Division 1 Remains Undefeated

As the mercury in Sydney rose, so too did the heat on the field at Neptune Park as your UTS Gators Women and Division One teams took to the field.  The Women Gators kicked off the action against the reigning […]

Gators Open Season Unbeaten

Your UTS Gators traveled south to Corrimal (Wollongong) for their season openers this past Saturday and all three teams came to play! Getting the day off to a good start, the Gator Colts faced off against the defending GNSW Colts […]

2017 Expression of Interest

Looking at joining Gridiron this year? We’re currently looking out for fresh faces who are interested in joining UTS Gridiron Club for this season as the 2017 season is just around the corner! We have the following teams under the […]

Colts are Kookaburra Bowl Bound!

Following a gutsy performance, the UTS Gators Colts team has knocked off #2 ranked West Sydney Pirates to advance to the Kookaburra Bowl!  With a very strong defensive effort, the Gators held the Pirates scoreless in the 2nd half to […]

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 […]

 

UTS Lady Gators Advance to Opal Bowl

As the Gridiron NSW Women’s regular season comes to a close, our ladies have earned a spot in the 2014 Opal Bowl to be held this Saturday, December 13th at 5 Sports in Caringbah. Kick off is at 3:00pm, so be sure to come down and show your support for your UTS Lady Gators as they fight for the championship!

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The UTS Lady Gators

Game 12 – UTS vs Predators at St. George

The Gators final game of the regular season saw them face the 6-4 Northwestern Predators in a rematch of their round 7 encounter. The Gators dominated the Predators in their first meeting and once again, despite a very slow start on offense, the Gators eventually prevailed, cruising to a 28-6 victory. The Predators were in a must-win situation to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals and took the field fired-up, ready to play some physical football. Despite numerous cheap shots and dirty tactics by the Predators, the Gators still won the physical battle on both sides of the ball, ending Northwestern’s hopes for a playoff berth.

Vincent Mante

RB Vincent Mante voted MVP by Gator players

Still struggling to fill the position of running back due to injuries, this week the nod went to second year slotback, Vincent Mante, who, it turns out, is a natural. With little to no experience at the position, Mante still managed to rack up 105 yards on 31 carries, including 2 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion run. It also helped that the Gator offensive line was focused and determined to redeem themselves following last week’s loss to the Central Coast and they did just that. Giving Mante rests, the Gator linebackers each tried their hand at running back for short stints, all with success; Andrew Asher powered his way to 8 yards on 2 carries up the middle, as did Gabriel Marambio who also charged into the endzone untouched for a touchdown on one of his two 4 yard runs. Marcos Delana led the linebacker crew in rushing yards with 31 yards on 2 carries and a 16 yard touchdown run, leaving would-be tacklers wondering what just happened but Jamie McGrory holds the high average with 29 yards on a single carry that set up Mante’s second TD on the 2 yard line.

The Gator defense was outstanding, yet again, proving why they are atop the league’s power rankings with the fewest points allowed this season. UTS defenders routinely met Northwestern’s ball-carriers in the backfield and pressured the Predators quarterback all game long, forcing him to scramble and throw the ball away more often than not. Except for three big plays, which accounted for 119 of Northwestern’s 123 total offensive yards, the UTS defense stymied virtually everything the Predators attempted, by out-hitting, out-hustling and out-smarting them.

Next week sees the beginning of the Gridiron NSW playoffs, where the Gators will face the second ranked, 11-1 Sydney University Lions in what is sure to be another physically grinding game. It’s a do-or-die game and the Gators feel confident they can topple the mighty Lions. The second semi-final will see the Western Sydney Pirates try to defend their #1 ranking against the fourth ranked Sutherland Seahawks.

Come on down to 5 Sports, Caringbah to cheer your UTS Gators on to victory and a berth in Waratah Bowl XXXI!

Kickoff at 3:30 pm, Saturday, December 6th.

Statistical Leaders (Game)

Passing:
Player Comp/Att Yards TD (Yards) 2-PT INT
Peter Tos 3/30 74 2
Rushing:
Player Rushes Yards TD (yards) 2-point
Vincent Mante 31 105 2 (3, 2) 1
Marcos Delana 2 31 1 (16)
Jamie McGrory 1 29
Nick Giovanangeli 4 17
Peter Tos 3 9
Gabriel Marambio 2 8 1 (4)
Andrew Asher 2 8
Receiving:
Player Receptions Yards TD (yards) 2-PT
Clayton Idato 6 32
Nicolas Giovanangeli 3 19
Ben Loudon 2 11
Jim Close 1 9
Marcos Delana 1 4
Kick Return:
Player Returns Yards
Marcos Delana 1 28
Defense:
Player Tackles (For Loss) Other
Andrew Asher 10 (4) Sack
Jamie McGrory 5 (2) Fumble Recovery
Marcos Delana 4 (3) Sack
Nick Kondilios 4 (1) Fumble Recovery
Ryan King 3 (2) Sack, Forced Fumble
Gabriel Marambio 3 (1)
Matthew Power 2 (2)
Tristan (Cheese) Ireland 2
Ramy Bchai 2
Tim Clulow 1 (1) Blocked Punt
Erhron Noakes 1
Hugh Delaney 1
Tristan Sugden 1
Matt Wilson 1

2014 Annual General Meeting

The UTS Gridiron Club’s AGM to elect the board for 2015 will be held on Tuesday December 16 at 7:15pm in the Tutorial Room at the Multi Purpose Sports Hall, UTS.

