On what started out as a rainy Saturday morning, the sun and the Gators shone bright at Caringbah this week in the opening match of the 2014 campaign against the Wollongong Mustangs. Winning 52 – 16, UTS have proven themselves […]
With the 2014 GNSW season looming, the UTS Division 1 Mens Team has been hard at work putting a full preseason together in preperation to improve on their 8-4 record from last year. Boasting a roster filled with seasoned veterans […]
They say there’s no rest for the wicked, and the same applies for those chasing their dreams. After completing his HSC this year, UTS Titans Quarterback Jordan Rowland hasn’t taken the summer holidays to celebrate leaving school. Instead he has […]
The UTS Gridiron Club would like to congratulate Tiffany Bosco on her appointment as the Head Coach for the first UTS Women’s Gridiron Team. This team will be competing in the inaugural NSW Women’s Gridiron Competition to be held in […]
On what started out as a rainy Saturday morning, the sun and the Gators shone bright at Caringbah this week in the opening match of the 2014 campaign against the Wollongong Mustangs. Winning 52 – 16, UTS have proven themselves to be a team to watch this year and putting themselves into 2nd place on the ladder behind rivals Sydney Uni.
Before the game commenced, Coach Rocco Bosco announced his captains for the season with Defensive/Offensive Lineman Tim Clulow and Linebacker Andrew Asher given the full time responsibilities. Coach Bosco also deciding that the other two captain spots were to be given to different players throughout the season for milestones or as reward for performance on and off the field. This week the honours went to Slot Receiver Jim Close for his 100% training attendance during preseason and Linebacker Marcos Delana for his impressive efforts at training. The game opened with the Gators kicking off and put on a solid opening defensive series holding the Mustangs to a 4 and out and giving the offence great field position to work on. This position on the field resulted in a touchdown on the opening series led by new quarterback Brad Leech. With big shoes to fill after the departure of Jean Prill, both Brad and Peter Tos stepped up and combined with their receivers for some big gains, with both taking the run game into their own hands when necessary resulting in crucial yards.
Up 16 – 6 at the half, Coach Bosco encouraged his team to not let up and to keep scoring points. The ensuing kick return answered the challenge with Justin Fatu-Leota running through a huge hole created by fantastic blocks in the middle of the field, he raced through untouched to score his first after having similar impact in games for the Colts team back in 2013. The receivers and backs also kept the points flowing with touchdowns from Matt Schwarz, Brad Leech, Lachlan Jenson and Ben Loudon, another former Colts player scoring his first in Division 1. Also putting up points was Gabriel Marambio taking an impressive intercept from beyond halfway to the house.
The unsung heroes of the huge scoreline from the offense was the offensive line. Allowing no sacks through the whole game on either quarterback (almost spoiled by the banana peel on the field that found the boot of Peter Tos in the 4th quarter) and putting some dominant blocks on Wollongong’s defense in the run game, they have made steps forward from last year and could potentially be the difference this season when it comes to the big games.
The defensive performance of the Gators resulted in passing attempts finding the hands of the UTS secondary more often than their intended targets, even defensive tackle Matt Wilson snatching a pick after he managed to position himself between the running back and quarterback on an attempted shovel pass. The highlight of the day however, belonged to Erhron Noakes who bagged himself 4 intercepts which became the new club record for intercepts in a game by a single player. In what will be in contention for one of the defensive performances of the year, the safety shrugged off the accolades onto his teammates “I don’t know if it was my best game, but I wasn’t the only one out there getting the ball and doing the hard work. It’s easy to make those plays when you have such a strong front 7 putting pressure on the pocket every play. I think we’re in for a great year”. When asked if he was planning on breaking the intercept record for the season (which currently stands at 11) “I don’t specifically plan on breaking but it would be nice. I’m just going to keep doing my best to create turnovers.”
A good all round performance from the Gators gives the team a much needed victory on opening day; however Coach Bosco made it clear to the team after the game that they need to keep building. “Winning is great at highlighting our best, but it is also great at covering the cracks.”
Get down and support the Gators next Saturday as they take on the Newcastle Cobras at 1 o’clock in Forrestville.
With the 2014 GNSW season looming, the UTS Division 1 Mens Team has been hard at work putting a full preseason together in preperation to improve on their 8-4 record from last year. Boasting a roster filled with seasoned veterans and athletic rookies, the team looks to take out it’s first Waratah Bowl this year after coming agonisingly close in recent years.
Returning Head Coach Rocco Bosco has held the top job of the UTS team for the last few seasons and has spoken of the teams work in building on foundations laid out in previous seasons “Our strengths are threefold: 1. The systems we have in place are continuing to improve and embed themselves in the fabric of the team. This will allow us to compete with every team. 2. Our veteran leadership is primed after a solid preseason. 3. We have a very good crop of rookies who will make an immediate impact”. When asked of the impact on the team with the loss of Jean Prill, Coach Bosco had this to say “The loss of Jean has been monumental, not just that he was the starting QB, but the universal respect he had from his peers and coaches and the way he lead from the front. It has forced several changes, with greater emphasis placed on the rest of the offence to get it right. In the past we could have been accused of relying on Jean too much, now we can’t and have worked harder on the individual offensive positions to improve, to ensure a successful transition for our new QB. So it’s not a case of replacing a Team MVP, but driving the player group to each want to make their mark.”
