Tournament Postponed

Bad news on the international front chaps. Due to a change in circumstances our American naval friends are unable to attend the game on Saturday. The game will rearranged shortly.

Not wishing to waste the planned day in Chichester, the day will now be devoted to training – the session starting at 11am.

As there will be no game on Saturday, there is a possibility that we can run Shark training on the Sunday. An email will be going round in a day or two to assess everyone’s availability.

If you’re already a definite yes, let me know here by leaving a comment.

cheers

Gary

Training Update

Just to clarify the situation with training…

Sunday 19th February: Training is ON
Saturday 25th February: England vs USA
Sunday 26th February: Training is OFF

There will be a number of Sharks in the England team against the USA on the 25th, so if you’re free that afternoon why not come down and support your fellow Sharks? Game starts at 1pm.

Far from the Madden-ing Crowd

It’s been a slow week on the football front, especially with no training this weekend (due to the England training on the 11th). Looking for something to do to amuse me, I took a look at the stats available with this site. Seems the number of people visiting has gone a little through the roof – and most of them seem to be american.

In the last 48 hours we’ve had people from 21 different states (yes, I counted). They are:

Indiana
Minnesota
Virginia
Georgia
California
Florida
Massachusetts
New Mexico
Oregon
Illinois
Florida
Oklahoma
Michigan
North Carolina
New Jersey
Virginia
Minnesota
New York
Pennsylvania
Missouri
Texas

They have some cool place names too – Englishtown, Rio Rancho, Corpus Christi, Independence and Stone Mountain.

And what on earth do you think could have brought them all here? Yup, Madden. Seems everyone wants to play now the real football is over.

Perhaps we should set up an online global league??

UA Flag Tournament, West Ruislip


Well done all the guys who attended Sunday’s tournament in Ruislip – it was a long, physical day and I think we should be pleased with our performance.

For those not in the know, we drew an unfavourable schedule that resulted in a 2 and a half hour wait between Games 1 and 2, then 3 back to back games to win the group and advance to (but unfortunately not progress past) the quarter-finals.

Results on the day were:

Chichester Sharks 35 – 0 Bournemouth Raiders
Chichester Sharks 0 – 6 UA2
Chichester Sharks 19 – 6 Fen Harriers
Chichester Sharks 0 – 20 Eastbourne Crusaders

Congrats to UA2 for taking the title on the day and a special mention to Eastbourne for reversing their fortunes and making it to the final.

The six Sharks in attendance were:

Neil Henderson
Gary Robinson
Pete Steel
Ben Pulleybank
Sam Coakley
Julian Simms

All mucked in on O and D – and considering there was only 1 regular defensive starter among us, I think we did pretty well points wise (lets ignore the last game – it was getting dark and we were knackered after 3 games in a row!). Good scheming Julian.

Highlight Reels

* Sam caught his first TD for the Sharks – the man has found his hands! Well done Sam.

* Ben didn’t break any bones

* Neil’s play calling against Bournemouth – did anything not work? Arrows worked a treat – could I have had any more room on the right of the field???

* With the fear of calls of ‘G-TV’ ringing out, I have to just say this once as I expect this will be the only time I’ll ever be able to say it:

Who is the Sharks leading scorer for the 2006 season with 3 TDs and 2 PATs?

Hell yeah, its the boots – feel free to give them a shine when I next run past you 😉

Lowlights

* Me, being chased down at the Bournemouth 10 after running the arrows from our own 10. In my defence, I had to be 14 or 15 years older than the kid…!

Hit of the Day

Imagine the scene, its the end of the Eastbourne game, we’re tired, about to get knocked out of the competition and we want to go home. Eastbourne are driving inside our 10 yd line. They run a sweep to the right, the RB avoids a tackle and sprints into the endzone. From out of nowhere, a blur of green and white, head down, smacks into the scorer pummeling him into the ground. Looks like Julian has gone and done it again…

Who then should reappear from the pile on the ground? Good old Pete Steel! Who would have thought he had it in him…?

Nice stud marks on the RB’s chin by the way Pete…