Well that’s it for another year. The Terriers have had a roller-coaster ride in their first year in the tough North West UK league. It all started in February this year with a great rookie recruitment program that would see new players mo...stly with no idea of the sport join the existing Terrier players from 2013. Players kept coming throughout the year spread by word of success of the team and the unique training program in place, bolstered by Lancaster Uni players in their off season meant the Terriers looked strong numbers throughout the summer season. Several Terriers coaches completed LV1 training and were certified and players continued to learn and improve week by week. It was good watching a lot of experienced rugby players join the team and within 3 weeks dedication understood their role on the field and how the game worked.
It has been great fun watching your Terriers start the season after only 10 weeks training full of rookies, struggling to get off the ground in the first half of the season taking major losses from experienced teams but one thing remained strong in the Terriers……their team spirit and high moral to just play games! Something clicked towards the back end of the season and the team sprung to life missing out on a win on several close games. Players improved as the games continued throughout and the whole team gelled as a unit. A loss of one of our players last month set moral tumbling but stronger together the Terriers came out and won a game showing how far the rookie team has come in the space of such short time. Nobody in UK leagues expects a new team to come out playing strong, nobody expects a team to play hard with good sportsmanship and high moral of players, nobody expected a new team to start scoring and come close to winning several games but we did! The Terriers gained huge respect from other teams in our league and even played a charity game against the Chester Romans for the charity Cicra and a friendly at our own Barrow Stadium Craven Park that amassed just under 500 spectators.
Now in off season players hit the gym and bulk up ready for next year’s showdown and it all starts on January 18th where we hold the 1st of our 2015 Rookie sessions. Terriers would like to thank all involved throughout the year, from our great fan base of spectators averaging 150 per game and our number 1 fan Michael Trufitt who missed only 1 game this year! All our medics and supporting staff (too many to mention!) Our sponsors and funding from Barrow Sports Council and Burger Parlour. Hawcoat Sports Club for providing us with excellent training facilities throughout the year, travel supplied by Hodgsons from Millom, Ian Allington and crew for photograph duties, all the committee members who provided such valuable unseen ongoing support, all the Coaches for countless hours of schemes and teaching players, all the players who have been with the club this and past years. I’m sure we have missed some people we need to thank but Terriers really do appreciate everyone involved in your TEAM!
Some stats throughout the year:
26 Sunday training weeks complete.
17 Thursday night training complete.
13 Full official games complete.
10 Committee meeting nights.
10 video session nights.
3 Coach meeting nights.
1 team coach meeting.
25+ ‘awesome’ touchdowns scored.
5+ ‘amazing’ field goals (PAT) scored.
700+ ‘pounding it out‘ Rushing yards.
300+ ‘Bone Crushing’ Tackles made.
10+ ‘jaw dropping’ QB Sacks.
10+ ‘super hero’ Interceptions made.
Stay tuned for important Terriers info in the offseason and get in touch any time with any information you would like about the team. We need players, staff, sponsors, in fact any help that you can provide to make 2015 a successful year for the TERRIERS, see what we can do for you!
“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”
Terriers Give Sentinels A Taste Of The League
12/10/2014 Terriers @ Sentinels Match Report
It was nearly two years to the day Walney Terriers played their first ever game against Carlisle Border Reivers at Furness Rugby Club, the rookie side taking a shock lead before losing the 'Cumbria Bowl' 21-6. A lot has changed in that time, Walney are now in the British American Football league and Carlisle have started from scratch as the Sentinels.
The conditions couldn't have been better for gridiron: a bright sunny day still wet under foot from the night's rain helping set the stage for a great game. The kick off was preceded by an impeccably observed minute's silence for Terriers #63 Shaun Hannigan in what was the first game since his passing.
The first quarter was an even contest with both teams looking to find rhythm, the Terriers narrowly missed a chance to open the scoring with a field goal before Carlisle ended a strong drive with a successful field goal to lead 3-0. While the Terriers offence was slow to start, the Terriers defence were quick to respond with honorary captain and former Reiver Lyam Denney making the most of the Free Safety role to consistently be in the right place at the right time.
Some naive play calling by the Sentinels offence, who lacked their star quarter back through injury, saw them concede a safety to bring make the score 3-2. The Sentinels didn't panic and utilised a strong running game to put together some strong drives in the face of the tenacious Terriers defence. In the second quarter Head Coach and veteran quarterback Phil Gilgrass made way for Gareth Jones, who quickly found a rhythm to find Ben Richardson for a touchdown. Halftime saw the teams at 8-3.
The Sentinels fought in the second half but the Terriers league experience shone through as they opened up a larger lead thanks to touchdowns from Pete Gunson and Liam Bradbury (x2) with Gareth Jones providing two passes and Pete Gunson the other. The defence got another safety and worked hard to create a lot of turnovers, Lyam Denney managing to sack the Sentinels quarterback and recover the ensuing fumble at one point.
The Sentinels never gave up and managed to return a 2 point conversion to the Terriers end zone for a final score of 28-5. The Sentinels looked very impressive given this was only their second game and will surely be joining the Terriers in the league in the near future, ensuring the future of American Football in Cumbria looks bright.
Some Sad News
We lost a member of the pack this week.
He was the epitome of the Terrier spirit: uncompromising, friendly, loyal, relentless, hungry to learn and to win.
He was not only a great player, but a committed and dependable friend, and a reliable, pivotal member of the committee.
Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
We've all lost a friend, and it hurts.
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Terriers training takes place every Sunday at Hawcoat Park Sports Club, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 4HF. We start at 13:00 and train until 16:10. We recruit all year round.
If you're interested in finding out what this fast-paced, physical and challenging sport is all about, you just need trainers or boots and a gum shield. Anyone interested in American Football come down and get involved, all help appreciated.....come and get involved in the fastest growing sport in south Cumbria!