Stags’ Road to the Bowl

Article by Tom Green…

Photo by Scott MacDonald

Photo by Scott MacDonald

#1 Offense (scored 270 points)

#2 Defense (conceeding 90 points)

Biggest Win: 64-6 Inverness Royal Academy Sharks

Since joining the league as an expansion team in 2015 the Black Isle Stags have gone from strength to strength and have a chance to win their first ever HACL title tomorrow. A lot of the reasons behind their success is that the majority of team has been together over all 3 HACL seasons (2014 being a development year) with plenty of Wildcats’ experience among their ranks. This is one of the reasons why the Stags are the number 1 offense in the HACL by scoring 270 points which is a new HACL record for scoring.

TOP OFFENSES (HACL History)

1 Black Isle Stags (2016) 270 Points

2 Charleston Academy Knights (2016) 269 Points

3 Culloden Academy Raptors (2014) 246 Points

On top of this they have the second best defensive unit in the league and have come one of the closest teams to beating the Knights this season with both of their games being resolved after the two minute warning of the second half.

Results

Week 1:

Black Isle 38-0 Millburn

Black Isle 46-6 Inverness High School

The Black Isle Stags started off their regular season campaign against the highly competitive Millburn Academy Eagles and last year’s champions the Inverness High School Predators. In both games the Black Isle were able to dominate the proceedings scoring 84 points whilst only conceeding 6 all weekend.

Week 2:

Black Isle 14-28 Charleston

Black Isle 20-13 Culloden

In week 2 the Stags faced off with the league favourites the Knights in a tightly fought contest which went down to the wire. Unfortunately the Stags were defeated and the game had taken its toll on them which the Culloden Academy Raptors took full advantage of and almost pulled off a shock when they held the Stags to a 20-13 victory.

Week 3:

Black Isle 32-12 Millburn

Black Isle 36-0 Inverness Royal Academy

Following a shaky week 2 performance the Stags stepped up and managed to qualify for the Highland Bowl after they defeated the Millburn Academy Eagles 32-12 and winning 36-0 against a confident IRA team who had won their first game. It meant that there would be a dress rehearsal for the final in the final round of games as well as a rematch with the Inverness Royal Academy Sharks.

Week 4:

Black Isle 20-25 Charleston

Black Isle 64-6 Inverness Royal Academy

In the last week of the regular season the Black Isle Stags had a dress rehearsal for Highland Bowl III when they took on the Charleston Academy Knights for the second time this season. The game was so close that it went down right to the wire and the final play. The Stags lost the game but it showed that the title game will not be a forgone conclusion. They then went on to finish the regular season with a comprehensive 64-6 victory over the IRA Sharks to finish 6-2 in the regular season.

Knights’ Road to the Bowl

Article by Tom Green…

Charleston Academy Knights

Photo by Scott MacDonald

#2 Offense (scored 269 points)

#1 Defense (conceeding 77 points)

Biggest Win: 50-6 Inverness High School (Week 4))

The Charleston Academy Knights have qualified for the Highland Bowl for the second time in a row after completing a perfect 8-0 season. It hasn’t been easy for them to achieve with three close games on the way to the Highland Bowl including a 22-18 victory over the Millburn Academy Eagles and a 25-20 victory over title rivals the Black Isle Stags. One of the reasons behind their success has been their dominance on the defensive side of the football. Their offense has also been a major contributing factor behind the Knightss success particularly their passing game lead by quarterback Calvin Campbell who stepped up after last year replacing Highland Wildcats 1st string quarterback Euan Crawford.

Results

Week 1:

Charleston 48-7 Inverness High School

Charleston 46-12 Inverness Royal Academy

The Knights started off the season well by defeating last years champions, the Inverness High School, 48-7 in a one sided affair to get their title challenge up and running. They followed up this victory with a 46-12 victory over the IRA Sharks to round off a weekend where the Knights scored 94 points whilst only conceding 19.

