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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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)
|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)|
|Tim Clulow||3 (2)|
|Tristan Sugden||3 (1)|
|Nick Kondilios||2 (1)||Sack|
|Hugh Delaney||1 (1)||Sack|
|Matt Power||1 (1)|
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!
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 on offense, the Gators eventually prevailed, cruising to a 28-6 victory. The Predators were in a must-win situation to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals and took the field fired-up, ready to play some physical football. Despite numerous cheap shots and dirty tactics by the Predators, the Gators still won the physical battle on both sides of the ball, ending Northwestern’s hopes for a playoff berth.
Still struggling to fill the position of running back due to injuries, this week the nod went to second year slotback, Vincent Mante, who, it turns out, is a natural. With little to no experience at the position, Mante still managed to rack up 105 yards on 31 carries, including 2 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion run. It also helped that the Gator offensive line was focused and determined to redeem themselves following last week’s loss to the Central Coast and they did just that. Giving Mante rests, the Gator linebackers each tried their hand at running back for short stints, all with success; Andrew Asher powered his way to 8 yards on 2 carries up the middle, as did Gabriel Marambio who also charged into the endzone untouched for a touchdown on one of his two 4 yard runs. Marcos Delana led the linebacker crew in rushing yards with 31 yards on 2 carries and a 16 yard touchdown run, leaving would-be tacklers wondering what just happened but Jamie McGrory holds the high average with 29 yards on a single carry that set up Mante’s second TD on the 2 yard line.
The Gator defense was outstanding, yet again, proving why they are atop the league’s power rankings with the fewest points allowed this season. UTS defenders routinely met Northwestern’s ball-carriers in the backfield and pressured the Predators quarterback all game long, forcing him to scramble and throw the ball away more often than not. Except for three big plays, which accounted for 119 of Northwestern’s 123 total offensive yards, the UTS defense stymied virtually everything the Predators attempted, by out-hitting, out-hustling and out-smarting them.
Next week sees the beginning of the Gridiron NSW playoffs, where the Gators will face the second ranked, 11-1 Sydney University Lions in what is sure to be another physically grinding game. It’s a do-or-die game and the Gators feel confident they can topple the mighty Lions. The second semi-final will see the Western Sydney Pirates try to defend their #1 ranking against the fourth ranked Sutherland Seahawks.
Come on down to 5 Sports, Caringbah to cheer your UTS Gators on to victory and a berth in Waratah Bowl XXXI!
Kickoff at 3:30 pm, Saturday, December 6th.
Statistical Leaders (Game)
|Vincent Mante||31||105||2 (3, 2)||1|
|Marcos Delana||2||31||1 (16)|
|Gabriel Marambio||2||8||1 (4)|
|Player||Tackles (For Loss)||Other|
|Andrew Asher||10 (4)||Sack|
|Jamie McGrory||5 (2)||Fumble Recovery|
|Marcos Delana||4 (3)||Sack|
|Nick Kondilios||4 (1)||Fumble Recovery|
|Ryan King||3 (2)||Sack, Forced Fumble|
|Gabriel Marambio||3 (1)|
|Matthew Power||2 (2)|
|Tristan (Cheese) Ireland||2|
|Tim Clulow||1 (1)||Blocked Punt|
The UTS Gridiron Club’s AGM to elect the board for 2015 will be held on Tuesday December 16 at 7:15pm in the Tutorial Room at the Multi Purpose Sports Hall, UTS.
All club members are invited to hear updates on the events of 2014 and participate in the selection of the new board.