Dundee Hurricanes

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Dundee Hurricanes
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Established 2002
Based in Dundee
Home stadium Morgan Rugby Club, Alloway Place
Head coach Ross Mcpherson
League BAFA National Leagues
Division National League North
League titles None
Division titles None
Current uniform
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Trousers
Socks
Home kit
Helmet
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Trousers
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Away kit

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]

1980-2001[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]

2002-2003[edit]

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]

2004-2006[edit]

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]

2007-2009[edit]

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]

2010-2012[edit]

Hurricanes tackle Yorkshire Rams in 2010

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

After 2013's disastrous season, the Hurricanes regrouped, rebuilt the team and opened the 2014 season with a win against Aberdeen Roughnecks.

Date Home Team Score Score Away Team
13-Apr-2014 Dundee Hurricanes 40 12 Aberdeen Roughnecks
27-Apr-2014 Dundee Hurricanes 12 19 Glasgow Tigers
04-May-2014 Clyde Valley Blackhawks 51 14 Dundee Hurricanes
18-May-2014 Dundee Hurricanes - - West Coast Trojans
22-Jun-2014 Glasgow Tigers - - Dundee Hurricanes
29-Jun-2014 Dundee Hurricanes - - Edinburgh Wolves
19-Jul-2014 Edinburgh Wolves - - Dundee Hurricanes
27-Jul-2014 Glasgow Tigers - - Dundee Hurricanes
17-Aug-2014 Aberdeen Roughnecks - - Dundee Hurricanes

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
2010 - - - - - - -
2011 - - - - - - -
2012 BAFNL Division 2 North 6 4 0 180 124 3 / 6
2013 BAFNL National North 0 10 0 105 381 6 / 6
2014 BAFNL National North 1 8 1 133 349 5 / 6

Ground[edit]

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

Current roster[edit]

Dundee Hurricanes 2015 Roster
Quarterbacks
  • 13 Bruce Thomson
  • 1 Fraser Thomson

Running Backs

  • 48 Craig Blacklaw
  • 16 Craig Denham
  • 35

Wide Receivers

  • 11 Darren McDonald
  • 15 Kris Gibson
  • 88 Jason Martin

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen
  • 69 Alistair MacKay
  • 71 Matt Hooper
  • 68 Greg Blacklaw
  • 74 Jim Scott
  • 60 Kenneth Landen

Defensive Linemen

  • 59 Ritchie Bannon
  • 93 Scott Swan
  • 77 Jason West
  • 90 Chris Scott
  • 42 Ronald Dalley
  • 56 Stuart Munro
  • 75 Jordan Harris
Linebackers
  • 49 Adam Granger
  • 54 Sam Ross


Defensive Backs

  • 5 Michael Dotts
  • 9 Andrew Morrison
  • 24 Andrew Henderson

Special Teams

Coaching Staff
  • Head Coach Ross Macpherson
  • Offensive Coordinator Craig Blacklaw
  • Defensive Coordinator Fraser Thomson
  • Assistant Coach Stuart Nicoll
Sideline and ground Crew
  • Chris Thomson
  • Joan Thomson
  • David Walker


Documentary: The Season[edit]

The Season is documentary being produced by Fife-based production company Buy The Ticket following the team through their 2014 season after their crushing whitewash in 2013.[14]

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". Britball Now. 2005-12-20. Archived from the original (XLS) on August 7, 2011. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  5. ^ "BAFL 2004 Season" (XLS). Britball Now. 2005-12-20. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  6. ^ "BAFL 2004 League Standings". Britball Now. 2005-12-20. Archived from the original (XLS) on August 7, 2011. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  7. ^ "BAFL 2005 Season" (XLS). Britball Now. 2006-01-02. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  8. ^ "BAFL 2005 League Standings". Britball Now. 2006-01-02. Archived from the original (XLS) on February 10, 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  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". Britball Now. 2007-11-17. Archived from the original (XLS) on August 7, 2011. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  14. ^ Brown, Craig. "Scottish American football flops to star in film", The Scotsman, Edinburgh, 6 May 2014. Retrieved on 6 May 2014.

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