||This Solent Thrashers's tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. (July 2011)|
|Home ground||Test Park,
|Head coach||Mathew Clark|
|League||BAFA National Leagues|
|Division||Division 1 South and Central|
The Solent Thrashers (formerly the Andover Thrashers and Hampshire Thrashers) are an American football team currently based in Southampton, England. They compete in Division 1 South and Central of the BAFA National Leagues (BAFANL). The club was founded in Andover in 2003, moved to Winchester in 2007 and then to Southampton at the end of 2011.
The club was founded in December 2003 following a meeting in an Andover pub between two local enthusiasts, Dave Scott & Andy Mountain. The following month, an informal training session was held with a number of local players. For the remainder of that year, the Thrashers took part in several flag football tournaments and friendlies, the highlight of which was a home match against Team England which the Thrashers won 16-12. The Thrashers also reached the semi-finals of a tournament held in Fareham which was ultimately won by Team USA.
In December 2004, the club applied to join the BAFL and were accepted to compete in Division Two South West to replace the Nene Valley Hybrids.
The 2005 season was not a good one for the Thrashers. They had a small roster and players with little experience playing both sides of the ball for the whole game. Inevitably this took its toll, they lost every game and recorded a 0-10 season, scoring just 30 points throughout the entire campaign. The main consolation from that year was that Phill Price, the Thrasher's linebacker, won the BAFL Rookie Of The Year Award.
After appointing a new offensive coach, Len Scott, and training hard over the winter the 2006 season proved to be more successful for the Thrashers. They boasted a 5 game winning streak, held second place on the table for a couple of weeks and almost maintained a shut-out against the experienced Plymouth Admirals. The Thrashers also had outside hopes of making the playoffs if they beat league leaders South Wales Warriors in the last game of the season. However, those hopes were crushed when they had a touchdown called back in the last minute of the game for a Lineman down field. Andover eventually finished third in the Division 2 South Conference with a 5-5 record.
The 2007 season started with the promotion of Len Scott from Offensive Coordinator to Head Coach, and the appointment of Bob Turner as Defensive Coordinator. The season proved to be their most successful to date, starting off with a four-game winning streak which included two consecutive shutouts. They ended up with a 7-3 record, finishing third in the division and narrowly missing out on the playoffs for a second successive season due to their inferior positive points difference in their head-to-head record against the division's runners-up Cornish Sharks.
At the end of the 2007 season, the club announced that head coach Len Scott had left the club to join Sussex Thunder. The following month at their AGM they revealed that Bob Turner would be Head Coach and that the Thrashers were to leave Andover and take up residence in Winchester to share with the local rugby club, and that they would therefore be renamed the Hampshire Thrashers.
The 2008 season the Thrashers narrowily missed the playoffs, as they finished with the same record as the 2nd place team, but due to tiebreakers the Thrashers finished 3rd. The highlight of the season was a fumble recovery by Mike Whitson who took the ball 99 yards for a touchdown. This will go down as a Britball record.
After a busy off season in which the Thrashers boosted their roster with a number of experienced players due to the unfortunate demise of Southern Sundevils the Thrashers were set to have the best season in team history. The Thrashers finished the regular season with a total of 8 wins and 1 tie (in the first game of the season against the newly formed Gloucester Banshees, however due to an inability to complete a previously postponed away game with the Cornish Sharks the league awarded a tie resulting in season tally of 8 wins 2 ties 0 losses. This gave the Thrashers their first ever divisional title and playoff berth, where they were seeded second, and hosted a first round playoff game. The first round game saw the Thrashers continue their strong season with a convincing win of 24-6 against the East Kent Mavericks, setting up a Southern Conference Championship game versus the Colchester Gladiators. The Thrashers started out strong but couldn't contain the vaunted Gladiators rushing attack and eventually lost the game 20-49 therefore ending their 2009 season just one game short of the national championship.
