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Oxford Saints Recruiting for 2019-20 Season

The Oxford Saints have officially opened up recruitment for their 2019-20 season. After a huge win that cemented their place in Division 1 for the upcoming year, the Saints are looking to add new talent to take the competition by storm next season.

Interested in American Football and want to experience it first hand? Looking for a new challenge? Want to continue to develop after Uni ball? Experienced in the game and want to showcase your talents?

The Saints are looking for you!!

By joining the Saints you are becoming a part of one of the oldest American Football Clubs in the UK. Started in 1983, the Saints have a history of excellence and look to build going into the 2019-20 season!

High-level Competition
Quality Coaching
Top notch facilities

All are welcome to attend! Some of the Saints’ best players have had no previous experience but were developed into BALLERS by our quality coaching staff!

1st Session: October 20, 2019 @ Oxford Academy Dome – 11am
2nd Session: November 24, 2019 @ Tisley Park
3rd Session: TBD

Don’t wait to get involved! Contact Us through email or facebook and we will get you started on preparing for our open sessions!

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https://www.facebook.com/OxfordSaints/

Saints Win Clutch Game for Division One Status

The Saints needed a victory and needed Berkshire Renegades to lose to Sussex. The Saints had a depleted squad due to a long hard season and faced a good Portsmouth team who had beaten them convincingly earlier in the year.

1st Quarter

Defensive team Captain Sam Stancombe gets a INT to stop the Dreadnoughts first drive.
Saints O capitalise with QB James Sharples finding Connor Day for the TD. Yash Romeo added the extra point. 7-0 Saints.
Saints D steps up again with another INT, this time by Antonio Sacco.

2nd Quarter

Saints D stops the Portsmouth Offence twice in the red-zone.
Romeo adds another 3 points with a 32yd field goal. 10-0 Saints.

3rd Quarter

Portsmouth start strong with a quick turnover and drive to score their first TD. 10-7 Saints.
Saints drive down the field and add Romeo bags another FG. 13-7 Saints.
Saints D holds again in the red-zone.

4th Quarter

Tony Glover, in his last game for the Saints, powers in for another TD. 2point conversion attempt no good. 19-7 Saints
Saints D force another turnover on downs.
Portsmouth QB makes a long pass for a TD. XP no good. 19-13 Saints. 4mins left.
Saints drive down the field and Romeo kicks a 40yd field goal to add another 3 points to make it 22-13 to the Saints with less than a minute to go.
Portsmouth can’t score before the final whistle.

Final score: Saints 22-13 Dreadnoughts!

Berkshire Renegades lose 48-12 to Sussex.

Saints finish 2 & 8 and avoid relegation on the last weekend of the regular season.

ST MVP: Yash Romeo
Defence MVP: Dean Bryan
Offence MVPs: Stuey Cribbs & Karl Friston
Team MVP: Tony Glover

Crossfit Bicester sponsor Saints RB Josie White

Oxford Saints running back, Josie White, has officially received a player sponsorship from Crossfit Bicester.

Josie has been a member of the Oxford Saints Women’s team since 2016 when she decided to make the switch from rugby. She not only has been a staple in the running back position but was one of the founding members of the women’s squad.

Josie trains at Crossfit Bicester 6-7 times a week alongside football and states the she has “noticed a dramatic increase in strength, endurance, and mobility since joining the box.”

The owners of Crossfit Bicester, Josh and Martha, focus their programming on creating all-round athletes. They not only train crossfit specific athletes but also create programs for everything from ultra marathon runners to rugby players. The key to their success is focusing on adapting to the individual needs of an athlete’s given sport and finding the most effective method to enhance their skills and improve upon their weaknesses. Their versatility also translates to effective rehabilitation, “They were invaluable during my recovery from injury earlier in the year and were able to create an effective rehab routine that allowed for a rapid return to the pitch,” stated Josie.

The Oxford Saints Women’s team now all train at Crossfit Bicester and look to put those skills to the test in their upcoming season. In addition to the upcoming Saints season, Josie has been selected alongside fellow teammate, Monica Lewinska, to represent her country when Great Britain takes to the pitch in the 2019 Women’s IFAF European Championship finals.

If you are interested in joining the Oxford Saints Women’s squad or Crossfit Bicester please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

https://www.facebook.com/oxfordsaintswomen/
http://crossfitbicester.co.uk/

Venue confirmed for GB Lions vs Russia

(article originally appeared on BAFA website: https://www.britishamericanfootball.org/news/venue-confirmed-for-gb-lions-vs-russia)

Tilsley Park in Abingdon set to host GB Lions men’s contact vs Russia on 19 October

The GB Lions men’s contact team have two qualifying pool games later this year for the next IFAF European Championships – at home to Russia in October and away to Sweden in early November.

BAFA are delighted to confirm that the venue for the home game against Russia on 19 October will be Tilsley Park in Abingdon, also home of the Oxford Saints.

With ample parking and great facilities for spectators and players, the 4G surface at the stadium reduces the risk of interference from wet British weather.

Operations Director Steve Rains said: “We are very grateful to Chris Warren from the Saints who gave us the lead on this venue a couple of weeks ago. Tilsley Park are very keen to be a destination for high profile American Football events and it’s a perfect location for this game. We hope this is the start of a great future relationship between BAFA and the venue.

