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 Hallo, net als velen heb ook ik een dierbare verloren aan de verschrikkelijke ziekte kanker. Aangezien ik geen arts, hulpverlener of anderszins inzetbaar in de strijd tegen deze ziekte heb ik besloten deel te nemen aan de Alpe D’Huzes.


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Dank u wel,

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Neem aub even de tijd om op mijn hier onderstaande link te kijken

http://deelnemers.opgevenisgeenoptie.nl/acties/tomnoijens/tom-noijens/

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23-02-2014

19 - 00

Falcons VS Pirates


Falcons defense pitches a shutout, team fails to convince.

 

The Arnhem Falcons started the 2014 season with a 19-0 victory over regional rival Nijmegen Pirates last Sunday. On the back of a strong defensive performance in which 8 turnovers were created the Arnhem offense failed to impress.

 

It all started out exactly according to plan for the Falcons who once again turned their home opener into an event with music, fireworks and a play by play announcer. After Nijmegen won the toss and deferred to the second half Arnhem kick returner Joost Holtslag fielded the Pirates kickoff at his own 15-yard line and returned it all the way to the Nijmegen 5-yard line.
This gift was not wasted on the Falcons offense with runningback Brandon Stamper taking the ball to the endzone on the first play from scrimmage. The extra point attempt failed wide right.

 

Outstanding defensive work put the offense back on the field quickly after that, but it took another two drives for the Falcons to score again. This time the first Nijmegen turnover of the afternoon set up a Falcons drive that was capped off by a 30-yard touchdown pass from AJ Hobbelink to Rio Antonia who reeled in the pass at the right corner of the endzone. This time Tim van Mal added the extra point to put the Falcons up 13-0.

 

Unfortunately from that moment on the Falcons offensive motor started to stutter, with ineffective run blocking and many dropped passes leading to short possessions. Nijmegen then also managed to establish a little rhythm, moving the ball down the field with their new option based attack. The Falcons defense continued doing what it needed to do though, forcing fumbles and two more interceptions allowing the team to go into halftime with a 13-0 lead.

 

The lack of success in the passing game moved the Arnhem coaching staff to change tactics in the second half and to come out in a power-I formation in the second half.
Although this lead to longer drives by the Falcons offense, the Nijmegen Pirates were successful in slowing the pace down by tenacious defending with many players in the box.

 

It exactly this that eventually lead to the next Arnhem score. Starting QB Hobbelink was out on the sideline with an elbow injury and backup QB Rio Antonia was leading the drive towards the Nijmegen endzone. The practice of keeping most of the defenders in the box then came back to bite the Pirates as Antonia ran a few bootlegs, providing long gains and eventually the third Arnhem touchdown. On the PAT kicker Tim van Mal was again unsuccessful, again the kick sailed just right of the uprights.

 

Even though the defense kept providing the offense with opportunities through forced turnovers, the Falcons were unable to capitalize on the effort, eventually ending the game with a solid yet slightly disappointing victory.

 
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Play off Eredivisie verplaatst

 Het Playoff weekend voor de Ere divisie is bij de laatste Schema update gewijzigd.

In plaats van 29 Juni zal deze nu op 22 Juni plaatsvinden.

De reden is omdat een toernooi in een andere spel discipline niet door gaat deze ruimte is ontstaan en zo beter uit komt.

Playoffs staan overigens nog niet in de schema's toegevoegd simpelweg omdat op deze site wedstrijden worden aangemaakt aan de hand van teams en deze zijn er nog niet.Lees meer...

