Category: 2016

Preview: Oxford VS Bristol This Sunday At Tilsley Park

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Undefeated Saints To Host Bristol Apache On 28 August For Semi Final

Venue: Tilsley Park

Last Sunday the Saints claimed their first playoff win in years and advanced to the semi finals. After dispatching the Cornish Sharks in a 40-3 scoreline, the Saints will now face a sterner test.

Not only are Oxford and Bristol conference rivals, but the Apache have run the Saints close in both regular season meetings this season.

In 2015, the Apache went on to the final and lost out to the Bury Saints. If Oxford are able to defeat them this weekend, the Saints will be going to their first final since their championship season in 2006.

Due to being the #2 seed in the division (#1 is still held by the London Hornets) the Saints have the coveted prize of home field advantage.

SEMI FINAL GAME SPONSORS:

We’re delighted to announce that JT’s Cocktail Bar & AHC Autos, operated by Jayson Lyon, have partnered with the Oxford Saints to be the Gameday Sponsors for the semi final on 28th August.

Jayson Lyon of the AHC Group of Companies, said:
 
“It’s a great opportunity for The Oxford Saints and our Group of companies to join together. The recent re-structure of the club presented a brilliant opportunity for local businesses to get involved in sponsorship.

I’m keen to see how we can support each other in the coming future, hopefully our partnership will encourage other local businesses to engage in sponsorship opportunities across various sports”.

The Semi Final

With a win secured in the first week of Playoff Football, the Saints players and staff will be looking ahead to their next opponents, the Bristol Apache.

Oxford will face Bristol in the Semi-finals this bank holiday Sunday on 28th August at Tilsey Park, and this will be the third time that these two teams have met in the 2016 season.

The way the playoff seeding has worked out this year has meant that the #1 and #2 seeds will have only played opponents they have previously faced in the regular season for the quarter finals and semi finals.

Oxford Saints v Bristol Apache

Oxford hosted Bristol at Tilsey on 3rd July for a nail biting game that ended 29-26 in Oxfords favour, a game that was kept within a score for almost the full 60 minutes and the lead changing hands throughout the match.

The Saints and Apache are two evenly matched teams with strong offenses, the Saints “pounding the rock” on the ground and the Apache exploiting the quick strike aerial attack.

Both teams had comprehensive wins in their respective quarter final stage, so should be coming in to this game with high spirits and that all important momentum.

Last Game VS Bristol

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PREVIOUS GAMES

 

Saints @ Apache- 24th April 2016

Score

Team1234TotalOutcome
Bristol Apache760215Loss
Oxford Saints00141226Win

Game report: http://www.oxfordsaints.com/game-2-oxford-dominate-in-comeback-win-over-bristol/

Apache @ Saints- 3rd July 2016

Score

Team1234TotalOutcome
Oxford Saints01401529Win
Bristol Apache686626Loss

Game report: http://www.oxfordsaints.com/game-6-oxford-gain-crucial-win-over-bristol/

 

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VICTORY: Saints Defeat Sharks 40-3 in Quarter Final

Score

Team1234TotalOutcome
Oxford Saints6188840Win
Cornish Sharks00033Loss

Game Statistics
Photography courtesy of Gareth Brown

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Quarter Final: Oxford Saints VS Cornish Sharks
Venue: Tilsley Park, Abingdon
Date: 21 August 2016

The perfect season continues as the Saints extend their winning streak to 11-0, with a quarter final victory over the Cornish Sharks.

The decisive win on Sunday at Tilsley Park advances Oxford to the semi final.

Conference rivals the Bristol Apache also claimed a win in their quarter final against the East Kent Mavericks, setting up a semi final battle between Oxford and Bristol.

With home advantage, the Saints will be hosting the Apache at Tilsley Park on Sunday 28th August.

A victory in the semi will send Oxford to the Division II Southern Final, marking their first appearance in a final since their 2006 championship season.

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1st Quarter

The Saints won the coin toss and began with the ball. Running from Tony Glover and Ryan Kingshott gained a 1st down for Oxford but the Sharks defense only allowed small gains.

