UK American Football Live will be broadcasting a doubleheader of live games this weekend as they extend their coverage beyond their ‘founding programmes’ for the first time this season, broadcasting the Yorkshire Rams’ and East Kilbride Pirates’ Rob Worboys Memorial Game, as well as the #PremNorth feature clash between the suddenly-mortal-seeming Phoenix, and their hosts the Leicester Falcons!
Though UKAFL have streamed from John Charles Stadium, home of the Rams, earlier in the season, that impromptu broadcast featured one of the two teams who were the ‘kickstarters’ of UKAFL – the Northumberland Vikings.
What’s new about this weekend’s doubleheader is that while the Vikings TV Production Team will return to John Charles for a second broadcast this season, this weekend’s fixture features the host Rams, and their visitors the undefeated East Kilbride Pirates.
UK American Football Live Director, Mick Tyler, shared why the Britball Broadcast company chose this game in particular as UKAFL’s first new collaboration with another BAFA National Leagues Programme:
“At the start of the season when we sat down to plan the 2019 broadcast schedule we decided we wanted to also offer the streaming to teams beyond our two ‘foundation’ programmes.
We put the word out and asked who would be interested and had a good number of responses – truth be told more than we believed we’d be able to cover! While the grand goal is to steadily increase the number of games we’re able to broadcast from season to season, we want to make sure we grow our offering at a steady pace, are are able to keep improving the product we offer.
As such, we decided for our first UKAFL season we’d support the teams that wanted assistance to broadcast charity games, as we feel this is something that teams across the country should be encouraged to do, and something very worthy of showing off.
Alongside this weekend’s Rams and Pirates game, in support of Cardiac Risk in the Young, we’ll also be supporting the Hertfordshire Cheetahs’ Armed Forces Day charity fixture against the Sussex Thunder.”
These broadcasts will be UKAFL’s tenth and eleventh broadcasts this season – you can watch back their previous streams and stay up to date with all their live shows by subscribing to their YouTube channel.
Premiership North: Leicester Falcons vs Tamworth Phoenix, 1300
The Broadcasts will get underway at 1300 when the Leicester Falcons look to build on their crucial home victory over the Edinburgh Wolves last weekend, but will certainly have their work cut out for them!
They take on a Tamworth Phoenix side that’s not only comfortably bested the Falcons once already this year, but are likely to come into this game particularly phocused following their disappointing outing against the Manchester Titans last week – a 0-21 defeat that’s their first loss since 2015, and their first shutout since… Urr, still looking that up! But it’s been a while.
When the two teams last faced one another it took a while to sound each other out – the sides appearing fairly evenly matched… if only for the first quarter.
As the game ground on, the tide turned for the Phoenix and they began racking up a very healthy margin of victory, the Falcons only finally finding paydirt deep into the fourth when the game was well out of reach.
The home side will be very aware that a third win would likely go a long way to securing their place in the Premiership for 2020, while Tamworth come into Week Eleven all too aware that a second loss on the season could well cost them their Northern Crown!
Brought to you live from Leicester Lions RFC by the amazing Onside Productions team.
NFC 1 North: Yorkshire Rams vs East Kilbride Pirates, 1530
Following this with a 1530 kick off, the Yorkshire Academy Rams take on the East Kilbride Pirates, with the Rams hungry to earn the programme’s first ever win against Scotland’s powerhouse football programme!
That’ll be no simple task, as the Pirates are undefeated at this point in their campaign. Though they fell from the Premiership during the offseason, a strong graduating class from their incredibly successful player development programme has bolstered their roster this summer and they’re currently among the favourites to make a swift return to top tier football!
As noted above, this game was chosen to be broadcast because of the great work both these programmes have put into making this a charity event, raising funds and awareness for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), in memory of Rob Worboys who played for both the Rams and Pirates during his Britball Career.
Brought to you live by Vikings TV from John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds.