Snowy Start for HACL

Article by Tom Green…

HACL 2017 Practice

The Highland Wildcats hosted the first of their four combined practices ahead of the 2017 Highland Academy Community League season. 48 young people from the six HACL set-ups participated in the event through the cold and snowy weather conditions which led to other sporting events in the Inverness area being cancelled.

This was the first American football experience for half of the players involved in the session which is a promising sign for the upcoming HACL. The Millburn Academy Eagles had the strongest turnout out of the 6 teams fielding 13 players for the opening practice of the season. The Black Isle Stags and the Inverness Royal Academy Sharks also had large turnouts for the opening session.

After the Combined Practice, the Wildcats Youth Development Officer, Robbie Paulin, said, “I was really pleased with the turnout and enthusiasm of the players considering the weather that we had in the lead up to the practice.” He was also pleased with the quality of the opening practice for such a large event and stated that “It’s always a concern I have about the large community league practices that the quality drops considerably from the smaller Wildcats practices that we used to have at this time of year pre-HACL but some of the scrimmages that I saw today were looking great for a first practice!”

The HACL regular season kicks off at 12pm on the 11th February at the Bught Park.

Week 1 games:

12pm kickoffs:

Black Isle Stags vs Millburn Academy Eagles

Charleston Academy Knights vs Inverness High School Predators


1pm kickoffs:

Black Isle Stags vs Inverness Royal Academy Sharks

Millburn Academy Eagles vs Culloden Academy Raptors


2pm kickoffs:

Inverness High School Predators vs Culloden Academy Raptors

Charleston Academy Knights vs Inverness Royal Academy Sharks

Article by Tom Green…



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