Thursday, 27 August 2009

HUSSAH!!!

... what a day at work!! ;) Went in early, was grumpy due to several reasons (one being that I had the systems working against me to get to today's target!!).


Was talking to one of the ex Junior Wolves/now Fusion players - checking if they had received the e-mail about GB Lions Youth (yep, that's been resurrected ... and we had 3 of our ex Juniors/now Fusion guys trying out plus 2 Senior Wolves under 20).

And FINALLY I got the info from Jamie that he, Ross and Chanika (well, knew about that) were all through to round 2 (i.e. training Camp) and Shifty (1 of the Seniors - previously Junior Wolf about 3 years back?) too!

WOOOOOOT!!!

I tell ya, I got totally giddy at work ... these boys (well, Shifty, Jamie & Ross) have been around/in my "care" for at least 3 years and it's really like seeing my own kids achieving this! WOW! That's the first "Wolves crop" we have at GB Lions - they all (incl. Chanika) started playing Junior Wolves between 1-3 or 4 years ago and came through the ranks of Fusion Youth (well... bar Shifty who went to play for the London Warriors for a season but is now a Senior Wolf).

So... all happy and all that ... shame Chris didn't make it. :( But he can try out for the Adult GB Lions next year I think.

Woweee... I am soooo excited for the guys! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

YOU REALLY MAKE ME PROUD!!

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Where has it gone???

It's unbelievable - we just finished our 2009 season with the Senior Wolves ... WINNING SEASON BABY!! ;) 6-4 !!! And just short of the playoffs! :o Good game at Chester Romans - one of the teams I actually like to play against and where we have good relations.

But SERIOUSLY!!! That's us done for another year with league games!!! Scary thought, the last 3.5 months just flew past.

Our Junior Wolves have their last tournament on Saturday - provided we have enough kids to travel that is.

And then that's us for a while ... until pre-season starts (probably end of October or so).

But it's not all over in BAFL (British American Football League) land for me - we will help out at BBXXIII (BritBowl XXIII) again, and we follow our record of bringing always one more volunteer than the previous year! ;) This year we will "bleed" Scott NW. :)

And after that it will be our Awards night - which we plan to have together with the Junior Wolves one (like last year) and the Forth Valley Fusion guys (special request from HC - so we can "graduate" the guys who are too old to play Youth next year to the Senior Wolves).

So... you can see ... still a lot going on, and I will also be attending a couple of BUAFL (British University American Football League) games as we have 3 Wolves (well... one came through the Junior/youth ranks) playing in non-Edinburgh Unis and our coaches are getting involved in Uniball again. But that means me just taking pics and rooting for players. ;) All the fun but not the hardship. Could get used to that. ;)

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Football Sunday... ;)

What a Sunday ... I had promised a couple of the Fusion Players (ex Junior Wolves) that I would come down to see their game at the Gateshead Senators, but when the HC (for both Fusion and Senior Wolves ;) ) told me they'd be picking up the guys at 7:45am at Musselburgh Junction I knew the only way for me to make it would be taking the car down myself.

DH agreed he'd come along, but he needed to go to training for subs collection etc. and I had one of our players needing me down for a quick "check up". That player didn't make it to training but I had another 2 on the bench instead... :o

We left training around 10:30 as planned and made it to Gateshead International Stadium just before Halftime... If only they'd be doing better with signs for that blimming thing we'd probably been there 30 mins earlier!! ;) And the roadworks around Torness Station are a joke - NOBODY WORKS THERE!!! :o There are not even CONES on the road ... but still 30 mph restriction... RIDICULOUS!!!

Was good to see the Fusion guys playing again. Well.. some of them are my "boys" anyway ... ;) Some of the ex Junior Wolves have been around with us for 2-3 years, so that's really a biggie! And then taking into account that we will have our first "graduates" from Youth to Senior for the 2010 season makes it all the more exciting (even though these graduates are not ex Junior Wolves yet ... they have 1-2 more years to go! ;) ).

