Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Kent Exiles - Maidstone Pumas Game Report

by Martin Jefkins

Kent Exiles 58-0 Maidstone Pumas 
The Kent Exiles dominated the Maidstone Pumas for the second time in 2013, this time in their home fixture at a sweltering Beaverwood Club, coming away easy winners 58-0.
The scoring came thick and fast, despite the Pumas showing obvious improvement from earlier in the season. The first quarter saw Ben McCarthy start the scoring on a 9 yard catch from Zac Ritchie, and then Ryan Wilson snagged an interception and returned it 71 yards for the second score. The return was the longest in Exiles history, beating the previous best of 67 yards set in 2005 by Michael Turner.
Ben McCarthy catches the first TD of the game. Image courtesy of Kieron Hyams.

Essex Spartans - Colchester Gladiators Game Report

by Nick Foxley

The Colchester Gladiators got off to an explosive start, running in three scores in their first four plays, on their way to an over-powering 51-6 demolition of their county rivals, Essex Spartans.

Under the floodlights at Hannakins Farm, Billericay, the host Spartans had no answer to the strength of running back Casey Campbell, who ran for another 176 yards from just 11 carries and three touchdowns, and a strong defensive performance, led by defensive lineman Dan Jones, who picked up 2½ sacks, and Josh Milgate, who led the team with eight tackles.

Casey Campbell waltzes into the endzone for one of his four scores. Image courtesy of Charles Greig

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Pirates shatter Sheffield’s nineteen game winning streak

East Kilbride Pirates 36– 06 Sheffield Predators

Sheffield’s 19-game winning streak came to a sudden halt last weekend when they travelled north to face East Kilbride. In the first ever meeting between these two sides, the Pirates’ strength and experience of playing at the top level was too much for the Predators to overcome. East Kilbride received the opening kick-off and, on a wet and blustery day, promptly fumbled the greasy ball. Fortunately they recovered it and continued with their opening drive. Progress was aided by a couple of Ryan Hunter passes to veteran receiver Jason Byworth and the opening points arrived when Iain Dick carried home from the 12-yard line.

Iain Dick racked up several TD's vs. the Pirates. Image courtesy of Alastair Wilson, AJW Photography. 

Saturday, 29 June 2013

National League Predictions, Week 12

National North
DC Presidents vs. Glasgow Tigers
The Presidents were somewhat stopped in their tracks as they lost to local rivals Gateshead and then to the Clyde Valley Blackhawks and now sit at 3-2. They take on Glasgow looking to get back to winning ways under Coach Ben Johnson.
Glasgow meanwhile, whilst not scoring much, have defended their way to a 2-1-1 record and sit second behind the Senators. This could be a close game and will depend on how the Tigers’ D holds the President’s O.
Glasgow Tigers to win by 1 score
Clyde Valley Blackhawks vs. Gateshead Senators
A rematch of the opening day 13-7 win for Gateshead sees the Senators head North to face Clyde Valley. Whilst the opening day was a close victory, recent games have seen the away side open up on offence (read: give it Evander Harewood) and score more points.
Will the Blackhawks be able to stop the now free-scoring Senators? It’ll be tough.
Gateshead Senators to win by 2 scores
Edinburgh Wolves vs. Dundee Hurricanes
The bottom two teams in the National Division North square off on Saturday. The Hurricanes are 0-5 whilst the Wolves are a fraction better off at 2-3 but both will be concerned with the win-loss ratio.
The Wolves should overcome the Hurricanes but they’ve not been recreating the form that saw them head to the playoffs last year and are struggling amongst their rivals. Maybe a win here can kickstart their season?
Edinburgh Wolves to win by 2 scores

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