Belfast Bulls

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The Belfast Bulls were an American football team based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Overview[edit]

Gareth Millar and Mark Helferty close in for a tackle.

Coached by HC Buttermilk Thompson, the team was founded in 2002. The Belfast Bulls were formed late in 2002 by Chris Mitchell but in 2007 the team was led by the combined experience of Head Coach Rod Thompson, Defensive Coaches Mark Helferty and Marty McKeever, Offensive Coaches Paul Orr and John Savage.

Momentum was built as the Bulls won their first four matches and established the club as a legitimate future contender for the Shamrock Bowl title - the biggest prize in the IAFL. Although playing 8-a-side rules for the first season, it was clear that their talent and drive were a great base to improve on and achieve playing in the 11-a-side league.

The team's rookie season was 2004 where they progressed to the play-offs and were one game away from appearing in the Bowl. 2005 saw the Bulls step up another gear.

In 2008, after funding difficulties, the team was forced to fold.[citation needed]

2006[edit]

They competed well in 2006, despite losing some experienced players to various circumstances. They narrowly lost in the Shamrock Bowl final of 2005.

2006 Player Awards[edit]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
IAFL
2004 5 3 0 3rd IAFL Beaten Semi-Finalists
2005 7 1 0 IAFL League Champions Beaten Shamrock Bowl Finalists
2006 3 5 0 6th IAFL --
2007 4 3 1 IAFL North Champions Beaten Semi-Finalists
Totals 19 12 1 (2004–2007, excluding playoffs)

* = Current Standing

Coaching staff[edit]

Current Staff[edit]

Players[edit]

2006 Roster[edit]

Quarterbacks

  • Mike Calo
  • TJ Reynolds

Running Backs

  • Chris Carson
  • Niall McHugh
  • Gareth Millar
  • Phil Gunning (R)
  • Tom Fraser

Receivers

  • Gary McIlkerney
  • Bjorn Blythe
  • Nick Crawford

Tight Ends

  • Scott Allcock
  • John Savage
 

Tackles

  • Andy Black
  • Conor Leckey (R)
  • Adam Cantley
  • Chris Cantley

Guards

  • Alva Blanton
  • Marty Corrigan
  • Paddy Begley

Centers

  • Niall Barr

Defensive line

  • William Hart DT
  • Matt McGrath DT
  • Niall Barr DT
  • Daniel Moon DE
  • Craig McClintock DE
 

Linebackers

  • Stephen Coulter
  • Willy Hart
  • Niall McHugh
  • Chris Carson

Defensive backs

  • Duncan CB
  • Tim Jebb CB
  • John Ross CB
  • Chris McWilliams S
  • Mike Scott S
  • Dee Lorimer S
  • Chris Annette CB

2007 Roster[edit]

Quarterbacks

  • Mike Calo
  • Colm Davis
  • Adam McMaster

Halfbacks

  • Garth Tucker
  • Charlie Campalani

Fullbacks

  • Gary Boyle
  • Richard Smith

Receivers

  • Gary McIlkerney
  • Ed McDonnell
  • Phil Annette
  • Bjorn Blythe
  • John Ross
  • Conor Clarke
 

Tight Ends

  • John Savage
  • Phil Gunning

Offensive Line

  • Andy Black T
  • Conor Leckey T
  • Marty Corrigan T / G
  • Niall Barr G
  • Aiden McKeegan G
  • Gareth Millar C

Defensive line

  • Matt McGrath DT
  • David Orr DT
  • Rab Newman DE
  • Willy Hart DE
  • Daniel Moon DE
 

Linebackers

  • Mark Helferty
  • Craig McClintock
  • Alva Blanton
  • Timo Oates
  • Chris McCaughan
  • Duncan McCaughan
  • Chris McWilliams

Defensive backs

  • Tim Jebb CB
  • Chris Annette CB
  • Neil McDonnell CB
  • Barry Blakely CB
  • Paul White S
  • Mike Scott S
  • Dee Lorimer S
  • Gary Faulkner S

2008 Roster[edit]

Quarterbacks

  • Mike Calo
  • T.J. Reynolds

Halfbacks

  • Tom Fraser
  • Chris Carson
  • Nail McHugh

Fullbacks

  • Tom Fraser

Receivers

  • Gary McIlkerney
  • Ed McDonnell
  • JB
  • Bjorn Blythe
  • Chris Muir
 

Tight Ends

  • John Savage
  • Declan Kidd

Offensive Line

  • Andy Black T
  • Conor Leckey T
  • Paddy Begley G
  • Niall Barr C
  • Chris Cantely G
  • Adam Cantley G/T

Defensive line

  • Matt McGrath DT
  • Phil Gunning DE
  • Daniel Moon DE
  • Aaron McNaughton DE
  • George Brand DE
 

Linebackers

  • Craig McClintock
  • Damien McCaul
  • Chris McCaughan
  • Duncan McCaughan
  • Chris McWilliams
  • Martin O'Neill

Defensive backs

  • Tim Jebb CB
  • John Ross CB
  • Killian Poland CB
  • Mike Scott S
  • Dee Lorimer S
  • Ryan Deehan S

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