... a bit Suffolk
|mo 2 Jul|
We 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|
After 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|
Ipswich Cardinal training early this year has joined Suffolk Gentleman.
|fr 8 Jun|
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|
Before 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|
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|
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|
At 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|
Heartbreaking 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|
Women'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|
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.
|su 4 Feb|
Despite the cold and some snow the Iceni Spears womens american football had turned out in Thorpe St Mary for training. Some new faces and much hilarity during tackle practice because it's not easy to get up from squashy crash mats plus the pergola tried to blow away. This year the Spears aren't competing in either league contact or flag so as to develop their newer players but will be playing some friendlies in the spring.