Although we are in the off-season there’s no excuse for slacking!
We’re hosting taster sessions for all of you wishing to have a try at the game on every Sunday in November. Doesn’t matter if you are youth (13-17), junior (16-19) or adult senior or flag (18+) please come along to any or all of them and run through drills and practices with our coaches. It’s all free of charge and suitable for anyone interested in the game. Look at the events or ‘Contact Us’ for more details.
The Ouse Valley Eagles 2018 Player of the Year Awards take place tonight at the Slug and Lettuce, Milton Keynes.
A total of seventeen awards will be handed out to members of the Eagles senior team, Bedford Blackhawks (Flag) and Bedford Blackhawks Youth teams. We’ll announce the results over the weekend, but in the meantime here’s a reminder of the previous winners:
Bedford Blackhawks Youth
MVP – Fin Jones Coaches Player – Oliver Chester Lewis Players Player – Sam Butterwick Offensive MVP – Harrison Reed Defensive MVP – Connor Perrett Offensive Rookie of the Year – Alex Gedny Defensive Rookie of the Year – Rom Dougla Most Improved Player – Oliver Crampton Dhesi Award – Harrison Smith
Bedford Blackhawks Flag
MVP – Matthew Couldridge Offensive MVP – Jake Cooper Defensive MVP – Jed Parisi Exceptional Contribution – Zech Smith
Ouse Valley Eagles Senior
MVP – Kase Chibwe Players Player – Kase Chibwe Coaches Award – Stuart Cooper Offensive MVP – Stuart Holland Defensive MVP – Mike Turner Special Teams MVP – Stuart Holland Lineman of the Year – Stuart Holland Rookie of the Year – Bobby Benney Most Improved Player – Ryan Bowtell
Players Player of the Year – Ross Hubbard and Danny Cousins Most Valuable Player – Ross Hubbard Defensive MVP – Gareth Pullen Offensive MVP – Ross Hubbard Lineman of the Year – John Rudgard Rookie of the Year – Nathan Spencer Most Improved Player – Rhian Shirley
Players Player of the Year – Justin LaRoda Most Valuable Player – Justin LaRoda Defensive MVP – Gareth Pullen Offensive MVP – Justin LaRoda Lineman of the Year – John Rudgard Rookie of the Year – Danny Cousins Most Improved Player – Martin Day
Players Player of the Year – Gareth Pullen and Darren Gregory. Most Valuable Player – Chris Parr Defensive MVP – Darren Gregory Offensive MVP – Dale Hawes Lineman of the Year – Andy Larwill Rookie of the Year – John Rudgard Most Improved Player – Vasco Dias
The last regular season game day of 2018 offered up a touchdown fest for the “Bombastic” Blackhawks…
Blackhawks 54-0 Coventry Cougars Ladies
The first game of the day was against friends of the team the Cougar ladies. Never a game you can take lightly but the Blackhawks came out firing on all cylinders producing another biggest points total in successive game days.
Blackhawks 47-19 Leicester Huntsmen
The second and final game of the day saw the Hawks face off against the Huntsmen. The Blackhawks offense soared through the game dominating the Huntsmen for the second time this season. The Hawks #18 Callum Papworth dropped bombs all over the Huntsmen’s struggling defence and despite scoring 19 points never felt threatened.
Thank you to the Cougars for hosting.
That closes the book on a memorable 2018 regular season and third year as a team finishing 9-3. Thank you for everyone who has supported us this season but we aren’t done yet.
Players, coaches and officials from the Eagles, Blackhawks and Redwings teams are going to be attending the 40th Anniversary Bedford River Festival this weekend (14th and 15th July) in the Sports Village.
Recognised as one of the largest outdoor events of its kind in the UK, the 2016 festival saw over a quarter of a million people enjoy the events, entertainments and activities on Bedford’s beautiful Embankment.
Programme of Events
To have an insight into the layout of the site before you arrive, to locate your favourite stage or to plan your festival weekend hour by hour, take a look at the 2018 River Festival programme here.
For full details on the River Festival click here.
Win an NFL Hat
Would you like to win your favourite NFL team’s hat? Visit us in the Sports Village and complete one of your entry forms to enter a free prize draw.
When you complete the form we will ask for consent to contact you regarding upcoming events. For more information about how we use your personal data, please read our privacy notices here.
Players and coaches visited Bedford and Milton Keynes Hospitals over the Easter weekend to deliver chocolate eggs and toys to the Children’s Wards.
We visited the Riverbank Ward in Bedford on Good Friday (30th March) and the Children’s Unit at Milton Keynes on Saturday morning (31st March) to make the special deliveries, which had been donated by the club.
Speaking on behalf of the Club afterwards, Michael Dilley said:
“We always enjoy delivering eggs to our local hospitals and are really pleased to carry on the tradition this year.
“The staff on the wards do an incredible job, and we’re also really happy to be able to show our appreciation in this way”.
The Ouse Valley Eagles were formed in 2013 with the aim of becoming one of the leading lights for American Football in the UK.
The 2018 season is almost upon us but it is never too late to join one of our four teams:
Ouse Valley Eagles (Adult Kitted, age 18+)
Bedford Blackhawks (Adult Flag, age 16+)
Bedford Blackhawks (Youth Contact, U17)
Milton Keynes Redwings (Youth Contact, U17)
Despite being a relatively new Club, the Eagles are made up of an experienced team of coaching and backroom staff, with more players registering to join each month.
The goal set by our founding committee was to have a club here still winning games in 25 years time, and for our children to be able to play for the same team we did.