An incomplete pass on third down intended for James Walter forced the Saints to punt the ball away on fourth down.

With the Sharks offense on the field for the first time, their opening drive was cut short with tackles from defensive end George Wright and a penalty against the Sharks. Failing to gain a 1st down, the visitors punted the ball back to the Saints.

Oxford moved the ball down the field with a big pass from quarterback Destin Maulding to veteran receiver Sam Armstrong, who hauled in the catch for a 22 yard gain.

QB Destin Maulding - Photo by Gareth Brown
QB Destin Maulding – Photo by Gareth Brown

Picking up additional yards on the ground from Glover and Walter, it was Maulding who sprinted up the sideline for 24 yards and attempted to dive into the endzone.

What looked to be a stunning score was declared unsuccessful, with the officials signalling that Maulding was down at the 1 yard line. The ball was instead given to Glover to finish things off, who hammered it in for the 1 yard touchdown run.

Sam Fielden attempted to add the extra point but his kick was blocked.

6-0 Oxford

Oxford Saints v Cornish Sharks Quarter Final match.
Sam Stancombe LB – Photo by Gareth Brown

The Sharks looked to retaliate but faced a tough Oxford defense, with pressure from linebacker Sam Stancombe who nearly intercepted the ball. George Wright continued to be a problem for the Sharks, who brought down the runner for a loss of 2 yards.

A 44 yard field goal attempt by Sharks David Kriehn on 4th down was unsuccessful.

2nd Quarter

In the 2nd quarter, Maulding connected with receiver Ali Galbraith on one of the biggest plays of the day, throwing a deep pass for 35 yards which was caught by Galbraith for a 1st down and great field position.

Within short scoring distance, running back Kev Brooks moved the ball to the 2 yard line and Walter punched it in for a 2 yard touchdown run. Going for the 2 point conversion, the ball was handed to Glover who charged through the middle for the extra points.

Tony Glover RB - Photo by Gareth Brown
Tony Glover RB – Photo by Gareth Brown

14-0 Oxford

Still in the 2nd quarter, the Saints were advancing again following with a 1st down run from Kingshott for 16 yards. On 2nd down, the Sharks defenders got through to Maulding and brought him to the floor for a 12 yard sack and a loss of yards.

The Saints recovered the lost yards on the next play when a short pass to Glover allowed him to charge through for 26 yards and another 1st down.

Glover claimed his 2nd touchdown of the game when as he smashed his way into the endzone from 7 yards out.

Fielden successfully kicked the extra point, 21-0 Oxford.

Before the first half expired, the Saints reached field goal range and decided to take the 3 points, with a good kick from Fielden from 23 yards out.

24-0

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Oxford Offense – Photo by Gareth Brown

3rd Quarter

In the 3rd quarter, the Saints defense continued to pressure the Sharks who were only making short gains but were able to claim a 1st down. A sack by George Wright for a 5 yard loss pushed the Sharks back and were left to punt again.

The visitors landed another big sack on Oxford’s Destin Maulding when he scrambled deep into the backfield looking for space and was chased down by defenders for a 28 yard loss.

Despite the setback, the Saints were able to claw back the yards through running from Walter and Glover, along with a 15 yard penalty by the Sharks which gave Oxford an automatic 1st down.

After the bumpy start to the drive, Oxford were rolling again with a 20 yard run by Walter for another first. Glover hammered the ball in for his 3rd touchdown of the day from 7 yards out.

Going for the 2 point conversion, Maulding passed the ball into tight end Richard Bloomer, securing the catch for the extra score.

32-0 Oxford

Tony Glover RB – Photo by Gareth Brown

4th Quarter

In the 4th quarter, the Sharks were making progress and picked up several 1st downs but were unable to reach the endzone.

Tackles from George Wright and Sion Evans on 3rd down left the Sharks with the decision to attempt a field goal, being keen to come away from the quarter final with some points.

David Kriehn made the kick for a 30 yard field goal, claiming their only points of the game.

32-3 Oxford

As the game approached it’s conclusion, the Saints continued to wear down the Sharks defense who travelled with a far smaller squad compared to Oxford’s 60-strong roster.

