Crusaders Flag Football Trials

Well done to all who participated in the trials for the Crusaders regional programme this weekend in Chichester. There was a very good turn out with 17 players in attendance.

Dayle Kirby and Dave Lee put the players through a variety of tests including the 40 yard sprint, 3 cone drill, db drill, snapping, throwing and scrimmages.

This was the second trial session, following one in Coventry recently. All players will be notified of the result of their try out this week. If successful they will join the Crusaders regional squad and have the opportunity to be selected for the Great Britain Lions squad that will attend the European championships later this year.

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Chichester Chairman joins BAFL Strategic Team

It was announced this week that Chichester Sharks Chairman (and coach and QB!), Neil Henderson has been appointed to the new BAFL Strategic Team.

Neil Henderson, BAFL Strategic Team

Neil Henderson, BAFL Strategic Team

Neil will be the flag representative for England and Wales, whilst Mark Fletcher takes on the same role for Scotland. Both have been tasked to help support the BAFL Directors in running of BAFL Flag.

The extent of their roles have yet to be finalised, but it is hoped by many in the league that this move will lead to improved communication between the Committee and the member clubs.

One of the first tasks for Mark and Neil is to organise the fixture list for the 2009 season.

Well done to Neil for volunteering to take on the position.

New Season Nearly Upon Us

newbaflflagseasonWith the 2009 BAFL Flag season running from April to September the football is about to get serious again!

It seems like an age since we last played a competitive game that meant something (7 months if you’re counting at home) and I know many of you are eager to get going again.

There are several new faces on the Sharks this year – Rob, Mike, Alex, Ben and Bob to name just a handful – the result of a good off season of recruitment. We have a good squad size now, hopefully we can start getting everyone to turn up on the same day now!

There are also some new teams in our conference this year, with the London Rebels, Hampshire Thrashers and South Wales Warriors joining the fight. The trip to the Warriors might be a bit of a long one, but we got lucky with two new ‘local’ teams.

As we head into the final few weeks before the season kicks off, lets try to make every effort to make it to training, so we have a full squad to practice with. If you can’t make a session, please let us know, otherwise we’ll see you all on Sunday.

New Website launched

fightingrabbitsIn advance of the new 2009 BAFL Flag season, the Chichester Sharks have launched a new website. Apart from a brand new look, the site includes a number of new features. Have a play around with the site to see what’s different.

Generally, it’s a lot more flexible to up keep from my perspective – though a bit more complicated so it will under go a few changes over the coming months whilst I get to grips with it.

If anyone has any suggestions on what they’d like to see on the site, please let me know – either by email or by using the Contact page on the website. Thanks for any input.