Arnhem Falcons gaan voor de Tulip Bowl

Dit jaar is het 25 jaar geleden dat de Arnhem Falcons zijn opgericht. Inmiddels is Arnhem een van de oudste American Football verenigingen in Nederland. Bij de oprichting hadden de Falcons nog geen 25 leden. Inmiddels zijn dit er meer dan 100. Het senioren team heeft op dit moment 53 spelers. Verder hebben de Falcons ook verschillende jeugd teams vanaf 8 jaar. Deze spelen ook in landelijke competities. Dit jaar gaat het junior tackle team samen met Alphen Eagles de competitie in onder de naam “The Birds”. Beide verenigingen hebben te weinig junioren tussen de 15 en 19 jaar om een eigen team op te been te krijgen. Doel van deze samenwerking is dat de junioren in ieder geval kunnen blijven spelen en de coaches bij elkaar blijven. Wij gaan er vanuit dat we volgend jaar weer een eigen junioren team hebben. Op dit moment hebben we voldoende cadets 13 tot en met 15 jaar waarvan er volgend jaar een aantal doorstromen.

 De Falcons zijn groot geworden omdat wij vanaf 1991 al met jeugd bezig zijn en veel spelers zijn in de loop der tijd doorgestroomd naar de senioren. We hopen dan ook dat ook dit jaar veel aanwas vanuit de jeugd is. Dit is nodig voor de toekomst, want zeker het gebrek aan junioren is momenteel nog een bron van zorgen.

De senioren hebben dit jaar als doel gesteld de Tulip Bowl te winnen. Hoewel de Arnhem Falcons dit jaar de 30ste Tulip Bowl organiseren, is het ook de bedoeling dat de Falcons zelf in het veld staan. Ook vorig jaar was het terrein van de Falcons al het toneel van het finale-weekend.

Dit jaar is er een wijzing in de coaching staff: Martin Doomen wordt de nieuwe Head coach van het senioren team. Martin was vorig jaar nog defensive coordinator, een functie die hij dit jaar ook weer zal uitvoeren samen met positiecoach Wouter Lether. Martin neemt de taak als Head coach over van Wouter van den Boogaard die nu alleen offensive coordinator wordt, samen met QB en receiver coach Alfred Portengen. Wouter gaat zelf dit jaar bij de Dusseldorf Panthers spelen in de GFL. Dit is het hoogste niveau in Duitsland.

Bio Martin Doomen:

Martin is begonnen als speler van de Tilburg Steelers, een van de vroegere tegenstanders van de Falcons. Daarna is hij gaan spelen bij Maastricht Wildcats en later de Antwerpen Diamonds. Als coach heeft Martin inmiddels heel wat ervaring opgedaan en is een van de meest ervaren coaches in Nederland. In de periode van de Amsterdam Admirals (2001-2007) heeft hij 7 jaar mee mogen lopen met de coaching staff van de Amsterdam Admirals. Heeft daar diverse programma’s gevolgd en diversen clinics geven in Nederland. Tevens is Martin gedurende meerdere jaren coach en head coach geweest van het Nederlands jeugdteam.  Verder was Martin positie coach in de GFL bij de Cologne Falcons en positie coach bij de Amsterdam Crusaders waarmee hij de Tulip Bowl heeft gewonnen in 2007. Voordat Martin bij de Falcons kwam is hij ook nog Head coach geweest bij de Nijmegen Pirates en Rotterdam Trojans.


 

Wedstrijden in 2014:

23 februari begint het seizoen  en de Arnhem Falcons openen het seizoen met een derby tegen  Nijmegen Pirates. De Falcons willen laten zien hoe de sfeer voelt in Amerika tijdens wedstrijden. Tijdens de wedstrijden zal er voldoende eten en drinken zijn en zal het spel uitgelegd worden door een stadionspeaker afgewisseld met allerlei soorten muziek. We mikken dit jaar op 500 bezoekers per wedstrijd. Iedereen die langs komt moet bij het vertrek het idee hebben dat ze even in Amerika zijn geweest. Natuurlijk hopen de Falcons dat we het publiek zover krijgen als 12e man achter het team te gaan staan. Er zijn al verschillende fans die trommels en fluitjes hebben gekocht om dit seizoen de Falcons te ondersteunen door zoveel mogelijk lawaai te maken wanneer de verdediging in het veld staat. Het moet een gezellig dagje uit worden voor het hele gezin en passen in de traditie en het gevoel van de Falcons. De Arnhem Falcons zijn een grote familie van spelers, vrijwilligers en fans. Lees meer...

