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The South Wales Warriors (formerly the Tiger Bay Warriors) are an American Football team currently competing in Premiership South Conference of the BAFA Community Leagues (BAFACL). They play their home games at the home of Llanharan rugby club.

Tiger Bay Warriors (1993 to 2000)

The club was formed in 1993 as the Tiger Bay Warriors, and started out as a Junior Flag team. They were accepted into Junior Division Two Touch and recorded a 4-0-0 record in the regular season (including one postponed game against the Gloucester Gladiators which was awarded to the Warriors) before narrowly losing the bowl game 6–8 to the London Capitals.

The following two years, the Warriors played at Youth Kitted level. In 1994 season they won the BYAFA South East Division with a perfect 8-0 record and reached the playoff semi-final. In 1995, they recorded a 2-3 season in the Southern Division but still managed to reach the playoffs, losing 0–8 to the London Capitals in their quarter-final.

The decision was then taken to move up to senior level, and the Warriors were admitted to the Southwest Conference of the British Senior League's third division. Their experience in their previous youth tournaments seemed to serve them well as their first season at this level saw them post an 8-2 record, finishing second in their conference. They went on the reach the playoff semi-final before losing to the eventual divisional champions, the Winchester Rifles. They reached the play-offs once again in 1997 after finishing second in their conference, only to be forced to withdraw from their playoff match against the PA Knights due to an acute player shortage.

As with the year before, the Warriors finished the 1998 regular season in second place, tied with the Southern Sundevils with a 7-1 record but with an inferior points difference. As a result they lost home advantage for their playoff match and this proved crucial as they went down by a single point to the London Mets. The following year, they once again finished the regular season with a 7-1 record tied with the Hertfordshire Stags and the Sabres, but they avoided last season's disappointment by finishing top on points difference. This paid off as they made it all the way to the divisional play-off final before losing a tight final game against the Chester Romans by just two points.

Unfortunately the Warriors were unable to build on this success. After losing several key players and the services of Head Coach Rob Mota, they were forced to withdraw from the league in 2000.
South Wales Warriors (2001 to present)

Division 2: 2001 - 2008

In 2001, the team was reformed as the South Wales Warriors and were re-admitted into the British Senior League to compete in Division Two South. After a year out of action, they found the going tougher and finished with a 2-5-1 record. The following two seasons repeated this pattern, with the Warriors finishing with 3-6 and 5-5 records in 2002 and 2003 respectively. However, 2004 saw a vast improvement and they finished second in their group with a 7-2-1 record, making the playoffs for the first time since reforming. Unfortunately, they were knocked out at the first stage, losing their quarter-final 6–30 to the Chiltern Cheetahs.

This feat was repeated in 2005, finishing the regular season in second place before losing their playoff quarter-final. In 2006, the Warriors once again finished in second place, cliching their spot on the last matchday of the regular season with a 27–21 win away to the Andover Thrashers. They were drawn at home to the Essex Spartans for their wildcard playoff. However, the visitors complained to the BAFL that the pitch at Bedwas RFC was too short, and therefore did not comply with league rules. After consultations between the two teams, the game was played as normal but the BAFL decided afterwards that the Warriors would forfeit the game, and therefore the game was awarded to the Spartans as a 1–0 victory.

The 2007 season saw the Warriors get over their play-off disappointment by winning their group with a near-perfect 9-1 record to win their second ever conference championship. A 13–7 quarter-final win against the Cambridgeshire Cats set up a semi-final tie away to the Norwich Devils, who came into this game on the back of a perfect 10-0 regular season and a quarter-final win against the Cornish Sharks. Unfortunately for the Warriors they were unable to beat an impressive home team, going down 28–43.

2008 was another good year for the Warriors, who finished 9-1 and advanced to the quarter-finals where they lost 21-7 to the Cambridgeshire Cats.

Division 1: 2009-2010

In 2009, the Warriors benefited from a league re-alignment and were promoted to Division 1. This proved to be a big step up for the Welsh team, but a step they handled with surprisingly good results. The team finished 6-4 and middle of the table, narrowly missing out on the playoffs.

2010 turned out to be a difficult year for the team. Low recruitment, retirements and exceptionally high injury rates meant that the team struggled in the latter half of the season, despite a strong start with several key wins. Low on personnel in key positions, the team decided to forfeit its last game of the regulat season against the league-leading Tamworth Phoenix. This decision proved costly as the League officials later declared that they would exercise their discretionary option to relegate the Warriors back to Division 2, despite the Warriors still finishing ahead of two teams who were not relegated.

