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2014 Season preview for UTS Gators

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With the 2014 GNSW season looming, the UTS Division 1 Mens Team has been hard at work putting a full preseason together in preperation to improve on their 8-4 record from last year. Boasting a roster filled with seasoned veterans and athletic rookies, the team looks to take out it’s first Waratah Bowl this year after coming agonisingly close in recent years.

Season 2014 looks to be a good one for the Gators

Season 2014 looks to be a good one for the Gators

 

You can still spell UTS without Jean Prill but it's hard to picture the team without him

You can still spell UTS without Jean Prill but it’s hard to picture the team without him

Returning Head Coach Rocco Bosco has held the top job of the UTS team for the last few seasons and has spoken of the teams work in building on foundations laid out in previous seasons “Our strengths are threefold: 1. The systems we have in place are continuing to improve and embed themselves in the fabric of the team. This will allow us to compete with every team. 2. Our veteran leadership is primed after a solid preseason. 3. We have a very good crop of rookies who will make an immediate impact”. When asked of the impact on the team with the loss of Jean Prill, Coach Bosco had this to say “The loss of Jean has been monumental, not just that he was the starting QB, but the universal respect he had from his peers and coaches and the way he lead from the front. It has forced several changes, with greater emphasis placed on the rest of the offence to get it right. In the past we could have been accused of relying on Jean too much, now we can’t and have worked harder on the individual offensive positions to improve, to ensure a successful transition for our new QB. So it’s not a case of replacing a Team MVP, but driving the player group to each want to make their mark.”

 

Coach Antonio Piscioneri also returns to his familiar role at Defensive Coordinator, he has highlighted the different levels of experience as a strength of the defence “I think we have a good mix of experience and youth. This year our experienced players are healthy and should get through the season. Our younger players are picking up the playbook and settling into the team well. So if we can stay healthy and maintain our focus we should have a great defence.” He also mentioned that the key to winning will start with their preperation “We need to understand what our opponent is trying to do, match them and definitley not miss tackles!”

Taking a quick look at each positional group for the Gators:

Quarterbacks: After enjoying the play of Jean Prill at the helm over the last few seasons, his departure from the team last year leaves it open to contention from rookies and veterans alike.

Running Backs: UTS has always had fantastic speed behind the offensive line, this year is no exception.

Receivers: A lot of solid veterans pick up the gloves again this year and show a lot of promise to improve the air attack. They are supported by a hungry group of rookies.

Offensive Line: After a few years of struggling to maintain consistency on the line, the engine room of the team looks at it’s best this year with a mix of experience and youth giving the group a very good outlook to pave the way in 2014.

Defensive Line: They have found a good balance of strength and speed this preseason with some new additions to the group. Probably the most hotly contested spot on the team with great depth through to even 3rd string.

Linebackers: Another group with returning players being selected to national and state teams over the offseason. The linebacking corps looks to improve again on a good 2013 season.

Defensive Backs: The group with the most fresh faces will be looking forward to a great season behind the front 7. Expect to see returning veterans and rookies battling for the spots right through the season.

 

With the influx of new players this preseason in every position, rookie Dexter Escuardo has given some insight into what it’s like for a first year player at the Gators “I’ve found the transition to gridiron quite overwhelming, being the first contact sport I’ve played. It’s easy to underestimate the position I’ve been playing (Offensive Line), I’d assumed that I would need to be bulky and huge but I’ve found that other attributes contribute to the position as much as size.” After attending every training session and helping the club when needed, it was no surprise what Dexter’s goal for the season was, “Ideally my main goal to this season is contribution. I just want to contribute wherever I can, whether it be fundraisers, training or games. I have come to admire the club and look forward to continuing my football career here.”

 

Linebacker Andrew Asher believes the rookies are making the team work harder

Linebacker Andrew Asher believes the rookies are making the team work harder

Returning veteran and NSW Wolfpack player Andrew Asher has praised the efforts of the rookies and how difficult it will be for players to keep a starting position from them “They’re forcing us to work harder than previous seasons but most of all they’re creating good depth for us at key positions.” When asked about the game he was most looking forward to it was a pretty simple answer “Lions, it’s always a tough game but I’m also keen to suit up against the Ducks, it’ll be the first time I’ve played against my old club.”

 

The Gators will open the season at 5Sports against the Wollongong Mustangs on the 23rd of August at 1pm in what should be a good test for the team after arguably one of their best wins of the season last year down at Wollongong.

