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Preseason Begins June 20

UTS Gridiron will kick off our preseason on Monday night, June 20th with our first night training session at Tempe Recreational Reserve, fields 1 and 2 (near the change rooms).

COLTS: 7pm til 9pm
MEN & WOMEN: 7:30pm til 9:30pm
MONDAY night sessions will continue at Tempe throughout preseason.

Additional sessions will take place for MEN on WEDNESDAY nights at Waverton Oval 7:30pm til 9:30pm
Additional sessions for WOMEN and COLTS will take place on THURSDAY nights at Waverton Oval.
Colts: 7pm til 9pm
Women: 7:30pm til 9:30pm

All are welcome!  If you have ever wondered what all the hype is about or wanted to give American Football a go, come on down and see what it’s all about!

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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Women Advance to Opal Bowl, Div. 1 to Semi-finals

UTS Gators defeat UNSW in playoffs

As the dust settles and Round 1 of the playoffs comes to a close, 2 of 3 Gators teams remain alive in their championship hunts.

Women:
The Gator Women advance to Opal Bowl III after their playoff opponents, #3 ranked Newcastle Cobras were unable to field a team. They will face the #1 ranked UNSW Raiders for the NSW State Championship on Saturday, December 19th. Kickoff is at 12:00 noon at David Phillips Field, Daceyville.
Colts:
Despite a valiant effort, the Gators’ season has come to an end following an 8 – 24 playoff loss to the West Sydney Pirates. 2015 has been a tough season for our boys but throughout it all, your UTS Gators Colts have shown great sportsmanship, teamwork and heart. Congratulations to all of our Colts players for a job well done and we look forward to our championship drive next year.
Division 1:
Despite losing to UNSW in week 8 of the regular season, 11 to 7, UTS came into today’s first round playoff game confident of victory following two solid weeks of preparation and the return of several key players from injury. The Gators took the early lead and never trailed in a close, hard-fought contest which came down to the final series, in which the Gator defense shut down the Raiders passing attack to secure the victory, 21 – 15. The Gators now move on to face the #1 ranked Sydney University Lions next week, Saturday December 12th. Kickoff is at 6:00pm at David Phillips Field, Daceyville.
Your UTS Gators need your support to help push them to the Championship! Come on out to David Phillips Field this Saturday, December 12th at 6:00pm to cheer on the Division 1 Gators as they fight for a spot in the 2015 Waratah Bowl and the 2015 NSW State Championship!

UTS Gators are Playoff Bound!

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At the conclusion of the 2015 regular season, all three UTS Gator teams are headed to the Gridiron NSW Playoffs. Each team has fought through a lot of adversity and has overcome huge obstacles to qualify for post-season play.

Division 1:
The Gator Men finished their season on November 21st, dropping a heart-breaker that went down to the wire 22 – 28, to the #3 Northwestern Predators. It was a gutsy effort by a very depleted Gator squad. Next week sees the #5 Gators face #4 UNSW Raiders as they look to keep their Championship hopes alive. Kickoff is at 1:00pm at David Phillips Field, UNSW.
Women:
The Gator Women finished up their season against the league-leading UNSW Raiders. The Gators put in a terrific effort giving the Raiders a good scare, keeping the game tied 14 – 14 at the half before finally losing pace and losing 18 – 36. While the final score is not what they wanted, the performance the Gator Women put in speaks volumes to their heart and focus at this critical point in the season. The #2 Women Gators will face the #3 Newcastle Cobras in their semi-final next week. Kickoff is at 11:00am at David Phillips Field, UNSW.
Colts:
The Colts Gators closed the 2015 regular season with a solid victory over the #6 Wollongong Brumbies, 20 – 10. The win builds some much needed confidence and tempo as the #5 Gators head into the playoffs next week facing the #4 West Sydney Pirates at 11:00am at David Phillips Field, UNSW.
Your UTS Gators need your support to help push them to the Championship! Come on out to David Phillips Field on the campus of UNSW this Saturday, December 5th at 11:00am as the women and colts compete in their playoff games, then stay for the Division 1 playoff at 1:00pm and cheer the Gators on to VICTORY!

Gator Colts Fall, Division 1 Bounces Back

Jordan Rowland runs past a Cobras defender

Under threatening skies, the rain held off this Saturday at Pennant Hills Hockey Centre as the Gator Men returned to the win column and the Colts were out-matched by the league-leading Seahawks.

Division 1:
The Division 1 Gators opened the day with a gritty effort against the winless Newcastle Cobras. The Cobras tested the battle-weary Gators with a high level of enthusiasm. Had the Cobras spent more energy on executing their plays, rather than baiting the Gators into fights, the game may very well have been closer but the Gators kept their cool to secure the 30 – 14 victory. The Gators have a week off before they return to Neptune Park on November 21st to take on the #3 ranked Northwestern Predators.
Colts:
The Gators faced off against the unbeaten Sutherland Seahawks but were simply no match for their size and speed. Our boys put in a great effort and despite the lopsided score of 46 – 0, the Gators never gave up and fought to the end. The Gators will once again face the Seahawks next week at Slade Park with a 5:00pm kickoff.
Women:
The Gator Women were idle this week and they look to bounce back after last week’s loss. The Gators are currently in 2nd place with a record of 3 – 2. Next week, the Gators face the #3 ranked Newcastle Cobras at Slade Park. Kickoff at 12:00pm.
Head up the coast to Slade Park this Saturday, November 14th, to cheer on your UTS Gators!