Peterborough Saxons

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Peterborough Saxons
Team logo
Established 2001
Based in Peterborough
Home stadium Thorney Rugby Club
Crowland Road
Thorney
Peterborough
PE6 0PB
Head coach Gary Van Zandt
General manager Ryan Toone
League BAFANL
Division Division 2 East
League titles None
Division titles None
Current uniform
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Left arm Body Right arm
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Socks
Home
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Away

The Peterborough Saxons (formerly the East Midland Saxons) are an American Football team competing in Division 2 East of the BAFA National League BAFANL for 2012. Moving to their new home this season, home games will be played at the Lion's Den (Bretton) in Peterborough. The senior team was first formed in 2001 and entered senior competition the following year. 2008 was the most successful year to date, recording their highest number of wins, largest ever win and reaching the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

History[edit]

East Midlands Saxons (01-04)[edit]

The East Midlands Saxons were officially formed in late 2001 as a means of allowing players from the local UCLA Renegades youth kitted team to continue playing after they reached the cut-off age for youth football. Playing their home games in Boston, Lincolnshire, they were accepted into the British Senior League for the 2002 season, where they competed in Division Two North. Their largely inexperienced squad was largely drawn from the UCLA Renegades youth team and a former senior team called the Haven Raiders. They also joined together with a number of veteran players from defunct teams previously based in Kings Lynn, Boston and Peterborough. It was a struggle for most of the season and the team failed to win any of their games, losing seven and drawing three.[1]

The Saxons relocated to Spalding Rugby Club in 2003, with the main benefit being that they were now in a more centralised location within their particular catchment area. This meant they were able to attract more local players, and the size of the squad grew. This benefit was apparent on their opening matchday as they recorded their first ever victory at this level, a 31–12 win over the Manchester Titans. After a good start to the season, the Saxons won a further two games. An injury to their American running back saw them lose their last five games,[2] failing to score in three of them and finishing 3–6–1.[3]

The team moved to the Castle Sports Centre in Spalding, where they played their home games for the 2004 season in the reorganised Division Two North. They suffered due to only having 3 coaches and injuries which saw them travel to several games with under 20 fit players. This led to them forfeiting their final match of the season.[4] They lost all nine of their regular season games, only scoring 20 points.[5]

Season Division Wins Losses Ties PF PA Final Position Playoff Record
2002 BSL Division Two South 0 7 3 44 211 6 / 6
2003 BSL Division Two North 3 6 1 99 205 8 / 11
2004 BSL Division Two North 0 9 0 20 260 6 / 6

Move to Peterborough (05-07)[edit]

2005 saw a number of changes for the club. They were realigned to the British American Football League Division Two East and moved their home games to Stanground College in Peterborough. This move proved beneficial as they were able to recruit more players, doubling their squad size from an average of 20 to over 45. All three of the team's victories came against the Merseyside Nighthawks, whom they had failed to beat in each of their previous meetings.[6][7] This number of wins was repeated the following season in 2006,[8] with the highlight being their 14–13 victory over the Norwich Devils.[9]

After spending a season in the Eastern conference, the Saxons were once again realigned into the Central conference of Division Two for the 2007 season. After narrowly losing their first two games, they then won seven out of their last eight games and scored a total of 236 points, the fifth best total in the country.[10][11] In doing so, they finished second in their group, easily qualifying for the post-season playoffs for the first time in their history. The Saxons were given a long journey north to play the Dundee Hurricanes, and lost a close game 8–14.

Season Division Wins Losses Ties PF PA Final Position Playoff Record
2005 BAFL Division Two Central 3 7 0 96 282 3 / 4
2006 BAFL Division Two East 3 7 0 146 204 4 / 4
2007 BAFL Division Two Central 7 3 0 236 72 2 / 5 Lost 8–14 to Dundee Hurricanes in 1/4 Finals.

Peterborough Saxons (08–11)[edit]

Prior to the 2008 season, the team's name was changed to the Peterborough Saxons. On the field, they bettered the previous season's record, finishing the regular season with two defeats (both of which came against local rivals Cambridgeshire Cats. The Saxons scored 379 points, second only to the season's divisional champions, the London Cobras.[12] They also recorded their largest-ever victory, an 80–0 win over the MK City Pathfinders.[13] The Saxons' last home game of the season was a local derby against the Bedfordshire Blue Raiders, which was played at nearby RAF Alconbury in front of over 1000 spectators. The Saxons won the inaugural Tri-Base Bowl 35–3 to secure their place in the playoffs for the second year running.[14] Despite earning a home draw for their wild-card playoff match, they were beaten 6–9 by the visiting Cornish Sharks due to a field goal scored with four seconds left.[15] The team was promoted to Division 1 at the end of 2008 as part of a restructure of the league. In some quarters this promotion was controversial and there were some mutterings that the team was a very good Division 2 team, but did not merit promotion.[citation needed] The team was very competitive at this level in 2009 and continued to improve and prove many[who?] wrong, posting a .500 record in 2010.

