03/04 Season

03/04 Seasom Team Photo

03/04 Seasom Team Photo

Sheffield Sabres finished 2004 with a 5-3 record in what was overall a succesful season. Losses to good Leeds, Teeside and Hull sides were offset with hardfought victories at Hallam twice, Hull and a big win at Leicester.

Schedule
Away Team Home Team
Sheffield Sabres 22-14 Sheffield Hallam Warriors
Caledonian Roughriders 2-18 Sheffield Sabres
Sheffield Sabres 14-20 Hull Sharks
Sheffield Sabres 14-24 Leeds Celtics
Hull Sharks 12-18 Sheffield Sabres
Sheffield Hallam Warriors P-P Sheffield Sabres
Sheffield Sabres 26-50 UT Cougars
Leicester Lightning 0-46 Sheffield Sabres
Sheffield Sabres 16-14 SHU Warriors
SHU Warriors 28-12 Sheffield Sabres
BCAFL Northern Conference – Eastern Division Standings
Team Won Lost Tied PCT. For Against
Leeds Celtics 7 1 0 0.875 100 51
Sheffield Sabres 5 3 0 0.625 174 136
UTCougars 4 4 0 0.500 195 134
Hull Sharks 3 5 0 0.375 83 114
Sheffield Hallam Warriors 2 6 0 0.250 110 125
Roster
No. Name Position
1 Tom Onyeador FB
7 Paul Musker QB
10 Will Abbott K/P/WR
13 Jon Weller QB/RB
17 Neil Jefferson TE
18 Adam Sawyer LB
20 James Lomas DB
21 FfStratos Kyriakopulos DB
22 Robert Levy RB
23 Robert Palin DB
24 Daniel Smyth LB
27 Jon Cuthbert WR
29 David Leslie RB
32 James Smith LB
33 Chris Doneghan DB
34 Scott Davies DB
41 Will Arran LB
51 Chidi Edordu LB
55 Mat Court LB/DL
56 Matt McDonagh LB
58 Stephen “Cheeks” Parry DL
59 Rob Oxley DL
65 Andrew Rose OL
67 Noel Garcia Garcia DE
68 Colin Payne OL
68 Eddie Mellor OL/DL
70 Barney Sagar OL
72 Chris Rodgers OL
75 Sam McIlroy OL
76 Harry Fellowes OL
77 Bippin Athi OL
79 Ben Griffiths OL/DL
80 Nick Crawford TE
85 Nick East WR
86 Chris Hughes TE
88 Jani Moll WR
89 Guy Lawrenson WR
99 Will Hunting LB
Match Reports
Sheffield Sabres 22-14 Sheffield Hallam Warriors
Divisional rivalry saw
Sheffield teams the Sabres and new boys the Warriors clash in League action.
Sabres DT Eddy Mellor recovering a fumble on the Warriors 2-yard line set up
the first score of the game. Robert Levy ran the ball in and Jon Cuthbert
scored the 2PAT on a reception from QB Paul Musker. After an exchange of
punts the Warriors scored their first League points with Chris Jones
catching a 23-yard pass from QB Phil Wood. Gareth Pattinson’s reception for
the 2PAT tied the game. The half ended with the Sabres up 14-8 after Robert
Levy hauled in a 5-yard pass from Musker. Neither team were able to break
the deadlock until the 4th when Pattinson scored on an 11-yard reception to
again tie the game with 6:51 left. The Sabres left it late to take the lead
again, with 30 seconds left Musker connected with WR Will Abbott for an
8-yard score, and then David Leslie ran in the 2PAT. The Warriors tried but
after 3 long pass attempts a sack by DT Oscar Hugus on 4th down allowed the
Sabres O to take a knee and finish the game.
Caledonian Roughriders 2-18 Sheffield Sabres
The Sabres moved to 2-0 with
a win against league newcomers the Caledonian Roughriders. The Sabres forced
a turnover from the first play from scrimmage when Roughriders QB Graham
Porterfield was intercepted by DB Daniel Smyth. The Sabres quickly turned
this into points with a 31-yard pass from QB Paul Musker to Ryan Spokas. The
Sabres scored again when Musker broke free on a QB sneak to scamper away for
a 35-yard TD run. The Sabres closed out the first half with a 14-yard TD run
by Robert Levy. The second half turned into a defensive stalemate and
eventually lead to the Roughrider first ever BCAFL points when James
McIntosh tackled the Sabres punter in his own end zone. Forced to go to the
air, the game was sealed when Scott Davies picked off Porterfield, leaving
the Sabres Offence able to take a knee. The Roughriders started nervously in
their first League game but settled to hold Sheffield out in the second half
and with a good squad size look to have a promising future.
Sheffield Sabres 14-20 UCH Sharks
The
Sheffield Sabres travelled to the UCH Sharks and played a see-saw match
which saw 4 lead changes. The Sabres scored first when WR Ryan Spokas took a
Paul Musker pass 60 yards for an early touchdown, Spokas also caught the
2PAT. Hull fought back with some strong rushing and scored early in the
second quarter with a 12-yard run from Yacine Salmi. WR Richard Cochrane
broke through the Sabres secondary on a 5 yard pass reception to put the
Sharks up 12-8 at the half.In the
third quarter LB David Leslie stepped up and returned an interception 40
yards for the TD to swing the advantage back to Sheffield.
In the fourth quarter and needing a score the Sharks mounted a long drive
which culminated in a 10-yard TD catch from Mike Barrett, Jason Hague ran in
the 2PAT.
Sheffield Sabres 14-24 Leeds Celtics
The battle for South
Yorkshire bragging rights was won by the Leeds Celtics after a hard fought
match against the Sheffield Sabres. The Celtics started the scoring early
when they capitalised on a fumbled punt return to set up a 7 yard sweep for
RB Jack Watkinson. The Sabres responded with an 85 yard drive which was
capped of with a 1 yard QB sneak from Paul Musker. Ryan Spokas hauled in the
2PAT on a pass from Musker. The Celtics re-took the lead before the half
when Watkinson scored his second TD of the day on a 10-yard run.

