After a difficult two weeks, the Croydon Rangers have finally got a win in August, defeating the South Eastern Predators 34-14 at home on Saturday.
Having reached mid-season atop the standings, the ensuring weeks saw a heavy defeat followed by a tough draw. In their final game for 2016 at Croydon, the team got their title defense back in track with the business-like win ahead of a two week break.
The Croydon Rangers have won 4 in a row, vanquishing their arch nemesis Monash Warriors 21-14 at home in a replay of their Vic Bowl showdown last year.
In the opening offensive play barely 10 seconds into the match, quarterback Jamie Stafford hit rookie Johnny “Football” Tanuvasa over the middle who raced 56 yards for the touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.
The Croydon Rangers picked up where they left off after a bye round, defeating the Geelong Buccaneers in a thrilling contest at home at Springfield Reserve.
After Tyson Burgess hauled in an interception on the opening Buccaneers drive the visitors were able to rush for a score on their next possession and the early lead 6-0.
Under sunny skies with a big crowd in attendance, the Rangers offense took to the air with their potent passing attack. Quarterback Jamie Stafford completed successive touchdown passes to Nate Rhoades – the last coming as time expired and they went into half time trailing 14-13.