As part of the annual Hellingly HoundDogs fundraising efforts, all players will be encouraged to again, take part in the Alfriston Pre-school’s Fun Run on the 28th of September. However, this year some of the… More
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
Hellingly HoundDogs YAFC are pleased to announce an exciting development of an invitational midseason Flag tournament.
The HoundDogs have hosted several friendly tournaments since their formation in 2016 and this is another leap forward for the club.
The event will take place on Sunday the 14th of July and host teams from Kent Exiles, Kent Phoenix, Solent Spitfires and newly formed Brighton and Hove Scorpions.
The club have invested in 2 hand crafted wooden bowls which will be presented to the winning teams annually, along with each player receiving their individual winners medals.
Chairman, Luke Boorer added “This event is something the Committee have been working hard to deliver and we want it to become something the whole country want to get involved in. Currently we have 5 teams involved for the first year but are looking to possibly expand this over the next couple of years. We are lucky that at Horsebridge we could potentially have 6 pitches, so expanding shouldn’t be a problem. As usual, part of our clubs thinking is to work with the community, so we have tried to utalise local business. Our BBQ meat has all come from Alderman’s Butchers in Newick, we have had T-shirts printed at Print Asylum in Uckfield, the wood for the awards from EC Forest Products at Whitesmith, the logo was designed by local artist Rachel Jones and we have had many raffle prizes donated by local business. We are hoping for a sunny day and some fantastic football along with lots of spectators.”
The day is due to start around 10AM.
Hellingly HoundDogs would like to thank the following for their donations:
Haulaways – Wine Hamper
Hailsham Pavilion – 2 Cinema tickets
Gun Brewery – 6 Cans of ale
Football America – Philadelphia Eagle’s Superbowl ball
E P Sports – 2 NFL caps
Sports Bucks – 2 Balls
Luke Boorer – NFL merchandise
Peter Drake – Selection of wine
Dave Boorer – Bottle of Whiskey
Sunday the 7th of July saw the HoundDogs host, as they teamed up with their brothers from Kent Phoenix and East Kent Mavericks to form the South East Legion Team as they entained Cobham Cougars in the BAFA National U19’s Division 1.
The pitch at Horsebridge looked stunning after overnight rain left the ground glistering for American Football’s first ever 9v9 game at Horsebridge. Hellingly Rugby Club had agreed for the HoundDogs/Legion team to utilise the posts and the Cricket section allowed the team to use the Clubhouse.
The game started badly for the Legion, with the Cougars taking an early lead in the 1st quarter after a long punt return to take the score to 8-0. The Legion offence then took the lead and with a fumbled snap, Cobham pounced on and soon saw the ball in the EndZone again as their lead became increased to 14-0.
The game didn’t get much better for the Legion as Cobham ran in another TD to take the score to 22-0. However, a few sparks from the Legion saw some great work from QB Jacob Boorer and his Offence as they marched the ball down the field with Charlie Horne running the ball in to score and then complete the 2 point conversion to make the score 22-8 at the half
The second half started with a great return from the Legion and then Boorer picked out Cameron Buggs to move the score to 22-14 and then complete the 2 point conversion to tighten the score to 22-16. In a game that ebbed and flowed all day, this time was Cobham who scored next and saw them extend their lead to 30-16 followed by the Legion getting 2 points from a safety to make the score 30-18. Again the Legion replied at the start of the 4th quarter as Boorer connected with Buggs again add another 6 points to the Legion scoreline 30-22. A large part of the drive was down to a fantastic catch from Riley Davis who picked up his first yardage of the year for the receiver as he demonstrated what he will be bringing to the 2020 Legion team. As the Legion chased the game Cobham picked off Boorer and score and then managed to get on the scoreboard again very late on in the game as the clocked ticked its way to the final whistle with the score finishing 42-22.
Head Coach Luke Boorer added “It’s been a massive week for the HoundDogs club and all our partners in the Legion. We have had Flag Teams compete in different location on Saturday as well as today’s game. It has been a very tiring weekend, but what a weekend it has been. We, the Legion have this year giving around 35 players the chance to play Football that looks like what the kids see on TV with the NFL and College, in 9 a side Football. All the players contributed in this game and this season as a whole. We finished with a record of 1-5 this year which just to get that win, some teams wait 3 or 4 years to do that. What was great about today was to get scoring. We haven’t scored in the last few games, which has been disappointing as I know we had the offence that could put up lots of points on the board against teams. This game will really boost the confidence of the lads and although we lost we really came together as a unit and started to demonstrate that teams can work together, if coaches and management leave their egos at home and put the kids first. I really think we have made other club sit up and take notice. However, we are not finished. We will get all the coaches and management teams to sit down and start planning for next year, seeing what we did well this year, what we want to do next year and how we are going to put the plans in place to make that happen. I would like to thank all the players, coaches, Committees, parents and Referees for this season. It has been a real rollercoaster of emotions. It has been the 1st ever time I have worked with U19’s and I loved it and will definitely be back next year.”
The best of Eastbourne MVP’s
Special Team MVP – Danny Townsend, some fantastic blocking skill demonstrated along with overall knowledge of the role he was set.
Offence MVP – Jacob Boorer, led the Offence well in getting the ball moving and actually started to move his legs as he picked up his 1st rushing yards of the season.