Kev Brooks and Maulding both claimed 1st downs on the ground, with Walter adding a 15 yard carry for another just short of the endzone.

On the 1 yard line, Kingshott cross over for Oxford’s final score and Walter ran in the extra 2 points to make it 40-3 Oxford.

The game was closed out with a final defensive display by the Saints, with Chris Garland sacking the quarterback for a 4 yard loss.

FINAL 40-3 Oxford

Linebacker Sam Stancombe tackles a Shark receiver
Sam Stancombe LB – Photo by Gareth Brown

Game Statistics

Next Game

On Sunday 28th August, the Saints will host the Bristol Apache at Tilsley Park in the semi finals.


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Quarter Final: Oxford Saints VS Cornish Sharks

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Saints To Host Cornish Sharks On 21 August For Quarter Final

Venue: Tilsley Park

 
Last Sunday the Saints completed a perfect season, 10 wins no ties no losses, and will enter the Southern Conference Division II playoffs as the #2 seed.

Our first round opponents the Cornish Sharks, finished their 7-3 campaign with a surprise win over the favoured Bristol Apache.

The 2016 campaign kicked off in April with the Saints and Sharks facing off at Tilsey Park, and for one of these teams the season will crash to a halt there too.

More than 4 months have passed since then and both teams have grown stronger, as the closer scoreline when they met a month ago in Newquay showed.

The Sharks defense were able to hold the Saints to their 2nd lowest score of the season, and will be looking to improve on that once again in this winner takes all match up.

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Previous Games

 

Sharks @ Saints – 10th April 2016

Score

Team1234TotalOutcome
Oxford Saints1577736Win
Cornish Sharks600612Loss

Game report: http://www.oxfordsaints.com/game-1-saints-christen-new-home-with-a-win/

 

Saints @ Sharks – 10th July 2016

Score

Team1234TotalOutcome
Cornish Sharks300710Loss
Oxford Saints3619028Win

Game report: http://www.oxfordsaints.com/game-7-saints-defeat-the-sharks-in-own-waters/

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Gameday Sponsor

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The Oxford Saints are growing at a fantastic rate, with success on the field being matched with unprecedented player recruitment, superb new facilities and a rapidly growing fan base.

 

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To sustain and build on this growth, our organisation will need to rely on the help and support of local Oxfordshire businesses, keen to partner with us and join us in representing our county.

North Oxford Property Services have been an absolute pleasure to work with and we’ll be doing our utmost to represent them in style by earning victory on 21 August.

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Gameday Sponsor: North Oxford Property Services

North Oxford Property Services & The Oxford Saints

We’re delighted to announce that North Oxford Property Services (NOPS) have partnered with the Oxford Saints to be the Gameday Sponsor for the quarter final on 21st August.

The Oxford Saints are growing at a fantastic rate, with success on the field being matched with unprecedented player recruitment, superb new facilities and a rapidly growing fan base.

 

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To sustain and build on this growth, our organisation will need to rely on the help and support of local Oxfordshire businesses, keen to partner with us and join us in representing our county.

North Oxford Property Services have been an absolute pleasure to work with and we’ll be doing our utmost to represent them in style by earning victory on 21 August.

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The Oxford Saints @ Tilsley Park, Abingdon
The Oxford Saints @ Tilsley Park, Abingdon

Game 10: Saints Blow Away Storm 50-6

Score

Team1234TotalOutcome
Oxford Saints72271450Win
Swindon Storm00066Loss

Photography courtesy of Gareth Brown, Chris Janes & Jamie Stancombe

Game Statistics

Saints blow away the Swindon Storm 50-6 and end regular season with perfect 10-0 record.

In another dominating display, the Oxford Saints dispatched their closest rivals in a one sided affair in front of fans at Tilsley Park, Abingdon.

Earlier in the season on 12th June, the Saints travelled to Swindon and came away with a comfortable 54-14 victory.

This season the Storm have had difficulties with player injuries and lost their established quarterbacks during the season. They travelled to Oxford with a reduced squad size of 19 kitted players to Oxford’s 60.

