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 […]

 

Pre-season Training

Fitness training sessions are held each Wednesday at Taplin Park, in Drummoyne.

All participants are expected to be ready to go at 7:30pm sharp!  This means aim to be there between 7:00pm and 7:15pm so there are no excuses for being late. Initially Saturday training will be held at Wentworth Park, Ultimo. Sessions will run from from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Again sessions start at 2:00 PM sharp, so aim to be there from 1:30pm.

Fitness Training Starts

Speed, fitness and agility training will be held each Wednesday starting from the 20th of June.  The venue is Taplin Oval Drummoyne (next to Drummoyne Rugby Oval).

Each session will run from 7:00 PM through 8:30 PM approx.

UTS Gridiron, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to Dean Robinson as the Team Trainer.  Dean brings a wealth of fitness experience, through his involvement in the training programs for the Sydney Roosters.

On 20 June you will also get an update on other club news, including the club registration day. This is your opportunity to be healthy and match fit for Season 2001 – take it.

Martin Head (UTS Sub Committee)

Welcome new UTS Head Coach, Paul Manera

Paul brings many years of experience, both as a coach and player. Paul is also the coach for the Australian representative team. He has been involved in Bondi Raiders football club as both a coach and player. And Paul has also had the exciting experience of playing Division 1 college football, for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors!

The following is an excerpt taken from the May 2001 UTS Gridiron team newsletter:

Coaches Corner

First of all I would like to welcome all of you back to another season of UTS Gridiron. As a newcomer to the club I am very excited to have this opportunity of being your Head Coach. Football is a game that is all about Teamwork; people working together to achieve a common goal. Although I have not had the chance to meet with you all individually I am sure that there are some common goals that we all share.

As a team we need to expose our common goals and take ownership of what we want to achieve. As your coach my goal is to help you to be the best that you want to be and create an environment that is both challenging and enjoyable. My philosophy as a coach is to “Work hard and have Fun”.

I believe that people can work hard and have fun. If your working hard and you love what you do then you will enjoy it. Anything and everything you do in life is a mindset that can only be created by you. Your mindset will determine your motivation, which will measure your desire. Before we start practicing on July 14th I would like all of you to ask your self three questions:

  1. Why am I playing or involved in Gridiron?
  2. Why am I doing it for UTS?
  3. What goals do I want to achieve?

It is important that we answer these questions honestly to ourselves. If we do this we then can create our individual purpose for being involved in this great game. I look forward to meeting all of you. If you have any questions my email address email coach.

Paul Manera, Head Coach

Farewell to Head Coach Roger Rooney

UTS Gridiron takes this opportunity to again thank Roger and to wish him the best for his future endeavors. We understand that Roger is planning some travel this year.

The 1st Division 2000 season had its share of ups and downs. Players and Coach alike shared the highs, the lows, the big hits, the big blues and the big moments.

On Sunday, 10th December 2000 Roger steered UTS Gridiron to a 26 – 20 overtime win against the Pirates, which gave the club an opportunity to contest some post-season silverware. Gridiron Australia offered this account of the day:

The day opened with the Plate Final and a match up between the UWS Outlaws and UTS Gridiron. The Outlaws had been a dominant team, particularly in the early part of the season, while their UTS counterparts had shown signs of good form at various stages throughout the year, so many believed that this would be an even contest. And so it was in the early going, but UTS ultimately had no answer for the power running game of the Outlaws who rode their ground game on to an emphatic 22 – 0 win and their first ever title. (A recap of Season 2000 is in Facts & Figures on page 5.)

Roger’s legacy to UTS Gridiron is the promise of things to come.

Club President Ross Hayes addresses the team

Welcome to football 2001! And welcome to the launch of the UTS Gridiron’s website.

With a new Head Coach, Executive and a thriving Colts team, we expect that this season will be an exciting and challenging one. Season 2001 will lay a solid foundation for the future of UTS Gridiron, both at Team & Club level. So come down and enjoy!!

I would like to welcome our new Head Coach, Paul Manera. Paul brings many years of experience, both as a coach and player. Paul is currently involved in coaching the NSW state team and is also the coach for the Australian representative team. He has been involved in Bondi Raiders football club as both a coach and player. And Paul has also had the exciting experience of playing Division 1 college football, for the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors! And as one who has played under Paul for the NSW side, I can tell you he brings an exciting pace to training, as well as filling you with a passion for the game. But most importantly, Paul has a deep belief that a team is more than just about football. It is about friendships and camaraderie.

Returning to the club, as part of the Coaching staff, is Wayne Richardson. Young Wayne has had many years of experience coaching and playing, both for UTS and other clubs. His first experience with coaching was for UTS in 1996. In 1996 Wayne and his brother Colin were joint Defensive Coordinators. Then, in 1997 and 1998 Wayne was the Head Coach of the then UTS Eagles. I hope you will join me in welcoming Wayne back to UTS!

Two of our club members have been asked by the Executive to take charge of the social club. And what a wacky pair we have doing it! Both Martin (Crusty) Head and Nathan (ebay) Harris have been hard at work planning social events and putting together a social calendar (that will appear in the next newsletter). I’m sure all events will be great, and will go a long way towards strengthening ties within the club. So please show up to the first one, which will be at Fox Sports Central (see details on the next page). This will give you the opportunity to meet the new Coaching staff, and to catch up and have a drink with all of your teammates.

The UTS Colts team has had a fabulous season. While no games have been won, many a young talent has been discovered, and the spirit in the team is great. The players have learnt a great deal, under the guidance of a newly emerging coaching talent Dennis (Chilly) Caceres.

Dennis has molded many of the Colts in to fine young players. And having little or no Defensive experience, Dennis has turned them into a raging defensive machine that not only grinds experienced opposing offenses and coaches to a halt, but also does it with style! Way to go guys! The offense is also showing signs of firing. The offensive line is not only dominating defensive lines, but at times is blowing them off the line. First time QB, Lewis Astridge, is a cool customer, who shows strong leadership, a solid and accurate throwing arm and is learning the game at a rapid rate.

Your Executive is hard at work. We have been meeting on a fortnightly basis, and putting together a sound structure, with the purpose of ensuring that UTS Gridiron will be a successful team for many years to come. We see this year being one of our best, both on and off the field. Now lads, its up to you to come down, work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labour. I welcome you back to UTS Gridiron, and have a firm belief that with all of us working hard, that season 2001 will not only be our best season, but more importantly will be our most enjoyable. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Anthony Maxwell (Club Secretary) for Ross Hayes (Club President)