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All new Saints getting serious about 2012
After an off-season of disappointment, controversy and upheaval, the Oxford Saints replete with new coaching staff and a new generation of young, hungry football players have hit the 2012 pre-season full of optimism and hard work.
Under new Head Coach Andrew Day and his staff the Saints returned to training with with a fresh attitude and a commitment to return Oxford American football to the upper echelons of Britball.
With coaches and players joining from several BUAFL teams, including the Coventry Jets, Northampton Nemesis, Plymouth Blitz and OBU Panthers the Saints have added considerable youth and talent to an already hard nosed and experienced squad.
2012 also sees the welcome return of several key performers with experience of big time American football, Chris Ellis, Lydon Ward-Best, Simon McEvoy and Ken Snider will all don a Saints uniform again after sabbaticals. Adding to the sense of optimism amongst the staff is the influx of players from the extraordinarily succesful university squads.
OBU, under Saints DC Nick Wykes, reached the BUAFL championship playoffs for the first time in a decade while the Plymouth Blitz, with Ward-Best at the helm, and Northampton Nemesis also exceeded expectations with runs to the Plate playoffs. With key performers from each of the college programs settling into the Saints and inegrating nicely with the core of Saints veterans, HC Day senses a real platform for success in the BAFANL Division 2 SW conference.
The Saints continue regular Sunday practices at Abingdon RFC and will travel to old adversaries South Wales Warriors for a pre-season tune up on the 15th April in preparation for the big kick-off in Bristol on the 5th may.
New players are still welcome to join up with the squad, practices begin at 12.30 sharp at Abingdon RFC, Lambrick Way.
Published: 02-04-2012 by nw