As the last remnants of Storm Doris blew across the Leeds Academy campus in Headingley, the four UFL I franchises gathered to play out the final fixtures of the regular season. What did we expect? The unexpected of course. GAME OF THE WEEK HAWKS 28 - 31 THUNDER A three point spread was pretty much called by the Vegas crowd, so no surprises there. And the inevitable also played out on 'Big Blue' as a slugfest took place with Sam Smith taking the helm at QB for the Thunder -
It's the final week of the UFL I regular season and it couldn't be any tighter. With two teams on 3-2 playing two teams on 2-3 and so by the afternoon of tomorrow we could see the entire league finishing on 3-3 records. It won't be easy though. HAWKS v THUNDER Week three saw the Thunder squeak past the Hawks in a 37 points to 31 victory. In essence Zak Thompson vs Bliss & Johnson. But with such a presence in Maksim Ivanov on defence and game changer Joe Smith the Hawks hav
When UFL Commissioner Mike Cluskey announced the brand new Academy league way back in the Autumn of 2016 few would have anticipated how close it would have been heading into the final week of the regular season. The league's decision to hold a combine and draft following the awarding of the initial four franchises has clearly been a contributory factor, along with the quality of the head coaches and staff brought in to lead them. Incredibly, as we look forward to UFL I FINAL
The penultimate week of regular season games in UFL I was blessed by mild weather and the perfect conditions for football on the Leeds Academy's campus in Headingley. The fans gathered were not disappointed. GAME OF THE WEEK Mavericks 27 - 26 Thunder A great morning for the Mavericks The game started in spectacular fashion with a huge interception by Dylan Walsh on the opening play. They failed to capitalise though despite excellent field position and after two 4 and out dri
Wolf Pack Head Coach Gaby Knops should have had a great weekend last week. A firmly established GB player, she was pulled away from the UFL sideline to camp with the Carnegie Chargers women's team in preparation for their regular season. In week one, her Howlers pipped the spread-tastic Thunder to the post and despite a recent blip, she hoped they would be able to do the same again. The Thunder thought different, however, and 52 unanswered points later they powered their wa
Three weeks ago we welcomed Blue Peter to our flag football session. You can check it out on BBC iPlayer here from 4mins in!
It's the weekend before Half term in Leeds, a time we at the Academy call the Twilight Zone. In this weekend and the weekend after anything is possible. We have had record breaking attendances, we have had a handful of the hardcore. We were thrilled to see that there was only a minimal dip in numbers this week, BUT as you read on, you will note that a few key players were absent, leading to our first real big result of the year. The biggest news was a complete turn around in
As the hysteria surrounding the climax of our American sister league's schedule dies away, the staff of the UFL would like to send our commiserations to the Atlanta Falcons and hearty congratulation's to the victorious New England Patriots. It was a game for the ages, but now must take second place to the return of the mighty UFL I after our mid season break. The athletes of the UFL have had no break from hard work though and the national spotlight still shone on them during