Full Awards Now Online

That’s it! All of the BLITZ AWARDS 2013 is now available online. Enjoy, share, like and comment!

Former Wildcats player from 2006 – 2010, Darren MacDonald, said “Sitting watching all the Blitz Awards videos from this year is bringing me about some Nostalgia. I had some fantastic years with the Highland Wildcats alongside a number of amazing guys. I am so thankful to everyone who I played alongside, was coached by, and coached during my time at the Inverness Blitz. You really don’t realise how much the experience has molded you until you look back and see it changing other peoples lives. I think the ‘Positive Life Pathways’ and the ‘HACL’ are going to be fantastic ways to implement physical activity in young adolescents, whilst teaching a number of different life skills! Watching Davie Grant receive his award and make his speech shows just how huge an impact american football has had in his life…it is definitely immeasurable. Only a few years ago It was myself on that stage. Watching how I had transformed from such a shy individual, into someone who had developed goals and ambitions, experienced success and failure and shared it with friends. I know every who is part of the Highland Wildcats, past and present, will know exactly what I am referring to! Enjoy it while you can gentlemen. Appreciate it and be grateful for the opportunity”

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BLITZ AWARDS 2013

1463358_480877205360046_1381318452_nThe Highland Wildcats celebrated their achievements in 2013 yesterday at the BLITZ AWARDS 2013 in the Ironworks, Inverness.  This was the ninth BLITZ AWARDS and always the show was full of action, emotional moments and lots of comedy.

The show opened with a prophecy, monk sketch with Wildcats player Colin Hamilton and host Robbie Paulin….You have to see it really for it to make sense!  Then it was onto the awards. Gemma Crawford from the Ironworks kicked things off handing our Best Youth Running Back to Mark Pyper and the Junior prize went to Cameron Davies.

Robert Taylor, Editor of the Inverness Courier, took over the next lot of prize giving and presented the Youth and Junior Rookie of the Season to Stephen McMeechan and Luke Crant respectively.

Kyle Robertson received Best Quarterback from author of the Twelve Hidden Laws of Performance, Donald MacNaughton.  Also picking up prizes from the top Sports Psychologist was Loudon Wheeler and Jamie Anderson for Most Versatile Player Youth and Junior.

Marc Hindley from Canary Dwarf (the creators of this very website) handed over the Most Improved Player.  Jordan Anderson scooped the award for the Youth Wildcats and Mark Betts took it for the Juniors.  Five futher awards for improvement during the season were awarded to Haris Ryalls, Euan Crawford, Ewan Sime, Alex MacDonald and Craig Findlay.

Director of the BLITZ AWARDS 2013 Alan Hoseason presented the Dedication and Commitment Awards which included Mark Pyper, Luke Crant, Colin Hamilton, Lewis Meeks and Steven Oag.  He remained on stage to surprise Daniel Woodley who picked up Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Highland Wildcats and continuing commitment to the team.

The second half kicked off with the Lineman and saw Stephen McMeechan pick up his Second BLITZ AWARD of the night and his coach and mentor Davie Grant being awarded the Best Lineman for Junior presented by Susan Standish-White from HighLife Highland.

Two of the clubs sponsors took to the stage next to give out the Best Wide Receiver and Best Defense Skilled Player.  Phill Coe from PJC Entertainment handed our Best Defensive Skilled player to Chris Shaw and Kyle Robertson.  Then Donnie Chisholm from the Carpet Emporium presented Erem Demirel and Shaun Matheson with the Best Wide Receiver prize.

It was then up to Richard Gilbert from the Inverness Area Sports Council to reveal the results of the Players vote for the Players Choice Awards. Coming out on top for the Youth team was Mark Pyper, Stephen McMeechan and Euan Crawford.  For the Junior team it was Luke Crant, Cameron Davies and Lewis Meeks that got the most votes from their fellow players.

The show ended with the Blitz Achievement Award which is presented to a player that has show long term dedication to the Wildcats over multiple seasons.  This year saw the 2012 winner, Kyle Roberston, hand the award over to his fellow team mate Davie Grant. Davie went on to make the “tear jerker” speech.

Robbie Paulin who hosted the show commented: “Davie really does sum up what the Blitz Achievement Award is all about.  He’s been involved for several years and in that time has improved immensely.  We’ve never had a player that’s created such a big impact on the field and attracted so much attention from all over the UK and even all over the world.  And to top it off he’s given back to the team by coming back and coaching the Youth Highland Wildcats.

