South Wales Warriors
|Based in||Llanharan, Wales|
|Home ground||The Dairy Field|
|Head coach||David Pruett|
|League||BAFA National Leagues|
|League titles||One (2011)|
The South Wales Warriors are an American Football team currently competing in Premier South of the BAFA National Leagues (BAFANL). The team was formed after the Tiger Bay Warriors had disbanded due to the departure of head coach Rob Mota, along with key staff and players, by the remaining players and staff, using equipment, resources and shirts from the folded Tiger Bay Warriors for economical purposes.
They play their home games at the home of Llanharan rugby club. In the 2008 season the South Wales Warriors won their conference with a record of 9 wins and 1 loss before losing their playoff quarter-final to the Cambridgeshire Cats. However, they were promoted following the reorganisation of the BAFL for the 2009 season. They were relegated to Division 2 West during the 2010 BAFA Community League restructure.
In 2011, the Warriors finished the regular season as runners up in the Division 2 West and finished fifth seed in Division 2 enabling them to enter the playoffs, eventually winning promotion and Division 2 Championship on 25 September at the Britbowl Championships held at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
In 2012, the Warriors finished the Season with a record of 6 wins and 4 losses leaving them out of the playoffs and 4th in the Division 1 South and Central Division.
South Wales Warriors (2001 to 2010)
In 2001, the team was formed as the South Wales Warriors and were admitted into the British Senior League to compete in Division Two South. After a year out of action, they found the going tougher and finished with a 2-5-1 record. The following two seasons repeated this pattern, with the Warriors finishing with 3-6 and 5-5 records in 2002 and 2003 respectively. However, 2004 saw a vast improvement and they finished second in their group with a 7-2-1 record, making the playoffs for the first time since reforming. Unfortunately, they were knocked out at the first stage, losing their quarter-final 6–30 to the Chiltern Cheetahs.
This feat was repeated in 2005, finishing the regular season in second place before losing their playoff quarter-final. In 2006, the Warriors once again finished in second place, cliching their spot on the last matchday of the regular season with a 27–21 win away to the Andover Thrashers. They were drawn at home to the Essex Spartans for their wildcard playoff. The Warriors posted an impressive win, however, the visitors complained to the BAFL that the pitch at Bedwas RFC was too short, and therefore did not comply with league rules. After consultations between the two teams, the game was played as normal but the BAFL decided afterwards that the Warriors would forfeit the game, and therefore the game was awarded to the Spartans as a 1–0 victory.
The 2007 season saw the Warriors get over their play-off disappointment by winning their group with a near-perfect 9-1 record to win their second ever conference championship. A 13–7 quarter-final win against the Cambridgeshire Cats set up a semi-final tie away to the Norwich Devils, who came into this game on the back of a perfect 10-0 regular season and a quarter-final win against the Cornish Sharks. Unfortunately for the Warriors they were unable to beat an impressive home team, going down 28–43.
South Wales Warriors (2011)
The 2011 Season saw the Warriors compete in the reformed BAFA National Leagues. The opening game of the season saw them take on the Gloucester Banshees and win 46-0, one of four shut out games that season, which were to set the tone of the Warriors season. Eight wins and two defeats to the hands of the Berkshire Renegades resulted in the team finishing runners up in the Division 2 West league and entering the playoffs as wild card fifth seed. The quarter finals against the Kent Exiles resulted with a 33-13 Warriors victory . The Warriors then moved on to the semi finals at the home ground of the Lancashire Wolverines in Blackburn. The Wolverines were soundly beaten 32-17, leading to a South Wales Warriors and West Coast Trojans Britbowl final at Crystal Palace and promotions to Division 1 for both teams. The Division 2 Britbowl final was played on 25 September 2011 at the Crystal Palace Stadium, London, with the final result of 48-20 to the Warriors crowning them Britbowl XXV BAFANL Division 2 Champions.
South Wales Warriors (2012)
2012 saw the newly promoted Warriors to Division 1 South and Central play a condensed season of football (10 Games over 13 weeks). The warriors had a mixed result to the season, winning six games and losing four. The Warriors home game to Essex Spartans was postponed from 16 June to 15 July due to adverse weather conditions affecting large parts of mainland Britain at the time, the subsequent game was forfeited after Essex were unable to field a team. The Warriors managed to keep a 100% home record for the season which left them finishing in fourth place within the division.
On 23 September is was announced that the South Wales Warriors were to be promoted to the Premiership South Division after an expansion programme run by BAFA.
Senior team season records
|Season||Division||W||L||T||PF||PA||Final Position||Playoff Record||Notes|
|2001||BAFL Division 2 South||2||5||1||66||104||7 / 9||—||First season competing|
|2002||BSL Division 2 South||3||6||0||258||128||7 / 19||—||—|
|2003||BSL Division 2 South West||5||5||0||158||172||4 / 6||—||—|
|2004||BSL Division 2 South West||7||2||1||228||129||2 / 6||Lost 6–30 to Chiltern Cheetahs in quarter-final.||—|
|2005||BAFL Division 2 South West||8||2||0||298||71||2 / 6||Lost 16–30 to Kent Exiles in quarter-final.||—|
|2006||BAFL Division 2 West||7||3||0||285||93||2 / 5||Defeated Essex Spartans in wild card playoff.||Forfeited the game against Essex Spartans on 80 yard pitch technicality.|
|2007||BAFL Division 2 South West||9||1||0||255||91||1 / 5||Beat Cambridgeshire Cats 13–7 in quarter-final.