All club members are invited to hear updates on the events of 2014 and participate in the selection of the new board.



Game 11 – UTS vs Sharks at Budgewoi

Traveling up the coast for the second straight week, the Gators certainly felt the sting of missing key players and not having the type of depth on the sideline they have become accustomed to this season. Still without any of their seasoned running backs, the Gators were unable to establish their running game, tallying a measly 6 yards total rushing, forcing the Gator offense to pass much more than they ordinarily would have. In past weeks, the running game has been strong enough to overcome multiple turnovers but tonight’s 5 total interceptions were simply too much and the Central Coast took advantage of the mistakes. Following their week 9 defeat to UTS, the Sharks came out looking for revenge and to prove they are a better team than their paltry 2-7 record would indicate. The Sharks were well-prepared with a good game-plan and despite moments of brilliance, the Gators simply did not quite have the goods tonight and fell to the energetic Sharks 14-34.

The Gators opening possession started out strong as interim running back Matthew Schwarz picked up 13 yards on the opening play, cruising through a massive hole created by the offensive line. Next, quarterback Peter Tos found wide receiver Ben Loudon for 12 yards, then wide receiver Thomas Granger for 9 more and it appeared as though the Gators could do wrong but just as quickly as it had started, the drive stalled and the Gators were forced to punt. In an uncharacteristic mistake, the punt-snap flew over the kicker’s head, rolled 15 yards and was scooped up by the Sharks and returned 23 yards for the game’s first touchdown, putting the Gators behind 0-6.

Following a blistering 47 yard kickoff return by Ben Loudon, Peter Tos put up a long ball to slotback Clayton Idato but just overthrew him by inches.  UTS was forced to punt again after two more unsuccessful plays and it was finally time for the Gator defense to show what they could do against the upstart Sharks. Holding the Sharks to negative 1 yard on their first possession, invigorated the UTS offense, and going back to the air, Tos, this time, found Idato on a streak route with a perfect pass in the bucket, allowing Idato to cruise into the endzone for a 55 yard touchdown, tying the game at 6-6.

The score remained tied as each team struggled on offense until the closing minutes of the first half when the Central Coast put together a jerky 12 play, 82 yard scoring drive, converting on 3 4th downs, with a 27 yard fake punt run and two 20 plus yard passes, one for the go-ahead touchdown, giving the Sharks a halftime lead of 6-12.

Coming out in the 2nd half, the Sharks bit the Gators with a 53 yard touchdown pass on their second play and then following a 3-and-out by the Gators, the Sharks drove 54 yards in 11 plays, once again, benefiting from serious mistakes by UTS.  A roughing the kicker penalty on 4th down kept their drive alive and a mix-up in coverage allowed the Sharks to complete a 6 yard pass on 4th down for the score, extending the deficit to 6-26.

The next four Gator possessions ended in interceptions, though the Sharks were only able to capitalize once for another touchdown when their defense returned the ball to the Gator 24 yard. An unnecessary roughness penalty against the Gators gave the Sharks even better field position, on the UTS 12 yard line, where they were able to run wide and just sneak into the endzone.

Ryan King

Rookie DT Ryan King

One bright spark in an otherwise dismal evening for the Gators, was the overall play by the Gator defense, in particular the front seven. Despite giving up a few medium to deep passes and getting fooled on the fake punt, the UTS defense regularly met the Central Coast ball carriers in the backfield and put pressure on their quarterback all game long. Rookie defensive tackle, Ryan King, just returning from injury, picked up a fumble and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown, late in the 4th quarter, flinging would-be tacklers from his path as if they were toys.

With the final score 14-34, the Sharks defeated the league-leading Gators in the upset of the season and dropped the Gators to 3rd place with a record of 9-2. With a guaranteed playoff berth, the Gators will be looking to find their early-season form this week as they battle the 6-4 Northwestern Predators in a rematch of their week 7 contest where the Gators prevailed 36-6. The Predators are in a must-win situation as they are locked in 3-way tie for the final playoff spot, so this should prove to be a very hard-fought game.

Come cheer your UTS Gators on to victory in their final regular-season game this Saturday night at Kyeemagh RSL.

Kickoff 7:00 pm.

End of Season Social Event 2014

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