2011 Britbowl Champions

The 2011 Season saw the Warriors compete in the reformed BAFA National Leagues. The opening game of the season saw them take on the Gloucester Banshees and win 46-0, one of four shut out games that season, which were to set the tone of the Warriors season. Eight wins and two defeats to the hands of the Berkshire Renegades resulted in the team finishing runners up in the Division 2 West league and entering the playoffs as wild card fifth seed. The quarter finals against the Kent Exiles resulted with a 33-13 Warriors victory .

The Warriors then moved on to the semi finals at the home ground of the Lancashire Wolverines in Blackburn. The Wolverines were soundly beaten 32-17, leading to a South Wales Warriors and West Coast Trojans Britbowl final at Crystal Palace and promotions to Division 1 for both teams. The Division 2 Britbowl final was played on the 25th September 2011 at the Crystal Palace Stadium, London, with the final result of 48-20 to the Warriors crowning them Britbowl XXV BAFANL Division 2 Champions.

 Division 1: 2012

2012 saw the newly promoted Warriors to Division 1 South and Central play a condensed season of football (10 Games over 13 weeks). The warriors had a mixed result to the season, winning six games and losing four. The Warriors home game to Essex Spartans was postponed from 16 June to 15 July due to adverse weather conditions affecting large parts of mainland Britain at the time, the subsequent game was forfeited after Essex were unable to field a team. The Warriors managed to keep a 100% home record for the season which left them finishing in fourth place within the division.

On 23 September is was announced that the South Wales Warriors were to be promoted to the Premiership South Division after an expansion programme run by BAFA.

 

Premiership South Conference: 2013 -2016

2013 saw the newly promoted Warriors in the expanded Premiership South Conference and played a season of 10 games from end of April till the end of August. The Warriors played each club in the Conference one give a total of 5 away games and 5 home games. The Warriors started the season at home to Peterborough Saxons, which ended in a narrow loss and ended the season on the road to London Olympians, which again was a narrow loss. The Warriors finished 9th in the division and started to get ready for there second season in the Premiership South Conference.

2014 sees the Warriors back in the Premiership South Conference which sees them playing a total of 9 games with Peterborough Saxons and Ipswich Cardinals been relegated and the Colchester Gladiators been promoted and come in to the season on a High after winning the National leagues final. The 2014 season found the warriors finishing with 3 wins and 5 losses, narrowly missing out on a playoff spot against the London Olympians who won 26-0 to destroy the warriors playoff chances. warriors found victories against Colchester Gladiators, East Kent Mavericks and Cambridgeshire Cats, and defeats against Bristol Aztecs, London Blitz, London Warriors, London Olympians and Berkshire Renegades, finsihing the warriors season 6th in the divsion.

2015 The Warriors stayed in the premiership south along with Bristol Aztecs, London Blitz, London Warriors and London Olympians. Colchester Gladiators, East Kent Mavericks and Cambridgeshire Cats relegated and Berkshire Renegades fore-fitting the season. The 2015 Season is one the Warriors would like to wipe from history after finishing the season losing 8 out of 8 of their match ups. Due to Berkshire fore-fitting the Warriors live to fight another season in the Premiership South for 2016 along with London; Warriors, Blitz, Olympains, Farnham Knights and Bristol Aztecs.

2016 The Warriors completed the season with an overall record of three wins, five losses and one draw, finishing in fifth place in the six-team division. Former double European champions the London Olympians are relegated and failed to complete their winless season, forfeiting their final fixture at newcomers the Farnham Knights who as a result finish in forth with one more win than the Warriors. The drawn game cost Bristol when they pulled off the shock of the season in week 9. Despite beating the London Blitz, in the capital, they failed to move ahead of them in the race to finish second to the mightily three time defending national champions the London Warriors due to that tied game. Since that upset however the Aztecs also lost to the Knights in what has been one of the most competitive Premier South seasons despite the continued dominance of the London Warriors who advance to the play-offs with the second place Blitz.

Although the 2016 season was officially the Warriors best performing season in the Premiership, the second half of the 2016 season demonstrated that we are not currently in a position to compete over a full season at that level, and that a season or two of consolidation in Division 1 will help us to develop a strong squad for future competition at the top level. Therefore the Warriors have accepted voluntary demotion to Div 1 Central.

Division 1 Central Conference 2017 - Present

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2017 The Warriors battle it out in Div 1 central facing off against Ouse Valley Eagles, Oxford Saints, Sussex Thunder, and Solent Thrashers. The South Wales Warriors are ineligible for a playoff position regardless of regular season standings. The Warriors look forward to a successful season regardless and will compete for the number 1 seed.

