Sunday the 1st of September saw the annual Hellingly HoundDogs Awards at Hailsham Town Football Club. The afternoon started with address from the club’s Chairman, Luke Boorer where he thanked last year’s Committee and along… More
Friday, 26th of July saw two members of the Committee from the Hellingly HoundDogs attend the East Sussex More Radio Awards at the Cooden Beach Hotel after being nominated and then shortlisted for the for the 2019 More Radio Sporting Excellence Award.
The evening started with free sparkling wine on arrival and then moved into a three course meal.
After dinner the Awards started, with categories including LifeTime Achievers Award, Courage Award along with many others. It then came round to the Sporting Excellence Award. After a short video about the HoundDogs organisation and its history, Chair Luke Boorer and Club secretary Claire Boorer were called to the stage to collect the award from More Radio’s DJ and host for the evening, Nick Osbourne.
Chair Luke Boorer later added “It’s always nice
to win Awards, but this is not the motivation for the hard work the coaches and committee put in. For us, it’s about developing children into young adults, teaching them the skills that they can use on the pitch and later on in life as they enter university and into the workplace. It’s brilliant just to be nominated and a big thank you to the people who took time to do just that. We now have another beautiful trophy that will sit next to the club’s other awards that we have won over the last few years. I may even have to start looking into making the club a trophy cabinet if things carry on in this way! We would like to thank More Radio for hosting these awards and to be honest, yes we do put a lot of hard work into the club, but sitting in that room with some awe inspiring people, really things into perspective. We were lucky to sit with a really heartwarming young boy tonight called Leo, who has more thing wrong with him than anyone should ever know about. All he did was laugh and entertain our table all night. What his parents do for him, with the help from Demelza, is amazing. These are the real heroes in life and the people that we should all look up to.”
Tuesday the 23rd of July saw the 2nd ever Hellingly HoundDog’s AGM held the Clubhouse at Horsebridge.
Club Chairman, Luke Boorer took the floor, and with last years minutes signed off, the Chair thanked many members who had made the 2019 season such a fantastic success. However, he made the point that the work needs to carry on both with the Committee, Coaches and Players.
Then came the real nitty gritty with the election of officers. Here is the list of the 2020 Committee team that will run the HoundDogs
Chair -Luke Boorer
Vice-Chair – Aarron Jones
Secretary – Clair Boorer
Treasurer – Michael Williams
Commercial Manager – Luke Boorer
Welfare Officer – Samantha Dickinson
ClubMark Officer – Claire Boorer
Additional Committee members – Peter Drake, Emma Walsh, Rachel Jones, Sean Trimby, Heidi Baker-Sells, Dominique Corbett.
Luke Boorer added “It’s great to be re-elected to Chair and continue in a role I really love along with being Commercial Manager. These two roles kind of go hand in hand. I am also really pleased that the whole of last years Committee decided to stand again. We worked well as a team last year and can continue this into the future and drive this club forward. However, I feel I need to be better at delegating jobs and giving some of the jobs to other Committee Members to fulfill. It’s also great to see additional members joining our Committee. Rachel has helped the club many times, designing our logo, along with the new Dog Bowl logo and several posters and now making her role an official one. Dom has kids at the club who have been here since day 1. She also has a wealth of knowledge helping to run sports clubs for her kids over the years. Heidi is new to all of us. Her son joined us earlier this year as a player and although she says she doesn’t have any experience with Committee’s i am sure she will become a very useful member of our club. I personally would like to thank all of last years Committee Members along with our Coaching team and all the other helpers who have made the club, who we are today. I would also like to say a special thank you to Tracy at Ratton School who helped us with use of the minibus, meaning all our players could get to games. Next year we will be entering a Youth team into the NGB national leagues, which will be a first for us, to go along with The Legion in the U19’s. However, we will continue with our Flag program in a developmental of friendly tournaments against other local teams.”
The first meeting of the 2020 Committee will take place on Tuesday 3rd of September.
Sunday saw the U11’s side compete, in what was the first taste of competitive football for most of the squad, in the 1st annual DogBowl event held at Horsebridge Rec.
