Well done to all that played in our Kent matches yesterday. Everyone played really well and our 2 victories were a total team effort. Both sides of the ball dominated yesterday – we racked up 105 points and conceded just 6!
The two Kent teams were a bit of an unknown to us, and whilst new boys West Kent are obviously still learning the game, the Exiles could be a threat to teams with their squad size and experience of the kitted game.
So it was particularly pleasing that we came away with 2 victories and in such impressive fashion. Before I get into the scorers, a special mention must go to the defense yesterday. Despite the fact we were missing a few players, those that played did an outstanding job! To concede 1 TD in two 40 minute games is impressive.
There were very few missed tackles, 3 safeties against the Exiles (2 from Dave!), a sack from Tom, a great lunging tackle from Neil to save a TD (though it was from his pick!) and 2 interceptions from Jon – who played a blinder on both sides of the ball yesterday.
Here are the scorers from each game:
vs West Kent
Neil 10 TDs – 7XP – 1XP INT
Dave 1 TD – 1XP
Jon 2 TD – 1XP – 2 INT
Toby 1 TD – 1XP
Gary 1 TD – 1XP
Sean 3 TD
Tom 2 TD – 3XP – 1 sack
vs Kent Exiles
Neil 5 TD – 2XP – 1 INT – sacked 1
Dave 2 safeties
Tom 2 TD – 1XP
Jon 1 TD
Sean 2 TD
Toby on his first touchdown – great catch and run – followed up by a fantastic grab for the XP- check the video
Jon – great hands and running – especially on his uphill slog, weaving through the Exiles, before being chased down at the 2
Sean (5 TDs) & Tom (4 TDs) – great performances as starting receivers
Ricardo – welcome to the Sharks – a great defensive performance, strong tackling and command in the huddle
Here is the report sent to the paper:
Clean Sweep in Kent
The Chichester Sharks travelled east on Sunday to take on the Kent Exiles and West Kent Wing Dings in the BAFL Flag league.
Chichester Sharks 67 – 0 West Kent
West Kent’s lack of experience was evident from the outset, as Chichester racked up 3 quick scores from QB Neil Henderson to Tom Newbery (2) and Sean Wasley to dominate the first half, entering the break with a commanding 20-0 lead.
Eager to capitalise on their lead, the Sharks came out firing in the 2nd half, notching up touchdowns from Wasley, Dave Lee and Toby Chopra. 41-0 down and desperate to get back in the game, West Kent started forcing passes in a valiant effort to respond. Things got worse, however, as Chichester’s Jon Steele-Mills intercepted an errant pass, his 2nd of the day, to snuff out any chance of a West Kent comeback.
With the game in hand, the Sharks closed out the scoring with 2 long scores from Gary Robinson and Steele-Mills.
Chichester Sharks 38 – 6 Kent Exiles
With a more experienced opponent in the Exiles, Chichester were prepared for a tough 2nd game. Kent moved the ball well on their opening drive, but a great effort by the Sharks defense stopped the Exiles short of the goal line.
Eager for a quick score, Henderson spread the ball amongst his receivers, hitting Robinson and Steele-Mills for gains before finding Wasley in the corner of the endzone. The Exiles hit back immediately, with their QB throwing a long bomb to the 2-yard line, before a short shovel pass into the endzone for the score.
Keen to open up a gap on their opponents, the Sharks put together 2 scoring drives to enter the half leading 23-6.
Wary of Kent’s big play potential, the Sharks defence stiffened in the 2nd half and stopped the Exiles short each drive. Capitalising on the defense’s stellar play, the offense sealed the game with touchdowns to Newbery and Steele-Mills.
Sharks’ next games: May 11th vs North Devon, vs St Albans
The only downside to the day was the lack of respect from the Exiles management, deciding to send players a couple of hours late, which resulted in them forfeiting the game against the Wing Dings.
Anyway, as usual, please add your comments below – let us know your highlights (not my juggling catch) .
The video of the game will be added later, but for now here is our team photo (not the one going in the paper…):
THE FIGHTING RABBITS OF CHICHESTER!