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Report and photos by Jason Duddy
On the 1st of September, I took up my new role as flag team manager for the Craigavon Cowboys as they travelled to Newforge Sports Complex, Belfast to take on their division rivals NI Razorbacks and Belfast Trojans.
Prior to the match, a preview post was released and both results had the Cowboys winning their games. However, this didn't mean the team took the matches for granted as guaranteed wins, we had to show up and play to our strengths and treat our opponents with respect.
On Saturday, our club celebrated another successful year as we continue to grow from strength to strength. Players and volunteers were awarded trophies to recognise their efforts and achievements this past year. We would like to thank the Seagoe Hotel for hosting us.
Flag Most Improved Player of the Year, sponsored by Phoenix Homes UK: David McMichael. Presented by flag team manager Niall Quinn.
Flag Defensive Player of the Year, sponsored by Phoenix Homes UK: Jo Buchanan. Presented by flag team manager Niall Quinn.
Flag Offensive Player of the Year, sponsored by Phoenix Homes UK: Jamie Wilson. Presented by flag team manager Niall Quinn.
We are currently recruiting for the role of team manager for our flag team. Flag football is similar to tag rugby, a non-contact version of American football – find out more about our successful flag programme here: https://www.craigavoncowboys.co.uk/flag-team.html There is also opportunities to travel with the team as they have been to Copenhagen, Vienna and Glasgow in the past 3 years. The position will require you to be available on Saturday mornings that we have games. Duties include stat taking, taking photos/videos (a mobile phone is fine) as well as general admin.
This is a great opportunity to manage a successful team with high ambitions. You don’t need to have any knowledge of American Football, just be willing to learn!
Please note: this is a volunteer position, not a paid position. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an AccessNI check, with the club covering the cost.
Interested candidates should fill out the below form, and we will be in touch with you in due course.
It’s that time of year once again where we reflect on our clubs 3 teams 2018 seasons and reward those individuals who have shone through in all different aspects of the each team. All awards are voted on by club members (players, coaches & associate members) so each winner will be decided by their peers.
The shortlists are drawn up by a combination of Head Coach & Co-Ordinators as well as Board Members for the Clubman of the Year award.
This Sunday, our senior team looks to add to our clubs long history, as we take on the West Dublin Rhinos for the IAFL 1 Bowl. The team got to this stage last year and unfortunately lost, however this time we are looking to go one step further and bring the silverware back to Craigavon. Please find below all the information regarding the Bowl Game on Sunday that we currently have available to us:
Address: Gorey Celtic FC, Mullaunfin, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland (https://goo.gl/maps/JFjX5VWiZat)
Time: Entertainment commences at 1pm, kick off is 2pm.
Parking: Free parking on site.
Cowboys Jersey Colour: Orange – show your support and wear orange on Sunday!
There will be various food vendors, bar and cocktail bar, inflatable obstacle course, bouncy castle, inflatable sumo suits, face painting and foot dart with an American football twist – something for all the family.
Basil Kennedy (two time world heavy weight boxing champion) will be performing the coin toss at approximately 1.45pm. Beat FM, a popular South East radio station, will also be in attendance with their crew.
There will be a DJ for the entire day with an officials PA system. There will be entertainment at halftime also. Fans are welcome to the 64 Lounge in Gorey post game.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com and we will do our best to resolve your query.
Lets go Cowboys!
By Peter Cowan
The Craigavon Cowboys take on the West Dublin Rhinos on August 12th in Wexford in the IAFL 1 Bowl, but it’s far from the first time these two sides have met.
Over the last eight years, the two clubs have faced each other 10 times, with the Cowboys winning six of those fixtures and the Rhinos four. While they may have been founded 30 years and about 90 miles apart, the two clubs have a lot in common.
Both have earned reputations for fielding hard-hitting and competitive teams that never know when they’re defeated. Each club also recently dropped down to IAFL 1 after years competing at the top level in Ireland, the Rhinos in 2015 and the Cowboys in 2016.
Things are looking up now though, as they each sit four quarters away from silverware. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see how previous meetings between the two sides played out.
By Peter Cowan
Your Craigavon Cowboys have made it to the IAFL 1 Bowl and will face off against the West Dublin Rhinos in Gorey, Wexford on 12th August 2018.
But how did the men in orange get here? The gruelling season began five months ago, all the way back in March, with the Cowboys still smarting from their loss to the Louth Mavericks in last year’s IAFL 1 Bowl. It was an offseason of building on the previous year’s success, with former offensive lineman Mark Beattie taking the reigns as defensive co-ordinator and quarterback Christian Cowan returning from study (and balling) abroad in England and Sweden to coach the offense. Continuity is key though, and the Cowboys were blessed to have Greg Loughran return for an 11th year as head coach.
Its time for the IAFL 1 playoffs! Check out our preview below of our game tomorrow, at home to the Galway Warriors.
Only 2 days to go! As we continue the build up to Sundays game against the Warriors, we spoke with Cowboys Vice President Sean Byrne to get his thoughts on the year so far and the game on Sunday.
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