Hellingly HoundDogs returning to training on the 4th of September, but it’s not only new players they are looking for.
The HoundDogs organsation would like to hear from anyone interested in joining the HoundDogs in a coaching/volunteer role with the club. The club can offer assistance with any new volunteer with help obtaining their DBS check along with their BAFCA level 1 Coaching award.
Chairman Luke Boorer added “We welcomed two new coaches to our current ranks last year and would like to further extend this. Coaches Jamie and Ronnie really helped ease the pressure on the coaches when they joined and really brought a new breath of fresh air to the coaching team. Coaching is a great way to really help shape the future of these kids lives. It is very rewarding and a lot of fun too.”
Any person wishing to get involved with the club should contact the club Chairman, Luke boorer through our email address email@example.com
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 players have been encouraging the coaches to join them, but with age and fitness levels on what can only be described as “going in the wrong direction” some of the coaches will instead take part in a a non-alcohol month. This event will coincide with the fun run with both events taking place in the month of September.
Coaches Alastair, Ronnie, Luke and Sean will be attempting to raise £500 to help purchase a defibrillator and donated to Hellingly Sports Club for all the sections of the club to use.
Hounddogs Chairman, Luke Boorer added “As a club, we were built on giving the next generation of kids the chance to play sport in a safe environment. In 2018 we worked hard to achieve ClubMark status and believe purchasing a defibrillator will further our commitment to all of our players. We want to offer the best care possible to all of our players and believe that you can not put a price on anyone’s life. When we were formed as a club, Hellingly Sports Club welcomed us with open arms at Horsebridge and we believe purchasing a defib and placing it in the main clubhouse for the Rugby, Cricket and Bowls sections to use, gives us the chance to repay some of the gratuite that these clubs showed us. The defib will cost over £1000 to buy and we are really hoping to raise at least 50% of the cost with this event. We are hoping that all the sections members might be able to help sponsor our coaches in this challenge.”
If you want to help all the coaches achieve their target, please use the link below and donate through the clubs Just Giving page.
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.