Sharks stumbled early, drop two

It looks like this season is going to shape up to be very competitive and wide open. That’s the verdict, after the Sharks suffered a disappointing double loss of the opening weekend of our season.

On a weekend that saw new team Basingstoke Zombie Horde beat recent title contenders, London Rebels and Coventry Jets, the Sharks fell to another new team Woodham Warriors (White), plus to longstanding rivals the Leicester Eagles.

Both games were extremely close and the result could have gone either way, which is encouraging in regards to our prospects this season. One or two plays in each game could have made a difference. Hopefully, as we get a few more players back (travelled with only 7) and get back into game-shape, we can turn this around quickly.

In the first game, the Sharks got behind early and found themselves in a hole, down 3 scores to 1. The speed and conditioning of the young Warriors team was proving the difference maker, as the Sharks repeatedly had to resort to multiple tacklers to corral the opposition.

However, the experience and resolution of the Sharks players shone through as we managed to claw our way back to tie it up right before time expired.

A new one for this season, we then had to play overtime. Which for flag means two drives each from halfway, followed by a further drive if the scores are still tied.

Whilst we matched them drive for drive for the first two, they managed to score on the third. Then our third drive led us to a 4th down on the half yard line but we were unable to complete the final pass, sealing the win for Woodham.

Unfortunately, we were up immediately again to play Leicester. The small squad was suffering, due to the long overtime game and the injuries began to mount up. Neil was playing with a popped thumb, I had cramps and Scott was struggling having been ill all week.

Despite that we managed to hold a 7-6 lead for much of the game. We had a couple of chances to put the game away but the drives stalled in the redzone. It looked like we were going to have to win this one with defense, but it was the Eagles defense that made the play of the game. Leicester’s Charlie made an outstanding interception, scooping the ball up off the tips of the grass before sprinting into the endzone.

With the two teams so evenly matched, we were unable to mount a final winning drive and the Eagles secured the 12-7 victory.

Whilst everyone was disappointed with the results, we should be encouraged by our play. Yes, we made some mistakes, and yes, some of us need a little more conditioning, but we made a lot of good plays and we will be competitive this year.

This coming Sunday, we have games against the Zombie Horde and the London Rebels in Basingstoke. We’re anticipating having more players available this time, so there won’t be such a need to play both ways, which should help.

Please make every effort to be available; we’ll be in touch with details during the week.

Please feel to add any comments about this weekend’s games below. Thanks

2010 Season Schedule Released!

American Football

The schedule for the 2010 BAFACL Flag season has been released – and it’s not going to be an easy one for the Sharks.

Due to a late start to the season to resolve the fall out from the BAFA / BAFL split and availability of other teams, the Sharks now face the daunting prospect of playing six away tournaments in just six weeks. Starting with the last weekend of May, the Sharks will travel to Leicester (x2), Basingstoke, Coventry (x2) and St. Albans, resting through July, before ending the season with two home tournaments in Chichester.

It should make for an interesting and exciting season!

Full Fixtures:

Sun 09/05/2010 – Woodham

Jets vs Woodham White

Woodham White vs Woodham Black

Woodham Black vs Eagles

Eagles vs Jets

Sun 23/05/2010 – Wales

Rebels vs Wales

Rebels vs Kings

Kings vs Wales

Sun 30/05/2010 – Leicester

Woodham Black vs Sharks

Woodham White vs Eagles

Woodham White vs Woodham Black

Eagles vs Sharks

Sun 30/05/2010 – London

Horde vs Jets

Horde vs Rebels

Jets vs Rebels

Sun 06/06/2010 –Basingstoke

Sharks vs Horde

Kings vs Wales

Rebels vs Sharks

Horde vs Kings

Wales vs Rebels

Sun 13/06/2010 – Coventry

Woodham Black vs Sharks

Woodham White vs Wales

Woodham Black vs Jets

Sharks vs Woodham White

Wales vs Jets

Sat 19/06/2010 – St Albans

Horde vs Jets

Horde vs Kings

Jets vs Kings

Sun 20/06/2010 – Leicester or Coventry

Woodham White vs Sharks

Woodham White vs Rebels

Woodham Black vs Wales

Woodham Black vs Rebels

Sharks vs Wales

Sun 27/06/2010 – Coventry

Wales vs Sharks

Wales vs Jets

Sharks vs Jets

Sat 03/07/2010 – St Albans

Eagles vs Sharks

Eagles vs Kings

Sharks vs Kings

Sun 11/07/2010 – Leicester or Coventry

Woodham White vs Horde

Woodham White vs Kings

Woodham Black vs Horde

Woodham Black vs Kings

Sun 18/07/2010 – Leicester or Coventry

Woodham White vs Rebels

Woodham White vs Horde

Woodham Black vs Rebels

Woodham Black vs Horde

Sun 25/07/2010 – Woodham

Woodham White vs Eagles

Woodham White vs Jets

Woodham Black vs Eagles

Woodham Black vs Jets

Sun 01/08/2010 – Chichester

Horde vs Rebels

Horde vs Sharks

Rebels vs Sharks

Sun 01/08/2010 – Coventry or Leicester

Woodham White vs Wales

Woodham White vs Kings

Woodham Black vs Wales

Woodham Black vs Kings

Sun 08/08/2010 – Wales

Eagles vs Horde

Eagles vs Wales

Horde vs Wales

Sat 14/08/2010 – Leicester

Jets vs Rebels

Jets vs Eagles

Rebels vs Eagles

Sat 21/08/2010 – Chichester

Jets vs Kings

Jets vs Sharks

Kings vs Sharks

Sun 29/08/2010 – Basingstoke

Wales vs Horde

Eagles vs Horde

Wales vs Eagles

Sat 04/09/2010 – London

Eagles vs Rebels

Rebels vs Kings

Eagles vs Kings

Finals TBC 18/19 or 25/26 September

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