... a bit Suffolk
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.
|fr 2 Feb|
Sunday'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|
Postponed 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|
Yesterday'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|
The 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|
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|
Sunday morning the offside tyre was flat, the car wouldn't go into reverse and nearby 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|
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.