Our Team

  • All
  • Centre
  • Corner back
  • Defensive back
  • Defensive end
  • Defensive line
  • Defensive tackle
  • Line backer
  • Offensive line
  • Quarterback
  • Running back
  • Safety
  • Wide receiver
  • Nick Cvetkovic
    Nick Cvetkovic
    Position 99: Wide Receiver
  • Mark Atkin
    Mark Atkin
    Position 98: Linebacker
  • Dean Evans
    Dean Evans
    Position 89: Defensive End
  • Zac Taylor
    Zac Taylor
    Position 87: Wide Receiver
  • Sean Herbert
    Sean Herbert
    Position 86: Wide Receiver
  • Nate Webb
    Nate Webb
    Position 85: Safety
  • Joshua Hurford
    Joshua Hurford
    Position 81: Wide Receiver
  • Warren Coombes
    Warren Coombes
    Position 80: Wide Receiver
  • Josh Keen
    Josh Keen
    Position 77: Offensive Line
  • Carl Kendrick
    Carl Kendrick
    Position 75: Offensive Line
  • Matt Pedlar
    Matt Pedlar
    Position 70: Offensive Line
  • David Coles
    David Coles
    Position 66: Offensive Line
  • Anthony Holland
    Anthony Holland
    Position 65: Defensive Tackle
  • Riccardo Byrne
    Riccardo Byrne
    Position 63: Offensive Line
  • Gavin Lee Fawcett Sellers
    Gavin Lee Fawcett Sellers
    Position 62: Offensive line
  • Ian Oakley
    Ian Oakley
    Position 59: Centre
  • Rhys Bain
    Rhys Bain
    Position 58: Defensive End
  • Maxime Ayoul
    Maxime Ayoul
    Position 19: Quarterback
  • Owen Griffiths
    Owen Griffiths
    Position 16: Defensive Back
  • Andrew Pryce
    Andrew Pryce
    Position 57: Defensive Tackle
  • David Lewis
    David Lewis
    Position 56: Linebacker
  • James Henderson
    James Henderson
    Position 55: Safety
  • Sam Jones
    Sam Jones
    Position 54: Linebacker
  • Nicholas Yeubrey
    Nicholas Yeubrey
    Position 52: Defensive End
  • Dan Davies
    Dan Davies
    Position 50: Safety
  • Akeem Hallisey
    Akeem Hallisey
    Position 45: Defensive Line
  • Jamie Johnson
    Jamie Johnson
    Position 34: Defensive Back
  • Steven Cox
    Steven Cox
    Position 32: Linebacker
  • Thomas Davies
    Thomas Davies
    Position 31: Linebacker
  • Patrick Burchell
    Patrick Burchell
    Position 30: Running Back
  • Adam Balson
    Adam Balson
    Position 26: Cornerback
  • Adam Hilton
    Adam Hilton
    Position 25: Running back
  • Nick Keysee
    Nick Keysee
    Position 23: Wide Receiver
  • Daniel Dacey
    Daniel Dacey
    Position 22: Safety
  • Christopher Bartlett-Legge
    Christopher Bartlett-Legge
    Position 20: Cornerback
  • Robert Jones
    Robert Jones
    Position 15: Wide Receiver
  • Laurie Jones
    Laurie Jones
    Position 14: Wide Receiver
  • Nick Dacey
    Nick Dacey
    Position 11: Wide Receiver
  • Lawrence Tuckett
    Lawrence Tuckett
    Position 11: Wide Receiver
  • Gareth Thomas
    Gareth Thomas
    Position 8: Linebacker
  • Oliver Davies
    Oliver Davies
    Wide receiver
  • Daniel Abruzzese
    Daniel Abruzzese
    Position 2: Running back
  • Joshua Hughes
    Joshua Hughes
    Position 6: Running Back
  • Dean Jackson
    Dean Jackson
    Position 5: Quarterback
Sponsors
Nick Cvetkovic
Position 99: Wide Receiver

Age: 18
Nationality: Welsh/Serbia
Height: 5’11
Weight: 152lbs
Joined:2017

Mark Atkin
Position 98: Linebacker

Age: 35
Nationality: Welsh
Height:5’11
Weight: 196lbs
Joined:2012

Dean Evans
Position 89: Defensive End

Age: 31
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6’1
Weight: 225lbs
Joined:2016

Zac Taylor
Position 87: Wide Receiver

Age: 20
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6’1
Weight: 196lbs
Joined:2016

Sean Herbert
Position 86: Wide Receiver

Age: 25
Nationality: British
Height: 5’10
Weight: 168lbs
Joined:2017

Nate Webb
Position 85: Safety

Age: 29
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6′
Weight: 215lbs
Joined:2011

Joshua Hurford
Position 81: Wide Receiver

Age: 25
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6′
Weight: 154lbs
Joined:2015

Warren Coombes
Position 80: Wide Receiver

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Josh Keen
Position 77: Offensive Line

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Carl Kendrick
Position 75: Offensive Line

