficiently engrossed in play that a visit by a World War II Lancaster bomber prompted only casual glances.  Big props to all the coaches, helpers and especially youthful waterpersons and best wishes for a rewarding season on return to Division One next year.

mo 13 Aug
2018

Waiting in a light rain shower for the medicYesterday's Bury Saints v London Olympians in Thetford was full of incident including starting 45 minutes late because the medic couldn't find the venue.  The refs ended the game early because an injured player on the field couldn't be moved until an ambulance arrived so we're uncertain of the score but certainly an Olympians win.

mo 6 Aug
2018

Despite unsportsman and dissent/taunting penalties, the ball inexplicably kicked in mid-air, a missed play because of poor comms at the end of the first half, injuries and some highly disputed calls/non-calls late in the game the Ipswich Cardinals played out of their skins with some impressive rushing in roasting temperatures to win 10-07 against visitors Essex Spartans.  A very satisfying result for army Captain Christopher Butcher's memorial game as the late Cards player's father Terry Butcher (England soccer captain in the 80s) was at the game.  The Cards now meet in the play-offs the Hertfordshire Cheetahs in St Albans Sunday.

mo 30 Jul
2018

Ipswich Cardinals 21-14 Norwich DevilsThough it kept trying to rain yesterday for the Ipswich Cardinals v Norwich Devils in Ipswich the real problem was a swirling wind but it didn't stop long passes or seemingly disrupt kicking though both teams had kicks blocked.  A very decent sized crowd for an East Anglian derby made possible by the Devils' return to the league this year.  The Cards won 21-14 despite managing 30 yards in penalties on a single play.  The Cards at home again next weekend to the Essex Spartans.

mo 2 Jul
2018

Ipwich Cardinals 10-21 London Blitz BWe weren't optimistic about yesterday's Ipswich Cardinals v London Blitz B because the Cards had lost 55-00 to the Blitz earlier this year.  In the event on a roastingly hot day (thankfully with a breeze) the Cards led 10-00 for most of the game.  Finally the Blitz offence broke out (they'd been threatening to do it all game) to score two one point converted touchdowns and then on the final play the Cards bungled a reverse fumbling in their own end zone to finish 21-10 ... but there was dancing at half time.

fr 30 Jun
2018

Ipswich Cardinals v London Blitz BAfter seeing his first american football game three weeks ago at the Ipswich Cardinals Sid said I hadn't realised it's such a family day out.  Another family day out this Sunday when the Cards play London Blitz B with singer Lisa Day at half time.

su 24 Jun
2018

Ipswich Cardinal training early this year has joined Suffolk Gentleman.

fr 8 Jun
2018

The Ipswich Cardinals may have lost their away game at London Blitz B on Sunday but their 2-1 season so far is still an encouraging improvement on the last couple of years.  The Cards' first home game of the season 2:30pm kick off this Sunday.

tu 5 Jun
2018

Minutes silence for Charles MackBefore Sunday's Bury Saints v London Warriors american football game in Thetford there was a minutes silence for Cambridge Cat player Charles Mack who passed away in hospital after a heart attack during training.  Donations to his family can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/c-mack.

we 23 May
2018

Major rule changes for NFL kickoffs and Sunday the Ipswich Cardinals won the re-scheduled away match against the East Essex Sabres 54-48.

th 26 Apr
2018

Sunday we counted 23 starters including newbs and at least one coach doubling up for the Bury Saints season starter.  23 clearly made a steep hill to climb against opponents London Blitz.  Subsequent injuries reduced the 23 but the Saints determinedly stuck at it preventing the tsunami that might have been expected.  Sadly no Saints Cheerleaders this year but the pizza outside the clubhouse smelt wonderful.  Pix on that there Facebook.

su 15 Apr
2018

Ipswich Cardinals 15-14 Essex SpartansAt the end of last season with minutes to go a one point kick would have put the Ipswich Cardinals into overtime against the Essex Spartans ... they went for two and didn't make it.  At the start of this season this afternoon with minutes to go kicking the point after put the Cards in the lead ... kicking in the British game can be worryingly wayward.  The Cards made a good punt, previously the Spartans had blocked two punts.  The punt returner looking like he was hashing it near his own line recovered to make a spectacular 50 yard return.  The Cards defence shut the game down and for our first time we saw the Cardinals play victory formation.  An excellent game that could have gone the other way and would have been even more exciting if the crowd were more informed about the clock.

fr 6 Apr
2018

Like ♫Norwegian funk♫ it would seem Chinese gridiron is a thing ... and why not?

th15 Mar
2018

Kent University cheerleaders stuntingHeartbreaking for UEA Pirates last Sunday in the quarter final playoffs away against the season undefeated Kent Falcons in Canterbury.  No score in the first half and as we've noted in uni football before no field goal attempts.  Third quarter UEA got in for a touchdown but the kick after was blocked.  Fourth quarter UEA returned an interception for a touchdown but heartbreakingly had it called back reportedly for taunting.  With not long to go Kent scored and converted to make it 7-6 ... we set off back for Suffolk in continual downpours and having learnt that road surfaces are knackered just about everywhere.

tu 27 Feb
2018

Staffordhire Saxons v Kent ExilesWomen's american football in Peterborough Saturday was five a side but with multiple substitution hosts the Peterborough Royals with eight players and the Staffordshire Saxons with just six had a difficult job.  The rules are pretty much those for flag football but with contact from kitted players, we were soon understanding and enjoying play.

we 6 Feb
2018

Sunday in Norwich the very bent chain stick from the last home game was still very bent but that didn't stop UEA Pirates beating visitors the Cambridge Pythons 45-00 and so progress to the playoffs.  It may have been a shut out for the Pythons but they impressively stayed plugging away including wide receiver 19.

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