I want to say well done to all the winners but also to those nominated as it’s genuinely tough to win a BLITZ AWARDS especially in particular categories.  But that’s also what makes winning one so special!

The volunteers involved in the show on the day were fantastic and the Ironworks crew were outstanding.”

Pictures and videos from the awards will be released over the next few days!

Countdown to the Blitz Awards

With only a few days until the BLITZ AWARDS 2013 we thought it would be a great time to look back on past events.

The BLITZ AWARDS 2013 will be hitting the Ironworks on Sunday.  The show is known for its player highlight videos, emotional look backs and a the odd surprise along the way.  “Odd” being the key word in that sentence.  Some of the random events to happen in the past have included blowing up the Crazy Frog, a visit from Borat, Captain Jack Sparrow being hunted down on a Harley Davidson by our mascot Rocky…Oh and the Harley made a return in 2011 when presenter Darcy Ida burst into the Ironworks on one.  We’ve also been known for our dance sketches.  The first being this little number by Alan Hoseason (now the director of the BLITZ AWARDS) and his backing dancers from the Senior Highland Wildcats:

Then in 2012 the Youth Highland Wildcats carried on the tradition (yeah…it’s become a tradition…) along with  presenter Robbie Paulin with their take on Gangnam Style:

We can reveal right here that there WILL be another dance this year…God help us all!

So as well as the random comedy parts in the BLITZ AWARDS it’s also known for it’s emotional look backs and this year is no different. 2013 sees a lot of the original development players from 2006 now moving on from the squad and there is a video dedicated especially to them that looks back on their years with the Highland Wildcats; set to Coldplay’s Fix You… you so can kind of see where that video is going! The Blitz Achievement Award is a big one this year and looks back on an amazing journey of one of our star players.

If you feel like getting into the BLITZ AWARDS spirit you can have a look back at parts from the last two years of the show right here:

BLITZ AWARDS 2011

BLITZ AWARDS 2012

The doors open at 5:30pm on Sunday but check out highlandwildcats.co.uk in the run up to the event to see some behind the scenes photos and videos on our Instagram feed #highlandwildcats as the BLITZ AWARDS stage is built and during rehearsals.  You can add to the stream whenever you take an Instagram relating to the BLITZ AWARDS or the Highland Wildcats in general by using #highlandwildcats.

Blitz Awards Predictions

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With just over a week until the BLITZ AWARDS 2013, what are your predictions for the different award sections?  A list of all of the award categories are below.  All are split by age except for the Best Quarterback.  Comment below this article with your prediction.

Best Running Back

Rookie of the Season

Best Quaterback

Most Improved Player

Most Improved (during 2013) x5

Dedication and Commitment Award x5

Best Lineman

Best Defensive Skilled Player (including Defensive Backs and Linebacks)

Best Wide Receiver

Players Choice Awards X6

Blitz Achievement Award

The BLITZ AWARDS 2013 is on Sunday, 10 November at the Ironworks.  Tickets are available from Box Office or the Highland Wildcats.

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Awards Categories Released

The BLITZ AWARDS 2013 is only six weeks away and the award categories have now been revealed.

Going back to traditional fashion the Best Running Back will be kicking off the show.  You normally find this happens every year at the BLITZ AWARDS and even last year, when it was replaced with Best Rookie to open the show, it was in fact a Running Back that won it.  Best Running Back is split into two different age categories, one for Youth and one for Junior.  This is true of a lot of awards this year including: Best Wide Receiver, Best Defensive Skilled Player (which includes Linebackers and Defensive Backs) Best Lineman (including Offensive and Defensive Linemen), Most Versatile Player, Rookie of the Season and Most Improved Player.  Quarterback will be one for all age groups along with the Blitz Achievement Award.

New this year will be an add on to the Most Improved Player.  Traditionally the Most Improved Player is for players that have come back from previous seasons and stepped up to make an impact to their team.  This will remain the same however the add on will be several awards for players that have improved within the 2013 season.

Several awards will be given out for dedication and commitment and there will be the Players Choice Awards where players have voted for who they think deserves to be recognised for their efforts.

The BLITZ AWARDS 2013 is on Sunday, 10 November at the Ironworks.  Tickets are available from the Wildcats and the Ironworks Box Office or via TicketMaster Via www.ironworksvenue.com

 

 

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