Week 2:

Charleston 28-14 Black Isle

Charleston 20-0 Culloden

In week two the Knights met title challenger the Black Isle Stags in a tightly contested game which they were able to win in the last two minutes of the game by scoring 3 answered touchdowns to put the pressure on the Stags heading into future weeks. The Knights then comfortably defeated the Culloden Academy Raptors in a game which had to be cut short due to injuries.

Week 3:

Charleston 30-0 Culloden

Charleston 22-18 Millburn

The Knights sealed their place in the Highland Bowl and gave them a change to complete a perfect season after they defeated the Raptors 30-0. They then went into their last game  of week 3 knowing victory would seal their place in the Highland Bowl III. Millburn however were still in the Highland Bowl race needing an urgent victory to give them a chance and made Charleston work for a tight 22-18 win. The win also ensured that they would be playing the Black Isle Stags in the title game as it took the Eagles out of the running.

Week 4:

Charleston 25-20 Black Isle

Charleston 50-6 Inverness High School

In the last week of the regular season the Charleston Academy Knights had a dress rehearsal for Highland Bowl III when they took on the Black Isle Stags for the second time this season. The game was so close that it went down right to the wire and the final play. The Knights were able to win the game but it showed that the title game will not be a forgone conclusion. They then went on to finish 8-0 by beating the Inverness High School Predators.

HACL W4: Knights 25 – 20 Stags

HACL, Week 4

Article by Tom Green…

Bught Park, Inverness

5/3/2016

Scoring Summary

1st Half

CHA 6-0 BLA – Hilditch (Interception for TOUCHDOWN)

CHA 6-6 BLA – Maclean to Lewis Taylor (TOUCHDOWN)

CHA 6-12 BLA – Holleyoake (TOUCHDOWN)

CHA 12-12 BLA – Campbell to Blackhall (TOUCHDOWN)

CHA 13-12 BLA – Campbell to Blackhall (1pt Conversion)

2nd Half

CHA 19-12 BLA – Robertson (TOUCHDOWN)

CHA 19-18 BLA – Maclean to Brannen (TOUCHDOWN)

CHA 25-18 BLA – Robertson (TOUCHDOWN)

CHA 25-20 BLA – Brannen (DEUCE)

Photo by Scott MacDonald

Photo by Scott MacDonald

In week 4 the Charleston Academy Knights won a tight encounter against the Black Isle Stags, in effectively the rehearsal before next week’s final, 25-20 in Inverness last Saturday. The game was so tightly contested that Black Isle had an opportunity to win the game on the final second of the clock after scoring a deuce (when a player on the defense intercepts the ball and scores on an extra point attempt) on the previous drive.

The Stags won the toss and started with possession of the ball. Unfortunately, for the Stags, the Knights’ defense started off the game aggressively and were rewarded almost immediately when Lewis Hilditch intercepted quarterback James Maclean to score the opening touchdown of the game. The Knights were unable to convert the touchdown.

The Stags’ offense quickly recovered after this small set back and was able to score on the very next drive when Maclean found receiver Lewis Taylor on the end of a touchdown pass. This touchdown also went unconverted.

The Stags now had the momentum in the game and shut the Knights’ offense down forcing them to have a quick 4 and out. Black Isle then capitalised on the situation and took the lead for the first time in the game when running back Kyle Holleyoake rushed into the endzone to give the Stags a 6 point lead. They were once again unable to convert their touchdown.

After this, the Knights fought back and were able to tie the game up once more when quarterback Calvin Campbell found Sam Blackhall on the end of his touchdown throw. This time, the Knights were able to convert the touchdown as Blackhall on the very next play found Stewart again to retake the lead. This would turn out to be the last scoring drive of the half as both defenses stepped up for the last 4 drives before the halftime intermission.