Age: 35
Nationality: English
Height: 6’1
Weight: 301lbs
Joined:2011

Matt Pedlar
Position 70: Offensive Line

Age: 26
Nationality: English
Height: 6’3
Weight:
Joined:2017

David Coles
Position 66: Offensive Line

Age: 26
Nationality: English
Height: 6’1
Weight: 286lbs
Joined:2011

Anthony Holland
Position 65: Defensive Tackle

Age: 33
Nationality: Welsh
Height: 6′
Weight: 275lbs
Joined:2007

Riccardo Byrne
Position 63: Offensive Line

Age: 36
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6′
Weight: 242lbs
Joined:2014

Gavin Lee Fawcett Sellers
Position 62: Offensive line

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Ian Oakley
Position 59: Centre

Age: 34
Nationality: British
Height: 6′
Weight: 270lbs
Joined:2014

Rhys Bain
Position 58: Defensive End

Age: 28
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6′
Weight: 210lbs
Joined:2013

Maxime Ayoul
Position 19: Quarterback

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Joined:2017

Owen Griffiths
Position 16: Defensive Back

Age: 25
Nationality: New Zealand
Height: 5’9
Weight: 173lbs
Joined:2011

Andrew Pryce
Position 57: Defensive Tackle

Age: 38
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6′
Weight: 230lbs
Joined:2013

David Lewis
Position 56: Linebacker

Age: 33
Nationality: Australian
Height: 6’2
Weight: 215lbs
Joined:2017

James Henderson
Position 55: Safety

Age: 27
Nationality: British
Height: 5’10
Weight: 182lbs
Joined:2013
Previous Team: Reading Knights

Sam Jones
Position 54: Linebacker

Age: 25
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6’2
Weight: 239lbs
Joined:2017

Nicholas Yeubrey
Position 52: Defensive End

Age: 33
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6’2
Weight: 243lbs
Joined:2006

Dan Davies
Position 50: Safety

Age: 22
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6′
Weight: 194lbs
Joined:2016

Akeem Hallisey
Position 45: Defensive Line

Age: 25
Nationality: British
Height: 6’1
Weight: 228lbs
Joined:2016

Jamie Johnson
Position 34: Defensive Back

Age: 25
Nationality: British
Height: 5’10
Weight: 186lbs
Joined:2017

Steven Cox
Position 32: Linebacker

Age: 28
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6’3
Weight: 242lbs
Joined:2017

Thomas Davies
Position 31: Linebacker

Age: 26
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6’11
Weight: 215lbs
Joined:2014

Patrick Burchell
Position 30: Running Back

Age: 21
Nationality: Welsh
Height:5’11
Weight: 185lbs
Joined:2016

Adam Balson
Position 26: Cornerback

Age: 26
Nationality: British
Height: 5’8
Weight: 175lbs
Joined:2016

Adam Hilton
Position 25: Running back

Age: 29
Nationality: English
Height: 5’9
Weight: 187lbs
Joined:2016

Nick Keysee
Position 23: Wide Receiver

Age: 27
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6′
Weight: 183lbs
Joined:2011
Previous club: Swansea Titans

Daniel Dacey
Position 22: Safety

Age: 23
Nationality: Welsh
Height:5’8
Weight: 175lbs
Joined:2013

Christopher Bartlett-Legge
Position 20: Cornerback

Age: 26
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6′
Weight: 172lbs
Joined:2008

Robert Jones
Position 15: Wide Receiver

Age: 25
Nationality: Welsh
Height:6’4
Weight: 183lbs
Joined:2016

Laurie Jones
Position 14: Wide Receiver

Age: 26
Nationality: English
Height: 5’9
Weight: 165lbs
Joined:2017

Nick Dacey
Position 11: Wide Receiver

Age: 28
Nationality: Welsh
Height:5’11
Weight: 168lbs
Joined:2013

Lawrence Tuckett
Position 11: Wide Receiver

Age: 26
Nationality: Welsh
Height:5’11
Weight: 168lbs
Joined:2013

Gareth Thomas
Position 8: Linebacker

Age: 29
Nationality: British
Height: 6′
Weight: 200lbs
Joined: 2011

Oliver Davies
Wide receiver

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Daniel Abruzzese
Position 2: Running back

Age: 24
Nationality: Welsh
Height: 5’8
Weight: 169lbs
Joined: 2017
Previous team: KCL Regents

Joshua Hughes
Position 6: Running Back

Age: 25
Nationality: Welsh
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 225lbs
Joined: 2012
Previous team: Swansea Titans

Dean Jackson
Position 5: Quarterback

Age: 27
Nationality Welsh
Height: 6’1”
Weight 203lbs
Joined: 2010
Previous team: Swansea Titans