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Division 1 Semi Final – Gators vs Lions at Caringbah

Under threatening skies, the UTS Gators looked to avenge their regular season loss to the Sydney University Lions. Opening the game, the Gator defense stepped up with high intensity, holding the Lions to just 3 yards total in their first […]

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UTS Lady Gators Advance to Opal Bowl

As the Gridiron NSW Women’s regular season comes to a close, our ladies have earned a spot in the 2014 Opal Bowl to be held this Saturday, December 13th at 5 Sports in Caringbah. Kick off is at 3:00pm, so […]

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Game 12 – UTS vs Predators at St. George

The Gators final game of the regular season saw them face the 6-4 Northwestern Predators in a rematch of their round 7 encounter. The Gators dominated the Predators in their first meeting and once again, despite a very slow start […]

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Game 11 – UTS vs Sharks at Budgewoi

Traveling up the coast for the second straight week, the Gators certainly felt the sting of missing key players and not having the type of depth on the sideline they have become accustomed to this season. Still without any of […]

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Game 10 – UTS vs Raiders at Budgewoi

The sun was shining and so were the UTS Gators this Saturday afternoon as they traveled up to the NSW Central Coast for their week 11 matchup against the Bondi Raiders. The Raiders started the season poorly and with a […]

 

Coaching Staff 2015 – Call for Expressions of Interest

The UTS Gridiron Club is placing a call for Expressions of Interest in being a part of the 2015 coaching staffs for the Division 1, Women’s and Colts teams to participate in the Gridiron NSW season.

Successful applicants will be required to participate in various aspects of the coaching roles that are relevant to their position including (but not limited to): preseason and in-season team trainings; coaches and team video review sessions; game-day preparation and sideline roles; playbook creation and review; player assessment and development; and participation in club formal and social functions. All Head Coaching positions report to the UTS Gridiron Executive, and all other coaching positions answer to the relevant team Head Coach.

Those wishing to apply for any role will be required to submit two items:

  1. Coaching Resume, which should include the following items:
    1. Attained Gridiron-specific coaching accreditation
    2. Attained non-Gridiron-specific coaching accreditation
    3. Prior Gridiron specific coaching experience
    4. Prior Gridiron playing experience
    5. Other experience or training deemed relevant
    6. Short explanation of applicant’s coaching philosophy
  2. Letter of Expression of Interest detailing:
    1. Position(s) wishing to apply for by role and team (e.g. Quarterback coach – Women’s, Defensive Coordinator – Colts, Punting coach –Division 1, etc.) in order of preference. Multiple roles in a single team or across different UTS teams can be applied for.
    2. Statements or short explanation of the following requirements:
      1. Applicants are not to be serving any current suspension from UTS Gridiron activities;
      2. Applicant has an understanding of the modern concepts in the sport of gridiron that are relevant to the positions being sought;
      3. Ability for strong communication skills in a team environment including being able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with players and fellow coaches;
      4. Any known obstacles to attaining a 90% attendance rate to all trainings, games and other relevant club or team events.

Applications should be emailed to president@utsgridiron.com by 5pm (EST) on Friday May 8, 2015.

Gridiron NSW Moves Colts Season to August

This past week, UTS Gridiron, along with all clubs in the Gridiron NSW competition, were informed by the GNSW Executive Committee that a decision had been made to move the Colts (Juniors) season from the traditional time period of March through May to starting in August/September in line with the men’s Division 1 and Women’s competition. As the UTS Titans were well into preseason training for the expected 2015 season, this of course is not the most welcome of changes. The club is already working through strategies to cater to this new requirement and will release information on when all 3 teams will begin their preseason for the new 2015 competitions.

This change does not mean that the UTS Gridiron Club will be idle through the first part of the year. This change will hopefully allow for more focus on, and expansion of, the successful Social Flag competition that is open to all ages and genders, which is hoped to move back to the main UTS Broadway campus and the Ross Milbourne Sports Hall. Early in the new year a calendar of social events should be released of activities open to all UTS Gridiron members, friends of the club, and those looking to join in 2015 and plans are being made to increase the commitment the club has to Junior Gridiron, across the Colts age group along with ages below this.

To all current Colts players and those who are looking to play in 2015 – we ask you to please bear with us while we adapt to the changes that are coming through. Keep in touch with the club and register your interest via the New Player Interest form. Our Coaches and Management teams will keep you updated with events and provide help on how to ensure you are ready for preseason.

