State of the Nation – 26 August 2016

We’ve been upping our content output across the board, but that BritballNation is vast.

Let’s take a quick peek at some of the things that happened around the ‘Nation and beyond this past week!

#Britballer on course for team’s fifth straight Finnish title

There are a number of elite Britballers spread across the European Leagues, but Benjamin Watson of the Helsinki Roosters has had a particularly good week.

Ben, Head Coach of the Cardiff University Cobras, was selected to the GB Lions senior roster for the September tournament against Russia, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, while the Roosters secured their place in the playoffs as they look for their fifth straight Vaahteraliiga title.


#Britball’s First Second Female Head Coach!

N.b. Upon publishing this article we were informed that the new arrivals in BUCSball, the University of Chester Legion, pipped Peterborough to the post with the appointment of GB Lions Coach Sarah Jauncey! Expect further coverage of both these ground breakers soon™!

The Peterborough Royals women’s contact team made history this week when they announced their appointment of Benita Grant-Booker as the first female Head Coach in Britball history!

Coach Grant-Booker has led a stellar coaching career in women’s, men’s and mixed contact football. Coach Grant-Booker entered the football world in 2002 with the Atlanta Leopards – later the Atlanta Xplosion (now defunct) in the Independent Women’s Football League. Earning numerous accolades as a player, she moved on to coach Offensive and Defensive Line. In 2006, she competed in the World Championships and upon moving to the UK Coach Grant-Booker led the Peterborough Saxons defence to a Division II championship game in 2015.

Image courtesy of Peterborough Royals - facebook.com/PeterboroughRoyals
Image courtesy of Peterborough Royals – facebook.com/PeterboroughRoyals

 

Speaking with the Royals’ getready.org.uk Coach Grant-Booker noted:

“It’s an honour to be crowned Head Coach of Peterborough’s first ever women’s team.

American Football is one of the best sports around and with the right motivation, foundation and commitment from our players, the Royals will be a club to look out for in the future.

We’re going to make the city proud”

Find out more about the Peterborough Royals and Coach Grant-Booker on the Royals’ Facebook page.

Grass Deserves Trophies Too!

Every other Britball season the British American Football Referees Association (BAFRA) awards the John Slavin Trophy to the National Leagues team with the best marked field.

John was a longtime Zebra who sadly passed in 2005. In his memory BAFRA created the Trophy to reward teams who look to advance the game by providing an excellent game day experience for fans, players and officials.

This years winners were the Division II Berkshire Renegades with an impressive score of 1. To put this in perspective, a perfect score would be zero, while the average Senior team score is 45.57.

Photo courtesy of Digitalpict Photography, shared via www.facebook.com/BAFRAOfficial
Photo courtesy of Digitalpict Photography, shared via www.facebook.com/BAFRAOfficial

Other leaders in their tier include the Lancashire Wolverines in the Premiership, Ouse Valley Eagles in Division One and the Buckinghamshire Wolves in the Junior divisions.

What was perhaps most interesting from the full scoring details in the Award was that the Premiership teams actually have the lowest average score across all three Senior tiers, with an average of 53.85, compared to Division One’s 40.30 and Division Two’s 44.91, and seven of the top ten home fields belonging to Division Two programmes.

Incoming! Knottingley Raiders are blowing up opposition on their way to #Britball17

The Knottingley Raiders are one of a number of senior teams working towards joining the National Leagues, currently completing their associate games against similarly growing young programmes.

What makes the Raiders stand out so far in their existence is the scorelines they’ve been putting up as they build towards joining the league:

The Raiders demolished the Burnley Tornadoes 57-12 back in July, and last weekend took apart the Colburn Blackcats 56-0.

While it’s obviously tough to judge how the raiders will fair against league opponents, they’re certainly looking like the cream of the crop of associate programmes at present

Their next fixture will see them square off against Durham County’s ‘Hokey Cokey’ football programme, the DC Presidents on 18 September.


 

In case you missed any of it, alongside the above we also had a bonanza of content going out this week, including:

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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