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The Braves vs The Aces

11 Dec

It was the last match of the season for the Derby Braves today, and it was an away game against the Loughborough Aces. As Loughborough isn’t too far from where I live I drove straight there and I’m gonna be honest and say it took me forever to find where on the college campus where they were playing. Thankfully, I came across a group of guys who were filming the match for the Loughborough Ace’s, so I made it with 5 minutes to spare. My first impression when I got to the pitch was ‘this is a pitch?’ as it didn’t even look worthy to play on, and Loughborough is famous for its sports.

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This thought went out of my head, once the game started and it didn’t take Loughborough long to score, though as the 1st quarter really got started Derby came back fighting hard and in doing so scored. Altough Derby was making some headway, Loughborough seemed to be on Derby like glue throughout the entire match, and at one point the score was 21-14 to Loughborough. Before the match ended Loughborough managed to get a touchdown, even though the player 1 was off side as the whole of the Braves saw this the ref still let it go head. It was on that note of Loughborough getting 28 points that the match ended and Derby unfortunately lost. Once the hand shakes had taken place, and the cheers had started and ended you could see and feel the disappointment at the result of the match. Despite this Derby are an awesome team and no matter what they meet the challenge with aggression and determination to win. It is this that will get them through the next set of matches in Feb 2012.

Speaking of matches, the verdict for the Outlaws match was that Derby lost, and I think that thats wrong, as the Outlaws had a man down and they had to forfeit the match. It will be better if and when they get a re-match and when they do the Braves are gonna run the Outlaws out of town.
Also because this was the last match of the season I decided to do some baking for the Braves, as a early Christmas gift, and surprisingly, the guys thought they were nice. So when the match against Birmingham starts I have been asked to make Brownies, Carrot Cake and Cheesecake. So I will put my mind to it and see what culinary inspiration I get, and who knows I may surpise the Braves and myself. All I’ll say to end this post is that deep down everyone knows that Derby Braves are a winning team and no matter what is thrown at them they can take it and give it too. You’ll get them next year Derby.

The Braves vs The Outlaws

5 Dec

I thought that the weather for the match was gonna be sunny like it was this morning, though my hopes were dashed when I travelling into Derby. When I made it it wasn’t raining and I guess god didn’t answer my prayers for it not to. Prep talks, warm ups and greeting the referees were the usual routine of the day. In the line-up call of players, there was a minutes silence for a former coach, who had passed away, something that both shocked and surprised me. After the pre-match changing of ‘what time is it? Game time’ had ended the game started, where Derby scored the first touch down. This was the wake-up call the Outlaws needed and then they scored, which then lead to the score being at half time 9-7, to the Nottingham Outlaws. After half time warm-ups, more rain and cold weather and team pep talk, the 3rd quarter was bring played, that was until an expected mishap. What I mean by that is one of the Outlaws was knocked out for awhile, and after 20 minutes he was carrying off the pitch, on a tretcher and taken to Derby Royal.

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Because there was no ambulance/ first aiders on site, the match had to be put on hold, which was for an hour and 20 minutes, and it was during this time it rained and also snowed, so the Braves and the Outlaws headed inside and the rest of us stood around waiting to find out what was going to happen.

Eventually, the match referees decided to abandon the match, as the ambulance hadn’t come back. So no-one knows which team won, and it is a case of waiting to hear from the official as to the overall ruling of the match. Funny thing was two minutes later the ambulance came back, but it made no difference, as the match was still abandoned. To end the evening’s events the Braves shook hands with the Outlaws, and gave their match cheering before leaving to go to WalkAbout.

This post has to be left as a cliffhanger, and when I and the Braves know what the ruling of the match is I will update this post and let everyone know, and so we wait.

