Matt Williams catches a pass in the BAFL1 Finals (photo: Graham Beardsley)
Congratulations to Matt Williams, former Chichester Shark, on winning the British American Football League One championship with the Sussex Thunder.
Last Saturday the Thunder topped the Redditch Arrows 20-18 in overtime, in the longest ever championship in British American Football history. With the teams so evenly matched, it took FOUR overtime periods to decide the winner!
Matt caught several passes during the game, including a 20+ yard catch on a crucial 3rd and 10 play.
As the Sussex Thunder season is over, Matt is likely to be joining us for some of our off-season training sessions.
If you want to read more about the Final, there is a great match report on the Sussex Thunder site. There are also some fantastic photographs from the Final on the website of photographer Graham Beardsley.
The Chichester Sharks hosted fellow BAFL Flag team the St Albans KIngs and newly formed Peter Symonds Sabres last weekend in Chichester in a series of post season friendlies.
First up was the host team Sharks vs new boys the Sabres, who formed in January at Peter Symonds sixth form college in Winchester, for their first competitive game. Sporting a number of rookies who had only had one training session the Sabres took the early lead with a long pass on their first possesion after the Sharks couldn’t move the ball on their first. The teams traded scores, including a first ever pass completion for a TD by Sharks long time centre Gary Robinson (on a trick play to QB Neil Henderson). The Sharks led by a single score at the half but experience soon started to tell as they held the Sabres to a single 2nd half score while converting several drives (and turnovers for scores) to run out convincing 58-31 winners as time expired.
The Sabres looked to bounce back against a Kings team which never gave up during the recent inaugral BAFL Flag season despite having a small squad to work with. The Sabres’ youth and speed was too much for the Kings who were denied a number of scores from dropped passes. Tiring in the second half and frustrated by a sharp Sabres defence the Kings struggeled to move the ball and fell foul of a number of penalties and despite a late scoring flurry could not prevent the Sabres from notching up their first competive win in a convincing 44-20 win.
The Sharks faced the Kings in the 3rd and final game of the day and again experience was deciding factor. Putting constant pressure on the Kings QB the Sharks were able to get a number of turnovers and had no trouble moving the ball. Fielding a number of rookies the Sharks were abke to mix up their personnel in various positions and try out a few new plays and finally ran out winners 60-6.
The Sharks organisation would like to thank the Kings for making the journey down from St Albans and to welcome the Sabres officially to Flag Football and look forward to playing both teams again soon. All of the games were played in extremely good and competitive spirits.
News just in….
The Kirkcaldy Bulls have won the inaugural BAFL Flag championship title, beating the Carluke Cobras 48-13 in the finals. This is also the 6th year in a row they have won their Scottish league/Conference. Quite a remarkable feat.
Carluke and Kirkcaldy made the final by merit of beating the English teams, Coventry and Leicester in the semi-finals. The final results are:
Coventry Jets 30-38 Kirkcaldy Bulls
Carluke Cobras 19-13 Leicester Eagles
3rd/4th Place Playoff
Leicester Eagles v Coventry Jets
National Championship Game
Kirkcaldy Bulls 48 v 13 Carluke Cobras
It’s a shame we didn’t make it to the finals this year, as I would have loved to see how we would match up with the top Scottish teams, but alas, it was not to be.
There is always next year…
On hold until I can get the stupid thing to work – bear with me!
I have set up a Chichester Sharks NFL predictor league set up (through ESPN) for the 2008 season to help us raise funds for the club. Each week you can predict the outcome of all the NFL games.
It will cost £5 to enter for the whole season. The person with the highest score at the end of the regular season will win 50% of the total entry money. The other 50% will go towards supporting the club and purchasing new equipment for training.
In the event of a tie, the winner will be the person with the most number of winning weeks (highest or joint highest score), followed by the highest weekly score. In the case of contention, my word is final 🙂
If you wish to enter you will need an invite to join our private league. I have sent invites through ESPN to as many of the team as I have email addresses for (new guys don’t have anything for you – Zoe, Ben, John).
If you don’t receive one, please contact me through the website and I will send you an invite. I will also send you my address to send your cheque (should you win). If I don’t receive your payment, you won’t be eligible for the prize.
The season starts tomorrow (Thurs) so be quick! If you miss Thursday, don’t worry, you can still pick all of this Sunday’s games, you’ll just be potentially one game behind – so pick well.
Hopefully, some of you will join in the fun this season and help us out at the same time!