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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.

When it rains, it certainly pours

10 Oct

Thats exactly what happened to me on Thursday night, in Derby. We were delayed by half an hour getting onto the pitch, because the footbal teams had their practice session extended to 7.30pm. So we ended up waiting in the pouring rain for the pitch and my god I was frozen. Eventually, when it stopped the wind started to blow and although my feet and fingers had turned to ice I was able to get some great footage to the Derby Braves training. I just have to find out about where the footage goes when I’ve got it?

So this has taught me a valuable lesson; pack waterproof clothing in the car, have hand-warmers at the ready and have extra socks and shoes for when you get drenched! I’ll also remember to check the weather forecast before I set off from now on.

GO DERBY BRAVES!

Derby Braves ROCK!

30 Sep

Last night gave me a chance to go back to my uni, as I have been accepted on a filming and editing opportunity with the Derby Braves. I know I mentioned this in the previous post, but I can now say that this role began yesterday. I was invited to the first training sessions. After getting through all the traffic of people getting home I made it, where I met Matt, the guy who posted the role on the v-inspired website. Basically Matt gave me a breakdown of what they were after, when they’d be training and playing their matches and everything else to do with American football.

Though I felt like an idiot; I have a flip and didn’t think to bring it, thankfully one of the coaches had a camcorder, so I started filming drills and other training activities, which was awesome. Along with filming I’m also gonna being editing this, so I’ll being getting key experience there and it will be something else to go on the CV that BBC North can see.

So I head back to Derby uni next Thursday, armed with my flip and photo camera to get more footage and anything else the coaches want capturing. So lets see what happens

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