POTY – A Closer Look: East Kilbride Pirates

Quick glance:
  • Adult – (6-4) #3 Premiership North
  • Junior – (5-0-1) North One Conference Champions, Britbowl Runners-Up
  • Youth – (11-1) Scottish Conference Champions, Britball Champions!
  • Second Youth team! – Hamilton Buccaneers
  • Women’s – Competed well in both Opal Series and Sapphire Series in 2016

The Pirates offer a wide range of Britball opportunities in Scotland, and are the largest and most successful programme north of the wall.

The headline that many might take away from 2016 for East Kilbride is that Scotland’s #1 programme’s Adult team missed out on postseason football for the first time in eight seasons.

Photography by Duncan Grey, check out his superb work at https://duncolm.smugmug.com
Photography by Duncan Grey, check out his superb work at https://duncolm.smugmug.com

However, the reality is there was so much more to the Pirates’ #Britball16 campaign than a sub-par year for their Adult team, and if you were to look at the programme as a whole? 2016 was the Pirates’ most successful year to date!

Retirements and injuries meant the Adult side got off to a slow start to their year, and by the time they got back up to speed, the playoffs were beyond them.

However, doubt the Pirates’ dynasty in the North at your own peril, as all signs point to the Pirates being on the edge of some of their best seasons to date thanks to the outstanding performances from their Youth and Junior programmes.

Photography by Duncan Grey, check out his superb work at https://duncolm.smugmug.com
Photography by Duncan Grey, check out his superb work at https://duncolm.smugmug.com

Their young ballers hoisted their first National Championship in 2016 as their Youth team dominated Britbowl, while the Juniors shocked the Nation with their fine form and came oh so close to snagging the double for the Pirates – unable to hold on for the win against the Exiles in Sheffield.

The programme is home to some of the most well-respected coaches in the #BritballNation, including BAFCA board member Matthew ‘Spoonie’ Davies, and Club Chairwomen Amanda McDonald has assembled a great support team at the programme, and all five components of the Pirates’ ‘fleet’ of teams are well supported by broad coaching staffs.

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Photography by Duncan Grey, check out his superb work at https://duncolm.smugmug.com

The Pirates have a great web set up, emphasising the range of opportunities they offer and sharing up to date information about their players and coaches – go check it out at http://www.piratesfootball.co.uk/ 

Given the way they took the Youth and Junior games by storm this year, we can only see the Pirates becoming increasingly dangerous in future Britball seasons!

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Nick

Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1