... a bit Suffolk
|mo 21 Jan|
We 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|
The 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|
|we 12 Dec|
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|
Sunday 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|
Yesterday we arrived untypically early in Cambridge for Anglia Ruskin Uni Rhinos v 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|
Norwich 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|
Ipswich Cardinals rookies and juniors Sunday.
|mo 5 Nov|
In 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|
East Anglian american football in 2016, 2015 and 2014.
|mo 10 Oct|
Some 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|
As 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.
|mo 20 Aug|
Yesterday 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.