After the halftime break, Charleston was able to increase their lead to 7 points when running back Craig Robertson rushed the endzone on the first drive of the half. The conversion attempt which followed the touchdown was unsuccessful but it left the Knights in a strong position.

This lead was then narrowed on the next drive when Maclean threw a touchdown pass to Dean Brannen which shrunk the Knights lead to only 1 point. The Stags would have taken the lead on the next play but the stoic Charleston defense held steadfast to maintain the edge.

Charleston was then held up by the Black Isle defense who then came close to scoring on the following drive only to be held up outside of the Charleston endzone. The Knights’ offense then rallied and Robertson scored his second touchdown of the day to give the Knights a 7 point lead with only one second remaining on the game clock. On the conversion attempt, Dean Brannen intercepted a loose pass from Campbell to score a deuce. This narrowed the Knights’ lead to 5 points and meant that the Stags were now in a situation to win the game with an unconverted touchdown on the final play.

Unfortunately, for the Stags, the passing play was incomplete which meant that Charleston won the ball game. The Knights then went on to complete a perfect regular season campaign by defeating the Inverness High School Predators 50-6 in their final match up. The Stags then went on to defeat the Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 64-6 in their last game of the regular season.

Check back later in the week for the “Road to Highland Bowl” preview!

HACL W3: Knights 22-18 Eagles

HACL Week 3, Game 1

Bught Park, Inverness

27/02/2016

Article by Tom Green…

Scoring Summary

1st Half

Campbell to McIntyre (Touchdown)

Campbell to Blackhall (2pt Conversion)

Kelly to Roberts (Touchdown)

Kelly to Paterson (Touchdown)

Campbell? to Stewart (Touchdown)

Knights 1pt conversion

2nd Half

Kelly to Roberts (Touchdown)

Campbell to Blackhall (Touchdown)

Campbell to Stewart (1pt Conversion)

Charleston Academy Knights VS Millburn Academy Eagles

Photo by Scott MacDonald

In the final game of week 3 the Charleston Academy Knights faced off with the Millburn Academy Eagles who needed a victory to stay in with a shot at making the Highland Bowl which resulted in one of the most dramatic games in HACL history with the game going right down to the wire.

The Knights opened the scoring early in the first half when Calvin Campbell found centre Fergus McIntyre in the endzone for a touchdown. This touchdown was then converted for 2 points when Campbell passed to receiver Sam Blackhall to give the Knights an 8 point lead.

This lead didn’t last long as Millburn fought back with a touchdown of their own when Quarterback Connol Kelly found running back Alex Roberts on the end of his touchdown pass. Unfortunately for the Eagles the conversion attempt which followed was unsuccessful but it resulted in a momentum shift in the game.

The Eagles then took the lead after stopping the Knights’ offense on the following drive when Kelly found receiver Aaron Paterson on the end of a precision pass to give the Eagles a 4 point lead. Once again the conversion attempt which followed the touchdown drive was unsuccessful but Millburn proved that they weren’t going to let the Knights get the better of them.

The Knights then fought back hard on the offensive side of the football and retook the lead when Campbell found Reece Stewart to give the Knights the lead. This lead was then increased to 3 points after the successful one point conversion attempt. This was the last touchdown of the half and the Knights were now leading the game 15 points to 8.

After the half time break Hudson’s Eagles rallied and successfully retook the lead once more when Kelly once again found Roberts. Unfortunately, for the Eagles, The Knights’ defense were not going to allow Millburn the extra points which meant that the game was going to have a classic ending.

After several unsuccessful drives the Knights once more found a way in front as Campbell found Blackhall in the endzone for yet another touchdown. The Touchdown was then converted by Campbell who passed to Stewart in the endzone which gave the Knights a 4 point lead. With only minutes remaining in the game the Knights’ defense stepped up big time and made it impossible for the Eagles to breakdown and eventually they managed to reclaim possession of the football after a turnover on downs. The clock then went to zero and arguably one of the best games in league history was over.

