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.

Tristan Ireland

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)

Player Comp/Att Yards TD (Yards) 2-PT INT
Peter Tos 5/9 64 2
Brad Leech 2/11 41 2
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Freddie Khouiss 10 24
Marco Soriano 6 4
Brad Leech 3 4
Peter Tos 1 3
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
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
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