Meet The Team: President

November 6th, 2018.

 
Photo credits: Jess Edgecombe

Photo credits: Jess Edgecombe

After the unfortunate close defeat in the season opener against the Birmingham Lions, the team’s focus now lies in correcting their errors and putting their sights towards the upcoming game against Swansea this Saturday 10th at Havant RFC (Click here for event).

We interviewed the current president of the team Mike Kiddell about how he first got into American Football and what his expectations are for the team this year.


WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?

I am a mature student that decided to enroll into university after working to further better myself. I am currently in my second year studying Innovation Engineering.

WHAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU?

I am short, aggressive and I get stuff done. 

HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO PLAYING AMERICAN FOOTBALL?

I played rugby for a long time before getting injured. During this time, I started to watch more American football with friends which got me interested in trying it out. I went to a taster session for the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts three years ago, and I haven’t looked back.

WHICH BUCS PREMIER TEAM DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO PLAYING AGAINST?

Definitely UWE Bullets. We heard that UWE made some additions to their roster with US-import scholars.

WHICH NFL TEAM DO YOU SUPPORT & WHY?

I am a fan of the Baltimore Ravens. I watched the Blind Side a few years back and very much enjoyed learning about the history of one of their O-line men (Michael Oher) who was drafted by them.

IN YOUR OWN OPINION, WHICH SIDE OF THE BALL WINS GAMES. OFFENCE OR DEFENCE?

Defence every day!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO PLAY THE SPORT?

Within this sport, there is a position for every size. Show that you are willing to learn and work hard and you won’t ever regret it!

WHAT IS YOUR SUPER BOWL PREDICTION THIS YEAR?

I believe that the Chicago Bear and Kansas City will be meeting at the Super Bowl this year.

The Final score in the game this past Sunday was 16-13. Whilst the final result was not what the team had hoped for, they put in an incredible performance. Mike Kiddell and the team are set to continue establishing Portsmouth Destroyers as a force within the BUCS Premiership South conference.

We will be following Mike and the rest of the team throughout the 2018/19 season and will be routing for them all the way!

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