After a difficult offseason with many departures to other clubs, three games into the 2011 season, both the long-term GM and the HC left the team due to personal reason. An interim GM was put in place with the aim to continue the season, but due to safety concerns with dwindling numbers, the team withdrew from competition for the 2011 season.[16]

Season Division Wins Losses Ties PF PA Final Position Playoff Record
2008 BAFL Division Two East 8 2 0 379 44 2 / 5 Lost 6–9 to Cornish Sharks in wild-cards.
2009 BAFL Division One South East 3 7 0 165 259 5 / 6
2010 BAFL Division One South East 5 5 0 4 / 6
2011 BACAFL Division One Central 0 10 0 20 97 6 / 6

Peterborough Saxons v2.0[edit]

The events of the 2011 was not to be the end of the Saxons, but a new beginning. With a core group of 15 players, a new GM with passion and determination to turn the club around was appointed. He quickly set up a committee and went on the search for a new Head Coach to lead the team forward. The search proved successful in the form of William White, a man who had tasted glory at the top level of British American Football with the Coventry Jets. Will brought a vision, experience and excitement that the new Team Saxons knew he was the man to lead them forward. The 2011 season ended with a scrimmage with the Bradford Bears University team, showing signs that the club was on its way back for the 2012 season. After promising pre-season results, the Saxons headed into the season ready to return some pride to the team.

After an unbeaten 2012 season and securing the number 1 spot in the South and home advantage throughout the play-offs, they welcomed the Cornish Sharks to Fortress Fengate. A 33–6 victory and a MK Pathfinders victory over the Oxford Saints set up a 3rd encounter between the sides this season. The Pathfinders were keen to get the one victory that counted and make their way to the final. The Saxon's showed the Pathfinders again their superiority and cruised to victory and earned another shut-out. This set up a cracking final of 2 undefeated teams, the Peterborough Saxons and the Sheffield Predators. The Saxons and the Double Wing running Predators went blow for blow for 60 minutes and could not be separated at 33–33. The Saxons went down in OT in a game that had everything.

Divisional realignments were announced by BAFANL on 23 September 2012. These placed the Peterborough Saxons in the Premiership South Conference. This was a big step up for the Saxons going straight from the former Division 2 to the top flight of football in the county. Joining them will be: London Blitz, London Warriors, London Olympians, Bristol Aztecs, Ipswich Cardinals, East Kent Mavericks, Berkshire Renegades, Sussex Thunder, South Wales Warriors and the Cambridgeshire Cats.

Season Division Wins Losses Ties PF PA Final Position Playoff Record
2012 BAFANL Division Two East 10 0 0 176 44 1 / 6 quarter-final – Beat Cornish Sharks 33–6

Semi-final – Beat MK Pathfinders 26–0

Final – Lost to Sheffield Predators 39–33 in OT

2012 season[edit]

Coaching Staff[edit]

  • Head Coach: Gary Van Zandt
  • Defensive Co-Ordinator: Richard Foulger
  • D-line Coach: Darren Cole
  • general manager: Ryan Toone

Fixtures[edit]

Date Competition Opponent Venue Postcode Score
Sat 14 April BAFANL Bedfordshire Blue Raiders Bedford Athletics Stadium MK41 9SB 18 – 6 W
Sun 6 May BAFANL Milton Keynes Pathfinders Stanground College PE7 3BY 32 – 0 W
Sun 13 May BAFANL Milton Keynes Pathfinders Emerson Valley Sports Pavilion MK4 2DN 21 – 14 W
Sun 3 June BAFANL Watford Cheetahs Fullerians Rugby Football Club WD17 3PB 20 – 6 W
Sat 16 June BAFANL Bedfordshire Blue Raiders Stanground College PE7 3BY 26 – 0 W
Sat 23 June BAFANL Watford Cheetahs Stanground College PE7 3PB 21 – 18 W
Sat 7 July BAFANL Colchester Gladiators Fortress Fengate PE 35 – 0 W
Sun 15 July BAFANL Colchester Gladiators The Royal Oak Stadium CO12 4AA 1 – 0 W
Sun 22 July BAFANL Maidstone Pumas New Line Learning Academy ME15 9QL 1 – 0 W
Sat 28 July BAFANL Maidstone Pumas Lions Den, Peterborough PE3 8DF 1 – 0 W

Game Notes[edit]

Bedfordshire vs. Peterborough [Box Score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Peterborough 0 6 0 12 18
Bedfordshire 6 0 0 0 6
  • Date: 14 April 2012
  • Location: Bedford International Athletics Stadium, Bedford
  • Game start: 12:00
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours
  • Game attendance: 100
  • Game weather: Cloudy

