Legion lose out at Wembley

Sunday the 16th of June saw the HoundDogs U19’s

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Jacob Boorer being sacked

team up with the Mavericks and Phoenix to form the SE Legion again as this week saw the rookie outfit travel to the Home of Wembley Stallions.

On arrival the heaven decided to open with an extremely heavy shower that lasted about an hour, but with an hour till kick off and the sun poking through the clouds, both of the teams emerged from the changing rooms to get ready for the game.

The 1st half was dominated by Wembley as the

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George Davies on the charge

-PAXP-deijE Legion struggled on offence. However, the Defence were looking in the mood to play and regularly stopped the Stallions offence even though the offence failed to give them much time off the field as they regularly were forced to punt after gaining very little ground. The end of the half was approaching as one of the Legion’s best plays started to make ground only for the Legion player to suffer from an injury which required Hospital treatment which also lead to a very long pause to the game due to waiting for the medical cover to return.

The Stallions went into the second half 20-0 up.

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Riley Davis looking for the catch

The defence carried on where they left off and finished the game picking off the Stallions QB a couple of times as well as sacking him numerous times throughout the second half. Even the Offence started to get some plays together which resulted in a few 1st down but they never managed to cross the Stallions line and get points on the board. The final whistle blew with the score finishing Stallions 26- 0 Legion.

Coach, Luke Boorer added “Not the greatest day at the office for us. On offence we never really got going. We made some really silly mistakes which resulted in us failing to gain yards. We were a few players down due to one reason and another, but those there, played hard and never gave up. Defence looked good but my biggest worry is that is the second game on the trot we have failed to score. We will sit down look over what went wrong and try to fix these issues. However, I am not too disappointed. We have a very young squad, who in the next two years will develop into some fantastic talent.”

The ‘Best of Eastbourne’ MVP Awards go to

Defence MVP – Clayton Jarvis. Fought hard on the line all game.

Offence MVP – George Davies. One of the few players on offence to gain reasonable yardage for the team.

Special Team MVP- Danny Townsend – Made several good blocks to try and make room for the ball carrier.

*Photos courtesy of Tony Small*

U11’s Match report

Sunday the 10th of June saw the HoundDogs U11’s Flag team travel to East Kent Mavericks in the latest round of the 2018 SEYAF Tournaments.

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Max Clement-Lewis running the ball at the Phoenix defence

First up was a game against Kent Phoenix. The young HoundDogs teams saw a massive improvement form the last tournament but still didn’t manage the win. The HoundDogs want down with a score of 12-0 to the Phoenix. Play of the game for the HoundDogs came from Charlie Fairway as he stopped a rampant run from a young Phoenix player who was about to score a TD had it been for a fantastic chase back from Charlie to make the tackle just yards from the EndZone.

Next up for the HoundDogs debut against the newly formed South Coast Spitfires. The Spitfires

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Hayden Puttick powers down the sideline

took the lead against the HoundDogs but the HoundDogs came back as QB Ben Boorer connected with Hayden Puttick in the corner of the Endzone. The Hound Dogs then managed to get the ball back with another couple of fantastic stops

 

from Charlie Fairway and almost took the lead thanks to the running pace of Max Clement-Lewis. However they fell just short. The Spitfires then took the lead and what was the winning score as the whistle closed the game.

 

 

Coach Luke Boorer added “Today has seen the U11’s make massive strides forward. They are short on numbers as a side and the 4 players are playing against squads of 15. It’s sometimes hard at training with such a small squad to run every drill and practise session that we want. But these four players turn up almost every week and have started to really gel as a team. With this tournament all the players made some fantastic plays throughout the day from Max’s running to Hayden’s catching. The biggest improvement came from Charlie on defence. He has really started to grow into a play maker”.

Cannadines Man-of-the-Match goes

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Charlie Fairway running the ball

to Charlie Fairway for fantastic plays on both Offence and Defence