HACL W3: Sharks 18 – 14 Preds

Article by Tom Green…

Inverness High School Predators 14-18 Inverness Royal Academy Sharks
HACL Week 3, Game 1
Bught Park, Inverness
27/02/2016
Scoring Summary
1st Half
IHS 6-0 IRA – Trommino (Touchdown)
IHS 8-0 IRA – Chisholm (2pt Conversion)
IHS 8-6 IRA – Harvey (Touchdown)
IHS 8-12 IRA – Ball (Touchdown)
IHS 8-18 IRA – Harvey (Touchdown)
2nd Half
IHS 14-18 IRA – Florence (Touchdown)

 

Inverness Royal Academy Sharks

The Inverness Royal Academy Sharks finally ended a 20 game losing streak to earn their first ever HACL victory last Saturday when they defeated the Inverness High School Predators 18-14. Although the Sharks are no longer in the race for Highland Bowl III this result will go down as a historic moment for the Royal Academy and for head coach Chris Shaw whose winning drought has finally come to an end.

The Predators started off the game strongly and were able to score a touchdown in the first half when Euan Trommino scored the first Predators’ touchdown of the game. His touchdown was then converted on a two point conversion attempt when Jason Florence found himself in the endzone.

The Sharks then took control of the proceedings offensively which resulted in Ehren Harvey scoring the first of the Sharks’ touchdowns in the first half. Unfortunately, for the Sharks the conversion attempt which followed was no good but they started to take control of the game. Donald Ball then  doubled  the Sharks’ touchdown count by scoring one for himself.

Before the half time intermission the Sharks put one more touchdown on the board when Ehren Harvey once more put his name on the score sheet. Unfortunately the conversion attempt which followed was no good but they now had a 10 point lead heading into the half time intermission.
Following the half time break the Predators took control of the game and put pressure back on the IRA by dominating on defense. This pressure build up then resulted in Florence narrowing the Sharks’ lead to only 4 points.

Unfortunately for the Predators the comeback wasn’t meant to be and they lost the game. The IRA ended the longest streak in HACL history against all odds and their hard work and perseverance of both the coaching staff and the players finally paid off.

HACL W2: Knights 28 – 14 Stags

Charleston Academy Knights 28-14 Black Isle Stags

HACL Week 2, Game 1

Bught Park, Inverness

20/02/2016

Article by Tom Green…

 

Scoring Summary

1st Half

CHA 6-0 BLA – Reece Stewart

2nd Half

CHA 6-6 BLA – Brannen (TD)

CHA 6-8 BLA – 2pt Conversion

CHA 6-14 BLA – Brannen (TD)

CHA 14-14 BLA – McIntyre (TD)

CHA 20-14 BLA – Craig Robertson (TD)

CHA 26-14 BLA – Craig Macintosh (TD)

CHA 28-14 BLA – 2pt Conversion

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The Charleston Academy Knights went to the top of the 2016 HACL after defeating the experienced Black Isle Stags 28-14. Heading into the game, both the Black Isle Stags and Charleston Academy Knights entered week 2 of the HACL season undefeated and this game was billed as the biggest game of the weekend. The weather during the game varied from heavy rain and sleet in the first half to sunshine during the second.

Charleston took the lead in the first half of the game when Reece Stewart scored a touchdown. Unfortunately, for the Knights, the conversion attempt which followed was no good but it ensured that the Knights would go into the half time interval 6 points ahead of the Stags.

In the second half Black Isle’s offense started to flourish and their efforts were rewarded when Dean Brannen got a game tying touchdown early in the half. The two point conversion attempt which followed was successful and Black Isle now had the lead in the game. The Stags then extended their lead shortly after the 1st TD when Brannen scored his second of the game. Unfortunately for the Stags the conversion attempt was no good and it meant that Charleston were only a touchdown behind their divisional rivals.

