Great Britian U19’s In Denmark – Day 2

I wasn’t able to do a time scale blog as each day was incredibly busy, where the focus you would expect was the on field product.

Day 2 – Friday

An early start for both the players and coaches.  Friday was both a practice day and game day all rolled into one and we had an unusual kick off time, which meant we had to get the players to practice effectively but also manage them so that they don’t peek to soon and have energy left to play the game.The morning consisted off an early breakfast, a ST , Offensive and Defensive classroom review. The aim of all the meetings was to confirm the game plan, show scout film and get the players ready mentally.

Then we moved to the practice field and ran through our usual Great Britain schedule. For me personally it was about getting my units called out and then to run through each ST units to make sure we understood our assignments with the aim of minimising  mistakes when it came to game time. At the end of practice, the coordinators called out their starting units. Once we had completed our full practice schedule it was back to the hotel for the players to have down time. This was important as the kick off time was an usual one for British players. the aim agin was to keep them fresh for kick off.

Once we had lunch it was time to get ready to go to the game and play Denmark. On arrival at the stadium, the IFAF official checked our roster with the players in their game shirts so the shirt numbers could be checked and their names verified.

Once the players were changed and ready, we headed to the field. The exception being that the specialists hit the field fifteen minutes early to warm up. We  then moved onto team stretch, positional warm ups and then O vs D.

The kick off was an event by itself  and I’m pleased that the players had a crowd of two hundred spectators cherring (mainly for Denmark) and the game itself was streamed. The final result was 31-10 to Denmark. The only coaching comment I’m going to make about the game is that the final result did not reflect how well these young men performed on the field given the short time they had been together. They represented their clubs, their country, teammates and themselves with determination and pride.

Once the game  was over the over , we got the players back to the hotel. This now became a combination of getting the players fed, rested and for our GB physio team consisting of the very talented Beverly Analuwa and Magenta Ross, who got to work on getting the players  treating any injuries before our next game on Sunday. As coaches we broke up into our coaching staff and started to break down the game.

This meant as a staff we broke out into our respective units. The O & D staff worked in their meeting rooms and I worked in my room. The game film was available with in a very short time and was loaded onto hudl. (Hudl has been such a game changer for coaching) My aim was to find not only what we did wrong, come up with a strategy for improving it but also be able to highlight every thing we did right to the players and I know that as a coaching staff we all took this approach.

When we had our team ST meeting, I started off with a couple of clips were we didn’t compete as well as we should have and addressed those  on the white board and  also by taking questions from the players. We then ran through what we did do well which there was a lot off.

Once these meetings were complete the players had curfew and we had a staff meeting where we talked about players injuries, thoughts on the game and finally we addressed the next days schedule.

Coach Anderson has allowed me to use the stats for the game.

GB vs DK (FINAL)
( 05/08/15 at Vejle Atletikstadion )
TEAM GB DK
(VISITOR) (HOME)
Score 19 31
First Downs 8 14
Rushes / Yards (Net) 21 / 2 20 / 52
Passing Yards (Net) 185 193
Passes — Att / Comp / Int 18/8/2 32/19/0
Total Offensive Plays / Yards 39 / 187 52 / 245
Fumble Returns / Yards 1 / 96 0 / 0
Punt Returns / Yards 1 / 45 0 / 0
Kickoff Returns / Yards 5 / 100 3 / 107
Interception Returns / Yards 0 / 0 2 / 26
Punts (Number/Average) 4 / 34.8 2 / 39.5
Fumbles / Lost 2 / 1 4 / 2
Penalties / Yards 10 / 68 6 / 40
Possession Time 17:08 15:23
GB INDIVIDUAL LEADERS DK
 
Rushing Att Net TD Lg Avg
Michael Akinlade 2 13 0 12 6.5
Elijah Okonkwo 4 8 0 5 2.0
James Jones-Cross 1 5 0 5 5.0
Dwight Caulker 7 3 0 9 0.4
Rushing Att Net TD Lg Avg
Mads Hyrsting Larsen 14 67 0 21 4.8
Magnus Sabroe Kruse 3 3 0 4 1.0
TEAM 1 -3 0 0 -3.0
Lukas Tommy Nyborg Ravn 2 -15 0 0 -7.5
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yds TD Lg
Jacob Nunnerley 13 4 2 95 0 40
James Cook 5 4 0 90 2 41
Passing Att Comp Int Yds TD Lg
Lukas Tommy Nyborg Ravn 32 19 0 193 3 29
 
Passing Receiving No Yards TD Lg
Reece McLawrence 2 81 1 41
Jonathan Mee 2 55 0 35
Mykel Dallas Nixon 2 51 1 38
Carlos Tarragona-Turu 1 0 0 0
Passing Receiving No Yards TD Lg
Marcus Støvring Bennett 5 29 1 6
Nicholas Tobias Kaplan 4 46 0 29
Peter Hobitz Juel 3 55 0 27
Victor Staun Jensen 3 40 2 20
 
Punting No Yards Avg TB I20 Lg
Michael Thomas Bennison-Dean 4 139 34.8 0 0 41
Punting No Yards Avg TB I20 Lg
Jakob Bruhn Aaen 2 79 39.5 0 1 45
 
Punt Returns No. Yards TD Lg
Carlos Tarragona-Turu 1 49 0 49
Michael Akinlade 0 -4 0 0
Punt Returns No. Yards TD Lg
 
Kick Returns No Yards TD Lg
Theo Biggs 3 62 0 30
Mykel Dallas Nixon 2 38 0 20
Kick Returns No Yards TD Lg
Mads Hyrsting Larsen 2 107 1 90
Kasper Charles Prip Hansen 1 0 0 0
 
—- Great Britain
No Player Name Solo Ast Total Sacks/Yds TFL/Yds FR/Yds Int/Yds BrUp Other

54 Williams,Matthew 5 2 7 1.0/15.0 1.0/15.0 1/0 1 FF 
92 Graham,Cameron 3 1 4
1 Koroma,Aloysius 2 2 4 0.5/0.5 1 FF 
56 McKillop,Ruairidh 1 3 4 1.5/3.5
52 Burgess,Dennis 3 0 3
27 Wright,Alex 2 0 2
90 Clarke,Louis 1 1 2
23 Crowfoot,William 1 1 2 0.5/0.5
2 Effah,Jordan 1 1 2
3 Sankoh,Santije 0 2 2 1 FF 
94 Trasanis,Evaggelos 0 2 2 0.5/0.5
11 Akinlade,Michael 1 0 1
97 Johnson,Gariq 1 0 1 1/96 1 FF 
17 Nunnerley,Jacob 1 0 1
47 Okonkwo,Elijah 1 0 1
33 Fielding,Raymond 0 1 1 1
25 Jones-Cross,Samson 0 1 1
51 Oakley,Joshua 0 1 1
95 Williams-Onuorah,Savior 0 1 1

Total 23 19 42 1.0/15.0 4.0/20.0 2/96 0/0 1
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