The Unbeaten Sharks

Almost forget this in all the excitement of the day. This is the Chichester team that successfully defended its own turf at the recent home tournament (21/05/06). The day also marked the return of the Thespians. Good times ahead for Chichester!

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Roster 2006

2006 has seen many changes to the Sharks squad – some longtimers leaving, some old faces coming back and a whole load of fresh blood gracing our playing field to continue the Sharks winning ways.

So much so, that we intend, whenever possible, to enter 2 teams in ESFL competitions. The new guys may go by the name of the Thespians, but they are all Chichester Sharks.

OFFENSE

QB Neil Henderson

WR Gary Robinson

WR Pete Steel

WR Ben Pulleybank

DEFENSE

LB/DB Felix Wetzel

DB Jon Steele-Mills

DB Sam Coakley

S Andy Ifould

DB Matt Williams

Adam Linley

Ashley Grant

Chichester Thespians

Thierry Stein

JP Walker

Billy Bromley

Ken Holmes

Ewan Sutherland

Jamie Perry

Rob

Garfield

Toby Chopra

Michael Sutherland

James Lambert

Luke Nash

Sharks Gear

Two quick questions:

1) All you rookies and returnees – do you want a Sharks gameshirt?

2) Is anyone interested in buying Chichester Sharks t-shirts, hoodies, caps, bags, etc?

If there is enough interest for either question, I’ll look into it for you. I don’t need to know definites at the moment, just if you’re interested.

Post your answers below or tell me Sunday. Cheers All 🙂

Chichester Tournament Review

In case anyone didn’t notice Sunday, it rained a bit.

And it was bloody cold.

But who the hell cares?! The Sharks are back with a vengence!

After a slow start to the 2006 campaign (4-4), the Sharks bit back, going undefeated on the day, posting a tournament best record of 3-0-1. The results now move the Sharks back into Final Four contention for the league title at years end.

The death of the Sharks was greatly exaggerated as we not only topped the table on the day but we were able to enter two teams due to expanding numbers. And thus the Thespians were reborn!

The Thespians

Considering the rookies had only trained for 2 or 3 weeks they did a bloody good job. They may have gone winless on their debut but they showed guts to not only take part but to go up against some of the toughest teams in the league. And did I mention it was raining a bit too?

Full credit to Gran’pappy Shark Andy Ifould for volunteering to lead the Thespians at QB too. It was helluva day for Andy and I know the new guys appreciated his experience, leadership and patience. (I hope the black fingers haven’t fallen off Andy)

The Final

After recent events, it was almost inevitable the Sharks were to meet the Babarians in the final and I was happy to see the play on the field was trouble free (let’s not get into the issues with the side judge dispute, though it was disappointing to see happen).

Even with 3 former Sharks on the pitch and 1 on the sideline, it was satisfying and encouraging to see the Sharks hold their own against a good Babarians side. We can all take a lot from this result – we’ve proved that we can compete with the better teams with the squad we have in place. Then when you consider the re-emergence of the Thespians it just goes to show how things are on the up for the Chichester Sharks.

Highlights of the Tournament

Please feel free to add your own in the comment section but here are the highlights for me on Sunday:

Felix the Freak – the man was a Warrior out there. Playing Iron-Man all day, he didn’t take a single snap off on either O or D. He was all over the place – blitzing the QB, deflecting passes, catching balls and scoring a TD. In the words of the man himself ‘Warriors never tire’.

The Man of Steel – The highlight reel continues to roll with the most ridiculously impressive one-handed catch on the sideline to keep a crucial drive alive. Great catches all day long Pete.

The Great Wall of Chichester – the D was outstanding Sunday, conceding on average only 1 TD a game. All the more impressive coming against Leicester and the Babarians. Great play all round. Special mention on Adam’s playcalling – it was spot on – ignore the ‘helpful’ instruction from us O on the sidelines – what do we know?! Nice pick, Matt, too.

Neil – good choices Sunday. We moved the ball well for an average of 2 scores a game against some difficult Defenses.

Best Blow to the Head (Received not Given) – Jonny Pump took an elbow to the face during a jump ball with the tall dude from the Crusaders. No idea who came down with the ball – too busy looking a the blood trickling down his nose and the red mist in his eyes! It may have taken a while for the mist to clear but its now been replaced with a swollen nose and TWO black eyes.

At least in my head, my personal highlight was the ‘step ladder’ catch against the Babarians. It may have taken a while to go up and bring it down but it was satifying to do it against the Black & Gold and to pick up some yardage afterwards.

Rookie Heart – guys on the Thespians I think it said a lot about you on how you played Sunday. Whatever the scoreline, you kept on going and didn’t give up. I hope you all enjoyed the day and were proud of what you achieved. Oh and great pick Billy. Next time you’ll take it back for the score.

Scores

So here are the scores from Sunday:

Group A

Thespians 0 – 19 Voodoo
North Devon 6 – 6 Babarians
Thespians 0 – 15 North Devon
Voodoo 12 – 19 Babarians
Thespians 0 – 42 Babarians
Voodoo 6 – 14 North Devon

Group B

Eagles 25 – 13 Bournemouth
Eastbourne 12 – 26 Sharks
Eagles 6 – 0 Eastbourne
Bournemouth 6 – 13 Sharks
Eagles 6 – 12 Sharks
Bournemouth 13 – 12 Eastbourne

Championship Game

Babarians 6 – 6 Sharks

3rd/4th Playoff

North Devon 6 – 7 Eagles

Final results for the league tables:

Sharks 3-0-1 57 30 +27
Babarians 2-0-2 73 24 +49
Eagles 3-1-0 44 31 +13
North Devon 2-1-1 41 19 +22
Voodoo 1-2-0 37 33 +4
Bournemouth 1-2-0 32 50 -18
Eastbourne 0-3-0 24 45 -21
Thespians 0-3-0 0 76 -76

Well done to all that took part Sunday – it was a great day despite the weather. I look forward to seeing you all back at training Sunday.

And remember…

SHARKS DON’T QUIT!

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The chain crew came on to measure the spot.

Chichester Tournament – Sunday 21st May


Good training today everyone – very happy to see such a big turn out, including our 5 new rookies. Things are looking very positive for the Sharks at the moment.

The recent additions now mean we have a squad of 17 players – allowing us to finally resurrect the Chichester Thespians, our mighty B team! Our rookies have gamely thrown their proverbial hats into the ring by entering into next Sunday’s ESFL tournament in Chichester.

That now makes 10 teams taking part:

Chichester Sharks
London Liberty
Team Voodoo
Babarians
North Devon Dogs
Bournemouth Raiders
Brighton Tsunami
Leicester Eagles
Eastbourne Crusaders
Chichester Thespians

Assuming all teams turn up, we’ll split the teams into 2 groups, with four group matches for each team. The 1st place teams from each group will then play for the title. Then light/weather/teams not going home early allowing, the 2nd placed teams from each group will play for 3rd/4th, 3rd placed teams for 5th/6th etc, etc.

The first games start at 12 noon so can all Sharks and Thespians please turn up at 11am for a warm-up and light practice. The draw will take place shortly before noon.

This tournament is all about having some fun on our home turf. We’ll play hard, have some fun, score some points and hopefully earn some victories. Best of all its the beginning of a new era for Chichester Flag Football.

See you all Sunday – looks to be a good one!