Training times and location

Training is every Wednesday between 6:00pm and 9:00pm and Sunday between 1:00pm and 4:00pm at Canterbury Academy, The Canterbury Campus, Knight Avenue, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8QA.

Please try and arrive by 5:30 on Wednesdays and 12:30 on Sundays so players can get kitted up prior to the start of the session.

New players and volunteers always welcome.

Friendly Fixtures

Report Date & Time Opponent Comp Loc. Result

Lions Den Tournament

Report Date & Time Opponent Comp Loc. Result

Super Series - Division 1

Report Date & Time Opponent Comp Loc. Result
Report Sep 30 2017 09:00 West Coast Crash SS1 17/18 away 34 - 54L
Report Sep 30 2017 12:30 Leicester Tigers SS1 17/18 away 41 - 58L
Report Sep 30 2017 16:00 Solent Sharks SS1 17/18 away 53 - 58L
Report Oct 1 2017 09:30 London Storm SS1 17/18 away 52 - 43W
Report Oct 1 2017 12:15 West Coast Crash SS1 17/18 away 39 - 42L

SS1 Report – September 30th & 1st October

Canterbury overcomes a slow start in Division One, to finish sixth an impressive showing.

The Kent team went into this tournament anxious after an uncertain off season. Star high pointer Ollie Mangion left for rivals London Storm and Player/Coach Steve Brown wasn't able to attend the tournament either due to work commitments. Experienced replacements were transferred in from Stoke Mandeville and France in the form of Luke White and Sebastien Lhuissier. However, this team had only trained all together once. Inexperienced Coach, Omar Foster took up the coaching mantle and hoped for the best.

The first game started poorly for Hellfire. They played West Coast Crash, the team that finished second in the country and filled with GB internationals. Canterbury struggled to adapt to the higher pace of the top division. Half their starting line up had changed. Without the previous starting line of Mangion and Brown, the team was lacking the intensity they usually provided. In the second quarter the lack of chemistry was apparent, players were lax in transition and Crash players found themselves in acres of time and space time and time again. The whole team looked very nervous and didn't settle down. Canterbury went on to suffer their worst ever loss 54-34. It looked like it would be a long weekend for the Hellfire boys.

Later that day, Canterbury faced off against eventual Super Series winners Leicester Tigers. They started the game off better, surviving the early flurry of Tigers attacks. Yet, the Leicester starting four Jamie Stead, Gavin Walker, Jack Smith and Nick Cummins were too fast and worked brilliantly as a team. When one Tiger player was stopped, another Tiger received the ball further up court. Canterbury were chasing shadows most of the game and Leicester took advantage. The team lost shape and belief after the break. Leicester high pointers powered past the apprehensive Canterbury players. Hellfire's attack became very one dimensional as Leicester pressured the four players. Canterbury regularly struggled to get out of their own half and didn't show much threat of recovering the deficit. It was a performance to make the rest of the league sit up and one Canterbury can learn from.

In a thrilling final match of the day, Canterbury finally played to their potential. Although they lost 58-53. It was a massive improvement on the rest of the day. They fought Solent Sharks valiantly all the way. Everything that was lacking earlier from Canterbury's performance ie intensity, composure, solidness, were back. Luke White a 4 pointer showed his supreme power and pace over other high pointers. Seb Lhuissier also was great showing a pace and calm not usually seen from a two pointer. Tiredness was the eventually enemy of the team. As it was such a close game Coach Foster didn't make any substitutions as he chased that all important win. Solent pulled away in the final quarter as the defence reached another level and punished Canterbury's weary mistakes.

Hellfire met their former player Ollie Mangion in the next match. Canterbury carried their confidence gained from the Solent game and smashed the Storm team. In another gripping game, the momentum kept switching between both teams during the first half. There was a disciplined desperation amongst the team and you could see in the way Canterbury played, they wanted this game. The game was won thanks to the dogged ambitions of the two Canterbury low pointers. David Barber and Harry Langley hunted Storm high pointer Mick O' Hanlon over the court, stopping him at every turn forcing the pass. Everywhere O' Hanlon tuned the two low pointers were there frustrating him. These passes finally turned into turnovers in the third quarter. Canterbury finally started to exert their control and pulled away. There were a few tense moments when Canterbury began the fourth quarter complacent, but they secured the 52-43 win.

Canterbury came full circle and faced off against Crash in the 5th/6th playoff. This was a completely different game from the first as Canterbury restricted the Crash players from playing their style of rugby. Canterbury disrupted any line that came out. It was a game of attrition each team defending bravely. Eventually, again fatigue was the biggest issue as the energy just petered out of the team towards the end.

Coach Foster commented "this is a great foundation for our team. From where we started the weekend to how we finished it, I can't be anything but proud."

It was a slow start for the Hellfire but towards the end of the weekend the players finally started playing together. Most teams that get promoted from Division Two get immediately sent back down as the gulf between the two divisions is large. But Canterbury rallied and showed what they were made of, ultimately winning the respect of their opponents. Harry Langley added to his impressive trophy case with another best in class award. While new debutant Luke White won best high pointer. The next weekend is on November 25/26th.

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# Team Pld Pts
1 Bishop's Stortford 30 129
2 Old Elthamians 30 122
3 Barnes 30 51
4 Exmouth 30 29