Drills Times by Player

Here are the times for each player recorded on 28th January 2007.

This is a good first showing from everyone, but with plenty of room to improve I’m sure. The next session will be held in 6-8 weeks time. So plenty of time to work on the speed and quickness.

The Fastest Shark Known To Man

Thank you to Sean and Julian for organising the first Sharks Combine yesterday. It was good fun (if a little tiring) and nice to be able to compare ourselves to the numbers you see for the guys in the NFL. Suffice to say, I won’t be able to chase down Reggie Bush either…

Aside from the fun side of it, its going to useful to the coaches and team selectors in considerations for the teams this year. We’re looking to put out two competitive teams this year and activities like this can only help us all get better.

We’ll run the tests on a frequent basis and I’ll record the results on the site. Your competition is not with your teammates, but with yourself. Each time you run the 40 you’re racing against your previous performance. We’re looking to see an improvement from everyone as our fitness improves and the season progresses.

If you weren’t at training yesterday, we’ll run the test for you at the next available opportunity so everyone gets a go.

NFL Regular Season Game in London 2007

Just in case you haven’t heard, London has been awarded a regular season match up between two NFL teams during the 2007.

The game is likely to be played at the new Wembley and early rumours suggest it could be the New York Giants vs Miami Dolphins.

Here is the new website for the game.

An announcement about the teams and how to get tickets should be made within the next few weeks.

There has been some discussion about players from the Sharks getting together and heading to London to watch the game. If you’re interested in principle let me know here or at training and I’ll see if there is a way for us to get tickets.

As a precaution, I would recommend you register with NFLUK.com – the NFL’s british site – as they might offer the tickets to their membership list first. There is no guarantee but its worth a go just in case.

2006 Final Standings

Here are the final standings of the 2006 ESFL season:

The top four teams qualified for the Final Four tournament, which saw the London Liberty victorious over the Barbarians for the League title.

Chichester shared 3rd place honours with the Leicester Eagles.

The Thespians had a good year, able to field a team for 4 tournaments and providing a strong finish, which shows promise for next year.

Pete Steel in ESFL Hall of Fame

Yesterday, Pete Steel was inducted into the 2006 ESFL Hall of Fame class.

Pete received 33% of the votes cast. Ty Metcalfe of Team Voodoo also received 33% of the vote and joins Pete as this year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognises players, coaches and team officials who have contributed significantly to the ESFL and flag football in the UK. Nominations are provided by ESFL players at the end of each season, followed by player voting on the shortlisted nominees.

Pete is the 2nd Chichester player to be awarded the distinction, joining former Sharks QB Nick Watson (2005) in the Hall.

Others receiving votes:

Alan O’Sullivan (26%), Richard Cleveland (2%), Justin Handley (2%) and Dayle Kirby (2%)