The Day that the Derby Braves Went to War

28 Nov

Once again the Derby Braves geared up for another seasonal match, this time against the De Montfort Leicester Falcons, and what a match it was. Once pre-match warm-ups were over and I have to say that the Derby really brought it both in training, and throughout the match,

When kick off started Derby was all over Leicester, which lead to them scoring the first touch down of the game. Although Leicester thereafter scored 6 points, it didn’t get to the Braves, as throughout the rest of the game it was constant tackling, touchdowns, penalty kicks and other manoeuvers that led to the Braves being so far ahead in points. Although I wasn’t crushed to death this time round I did get involved in a collision, only my arm received a bashing, but I survived. I know thats to be expected when you stand over the white line and are practically on the pitch, but it is so worth it, when getting film footage of the Derby Braves in action, and it always is worth it.

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One of the things I and some of the others noticed was that the Falcons kept going down, I counted 13 in total, but this didn’t stop them from trying to stop the Derby Braves from scoring. Thank goodness there was no strong breeze otherwise the Braves would have won by a landslide.

Because the Braves were so far ahead and with there only being two minutes on the clock, and I think because the Falcons had had enough, called it a day. So the final score was 62-6 to DERBY BRAVES! GO BRAVES. Once hands had been shaken and team members had been congratulated for a terrific game, photos taken and the teams chant of ‘ONE TEAM, ONE GOAL’ was roared everyone headed off towards Walkabout. Although the Falcons were invited to come down for food and drink it was disappointing that they declined, but all the same some the Braves met for burgers, drinks and more American football aired by NFL (though on one screen Jackass was on and it made some of us laugh, me more than anyone).

Next match is on for 4th Dec, I’ll be there, and so will the Braves with their objective; ‘ONE TEAM, ONE GOAL’, as the Braves came, they played, they conquered.

Bring out the war paint

7 Nov

I don’t mean make-up, I am of course referring to the paint one puts on when gearing up for a challenge. This challenge was the Derby Braves squaring off against the Staffordshire Stallions, in the very first seasoned match. Before heading to the pitch I met Adelie, who was looking for security who neededto turn on the flood lights and when I got there I thought OMG at the number of Stallions on the pitch and then the Derby Braves came onto the pitch, for training before the match.

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Eventually the flood lights came on, the match started and boy it certainly started. From the word off Derby did not disappoint, both offensive and defensive teams were fantastic on the pitch and this was shown in the touchdowns, field goals and trys. The match started and boy it was very full on, and at one point during the game I was on the verge of being flattened like a pancake, until one of the coaches hanked me backwards, while I was filming. I have yet to check my flip for which shot that I was getting when that happened, though most of the shots were all close ups, as there was a camera up in one of the towers getting everything from wide angles. To show that I was flattened here is a picture of me, taken by Adelie, with me wrapped up as it turned cold. I know I look plain, but at least everyone can see what I look like.

Although bonfire night was yesterday, there were still fireworks going off, and it actualy got to the point where smoke from the fireworks started to travel across the pitch that at one point we all thought it was really heavy fog. It actually made me feel like that we were in a horror film, with special effects added to the setting.

The match ended with a score 49-6… to DERBY! So all I have to say that WELL DONE BRAVES. My first American Football match both filmed and watched in person rather than on the big screen was awesome, I got such an adrenaline rush during the whole, including when I got pulled backwards. I only hope that I have done the team and coaches justice by capturing the footage they need at the right angles. After the end game of shaking hands, congratulating those who really gave it their all and the team chant.

When I got the feeling back in my feet I headed to Barracuda, one of the bars in Derby and one I used t ogo into a lot, for the after game celebration of chilli, rice, tortilla, chips drinks and more American football on the big screens. Much of this event I capture of my flip as additional footage for the promo video I will be making soon, I just need apporval for my plan and then I can start. I am happy to say that I am soon gonna become a Derby Brave, as one of the coaches (John Stevenson) said he will get me a hoodie either Orange, Blue or White, so I’ve opted for a blue to be a Derby Blue. Mingled with a few of the players who wanted to see the footage I’d captured, and they will soon once its on an open web browser, my only worry is that it is the right stuff, and not wrong.