Coach Antonio Piscioneri also returns to his familiar role at Defensive Coordinator, he has highlighted the different levels of experience as a strength of the defence “I think we have a good mix of experience and youth. This year our experienced players are healthy and should get through the season. Our younger players are picking up the playbook and settling into the team well. So if we can stay healthy and maintain our focus we should have a great defence.” He also mentioned that the key to winning will start with their preperation “We need to understand what our opponent is trying to do, match them and definitley not miss tackles!”
Taking a quick look at each positional group for the Gators:
Quarterbacks: After enjoying the play of Jean Prill at the helm over the last few seasons, his departure from the team last year leaves it open to contention from rookies and veterans alike.
Running Backs: UTS has always had fantastic speed behind the offensive line, this year is no exception.
Receivers: A lot of solid veterans pick up the gloves again this year and show a lot of promise to improve the air attack. They are supported by a hungry group of rookies.
Offensive Line: After a few years of struggling to maintain consistency on the line, the engine room of the team looks at it’s best this year with a mix of experience and youth giving the group a very good outlook to pave the way in 2014.
Defensive Line: They have found a good balance of strength and speed this preseason with some new additions to the group. Probably the most hotly contested spot on the team with great depth through to even 3rd string.
Linebackers: Another group with returning players being selected to national and state teams over the offseason. The linebacking corps looks to improve again on a good 2013 season.
Defensive Backs: The group with the most fresh faces will be looking forward to a great season behind the front 7. Expect to see returning veterans and rookies battling for the spots right through the season.
With the influx of new players this preseason in every position, rookie Dexter Escuardo has given some insight into what it’s like for a first year player at the Gators “I’ve found the transition to gridiron quite overwhelming, being the first contact sport I’ve played. It’s easy to underestimate the position I’ve been playing (Offensive Line), I’d assumed that I would need to be bulky and huge but I’ve found that other attributes contribute to the position as much as size.” After attending every training session and helping the club when needed, it was no surprise what Dexter’s goal for the season was, “Ideally my main goal to this season is contribution. I just want to contribute wherever I can, whether it be fundraisers, training or games. I have come to admire the club and look forward to continuing my football career here.”
Returning veteran and NSW Wolfpack player Andrew Asher has praised the efforts of the rookies and how difficult it will be for players to keep a starting position from them “They’re forcing us to work harder than previous seasons but most of all they’re creating good depth for us at key positions.” When asked about the game he was most looking forward to it was a pretty simple answer “Lions, it’s always a tough game but I’m also keen to suit up against the Ducks, it’ll be the first time I’ve played against my old club.”
The Gators will open the season at 5Sports against the Wollongong Mustangs on the 23rd of August at 1pm in what should be a good test for the team after arguably one of their best wins of the season last year down at Wollongong.
Get down and support your UTS Gators in their run to the 2014 Waratah Bowl!
UPDATED: The dates for the Flag competition have been pushed back for a week.
Introduction session to Flag on Sunday, March 23. Competition starts March 30 from 7pm @ Sydney Boys High School.
They say there’s no rest for the wicked, and the same applies for those chasing their dreams.
After completing his HSC this year, UTS Titans Quarterback Jordan Rowland hasn’t taken the summer holidays to celebrate leaving school. Instead he has continued his training culminating this week in an extraordinary opportunity. After representing NSW as a Wide Receiver this year at the Gridiron Australia Junior Nationals and helping to take home the third straight National Title for NSW (scoring one Touchdown and converting eight of ten extra points), Rowland capped off his third year playing American Football by being selected for the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Development Team Camp 2014 again as a Wide Receiver.
Held in Bradenton, Florida over the past week, 77 of the top under 19 American Football players from outside the USA and Canada were put through their paces in a week of intensive training. Hailing from fifteen different countries, Rowland was one of eleven Australians selected, with three coming from Gridiron New South Wales clubs.
Receiving instruction from former US High School, College and NFL level coaches, all those in attendance were exposed to a high standard of training. “The first class facilities at the IMG Academy and the team of Elite Coaches were exceptional” states Rowland. “The intense training schedule and constant conditioning sessions in-between practices has made the camp both enjoyable and exhausting.”
With his eyes set firmly upon trying to obtain a position on a US College team, Rowland will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of several other Australian players who have secured roles at top colleges after attending previous IFAF World Team camps.
Upon his return Rowland will be gearing up to lead the Titans Offense as they prepare for the coming Colts season, set to start on March 1.
The UTS Gridiron Club is seeking expressions of interests from suitably qualified coaches who wish to be part of the coaching staff for the 2014 UTS Colt’s Team.
Please refer to the below links for further details
Applications Close Friday 1st November 2013