Sunday, April 27, 2008
Also finishing off their regular season was the beautiful and talented Bandits dance team, the Bandettes. They started off the evening signing autographs and taking pictures with the fans and then proceeded to keep the crowd going all night long as their dance routines kept things going during breaks in the action. Their 1st intermission routine was put together by a collaborative effort of Erin Y and Amanda H to the tune of 80's You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi .
Next up for the Bandettes and Bandits is a trip to the playoffs. However, thanks in part to the Minnesota Swarm coming out on top in their matchup Saturday night, the road to the NLL Champions Cup goes through Buffalo, NY as the Bandits have earned home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Round 1 features their longtime rivals, the Philadelphia Wings, making the trek to Buffalo for a matchup on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 at HSBC Arena. This gives us, at least, one more chance to see the Bandettes in action as they cheer on the Bandits on their way to the NLL Title.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The Junior Bandettes have waited all season to perform in front of thousands of fans at HSBC Arena after being recruited in February and trained throughout the season.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Date Opponent Time TV
Aug. 9th at Washington 7:00pm Local TV
Thu. Aug. 14th PITTSBURGH* 7:30pm Local TV
Sun. Aug. 24th at Indianapolis 8:00pm NFL Network
Thu. Aug. 28th DETROIT 6:30pm Local TV
* - Home game played in Toronto.
Date Opponent Time TV
Sun. Sept. 7 SEATTLE 1:00pm FOX
Sun. Sept. 14 at Jacksonville 1:00pm CBS
Sun. Sept. 21 OAKLAND 1:00pm CBS
Sun. Sept. 28 at St. Louis 4:05pm CBS
Sun. Oct. 5 at Arizona 4:15pm CBS
Sun. Oct. 12 BYE
Sun. Oct. 19 SAN DIEGO 1:00pm CBS
Sun. Oct. 26 at Miami 1:00pm CBS
Sun. Nov. 2 NY JETS 1:00pm CBS
Sun. Nov. 9 at New England 1:00pm CBS
Mon. Nov. 17 CLEVELAND 8:30pm NBC
Sun. Nov. 23 at Kansas City 1:00pm CBS
Sun. Nov. 30 SAN FRANCISCO 1:00pm FOX
Sun. Dec. 7 MIAMI* 4:05pm CBS
Sun. Dec. 14 at NY Jets 1:00pm CBS
Sun. Dec. 21 at Denver 4:05pm CBS
Sun. Dec. 28 NEW ENGLAND 1:00pm CBS
* - Home game played in Toronto.
This final video is from Sunday's final day of cuts and it gives a look at the final board of what numbers made the squad. In all, 29 dancers and 11 Ambassadors join the extablished veterans on the squad. It follows with a brief interview with Stephanie Mateczun and then it's Lydia's turn to get interviewed...by Kelli, Nicole, Eileen, Jamie, and Katie K...kinda like the interviews that the prospective Jills go through during the tryout process. Then Kelli worked Lydia through the routine before Lydia tried on a uniform...maybe gave us a preview of what she's gonna look like next year if she tries out.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan Anna better get used to cheering for the right team.
The St. Catharines teen just made the cut for this year’s Buffalo Jills — the cheerleading squad egging on the likes of Buffalo Bills players Trent Edwards and Lee Evans on the gridiron.
“I was just so shocked,” Anna said of winning a spot on the squad. “It took a while to hit me....
‘Wow, I just made the team.’ It’s slowly sinking in.”
Still, Anna has wanted to be an NFL cheerleader since she was 15, when she started cheerleading in high school because of her love of football.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The 2008 Jills Congratulatory Party will be held at Club Paradise in Blasdell from 9pm-midnight on Saturday, April 26th, the first day of the NFL Draft. Don't miss it!
Finally, the 2008-09 calendar will feature pictures of the Jills taken in...the western Caribbean in late May.
edit: We have a pic
Picture courtesy the Buffalo Jills and Fisher Creative Image Photography
When these young women move on, we wish them well but, for obvious reasons, their future endeavours are not going to be reported on in respect for their privacy. There is one exception to that rule, however. Some of these beauties, when they move on, choose to dance elsewhere, usually due to relocation. Tawnya (2000-02 Jills as well as a few years with the Bandettes) spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Eagles cheerleaders. Sarita (2004 Jills) spent a few years with the Ravens cheerleaders and Hayley (2005 Jills) went to the NBA's Cavalier Girls for the 2006-07 season. The Rochester Knightingales have boasted a few former Jills in their ranks over the past few years. Hysha (2001-02 Jills) was there for a few years and Dianna (2003-04 Jills) only left their ranks a few weeks ago. Another former Jill joined their ranks this season.
