Swansea University American Football Club, or ‘The Titans’ as they are known, are celebrating their ten year anniversary of competing. As they reminisce of the success of our predecessors, they look forward to a challenging season.
The Titans entered their debut season during the 2009/2010 campaign of the South Western Athletics Championship division, where they recorded just two wins out of their eight games.
Since then, the Titans have grown rapidly, last season finishing third in the Premiership South League, making them one of the top ten University teams in the UK. In the last ten years, the Titans have won Varsity, most recently beating Cardiff 42-2, and also won two Division One National Finals.
A successful pre-season saw the Titans travel to Filton Academy of Sport on the 14th of October for their pre-season game, achieving a draw of 6-6. The game was a tough challenge, as Filton is a world-class sporting academy with a high calibre of players – with some being drafted into the NFL. The Titans’ only touchdown came from an incredible 50 yard run, by stand-in Quarterback Elliot Bodman.
This season, the Titans are looking to get revenge for last season’s defeats and are hoping that this year’s freshers will help them achieve that. Over the year, the Titans have been blessed with quality players, many of whom are now playing in Europe. Most recently, one of the squad won the Adult National Championships with the London Warriors. In September, the Titans had two very successful taster sessions where they were able to sign plenty of fresh talent.
The team are training hard for the upcoming season as they eye up the ultimate prize of becoming National Champions, having made it to the quarter finals for the last two years. With the team growing from strength to strength, the Titans are hoping that they can go all the way this time.
The Titans now look forward to their ten-year anniversary match on the 4th November as they take on the Hertfordshire Hurricanes. This game is undoubtedly one of the biggest games of the season for the Titans, as the Hurricanes beat the Titans twice last season with both games being separated by less than 5 points. With both teams tipped to be challenging for the Premiership South Crown, it’s one not to miss, so head down to Llandarcy Academy of Sport on November 4th at 1pm to watch the Titans in action.
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By Luke Wheadon & Ashley Lewis