The season saw the Thrashers put up some impressive numbers, especially on offense. QB Nick Watson finished the year with 142 completions, 2126 yards and 31 touchdowns. Running back Tim Iles rushed for 620 yards and 9 touchdowns, and 5 different receivers put up over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns(Paul Brady - 590 yards, 6 touchdowns, Brennan Peterson - 491 yards, 8 touchdowns, Kyle Latore - 357 yards, 4 touchdowns, Dan McMillan - 350 yards, 6 touchdowns and Rikki Lear - 339 yards, 6 touchdowns).
In 2010 Hampshire felt confident to repeat the previous seasons success, with the return of Head Coach Bob Turner and most of the previous years starting team as well as the additions of offensive coordinator Sumon Hoque and defensive coordinator Mat Clark. However, the loss of the previous seasons offensive mvp, workhorse running back Tim Iles, proved a difficult burden to overcome, as the Thrashers struggled to develop a steady running game to partner their high powered passing attack. The Thrashers managed to go one better than the previous year in the regular season finishing with a record of 9 wins and just 1 loss(to conference newcomers Watford Cheetahs). Hosting another playoff game the Thrashers put away the Essex Spartans 29-15, before falling short of the National Finals a second year in a row, with a loss to the London Olympians 51-7.
The season saw some impressive performances on both sides of the ball. Veteran QB Nick Watson recorded his second straight 2000 yard season, receivers Paul Brady and Kyle Latore finished as numbers 1 and 2 in the national rankings with stats of 70 receptions, 725 yards, 7 touchdowns (Brady) and 68 receptions, 843 yards and 7 touchdowns (Latore). However the most impressive season went to rookie cornerback Josh Amis who recorded a league leading 11 interceptions.
2011 saw the appointment of new Head Coach, Tyrone Lindsey, as well as promotion to Division One. The Thrashers had high hopes for the season after a number of players following Coach Lindsey from his former team Farnham Knights and Brunel Burners from BUAFL where he is also Head Coach. The Thrashers started the season well with a win at Colchester Gladiators, however the season went downhill as the Thrashers suffered 5 straight defeats including a disappointing loss at East Kent Mavericks and a nail biting shootout at local rivals Sussex Thunder. The Thrashers would get their season back on track with wins at home in the return games against Colchester Gladiators and East Kent Mavericks but would end the season with a 3-7 record after finishing the season with two losses to Sussex Thunder and London Olympians.
Despite the Thrashers disappointing record the team still had a lot to celebrate after their first season in Division 1. Offensive MVP Kyle Latore lead the team in all receiving categories with 36 receptions, 537 yards and 8 touchdowns. The running game saw an insurgence of youth with the three headed attack of running backs Orion Modebe and Ayman Abd-Elaziz and Quarterback Dayle Greenfield combing for 1034 yards and 13 touchdowns. Veteran QB Nick Watson passed the 5000 career passing yards mark despite dealing with lingering injuries all season. On defense second year Defensive Back Josh Amis earned the Defensive MVP, playing in his new position of safety, after again leading the team in interceptions with 7 and narrowly missing out on being the teams leading tackler with 74. That honour went to Middle Linebacker and Team MVP Vassili Fedotov who amassed 78 tackles in his first season in a Thrashers jersey after joining the team from Farnham Knights in the preseason.
The 2012 season will see the Thrashers at a new home ground after making the move from Winchester to the new multi million pound development Test Park Sports Ground in Southampton after finishing the 2011 season.
2012 also sees the appointment of a number of new coaches. Last years Defensive Coordinator Mat Clark takes over the position of Head Coach following the departure of Tyrone Lindsey. Jim Roberson joins the club as Defensive Coordinator having previously coaching the now defunct Southern Sundevils. In his seven season tenure with the Southampton based team Coach Roberson failed to make the playoffs in only one season and won both a division 2 championship and division 1A championship while posting a 49-27-2 record. Three other appointments were made in the offseason with Simon Pirie, formally of the Southern Sundevils, will coach Offensive Line; former player Pete Bennett returns, this time to coach Defensive Line and Thrashers all time leading Quarterback Nick Watson takes over as Quarterbacks/Assistant Offensive Coordinator following his retirement from playing.
