17. April 2018 · Comments Off on Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Dumfries Hunters · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

15th April was the start  date of the British American Football season and I made my way to Wishaw for the first Scottish game, a Division 2 clash between the Blackhawks and Hunters.
There was some good football on show and, typically for the first game of a season, some not quite so good football. The game was close though as the Blackhawks only just held on to their two touchdown half time lead to win by 13-12.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Dumfries Hunters

12. March 2018 · Comments Off on Stirling Clansmen v Swansea Titans · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Thanks to the snow which blanketed the country, this BUCS Premier Division quarter final play off game was played on 11th March, a week later than originally scheduled.
For the Stirling the  start of the game was completely unlike their meeting with Durham Saints. This time it was the Clansnmen who made the fast start with three touchdowns in the first quarter. Swansea got back into the game in the second quarter as they pulled the half time score back to 27-14. They couldn’t keep the recovery going after half time though. Stirling eased to the win by 40-14 and the hope of holding on to last years championship is still alive.

photos – Stirling Clansmen v Swansea Titans

26. February 2018 · Comments Off on Stirling Clansmen v Durham Saints · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

25th February was the last Sunday of the BUCS American football regular season and I was at Stirling University to see the Clansmen, the reigning champions, take on the hot team of the Premier Division, Durham University Saints.

Right from the start the visitors were in dominating mood as two early touchdowns set up a 24-0 halftime lead. By the end the score was 30-0 and the Saints had completed a perfect 8 and 0 season. Both teams will have home play-off matches next weekend.

photos – Stirling Clansmen v Durham Saints

05. February 2018 · Comments Off on Napier Knights v Glasgow Uni Tigers · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Sunday 4th February was Superbowl day and Napier Knights, as always, made their BUCS league game a big event and attracted a healthy crowd to Meggetland. The opposition this year came from Glasgow University, making it a tasty fixture as both teams were chasing the Division 1 North title.

The game was close with Glasgow holding a narrow 6-3 lead deep into the fourth quarter. Then a flurry of action in the last couple of minutes saw the teams exchange touchdowns, the final score was 14-9 to the Tigers.
photos – Napier Knights v Glasgow Uni Tigers

16. November 2017 · Comments Off on Glasgow Uni Tigers v Napier Knights · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The university football season has come round again and Scotland has two teams in BUCS Division 1 this year. The two met on 12th November as the newly promoted Napier Knights came to Garscube.

The game started in a promising fashion. Glasgow scored after a strong opening drive only for Napier to run back the following kick off for their own touchdown. As the game went on the Tigers’ experience showed though. They led 28-6 at half time and, with a number of back-up players in for the second half, went on to win 35-12.

photos – Glasgow Uni Tigers v Napier Knights

 

20. August 2017 · Comments Off on Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Glasgow and Aberdeen were the two teams which qualified for the Division 2 play-offs from the North-North Divisionand, as fate had it, the fixtures landed in the way which had them meet for the fourth time in the season. The game was played at Nethercraigs on 20 August.

As usual it was a hard fought game between these two. The visitors let by 6-5 at one point but the Tigers came through in the end to win by 17-6. They’ll now travel to Leeds Bobcats for their next game.
photos – Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks

19. August 2017 · Comments Off on EK Pirates juniors v Nottingham Caesars · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

There were two unbeaten teams after the regular season of the BAFA’s under 19 North Division this year and they met at Hamilton Rugby Club on 19th August for the right to play against the southerm champions at Britbowl a week later.

The Pirates made a strong start and by the third quarter their offence, defense and special teams had all contributed touchdowns towards a 20-0 lead. The final quarter saw a strong comeback by the visitors though and it took a major effort by the EKP defence to hold on for a final scoreline of 20-12.

photos – EK Pirates juniors v Nottingham Caesars

01. August 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v Lancashire Wolverines · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

After a run of four defeats against the top two teams in the Premier North Division the Pirates got back to winning ways in their last home fixture of the season on 30th July at Hamilton Rugby Club. It wasn’t easy though as, after EK had led almost all game the Wolverines fought back to take a four point advantage at the beginning of the fourth quarter. A final burst by the Pirates, taking advantage of Lancashire mistakes, saw them safely through however by a final score of 32-16.

Photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Lancashire Wolverines

24. July 2017 · Comments Off on Merseyside Nighthawks v East Kilbride Pirates · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Both the junior and Senior Pirates teams made the trip to Skelmersdale on 23rd July to play matches against Merseyside Nighthawks.

The under 19s were first to play. They had two goals. One was simply to keep their winning streak going, the other was to concede as few points as possible so they would have home advantage for their coming play-off meeting with Nottingham Caesars. They succeeded in both, taking the game with a comfortable scoreline of 56-6.
photos – Merseyside Nighthawks v East Kilbride Pirates (juniors)

The senior Pirates faced a much bigger task. Merseyside hold second place in the division again and needed the win to confirm their play-off berth.
East Kilbride conceded two touchdowns early in the game, but at half time they were still in it at 26-13 down. They couldn’t keep up this momentum in the second half though as the Nighthawks kept the pressure on and went on to win by 59-13.
photos – Merseyside Nighthawks v East Kilbride Pirates (seniors)

18. July 2017 · Comments Off on Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Aberdeen Roughnecks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Chasing the second play-off place from BAFA Division 2 North, the Roughnecks were visitors to Wishaw to play Clyde Valley on July 16th.
This was exactly the type of close, hard fought game that has been typical of this division in 2017. Exactly, because the result was a 13-13 tie.

These teams will meet again in Aberdeen before the final league positions are settled.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Aberdeen Roughnecks