Based: Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield
Career record: 2-6-0
Colours: White/Marron/Black
Honours: None

2003/2004 BCAFL Northern Conference Eastern Division 2-6-0

Team notes (from In the summer of 2002 Ollie Birch, Stuart Kenney, Phil Wood & Gregg Rodgers got together and decided that Sheffield Hallam University needed its own American Football team.

Previously a joint team had been in existence in collaboration with Sheffield University called the Zulu's. After that collapse of that organisation in early 1997 Sheffield University quickly set up its own team known as the Sabres, who are still playing today. Sheffield Hallam University, however, didn't make the same move as the Athletics Union at that time was still very suspicious of the sport because of the Zulu's. It would be some years before attitudes changed and a new Sheffield Hallam University American Football team could be considered.

The Warriors team you see today is the result of hard work from Phil, Ollie, Gregg & Stuart. Using experience gained from training and playing with the Don Valley Vipers (Sheffield's then senior team) & knowledge of the game gained via the infamous Sheffield Zulu's, they set about constructing the basis of the club which would participate in the British Collegiate American Football League.

The dream was finally realised in 2003 when the Warriors played there first competitive league game, ironically against the Sheffield Sabres.

The name of Warriors came from wanting to acknowledge our links with the legendary Sheffield Zulu's. Two members of the organisation - Gregg Rodgers & Matt Harvey - were part of that organisation so it was only right that the Zulu Warriors lived on.

A coaching staff, headed by John Edley, was appointed that brought massive experience to the team as well as a winning attitude. Recruitment began at the 2002 freshers fair with over 130 names taken. In October 2002 the first player trials were held at Woodbourne Road Stadium with more than 80 hopefuls turning up. Out of the 50+ man roster that was produced from these trials only 6 had any playing experience of any shape or form. It's a testament to the coaches that they have moulded a competitive side in such a short space of time from raw rookies.

That year the Warriors played 2 friendly games against their cross town rivals, losing both, in order to gain experience & recognition in order to get league status. Before a league match was ever played 2 of the squad made the Great Britain representative side (bulldogs) which toured Italy. In addition a third player also made the Northern All-Star squad.

In 2003 Nicola (Neex) Dent created the Sheffield Hallam Warrior Cheerleaders. Her amazing enthusiasm has been responsible for starting a troop who have already shown themselves to be one of the most talented (& beautiful) cheerleading teams in the country. Like the playing side, this too has been achieved with almost no cheerleading experience.

As a team the Warriors are looking forward to the future in the British Collegiate American Football League. In a short period the Warriors have turned heads all through the University, the city of Sheffield & the sport of American Football. Each month the team get stronger & our reputation grows, we are fast becoming known as THE team to be part of at Sheffield Hallam University.