... a bit Suffolk
|tu 13 Nov|
♫ We don't really get tribute bands but Voodoo Room aren't really a tribute band, muso Derek spoke very highly of them and apparently no stacks so perhaps not too devastatingly loud, looks good for Friday night at the Halesworth Cut.
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. The Pirates are at home again next Sunday.
|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.
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|
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.
|mo 13 Aug|
Yesterday'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|
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|
Though 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|
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.