Dundee Hurricanes

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Dundee Hurricanes
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Established 2002
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Home ground Morgan Rugby Club, Alloway Place
Head coach Fraser Thomson
General manager Matt Hooper
League BAFA National Leagues
Division National League North
League titles None
Division titles None
Current uniform
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The Dundee Hurricanes are an American football team based in Dundee, Scotland. They are members of the National League BAFA recent league restructuring. Since joining the league in 2003, the Hurricanes have qualified for the playoffs in four out of their seasons and won two conference championships.

History[edit]

American football in Dundee dates back to the 1980s with the founding of the amateur team, the Dundee Whalers. Later a youth flag football team known as the Dundee Storm was created after its dissolution. They quickly progressed into 9-on-9 youth kitted football and met with great success, winning four consecutive 9-on-9 Scottish Youth Flag Football championships, 1 Scottish Youth Kitted Championship and reaching the semi-finals of the British Youth championship.[1]

Following these years of success many of the youth players became old enough to play senior football, and so the Dundee Hurricanes were formed in 2002. They immediately applied to enter the BAFL and were admitted into Division 2 North for the 2003 season. They met with initial success, recording consecutive shutouts in their first two matches against the Tees Valley Cougars and Edinburgh Wolves.[2] After that their form was less consistent but they still finished an impressive fourth out of eleven teams in their debut season, recording a 6-4 record.[3][4]

The club went on to build on that success during 2004, starting off in the best possible way by recording another shutout in their first match away to East Midland Saxons. They lost just twice during the regular season as they finished clear winners of the Scottish Conference. Their good form continued as they beat the Merseyside Nighthawks in their first playoff match, but they were eventually beaten in the semi-final by a single point by the eventual divisional champions Doncaster Mustangs. [5][6]

In contrast to the previous year, the 2005 season was an inconsistent one. The team began badly, losing their first three games, but that bad start was followed up by five consecutive wins. They eventually finished with a 5-5 record, which was good enough to clinch second place in the Scottish Conference and ensure they qualified for the playoffs again. Unfortunately, they failed to register any points in their quarter-final, going down 0–35 to the Coventry Jets.[7][8]

2006 was a fairly mediocre one for the Hurricanes as they finished with a 3-4 record. However, there were two positives that team were able to take - during their seven games, the team only conceded 38 points, and by virtue of there only being three teams in their conference, they finished second and therefore qualified for the playoffs again. Unfortunately, just as in the previous year they fell at the quarter-final stage again without scoring a single point, losing 0–6 to the Redditch Arrows.[9][10]

The Hurricanes finally enjoyed real success in the 2007 season. As part of the divisional reshuffled, the Scottish and Northern conferences were combined into a single six-team conference. After recording a number of heavy wins and finishing with nine wins and just a single defeat, they finished clear winners of their group and so gained a home draw in the playoffs. They made that home advantage count, first defeating East Midland Saxons in the quarter-finals, then thrashing the Manchester Titans in the semi-final to book a place at the divisional final against the Norwich Devils, a team who had gone through the entire season unbeaten and were strongly fancied to win. In a match played at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield and broadcast on Five, their opponents scored early and raced into a 20–0 lead at half-time. Despite a second half fightback, the Hurricanes were unable to overturn this deficit.[11] Even though they lost the final, they were still celebrating promotion for the first time in their history.[12][13]

Season records[edit]

Season Division Wins Losses Ties PF PA Final Position Playoff Record Notes
2003 BAFL Division 2 North 6 4 0 258 128 4 / 11
2004 BAFL Division 2 North 6 2 1 243 81 1 / 3 Beat Merseyside Nighthawks 71–0 in quarter-final.
Lost 12–13 to Doncaster Mustangs in semi-final.
2005 BAFL Division 2 Scottish 5 5 0 152 178 2 / 4 Lost 0–35 to Coventry Jets in quarter-final.
2006 BAFL Division 2 Scottish 3 4 0 170 38 2 / 3 Lost 0–6 to Redditch Arrows in quarter-final.
2007 BAFL Division 2 North 9 1 0 296 117 1 / 6 Beat East Midland Saxons 14–8 in quarter-final.
Beat Manchester Titans 50–12 in semi-final.
Lost 12–26 to Norwich Devils in final.
Promoted to Division 1 North
2008 BAFL Division 1 North 5 2 3 227 91 3 / 6
2009 BAFL Division 1 North 2 6 1 133 209 5 / 7

Ground[edit]

The Hurricanes play their home matches at Morgan Rugby Club, located in the Alloway Place.

Current roster[edit]

Dundee Hurricanes 2012 Roster
Quarterbacks
  •  7 Adam Ingram
  •  13 Bruce Thomson
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Running Backs

  • 48 Craig Blacklaw
  • 16 Craig Denham
  • 35
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Wide Receivers

  • 11 Darren McDonald
  • 15 Kris Gibson
  • 85 Andy Paton
  • 24 Andy Henderson
  • 15 Kris Gibson
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Tight Ends

  • 87 Will Lockwood
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Offensive Linemen
  • 69 Alistair Mackay
  • 71 Matt Hooper
  • 50 Craig Campbell
  •  - Sam Ross
  •  - Jim Scott
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Defensive Linemen

  • 59 Ritchie Bannon
  • 93 Scott Swan
  • 77 Jason West
  • 90 Chris Scott
  • 42 Ronald Dalley
  •  - Jordan Harris
  •  - Greg Cameron
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Linebackers
  • 88 Mike Pytlowanyj
  • 40 Darren Baldwin
  •  - Ian Buerger
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Defensive Backs

  • 3 Dave Orr
  • 5 Michael Dotts
  • 7 Kai Wardle
  • 9 Andrew Morrison
  • 20 Grant Cussick
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Special Teams

  •  -
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Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dundee Hurricanes - About Us". Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Wolves are blown away". Edinburgh Evening News. 19 May 2003. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  3. ^ "BAFL 2003 Season" (XLS). Britball Now. 2005-12-20. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  4. ^ "BAFL 2003 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 2005-12-20. Retrieved 2008-02-27. [dead link]
  5. ^ "BAFL 2004 Season" (XLS). Britball Now. 2005-12-20. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  6. ^ "BAFL 2004 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 2005-12-20. Retrieved 2008-02-27. [dead link]
  7. ^ "BAFL 2005 Season" (XLS). Britball Now. 2006-01-02. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  8. ^ "BAFL 2005 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 2006-01-02. Retrieved 2008-02-27. [dead link]
  9. ^ "BAFL 2006 Season Results" (XLS). Britball Now. 2006-12-20. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  10. ^ "BAFL Leagues 2006" (XLS). Britball Now. 2006-12-20. Retrieved 2008-02-27. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Bowl game glory for unbeaten Devils". Norfolk Eastern Daily Press. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  12. ^ "BAFL 2007 Season Results" (XLS). Britball Now. 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  13. ^ "BAFL Leagues 2007" (XLS). Britball Now. 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-02-27. [dead link]

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