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Cardiff shot down by UWE

Sunday saw another fine game of BUCS American Football come to Llanrumney fields in Cardiff as the Cardiff Cobras took on the UWE Bullets. UWE, perennial division powerhouses, have often proven difficult to beat for Cobras teams over the last few years, but this season's encounter had the added thrill of being in Cardiff, where the Cobras are undefeated in five seasons... Or should that be were...?

 

Things in the preceding week seemed to have gone well for Cardiff. Despite Wales' reputation for atrocious weather conditions, the field was in a decent condition as rain gave way to wind midweek, allowing the pitch to dry out.

 

The Cobras started brightly with the offense, governed by QB John "Canadia" Canario, gaining good ground on the first opening drives, but ultimately it failed to execute. The defense held solid, forcing 3-and-out after 3-and-out from UWE, with notable early performances from DEs Joe "Grumble" Frampton and Stuart "On One" Gill. However, as is standard with any UWE offense, they scored on a long play: an off-tackle run, accompanied with good blocking, going for six.

 

After its early failure to finish, and now a TD down, the Cobras offense started to crumble and couldn't get a decent drive going. The pressure mounted on the defense, eventually leading to another UWE big play TD just before the half – another off-tackle run, but fair play the kid had some wheels!

 

Half time came and went with some standard UWE arrogance: despite being in control of the game and swearing at and threatening the chain crew, they asked for the crew, consisting entirely of willing former Cobra volunteers who had gone as spectators, to be removed for "heckling". Fortunately, the zebras scoffed at this and reinstated the chain crew immediately. This reporter feels it must be mentioned that this particular BAFRA crew had one of the finest refereeing games he has ever seen and, for what it's worth, they should be fully commended.

 

More of the same ensued in the second half – the Cobras O failed to roll, but the D stood mostly firm with only one other off-tackle run and two safeties adding to UWE's points tally. Good performances were had by George "The Hand" Jackson, whose excellent blocking opened up runs on more than one occasion, the Cobras defensive backfield unit who shut down the UWE pass all day, and especially to Pete "My Favourite" Brockway who stepped in at weakside LB and played out of his skin. At one point, Petey made all four tackles on all four downs of a UWE offensive drive, two for losses. Inspirational stuff.

 

Despite a disappointing loss, and the end of a modern era of Llanrumney victories, the Cobras must regroup and refocus for their next game. They face a trip to the doldrums of Wales, maybe even of the entire UK, to Aberystwyth where they face Tarannau. The Welsh Bowl is one game the Cobras will be geared up for: Cardiff haven't lost the Bowl since 1997 and have had to endure Tim Macy's abominable chat for the last few weeks. Given that the promised storm still hasn't come to BUCS American Football, the Cobras will not squander the opportunity to end the year on a high note and stick it to Seppo simultaneously.

 

Next Match:
Date: Sunday 9th December
Opponent: Tarannau Aberystwyth
Location: 5th Circle of Hell  (Blaendolau Fields, Llanbadarn, SY23 3SR)

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