The Knights then tied the game up once again when Fergus McIntyre scored his first touchdown of the weekend. They were not able to retake the lead on the extra point attempt which followed but the Knights now had the momentum in the game. Not long afterwards, as a result of the momentum shift, Craig Robertson scored a touchdown which gave Charleston the lead (the extra point attempt was no good). Craig Macintosh then doubled the Knights lead with not much time remaining and the 2pt attempt which followed was good which sealed the Knights victory in the second half. This result took the Knights to the top of the table. Charleston also coincidentally are now on an 8 game winning streak in the regular season since their defeat to the Inverness High School Predators in week 2 of the 2015 season.

HACL W2: Preds 19 – 6 Sharks

Inverness High School Predators 19-6 Inverness Royal Academy Sharks

HACL Week 2, Game 1

Bught Park, Inverness

20/02/2016

Article by Tom Green…

 SHARKS V PREDS copy

Scoring Summary

1st Half

IHS 6-0 IRA – Chisholm to Florence (TD Pass)

2nd Half

IHS 6-6 IRA – Lewis Robertson (Fumble Recovery TD)

IHS 12-6 IRA – Trommino (TD Run)

IHS 13-6 IRA – 1PT Conversion

IHS 19-6 IRA – Trommino (TD Run)

 

The Inverness High School Predators started off the second week of the 2016 HACL by defeating the Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 19-6 in their opening game of the week’s action. The weather during the game varied from heavy rain and sleet in the first half to sunshine during the second. Both teams showed up in numbers despite the weather which resulted in a highly competitive game.

In the first half, the Sharks defense was able to hold the Predators offense on multiple drives by shutting down the IHS running game. Unfortunately, for the Sharks, the Predators still had options in the air and managed to open the scoring when quarterback Michael Chisholm found center Jason Florence on the end of a touchdown pass. The Predators were unable to convert the touchdown but it meant that the Predators would go into the halftime break 6-0 up.

The Sharks defense continued to be a threat after the half time break and their efforts were rewarded when Lewis Robertson recovered a fumble in the endzone for a defensive touchdown. The Sharks were unable to convert the touchdown on the following play which resulted in the game being tied up at 6-6.

Following this, the Predators offense stepped up their game and started to put pressure on the Sharks defensive unit. This pressure resulted in Wildcats veteran Euan Trommino scoring the first rushing touchdown of the game. Trommino’s touchdown was then converted for 1 point which gave the High School a 7 point lead.

The Predators then put the game out of reach when Trommino scored another rushing touchdown which won the defending champion’s first win of the 2016 season. The Sharks, on the other hand, may have lost but there were a lot of positives to take out from the game (especially on the defensive side of the football).

HACL W1: Eagles 14 – 0 Raptors

Millburn Academy Eagles 14-0 Culloden Academy Raptors

HACL Week 1, Game 3

Bught Park, Inverness

13/2/2016

Article by Tom Green…

Millburn-Academy-Eagles-Culloden-Academy-Raptors

Scoring Summary:

1st Half

No Scores

2nd Half

MIL 6-0 CUL – Roberts (TD Rush)

MIL 8-0 CUL – Paterson (2pt Conversion)

MIL 14-0 CUL – Kelly to Paterson (TD Pass)

 

The Millburn Academy Eagles and the Culloden Academy Raptors went into the final game of week 1 of the HACL coming off contrasting games. The Raptors won their opening game against the Inverness Royal Academy Sharks 20 points to six. Millburn on the other hand were blown away in their first game 38-0 against the dominaneering Black Isle Stags. Both teams had a lot to gain from this game and the game was fiercely intense and was very similar to the time both teams met in Highland Bowl I 2 years ago.

For the first time in HACL history no one was able to score in the first half of the game because both defenses were playing the game of their lives with neither team relenting during the first half.

