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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!

Gator Colts Break 5 Year Drought Against Cubs

Saturday’s comfortable 28-14 win over Sydney University marks the first time in 5 years our boys have triumphed over the Cubs in the G-NSW Colts competition. A dominating performance in the run game put us in the win column.

Our Gator women got off to a slow start in the first half and despite out-playing the Phoenix in the second, they were unable to erase the deficit, losing 20-8 in a good-spirited yet hard fought game.

Division 1 came out guns-a-blazing against the Lions of Sydney University, taking the early lead before the last play of the 1st half which put Sydney Uni up by 3 at half on a hail-mary pass.

Next week sees both the Colts and Division 1 teams take on the Nepean Ducks at our home field, Neptune Park, Revesby, while the Women have a bye.

Colts:
1:00pm vs Nepean Ducks
Division 1:
6:00pm vs Nepean Ducks
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2016 Season Openers

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The 2016 Gridiron NSW season gets underway this Saturday at Neptune Park in Revesby as the Newcastle Cobras come to town to face the UTS Gators.  The women will get the action started with kickoff at 4:00 pm and Division 1 following at 6:00 pm.

The UTS Colts Gators will begin their 2016 campaign a week later when they face the Sydney University Cubs on Saturday, September 10th at Darling St. Park in Greystanes.  Kickoff is slated for 11:30 am.

Come on out and cheer on your UTS Gators as they begin their 2016 Championship runs!  Show your support with UTS Gator fan apparel available now from our online store!

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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!