U16’s making giant leaps

Sunday 24th of March saw the HoundDogs U16’s travel to the Home of Kent Phoenix to join in a joint scrimmage against East Kent Mavericks.

Although no scores were kept the HoundDogs performed extremely well against a seasoned and experienced Mavericks team ahead of their league season.

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Team gather ahead of game day

The HoundDogs team, with an extra 4 players from the Phoenix, combined and played in a control scrimmage where teams were given the opportunity to learn the craft of playing American football. Many mistake were made but also worked upon throughout the three hour session.

Coach Boorer added “the session worked well for the players from all three teams. Lots of skills were developed with game situation play. We saw players from the two teams combine to take on the Mavs, who have been competing in the BAFA leagues for the last few years. They have a lot of players with a lot of experience, where as we the total opposite. However, we were no way out played. The HoundDogs players were only given the play book on Wednesday night and the Phoenix played hadn’t even seen it, but they all took the instruction extremely well, and the coaches from both teams should be very pleased with their players. We had a new QB  who only just taken to the position. Liam completed his 1st ever TD and did very little wrong all game. Alex played well at Centre however, we have some work to do on his snapping and Harrison and Ned led the Defence very well some some greta open field tackling.”

29512006_759690060900971_2149469830963954410_nThe Euroshowers MVP goes to:

Defence MVP – Seb Portales. Work hard all game trying to disrupt the QB, playing against a player twice his size. Seb finished the game with a sack and put the QB under pressure several times.

 

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Offence MVP – Charlie Boorer. Lead the team extremely well keeping his head up and boosting the morale of the other players along with some great high catches and constantly being a threat for the deep pass. Charlie also finished with a TouchDown

HoundDogs visit local school

Monday the 26th of March saw HoundDogs coach, Luke Boorer attend Blackboys school in East Sussex to demonstrate Flag American Football to the year 5 & 6 children.

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The afternoon saw the children learning the basic skills of throwing, catching, running with the ball as well as defending and flag pulling. The children also got the chance to play some mini games against each other.

Hellingly Hounddogs would like to thank Miss Cross and Blackboys School for inviting us into their school to show off our sport to all the children.

If your school would be interested in a similar visit, please email us on hellinglyhounddogs@hotmail.com

U17’s Eastbourne Scrimmage

Sunday the 25th of March saw Hellingly HoundDogs host teams from Kent Phoenix and

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U17’s Team photo.

East Kent Mavericks on the 3G surface at Eastbourne Sports Park.

The scrimmage was designed to give a number of rookie players from the Mavericks a little bit of experience before they enter the BAFA league for 2018, whilst also offering a lot of the new players from the other two team some match experience.

The HoundDogs’ first opponent were the Mavericks. The Mavericks ran away winners  20-0 and were very worthy of their win.  The HoundDogs got very little going on offence but demonstrated some good defence skills through the game.

The second game of the day for the HoundDogs was a much tighter affair. The

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Charlie Boorer catching the ball to score a TD

HoundDogs took on the Kent Phoenix, who were the HoundDogs’ opponent a few months back (when they ran away with, winning all three games on that date). The Phoenix took the lead but the young HoundDogs came back with a touchdown from Charlie Boorer, as he held onto a pass from his older brother Jacob, as three Phoenix players converged on him in the endzone. The Phoenix then took the lead again with a tight side line catch in the endzone. With time running out, the HoundDogs moved the ball quickly down the field and, with the last play of the game, saw Jacob Boorer connect with Roman Cameron-Dick to tie the game at 12-12.

It was then the return of the Mavericks for the HoundDogs team. This time the

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Joules Parsons hunting down the Running Back.

HoundDogs put up a much better display and the game finished with a much tighter score line, as the Mavs ran out 6-0 winners. It could have been worse if it hadn’t been with the “never give up” attitude of Dylan Viles, who chased the rushing Mavericks’ player down to get an ankle tap on him just before the endzone.

Coach Luke Boorer commented “It was a fantastic display of teamwork from this side which lacked experience. On the day you could see the players really develop from the first game to the last. They have really started to show signs of a fantastic team spirit and have improved so much since the teams last run out in October last year. There are so many positives to look at, Riley Davis had several good runs for the offence before suffering an injury. Joules Parsons, Harrison Kane and Alex Edward also made several crunching challenges. It’s very hard to single players out as they all played well and represented the club to an extremely high standard”.

Euroshowers Man of the Match:

Offence – Captain Danny Townsend: lead the team extremely well and contained many of the opposition players in the line to give the QB plenty of time.

Defence – Dylan Viles: playing in his first game, Dylan made lots of fantastic challenges as well as being thrown into the deep end when Riley Davis suffered an injury.

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Dylan Viles – Defense MotM
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Danny Townsend – Offence MotM