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… More
Friday the 17th of November has gone down as a historic day for Hellingly Hound Dogs and its Chairman, Luke Boorer.
A few weeks ago, Luke found out he had been nominated for Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2017 Sussex Sports Awards which was to be held at The Grand Hotel on Brighton sea front.
The evening consisted of a sit down meal, followed by the award presentations and guest speaker. The evening was hosted by Danny Pike from BBC Radio Sussex, and he was joined on stage by winner of 10 Invictus Games medals, and hopeful GB Paralympian Mike Goody.
Luke was joined as a nominee by Eric Douglin from Bexhill Basketball Club and Marnie Williams from Storm Basketball Club, based in Crawley.
AND THE WINNER WAS…………………………………
Luke Boorer added “It was a complete shock. I know Eric and all he has done for sport and Bexhill Basketball Club, and was convinced that he was going to win. When they started reading out snippets of what the winner had achieved, I still thought that it wasnt me. It was only when he read my name out, did I actually start to realise I had won. Its a real honour just to be nominated and I was excited by this fact alone. I have been to the awards night in previous years and know what a fantastically organised evening it is and how special it is for all attending. I would also like to thank all the rest of the team involved with Hellingly Hound Dogs. We have a fantastic back room including the
Coaches and Committee, who are a very dedicated team. Without them, our club probably wouldn’t exist. I would also like to say a big thank you to the team over at SEYAF, who have supported our club since the day that we were founded. As a club, we have come a very long way in a short space of time, but we still have some amazing things to come. This is not the end of where we want to be. We want to offer the kids of Sussex the chance to play this fantastic sport and want really want to continue to develop players and turn them into a team that the community can be really proud of. ”
Sunday the 5th of November saw an early fireworks display at Eastbourne Sports Park, as the newly formed Hellingly HoundDogs Under 17’s contact team got its first ever run out as a team. Kent Phoenix travelled from Maidstone to Eastbourne to help give the fledgling team the taste of what to expect from contact football.
The day saw the teams go head to head over 3 practice games. The Phoenix ran away winners of all three games but the scores were not the main reason for the event. All the games proved to be a great learning curve for the HoundDogs, as they develop from Rookies into a team.
The HoundDogs, however , found the going hard during the games. They came up against a team that had not only competed in the BAFA League in 2017, but a squad that carried more experience along with a massive height and weight advantage.
Taking these factors aside, there were many highlights for the HoundDogs on the day as the team completed several 1st downs and interceptions. The main highlights were a TD when Riley Davis caught a throw from Jacob Boorer and Harrison Kane’s 4 interceptions.
Joint Head Coach, Alastair Cameron-Dick added “‘The boys really stepped up in their first outing, showing no signs of being intimidated by the other side’s greater size and experience. Even short on numbers they did a fantastic job of playing both sides of the ball, showing some pretty impressive skills. Riley and Charlie had a great game with some good catches and runs. Our QB Jacob showed poise and a good arm even while under pressure. Our defence looked up to the task with 4 interceptions and can now look to refine their tackling technique. Now with their first full contact game under their belt they can build off of this and be even more ready next time.”
The DPO Home Improvement MVP awards goes to:
- Offence MVP – Riley Davis, Completed numerous catches and carries, and scored the teams only TD.
- Defense MVP – Harrison Kane, 4 interception and lead the D in tackles.
- Overall MVP – Ned Foster, played almost every snap…and played with the intensity and confidence against players literally twice his size.
HoundDogs Chairman, Luke Boorer added “It was great to see the team get the chance to play and show off what they had been training so hard to do. We still have a long way to go, including player development and recruitment, but we have made a massive leap forward. We are still unsure as to what we will do with regards to a league in 2018, although we are hopeful that we will see a lot more games. We have the Christmas break approaching but are already looking and planning for next season, including scrimmage/games in a similar fashion as today. I would like to thank all the coaches who have made today possible, along with the parents who have stayed to watch their sons play this fantastic game.”
Sunday the 8th October saw a Hellingly houndDogs AFC send their Cadet team to Canterbury in round 1 of the SEYAF Championships 2017/18. This season sees the HoundDogs entering only a Cadet team due as a lot of last season’s Youth team moved up to the U17’s Contact team.
The team started the tournament against last
season’s runner’s up, East Kent Mavericks. The team started slowly on offence and struggled to move the ball very well. On the other hand, the Mavericks looked well set up and ran away with the game 24-0. The score could have been worse had it not been for a few fantastic stops by the defence especially Charlie Mullineux.
The HoundDogs then took on Kent Phoenix. The team fared slightly better, but still failed
to cross the line and score. However, they managed to move the ball for several 1st downs and came with a few yards of scoring thanks to a couple of nice runs from Ben Boorer and Morgan Scott-Brundle. The score went in the favour of the Phoenix 12-0
Then came the Kent Exiles, who had won the Championship the previous year. Thing could have not got off better with a weaving run on the first play of the game that saw the HoundDogs just 10 yards short of the endzone. It was then a throw from Hayden Puttick who Ben Boorer then saw the HoundDogs cross the line and score. The
Exiles came back thanks to some amazing work from their Running backs which score them move to 18-3. Charlie Pattenden then made a great stop as the Exiles looked to run riot. The game finished with the Exiles winning 18-6.
The HoundDogs then saw the return of the Phoenix. The HoundDogs started brightly thanks to Morgan’s weaving runs, along with some new players being thrown in from the coach saw the Dogs almost cross the line. However, things started to fall apart thanks to a couple of long runs from the Phoenix’s running back with saw them score of two successive drive. The game finished Phoenix 12, HoundDogs 0.
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Hellingly HoundDogs are actively looking to recruit more players to all three age groups.
Since there formation in May 2016, Hellingly HoundDogs have been looking to recruit more players to their Flag Football programme. This was mainly aimed at players aged between 8 an 14. Flag Football is the non-contact version of American Football and helps players to develop their skills in a fun and safe environment.
Earlier in 2017, the club were awarded a Sport England grant of £9830 to help develop a new contact/kitted team, aimed at encouraging more 14 to 17 year old to come along and play American football. The aim is to enter a team into a league in 2018 and for the team to start to play competitive football at all age groups.
So if you are aged 8 to 18, and fancy trying American Football, contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
We will be taking a couple of players and games to local events through out the summer to fetes and events including the following:
Saturday 8th July – Ratton School Fair
Sunday 9th July – Horam Fun Day
Sunday 23rd July – Hailsham Lions Club Fun Day
So come along, say hello, try some American Football kit on and have a go at our QB throwing game.