THE KNIGHTS PREPARE FOR BATTLE
Since the end of the 2018 season the Farnham Knights have been working hard in preparation for their third consecutive season back in the premiership south division. Players new and old have been training in the offseason, and with the recent release of the 2019 schedule the Knights now have a clearer idea of the battle ahead.
The season kicks off with the Knights travelling to the reigning champions, the London Warriors, who look to be the team to beat yet again. The Knights will hope that with the dedication shown, and additions made to the squad, during the preseason they can battle a talented Warriors team who boast multiple Great Britain players on the roster. However, Farnham also have talent across the board, and with left tackle Tom Outhwaite and plenty of other players looking to get invites to GB trials this upcoming year, the Knights will hope to shock the Warriors and the league.
Farnham will then turn its attention to north London and the premiership south runners-up, the London Blitz, to continue the hard start to the season. The Blitz dominated Farnham last season, and although an easy win is not expected, the coaches and players will be looking to produce a stout performance, aiming to generate points on offence and produce stops on defence.
After a challenging start, facing the top two teams in the conference in the first two games, things don’t get any easier. The Knights get two weeks to recuperate before a six-game stretch of games starting on 19 May and finishing on 23 June; five of which are at home. Farnham will look to show its worth by not only winning games, but sticking together throughout the month and a half and showing just how the team has developed a strong bond.
The first game, on 19 May, sees Farnham welcome the London Olympians to Wilkinson Way, who are coming off a fantastic first season back in the premiership after promotion from division one in 2017. Farnham and the O’s shared two hard fought games last season with small margins separating the teams, and if the Colombia blue can secure the win in 2019, it will give considerable momentum heading into the gruelling stretch.
The Blitz make their return journey to Farnham on 26 May with the Warriors coming a week later on 2 June. The Knights will hope to remain competitive against the two favourites, and whilst the hard-hitting defence and powerful run games from both teams will no doubt wear down the Knights, with so many players working hard on strength and conditioning in the preseason Farnham will hope they can show their steel on home ground against the London powerhouses.
Bristol Aztecs then make the long journey from the South West on the 9 June. Bristol, who are usually known for a passing game, changed tactics last season against the Knights and produced a number of touchdowns on the ground. Farnham will rely on the experience of their defensive veterans to lead the defensive line and perform to the standards they need to win a game of this nature.
It’s the new boys on the block, Kent Exiles, who come to Wilkinson Way next. The Knights will aim to stamp out any doubt about their position in the league. At this point in the season, both teams will have faced the harsh battles of the premiership and this game may be the tipping point for how both sides end of their seasons.
To finish off the six-game run, Farnham finally get back on the road and head to the London Olympians. Hoping to have come out of the home stretch with a good record, the Knights will look to set themselves up with a win to help them going into the break.
Going into their bye week, Farnham will have a chance to recuperate and assess the season. With two important games to round off the year, the Knights will be hoping that the play-offs are still within their grasp and will be training hard to finish as a top team.
The penultimate game of the season sees Farnham pack their bags and make the trip to Bristol. The team will hope to get off the bus ready to play the talented Aztecs on their home turf. The 4G pitches Bristol offer will allow for Farnham to show off their offence, and with secure footing the offensive line will look to overpower Bristol and allow Farnham’s running backs the best possible ‘day at the office’.
Heading into the season finale, the Knights make the return journey to face Kent. Farnham will be hoping this game is a good chance to test themselves before a playoff run. Kent will be a difficult opponent as are all teams in the premiership south, so Farnham will not take this game lightly and will be making sure to remain focused and round out the regular season with victory.
With schedule in hand, Knights Head Coach Peter ‘Too Tall’ Fields looks forward to the challenges ahead. “We are already putting in the hard work now and are working towards a winning season. We have a tough stretch in the middle but the fitness and fundamentals we do now will help us stay healthy”, said Fields. “We have a talented squad and a determined coaching staff. We welcome anyone who wants to join, if you played before, or have never stepped foot onto the gridiron, Farnham will welcome you.”
Now with fixtures set, preseason is starting to heat up. Farnham continue to train with rookie days on the 6th January 2019 and the 13th January 2019. If you would like further details please contact us.