2009 saw a whole of lot of changes in the Coaching staff at the Bucs with not a single coach staying in the same position as they were in 2008 and many new coaches coming on board. In the Junior Kitted team, Mark Greally (Head Coach 2006 – 2008) and Chris Martin (Defensive Coordinator 2008) both stepped down from their roles with Junior Flag Head Coach and Club Manager Ian Nicolson taking on the role as Head Coach and also appointing new coaches to the Junior Kitted Staff. Greg Adam, a brand new coach was welcomed to the Club and was appointed as Junior Kitted Offensive Coordinator. Coach Nicolson also appointed former Kitted players Lawrence Quinn and Steven Czarnecki as positional coaches for the Junior Kitted team.
The Junior Flag team seeing their 6 year Head Coach Ian Nicolson step down to coach the Junior Kitted also had brand new coaches in the form of Lawrence Quinn the 2008 Cadet Flag Head Coach and another first year coach Steven Czarnecki. Lawrence was appointed the Head Coach and took control of the Offence while Steven was appointed the Defensive Coordinator. The Cadet Flag also having both their 2008 Coaches step down with James Hull head off to University and Lawrence Quinn move up as the Junior Flag Head Coach found themselves with brand new coaches. Dedicated supporter of the Club Lee Taylor accepted the role as the Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator and then another supporter Andrew Wilson joined the coaching staff as the Offensive Coordinator.
Mark ‘Bud’ Greally stayed with the Club as a Club Quarterbacks Coach which was a first for the club, also a new Volunteer came along called Ashley Power and joined the club as a Fitness and Conditioning Coach.
2009 Cadet Flag Team
2009 Cadet Flag Roster
2009 Junior Flag Team
The Junior Flag team gained three players from the cadet team in the form of Alex Gordon, Bradley Hutchins and Connor Martindale, although they lost Team Captains Tommy Schofield and Chris Hutchins who moved up to the Junior Kitted along with Lee Blundell.
In the Academy tournament at Chorley, the Bucs played the new team Burnley Crusaders and were just beat by them but put on a great performance against not only junior players but also Youth players. The Bucs then went on and beat their local rivals Standish Raiders to finish 2nd. Then in July the Bucs headed to the Festival of Football and put on a great performance against Woodham narrowly losing to them but then let themselves down by poor performances against Woodham 2 and the Coventry Bears.
In the last league tournament of the year down in Coventry the Junior Flag had a special guest coach as their Defensive Coordinator Steven Czarnecki was not available; the former Head Coach Ian Nicolson joined forces with the new Head Coach Lawrence Quinn. This was an incredible spectacle as only 3 years earlier it had been Nicolson who had been coaching Quinn for the same team.
The Bucs went on and beat the Coventry Bears twice to win the tournament to finished joint 2nd place in the league along with the Woodham Warriors 1, but due to Head to Head games against the Warriors the Bucs just missed out in a place in the National Finals.
In September, 5 of the Junior Flag team attended trials for the Great Britain Lions Flag Team, with Captain Jonny Tickle being selected along with Rookie Mattie Holt and they both went on to play a team from Miami. Arron Taylor, Derry Holt and Will Powley all gave had exceptional trials but just missed out on being selected.
The Bucs last game of the year was against Coventry Bears when travelled up to Chorley with their Cadet team in October, this gave the coaches a great chance to let their two new players some game time in the form of Callum Gray and Tom Bretherton. These two proved to be great additions to the team and really put on great performances.
2009 Junior Flag Roster
With the 2008 team reaching the National Finals and some big name players moving up to the Lancashire Wolverine Colts, the pressure was really on for new Head Coach Ian Nicolson and his Coaching Staff.
The team trained for several months before its first friendly against the Woodham Warriors in which the Bucs Defence showed just how dominating it was against the run and the Bucs Offence showing its traditional dominating running game as well as a good passing game from the one and only Rachel Hull who had now joined the kitted team. The Bucs beat the Warriors in their first game quite convincingly but lost the second game in the game of the backups.
The Bucs had to wait a while after that for their first league tournament as teams kept dropping out but in July the time came to play against the Coventry Jets in which they took out all their frustrations of being messed about by the league and hammered them 42 – 6 and 45 – 6. Two weeks later the Bucs then travelled down to the Jets for the return fixtures and found out that the Jets only had a couple of Junior players and needed to use Youth Players to compete in the games, the Bucs allowed this and showed great heart as they stepped up to the plate and beat the Jets 32 – 12 in the first game and then 12 - 6 in the Second game. Meaning that for the 2nd year running the Bucs Junior Kitted had qualified for the National Finals.
The Bucs then offered a game to the Southern Conference Champions the London Warriors but it was declined and the Bucs were ranked 2nd in England meaning that they would be playing the Clyde Valley Falcons in their Semi-Final in the Britbowl.
September came and the Bucs headed up to the Keep Moat Stadium for Britbowl, as they came out to entrance music, and a great crowd the Bucs played against the Falcons but it wasn’t to be their year as the Falcons beat them and went on to be crowned the Junior Kitted Champions for the 2nd year running.
Rachel also went on to set herself another achievement as she was selected the Great Britain Lions Youth Flag team and got to play against a team from Miami.
In October the Bucs travelled up to Doncaster to play a team called the Balby Carr Mustangs. The Bucs breezed past the Mustangs in both games beating them 74 - 0 in the first game and then 59 - 0 in the second game. The Bucs last game of the year was against their new local rivals Burnley Crusaders who they had only managed to play once in the year but in a flag game, but one in which the Bucs won convincingly. Things were no different for this game and the Bucs really took it to Burnley and went on to smash them 85 - 6.
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