2005 saw a change in the coaching staff for both the Junior Kitted and the Junior Flag. On the kitted side an american called Mike Rich joined the staff to help on the defensive side, while Mark Greally coordinated the offense along with Head Coach Paul Mather. The junior flag team saw assistant coach Nik Haywood leave the club and former junior flag player Dominic Gough step into the role of Offensive Coordinator.
2005 Cadet Flag
With the Cadets winning the national championship in 2004 they had a lot to live up to but losing 2 of their star players meant it was going to be a tough journey, but they gained a rookie QB in Mark Taylor who was soon showing at training that he was going to be a great asset to the team and then along came a great little running back in Tom Proctor who's speed and elusive moves gave the cadets that edge.
Unfortunately there wasn't many cadets around the country with teams like the Leicester Eagles struggling to field a team meant that the Bucs only really played Studley Bearcats throught most of the year. This didn't bother the cadets though as they just wanted to play as did Studley, so at every flag tournament the two clubs would arrange to play friendlies against each other for the benefit of the players. Later on in the year a club called the Coventry Jets were formed and they managed to field a cadet team which gave the Bucs a bit more competition.
In July all 3 clubs met up at the National Flag Finals in a Round Robin type tournament. The Bucs easily desposed of the Bearcats beating them 27 - 0, and then in a great game against the Jets they narrowly got beat 12 - 20 with a last minute Touchdown from the Jets giving them the win. The Jets then went on to beat the Bearcats 18 - 6 meaning that they were the 2005 National Champions.
The Cadets kept the up the tradition of producing excellent talent as Rachel Hull made history once again as she was selected to play for the GB Lions cadet team in Gran Canaria for Euroflag 2005.
2005 Cadet Flag Roster
Joe Eastham - Head Coach
Peter Simspon - Assistant Head Coach
2005 Junior Flag
As Ian Nicolson got set for another year as Head Coach, he reeled in the chance to have Dom Gough coaching alongside him as they had grown a great friendship with Dom once playing for the Junior Flag & GB.
The Junior Flag only gained one player from the Cadet team but it was another great one as Great Britain star Edd Glynn moved up and added more depth to the team at QB. The Juniors were also lucky enough to be able to retain the 4 of the 5 players that joined at the end of 2004, Sam Bloomfield, Eden Quigley, Phil Hooper, and Joel Wilson all proved to be great attributes throughout the year. The team also gained another 2 rookies in the form of Jonathon Gordon and Dominic Lane.
The year started off great for the Team with them reaching the final of the NFL Europe Kick Off tournament, this was the first final that Coach Nicolson had ever reached and the team almost clinched the trophy but lost to the Leicester Eagles in the very last seconds of the game to come runners up. Throughout the year the Bucs proved that they could hold their own in tournaments, not always winning every game but they always put the top teams to the test and have many games throughout the year that wer lost by less than 6 points. The team though unfortunately did not qualify for the National Finals despite it being one of the best Junior Flag teams that the Chorley Buccaneers have ever produced.
Along side the the league tournaments the Academy had set up its own tournaments run by Paul Mather & Ian Nicolson, these tournaments were called the LAFFT (Lancashire Academy of Flag Football Tournaments) and they had 3 throughout the year, these were always between the Chorley Buccaneers and the Bolton Braves, each tournament having 2 games each. The Bucs came out on top in all of these tournaments with great performances from every player, and not matter how much the Braves improved between every tournament the Bucs always managed to step up their game ensure that the Braves never beat them.
Among all the League and Academy football being played, more National honours came along for the Bucs as Edd Glynn got selected for Team England Cadets and Phil Hooper being selected to play for Team England Juniors as well as the GB Lions to compete in the Euroflag in Gran Canaria,. meaning that the Buccaneers had got three players into the National Progamme with two of them being selected to play in Europe.
And then along came more National honours as Coach Nicolson had been selected for a third year running to coach the Defense for the Great Britain Lions Junior Flag and Team England Junior Flag.
2005 Junior Flag Roster
Ian Nicolson - Head Coach
Dominc Gough - Offensive Coordinator
2005 Junior Kitted
With the likes of James Wright and Chris Duckworth moving up from the Junior Flag, the 2005 Kitted team looked like it was in for a good season, the team still under Head Coach Paul Mather and assistant coaches Mark Greally and Mike Richards were all set for their first kitted games, they competed against local rivals St Peters Pumas and got the better off them for the first time ever in the past two seasons. The Kitted team also competed in the Northern Conference against teams mainly from Scotland but struggled against some tough competition and ended up finishing 4th in the Conference and missing out on the National Finals.
The Kitted team also got a strange National honour with Chris Martin being selected for the Youth Kitted Team England, as Chris was only a Junior Kitted player this was almost unheard of and a credit to just how high a standard of Chris' playing ability. At the end of the season Head Coach Paul Mather announced that he would be stepping down and that Assistant Coach Mark Greally would be stepping into the new role as the Head Coach for the start of the 2006 season.
2005 Junior Kitted Roster
Paul Mather - Head Coach
Mark Greally - Defensive Coordintor
Mike Rich - Assistant Coach
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