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th 26 Apr
2018

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
2018

Ipswich Cardinals 15-14 Essex SpartansAt 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
2018

Like ♫Norwegian funk♫ it would seem Chinese gridiron is a thing ... and why not?

th15 Mar
2018

Kent University cheerleaders stuntingHeartbreaking 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
2018

Staffordhire Saxons v Kent ExilesWomen'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
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.

fr 8 Sep
2017

Iceni Spears flag trainingSunday 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
2017

Congratulations to the Ipswich Cardinals for deservedly winning two of the biennial John Slavin awards.

mo 7 Aug
2017

Ipswich Cardinals v Essex Spartans seniorsAt 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
2017

Marlee Powell Saints Cheerleaders coachBury 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
2017

Flying water bottleA 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
2017

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
2017

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
2017

Yesterday the Bury Saints had their first win in their first season in the Premiership.

we 10 May
2017

Bury Saints 07-36 London BlitzThe 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
2017

Flag football at the Iceni SpearsSunday 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.

sa 15 Apr
2017

East Essex Sabres warming upThe toilet cubicle we patronised at the Deanes Sports Centre near Rayleigh had a door that passed so close to the toilet bowl that careful planning was needed to get in and out.  There was something distasteful looking smeared on a wall and the hand drier didn't work but at reception there was a cheerful young woman and a proper coffee machine plus the Ipswich Cardinals v hosts East Essex Sabres was a cracker.

Regrettably the Sabres' starting quarterback was injured in Q1 and didn't return.  AfterIpswich Cardinals 6-0 East Essex Sabres a Cards disallowed touch down (holding ... it's always holding) and two missed field goals and the Sabres getting to yard and goal without result it looked like a nil-nil draw.  After the two minute warning an impressive Sabres run took them into the Cards' half, the officials scurried to get another play off and the forward pass was Cards intercepted and run in for the td (a proper journalist would have got the player's name).  Very pleased for the Cardinals but sympathy to the Sabres who lost their first game back in the league last week in the final twenty seconds.

th 23 Mar
2017

Men's American football team Iceni Daggers has merged with the Norwich Devils who expect to be playing league football next year.

mo 6 Mar
2017

Iceni Spears walking a play in the changing roomYesterday near Norwich we watched Iceni Spears women's American football walk through some plays in the changing room and then go outside to practice in icy rain ... that's commitment.  The season long Sapphire series for women is five or seven a side.  We couldn't imagine how a sport that normally has eleven (twelve in Canada) on the pitch players per team could work with five but watching the Spears routine a play we saw that with just five everybody really has to know what they should be doing.  Looking forward to seeing these impressive ladies compete this coming weekend in Peterborough.

th 9 Feb
2017

UEA Pirates 6-9 Cambridge PythonsThe UEA Pirates lost 6-9 to the Cambridge Pythons in Norwich Sunday as their last home game in the BUCS South East.  A not entirely satisfactory game but the Pirates single touchdown was a high bomb to a wide receiver dramatically at a flying full stretch ... and we didn't snap it ...

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