HoundDog News

HoundDogs at London Youth Sport Games

Saturday the 6th of July saw the HoundDog Flag Team invited, from NFLUK, to take part in the London Youth Sport Games at Crystal Palace Stadium, London.

This was the u16’s Flag team the first chance 66222848_2410005815901000_5401319522483306496_n to wear their new kit that was kindly sponsored by Luke Boorer Carpets and produced by British firm GDZ Sports. The kit proudly displays the HoundDogs name along Luke Boorer Carpets Logo, with the Union Jack and  Sussex County Flag on the shoulders.

The games saw the HoundDogs face off against some usual opponents in Kent Exiles and Kent Phoenix. In all the HoundDogs team played 5 games against their opponents and walked away with victory in all 5. This is the first time ever that the HoundDogs have managed a clean sweep in a tournament format. The results finished as:

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Adam, Finn, Harrison, Luan, Alax, Alfie, Stan, Benjamin and Charlie

HHD 21-6 Kent Phoenix
HHD 21-7 Kent Exiles
HHD 14-0 Kent Phoenix
HHD 8-0 Kent Exiles
HHD 20-14 Kent Phoenix

Harrison Kane 5TD’s
Stan Wilson 3TD’s
Charlie Boorer 2TD’s
Alfie Woods 1TD
Adam Taylor Pick 6

Coach Luke Boorer added “Today we had a great day. Everything we tried, paid off. We had a mixed team of experience and some rookie in the team, which was amazing to see the older kids helping the younger members along the way. It was a bit unfortunate that we couldn’t take the whole squad with us but we did try and take a mixture of all abilities. I am really pleased for all the lads. All that they have practised at training, they executed out on the pitch and displayed their skills to an exceptional level. It was a real pleasure to see. There were so many highlights including Woodsy Running TD to Stan’s one handed grab. I am sure the lads will be posting some of the video all over social media in the next few days. However, I would like to say a special mention to Luan and Finn who played in their first ever games of American Football.

Luke Boorer Carpet MVP’s go to:

Defence MVP – Adam Taylor. When the HoundDogs needed a stop, it was Adam that jumped in there with the tackle.

Offence MVP – Harrison Kane. Popped up with 5 TD’s in his first ever flag tournament as well as bagging several extra point conversions.

Overall MVP – Stan Wilson. Another player playing in his 1st Flag Tournament, Stan managed 3TD’s, several stops on D along with an amazing 1 handed catch.
The HoundDogs next action is on Sunday the 14th as the HoundDogs introduce a new format to the game with the Dog Bowl. The event is due to start at 10Am on Sunday 14th of July at Horsebridge Rec, near Hailsham.

AGM details

The Committee of Hellingly HoundDogs are agm 2019 pleased announced that the 2019 AGM date has been set for Tuesday the 23rd of July at the Clubhouse at Horsebridge Rec, near Hailsham starting at 7:30PM.

Below is a list of the roles available to be voted in on the night. Candidates that wish to stand must notify the Secretary via email, before 10PM on Tuesday the 16th of July of their intention to stand and a brief summary of why they fill they are right for the job, this will also include any current Committee member wishing to re-apply. This information will be emailed out to all parents along with the Agenda, Chairman’s report, Treasurer’s report and the 2018 minutes.

Chairman job Description
vice chairman description.
secretary job description.
treasurer role description.
Commercial manager description.
welfare officer description.
generic committee member description.

Please email all applications to the Secretary via hellinglyhounddogs@hotmail.com

Please vote that only over 18s and club members are eligible to vote. As a Youth Club, one parent is eligible to vote per family.

If anyone has any questions, please email the club secretary.

Legion lose another in loss

Sunday 23rd of June saw the HoundDogs U19 players again team up to form the SE Legion.

With a depleted quad of just 18 players including 64864162_2815223511828131_1696836210216927232_o just 3 players from the HoundDogs organisation, the day was always going to be a tough ask as they travel around the M25 to play against London Warriors.

The game was delayed due to medic cover not being in place. As soon as the medic turned up, the refs got the game underway. The Legion struggled on both sides of the ball, as unforced mistakes added up. A botched punt return was the start of it, followed by failed blocks, fumbles etc which kept the Legion on the back foot. With the game approaching half time, and the score 48-0, the Legion lost another player whilst resulted in an ambulance being called.

After a 2 hour delay whilst the Ambulance crew treated the downed Legion player, the ref took the decision to call the game ended at the end of the half. The good news is that the Legion player was released from hospital and returned home.

There are no MVP awards awarded due to lack of player numbers however mentions for Danny Townsend snapping, playing his first game as a starter at Centre, along with a couple of good returns from Riley Davis on punt return.

