West Coast Trojans

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West Coast Trojans
Year FormedDecember 2004
Team ColoursRed and White
Home FieldPortland Park
Portland Street
Troon
Conference AlignmentBAFACL Div 1 North
General ManagerGary McNey
Head CoachGary McNey
 
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West Coast Trojans
Year FormedDecember 2004
Team ColoursRed and White
Home FieldPortland Park
Portland Street
Troon
Conference AlignmentBAFACL Div 1 North
General ManagerGary McNey
Head CoachGary McNey
Regular Season Records (and Playoffs)
2005 Div 2 Scottish9-1-0 (1-1)
2006 Div 2 Scottish7-0-0 (1-1)
2007 Div 1 North9-1-0 (0-1)
2008 Div 1 North4-4-2
2009 Div 1 North2-7-0
2010 Div 2 North5-5-0
2011 Div 2 North10-0-0
2012 Div 1 North9-1-0

The West Coast Trojans are based in Troon in Scotland, playing at Portland Park in the town. The 2012 season saw them competing in the BAFANL Division 1 North. The Trojans made it to the Division 1 finals in the 2012 BritBowl XXVI at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, but narrowly lost to the Sussex Thunder by a score of 10-7.

The team posted a number of high profile wins in the early years, progressing to the playoffs in their first three years and losing their only Bowl appearance by a score of 29-28 to the Oxford Saints.

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Team History

2005 Season

The Trojans' home home games were played at St Stephens High School in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde. The team competed in the BAFL Division 2 Scottish Conference which they won convincingly, but were defeated in the semi-final of the playoffs by the Div 2 Champions, the Coventry Cassidy Jets.

DateHome TeamScoreScoreAway Team
10-Apr-2005Dundee Hurricanes612Trojans
08-May-2005Glasgow Tigers636Trojans
15-May-2005Trojans4613Dundee Hurricanes
22-May-2005Trojans4621Edinburgh Wolves
29-May-2005Trojans4216Glasgow Tigers
05-Jun-2005Manchester Titans856Trojans
26-Jun-2005Trojans3612Edinburgh Wolves
24-Jul-2005Edinburgh Wolves1320Trojans
31-Jul-2005Trojans120Dundee Hurricanes
21-Aug-2005Glasgow Tigers146Trojans
04-Sep-2005Trojans560Manchester Titans (Division 2 Quarter-Final)
11-Sep-2005Coventry Jets556Trojans (Division 2 Semi-Final)

2006 Season

The Trojans competed in the BAFL Division 2 Scottish Conference which they won convincingly by beating Redditch Arrows in the Northern Conference Championship game, but ended up losing the Britbowl Division 2 Bowl 29-28 to the Oxford Saints.

The Trojans offence lines up against the defence of the Dundee Hurricanes
Home TeamScoreScoreAway Team
Trojans566Nighthawks [1]
Trojans126Hurricanes [2]
Tigers2034Trojans [3]
Hurricanes1320Trojans [4]
Trojans626Tigers
Tigers084Trojans [5]
Trojans10Hurricanes(Forfeit)
Trojans7212Romans (Div 2 1/4 Final)[6]
Redditch3238Trojans (Div 2 Semi Final, Northern Championship Game) [7]
Trojans2829Saints (Britbowl XX)
Trojans Management Team
General Manager: Gary McNey
Secretary: Ranjit Singh
Trojans Coaching Staff
Head Coach — Off Coordinator: Gary McNey
Quarterback — Wide Receiver — Tight End

Coach: Gary McNey

Offensive Line Coach: Craig Fulton
Running Backs Coach: Jordan Falconer
Defensive Coordinator: Bob Lynch
Linebackers Coach: Bob Lynch
Defensive Backs Coach: Brian McFerren
Trojans Gameday Staff
Team Sports Therapist: Kai McClintock
Game Stats: Scott McCabe
Game Stats Assistant: Ross Willson
Sideline Assistant: George McClintock
Trojans Official Photographer
Official Team Photographer: Iain MacIntosh

2007 Season

The Trojans competed in the BAFL Division 1 Northern Conference, winning nine games and losing only one to the Redditch Arrows at home and winning their second consecutive title. The team lost their semi-final to the Ipswich Cardinals going down 28-13 at home.

