PREVIEW | Blackhawks set for season opener

12 Apr

The Blackhawks Flag team kick off their 2018 campaign at Weston Favell Academy in Northampton this weekend with games against the Northants Titans Black and Coventry Panthers.

Both sides are new opponents for the Hawks, who go into the season full of confidence and looking for a positive start following a disappointing 2017.

Andy Mattacks and David Avellaneda are set to make their debuts.

The games will be hosted by the Titans and the day also features match ups involving the Coventry Cougars Ladies, Northants Titans White, Rugby Raccoons and Leicester Huntsmen.


The first games of the day kick off at 11am, with the Blackhawks taking on the Panthers on Pitch 1 and Titans Black vs Leicester on Pitch 2:

Pitch 1

  • 11am – Coventry Panthers vs Bedford Blackhawks
  • 12pm – Coventry Cougars Ladies vs Northants Titans White
  • 1pm – Bedford Blackhawks vs Northants Titans Black
  • 2pm – Coventry Cougars Ladies vs Rugby Raccoons

Pitch 2

  • 11am – Northants Titans Black vs Leicester Huntsmen
  • 12pm – Leicester Huntsmen vs Rugby Raccoons
  • 1pm – Northants Titans White vs Coventry Panthers

The games will take place at Weston Cavell Academy, Northampton NN3 3EZ:

Game Coverage

If you can’t make it to Northampton to watch the games we will be providing regular updates via the Blackhawks Twitter and Facebook pages.

See You Saturday

Outlaw Flag League Schedule Released

Outlaw Flag League
15 Apr

The schedule for the Outlaw Flag League 2016 has been released, and sees the Blackhawks kick off against Reading Lions and Manchester Crows on Sunday 28th August.

The young Blackhawks have been placed in the Bandit Flag Conference (BFC) North Division along with the Crows and Chichester Sharks, and will also play members of the Exile Flag Conference (EFC) North Division – Northants Titants Oceanus, Reading Lions and Staffordshire Surge Academy.

The schedule is based on the twelve teams currently entered into the league. If additional teams join the league the schedule will be updated accordingly:

Sunday 28th August
  • vs Reading Lions
  • vs Manchester Crows
Sunday 25th September
  • vs Chichester Sharks
  • vs Northants Titans Oceanus
  • vs Staffordshire Surge Academy
Sunday 9th October
  • vs Reading Lions
  • vs Manchester Crows
Sunday 6th November
  • vs Chichester Sharks
  • vs Northants Titans Oceanus
  • vs Staffordshire Surge Academy

You can read the full Blackhawks schedule for 2016 here.

Gallery | 2016 Blackhawk Bowl

28 Feb

Selection of photos from the 2016 Blackhawk Bowl, Saturday 27th February 2016.

All photos courtesy of JennaLou Photography. To view the full gallery, check out her album on Facebook.

Phantoms win Blackhawk Bowl

26 Feb

The Northants Phantoms won the inaugural Blackhawk Bowl at Bedford International Athletics Stadium last weekend.

Action began with the Blackhawks facing up against the Phantoms. The young ‘Hawks managed to get two scores in the first half and lead at the halfway point, but after a couple of mistakes and some brilliantly constructed Phantoms drives saw Phantoms take the lead and the game 32-12.

The Blackhawks then faced-up against Northants Titans who demonstrated their experience with a confident victory. An excellent performance from the Spartans saw them see off the Titans, but it was the Phantoms who managed to maintain performance levels to beat the Spartans and tie with the Titans to clinch the trophy.

The final match of the day saw the Spartans overcome the Blackhawks to secure second place.

Speaking after the tournament, Jake Cooper said:

In terms of organisation I am delighted with how the day unfolded. It was a major milestone to play our first competitive football and I’d like to thank all who attended what we hope will become an annual event – I hope the day was enjoyable for all teams involved.

I am extremely happy with how the guys played and how they conducted themselves throughout. Obviously the tournament has exposed a number of areas in which we as a team need to develop and strengthen, but that is to be expected and we look forwarded to trying to address those issues and developing ahead of the Phantoms Charity Bowl on Saturday 27th.

Blackhawk Bowl Scores

Blackhawks 13-32 Phantoms
Blackhawks 0-37 Titans
Titans 13-21 Spartans
Spartans 20-24 Phantoms
Blackhawks 0-32 Spartans
Phantoms 19-19 Titans

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Blackhawk Bowl

16 Feb

The Blackhawk Bowl Flag Tournament takes place this Sunday at Bedford International Athletics Stadium, sponsored by Bul-1 Civil Engineering.

The tournament is the Blackhawks’ first taste of competitive action and sees them up against three other teams who are confirmed as attending:

– Aylesbury Vale Spartans
– Northants Phantoms
– Northants Titans

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, and is a tremendous way to increase passing and catching fundamentals.

The first game is scheduled to kick-off at 9.30am, the tournament will run until around 2pm and there is free admission for all.

A trophy and medals will be up for grabs for the winning team, and a trophy will also be presented to the runners up.

JennaLou Photography will also be in attendance on the day.