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Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:01

American Footballer Struck by Thunder

Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Jackson is a Guernsey islander with a passion for American football. So much so that he makes a 360-mile round trip to attend training sessions at the Sussex Thunder.

Matthew leaves his home every Sunday at 5.30am to make the trip to Crawley, in Sussex. He flies from Guernsey to Gatwick where he is met by a team-mate.

Matthew used to play for the Guernsey Islanders but, when the team folded, he wanted to keep up his involvement in the sport. At the time of writing he was still looking for someone to sponsor him.


You can read more about Matthew's story in Issue One of Inside American Football.

Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:00

Jets Flag Rookies Shine

Bethany Varney scored her first touchdown as Coventry’s policy of giving rookies plenty of game time has begun to pay dividends. Varney’s score was very significant for the fledging Jets junior flag team as now every single player has had their name on the score sheet this year. That same policy has seen rookie Tina Nguyen force herself into the starting line up and she justified her place with another determined performance, adding three more sacks and a safety to her record breaking season.

With such a young squad, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for the cadets, but there were certainly some positive signs for next year. Kordell Maby and Marc Peters look certain to develop into fine players and of course the league eagerly anticipates Meme McCook who will look to follow in the footsteps of older brother and senior team running back, Shadrach.


You can read more in Issue Three of Inside American Football.

Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:03

Eagles' Wings clipped by Warriors

After nearly two months out of action from the regular season, the Leicester Eagles returned to the field on Sunday 25th July, taking the long travel up to County Durham to face both Woodham Warrior teams.

The Eagles took a strong squad, with head coach Alan O’Sullivan able to preside over a full strength defence of Chris Noon, Ed Waters, James Pimperton, Adam Brindley and Chris Brown. A slightly re-jigged offence saw returnee Martin Willder line up at centre, Chris Brown start at receiver along with Charlie Craggs and with starting tight end Mik Smith making his season debut, it gave new quarterback James Pimperton a strong set of targets to throw to. The absentees were Rich Manning (Achilles) Garry Crawford and Nathan Stevenson.


You can read the full match report in Issue Three of Inside American Football.

Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:19

Blue Raiders Exorcise the Devils

The Bedfordshire Blue Raiders welcomed the Norwich devils to their first home game of the season at the Bedfordshire International Athletic Stadium on the 16th May.

The Blue Raiders took an early lead, enhanced by the score of their second safety in two games. They started the second half with QB Alan Shea making his first start for the team.

Bedfordshire could have extended their second-half lead with a TD which was called back for an O-line penalty.


You can read the full match report in Issue One of Inside American Football.

Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:27

Jets Junior Flag Win British Final

Prior to watching the senior kitted team fall to the London Blitz in the National Title game for the second year running, the Coventry Jets’ Junior Flag team captured their own British Championship defeating the Blitz 32-24 at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium.

The jets twin quarterback threat of Tom Clancy and AJ Mepstead gave their opponents a headache with their contrasting styles. The elusive Clancy finding time for his receivers to get open, whilst the strong armed Mepstead would hook up deep with Clancy.


You can read the full match report in Issue Three of Inside American Football.

Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:02

Renegades' Airborne Assault

Berkshire Renegades continued their winning start to the 2010 season with a comprehensive 40-3 victory over the visiting Watford Cheetahs at Bulmershe Field on Sunday.

Quarterback Paul Waddington was the standout player for the Renegades, completing 11 passes from 21 attempts for 168 yards, 1 interception and 5 touchdowns.

The Berkshire defence would round out the game in style, first with Simon Bruckshaw returning an interception for 40 yards for a touchdown, with Treherne converting to set the score at 40-3, and then the Renegades defensive line swarming all over the Watford offense, with Martin McGuire forcing a sack to end the Cheetah’s last drive. Berkshire was then able to run the clock out to seal the victory.


You can read the full match report in Issue Two of Inside American Football.

Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:07

Cats dismantle Mavericks

The Cambridgeshire Cats broke an initially resilient East Kent Mavericks side with a second-half barrage, dismantling them 44-6 in their BAFA Division 1 South East match at Folkestone Rugby Club, Kent.

Joe Slaughter connected with Alex Smith and Josh Gilreath on two long strikes, and the combination of Casey Campbell and the rampaging Gilreath helped the away side amass 31 unanswered points and advance to 5-1.

Renegades’ Head Coach Paul Gordon commented: "I’ve been really impressed with team this year. Playing 5 games in a row has been a tough but we have risen to the challenge. Watford are a solid outfit and the game was in the balance until the very last quarter. We will take the next few weeks off to rest and prepare for the final part of our season."


You can read the full match report in Issue Two of Inside American Football.

Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:21

Four in a Row for Revolution

Shropshire Revolution won their fourth game in a row on Sunday, 4 July with a 28-0 victory on the road over league newcomers Sheffield Predators.

Shropshire started the game in great style, scoring on their first three possessions; a 25 yard field goal by Matt Pearce, a one yard run by Quarterback Rob McLean and the best, a terrific 34 yard throw from McLean to standout receiver Rich Mantle.

Commenting on the game, Revolution Head Coach Dave Reid said: “I was pleased with the good start we had on offence – a much better performance than in previous matches. However, we took our foot off the pedal offensively in the second half and did not put the game away as emphatically as we should have. Credit though should also go to Sheffield’s defence who performed impressively in the second half."


You can read the full match report in Issue Two of Inside American Football.

Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:58

Jets Youth hit second loss

Adam Biggs and his Coventry Jets youth team fell to a second straight loss in their debut season. The Jets won their first ever competitive game at home to the Birmingham Bulls in a memorable game in early May but couldn’t repeat the trick on their travels suffering a 24-19 defeat, the first time the Bulls had beaten the Jets at any level.

The Jets travelled to Birmingham minus several key players. Both starting defensive ends; Ollie Ryan and Rueshelle Ferguson were absent alongside cornerbacks Liam Flinn and Danny Battley, linebackers Jack Fuller and Perry Hill, wide receiver Alex Preece and perhaps most tellingly Matt Gough. The hero of their first encounter, it was Gough’s touchdown saving tackle that capped the Jets memorable debut and in his absence Coventry found it difficult to sustain any first half momentum, trailing 8-3 at the break.


You can read the full match report in Issue Three of Inside American Football.

Thursday, 30 December 2010 16:06

Gladiators Youth storm to Division Title

The Colchester Gladiators Youth completed their undefeated regular season with a resounding 40 - 8 victory over their closest divisional rivals, the Kent Exiles, at the Royal Oak Stadium, Harwich on Sunday 15th August. Both teams are heading into the southern playoffs but the Gladiators have secured home field advantage for as long as they stay alive in this year’s competition.

Gladiators Youth Head Coach Dave Hogarth reflected on the game and the undefeated season saying: “We are fortunate to have so many talented people at this club and the youth players fit right in. They have an exceptional work ethic and are very coachable with no egos getting in the way.


You can read the full report in Issue Three of Inside American Football.

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