11-05-2013

35 - 0

Falcons VS Pirates

 
Falcons shut out Nijmegen Pirates 35-0 in season’s final home-game
 
The statistics were already in Arnhem’s favor: never in the club’s 25 year history did the Falcons lose a game to the Nijmegen Pirates and this year’s team was determined to keep this streak going. In the first ever official game under the floodlights of the new field in Arnhem, the Falcons did not waste much time convincing the assembled crowd about this.
Even though the first drive was a three and out for the Arnhem offense, the succeeding three drives of the Falcons offense resulted in touchdowns while the defense effectively shut down the Pirates offense, thus leaving them an uphill battle for the rest of the game.
The first score was the result of a drive with a good mix of run and pass which was capped off by a 4 yard touchdown run by Brandon Stamper, who returned to the offensive lineup after missing a game through an ankle/calf injury. Jordin Kemperman added the extra point to make the score 7-0.
The next drive was dominated by the Falcons run offense, more specifically running-back Joost Holtslag. His first carry was good for a little over 4 yards, but the on the next play good blocking and determined running saw him scamper for a 74 yard gain all the way to the Nijmegen 4 yard line. Brandon Stamper then took over to allow Holtslag a breather and added a 2 yard TD run. Once again, Kemperman’s PAT was good (14-0).
The Arnhem defense then intercepted the Pirates quarterback for the first time, giving the offense the ball back on the Nijmegen 37 yard line.
The running offense continued to click, driving the ball to the Pirates 6 yard line, where a well-executed play action pass allowed tight-end Thijs Steffen to be completely open in the middle of the endzone where he had no trouble catching AJ Hobbelink first TD pass of the day to give the Falcons a 21-0 lead (Kemperman).
After this, the game got a little sloppy with both team exchanging punts twice. The Nijmegen offense managed to convert a fake punt on fourth down but then ran out of time in the first half, allowing the Falcons to head into the locker-room with a 21-0 lead.
 
The second half began much like the first half ended: sloppy. A three and out of the Pirates offense was followed by an Arnhem turnover. An inside blitz lead to a Hobbelink fumble which was recovered by the Pirates defense, giving their offense field position in the Arnhem half of the field for the first time. Nijmegen was unable to capitalize on this though, turning the ball over on downs.
Once again it was Joost Holtslag providing most of the yardage in the ensuing Falcons drive. With runs of 35 and 8 yards he kept the chains moving. Another play-action pass from the Pirates 23 yard line once again allowed Thijs Theffen to catch an AJ Hobbelink pass without any defenders near him. Steffen gladly accepted this gift and ran in his second TD of the evening. Jordin Kemperman added the extra point (28-0).
After another Nijmegen turnover, the Falcons offense got its next change from the Nijmegen 43 yard line. A big defensive pass interference penalty meant this drive quickly ended up in “goal to go” territory and after three plays Joost Holtslag was finally able to crown his achievement of the evening with a three yard touchdown run to the right outside. Jordin Kemperman stayed perfect on the night, adding his fifth extra PAT to bring the final score to 35-0.
Falcons shut out Nijmegen Pirates 35-0 in season’s final home-game
 
