14. July 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v Leeds Academy Assassins · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The junior Pirates continued their winning streak with a comfortable 36-0 win on 9th July at Hamilton. The clean sheet was vital in their chase for a home play-off game and it needed an outstanding defensive stand late in the game when Leeds had a first and goal opportunity.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Leeds Academy Assassins

04. July 2017 · Comments Off on Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Glasgow Tigers · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

BAFA’s Division 2 North (actually North Division 2 North) features only four teams, who are having to play each other three times. Glasgow Tigers travelled to the Clyde Valley Blackhawks at Wishaw on 2nd July for the second time in a fortnight and with two wins against their local rivals already in the bank.

This was a close game which remained scoreless until the final play of the third quarter when the Tigers forced a touchdown on a short yardage run. This lead was short lived as Clyde Valley hit back almost immediately to level the scores. A field goal with less than a minute left on the clock was the decider and it was Glasgow who clinched it. The final score was 10-7.

The Tigers now have a 5-1 record and comfortably lead the division.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Glasgow Tigers

04. July 2017 · Comments Off on Hamilton Buccaneers Youth Tournament · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

There are four under 17 teams competing in the Scottish division of the BAFA leagues this season. The third tournament was hosted by the Buccaneers at Hamilton Rugby Club on the 1st July.

Last year’s champions (not just of Scotland but of the whole of Britain) East Kilbride Pirates won all three of there games. These results were enough to clinch top spot in the division and to qualify for the national championship tournament at Britbowl. Highland Wildcats were running up in this tournamenmt ahead of Edinburgh Wolves who beat the hosts in the final game.

photos – Hamilton Buccaneers Youth Tournament

28. June 2017 · Comments Off on EK Pirates – Juniors Win, Seniors Lose · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

There was a double header for East Kilbride Pirates at Hamilton Rugby Club on 25th June,

The under 19 team played first, continuing their rivalry against the excellent organisation from Inverness area, the Highland Wildcats. The visitors had travelled with a limited number of players and though they had some success, they scored the first points EK have conceded this year, they were well beaten in the end. The final score was Pirates 30 Wildcats 12.

photos – EK Pirates Juniors v Highland Wildcats

The Pirates senior team faced Merseyside Nighthawks with both sides in the chase for the second play off place in the Premier North division.

It started looking like a close game. The Nighthawks scored a touchdown on their opening posession only for the Pirates to equalise on their next series. From there though it was Merseyside who took the dominant position. EK managed a second TD in the third quarter but the Nighthawks had scored eight times by the end and were comfortable winners by 45-14.

photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Merseyside Nighthawks

The Pirates next fixture is at Hamilton on July 9th where the junior team will play Leeds and the seniors face the Division leading Tamworth Phoenix.

11. June 2017 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves v Sheffield Giants · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The Wolves’ final home game of the season brought the winless Sheffield Giants to Meggetland on 10th June.

Edinburgh had the perfect start to the game as they scored a touchdown on their first posession. From there though it became a struggle. The Giants forced an equaliser and then took a 14-7 lead on a ‘Hail Mary’ play on the last snap of the second quarter. Neither side made much progress through the third quarter and it was late in the fourth when the Wolves got their second touchdown. They went for a two point conversion and the win rather than one to tie the game but failed. Things then went from bad to worse as Sheffield returned the ensuing kick-off for a touchdown. This gave them a 20-13 lead which they held onto for the few remaining minutes.

This was a valuable win for the Giants who must now have a good chance of at least avoiding relegation. The Wolves have three difficult away games to finish the season, but their 3-3-1 record suggests, at worst, they’ll finish the season safely in mid table.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Sheffield Giants

05. June 2017 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves v Merseyside Nighthawks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

I’ve been to see Edinburgh Wolves four times this season, every game has been a thriller with the result undecided ’til the last minute. The game at Meggetland on 3st June against their bogey team, the Merseyside Nighthawks, might just have been the most exciting yet.

The game started badly for the Wolves as they turned over the ball two times in quick succession. However they managed to stop the Nighthawks offence on the goal line on both drives and then drove down the field to take the lead. The sides spent the first half trading scores and Edinburgh led 21-20 at the break. Merseyside then built a 14 point lead after half time and the Wolves needed to mount a comeback. The defecit was reduced to 8, then another touchdown was followed by a failed 2 point attempt which would have tied the scores. Finally, inside the last two minutes, the Wolves forced a go-ahead score. Even after that it took an interception in their own end zone on the last play of the game for Edinburgh to secure the win by 41-36.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Merseyside Nighthawks

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


Glasgow Tigers followed up last weeks win over Clyde Valley with a comfortable victory over Aberdeen Roughnecks at Lochinch on 21st May. A touchdown in each quarter for the Tigers gave them a 27-0 success and revenge for their loss at Aberdeen earlier in the season.

The win lifts the Tigers to first place in Division 2 North with a 3 & 1 record.

photos – Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks

22. May 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v CMS Stags · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

For the third year running, the Pirates played a visiting American Division 3 college team on 20th May. This year’s visitors were the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags from California. As always, the game highlighted how much low the standard of football we play here is compared to the American college game. Nevertheless everybody loves the experience of these games.

This year it took the Stags one play to open the scoring. They kept scoring until and were leading by 59-0 when, on the stroke of halftime, the Pirates put a drive together and scored their first ever touchdown against American visitors. The second half was quieter but still mostly one way traffic. The final score was 73-6 to the Stags.

photos – East Kilbride Pirates v CMS Stags

15. May 2017 · Comments Off on Glasgow Tigers v Clyde Valley Blackhawks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

After a year out Clyde Valley Blackhawks are back in the league and playing Division 2 football. It used to be a regular fixture, but for the first time in three years the Blackhawks visited the Tigers at Lochinch fon 14th May.

The Tigers put together a strong drive early in the game and forced in a touchdown. It proved to be the only touchdown of the game. Field goals had Glasgow leading 13-3 at half time and one more saw them finish with a 16-3 scoreline.

Both teams now have two wins and one loss for the season.

photos – Glasgow Tigers v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

15. May 2017 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves v Tamworth Phoenix · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The Premier Division North new boys from Edinburgh hosted the Phoenix, big favourites to win the division, at Meggetland on 13th May.

The game started at a fast pace with both teams scoring touchdowns on their opening posession. Tamworth held a narrow lead through the first half but by the end of the third quarter the score was tied at 20-20. The Phoenix got the final touchdown of the game and took the win by 27-20 but they’d been pushed far harder than anyone expected by a Wolves team who are clearly good enough to be in the top division.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Tamworth Phoenix