The Thrashers remain in Division 1 South but due to a league wide restructure will face a number of new teams with only two of their opponents from last year remaining in the same conference (Sussex Thunder and East Kent Mavericks). New opponents for this season include Cambridgeshire Cats, Essex Spartans and Kent Exiles. This season will also see the renewal of two old rivalries following the promotions of South Wales Warriors and Berkshire Renegades.
Up until 2008, the Thrashers played their home games at Harrow Way School in Andover. During the 2007 season, two matches (against the South Wales Warriors and Plymouth Admirals) were played at North Walls Park, the home of Winchester Rugby Club, and after the season was completed it was announced that Winchester would be their permanent home. The Club will have a new home ground for the 2012 season, Test Park Sports Ground in Southampton. The newly built ground is operated by Solent University and features a full size 3G pitch, endzone and sideline spectators areas, full size purpose built changing rooms and a large bar area.
Senior Team 
Head Coach: Mat Clark
Offensive Co-ordinator: Sumon Hoque
Defensive Co-ordinator: Rikki Lear
Offensive Line Coach:
Quarterbacks Coach: Nick Watson
Running Backs Coach: Phil Marter
Wide Receivers Coach:
Defensive Line Coach: Pete Bennett
Defensive Backs Coach:
|Hampshire Thrashers Roster 2012|
Season records 
|2005||BAFL Division 2 South West||0||10||0||6/6|
|2006||BAFL Division 2 South West||5||5||0||4/6|
|2007||BAFL Division 2 South West||6||4||0||3/6|
|2008||BAFL Division 2 South West||7||3||0||3/6|
|2009||BAFL Division 2 South West||8||0||2||1/6||QF Beat East Kent Mavericks 25-6
SF Loss Colchester Gladiators 49-20
|2010||BAFACL Division 2 South West||9||1||0||1/6||QF Beat Essex Spartans 29-15
SF Loss London Olympians 51-7
|2011||BAFANL Division 1 South||3||7||0||4/6|
|2012||BAFANL Division 1 South||-||-||-||-/8|
Junior Team 
The Hampshire Thrashers also have a Junior team, who play under the same name and caters for ages 16–19. The Juniors were formed in 2009 under Head Coach Jason Walker. The Juniors trained throughout the spring/summer and played scrimmages with London Warriors, Reading Rebels and Wiltshire Royals with the aim to join the league in 2010. The Junior team currently plays in the BAFANL Junior South division, playing against the Bristol Aztecs, Farnham Knights, London Blitz and London Warriors.
Head Coach/Offensive Co-ordinator: Rob Lowe
Defensive Co-ordinator: Marc White
Offensive Line Coach: Michael Hogan
Quarterbacks Coach/Special Teams Co-ordinator: Jack Bloomfield
Running Backs Coach: Paul Verling
Wide Receivers Coach: Matthew Neve
Defensive Backs Coach: Vinnie Hurford
|Hampshire Thrashers Junior Roster|
Season records 
|2010||BAFACL Junior South||0||8||0||5/5|
|2011||BAFANL Junior South||0||8||0||5/5|
|2012||BAFANL Junior South||2||6||0||4/5|
Youth Team 
Due to high interest during 2011, the Hampshire Thrashers set up a youth team for ages 13–16. They spent the 2011 season training hard and also played scrimmages with the Sussex Thunder and Watford Cheetahs.
They play a scaled down version of the full game with just 5 players on the field instead of the usual 11 as found in the higher age groups.
The team will enter league play for the 2012 season.
Head Coach: Rob Lowe
Offensive Co-ordinator: Jack Bloomfield
Defensive Co-ordinator: Jon Holloway
Offensive Assistant: Matthew Neve
Defensive Assistant: Marc White
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