Overall, it was a brilliant night, Derby won, I saw my first American football match, learnt the guys like cookies and confectionary foods so I’ll have to put an apron on and bake them something near to Christmas and that the guys were happy I caught them on cameraman. All that remains is to wait till Thursday to get another training session before the next match against Nottingham Trent.

Varsity Blues are so yesterday, here come the Derby Braves

28 Oct

Despite the fog and rain settling on Derby’s pitch, last nights training session was brilliant. I have to admit I didn’t think I’d get all of the two hours training on my flip, cuz I still had last weeks footage, and no-one at the time had a computer with them(thankfully someone had a apple where all footage was put after training). Though before training started everyone had to run up mounts and back down in four lines. My first thought was thank god thats not me, I’d probably fall on my ass if I was asked to do that.

Once training began I was walking, or rather russelling around the pitch wearing waterproofs, filming the various drills and the only question I had to ask myself was ‘where do I start’. As you can see on my latest post that I took a few pics showing the drills too, and while I’m talking about American footbal I have to say the games on SKY are so much better than Channel 4 showing. As well as filming I ended up playing football (English) during this time with one of the coaches sons, and I’m surprised I was able to score a few goals. Unfortunatley, I dont’ have any pics of these antics, though I really should add some pics of myself to my blogs, so people can put a name to a face.

The best part of the evening was at long last getting footage of a scrimmage. And I must say that they are seriously full on, and no-one holds back, never stand in the way of one, thats my advice.

So now its 9-10 days to go until the Derby Braves play Staffordshre Stallions, and I can’t wait to get it all on film. Its fun watching American football on TV, but its so much better seeing it live.

The Director/ Editor who came in from the cold

22 Oct

Note to self now that it is getting colder, stock up on Long Johns and all manner of thermals. Well, only on the Thursday nights when filming in Derby at the University. So far I’ve captured a lot footage of the Braves, and boy its some stuff. Thankfully, Steven had his computer with him, so I could put what I got from the previous 2 weeks onto a hard-drive, and then delete it from my flip. Along with getting heaps of footage of different training groups. Matt also said to me that he, and the other coaches, want me to create a promo video of the Derby Braves’ website, which I am so on-board for. I have an idea in my head for a beginning and end, just have to figure out the middle and then I’m good to go. Once in my car I thought thank god for heating systems, so I think next week I may stretch to 3 pairs of socks, and more layers, but apart from that I am having a blast, and can’t wait to get my hands on Final Cut Pro software. As I’ve said a lot in previous posts I seriously need final cut pro experience. So all I have to do now is find out who wants to be in the promo, how its got to be and start writing a treatment for it, and then all systems go.

Set, Hut

14 Oct

Well, this what was shouted a lot last night, obviously. Though before I went to the 3G Pitch, I decided to see if any of my lecturers were in the History department. Well, I certainly gave Ruth and Ian a surprise, as they didn’t expect to see me that night, so I explained why I was back at Derby uni, and that I would hopefully be seeing them when I’d be in either filming, or editing.

Made it to the pitch and was greeted by Adelie, someone on the sports committee, who came prepared for the cold weather, with a cup of coffee (and thats whose in this picture).

Managed to get some great footage of the practice session last night, though before practice everyone was warming up with stretches and one of the moves I’m gonna nickname is ‘the werewolf’. Reason for that is that everyone had their backs arched when stretching, and then the howling started, and on the night of a full moon too!

When I saw that my flip had a small amount of battery power, I thought I wouldn’t be getting anymore footage, thankfully flip cameras record when there is no battery life left, there is a god. One thing that surprised me was that I didn’t get in anyone’s way when they were training. One thing I discussed with Adelie was coming into the uni, to put the footage I have onto an apple mac. Thankfully, there are a lot of media people with the Derby Braves, and people on the sports committee who can help me out. A bonus is I also know the head of the media department, who maybe able to help me, so I just have to wait to hear what time on Thursday afternoon to go into the uni to add what I already have. So I am looking forward to getting to grips with Final cut pro, again. Stay tuned for next Thursdays tales, and howling.

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