 

Get down and support your UTS Gators in their run to the 2014 Waratah Bowl!

 

2012 Preseason for Div.1 starts Sunday 3rd June

It is my great pleasure to announce that the 2012 Season for the UTS Gators will be under way in a few weeks.

First we’d like to invite you to our Welcome BBQ and registration day:

UTS Gridiron welcome BBQ and rego day

Where: Bicentenial Park, Sydney Olympic Park (we’ll have a banner and taken over a public BBQ, otherwise look for the guys throwing around some pig skin)

When 3rd June Sunday

Time: 12pm

Contact: Marco 0408 461 014

Please RSVP so we can get initial numbers for the BBQ and events.

Can you also please bring your medicare card to get your rego papers and info out of the way.

After the fun and introductions we’ll be throwing you right into the fray with our first training session on Tuesday:

UTS pre-season launch

Where: Powells creeek reserve, Concord

When: 5th June Tuesday

Time: 7pm

Contact: Marco 0408 461 014

Bring some football boots, initial first installment of $150 for registration and equipment hire (full costs will be distributed on registration day, and on the day of training day if you cannot attend) and friends who are interested.

Looking forward to seeing you there to begin another season of smashmouth football!

UTS GRIDIRON CLUB AGM – 2012

The UTS Gridiron Football Club will be holding its AGM Wednesday 11 April @ UTS from 7.15pm

Executive Positions are:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • University Liaison Officer

Should you require job descriptions on any of the above positions feel free to email info@utsgridiron.com


						

UTS down the Sharks in week 4

With Sydney finally experiencing some good weather, Pennant Hills played host to the biggest win of the season so far, defeating the Central Coast Sharks 64-14.

The game began an even contest, with the two sides trading blows, both scoring Touchdowns along the ground. However after forcing the Sharks to punt for the first time in the game, UTS began to pull away from there, piling on the points including a whopping 31 in the 2nd quarter alone to beat a very tough Central Coast team, who were up against it before kickoff, being down on numbers. As the game wore on, they unfortunately suffered some injuries, including the loss of their starting QB which paved the way for the final score-line of 64-14.

The highlight of the game was a terrific Kick Return touchdown, started by Joshua Weeks and finished by o-lineman Simon Gardner after he received a Benji-esque flick pass to go in for the score. Definitely an early contender for play of the year.

Not to be outdone by the special teams highlight, both offense and defense put together fantastic displays with the offense getting it done both on the ground and through the air, and the defense recording two turnovers.

A good result for the Gators, however the Sharks are to be commended for remaining in this contest despite mounting adversity. They displayed their toughness in holding UTS to 14 2nd half points, preventing a further blow-out. With the win, the team moves to 3-1 and hope to take it to the Mustangs next weekend.

On a side note, Ramy Bchai deserves a shout out here for his help with the various injury situations throughout the game with his medical knowledge, many of which were for the other team. He is an asset to the team and personified the great sportsmanship we all strive for here at UTS.

UTS bounce back against the Raiders

‘Hit someone’. These two words were the theme of the day in this matchup. Coach Bosco yelled them to his side on the opening kickoff of the game, and boy did they listen. There were no easy yards on UTS (or on Bondi for that matter) in this highly physical contest, and UTS came away with a hard-fought victory, defeating the Bondi Raiders 38-14.

The Gators bounced back well after the tough week 2 loss against the Pirates by playing smash-mouth football. Tough running, efficient passing and terrific blocking by the o-line saw the offense find a grove and consistently move the chains against the Bondi D.

The Gator D on the other hand was just as tough, consistently getting into the Bondi backfield and making tackles for a loss on early downs. However to their credit, Bondi often found a way to get the tough yards on 3rd down and enter the red zone on numerous occasions. The defense may have bended, but it didn’t break until the team had built a comfortable lead, coming up with the necessary plays on multiple 4th and goals to keep Bondi out of the end zone and to get the ball back into the hands of the offense.

The play of the game was a terrific one-handed TD grab by TE Matt Schwarz, making a tough catch look easy for the score. Also, congratulations to HB Zac Li scoring his first Division 1 TD on a nice run, making several nice cuts on his way to the end zone.

The Gators responded well to the close loss of last week with a solid outing in this one, playing sound football in all phases to grind out the win. Hopefully they continue to play smart, physical football as the season progresses.