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we 6 Feb
2018

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
2018

Not easy getting up from squashy crash matsDespite 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.

fr 2 Feb
2018

Iceni Spears flag trainingSunday's going to be busy: take stuff back to B&Q in Norwich, american football Iceni Spears Open Day followed by UEA Pirates v Cambridge Pythons, and then the roller derby world cup final streamed at the Beeb.

mo 22 Jan
2018

UEA Pirates 36-00 Imperial ImmortalsPostponed from last year yesterday's UEA Pirates v Imperial Immortals american football game in Norwich was full of minor incident.  The already bent chain stick got seriously more bent when play spilled over a sideline, the pitch needed attention, a UEA Angel was optimistically wearing shorts (though she changed for the second half), very fine snow, and when the chain became detached from a stick the chain gang ref produced a cable tie to fix it!  In the third quarter a Pirates field goal made the score 36-00 triggering a rolling clock (the clock runs continuously shortening the game) and prompting the Imperial coach who had only five players left on the sideline to call it off ... full credit to everyone eh?

mo 15 Jan
2018

The new team bibs were a bit of a struggleYesterday's Ipswich Cardinals second 2018 practice was very encouraging, an excellent turn out of both juniors and seniors and to end the day a full contact scrimmage that was just that.  We learnt that a reversing defensive back should try to keep their feet near parallel so it's easier to cut the same way as the receiver they're covering,  Optimistic about the approaching season where the Cards will certainly meet the newly returned to the league Norwich Devils.

th 28 Dec
2017

Dorsey Levens played eight seasons for Green Bay - pic contributedThe comedy Gridiron UK about the formation of the Crewe Railroaders american football team in 1985 includes ex-NFL running back Dorsey Levens as the coach.  It was clearly made with a minimal budget reflected in the lengthy thank yous in the credits with rather nicely the Norwich Devils thanked for the equipment loan.

su 10 Dec
2017

 POSTPONED  Today's UEA Pirates v Imperial Immortals game in Norwich postponed because of a frozen pitch.  The match will now take place some time after Christmas.

fr 8 Dec
2017

Sunday morning the offside tyre was flat, the car wouldn't go into reverse and nearbyUEA Pirates 12-20 Kent Falcons the Dennington Queen's Head there were ducks in the road so we missed the UEA Pirates going six nil up against the visiting Kent Falcons.  Despite a second Pirates' touchdown in the end they lost 20-12 but encouragingly the Pirates' game ending hurry up offence seemed to slightly bemuse the Falcons, we especially liked the hook and ladder which may have been the first lateral we've seen in British american football ... like our first apex jump in roller derby ... you never forget your first time.

mo 6 Nov
2017

A comfortable american football 31-00 win in Norwich yesterday forUEA Pirates 31-00 Canterbury Christ Church Chargers 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
2017

A good turn out for the Ipswich Cardinals' come and try american football Sunday with untypically spectators ... though one of them wasn't very happy.

su 1 Oct
2017

UEA Pirates Rookie DayLike 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.

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