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mo 21 Jan
2019

 Céline Sciamma's film Girlhood - pic contributedWe found French director Céline Sciamma's film Tomboy highly involving and rewarding not least because it made the Parisian suburbs look idyllic.  So very gratifying to find a sealed copy of her later film Girlhood in the Framlingham EACH chazza.  Here the banlieue is relentlessly gritty and though Vic essentially remains trapped in her situation the opening sequence is women's american football from team Les Molosses.

tu 15 Jan
2019

Bury Saints - pic contributedThe Bury Saints have moved over the county line from Thetford to play at Red Lodge Sports Pavilion in Suffolk this year .... appropriate eh?

we 26 Dec
2018

We've created the new Facebook albums Uni Gridiron 2017-18 and Uni Gridiron 2018-19 to reflect that university american football has a winter season.

we 12 Dec
2018

CORRECTION: We originally reported that the CCU Chargers' honoury captain last Sunday was Ken Matcham.  The honoury captain was in fact Joe Waller who is being treated for cancer, our apologies to both gentlemen.

tu 11 Dec
2018

UEA Pirates v CCU ChargersSunday we arrived in Norwich too late for the shaking of hands at UEA Pirates v CCU Chargers but not too late for a Charger to be ejected for illegal use of the helmet.  Erin Jones 51 (one the Chargers' two women players) left injured in the first half and we think we saw she'd taken her pads off but she returned later to play offensive guard and was getting close up and personal ... impressive.  A Pirates 37-00 Chargers whitewash but the Chargers stuck at it cheerfully in support of their player and honourary captain for the day Joe Waller who is being treated for cancer.

mo 3 Dec
2018

Yesterday we arrived untypically early in Cambridge for Anglia Ruskin Uni Rhinos vARU Rhinos 02-33 Essex Blades Essex Blades to be told it would be a late start as the key to unlock the game equipment was still on it's way.  In the event as is the way recently the medic arrived fashionably ten minutes late and the game started 20 mins late.  ARU were stalling getting their run game going and being intercepted on the pass.  Towards the match end ARU got to first and goal but penalties and finally a snap fumble ended the drive. An impressive Blades 33-02 win and perhaps disheartening for the so many Rhinos first timers but they will get better.

th 29 Nov
2018

Iceni Spears trainingNorwich women's american football team the Iceni Spears are planning for the end of January joint training with the Essex and Peterborough teams followed by a seven a side contact tournament ... can't wait.

tu 13 Nov
2018

Ipswich Cardinals rookies and juniors Sunday.

mo 5 Nov
2018
Guy Fawkes 1570-1606

UEA Pirates 39-15 Queen Mary VipersIn Norwich yesterday the uni american football season started with the UEA Pirates having a comfortable(ish) 39-15 win over the newly promoted Queen Mary Vipers ... despite the Pirates struggling to convert touchdowns.  If anything the Vipers had the better passing game and both teams suffered from interceptions.  Lots happening on the sidelines with some cheer leader UEA Angels gently stunting, Iceni Spears player Louise moonlighting as a Pirates coach and some Norwich Devils part of the reasonable lump of spectators.

fr 12 Oct
2018

East Anglian american football in 2016, 2015 and 2014.

mo 10 Oct
2018

Classroom work on the playbookSome changes at the Iceni Spears in Norwich; Vicki Ware is training with the GB national team and Craig Thompson is the new head coach moonlighting from Norwich Devils' offensive coordinator.  Last weekend on a surprisingly pleasant Sunday after a filthy Saturday the Spears were training in Thorpe St Andrew followed by classroom work on the play book.  New no contact flag and contact players plus total newbies always welcome.

sa 29 Sep
22018

UEA Pirates Rookies DayAs with last year's UAE Pirates rookies day in Norwich the gridiron newbs were rather outnumbered by women's lacrosse but there was still some 40 rookies.  Even our eye could see significant differences in co-ordination and a widespread problem following direction/coaching but virtually all rookies could catch the ball and bags of commitment.  Looking forward to the new season.

UEA Derby Day will happen again next year and a sort of similar Alumni Day is planned when past students return to play the present undergraduates.

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.

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