All three UTS Gators teams have come away with wins in their respective season openers.
The Gators Division One team took to the field first against the Nepean Ducks and thanks to a solid effort by the defense, secured the win 32 – 0.
The Gators Colts were next, facing the Northwestern Panthers. The Gators out-muscled the Panthers to the tune of 26 points to zero.
And finally, the women Gators started their State Championship defense in strong form, downing the Northwestern Phoenix 26 – 16.
Be sure to rally behind the Gators Division One team as they take on the Northern Sydney Rebels next week at 11:00am, at The Square. The women and colts teams both have byes.
After a short but intense pre-season, the UTS Gators are ready to get their seasons started.
Next Saturday at David Philips Field, the Division One Gators will get things started as they take on the Nepean Ducks at 1:00pm followed by the Gator colts battling the Northwestern Predators at 4:00pm.
The UTS Gator women will begin their campaign to win back-to-back Opal Bowl Championships a week later on September 12th, 5:00pm at Robert Ziems Park, Corrimal (Wollongong) as they match up against the Northwestern Phoenix.
Be sure to get out and support your UTS Gators as they begin their 2015 Championship runs!
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.
They say there’s no rest for the wicked, and the same applies for those chasing their dreams.
After completing his HSC this year, UTS Titans Quarterback Jordan Rowland hasn’t taken the summer holidays to celebrate leaving school. Instead he has continued his training culminating this week in an extraordinary opportunity. After representing NSW as a Wide Receiver this year at the Gridiron Australia Junior Nationals and helping to take home the third straight National Title for NSW (scoring one Touchdown and converting eight of ten extra points), Rowland capped off his third year playing American Football by being selected for the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Development Team Camp 2014 again as a Wide Receiver.
Held in Bradenton, Florida over the past week, 77 of the top under 19 American Football players from outside the USA and Canada were put through their paces in a week of intensive training. Hailing from fifteen different countries, Rowland was one of eleven Australians selected, with three coming from Gridiron New South Wales clubs.
Receiving instruction from former US High School, College and NFL level coaches, all those in attendance were exposed to a high standard of training. “The first class facilities at the IMG Academy and the team of Elite Coaches were exceptional” states Rowland. “The intense training schedule and constant conditioning sessions in-between practices has made the camp both enjoyable and exhausting.”
With his eyes set firmly upon trying to obtain a position on a US College team, Rowland will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of several other Australian players who have secured roles at top colleges after attending previous IFAF World Team camps.
Upon his return Rowland will be gearing up to lead the Titans Offense as they prepare for the coming Colts season, set to start on March 1.
The UTS Gridiron Club is seeking expressions of interests from suitably qualified coaches who wish to be part of the coaching staff for the 2014 UTS Colt’s Team.
Please refer to the below links for further details
Invitation to apply – Colts Coaching Staff 2014
Selection Criteria – UTS Colts Coaching Staff
Applications Close Friday 1st November 2013