Home TeamScoreScoreAway Team
Trojans360Mustangs
Trojans5616Romans
Mustangs68Trojans
Trojans816Arrows
Trojans526Surge
Romans059Trojans
Arrows2628Trojans
Rams743Trojans
Surge01Trojans
Trojans10Rams
Trojans1328Cardinals

2008 season

The team posted a 4–4–2 record but missed the playoffs for the first time in their history after an end of season defeat at the hands of the Redditch Arrows. One of the tied games was awarded by the BAFL after an away visit to the Dundee Hurricanes, but was never rescheduled after initially being postponed in the late part of the season.

2009 Season

The offseason was promising, with the Trojans bringing in a large number of rookies through their coaching connections with nearby University side, the Paisley Pyros. Filling the gaps in the roster which plagued them in 2008, West Coast were expected to be back to their best as they opened their campaign against the team whose split in 2004 caused their formation, the East Kilbride Pirates. Two early scores gave the Trojans a 12-0 lead, however reality bit hard as the Pirates scored 62 points without reply, handing the Trojans the worst defeat in their history.

Game two saw the Trojans visit Leeds to take on the Yorkshire Rams. Injuries from the season opener had taken their toll on the Trojans and the home team recorded a comfortable 21-point victory.

The third game of their campaign saw the Trojans hosting a team who were yet to beat them in seven meetings, the Dundee Hurricanes. In yet another blow to the home side, the Hurricanes strong running game overpowered the Trojans, leading to Dundee recording their first ever victory over West Coast.

In game four, the Trojans finally broke their duck, recording an away victory over former Division Two club, the Merseyside Nighthawks. However, this success didn't last and the Trojans lost again in game five. The return of long-time running back Jon Sutherland for game six meant that they were able to record their second victory of the year. Their return fixture against the Dundee Hurricanes had to be postponed due to a lack of referees and, due to a lack of available players for the fixture, the Trojans were caused to forfeit the return fixture against the East Kilbride Pirates. In their next played game, the Trojans fell to a crushing home loss from the Merseyside Nighthawks, dropping them to second bottom in Division One North.

Their penultimate game of the season saw the Trojans crushed by the Doncaster Mustangs, leaving only the rescheduled game against the Dundee Hurricanes to save them from finishing bottom of Division One North.

DateHome TeamScoreScoreAway Team
03/05/2009Trojans1262Pirates
17/05/2009Rams276Trojans
31/05/2009Trojans1227Hurricanes
07/06/2009Nighthawks820Trojans
14/06/2009Mustangs4120Trojans
28/06/2009Trojans368Senators
12/07/2009HurricanesPPTrojans
02/08/2009Pirates10Trojans
09/08/2009Trojans057Nighthawks
16/08/2009Trojans658Mustangs

2010 Season

The 2010 season was classed as a rebuilding year and nothing much was expected of the Trojans, but they finished strong and secured 2nd spot behind the Wolves. The Trojans went on to lose to the eventual finalists, the Titans.

2011 Season

On the back of the return of running back Jordan Falconer, the Trojans returned to form emphatically in 2011, tearing through their conference with a 10-0 record, making it all the way to the British finals in Crystal Palace, London. Despite being heavy favourites, the Trojans suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the South Wales Warriors.

2012 Season

Having made it to the 2011 Division 2 final, the Trojans were promoted to Division One as part of a restructure of the top segment of the game. They started poorly, losing their opener to the Coventry Jets in awful weather conditions, but then went on a 10-game winning streak, taking the top seed in the North and beating the Berkshire Renegades convincingly in the National semi final. This gave them their third shot at a British final as they took on the Sussex Thunder at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. The Trojans had the better record, a significantly more potent offense and a defense which was almost twice as stingy as the Thunder's, giving them the tag of favourites for the game. Unfortunately, they again lacked the temperament to compete on the biggest stage, blowing a 7-0 lead and conceding two safeties and a touchdown to lose 10-7.

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