KICK OFF

Following the opening kickoff the Saints began with possession of the ball and moved down the field with running from Tony Glover and Antonios Athanasiou.

Quarterback Destin Maulding completed passes to favoured receivers Richard Bloomer and James Walter who both made first down grabs to keep the opening drive going.

With the endzone in sight, Maulding threw the ball in to Walter who gained 17 yards and charged across the goal line for the first touchdown of the day.

Kicker Sam Fielden put the ball through the uprights and added the extra point.

7-0 OXFORD

Sam Fielden Kicks - Photo by Gareth Brown
Sam Fielden Kicks – Photo by Gareth Brown

The Saints defense began strong with linebacker Sam Stancombe taking down the ball carrier in the back field for a loss of 5 yards.

Tackles from Martin Fitzpatrick and Conor Whitehouse prevented Swindon from finding a first down and they punted the ball away.

Oxford continued to pressure Swindon’s offense throughout the first quarter and they were unable to make any significant gain of yards.

Back to back tackles for a loss by defensive end George Wright set the momentum for the day and the Storm struggled to find an answer to him.

Starting the 2nd quarter, Maulding passed a ball in to receiver Jason Williams who made a great catch to secure 12 yards and a first down.

On the next play, the ball was handed to running back Ryan Kingshott who rampaged down the field for a 38 yard touchdown.

Fielden’s kick added another point.

14-0 OXFORD

RB James Walter - Photo by Gareth Brown
RB James Walter – Photo by Gareth Brown

WATCH: James Walter Ends Game With 4 Touchdowns

 

Swindon’s next attempt to find the endzone was cut short when cornerback Ian Hiscock intercepted the pass on 2nd down, forcing a change of possession and bringing Oxford’s offense back on to the field.

The ball went to Walter who picked up 15 yards on his first carry and then broke through for a 36 yard touchdown run on 2nd down, clearing several Swindon defenders out of his way as he ran.

Another extra point kick by Fielden gave the Saints a 3 score lead.

21-0 Oxford

Another score quickly followed when veteran receiver Sam Armstrong hauled in a deep pass over the middle for a 39 yard gain, giving the Saints great field position before Kingshott charged through from 6 yards out for his 2nd touchdown of the day.

Going for the extra 2 points instead of a kick, Maulding passed the ball in to Armstrong who made the catch for the additional score.

29-0 OXFORD – HALF TIME

TE Sam Armstrong - Photo by Gareth Brown
TE Sam Armstrong – Photo by Gareth Brown

2nd half

In the 3rd quarter, Swindon were picking up a few yards with each attempt and moving the ball slowly, but were unable to break out any big plays.

After picking up a first down, the next play saw Saints veteran Jonny Dover jump up to intercept a pass from Swindon quarterback Brent Johnson-Flippance, returning it 28 yards and forcing the possession change.

With good field position, Walter picked up 25 yards on 2 carries before Tony Glover ran the ball in for a touchdown from 9 yards out.

Fielden kicked the extra point.

36-0 OXFORD

RB Tony Glover - Photo by Gareth Brown
RB Tony Glover – Photo by Gareth Brown

Due to the large winning margin, a running clock was now activated which cut out various clock stoppages.

Near the end of the 3rd quarter, the Storm picked up a first down on a 12 yard completed pass but failed to make enough progress for another, after a 6 yard tackle for a loss by linebacker Chris Garland.

With 2nd string quarterback Kyle Swann now in charge of the Saints offense, Swann completed a pass to Armstrong for a first down and then Kev Brooks ran for another.

Within scoring distance, Walter broke through for his 3rd touchdown of the day on a 20 yard run. Kingshott ran in the 2 point conversion for the extra score.

44-0 OXFORD

RB James Walter - By Gareth Brown
RB James Walter – By Gareth Brown

Now in the 4th quarter, relief came for Swindon when Johnson-Flippance completed a pass to receiver Rul Rosa who was open over the middle, running it in for 72 yard score taking the Saints by surprise.

Swindon kicker Luke McEnroe attempted the extra point but the ball hit the post.

