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Gators Advance to Semi Finals

In a spectacular performance, the UTS Colts Gators have secured a place in the 2016 Gridiron NSW Semi Final after demolishing the Wollongong Brumbies at Lidcombe Oval last Saturday 40 – 0.  Despite several starters getting limited playing  time due to Flu-like symptoms, your UTS Gators had no problem running over, around and through the Brumbies.  The offense was virtually unstoppable as it chewed up yardage both on the ground and through the air, putting together long drive after long drive.  Not to be outdone, the defense was stingy, not giving up a single point and scoring some of their own.  To round out the outstanding team effort, special teams also put in, limiting Wollongong to short returns and even recovering 2 on-sides kicks in the first half.

Next week, your Gators continue their drive to the 2016 Kookaburra Bowl as they face #2 ranked West Sydney Pirates at Neptune Park, Revesby.  Kickoff is at 4:00 pm. Be sure to come out and show your support for our boys!

Gator Colts Continue Winning Ways

This Saturday saw your UTS Gators host the UNSW Raiders at our home field, Neptune Park, Revesby.  The women got the action started in a very hard-hitting game. Our women fought their hearts out to the final whistle but just couldn’t withstand the Raiders charge, falling 30 – 0.

Our Colts were up next. Facing a very strong Raider running game, the Gator Defense was up to the challenge keeping their opponents contained for most of the game. The Gators were able to move the ball on the ground and in the air and a late game interception by Blake King set up the winning score for the Gators to remain undefeated.

Finishing off the day, the depleted Division 1 Gators faced the Raiders en mass. Boasting a much larger and healthier squad, the Raiders were able to outlast The Gators with several late game scores being the difference in an otherwise very even match.  As with the Gator Women’s result, the final score of 26 – 8 does not accurately show the heart and determination your Gators squad displayed.

Next Saturday, October 1st, the Gators Colts and Division 1 travel up to Creek Reserve, near Newcastle, to face the Central Coast Sharks. The Colts get started at 11:00 am while Division 1 is set for a 3:00 pm kickoff.  Make a weekend of it and come on out to cheer your UTS Gators on to VICTORY!

UTS Gridiron starts Youth Gridiron Program

UTS Gridiron Presents:
Inner West Broncos
Junior Gridiron Program for Ages 11 – 14

The INNER WEST BRONCOS are a new youth gridiron team based in the Bankstown area, affiliated with the UTS Gridiron Football Club.

Gridiron is a growing sport in Australia. It’s great for strength, fitness and building key values like sportmanship, teamwork and self-confidence.

Key Dates for the INNER WEST BRONCOS in 2016:

Preseason Training: June 29 to August 31
Regular Season and Playoffs: September 2 to November 25

Trainings will take place on Wednesday nights between 6pm and 8pm at Middleton Park, 1 Smith Road, Yagoona. The first preseason training (June 29) will double as an information night for parents and players.

This program is for boys aged 11 to 14 in 2016. UTS Gridiron offers several other programs for male and female players of different ages

Join UTS Gridiron at O’Day 2016

Come see what all the buzz is about!
Visit the UTS Gridiron stall this Wednesday, March 16th, at the Activate UTS O’Day 2016.

What:
Activate UTS O’Day 2016
When:
March 16, 2016 – 9:00am
Where:
UTS Building 1 – Level 3, 4 & Alumni Green

For more information, visit Activate UTS

5 Gators Selected to Under 19 Australian Team

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Five members of the UTS Gators Colts team have been selected to the Australian Outback squads for the 2016 IFAF Under 19 World Championships in China, 4 to the A Squad and 1 to the B Squad.

Free Safety - Tyler Cawood

Free Safety – Tyler Cawood

Running Back - Rinaldo Gagiano

Running Back – Rinaldo Gagiano

Tyler Cawood earned himself a call to try-outs with a good 2015 season to mark his second year with UTS. Shoring up the role of free safety, his aggressive tackling style made anyone looking for a pass over the middle, keep their eyes more on him than the football. It is undoubtable that this was one of the traits that led to his selection in the A Squad.

Rinaldo Gagiano’s second year in the game was one to remember. After playing a pivotal role in the NSW Wolverines team at the Junior Nationals in April where he earned both NSW and Tournament MVP awards, he followed this up with the Outback team in the World Championships Oceania Qualifier in July. His strong showing at the start of the UTS Gators season looked sure to follow a similar pattern until a mid-season injury ended his 2015 season. Being named to the A Squad for the World Cup team rights his course and looks to make 2016 another strong season for the Gators’ running back.

After two years with the Central Coast Sharks and representing NSW with the Wolverines at the 2015 Junior Nationals, Blake King overcame the withdrawal of the Sharks in season 2015 by finding a new home with the UTS Gators. His tireless work at defensive back throughout the year earned him Team MVP status and has been capped off by a call-up to the A Squad.

Robert Pahulu has had a rookie season to be dreamt of. Making enough of a mark as part of the NSW Wolverines at the Junior Nationals to earn a spot on the Outback World Championships Oceania Qualifier team is how he started the year, and he finished it as a core part of the UTS Gators linebacker crew. Making the A Squad for the World Cup Outback team ensures that 2016 is likely to be even bigger.

David Fonti transferred to the UTS Gators for the 2015 Colts season, and while recovery from an off-season injury meant a slow start to the season for the versatile utility player, Fonti eventually found his niche in the latter half of the year. His fearlessness on the field translated into taking on the core running back duties late in the season and resulted in his announcement as part of the B Squad for the Outback.

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