The UWE Bullets left the 2010/11 season with some unfinished business. The team was full of rookies last season who did extremely well but eventually fell short. Those players did not want to feel that way again and saw the summer as a chance to get better and more experienced playing BAFA National Leagues football.
The local BAFA team had set up a new Division Two team, Bristol Apache, to run in conjunction with their already successful Premier Division team; the Bristol Aztecs. This meant that the young UWE Bullets had a chance to play at a level of football that would help them develop. The UWE Bullets would like to thank the Bristol football organisation for this chance and hopes that it is something that will grow considerably over the next few years. With UWE Bullets playing in the National Leagues and Filton College and Aztec Juniors moving on to play for the Bullets.
Both the Bullet captains, Dayne Robinson and Tom Whyld, played key roles within the Bristol Aztecs who made it to the national semi-final, losing to the current EFAF and BAFA NL champions the London Blitz. Lineman Saiid Ascar and Ben Stanford also spent the summer in the Aztec black and orange. Jon Furse, Joe Baker, Alfred Showunmi, Ian Redman, Toby Mayne, and Ashley Alakija all played for the new Bristol Apache team. Other returners enjoying summer football were Anthony Fursman (Watford Cheetahs), Jake Hollins (Berkshire Renegades), and Matt Putner (East Kent).
Head Coach Mat Dyke said “I am very excited to hear of so many of our players taking up summer football to increase their experience level coming into the new season. The formation of the new local Division Two team will be something that I hope over time the Bullet players feel to be a great way to spend the summer.”
With such a large number of players returning to try out, combined with this new level of experience, the UWE Bullets are set for what could potentially be a great season ahead.