The first opponents, Kent Phoenix were a side we knew from previous friendly games. Kent Phoenix. Phoenix went 7-0 up early into the game, but within minutes, Joe Powell took a handoff from Quarterback Oliver Curtis, and ran through the Phoenix defence to level the score at 7-7. Both sides had drives stall after some excellent defensive play from Luan Kapllani and Harrison Curtis. However, the HoundDog’s defence was broken again by the experienced Phoenix team to make it 14-7 with just minutes left on the clock. HoundDogs QB, Oliver Curtis connected again with Joe Powell in the end Zone for the touchdown to even the score again 14-14. A fitting end to a closely fought game.
Next up for the U11’s was a very experienced team from Kent Exiles. This was always going to be a tough game against a well drilled team.
The HoundDogs players held their own though and weren’t phased by the task ahead. The Exiles went 7-0 again despite the tackling from Luan Kapllani and River Chukwo-Onu. Franco Glover-Grundy made a couple of good tackles too, to slow the Exiles down. The HoundDogs then scored to level the score line. Again, it was Joe Powell getting the touchdown with a fantastic run. Powell was also through the defence on our next drive as he thought he had scored, but for the referee to call it back due to a foot out of bounds. With time ticking on, another draw looked imminent, but the Exiles managed to break through again to win the game 14-7. A tough game to lose as the boys battled well.
The HoundDogs final game came against the eventual winners, South Coast Spitfires from Southampton. Again, the HoundDogs team played out of their skin with all the team contributing with tackles and catches. However, the Spitfires scored a touchdown early in the game but that didn’t dampen the players spirits. An amazing catch and run from Harrison Curtis, who caught the pass from his brother, Oliver, was tackled a yard from the endzone. The HoundDogs had a couple of
attempts at scoring but Charlie Fairway unfortunately failed to hold the pass twice after working well to get into space to receive the catch. Joe Powell again found space at the back of the endzone to catch the pass from Oliver Curtis to level the score at 7-7. The HoundDogs defence was resolute with tackles by Harrison Curtis and Luan Kapllani, along with Franco Glover-Grundy and River Chukwu-Onu both playing well. The Spitfires flew into the Endzone again to make the score 14-7. With time running out and the last play of the game being called by the Referee, Oliver Curtis launched the ball in the direction of Luan Kapllani, who was through and almost caught the ball, but narrowly being intercepted by the Spitfires for the game winning score. The final score ended up 21-7 but could so easily have been 14-14. The game came down to a matter of inches in the end.
Coach Ronnie Alderman added “As this was my first tournament coaching the team, I am immensely proud of all the boys who played for the U11’s team. Every player played the best of their abilities and I really could not have asked for any more from them, considering that was the first competitive games for most of them. The first game, they fought back well from 14-7 down late in the game against a well drilled Kent Phoenix team to draw the game 14-14. The second game was against Kent Exiles, another team with a lot of experience, and although we fought right to the end, we fell short 14-7. The final game was against the eventual winners, South Coast Spitfires, who travelled from Southampton. A very good side who won 21-7. However with the last play of the game and the score at 14-7, we were a few inches away from the tying score and the game ended with a pick 6. A great day was had by all and we look forward to the event next year.”
The Luke Boorer Carpets MVP Awards goes to,
Offensive MVP – Joe Powell, for scoring 4 touchdowns with a notable mention for Oliver Curtis, who’s throwing and handoffs were fantastic for his 1st ever game.
The defensive MVP – Luan Kapllani produced a fine display of tackling for the defence again with mentions for Harrison Curtis and Franco Glover-Grundy, who both made tackles when needed.
A young HoundDogs team got the chance to see how far their skills has developed over the season with the last run out of the year as the HoundDogs hosted the 1st annual Dog Bowl event at Horsebridge.
The teams first game was against the newly formed
Brighton and Hove scorpions. The HoundDogs started well with a 40 yard running TouchDown from Alfie woods to give the HoundDogs a 7-0 lead. The two teams looked quite even throughout the games and a mistake by HoundDogs QB, Ben Boorer, gave the Scorpions an interception which led to the Scorpions scoring and tieing the scores at 7 all. With the clock running down, it was the HoundDogs that stuck with Maia Cameron-Dick who struck with another long to give the HoundDogs the win at 14-7.
The HoundDogs then took on the favourites in Kent Phoenix. The HoundDogs learnt from an early mistake when QB Ben Boorer got picked off for the
Phoenix to return the ball and score 0-7. The Phoenix, who had a massive height advantage continued to control the game and extended their lead to 0-14. After learning from their mistakes, the young HoundDogs team decided to run the ball and ditched the passing game. This started to bear fruits as it was Maia Cameron-Dick who got the HoundDogs on the board with a clearly worked double sweep play which saw the HoundDogs come back into the game 7-14, only for Kent Phoenix to score with almost the last play of the game 7-21.