The game looked like it was going to finish scoreless but then out of nowhere 2015 Rookie of the Season Alex Roberts found a way through the Raptors defense to break the deadlock. The Touchdown was converted by Aaron Paterson (who filled in for Roberts on the 2pt conversion attempt) to give the Eagles an 8 point lead. Millburn then increased their lead to 14 points as QB Connel Kelly threw down field to Paterson which put the game just out of reach for the Raptors.

Culloden Academy Raptors did come close to scoring on multiple occassions during the 2nd half but they were unable to break through the Millburn defense. The closest they got to scoring came on defense when Shaun Gemmel intercepted a loose Kelly pass and came so very close to reaching the endzone before being taken down by the Eagles offensive unit.

The result leaves both teams on a 1-1 record heading into week 2 and both teams will be looking to go one better in week 2 of the HACL.

HACL W1: Eagles 0 – 38 Stags

Millburn Academy Eagles 0-38 Black Isle Stags

HACL Week 1

Bught Park, Inverness

13/2/2016

Article by Tom Green…

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Scoring Summary:

1st Half

BI 6-0 MIL – Maclean to Stewart (TD Pass)

BI 8-0 MIL – Maclean to Brannen (2pt Conversion)

BI 14-0 MIL – Maclean to Taylor (TD Pass)

BI 16-0 MIL – Maclean to Brannen (2pt Conversion)

BI 22-0 MIL – Taylor (TD Rush)

BI 24-0 MIL – Home (Safety)

BI 30-0 MIL – Maclean to Taylor (TD Pass)

2nd Half

BI 36-0 MIL – Taylor (TD Rush)

BI 38-0 MIL – Maclean to Taylor (2pt Conversion)

The Black Isle Stags started off there HACL campaign with a comprehensive 38-0 victory over the Millburn Academy Eagles at the begginning of the days proceedings. The Stags opened the scoring with a touchdown pass from QB James Maclean to Mickey Stewart on their opening drive. The touchdown was then converted for 2 points when Maclean found Dean Brannen on the end of a 12 yard pass.

The Stags then doubled their lead when Maclean threw a pass down field to RB Lewis Taylor. This touchdown was then converted for 2 more points when Maclean once more found Brannen on the end of a 12 yard pass down field. Black Isle kept the pressure on Millburn and scored once more when Lewis Taylor rushed in for Black Isle’s first rushing TD of the campaign. Unfortunately, for Black Isle, the conversion attempt which followed was successfully defended by Millburn but the Stags were now 22 points ahead of the Eagles.

Black Isle dominated on defense as well as offense and eventually their efforts on defense were rewarded after the Eagles had a loose snap which resulted in Michael Home getting a safety. The Stags then rounded off a successful half when Maclean found Taylor once more to put the Stags 30 points ahead of the Eagles heading into the half time intermission.

The Eagles now fighting for their pride more than anything started to get them selves back into the game in the second half but they were unable to put any points on the board in the second half. Unfortunately, for them, Black Isle still had one touchdown in them and Lewis Taylor ran in for his second rushing touchdown of the day. This was then converted by Maclean who found Taylor in the endzone to leave the score at 38-0 to the Stags.

Coaching Staff Revealed

Article by Robbie Paulin…

COACHES 2016

We’re just about to get preparations started for our U19 2016 season this weekend so I wanted to take the time to reveal the new set up for the Highland Wildcats coaching staff for the upcoming season.

A lot of things are changing in 2016 and one big positive is that we will, for the first time ever, have a completely separate staff between U17 and U19. In previous seasons we have had to double up in some positions and found it to be really time consuming (not to mention exhausting) for the coaches.

My role in the Junior squad this year will be managing the team and also focusing on the individual development of players and the coaches. So I’d now like to congratulate James Hudson, who will be stepping into the role of head coach. I’m still going to be providing a lot of back up for him by taking on the vast majority of the admin and planning for the team (buses, funding, general admin, facility, registration, game day logistics etc) but I feel he is more than capable of taking on the role of head coach, running practices and making the important calls on gameday! I know he’s going to do a great job! James has been part of all of our Britbowl winning campaigns and also led the offense in the U19s last year to their first ever Scottish Championship. He recently passed his Level 2 BAFCA course and I’m confident he is ready to step into head coach.

