Champions of the East!
|20-03-2011||11:00||East Kent Mavericks||HOME|
|28-08-2011||Div 2 Quarter Final v South Wales Warriors||HOME||L||13||-||33|
|16-10-2011||Annual Kent Exiles Flag Tournament||HOME||W|
The 2011 season saw a familiar face at the helm, as Tony Bainbridge returned to the club to take the Head Coaches role, and a commitment to developing coaches for the future was made.
As always the club some new faces to the team including Ben Brroks (Watford Cheetahs), Audley Swain (London Blitz), Dominic Yau (London Warriors), Paul Crawford (Maidstone Pumas), Alistair Beaton (Essex Spartans) and Bradley McManus (Sussex Thunder. With his links to Brighton University, the team also saw a wave of Tsunami players join the squad, and an amazing number of rookies with huge potential.
The youth team once again sent graduates up to the squad as Martynas Juras and Abdul Habib, made the step up to senior ball, with many others progressing to University squads accross the country.
A solid coaching staff, and well organised practices which were well attended, gave the team solid foundations for what was to be one of the most exciting seasons in the clubs history. Local rivals Maidstone were routed in game 1, followed by two amazing come from behing tied games against the Spartans and Pathfinders, the second being the second highest scoring tied game in Britball history!
Knowing they could, and perhaps should, have won the previous two games, the Exiles went on a six game winning streak, dominating all opponents, with the exception of the Spartans, against whom the Division 2 East title was secured in a dramatic game which came down to the final play when Zac Ritchie found Jon Miller with the winning touchdown pass, followed by jubilant scenes.
A final game loss against the Cheetahs in monsoon conditions meant nothing for the season, but meant the Exiles went into the play-offs on a low, and a first round loss against eventual Division 2 champions South Wales Warriors followed. The Warriors were well deserving of their victory, but their final victory showed the young Exiles what could have been.
The season culminated with two more successful events, the Annual Family Flag Tournament was the largest ever, with over 120 players, and hen the End of Seaon awards night was also widely accliamed as the finest the club has seen with a new venue and format well received.
2011 Season - BAFANL Division 2 East Table
|Milton Keynes Pathfinders||7||2||1||283||141||0.750|
|Bedfordshire Blue Raiders||3||7||0||94||225||0.300|
END OF SEASON AWARDS
Exile of the Year: Steve Holland
Players player of the year: Jon Miller
Coaches Award: Adam Pearson
Most Improved - Malcolm Fell
Offensive player of the year: Zac Ritchie
runner up: Wesley Eversley
Defensive player of the year: Chris Hope
runner up: Josh Trimmer
Special Teams player of the year: Chris Hope
runner up: Bradley McManus
Lineman of the year: Kerry Gray
runner up: Martin Harrison
Rookie of the year: Richard Cooling
runner up: Ryan Wilson