Seeing my "friends" from up north didn't bother me too much (double header Youth & Seniors for the Senators)... ;) And speaking to some of the guys at the Senators Senior squad (including 1 of the 3 Youth guys who we met on the train up from London at the Dolphins - Giants game in 2007) was fun - specially Gary. :) Like that guy. :)

Final Result for the Fusion game was 14:8 for the Senators ... our boys kept them close, and I can only stress again and again that the Senators Youth team made it to the finals last year (didn't win the title, but were finalists!!) while the Fusion were only formed last year Autumn!! So I am really looking forward to next year when the team will have gelled more! :)

Due to the rest of the Scottish Teams pulling out of the league the Fusion kinda walked into the playoffs - I am not sure how that will work, dates and whether they are playing home or away. Just hoping that all will be going fine for that young team!!! :D

Will post a photo from the Youth game later... ;)

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Weird people on the Internet ...

You really have to wonder sometimes ... had a comment on my last post which I have deleted as I really don't need that kind of crap on here...

"Your little army looks so happy in their Macho-hate uniforms. I hope you are proud of yourself."

Makes you wonder why people post random nastiness like that (apart from known people who do some nasty postings on an open forum etc ... yep, they STILL can't let it go, I tell ya!!!).

Now ... shall we go through that comment? My Little "Army" ... not my army, not little either (ok, photo is last year's, and our squad is about double the size this year. ;) ). Macho-hate uniforms ... errr??? Excuse me? What logic is behind that???

And I AM BLOODY PROUD OF MYSELF, MY HUBBY AND EVERYONE AT THE ORGANISATION THAT WE MANAGED TO GET A TEAM STARTED FROM SCRATCH, WITH NO MAJOR (AND NOT EVEN THAT MANY MINOR) SPONSORS AND KEPT THE TEAM GOING SINCE 2002 - AND ARE NOW PLAYING AT A STADIUM, RUNNING A RESIDENTIAL TRAINING CAMP, HAVE AT LEAST 1 COMBINE PER YEAR WHICH OTHER TEAMS CAN ATTEND AND HAVE AN EVER GROWING SQUAD ... AND THIS YEAR EVEN AN EVER GROWING VOLUNTEER BASE!!!

SO THERE!!!

Probably should have just left it at deleting the comment, but the total randomness of it really made me wonder what people THINK sometimes... :o

Ah well... off to get dinner going and check our "Bank of Euros". And before you lovely people get worried ... I am not angry or upset with that comment ... a bit bewildered, yes, but I am fine... ;) Find it quite amusing as well...considering the website/blog of the commentator.. ;)

Oh ... and I have to say ... that's the only nasty/not so nice comment on my blog since I started ... think I can count myself lucky, considering the kind of people some of my fellow bloggers have to deal with.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

HELP!!!!!

I really need help... :o

Tradition since we're back in the league is that our last away trip to an English Team is our so called "Road Trip" and will have a theme.

The first one in 2007 was "Baby's day out" ... ;) I didn't dress up, but the players (and Debs) did ... the guys were wearing white towels for nappies, a dummy and a ribbon in the hair ... I leave that to your imagination!! LOL. Although ... might have to check if I can find any good pics of that!! ;)

Last year was The 80s - a theme I WOULD have dressed up for ... unfortunately the away game coincided with a cyst drainage OP, so neither DH nor I went.

This year the theme is "Who did you want to be when you were younger?" And I don't have the slightest idea really... :o I've got 1.5 weeks to get organised ... so if you have any tips/suggestions - PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT!!!! It would probably link easily with the 80s theme again... :o

I could "cop out" with a slightly changed theme to "What did you want to be when you were younger" ... that would be something medical, and I got already a white lab coat from last year's halloween...

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Randomness - Wolves 2009 squad

I just had a look at this year's team photo from training camp ... and then looked at the "official" team photo 2009.

And I can safely say ... from the squad who went to Fordell Firs for training camp (ok, that wasn't the full squad, but think I can safely say it's the "core squad") we only had 1 guy leaving. Like the odds, and then add the fact that we have about doubled that squad ... ;) NICE!!!

Looking into playing around with photos a bit this week, maybe learning a bit more of Photoshop stuff.

Official Wolves Squad 2009 photo (with again not everyone registered with us included... ;) ) is below ... I'll post the Training Camp photo tomorrow or so.


Training camp photo now here... :)