Lost 28–43 to Norwich Devils in semi-final.
|2008||BAFL Division 2 South West||9||1||0||255||59||1 / 5||Beat Colchester Gladiators 21–12 in wild-card playoff.
Lost 7–21 to Cambridgeshire Cats in quarter-final.
Regular season record includes one win by forfeit.
Promoted to Division One.
|2009||BAFL Division 1 South West||6||4||0||194||86||3 / 5||—||—|
|2010||BAFACL Division 1 South West||4||6||0||?||?||? / ?||—||Relegated to Division 2 West|
|2011||BAFANL Division 2 West||8||2||0||317||66||2 / 6||Beat Kent Exiles 33-13 in quarter finals playoff.
Beat the Lancashire Wolverines 32-17 in semi finals playoff.
Beat the West Coast Trojans 48-20 to win Division 2 Britbowl Final at Crystal Palace.
|Finished Western Conference as runners up to Berkshire Renegades.
Britbowl XXV BAFANL Division 2 Champions.
Promoted to Division 1 South and Central
|2012||BAFANL Division 1 South and Central||6||4||0||270||192||4 / 8||—||Promoted to Premiership South through Premiership Expansion Programme|
|24/04/11||WARRIORS @ Gloucester Banshees||46~0||—|
|07/05/11||Bristol Apache @ WARRIORS||0~34||—|
|28/05/11||Cornish Sharks @ WARRIORS||8~42||—|
|05/06/11||WARRIORS @ Berkshire Renegades||6~9||—|
|19/06/11||Gloucester Banshees @ WARRIORS||14~46||—|
|26/06/11||Berkshire Renegades @ WARRIORS||19~14||—|
|09/07/11||WARRIORS @ Bristol Apache||54~8||—|
|16/07/11||Bournemouth Bobcats @ WARRIORS||0~34||—|
|23/07/11||WARRIORS @ Cornish Sharks||22~0||—|
|06/08/11||WARRIORS @ Bournemouth Bobcats||19~8||—|
|29/08/11||WARRIORS @ Kent Exiles||33~13||Wild card playoff|
|05/09/11||WARRIORS @ Lancashire Wolverines||32~17||Playoff semi final|
|25/09/11||WARRIORS @ West Coast Trojans||48~20||Britbowl Playoff final at Crystal Palace|
|28/04/12||Hampshire Thrashers @ WARRIORS||18~34||—|
|06/05/12||WARRIORS @ Berkshire Renegades||20~22||—|
|26/05/12||Kent Exiles @ WARRIORS||12~56||—|
|02/06/12||WARRIORS @ Sussex Thunder||13~28||—|
|10/06/12||WARRIORS @ Hampshire Thrashers||42~13||—|
|16/06/12||Essex Spartans @ WARRIORS||P~P||Postponed due to adverse weather conditions|
|23/06/12||WARRIORS @ Cambridgeshire Cats||36~44||—|
|07/07/12||East Kent Mavericks @ WARRIORS||12~18||—|
|14/07/12||WARRIORS @ East Kent Mavericks||15~17||—|
|15/07/12||Essex Spartans @ WARRIORS||0~1||Essex forfeited|
|28/07/12||Sussex Thunder @ WARRIORS||26~35||—|
The home of the South Wales Warriors from 2009 has been the Dairy Field, home of Llanharan RFC, which is situated around half an hour north west of Cardiff. The ground was purchased by the rugby club in 1989. A 440-seat stand was built shortly afterwards, with a bank of covered terracing built on the opposite side two years later and a new clubhouse in built 2002 on the site of the local British Legion Club. It is one of only three American football venues in the United Kingdom to use a referee's microphone. The team also use Roath Park Recreational Ground for informal training sessions.
For the 2008 season, the Warriors played their home games at Sully Sports & Leisure Centre, located in the village of Sully, just outside Barry. They shared this ground with a number of local sports teams including Sully rugby club and a baseball club. For the 2006 and 2007 seasons, the Warriors played their home matches at the Bridge Field, located in Bedwas, Caerphilly, which they shared with Bedwas rugby club.
Before this, the team were based in Cardiff with most of their games played at Canton rugby club, and a few games also being played at Llanrumney Leisure Centre and Roath Park, which is still used by the team as a training ground.
Current roster (2012)
|South Wales Warriors 2012 Roster|
Receivers / Tight-Ends
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- South Wales Warriors Official Web Site
- South Wales Warriors Official Twitter Account
- South Wales Warriors Facebook Fan Page