I’m actually quite excited about being able to work more on the background operations but still keeping an active role in practice with the quarterbacks and also the individual goal setting and development with the players and staff.

We’ve got a lot of former players and coaches returning to the Junior staff as well, including Gary Davies, who was one of the original coaches of the organisation back in 2000 and was my offensive coordinator when I played Quarterback. Gary has also been involved in the Scotland Youth programme and will be taking charge of our offensive line at U19.

Craig Findlay will be making a return to help with offensive line and also coach the Defensive Line. Craig has seen success with the Wildcats as part of the Britbowl winning squad in 2011 and also went on to win two UK Championships with the University of Stirling Clansmen!

Also, joining us from the 2011 coaching staff is Liam MacKenzie, who has been with the Highland Wildcats since 2000. Liam will be heading up the Wildcats defense this year and will be taking his, near, 16 years of experience to the table.

Former Wildcats player, Shaun Matheson, will be involved in coaching too as well as two new assistant coaches, Tim Glews and Niall Martin. Tim has been a long time fan of the game and is now keen to get involved in his local side. Niall Martin played as part of the Scottish Championship squad last year and recently passed his BAFCA Level 1 and looking to get involved in coaching.

 

The Youth Highland Wildcats will be getting started shortly after the HACL in mid-March and sees a lot of new coaches stepping into various positions. I will be remaining as head coach along with Martin MacPherson as Development Coach. Chris Shaw will be stepping into Defensive Coordinator along with Haris Ryalls at Offensive Coordinator. I’m also really pleased that we will have Britbowl 2011 Champion Kyle Robertson joining us in the Spring Camp and throughout parts of the season. He always adds a massive boost of energy and a fresh eye to the campaign.

Many of the players that have been involved in the recent successful years will be passing on their knowledge and joining the coaching staff in 2016, including: Mark Pyper, Euan Crawford, Stephen McMeechan, Ally Gibson and Joshua Fox. I’ve been so impressed watching these guys coach during the HACL and really looking forward to working with them over the coming national season!

Ben Senior, who recently passed his BAFCA Level 1 course will also be joining our development staff this year for the Youth Wildcats as well as Daniel Woodley who works tirelessly behind the scenes at the Blitz on equipment and the facility itself. Daniel has passed his BAFCA Level 1 course a few years ago but this year has shown an interest in getting involved in coaching so this year will be working alongside our development … I’m hoping he’ll still be keen to keep up his other roles too as he does a lot to keep the club ticking over!

 

I’m really pleased with how the two staffs are coming together and looking forward to working with all of the new and old members! We will likely still be adding a few others over the season but as it stands I think we’ve got a group in place that can really push both teams forward and help them retain the success that they’ve seen in recent years.

Junior Coaching Staff

Manager/Player & Coach Development Robbie Paulin
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator James Hudson
Defensive Coordinator Liam MacKenzie
Defensive Line Coach Craig Findlay
Offensive Line Coach Gary Davies
Defensive Back Coach Shaun Matheson
Assistant Coach Tim Glews
Assistant Coach Niall Martin

 

Youth Coaching Staff

Head Coach Robbie Paulin
Development Coach (Assistant HC) Martin MacPherson
Offensive Coordinator Haris Ryalls
Defensive Coordinator Chris Shaw
Offensive Line Coach Colin Hamilton
RB / LB Coach Mark Pyper
Quarterback Coach Euan Crawford
Defensive Line Coach Stephen McMeechan
Development Assistant Coach Daniel Woodley
Development Assistant Coach Ally Gibson
Development Assistant Coach Ben Senior
Development Assistant Coach Joshua Fox

Article by Robbie Paulin…

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