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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:42

Devils Bow Out

The Division Two East conference Norwich Devils have announced their intention to withdraw from competition football for the rest of the 2011 BAFACL season.

In an announcement on the BAFA Community League Forums, Club Secretary, Ben Stockwell, said: "It is with great regret that the Norwich Devils senior team have today (24/5/11) withdrawn from competition in the 2011 season of the British American Football Association Community League (BAFACL). The Devils committee was left with no other choice as with mounting injuries along both the offensive & defensive lines the club was not in a position to safely field a team in upcoming matches, and no prospect of the situation improving in time to play a meaningful part in the remainder of the season.

"The Devils players, coaching staff & committee will be working hard in the coming months to bolster the club and will look to work through the associate club status with the BAFACL to ensure a return to the league as soon as the club are in a stable enough position to return to competitive league play. The Devils would like to thank the league & their division opponents for their understanding at this difficult time for the club and we look forward to renewing acquaintances with rivals old & new, very soon."

The Devils are the second team this season to find themselves being unable to fulfill their league committments following the withdrawal of the Division One Peterborough Saxons earlier this month.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:37

Saxons Pull Out - Update

The Peterborough Saxons have released the following statement after their decision to pull out of league football after just 3 games of the 2011 BAFACL adult kitted season.

Saxons Press Release

The 2011 Season has been a tough one for the Peterborough Saxons. A few weeks ago our long standing General Manager Mark Kerr stepped down. After over 5 long years of hard work as the face of the Peterborough Saxons the time had come for change. Mark decided that he could no longer dedicate the ever increasing time that it was taking to run the organisation. The Saxons appreciate all the effort he has put in to the club over the past few years and wishes him all the best in the future. He is and will always be a friend of the club and has by no means left us in the lurch - he has offered all his support going forward.

Within a week of this our Head Coach resigned. After guiding us through the first 3 games of the season he decided that he was no longer capable of doing this job. This was a personal choice and he is no longer associated with the Saxons organisation.

With a number of departures in the off-season and the untimely departure of our Head Coach the Saxons were put in a desperate situation. After originally rescheduling our home fixture against Leicester we had to take a serious look at the squad we had left and make some very tough decision. We did not have enough healthy linemen to safely field a team. By the time enough players had returned from injury, we would have been too backed-up with fixtures to be able to complete our schedule.

We have decided to pull out of competition for the 2011 season.

That said, this is by no means the end of the Saxons. We have already started planning for the 2012 season in Division 2. New management has been put in place with aim of setting up a Football Committee in Peterborough to guide the Saxons to all their future successes.

The Saxons Youth team is unaffected as they have been set up such that they were protected from this and will continue as normal. We are proud of our Youth and look forward to see the kids progress to the senior level, for years to come.

I'm happy to announce the for the 2012 season, the Peterborough Saxons will have a new Head Coach. William White will be taking over this role. After careful consideration it was decided that he was our man. The man we needed combined Passion with Leadership - Will brings this and a lot more.

Will has had football running through his veins since playing as a child in Alabama. He brings to the job a vast array of experience in both playing and coaching the game.

He's had played at school, in the military and won titles in the British game. After coaching both abroad and in our Premiership he has decided to take on a new challenge.

We are very excited for the future and look forward to get back on the gridiron.

Ryan Toone - Interim GM of the Peterborough Saxons

Brave sports star Jen Hilton is about to make history - by becoming the first woman to play alongside men in the British American Football Association’s Community League. The tough cookie from Tile Hill is putting on her pads in tireless training to make her debut with the Coventry Jets this May. The sport’s national governing body has confirmed the 27-year-old will be the first woman to play the full-contact game at premier league level.

Coventry is already a hotbed of young female talent with Warwick and Coventry universities hosting the UK’s first established women’s non-contact “flag” teams. But 5’10” Jen will be the first – and only – woman to play with and against men in the national league and, as one of the Jets’ running backs, she’ll be guaranteed contact with burly blokes on the field.

You can see a full match report in Issue 5 of Inside American Football.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 00:30

Pirates hit the Road running

The Pirates hit the road running in their 2011 campaign opening fixture away against the Gateshead Senators, but not before it looked like it might stall at the first attempt. They had to wait while their hosts and the match day officials debated the level of medical cover available. The problems were eventually resolved and the game kicked off almost an hour after the scheduled start time.

Into the second quarter and the Pirates’ defence were dominating their opposite numbers and it wasn’t long before Gateshead were forced to punt the ball back again. This time however, Hunter saw his pass tipped by his receiver straight into the hands of a grateful Senator. This was only a temporary aberration and normal service was resumed the next time East Kilbride got the ball. An 8-play drive was capped by a 2-yard run from Iain Dick and the extra point made it 21-0. An Ivor Clark interception quickly regained the ball for the visitors and two plays later, Hunter was again in the endzone, this time on a 25-yard dash. So, 28-0 to East Kilbride at the interval, and that would have been more had Defensive Back Scott Findlay not had his 45-yard Interception return called back for an infringement by a team-mate.

You can see a full match report in Issue 5 of Inside American Football
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