The last game for the HoundDogs saw them face off against Kent Exiles. The HoundDogs though this could be another evenly matched game and neither teams disappointed. It was the Exiles who open the scoring but but the HoundDogs came back thanks to Maia Cameron-Dick again with another determined run as she marched her team down the field into the Exile’s EndZone 7-7. In a game that ebbed and flowed, the Exiles came back again but for another impressive run from Alfie Woods to even the score up at 14-14. At this point the young HoundDogs team seemed to lose energy as the Exiles ran in another 2 TouchDowns to finish the game winners at 28-14.
HoundDogs Coach, Luke Boorer added “Today has been a real learning curve for all the players. Several of our players have never played in a game before, so I am very proud of all the players. We have some greta talent coming through and
we have really expanded over the last few month. This is the 1st time we have managed to put out an U11’s and a U14’s at the same competition, which is fantastic for the club. Today Maia and Alfie really impressed on Offence, but we had some great defence play from Finn Wilson, Clare Townsend, Caven Baker-Sells and the player I call Mr Defence in Adam Taylor. Not only did we get two teams out, but we also had a number of girls in our teams as well as the other club proving it’s not just a sport for boys. We are now coming to the end of season but we will return in September with hopefully a few more recruits and we will go into next year stronger as a team and a club.”
The Luke Boorer Carpets MVP’s are
Offence – Maia Cameron-Dick. This is only Maia’s 2nd tournament and she really excelled on the pitch. She lead the Offence and also played extremely well on Defence to help her teammates out. Watching Maia run the ball is amazing. It’s almost looks as though she floats across the ground with speed.
Defence – Adam Taylor. Adam is a new recruit this season and has really demonstrated a willingness to learn and develop. Adam again made lots of very good stops on D. We just need to get him to be more vocal and start to help lead the Defence on the pitch.
Wednesday the 17th is the last session of the season. However, the HoundDogs return to training on Wednesday the 4th of September at Horsebridge Rec, 6:30PM.
**Photos courtesy of Reece-photography**
Sunday the 14th of July saw the first, of what is going to be an annual event called the Dog Bowl. The event is an invite event organised by the Committee from the Hellingly HoundDogs and sees teams from across the South take part at U11’s and U14’s in Flag American Football.
The HoundDogs hosted teams from Brighton and Hove Scorpions (U14’s), Kent Exiles, Kent Phoenix and South Coast Spitfires (U11’s) compete in a round robin with added points for winning, scoring and losing by as smallest margin as possible.
The day started with the draw which sorted out the running order and games got under way at 10:30.
South Coast Spitfires won the U11’s Bowl after going the
whole competition without losing a single game with their dominant game play. The Kent Exiles picking up the U14’s title after a tight battle for the Bowl with Kent Phoenix which only came down to the fact that the Exiles conceded less points in their defeat.
HoundDogs Chairman added “Today was a great day for our club and all the other clubs that traveled. We saw some fine football action on the pitch and real sportsmanship off the field. This for me is what Youth Football is about. We saw the Scorpions play their first ever game of Football as well as getting their first ever win. The day also raised over £500 for the HoundDogs which will go back into the club to purchase some new equipment for all the players to benefit from. We had a BBQ going along with a merch stall, cakes, sweets and a Raffle. We would like to thank several local business who donated prizes to us including Haulaway Skips, Hailsham Pavilion, EP SPorts, Football America, Sport Bucks and Gun Brewery. The plan is to make this an annual event and we will be looking to expand the event in 2020 to 6 teams in age group. I would like to congratulate the winners and thank all those who helped out on the day. These volunteers is what our club has been built on and why we have achieved so much success these last few years.”
U11’s Flag Results
HHD 14 – 14 Phoenix
Exiles 7 – 21 Spitfires
Phoenix 0 – 21 Spitfires
Exiles 14 – 7 HHD
Spitfires 21 – 7 HHD
Phoenix 14 – 21 Exiles
U14’s Flag Results
HHD 14 – 7 Scorpions
Phoenix 14 – 7 Exiles
Scorpions 7 – 28 Exiles
Phoenix 21 – 7 HHD
Exiles 28 – 14 HHD
Scorpions 35 – 14 Phoenix