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Cornish Sharks

Cornish Sharks
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Established 2005
Based in Newquay, Cornwall
Home stadium The Treviglas Sports Hub
Head coach Brian Smallworth
League BAFA National Leagues
Division National South Division
League titles None
Division titles None
Current uniform
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The Cornish Sharks are an amateur American Football team currently competing in National South Division of the BAFA National Leagues (BAFANL). They play their home games at the Treviglas Sports Hub, Newquay, Cornwall. In their first season in the BAFL, the Sharks recorded a 7 wins to 3 losses record and finished second in their conference, but lost their playoff quarter-final to the eventual divisional champions, the Norwich Devils.


  • History 1
    • Senior team season records 1.1
  • Other teams & activities 2
  • Roster 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Cornish Sharks were founded in 2005 by Brian Smallworth, Richard Atkinson and Martin Phillips, all of whom were experienced players or coaches looking to bring American football back to Cornwall after the demise of the county's only other team the Duchy Destroyers, who had folded some eleven years earlier.[1] After placing adverts in the local press, they held their first trials in January 2006 which was attended by over 140 people, a mixture of local rookies, rugby players, former players, and American servicemen stationed at a local air force base, one of whom had had previous experience with the San Francisco 49ers.[1]

After obtaining kit from the Duchy Destroyers, the London Mets (one of Brian John Smallworth's former teams), a National Lottery grant, and sponsorship from 13 local businesses, the Sharks set about gaining entry into the British American Football League in time for the 2007 season. To do this, they arranged two away fixtures against teams already affiliated with the League, namely Reading and Lincoln, and they won both games convincingly without conceding a single point.[1]

The team were accepted into the South West conference of Division 2. Despite an opening day defeat to the Andover Thrashers, they soon bounced back with three wins, including two consecutive shutouts.[2] They eventually finished with a 7-3 record, tied with the Thrashers, but were awarded second place by virtue of having scored more points in the teams' two meetings during the regular season.[3][4]

In doing so, they made British American football history by becoming the first team to qualify for the playoffs in their first ever season.[5] They also finished the regular season by only condending 66 points in their ten games, a record for a new team and a defensive record bettered by only four other teams in the entire league.[1][4]

In their playoff quarter-final, they faced an away trip to the Norwich Devils, who had won their conference with a perfect 10-0 record, and despite a brave performance they went down 18–26 to the eventual divisional champions. On 1/15/2010 the Sharks signed linebacker Jonathan Borrero and wide receiver James Dean both from Miami Fl,(US).They are two players that should make the Sharks a better team overall on both sides of the ball.[4]

Senior team season records

Season Division W L T PF PA Final Position Playoff Record Notes
2007 BAFL Division 2 South West 7 3 0 177 66 2 / 5 Lost 18–26 to Norwich Devils in quarter-final. First team in BAFL history to qualify for playoffs in rookie year.
Best defensive record for a rookie team.
2008 BAFL Division 2 South West 7 3 0 155 66 2 / 5 Beat Peterborough Saxons 9–6 in wild-card playoff.
Lost 3–42 London Cobras in quarter-final.
2009 BAFL Division Two South West 7 2 1 295 65 2 / 5 Record includes one win by forfeit.
2010 BAFL Division Two South West 5 5 0 202 136 3 / 6    
2011 BAFL Division 2 South West 6 4 0 256 159 3 / 6    
2012 BAFL Division 2 South West 7 3 0 242 42 2 / 5 Lost 33–6 to Peterborough Saxons in quarter-final.  

Other teams & activities

In 2008, the club established the Cornish Academy of American football, a programme aimed at offering youngsters in Cornwall a chance to gain experience in the sport. The academy is composed of twelve teams based all over Cornwall split into three divisions of four teams.[6] The best players from each team will then be selected to play for “Team Cornwall” which will then play in the National League against other youngsters. When a player reaches 18 years of age he can then move up to the Cornish Sharks development team and when ready, can move into the Cornish Sharks.[1][7]

The club also operates a Player Exchange Programme in action with two international teams, namely the Tacoma Invaders in Washington, USA and the Brisbane Rhinos in Australia.[1]

In 2014, the club's u17 academy team finished 3rd at the youth, junior and flag Britbowl finals.


Cornish Sharks roster
  • 09 Nathan Beaman (QB)
  • 06 David Keen (QB)
  • 15 Perran Andrews (QB)
  • 11 Richard Atkinson (QB)

Running Back

  • 44 Ollie Essex (RB/P)
  • 47 Adam Kevern (FB))
  • 30 Ronan O Neill (RB)
  • 33 Rob Macintyre (RB)
  • 81 Lee Ambridge (RB/CB/WR)
  • 52 Richard Cawley (FB)
  • 34 Ian Taylor (RB)

Wide Receivers

  • 81 Lee Ambridge (WR/RB)
  • 82 David 'Safe Hands' Kriehn (WR)
  • 83 Ben Plant (WR)
  • 88 Jos Tector (WR)
  • 17 Matt Cann (WR/RB)
  • 84 Matt South (WR)

Tight Ends

  • 10 Ali Sidoli (TE)
  • 42 Peter 'MudDog' Williams (TE)

Offensive Linemen

  • 69 Jeff Garside (OL)
  • 73 Dirk Goodman (OL)
  • 61 Ade Tolley (OL)
  • 53 Craig Jenkins (OL)
  • 72 Ross Coad (OL)
  • 75 Ian Trevaskis (OL)
  • 72 Peter Mellet (OL)
  • 60 Matt Taylor (OL)
  • 76 Sam Barnaby (OL)
  • 64 Ross Hebden (OL)

Defensive Linemen

  • 96 Albert Case (DT/OL)
  • 86 Ashley Cotton (DE)
  • 79 Gavin Boak (DT/OL)
  • 77 Tony Smith (DT)
  • 74 Simon Price (DE)
  • 41 Anthony 'Shogun' White (DT)
  • 20 Ashley 'chico' Key (DT))
  • 70 Jake Shroff (DT)
  • 71 Nick Trent (DT)
  • 78 Adam Brooks (DE)
  • 42 Peter 'MudDog' Williams (DE)
  • 67 Andy 'Claymore' Reid (DE/OLB)
  • 90 Samu Taukei (DE)

Defensive Backs

  • 35 Alex Bonner (DB)
  • 49 Darryn Brookes (SS/OLB)
  • 43 Kyle Roberts (DB)
  • 37 Luke Painter (DB/P)
  • 22 Nick Church (DB)
  • 29 Paul Cox (DB)


  • 40 Lewis Bowns (LB)
  • 55 Matt Cross (OLB)
  • 56 Phil Holby (OLB)
  • 49 Darryn Brookes (OLB/SS)
  • 41 Anthony White (LB/DE)
  • 36 Scott Powell (LB)
  • 24 Jon Pease (OLB)
  • 31 Rich Howlett (OLB)
  • 54 Matt Henderson (MLB)
  • 13 Craig Asling (MLB)
  • 67 Andy 'Claymore' Reid (DE/OLB)
  • 55 Jonathan Borrero LB/FB (Import)

Special Teams

  • 82 Dave Kriehn (K)
  • 55 Matt 'saggers' Cross (P)
  • 44 Ollie Essex (P)
  • 82 Dave Kriehn (KR)
  • 81 Lee Ambridge (KR/PR)


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External links

  • Cornish Sharks Official Web Site
  • Photos of the Cornish Sharks home matches at
  • Photos of the Cornish Sharks in action from 2009 season
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