The SE Legion now have 2 weeks off before they entertain Cobham Cougars at Horsebridge on Sunday the 7th of July, which will the the Legion’s last game of the 2019 season.

Legion lose out at Wembley

Sunday the 16th of June saw the HoundDogs U19’s

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Jacob Boorer being sacked

team up with the Mavericks and Phoenix to form the SE Legion again as this week saw the rookie outfit travel to the Home of Wembley Stallions.

On arrival the heaven decided to open with an extremely heavy shower that lasted about an hour, but with an hour till kick off and the sun poking through the clouds, both of the teams emerged from the changing rooms to get ready for the game.

The 1st half was dominated by Wembley as the

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George Davies on the charge

-PAXP-deijE Legion struggled on offence. However, the Defence were looking in the mood to play and regularly stopped the Stallions offence even though the offence failed to give them much time off the field as they regularly were forced to punt after gaining very little ground. The end of the half was approaching as one of the Legion’s best plays started to make ground only for the Legion player to suffer from an injury which required Hospital treatment which also lead to a very long pause to the game due to waiting for the medical cover to return.

The Stallions went into the second half 20-0 up.

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Riley Davis looking for the catch

The defence carried on where they left off and finished the game picking off the Stallions QB a couple of times as well as sacking him numerous times throughout the second half. Even the Offence started to get some plays together which resulted in a few 1st down but they never managed to cross the Stallions line and get points on the board. The final whistle blew with the score finishing Stallions 26- 0 Legion.

Coach, Luke Boorer added “Not the greatest day at the office for us. On offence we never really got going. We made some really silly mistakes which resulted in us failing to gain yards. We were a few players down due to one reason and another, but those there, played hard and never gave up. Defence looked good but my biggest worry is that is the second game on the trot we have failed to score. We will sit down look over what went wrong and try to fix these issues. However, I am not too disappointed. We have a very young squad, who in the next two years will develop into some fantastic talent.”

The ‘Best of Eastbourne’ MVP Awards go to

Defence MVP – Clayton Jarvis. Fought hard on the line all game.

Offence MVP – George Davies. One of the few players on offence to gain reasonable yardage for the team.

Special Team MVP- Danny Townsend – Made several good blocks to try and make room for the ball carrier.

*Photos courtesy of Tony Small*

Flag team gain vital experience

Sunday the 9th of June saw the HoundDogs take a group of players to Canterbury, the home of the East Kent Mavericks.

The event was held to offer new players some IMG_20190609_101636427_HDR game day experience and help develop skills that all the coaches have been installing over the last few months.

The HoundDogs started off with a game against a a very inexperienced Mavericks U12’s team. As with these events before, the game is based around development rather than going for a complete winning mentally. The HoundDogs started well with a 12-0 win thanks to Alfie Woods, who scored both TouchDowns including a pick 6 in his first ever game of American Football.

Next up was the more experienced opponents of Kent Phoenix U12’s. In past events, the HoundDogs and Phoenix have had some really close games. However, the HoundDogs run out winner this time with another 12-0 win. Again, it was Alfie Woods who scored both TD’s for the HoundDogs team.

For the 3rd game, the HoundDogs stepped up a level to play against the Mavericks U14’s. This is where HoundDogs Adam Taylor came into his own. Adam scored the first TD for the HoundDogs, and then grabbed a pick 6, using his speed over the 3G pitch to take the score to 12-0. The HoundDogs then turned the ball over and saw Adam Taylor complete his hat-trick of TD as again he moved from the back field at pace to take the score to 18-0. The Mav’s came back with a TD of their own in the last minute, but the score finished 18-6.

Last up saw the HoundDogs take on a IMG_20190609_130733391.jpg very tall Phoenix U14’s team. This game was another level for what the HoundDogs had already faced during the day. The HoundDogs moved the ball well but couldn’t quite get over the line as they lost out to the Phoenix 12-0.

Coach Luke Boorer added “We had a great day which saw a lot of the skills the players had been taught by Coaches Jamie and Ronnie at training. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always great to win games but for me on a personal level at these age groups, it’s more about developing players skills and their attitudes to sport and the opposition. We were hoping to have two teams represent the HoundDogs on the day but we didn’t quite have the numbers this time. However, we are hosting a tournament in July where we hope to have more players available.”

MVP awards
Offence MVP – Tough one but this award is going to be joint MVP. Alfie Woods and Adam Taylor both demonstrated great skills in all the games to help the HoundDogs score.

Defence MVP – Charlie Fairway. Charlie has been with the HoundDogs since day 1 and has been to every game. However, it’s only recently that he has really started to understand and read the game and this includes making numerous tackles to save the opposition scoring.