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Coach Browning: Looking Forward

Guest blog from Head Coach, Simon Browning

A new season and a new challenge.

It seems that taking on something new is becoming a habit for the team. Playing friendlies against local men’s flag teams and then being the only female team in a tournament shortly after. Entering our first national flag tournament and then our first tackle tournament a couple of months later. Instead of breaking for the summer, taking new players off to a summer tournament to get their first taste of action. Players getting their first taste of full 11-a-side action at the national Diamond series. And now… Read more “Coach Browning: Looking Forward”

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Valkyries are recruiting! Rookie day information…

The time is nearly upon us where the Valkyries welcome some new rookies to join the team and try out the awesome spectacle that is contact football on both the 3rd and 17th September. Our taster days are an incredibly exciting day for the team, hoping to expand and hoping to introduce a fun new sport to the women who attend. Now understandably, not a lot of people know anything about American Football. Even more understandably, some of you might be nervous!

We know exactly how it feels to have a go at a completely new sport, so we thought we would take this opportunity to write a blog about our feelings in the past, present, and future of the team, and also go through the idea of American football in general. Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to know the rules, routes, or even have an idea of American Football. Just turn up and have a go!

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Flag Football

Valkyries attend BAFA Flag Development Session

As you may know a few of the Valkyries attended BAFA’s Flag Football Development Day! Head Coach Simon (and also an offensive GB Flag coach, who was running the day) had this to say about the event:

“The development day was a new format, where we sought to challenge participants mentally about the game rather than focussing on fundamentals. Through this we focussed on two main areas. First, the question of why? Why do we do the formations we do? Why do we run the concepts we do? Second, we then looked at what information we could gain from the opposition. What ‘tells’ can they give us through their alignment or body language? Then what we can do with that information to make our play more effective.” Read more “Valkyries attend BAFA Flag Development Session”

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Summer Series 2017 – Round 3 MVPs

What an amazing tournament it’s been! We came 5th place in Summer Series out of 9 teams and had a smashing time every round. Here are the MVPs for the final round…

Facing a talented defense in both games and with constant blitzing, the pressure of being QB is always going to be high. Nevertheless, QB Kira Walker leading the offense proved to be a never ending pit of effort and determination. As always Center Mandy Charlotte Gould performed with snazzy snaps and excellent hands (perhaps more impressive, Mandy came all the way to play one game before leaving to catch a plane straight after…to start her journey to climb Machu Picchu!! Best of luck to you Mandy). We saw the return of the always-positive Beetle (Beth Kenure) to some fantastic catches, as well as the skilled hands of Ruth Lewis and rookie Abby Bevan who were so very close to touchdowns. However, one person in particular really stepped up the mark – Offensive MVP HollyAnne Dame. You would never have thought that Holly was taking up her first game at Center: precision snapping, fantastic hands, finding space for easy yard gains and a touchdown!! These are all indications of a very seasoned player on offense and the fact that this is her first game on O makes this all the more impressive.

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Summer Series 2017 – Round 2 MVPs

There were lots of good performances on the day, with players doing lots of the little things well that make the team as a whole function. Stats don’t always tell the whole story and effort like that shown by Lois McConville to come all the way over from the backside against Teeside and chase the receiver down to prevent the score was an amazing effort.

In her first game Donna Dawson racked up a high number of tackles showing great speed to the ball.

Both Vi Kate Maggs and Mandy Charlotte Gould yet again did exactly what they needed to do. The snap was nearly always on target allowing the play to function. Both did a great job of then running the unseen routes underneath that are there as the outlets. It was great as well to see Vi get the reward for the hard work as well, scoring her first ever touch down!

Onto the MVPs for Defence, Offence and Overall…

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Flag Football

Summer Series 2017 – Round 2

Well Saturday was another glorious summer day for some flag football!

The first game of the day was against the Purple Princesses. Some very fast blitzes faced our offense, continually putting pressure on QB Kira. However, Kira’s calm head and canon skills got the ball to some great positions. The offense as well had the ability to find space, having easy yardage from Centres Mandy ‘Steve’ Gould and Vi on several occasions. Ruth, Lois and Emma were able to catch an drive some fantastic catches down the field, and two touchdowns scored by Ruth and a touchdown by Centre Vi (her first touchdown!). As for the defense they stayed strong against some fast runs and some tricksy plays, and kept going for those pesky flags! The end result we won 19-14. A great start to the day, we were thoroughly looking forward to the next.

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Summer Series 2017 – Round 1

Saturday, 3rd June, saw the Valkyries travel to Northampton to participate in the flag football event, the Summer Series. Kindly organised by the Northants Titans. The day saw many teams come together to play for the title of Summer Series champions. It was perfect weather – sunny and glorious – and we couldn’t wait to start the day. With at least half the Valkyries having their first flag game experience the nerves were rising, but once we got going we REALLY got going!

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The Strong One

In full gear: Zoe John, fighter

Warning: Some aspects of this article may be very upsetting or triggering for those who have experienced, or know someone who has experienced, an eating disorder

For a long time Zoe John thought herself as too fat. She was teased, starved herself, and wanted to kill herself. Then the Welsh woman began to play American football against – against men.

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#throwback – Valkyries on ITV

We can’t believe a year has gone by since we were television super stars (well, kind of! Superstars). We remember the feeling well, it went a bit like this “OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH WE’RE GOING TO BE ON ITV AHHHHHH”. It honestly did feel a bit life changing though, and it certainly got us some attention from local women and other media stations. Of course there is still much more work to go to get our name out in the Cardiff area, and Wales overall! And we won’t stop until our job is done.

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Flag Football

Valkyrie earns Silver Lions call up

Recently we posted about how our very own Emma Underwood had made the provisional GB Women’s Flag Football squad, as they looked to prepare for their European Championship Campaign.

Her selection to the squad meant travelling to Northampton on the 29th April to take part in the GB camp that would ultimately decide the final 12 women strong squad. While this meant that Emma was not able to attend our taster day, it did mean that she was able to compete alongside, and against, the very best that this country has to offer, as well as learn from some of the country’s top flag coaches.

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