Hellingly Hounddogs AFC are pleased to announce the date of the club first AGM. The date has been set as Monday the 16th of July at the clubhouse on Horsebridge Rec starting at 7PM. All… More
Sunday the 22nd saw the Hellingly HoundDogs travel to Maidstone as they took on teams from East Kent Mavericks and the host, Kent Phoenix.
The team played the first game against Kent Phoenix in a new format to the team, as they
played 7 a side football for the first time. There was also a new pitch design for the team, as they played on a pitch less designed to look like Flag Football and more like the traditional game with the whole pitch marked in yards. The Phoenix proved too strong for the HoundDogs as they ran out 24-0 winners. Both Riley Davis and Charlie Boorer managed to make some yards for the Offence. There were also a couple of good plays on the defence from Joules Parsons and Stan Wilson as they looked to control a rampant Phoenix team.
Game two saw a more traditional 5v5 game against East Kent Mavericks. The young HoundDogs team struggled to swap between the two formats of the sport, as a very well drilled Mavericks team ran away with the game. The HoundDogs suffered as they tried to chase the game with deeper throws, which resulted in the Mavs running up a score. The HoundDogs did, however, get themselves on the scoreboard with Riley Davis connecting with a throw from Jacob Boorer from 2 yards out. The result would have been worse if it hadn’t been for a fantastic tackle from Ned Foster, who stopped a rampaging Mavs player just 3 yards short of the endzone.
The third game saw a return to 7 on 7 against the Phoenix. This time the
scores were slightly closer and the game more open. The HoundDogs managed to get their offence going with some good strong running from Roman Cameron-Dick and the Wide Receiver pairing of Charlie Boorer and Riley Davis. The O-line of Euan Hammond, Danny Townsend and Alex Edwards gave the QB Jacob Boorer more time to get set, which resulted in more yards made. Harrison Kane and Alex Mckay also started to come more into the game with some tackles aided by Clayton Jarvis on the line.
Coach Alastair Cameron-Dick added “After what has only been a handful of previous games the players stepped up and played with confidence and ability suggesting much greater experience. Again they faced opposing teams with far greater roster numbers and often greater size and met them toe to toe making every game competitive. This is a feat in itself. A number of players were seeing their first action and stepped up admirably, those returning with previous experience had clearly built on their last performance. Danny again showed why he was chosen as captain, acting as leader and morale booster all day. Ned continued to play much bigger than his stature. Charlie played especially well on O and stepped up for the D when their numbers dwindled. Stan built on his first outing, where he got an interception, and showed some of the better tackling of the day. We played as a team and showed great respect all day. We had some shining moments but highlighted many more weakness which we will focus on in the coming training sessions. I think I can speak for Coach Luke too when I say I walked away from today’s tournament very proud to say ‘I coach those boys!”
The EuroShowers Man of the Match goes to:
Defense MVP – Stan Wilson, a much improved performance of tackling fundamentals.
Offence MVP – Charlie Boorer, continued to run some fantastic routes against players older than himself, made several good catches and jumped in on D.
Overall MVP – Danny Townsend, again, leading from the front in ability and attuide.
The HoundDogs are back in action on Sunday the 27th of May as they host a tournament at Horsebridge Recreational ground.
After consultation with players, the Committee have taken the decision to move training from its current home to a saturday morning.
Training will commence on Saturday the 28th of April at Horsebridge Recreational
ground, near Hailsham starting at 10AM till Noon.
Club Chairman, Luke Boorer added “We spoke to all the players and coaches following the success of Saturday morning when at Eastbourne Sports Park. A few of the players also play rugby and training coincide with rugby training which meant the players were left in a predicament as to which to attend, and we didn’t feel this was very fair. Saturday morning was the most popular outcome and I am pleased to say the Committee agreed”.
The HoundDogs are still looking to recruit more players to join the existing squad, so if you are interested in joining the newest club in Sussex, get in contact with us through our email address or by using Social Media.
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.
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 email@example.com
Sunday the 25th of March saw Hellingly HoundDogs host teams from Kent Phoenix and
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
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
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.
Our friend, Richard Ashby has been coming along to the last few training sessions with his videocamera and has been filming our U17’s at training. Richard has complied this fantastic video of the boys going through their paces. We hope you enjoy the video as much as we do. We can’t thank Richard enough for all his hard work and his amazing work that he has done for our club.
We are still recruiting for the 2018 season. So if you enjoyed what you have seen and are aged 13 to 17, come along and give it a go.