The Colchester Gladiators are excited to announce that the British American Football Association have released the full senior league schedule for the 2017 season.
The Gladiators will compete in the National League Division 1 Southern Conference East. The 2017 fixtures are as follows.
April 9th HOME – London Olympians
April 23rd AWAY – Cambridgeshire Cats
May 21st HOME – Cambridgeshire Cats
June 4th AWAY – London Olympians
June 18th HOME – London Olympians
June 25th HOME – Kent Exiles
July 2nd AWAY – Cambridgeshire Cats
July 9th AWAY – Kent Exiles
July 23rd HOME – London Hornets
July 30th AWAY – London Hornets
With the SFC1 East being a 5 team division the Gladiators Face both the London Olympians and Cambridgeshire Cats 3 times this season.
1st year Colchester Gladiators Head Coach Luke Box has a great deal of experience and memories of the rival Olympians. Coach Box was part of the teams that won the national championship in 1998, and both a repeat national title and European Cup Championship in 1999 beating the Oslo Vikings 12-6 in Brussels. Coach Box was a part of that team with now Olympians head coach Neil Edwards. No doubt both are relishing the opportunity to face one another on opposite sidelines this summer. A sentiment Coach Box reiterated when asked for comment last night.
Of playing the Olympians Coach Box remarked…
“I’m looking forward to facing my old team the London O’s. I played for them for 4 seasons winning multiple National Championships and the 1999 Euro Cup. I played alongside several of their current coaching staff including Head Coach Neil Edwards and Offensive Coordinators Mike Dunsun & Stephen Hutchinson.”
Box went on to speak of the Gladiators resuming hostilities with the Cats…
“I also look forward to meeting the recently promoted Cambridge Cats. I have played against and with their Head Coach, Marco Fasulo for many years and now I will also get to coach against him.”
Club Chairman David Crane remarked on his club’s first ever experience facing the London Hornets…
“It’ll be an interesting challenge facing the Hornets for the first time ever this season. I’ve been impressed with their rise in recent years and their great 10-0 record in the 2016 regular season. They’re a very welcome addition to what I suspect will be a hotly contested, and highly competitive division in 2017.”
Stay tuned for further big announcements from the club in the coming weeks including big news regarding the Gladiator’s future, and details of home fixtures in 2017!