The stadium can seat 500 spectators with a further 500 standing so it would be great to see the whole football community get behind the Lions in their quest to reach the top four play-off group for 2020.”

 

 

 

Saints Back to Winning Ways | Game Summary

Date: May 12th, 2019
Location: Bulmershe Court, Reading
Final Score: Oxford 24 – 12 Berkshire

The Oxford Saints secured their first win of the 2019 campaign with a hard fought victory away to the Berkshire Renegades.

Oxford set the tone early with an important interception by DB Michael Bird to stop Berkshire’s first drive and give the Saints good field position. From there James Sharples, returning to the starting QB position after missing the first two games, found WR Chris Daniels in the end zone to put the Saints 7-0 ahead.

Berkshire soon struck back however the Saints special teams unit blocked the extra point attempt which meant that Oxford retained a 7-6 advantage at the half.

Both defences held strong for a few drive in the 3rd quarter until team captain Sam Stancombe intercepted a pass front eh Berkshire QB and ran it in for a TD giving the Saints a 14-6 lead. Berkshire again stuck back with a few long passes which got them within two however once an again the Saints defence held on to stop them converting keeping the score to 14-12 in Saints favour.

From there the Saints defence took control with some great run defence as well as multiple interceptions to keep Berkshire’s offence off the field. Saints offence took advantage of the defence’s efforts with Tony Glover running in for a TD to make the score 21-12. Kicker Charlie Hill capped off a solid day with an impressive 34 yard FG to make the final score Saints 24 Berkshire 12.

Next up for the Saints is a home game against league leaders the Hertfordshire Cheetahs at Tilsley Park, Abingdon on the 26th May.

Oxford Saints 14 – 13 Ouse Valley Eagles | Game Summary

OXFORD CLINCH 1 POINT WIN OVER EAGLES

Date: 17th June 2018
Location: Tilsley Park, Abingdon
Final Score: Oxford 14 – 13 Ouse Valley
Statistics: PDF Download

The Saints claimed their 2nd straight win on Sunday in a closely fought battle against the Ouse Valley Eagles.

KICK OFF

Oxford began with the ball but after a incomplete pass and two short runs, the home team were forced to punt the ball away.

The visitors kept the ball on the ground and although only gaining a few yards on each play, they were able to progress down the field into field goal range. Failing to gain another first down, Scott Gale attempted the kick from 32 yards out but missed his target.

Back on offense, the Saints struggled to get things moving with runners Shaun Griffin and Isa Mohammed being tackled in the backfield for a loss of yards. Another incomplete pass attempt saw Oxford punt the ball away again.

Ouse Valley Eagles running back Kalaba Chibwe – By Gareth Brown

The Eagles meanwhile put together another drive with a series of short runs, helped along the way by multiple penalties against the Saints defense.

These penalties proved crucial as they allowed the Eagles to keep their drive alive, with Mateusz Garus running the ball in from 10 yards out for a touchdown. Gale attempted to add the extra point but his kicked missed to the left.

Oxford’s offense gained momentum when James Sharples connected with Jeremie Leonard for a 32 yard completion down the sideline. Sharples took a shot into the endzone attempting to hook up with Leonard again, but it was incomplete.

On the next play, running back Isa Mohammed ran through mutliple defenders and into the endzone for a 26 yard touchdown. Sam Fielden kicked the extra point, giving Oxford a 7-6 lead.

Towards the end of the first half, two break away runs from Ouse Valley saw them gain 39 yards and 36 yards on back to back plays. With just 1 yard to go, Jamie Smith ran the ball over the goalline for a touchdown. Gale added the extra point and the Eagles took a 13-7 lead.

Oxford attempted to answer back before the end of the half with Charlie Hill nearly hauling in a touchdown pass, but the Eagles defenders forced an incompletion.

The majority of the 3rd quarter saw both sides battling back and forth but neither able to find the endzone. Near the end of the 3rd quarter, the Saints were marching across the field with strong running from Mohammed, Griffin and Tony Glover each picking up yards.

RB Isa Mohammed – By Gareth Brown

With the goalline in sight, Sharples passed the ball into veteran receiver Sam Armstrong for the touchdown, keeping hold of it whilst being hit by the Eagles defenders. Fielden kicked the extra point and Oxford were in front again 14-13.

Following adjustments made at the half time break, the Saints defense had become a different force, preventing the Eagles from gaining a single first down in the 2nd half.

Oxford meanwhile continued to use up the game clock with run plays as they rotated through their various ball carriers. Keeping the offense on the field, Sharples connected with Leonard once again for a 24 yard gain. Although close to the endzone, the Saints were unable to put another touchdown onto the scoreboard.

RB Shaun Griffin – By Gareth Brown

With the defense shutting down a final drive from the Eagles after a incomplete pass on 4th down, Oxford’s offense assumed a ‘victory formation’, with Sharples kneeling out the remainder of the clock to secure the win.

OXFORD 14-13 OUSE VALLEY

With Sunday’s win, Oxford now have their 2nd of the season in a competitive Division 1 Central conference. After a week of training, Oxford will next be travelling to the Bristol Apache on 1st July, who they recently defeated in a 52-22 win on 10th June.