The statistics were already in Arnhem’s favor: never in the club’s 25 year history did the Falcons lose a game to the Nijmegen Pirates and this year’s team was determined to keep this streak going. In the first ever official game under the floodlights of the new field in Arnhem, the Falcons did not waste much time convincing the assembled crowd about this.
Even though the first drive was a three and out for the Arnhem offense, the succeeding  three drives of the Falcons offense resulted in touchdowns while the defense effectively shut down the Pirates offense, thus leaving them an uphill battle for the rest of the game.
The first score was the result of a drive with a good mix of run and pass which was capped off by a 4 yard touchdown run by Brandon Stamper, who returned to the offensive lineup after missing a game through an ankle/calf injury. Jordin Kemperman added the extra point to make the score 7-0.
The next drive was dominated by the Falcons run offense, more specifically running-back Joost Holtslag. His first carry was good for a little over 4 yards, but the on the next play good blocking and determined running saw him scamper for a 74 yard gain all the way to the Nijmegen 4 yard line. Brandon Stamper then took over to allow Holtslag a breather and added a 2 yard TD run. Once again, Kemperman’s PAT was good (14-0).
The Arnhem defense then intercepted the Pirates quarterback for the first time, giving the offense the ball back on the Nijmegen 37 yard line.
The running offense continued to click, driving the ball to the Pirates 6 yard line, where a well-executed play action pass allowed tight-end Thijs Steffen to be completely open in the middle of the endzone where he had no trouble catching AJ Hobbelink first TD pass of the day to give the Falcons a 21-0 lead (Kemperman).
After this, the game got a little sloppy with both team exchanging punts twice. The Nijmegen offense managed to convert a fake punt on fourth down but then ran out of time in the first half, allowing the Falcons to head into the locker-room with a 21-0 lead.
 
The second half began much like the first half ended: sloppy. A three and out of the Pirates offense was followed by an Arnhem turnover. An inside blitz lead to a Hobbelink fumble which was recovered by the Pirates defense, giving their offense field position in the Arnhem half of the field for the first time. Nijmegen was unable to capitalize on this though, turning the ball over on downs.
Once again it was Joost Holtslag providing most of the yardage in the ensuing Falcons drive. With runs of 35 and 8 yards he kept the chains moving. Another play-action pass from the Pirates 23 yard line once again allowed Thijs Theffen to catch an AJ Hobbelink pass without any defenders near him. Steffen gladly accepted this gift and ran in his second TD of the evening. Jordin Kemperman added the extra point (28-0).
After another Nijmegen turnover, the Falcons offense got its next change from the Nijmegen 43 yard line. A big defensive pass interference penalty meant this drive quickly ended up in “goal to go” territory and after three plays Joost Holtslag was finally able to crown his achievement of the evening with a three yard touchdown run to the right outside. Jordin Kemperman stayed perfect on the night, adding his fifth extra PAT to bring the final score to 35-0.


 

Game notes:
After establishing a 28-0 lead in the third quarter, the Falcons played their entire roster.
Falcons DE Ron aan de Stegge had to leave the game with a knee injury; Nijmegen Pirates lost three players to injury during the game.
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05-05-2013