On the opening drive of the
second half the Sabres re-took the lead on 70 yard drive which culminated in
a TD pass from Musker to Spokas. The advantage was tipped in favour of the
Celtics when WR Chris Kuc caught a 10 yard pass from QB Alex Fisher. On a
third and long Fisher threw a short screen pass to FB Joe Coultate, who
broke several tackles on the way to a 17 yard score in the fourth.

UCH Sharks 12-18 Sheffield Sabres
This hotly contested grudge
match produced another exciting game which saw the Sabres emerge victorious.
After forcing the Sheffield Offence into a three and out on their first
drive, the Sharks Yacine Salmi took the ensuing punt 50 yards for a TD. The
rest of the first half turned into a defensive battle. The Sabres started
brightly in the second half when QB Paul Musker threw 15-yard pass to RB
David Leslie. Opting for an onside kick Eddie Mellor recovered the ball for
the Sabres and set up a 20-yard strike from Musker to WR Ryan Spokas. After
recovering a Sharks fumble the Sabres marched downfield and Musker scored
with his third TD pass this time going to RB Rob Levy.

After being shutdown for most
of the second half Hull managed to gain momentum in the fourth quarter on a
drive which was capped off by a 3-yard run from RB Markus Mueller with only
a minute remaining. With mist rolling in from the peaks the Sharks were
forced to attempt the onside kick, Eddie Mellor rose to the occasion to make
his second recovery giving possession and victory to the Sheffield Sabres.

Sheffield Sabres 26-50 UT Cougars
The Strong Winds that were
sweeping the country did nothing to dampen the high scoring match between
the Sabres and Cougars. The Sabres opened the scoring first when QB Paul
Musker ran in from 20 yards out behind some strong O-Line blocking. The
Cougars responded immediately when they drove the length of the field for QB
Pete Rogers to sneak in from 1 yard out. The Cougars soon took the lead when
Cheyne McDonald swept into the corner of the end zone from 20 yards out.
McDonald added to the Cougars early in the 2nd quarter when he caught an 87
yard bomb from Rogers, the 2PAT was run in by FB Rich Marshall. Forcing the
Sabres to punt McDonald broke through the coverage only to have the ball
stripped by C Ben Griffiths at the goalline, however it was ruled that the
ball had already crossed the Line, the 2PAT was run in by Rogers. McDonald
was on the score sheet again when this time he hauled in a 64 yard TD.
Needing a response the Sabres went to the air and Musker found an opening QR
Ryan Spokas took the pass in for the TD, RB Rob Levy added the 2PAT. The
Cougars defence stepped in the third quarter and LB Dave Fillingham picked
off a Musker pass and returned it 15 yards for the score. WR Ben McQueeny
caught the 2PAT from Rogers. Musker and Spokas hooked up twice for 2 quick
TDs. However the last word would go to the Cougars when Cheyne McDonald ran
in from 10 yards out, to seal a 5 TD day and a good win for the Cougars.
Leicester Lightning 0-46 Sheffield Sabres
The Leicester Lightning
opened this game with some strong running by QB Scott Summers but were
forced to punt, the Sabres then took their first possession, 65 yards in 7
plays for the opening points which came on a Paul Musker pass to Robert
Levy. WR Nick East caught the 2PAT. In the second quarter Levy added to
Sheffield’s lead when he took an option pass in from 20 yards, WR Ryan
Spokas added the 2PAT. Levy then took another option pass in from 25 yards
out and Spokas again hauled in the 2PAT.

As the half neared an end
Musker found Spokas open in the corner of the end zone for a 15 yard TD.
Sabres CB James Lomas picked off Summers which set up Levy for his fourth TD
which came on a 30 yard scamper. TE Chris Hughes grabbed the 2PAT. Sabres CB
Scott Davies then picked off another Summers pass giving the Sabres good
field position. TE Chris Hughes set up the games final points with a 30 yard
reception. QB Paul Musker then sneaked in from 1 yard out and Levy was on
hand to catch the 2PAT.

Sheffield Sabres 16-14 Sheffield Hallam Warriors
Thick Snowfall greeted the teams at the kick off
for the second battle for Sheffield bragging rights. The Sabres started
quickly when on the first play from scrimmage QB Paul Musker went long and
hooked up with WR Ryan Spokas for a 40yd TD. RB Rob Levy ploughed into the
end zone to add the 2PAT. Not to be outdone the Warriors took the ensuing
kick off and marched downfield on a long drive which was capped off with a
15yd run from RB Sean Heywood. FB Tom Shearn ran in the 2PAT to tie the
scores. With the heavy winds making passing difficult the Sabres used their
ground game to good effect and Levy was able to set up a 1st and Goal at the
Warriors 2 yardline.

After a fumble in the back
field the Sabres seemed to have lost their good field position, however OT
Andrew Rose recovered the ball and advanced the ball to the Warriors 1, from
here Musker was able to sneak the ball into the endzone. Levy was on hand
again to score the 2PAT. After and exchange of punts the Warriors got good
field position and were able to close the gap when Ric Hennessy through a 14
yard strike to WR Sean Rodgers. The 2PAT was stopped short by Noel Garcia
and Eddy Mellor which meant, after a scoreless second half, the Sabres
emerged victorious.