PREVIEW | Blackhawks to make BAFA debut this weekend

12 May

The Blackhawks travel to East London this weekend for their first BAFA Flag Southeastern Conference games of the season.

The games, which take place on Saturday, are hosted by the Victoria Park Panthers and as well as the Blackhawks feature the West Essex Showboats and Aylesbury Vale Panthers.

The only previous encounter between the Blackhawks and any of the teams involved came during the Blackhawk Bowl in February, where the Spartans were victorious over the young ‘Hawks 32-0.

Wide Receivers Connor Stratford, Ryan Moulding and Ross Sherratt all make their debuts for the Blackhawks this weekend as does Cornerback Cody Hinton, and speaking on behalf of the team Jake Cooper says he can’t wait to get the season started:

Along with the rest of the squad I am itching to kick off our debut season in the BAFA Flag Leagues.

Having worked with the majority of the squad for around half a year I have a great deal of faith that this collaboration of players could in time become something incredibly special.

We have players on the roster who have natural ability in abundance, although this may not appear in the pre-season tournament scorelines.

The players have got their heads down and worked week in week out on the lessons learned during those tournaments, and although we are up against arguably the three leading teams in the division this weekend we are looking forward to the challenge.


The first game of the day will kick off at 10am, and pairs the Blackhawks up against the hosts. The full schedule for the day is:

  • Victoria Park Panthers vs Bedford Blackhawks
  • West Essex Showboats vs Bedford Blackhawks
  • West Essex Showboats vs Victoria Park Panthers
  • Aylesbury Vale Spartans vs Bedford Blackhawks
  • Victoria Park Panthers vs Aylesbury Vale Spartans

The games will take place on the old section of Wanstead Flats: Harrow Road, E11 3QD:

Game Coverage

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