With the UTS Gators Women’s team taking home the championship for 2014, the benchmark has been set for not just their efforts but for the Colts and Division 1 teams to emulate. The UTS trophy cabinet now has an Opal Bowl trophy that is eagerly awaiting the company of a sister Opal Bowl trophy, and Kookaburra and Waratah Bowl brothers to match. It’s exciting to see the eagerness of club members to make this a reality, and we hope that those looking to get involved in this sport will join us in achieving it.

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Division 1 Semi Final – Gators vs Lions at Caringbah

Under threatening skies, the UTS Gators looked to avenge their regular season loss to the Sydney University Lions. Opening the game, the Gator defense stepped up with high intensity, holding the Lions to just 3 yards total in their first 3 possessions until Sydney University broke a 17 yard run down to the Gator 20 yard line. The Gators stopped SU there and a missed field goal attempt on 4th down kept the score tied at 0-0 as the first quarter came to an end.

The Gator offense was unable to gain any traction either until nearly the end of the first half. UTS took possession on their own 16 yard line and with great pass protection by the offensive line, the Gators drove the ball 68 yards in 6 plays on the backs of their wide receivers, Nicolas Giovanangeli with a 14 yard completion from quarterback Brad Leech, then an 8 yard completion from Peter Tos to Matthew Schwarz and finally, as time was running out in the first half, a 47 yard bomb down the sideline from Tos to Lachlan Jenson who, after spinning to make the grab, lost his footing and fell just short of the endzone, sending both teams into halftime deadlocked at 0-0.

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Rookie CB Tristan Ireland

The second half initially continued in the same pattern of aggressive defense until SU’s tail back busted loose for a 33 yard touchdown run. The ensuing PAT attempt was good to put the Gators behind 0-7 as the third quarter came to a close. The Gators appeared a little shell-shocked on their next offensive possession and were quickly forced to punt on 4th down.  Sydney University took advantage of a tired UTS defense and put forth another solid drive, which fortunately for the Gators, ended with another missed field goal, following a touchdown-saving tackle by rookie cornerback Tristan Ireland and overall strong defense inside the redzone.

The Gators offense came out invigorated by the defensive stop and began moving the ball well but the 7 play, 40 yard drive stalled at the Lions 30 yard line as the Gators were unable to convert on 4th down, turning the ball over on downs.  More strong defense held the Lions to limited yards but a good punt put the Gators in poor field position at their own 6 yard line for their final shot at the endzone. On 1st down, a fumbled shotgun snap rolled into the Gators endzone before Leech could cover it, resulting in a safety for the Lions. With time running out, Sydney University recovered the onsides kick and ran out the clock to win the game 0-9 and end the Gators championship run.

UTS Gridiron Club would like to thank all of our fans, supporters, sideline staff and coaches for their tireless and selfless efforts, all of which helped to make this Division 1 season, one of the best in recent years.

Division 1 pre-season training is only 6 months away! We always welcome new players and supporters, so come join us next year as we strive for our first state championship!

Statistical Leaders (Game)

Passing:
Player Comp/Att Yards TD (Yards) 2-PT INT
Peter Tos 5/9 64 2
Brad Leech 2/11 41 2
Rushing:
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Freddie Khouiss 10 24
Marco Soriano 6 4
Brad Leech 3 4
Peter Tos 1 3
Receiving:
Player Receptions Yards TD (yards) 2-PT
Lachlan Jenson 4 77
Nicolas Giovanangeli 1 14
Matthew Schwarz 1 8
Jim Close 1 6
Kick Return:
Player Returns Yards
Mitchell Warters 2 26
Thomas Granger 1 12
Jamie Weeks 2 7
Defense:
Player Tackles (For Loss) Other
Ryan King 15 (4)
Marcos Delana 7 (1)
Tristan Ireland 7 (1)
Andrew Asher 6 (2) Sack
Gabriel Marambio 6 (1)
Stephen Marshall 5
Erhron Noakes 5
Tim Clulow 3 (2)
Tristan Sugden 3 (1)
Nick Kondilios 2 (1) Sack
Hugh Delaney 1 (1) Sack
Matt Power 1 (1)
Jamie McGrory 1
Ben Loudon 1
Will Newnham 1
Freddie Khouiss 1

UTS Lady Gators Advance to Opal Bowl

As the Gridiron NSW Women’s regular season comes to a close, our ladies have earned a spot in the 2014 Opal Bowl to be held this Saturday, December 13th at 5 Sports in Caringbah. Kick off is at 3:00pm, so be sure to come down and show your support for your UTS Lady Gators as they fight for the championship!

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The UTS Lady Gators