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Season Preview: 2018 Alignments announced by BAFA

Season Preview: 2018 Alignments announced by BAFA

As BAFA announce the newly aligned landscape of the Adult Contact National Leagues for the 2018 season, Knottingley Raiders are shifted over to NFC II South for the upcoming season, along with Birmingham Bulls, Crewe Railroaders, Humber Warhawks, Lincolnshire Bombers and Staffordshire Surge.

More coming soon…

Raiders seek Defensive Coordinator and positional coaches

Raiders seek Defensive Coordinator and positional coaches

The Raiders are seeking an experienced coach to fill the role of Defensive Coordinator. In addition, we will also accept applications for other coaching positions. All members of the coaching staff are expected to take on the following responsibilities:

  • Develop the skills of rookies and veterans alike.
  • Liaise with other coaches to maximise the effectiveness of training sessions.
  • Attend training sessions (Sunday mornings) and games as often as possible.
  • Contribute to development of schemes and analysis of games.
  • BAFCA level 1 certified, or willing to obtain certification with support from the club.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Knottingley Raiders organisation please contact us through our Facebook Page and/or here.

2017-18 Committee voted in as the Raiders look ahead to next season

2017-18 Committee voted in as the Raiders look ahead to next season

On Monday 28th August, Knottingley Raiders’ AGM was held at their club house.

As Andy Lund moves on from his role of treasurer (the club would like to thank Andy for his commitment to his role), an expanded committee was voted in to prepare for the season ahead and to help the Raiders grow and reach their potential.

The committee is as follows for 2017-18:

Chairman: Zakk Constance
Secretary: Brad Dobson
Treasurer: Lucas Klumb
Players Representative: James Griffin
Welfare Officer: Danny Owen
Game Management: Sophie Seal
Head Coach: Zakk Constance

We look forward to the 2018 season and are confident the Raiders are in the right hands.

Rookie Day / Open Training Sessions Announced

Rookie Day / Open Training Sessions Announced

Have you ever been interested in giving American Football a go? This off-season we are looking to bolster our squad with keen individuals looking to be a part of the Raiders family.

We will be hosting two open sessions for potential players who are both new to the sport, or simply want to come down to the Raiders in preparation for the 2018 season. No previous experience is required, we can teach you everything you need to know. Simply bring yourself, a gum shield and rugby/football boots to Knottingley RUFC, Marsh Lane, Knottingley, WF11 9DE.

Session 1 – Sunday 17th September 2017 @ 10am until 1pm

Session 2 – Sunday 14th January 2018 @ 10am until 1pm

2017 Season Review

2017 Season Review

All in all, a very mixed season for the Raiders’ debut in BAFA’s National Leagues (NFC 2 Central). The Raiders started the season with two tough games against Walney Terriers, losing competitive games both home and away – a nice welcome to the NFC from Walney. With big losses against eventual divison winners Leeds Bobcats and a closely 2nd placed Gateshead Senators, along with a 1pt loss against Carlisle, the Raiders’ record for their first season wasn’t what they had hoped. It is worth noting at this stage that the postponed game with Carlisle, was proposed to be played on 2nd July as the only other free date in the calendar. Unfortunately this was not mutually agreed upon by both parties due to this giving Carlisle a back-to-back run of 5 games – Knottingley are still awaiting confirmation for the result of this in relation to the league standings (though this will not affect the position in the NFC 2 Central).

The Raiders did show grit, scoring points against every team, including a “50-burger” victory against Northumberland Lightning. The Raiders weren’t the only rookie team in the NFC 2 Central in 2017, with Morecambe Bay Storm joining them. Morecambe took the victory at their home ground at the mid-season point, setting up the last game of the season, where Knottingley battled hard with The Storm to a 26-26 tie to end 2017 for both teams.

NFC 2 Central 2017

TeamWLTPForPAgtPct
Leeds Bobcats + (C)10004501011.000
Gateshead Senators (+) (P)9104391110.900
Morecambe Bay Storm (P)5412843000.550
Walney Terriers4501811870.444
Carlisle Sentinels360912380.333
Knottingley Raiders -1711482780.167
Northumberland Lightning (-)090284000.000

The Raiders will be publishing their rookie day dates over the off-season very soon and are working hard to develop as a squad and an organisation. If you feel you could help or get involved, in any way, please do contact us.