The season’s approaching…
With it getting towards a year since the last posting of a front page article, we at the AFLCNE thought it might be worth an update. Just to show that there’s someone here helping in our own small way to keep the footy world turning.
First, off the field news. With a new AGM came a change in committee, with a new president, secretary and treasurer elected. For the 2017 season these are:
President – Stephen Bowles (Sheffield Thunder)
Secretary – Phil Martin (Tyne Tees Tigers)
Treasurer – Andrew Batchelor (Nottingham Scorpions)
With it being an IC year, a huge focus has been on national selection, with training camps already having been held. Under the steerage of the Mozzie’s Dean Thomas, GB are hoping to come away with a few prize scalps this season, and to help them along their way a number of current and former AFLCNE players have already been named in the squad, surely with more to come. Couple this with Garth Nevin (Thunder) and Adam Morris (Wolverines) being named as coaches of the Dragonslayers and Vixens respectively, and it’s clear the AFLCNE is having a huge impact on the national game.
The women’s game in the north has also taken a leap forward, with the Nottingham Scorpion’s women’s team playing their first game last weekend, against the University of Birmingham. With fixtures coming up for March and April, expect to see more of the ladies as they build on their success so far.
And, in the men’s game, pre-season fixtures start in a couple of weeks with the West Midlands charity shield, to be held in Wolverhampton. A number of AFLCNE teams are represented, and it’s a great chance to get a first glimpse of how the squads are shaping up. As well as individual fixtures for quite a few teams (including the Champions League for the Mozzies), there’ll be the annual pre-season runout at the Haggis cup in Glasgow as your next chance to see a few northern teams in the same place.
Then, from 22nd April, expect to see teams battling it out to get their hands on the coveted AFLCNE premiership (see our fixtures here). The Scorps will be trying to go one better this time, while the Saints will be looking to build on a succesful debut season. The Tigers are going all out preseason to hit the ground running, while the Thunder are hoping to re-build and repeat the success of their 2015 campaign. Meanwhile, the Rams will be tough challengers, while the Wolverines will be looking to build on last season’s success and put in another challenge. And last but not least, the Mozzies will be looking to keep a tight grasp on that trophy.
As the season is approaching, all teams have started training, and they’ll all be keen on new players, whether a complete novice or seasoned hand. See our contacts page for more details about your local team, or drop us a line.
Hopefully, that gives you a taster of what’s been happening so far. Expect more to come as we approach the season.