Complete Blitz Awards

It’s finally all online! You can now watch all of the BLITZ AWARDS 2015 in its entirety. From our Hereos intro, to Davie getting electrocuted, to the parents’ Replacement spoof, all the awards, a musical dedicated to Stephan McMeechan, to Chris’s speech…it’s time to sit back and relive the 2015 season!

The Halftime Show

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Camp as a row of pink tents… The BLITZ AWARDS 2014, the tenth anniversary of the show, saw the “Better than the Superbowl Halftime Show” Halftime Show, take place at – believe it or not – halftime on Sunday 16 November. It saw the Staff perform their take on Queen – I Want to Break Free; some of the coaches took on Beyonce – Single Ladies; the youth did Thriller and the Junior smashed High School Musical … they all had to learn the words specially for the show … Honestly, they didn’t know them before… And the halftime show finished with coaches James Hudson and Robbie Paulin showing us their Dirty Dancing!

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Robbie speaks about the intro to the tenth anniversary show…

“The last few intros to the blitz awards have been a bit nuts. In 2012 Colin pranked me on the way to the show and, from his control room, commanded the team in an effort to pretty much ruin my day… Then in 2013 we were given a prophecy… Yeah it’s complicated but check them out below.

This year, for the tenth show, we’ve got experts working on a really special look back at the blitz awards to intro the 10th birthday celebrations. I just need to brush up on my time travelling laws and etiquette… Don’t want to mess up the timeline or anything.

Just before the show, make sure you keep an eye on the big screen because I’ll be sending you guys some video messages from a secret location…”

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There’s more dancing this year … We can’t figure out if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing!

Because it’s the tenth blitz awards there needed to be something more, so we’ve got the “Better than the Superbowl Halftime Show” halftime show. This is when the the staff, youth and junior team dance in, what we think isn’t an exaggeration if it’s described as, a spectacular seven minutes of breathtaking talent … Then it’s down to you to decide which is the best. You’ll be able to vote for which act you think deserves to win the BLITZ AWARDS 2014 dance off! There will be four buckets, each representing one of the acts and the one with the most cash at the end will win. This will be announced later on the Wildcats facebook page.

The staff have done their take on Queen – I Want to Break Free…

The coaches, Davie, Dave Ronald and Robbie will be paying homage to the first ever dance performed at the BLITZ AWARDS, Beyonce – Single Ladies…

After all of the jersey rips making the squad look like a bunch of zombies, the youth Wildcats are doing Thriller…

And ’cause they say Wildcats a lot, the junior Wildcats are doing High School Musical…

And to top it all off there’s a Dirty Dancing inspired ended and a few other music videos. What could possibly go wrong… Choreographer Jeni might kill us all…

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Dave Paulin talks about the up coming tenth anniversary celebration of the blitz awards…

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“Wow! 10th Blitz awards! Each year it gets bigger and better!

I am lucky I get to preview it all, but there is a downside; I miss a lot of the show as I am working the video presentation.

This is also the first year that we don’t have the “Bette test.” Bette would watch every video and if she got goose bumps when watching it, then it was a go’er!

There have been some crazy ideas, some mad story lines and some great road trips in making the blitz awards over the years. However, this year we have time travel! Why? Why not?! You’ll see on the night…

Then there’s the halftime show…which hopes to clear up some of the mysteries of this season. How did the Blitz always look so clean and tidy, why did all our game tops rip and many more strange phenomena! All these are explained but in the weird and wonderful blitz awards style. Looking forward to seeing how it all fits together on the night.”

Remember to grab your tickets! They will be available at The Blitz from 2pm – 3pm tomorrow and also on Sunday. You can also buy them at the Ironworks Box Office or on Ticketmaster.

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IMG_0098-7-2Robbie Paulin speaks about his tenth year hosting the BLITZ AWARDS…

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since I first said ‘Hello and welcome to the blitz awards 2005!’ Well actually it was only nine years ago because this is the tenth show … with me? You’ll work it out!

So yeah, this is the big one – the tenth show – and we’ve got some special bits lined up to celebrate the fantastic round number that is, the number ten!

We’re hopefully going to be kicking off the event with a special look back at the previous nine shows, it’s not quite ready yet though but we’ve still got experts working on it 24/7. Fingers crossed it’s ready in time! I’ll update you when you arrive at the Ironworks on the day so watch out for my messages on the big screen.

There’s also a round up video telling the story of the blitz awards themselves. Plus, the all singing all dancing half time show … it actually is all singing all dancing. We filmed a particular scene for it today and I doubt I’ll be forgetting it any time soon!

The voice of the blitz awards will of course be keeping us right throughout the show by shouting people’s names, stating the obvious and making us sound a lot slicker than we actually are. But this year, for the first time ever, he’ll also be using his face … his actual real life face! We’ll see words coming out of his mouth as he introduces the half time show.

There’s so many extra bits going on this year and surprises that I tend to forget about the actual awards themselves. They were really tough for the coaches to decide on this season and we had several rather long meetings about it. Even after that, we were still changing our minds up until about a week ago. The winners are bang on but there are a lot of people that will be missing out but we felt that it makes winning one a lot more special this year. I’d go as far as saying that getting nominated is almost the equivalent of winning an award in previous years … it is that tight!

I’m going to try to post a short blog every so often over the next few weeks so if you’re peeing yourself with excitement for the blitz awards it will hopefully keep you occupied for a while … and you should probably get that peeing thing checked out … ”

 

Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are now on sale for the BLITZ AWARDS 2014!

This will be the tenth BLITZ AWARDS and will take place in the Ironworks on Sunday, 16 November. Tickets are available from The Blitz and on TicketMaster.

As well as the usual look backs of the season, this year there will be a special look back at all ten years of the BLITZ AWARDS along with a butt-clenching, cring-worthy halftime show celebrating the best (and worst) “dance” sketches the event has given us since 2005…

This year will also see the renaming of the Volunteer of the Year Award to Bette’s Award in tribute to one of our founding members, Bette Paulin, who passed away earlier this year from Ovarian Cancer.

 

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:

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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.

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