44-6 Oxford

Despite the consolation score by the Storm, the Saints answered back swiftly with Kyle Swann passing the ball to Walter on the first play of the drive, who evaded multiple defenders and ran into the endzone for his 4th touchdown of the day, from 53 yards out.

Athanasiou attempted to cross the line for the 2 point score but was unable to get over.

50-6 OXFORD

In the final moments of the 4th quarter, the Saints brought the game to a close when cornerback Marlon Mason intercepted Swindon’s quarterback.

Tilsley Park - Photo by Jamie Stancombe
Tilsley Park – Photo by Jamie Stancombe

50-6 Oxford

In the final moments of the 4th quarter, the Saints brought the game to a close when cornerback Marlon Mason intercepted Swindon’s quarterback.

SUMMARY

Another formidable display by Oxford who now hold a perfect 10-0 record for the 2016 regular season.

Clinching the conference title and the #2 seed in the playoffs, the Saints now have their eyes on the Division II title and will be hosting the Cornish Sharks at Tilsley Park for a quarter final match up, on 21st August.

The Sharks narrowly scraped into the playoffs and the Saints have already defeated them 36-12 and 28-10 in their previous contests.

A win over the Sharks will send the Saints to the semi finals on 28th August, with the Division II final taking place on 11th September at John Charles Stadium, Leeds.

This season the Saints have made swift work of the conference this season, with 5 out of 9 games resulting in a running clock for the 2nd half. Games against Bristol Apache remain the most competitive, winning them 26-15 away and 29-26 at home, along with highly physical games against the Cornish Sharks.

Key Statistics

First Downs

Oxford: 20
Swindon: 6

Rushing Yards
Oxford: 304
Swindon: 67

Passing Yards
Oxford: 178
Swindon: 91

Total Offense Yards
Oxford: 477
Swindon: 158

Game Statistics

Division II – Southern Football Conference West

PosTeamWLPFPAStreak
110039490W10
27330995L1
373248109W3
437133275L2
51850246L4
61933352W1

Next Game

On Sunday 21st August, the Saints will host the Cornish Sharks at Tilsley Park in the quarter finals.


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QB Ben Denton Returns After Leukaemia Battle

Oxford Saints quarterback Ben Denton is kitting up for his first game back THIS SUNDAY, after finishing treatment for leukaemia a short while ago.

The Saints had lost Denton from his regular role in the weeks leading up to their 2015 Division II playoff game, in which they fell to a 50-13 defeat to Sussex Thunder at Brighton Rugby Ground.

Following treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, Ben has returned to Saints training in recent weeks and has now been cleared for contact.

On Sunday 14th August he will be kitting up and on the gameday squad.

Starting quarterback Destin Maulding will now have back up from both rookie Kyle Swann and the returning Ben Denton, which will be a massive morale boost on the Saints sideline.

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In 2015 Ben was having an outstanding career in his first season at QB, leading the club to a 6-2 regular season record, with two spectacular shoot-outs against the high powered Bristol Apache.

Ben is also greatly admired for his own charity work, having run several marathons for children with cancer over the past few years.

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[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”Ben Denton, quarterback” link=”” color=”#0000ff ” class=”” size=”13″]”‘It’s a great feeling to be able to put the pads on again and get out on the field with the guys.

I have been looking forward to this for such a long time and the thought of putting the #10 jersey on again has got me through a lot of difficult moments over the last year. However I always knew that I would make it through and be able to play again, I’ve never lost sight of that goal.

The support the team have given me has been incredible and I can’t wait to do what I can to help them get the championship they deserve this year – even if it’s just by wielding a clipboard and keeping them hydrated!

The goal for me now is to get back to fitness and continue to raise awareness and a shed load of cash for Bloodwise – as without them and their research I wouldn’t be here today!”[/perfectpullquote]

Ben has continued to support his teammates strongly during the 2016 reason, regularly attending games and practices.

Ben and the Saints are tremendously grateful for all the support and donations to Bloodwise. From friends, family, colleagues, teammates and many more, nearly £20,000 has been raised for the cause.

To find out more about Ben and Bloodwise, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/displaySomeoneSpecialPage.action?pageUrl=DentonStrong