Everybody that pays attention to Britball nationally will be no stranger to the new team. They got through their associate period, bright-eyed, bushy tailed and ready to rumble, only to struggle, and prop up their leagues. That’s meant as no disrespect. Coming into a league and competing with well established teams, some of which are into their fourth decade of organised football, is no mean feat. Most of Britball is impressed if they just manage to turn up to all ten of their defeats.
There are teams that slowly emerge. Think the Halton Spartans. The Wembley Stallions. Teams that are putting in impressive performances at their level. They might have even qualified for the post-season. They look like they belong.
And then there’s the teams that burst out of the starting blocks, passing not just their fellow newbies, but racing ahead of established, title winning teams, getting seemingly everything right from day one.
Think the Bury Saints. The Sandwell Steelers. The Newcastle Vikings. The Leeds Bobcats.
These teams, spread along the length and breadth of the country, have just ten seasons experience between them. The Saints and the Steelers just finished their third seasons, the Vikings and Bobcats their second. Between them they have amassed a 55-25 record, made the post-season seven times, won six divisional championships and won three national championships. Bury haven’t lost a game since the end of their their debut season in 2014…
What these teams have achieved in a short time span is frankly astonishing, and here at DC Towers, we wanted to take a more in depth look at those teams, speak to some of the guys that make these teams tick and try and decipher what they’re doing that others aren’t.
“To say that going from playing catch in a park in Bury in 2013 to Premier league participants in 2017 was all in the plan… We could say so, sure, but it’s been more about working our program one game, one event at a time and getting better after each one” said Bury Saints Head Coach Chris Cantrill. “To have that success… although it’s a surprise to rise so quickly, it’s not unexpected given the effort of the club and all those involved. “
Bury will be taking their three year unbeaten record to them Premier South in 2017, where they’ll be facing off against Britball’s elite in the toughest division in the sport. They aren’t letting their newcomer status stop them from setting lofty goals.
“We want to be Premier Champions, plain and simple”
“We are under no illusions that Division Two or Division One is the same as the Premier. We know they are very big, incredibly fast, well coached and highly drilled at this level. We have every ounce of respect for the teams we know we will face this upcoming year.”
They aren’t alone in aiming for success in the Premier Division. Mick Tyler, Commercial Director for the Vikings said
“Our five year plan is to make the Premier Division… After that who knows?”