The Highland Wildcats would like to welcome the Clackmannanshire Ravens and Moray Tide to the BAFA National League.
Clackmannanshire Ravens, who have been developing over the past year, are entering a Youth and Junior team into the BAFANL in 2014 and are likely to face the Wildcats on a number of occasions at both age groups. The team was set up by Head Coach, Colin Muldoon who’s interest started in American football in the 80s playing for the Clydesdale Colts.
Colin Muldoon commented, “We’re are looking forward to our first season in the League and the prospect of some good hard hitting football has the players looking forward to the first game.”
The Wildcats have been in contact with the Ravens since July last year. Wildcats Head Coach, Robbie Paulin said, “It’s impressive how far the Ravens have come in a reasonably short period of time. Colin has done a fantastic job of not only coaching the team but recruiting volunteers, organising fund raising activities and sourcing equipment and facilities. I can see them providing some tough competition at both age levels in 2014!”
Under the watchful eyes of Coach Muldoon and his assistant coach Ricky Bannerman (former Glasgow Lions player); the Ravens train at Fishcross Playing Fields and were going to become the Wildcats closest neighboring team; being a meager 147 miles away. However, this changed when the Moray Tide came onto the scene in October of last year.
The Tide, a youth team based in Elgin, will be the Wildcats closest away game in 2014 with them being only 40 miles from the Highland capital. Set up and coached by former Highland Wildcats player and coach, Dave Ronald; the team are set to play one of the Highland Academy Community League development squads on 15 March in a pre-season friendly. This will be the team’s first game situation.
Talking about his new team, Dave Ronald said, ” The team is excited going into their first season. There has been a lot of hard work gone into making this season happen and with a lot of hard work left to do between now and April we must focus on the task ahead. We cannot wait to see how we will compare against the other Scottish sides in 2014″
Paulin commented, “Dave was my assistant coach with the youth Highland Wildcats in 2005 to 2008 and was a fantastic addition to the team. In fact, I value his knowledge so much that I asked him to return for a few practices in 2011 as we prepared for Britbowl XXV and his input really did give us an edge going into that competition. He lives in Lossiemouth and used to travel and hour out and back to Inverness every week to coach, so it’s fantastic that he’s now got a team to work with right on his doorstep and to be able to spread the sport into that area. His contribution to the Wildcats was outstanding and we have made sure that his team is off to a good start by donating equipment to the new club. With Dave’s knowledge and experience the Tide are going to be a strong team in the Scottish conference.”
If you’re based in Elgin or Clackmannanshire and want to get involved, check out the Tide and Raven’s on Twitter: @Clacksravens and @MorayTide