Allison spent 4 years(2002-2005) as a Buffalo Jill and is displaying the same beauty, personality, and talent this season as a Knightingale as she did for those 4 seasons on the sidelines of Ralph Wilson Stadium. http://www.knighthawks.net/knightingales_bio.aspx?cheerleader_id=66
The game itself, was nothing to write home about. The Knighthawks are treating every game as a playoff game as they have to win out (and get a lot of help)in order to even make the playoffs. The visiting Bandits, however, didn't have as much to lose and it showed, especially in the offensive zones, as they were trounced 11-6 by their Thruway rivals, disappointing the few thousand Bandits fans who made the trek an hour east to cheer on their team. Even the presence of a trio of the beautiful and talented Bandettes in the stands wasn't enough to inspire the team. While it's well-known that dance and cheer teams aren't required to travel with the sports teams, the ladies of the Bandettes and Knightingales have been known to visit the other city for games from time to time before and, as demonstrated by Sarah, Meghan, and Melissa, these dancers are more than just pretty faces with great dancing ability. They're diehard sports fans as well.
Here are some pics of Allison and her Knightingales squadmates as well as a pic of our own beautiful Bandettes. http://s17.photobucket.com/albums/b87/bandettes/2008/KnighthawksRoad/
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Day 4 covers Tuesday's round of tryouts. In it you can see the captains, including Katie K and Nicole, leading the hopefuls through a routine. An interview with a prospective ambassador squad membertakes place with Lydia. Parts of some interviews with Steph, Kelli, Nicole, Kelly, and Danielle are shown.
Check it out!
This one shows them learning a routine and they have Motley Crue's Girls, Girls, Girls playing over the course of the video. You get a look at some prospective rookies as well as Valerie, Katie C, Stephanie B, Jenica, Christina, Lisa, Angelina, Amanda K, Nicole, Kelli, and the CW23's Lydia. Check it out
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Day 3 is the first day of cuts with an interview with Stephanie again as well as a look at the actual dance tryouts and interviews with some prospective rookies. Also included is an interview with judge Jon Corto, a Bills safety, one with Omarlla, judging this year, as well as an interview with Jenica and Katie C before finishing up with a quick interview with DJ Jickster.
Check them out!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Good luck to everyone trying out!
tryouts. The tryout process is not open to the public to come watch as
erroneously reported. There are some squads that do have their tryouts
in front of audiences but the Jills do not. The reasons being are
primarily to eliminate distractions. While it can be entertaining and
interesting to watch, these young ladies worked really hard to learn a
routine in a week's time and any distraction (even someone in the
audience coughing) that could throw them off would hurt their chances
of making the squad.
However, the Jills are doing a bit more to publicize what goes on in
tryouts. 97Rock and CW23 are covering the tryouts and we'll be seeing
videos over the next few weeks of the process.
Thank you for your attention in this matter.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
In HSBC Arena Saturday night, the Buffalo Bandits played host to the team that upset them in the 2006 Champions Cup Final, the Colorado Mammoth. After the Bandits' last game, a home loss against Toronto, they needed some help and got it in the form of Kevin Dostie, back after missing 6 games with a high ankle sprain as well as Mike Accursi, a former Bandit from the 2000-2004 seasons reacquired at the trade deadline in a trade for asst. captain Dan Teat. Even with the help, it was a hard-fought game that the Bandits, with the help of finally-healthy goalie Mike Thompson, came out on top in with a score of 12-11.
The game wasn't all that was tight as the dance performances turned in all night by the Bandettes were solid as a rock. They started off the evening signing autographs for the fans from 6-7 and then proceeded to entertain the fans and stir up the crowd of 16,900 as seen in these pics and videos from the game. http://s17.photobucket.com/albums/b87/bandettes/2008/Mammoth/
Coming up next, the Bandettes will have help cheering on the Bandits against the Chicago Shamrox on March 19th in the form of the Jr. Bandettes squad they've been working with all season long. With the Jr. Bandettes to work with, there won't be an autograph signing prior to the game but they'll still be putting on rousing dance performances all evening long. They'll be back signing autographs before the regular season finale on April 26th.
It includes looks at the routine that the girls had to learn as well as interviews with Eileen, Danielle, Steph, Katherine, Jill R, Keisha, Amanda K, Brianne, Kelli, Amanda F, and Vincenza.
Check it out!
Friday, April 4, 2008
She also contributes to the squad in ways other than leadership, dancing, and choreography (something most of the Bandettes help out with). Ever since she joined the squad, she's been a key reason that the fans get up-to-date info on the happenings of the Bandettes squad. Her contributions, behind the scenes, to this site have been valuable in having fans show up to appearances in the past as well as letting the fans know when posters will be available for signing. You can read more about Meghan at
If there's one phrase that could be used to accurately describe our latest Jill of The Week, it's All-American. Brianne, having just finished her 3rd season on the squad as a dancer on Omarlla's line between Emily and Eileen, is easily a more well-rounded young woman at the age of 23 than most women her age. Growing up in a small town with strong values and having the unconditional support of her fiance are only a part of the reason why. She's been dancing since the age of 4 and cheering since the age of 8 and that's helped her learn how to put her all into everything she does. Besides cheering and dancing, she's also an avid golfer and has been known to golf a couple times a week, even while she was going to college classes, working, and attending Jills practices. After balancing all that, being a college graduate must seem a breeze for her these days. You can read more about Brianne at http://www.buffalojills.net/bios/brianne.html