36 - 42

Falcons VS Panthers

Falcons suffer heartbreaking loss in shoot-out vs. Amsterdam Panthers
The return game against the Amsterdam Panthers was a game with a lot at stake. For a realistic chance at the play-offs, the team had to win. Injury problems and a suspension didn’t make it easy for the Falcons to properly prepare but the team that took the field was definitely ready to do battle.
Unfortunately the third play of the game saw a serious injury to Falcons fullback Jeroen Daams. He suffered a knee injury and play was suspended for an hour while waiting for medical personnel and equipment to remove him from the field.
After the restart of the game it soon became apparent that the Panthers studied the Falcons running game closely, being able to hold the ground attack to only very limited gains. Fortunately the Arnhem defense was awake and kicker Jordin Kemperman’s leg was warmed up, allowing the Falcons to build up a 9-3 lead in the first half. The third fieldgoal by Kemperman was a 47 yarder that would get applause in any league. Even after that, the Panthers offense struggled.
A deep pass to the right appeared to give the guests a touchdown, but this was recalled due to an illegal procedure penalty.
Later in the second quarter a sack-fumble by Arnhem QB AJ Hobbelink lead to the first Panthers touchdown of the day, the PAT was good (9-10). After the Falcons were forced to punt on their ensuing possession, the Panthers struck again by returning the punt to the Arnhem endzone. After adding the PAT the score was 9-17.
The Panthers Offense was able to drive across the field once more before the half ended, but had to settle for another fieldgoal (35 yards) to determine the halftime score at 9-20.
The second half started pretty disastrous for the Falcons, after an initial boost from a defense that stopped the Panthers offense after a fake punt on 4th and 15. This allowed the Falcons offense to take over on the Panthers 25 yard line. The very next play an error in the ball exchange between AJ Hobbelink and Joost Holtslag lead to a fumble that was returned 71 yards for another Panthers touchdown. After the PAT this meant the Falcons were now facing a 9-27 deficit.
With plenty of time left in the third quarter the Arnhem offense then got a much needed boost by the defense, a forced fumble and recovery gave the Falcons offense another chance near midfield. The offense failed to capitalize on this opportunity and had to punt again.
The defense then stepped up yet again by intercepting the Panthers QB and giving the offense the ball on the Amsterdam 38 yard line.
At that point, all of a sudden the Falcons passing attack started to click, a deep pass to Riangelo Antonia put the ball on the Panthers 10. The following play, Antonia finished the job, reeling in another AJ Hobbelink pass for his first Falcons touchdown. Jordin Kemperman added the extra point, reducing the deficit to 11 points (16-27).
The Panthers quickly regained the momentum though, following up an 18 yard QB scramble with a deep pass to the left, which was then converted into a 51 yard touchdown by some nifty moves of the Panthers receiver. The PAT was no good when the ball hit the left upright (16-33).
After a good return, the Falcons offense got another chance from Panthers territory. After an 11 yard completion to Thijs Steffen, it was once again Riangelo Antonia who struck deep in the middle of the Panthers defense, managing to control a deflected pass on the Panthers 5 yard line. The Falcons offense then had some more luck, after a Hobbelink fumble was recovered by Thijs Steffen. On fourth down, AJ Hobbelink then found Steffen in the endzone for his second TD pass of the afternoon. The PAT attempt failed, making the score 22-33 in Amsterdam favor.
Immediately after that, the fourth quarter started and again the Panthers struck first. After driving from their own 25 to the Arnhem 10 yard line, their offense stalled and they settled for another fieldgoal, increasing their lead to 14 points (22-36).
After the kickoff, the Falcons offense continued where it left off, with its passing attack bringing them to the Panthers 19 yard line where AJ Hobbelink connected with Jona Lammers in the endzone for his first touchdown of the season. The PAT was a fake kick, but the attempted pass was incomplete (28-36).
The Falcons defense then did its thing by swarming the Panthers QB and forcing a 3 and out. The punt gave the offense the ball back on the Arnhem 15 yard line. Luck was on the Falcons side when what appeared to be a Joost Holtslag fumble after an inside screenpass was ruled as the runner being down by contact. Five plays later the game seemed over when AJ Hobbelink overthrew a deep pass to Riangelo Antonia and saw it intercepted at the Panthers 9 yard line. The Panthers could not establish a drive and were forced to another three and out, giving Arnhem excellent fieldposition at the Panthers 34.
It only took two plays for the Falcons offense to strike again, Tim van Mal caught a 14 yard pass from AJ Hobbelink, turned and spinned and added another 20 yards turning it into a 34 yard touchdown catch and run. The two point conversion attempt was good as AJ completed another pass to Joost Holtslag in the endzone.
This tied the game at 36-36 with 39 seconds still left on the clock.
A short kickoff and a good return gave Amsterdam good field position. A 10 yard pass brought them into Falcons territory and after an incompletion to the deep right, their third play from scrimmage proved to be lethal: the Panthers receiver managed to get behind the cornerback, hauled the pass and broke free for a 47 yard touchdown. After the PAT went wide left, only 9 seconds remained on the clock with the Panthers leading 36-42.
The kickoff return to the Arnhem 42 yardline left 4 seconds on the clock, just enough time for AJ Hobbelink to attempt one more deep pass. Unfortunately this fell incomplete at the Panthers 20 yard line, ending the game.
 
Game Notes:
Falcons QB AJ Hobbelink set a career record by throwing 4 TD passes in one game.
Adam Reiniche added another interception to his record, bringing him to 9 for the season.
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