... a bit Suffolk
|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.
|we 24 May|
After three years of watching UK gridiron we've finally realised it's college rules not NFL ... thought some of those decisions were a bit odd.
|mo 22 May|
It was the London Warriors' high completion passing game that did for the Bury Saints yesterday in Thetford ... we had a sweet jerk sauce on our chicken wings.
|tu 16 May|
Yesterday the Bury Saints had their first win in their first season in the Premiership.
|we 10 May|
The Bury Saints played London Blitz Sunday as the Saints' first home game in the Premiership . They were on a different pitch with a decent sized scoreboard, tiered seating, an announcer/commentator, programmes and the black van of True Wings who had a permanent queue until they sold out though a mercy dash soon restocked them. The Saints scored first with a converted touch down but eventually lost 36-07. For us the difference was the running game with the Saints RBs often being stopped at the line of scrimmage whilst the opposing backs found holes. The Saints are at home again this coming Sunday, a bit of a drive from near the coast but an excellent free day out.
|mo 24 Apr|
Sunday near Norwich the Iceni Spears were training for the autumn's Opal flag football series. Flag football is no (hopefully) contact American football where you're tackled if an opponent can grab a flag from your waist. The flags can be just football socks tucked into your waistband or like the Spears yellow streamers held in place by plastic poppers. The Spears have an everybody welcome flag rookie day next month.