That remains the goal today, and we are working every day to make the club bigger and stronger. To register your interest in joining any of the teams under the Ouse Valley banner please complete the form below:
The 2018 schedule is expected to be finalised shortly, but in the meantime the Bedford Blackhawks Flag team will be taking part in a friendly tournament next month.
The ‘Hawks will face Swindon Storm, Aylesbury Spartans and Salisbury City Marauders in Aylesbury on Saturday 18th March as each team continue their preparations for the upcoming season.
Flag football is the fastest growing format of the game in Great Britain, encompassing schools, colleges, universities and community football.
Flag is non-contact version of American Football where tackles are made by pulling a flag off an opposing player. The game retains the same principles as the contact form, but in a 5v5 non-contact arena with a maximum of 12 players per squad, and is a tremendous way to increase passing and catching fundamentals.
We are always looking for new players to join the Blackhawks, or any of the other teams under the Ouse Valley banner (Ouse Valley Eagles senior contact, Bedford Blackhawks U17 contact, Milton Keynes Redwings U17 contact).
To register your interest in joining the club please complete the form below:
Can the New England Patriots go back-to-back and win a record sixth Lombardi Trophy, or will the Philadelphia Eagles finally end their Super Bowl drought and win the biggest game of them all at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday?
We asked some of our members what they thought ahead of Super Bowl 52…
Jeremy Charlton: Would like the eagles to win but can’t change the inevitable…
Neale McMaster: I’d like to see the Eagles win, but as much as I dislike them, I can’t see past the Patriots. I absolutely love Bill Belichick as a coach, he’s awesome, and Tom Brady operated that offensive system perfectly. I think they’ll win by three scores.
Mike Davies: If the Patriots win, maybe Brady will retire and give someone else a go…
Danny Cousins: Love an underdog. But can’t see anything other than a Patriots win.
Harry Rackham: Patriots win allowing Brady and Belichick to ride off into the sunset as the goats, clearing the path for a Bears dynasty.
Jonathan Chilton: I’m going to go with the Eagles. Logic makes the Patriots favourites but they were slow to start against Jags and maybe this is one of those days where Brady doesn’t perform.
Mark Brown: An Eagles win in overtime.
Gareth Pullen: Pats 27 Eagles 21.
Neil Duffy: Can’t we all forget about the score and just hope all the players have fun…and so says everyone who isn’t a Patriots fan…because although we have seen favourites simply not turn up at the Super Bowl before, I have a funny feeling Brady is about to make an announcement a few days afterwards and will want to go out on a high…
Troy Mayer: Patriots 31 – 14 Eagles. Two firing offences but the Patriots have their talisman, the Eagles don’t and after last year’s Super Bowl anything is possible with Brady at the forefront. Unlike everyone else though as Brady is possibly the most competitive person on the planet I don’t think he will retire. 6 rings won’t be enough and records are only made to be broken after all…but then again I’m a Lions fan so I don’t know what a Superbowl is.
Ikenna Iloka: Eagles, because of the strength of their defense and their offense seems to be firing on all cylinders. I don’t see the Pats offense being able to get past the Eagles defense.
Oliver Chesters-Lewis: Pats to win 28-10, the Eagles have looked good on defense but the Pats showed they can score against high powered-defences and shut-out a Foles who isn’t reliable.
Stevie Cole: For the first time in my life I am begrudgingly going for the Pats as I can not root for them dirty birds as bitter NFC East rivals. Their fan’s proudest moment to date might be the body bag game. Doh! #HTTR
Rachel Marscheider: Think the Pats will win (they over came the strong Jags defense) but I shall be rooting for the Eagles – Dolphins fan here so I shall never ever cheer for the Pats.
Come and Try
Our Senior Team are holding a further Open Sessions on Sunday 4th and 11th February at the University of Bedfordshire on Polhill Avenue between 11am and 12:30pm.
American Football is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and with the success of the NFL International Series interest in the game has never been higher.
If you are aged 18 or above and have always fancied having a go why not try it out and see how you get on? No previous experience is necessary, as our team of qualified coaches will put you through your paces running a series of passing, catching, running and blocking drills designed to give you a real taste of American Football.
What to expect
If you want to know what to expect at the session, check out this highlights video from our previous Bedford session in November:
What you’ll need
There are a few things you’ll need to bring with you to the session:
– Water (recommended 2L but the more the better).
– Rugby or football boots as the session will be taking place on grass
– Shorts/Joggers or similar
– Top of some kind: sweatshirt, t-shirt or similar
Before the session you will be asked to complete a simple registration form (registrations open at 10.45am). If you would like to download a registration form and complete it ahead of the session, you can do so here.
The Club AGM, postponed from last month due to the snow, took place on Sunday 7th January at the University of Bedfordshire.
Attended by members, coaches, friends, family and supporters, the meeting covered off elections to the committee for the year ahead, as well as a brief financial update and a look ahead to the upcoming year.
2017 Election Results
All committee positions will be up for election at the meeting, except for the role of Club Chairman which has a two-year term and was elected last year:
– Treasurer (two-year role): Nick Chapman
– Academy Coordinator (two-year role): Mark Chilton
– Flag Football Coordinator (two-year role): Matthew Couldridge
– Communications Manager (one-year role): Vacant
– Child Welfare Officer (one-year role): Jenny Chilton
– 3 x Ordinary Members (one-year role): Gareth Pullen, 2x vacancies
Following the application and election process there is currently a vacancy on the Committee for a Communications Managers and two “Ordinary Members”. Fore more information on the role please get in touch.
To download the public version of the AGM presentation please click here.