The First regular season game of the 2012 Season saw the Peterborough Saxons travel 40 miles to the Bedfordshire Blue Raiders. After an early mistake on the punt return, the Saxons gifted the Raiders the ball inside the 10-yard line and they punched the ball in for an early score, missing the 2-pt conversion. A scrappy first half dominated by both Defenses saw a battle for field position. Just as it looked like Bedford would take the advantage into the half, D. Williams trucked his way into the endzone on a punt return to level the score at 6–6. The second half started with much of the same with the Saxons determined to establish the run game. Early in the 4th quarter, after driving the length of the field, T.Jones punched that ball in to put the Saxons up 12–6 after the 2-pt conversion failed. The Blue Raiders took to the air and were picked off on a couple of occasions, with one getting returned for a TD by W.Gumbs after some huge blocks, and sealed the game 18–6.

Peterborough vs. Milton Keynes [Box Score]
1 2 3 4 Total
Milton Keynes 0 0 0 0 0
Peterborough 0 12 13 7 32
  • Date: 06.05.2012
  • Location: Stangroud College, Peterborough
  • Game start: 14:30
  • Elapsed time: 4 hours
  • Game attendance: 125
  • Game weather: Cloudy

Match Report to Follow.

Roster[edit]

Peterborough Saxons 2012 Roster
Quarterbacks
  • Nick Tilbury
  • Rich Davis

Running backs

  • Anthony Amissah
  • Adam Gumbs
  • Derrick Hylton
  • Tyre Jones

Fullbacks

  • Liam Quinlan

Wide receivers

  • Isaac Adimora
  • Tendayi Dabengwa
  • Sam Deakin
  • Dale Hawes
  • Mike Ovo Osei
  • Andrae Primer

Tight ends

  • Jason Bradshaw
  • Ian Fryer
  • Pete Hannon
Offensive Linemen
  • Ben Abbott
  • Peter Cox
  • Jay Dhesi
  • Liam Ellington
  • Mike Fears
  • Sithenkosi Fivana
  • James Gilbert
  • Daryl Groves
  • James Hillard
  • Mick Mills
  • Brad Peck
  • Stuart P-T
  • Jack Sherrington
  • Gergo Simara
  • Chris Stewart
  • Luke Walker

Defensive Linemen

  • Kirk Baxter
  • Dan Harris
  • Dan Holmes
  • Jamie Lugo
  • Mark Nash
  • Simon Plumbley
  • Corbin Reed
  • Craig Smith
  • Jonathan Swift
  • Ryan Toone
  • Jamie Williamson
Defensive Backs
  • Jonathan Creek
  • Kev Cunningham
  • Wayne Gumbs
  • Albert Lamboy
  • Daniel Watson
  • Darius Williams

Linebackers

  • Matthew Broadbent
  • Jamie Carter
  • Fred Damron
  • Phill Deakin
  • Rich Foulger
  • Steve George
  • Jonathan Palmer
  • Stuart Proudlock
  • Noel Toone

Season records[edit]

Season Division Wins Losses Ties PF PA Final Position Playoff Record Notes
2002 BSL Division Two South 0 7 3 44 211 6 / 6
2003 BSL Division Two North 3 6 1 99 205 8 / 11
2004 BSL Division Two North 0 9 0 20 260 6 / 6
2005 BAFL Division Two Central 3 7 0 96 282 3 / 4
2006 BAFL Division Two East 3 7 0 146 204 4 / 4
2007 BAFL Division Two Central 7 3 0 236 72 2 / 5 Lost 8–14 to Dundee Hurricanes in quarter-finals.
2008 BAFL Division Two East 8 2 0 379 44 2 / 5 Lost 6–9 to Cornish Sharks in wild-card playoff. Team renamed Peterborough Saxons prior to start of season.
Promoted to Division 1.
2009 BAFL Division One South East 3 7 0 165 259 5 / 6
2010 BAFL Division One South East 5 5 0 4 / 6
2011 BACAFL Division One Central 0 10 0 20 97 6 / 6 Relegated to Division 2 due not finishing 2011 season
2012 BAFANL Division Two East 0 / 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2002 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "2003 League Results" (XLS). Britball Now. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "2003 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "2004 League Results" (XLS). Britball Now. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 22 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "2004 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "2005 League Results" (XLS). Britball Now. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "2005 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 2 January 2006. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "2006 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "2006 League Results" (XLS). Britball Now. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "2007 League Results" (XLS). Britball Now. 17 November 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "2007 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 17 November 2007. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "2008 League Standings" (XLS). Britball Now. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "2008 League Results" (XLS). Britball Now. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "Big game for Saxons at Stanground tomorrow". Peterborough Today. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  15. ^ Walker, Sharon (26 August 2008). "Sharks make the quarter finals with just 4 seconds to spare". BAFL. Retrieved 24 November 2008. 
  16. ^ "Saxons Pull Out". Inside American Football. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 

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