The Croydon Rangers have moved to 2-0 on their 2015 season with a 58-0 win over the Melbourne University Royals.
The Rangers‚Äô defence was able to hold off every drive the Royals threw at them, with Michael Davern, Liam Fordham, Foo Yi Lee and Rhys Simpson stopping three drives with interceptions.
Jack Plunkett played a fantastic game at wide receiver catching several huge throws, but ultimately not rewarded with a touchdown. Josh Petracca picked up the first Ranger touchdown with a fumble recovery on the one yard line. Jordan Beck would strike next, finding a hole and exploiting it. He would score from 52 yards out. Ian Box would score on the drive, making a catch deep in coverage. Jordan Beck would score his second breaking free for a 78 yard touchdown. Ian Box would score on the next drive picking up his second touchdown for the day. Todd Dawson would manage to squeak by three defenders for his first touchdown, with Lucas Huysmans scoring on the next drive. The final drive would result in Quarterback Jon Johnston scoring from 4 yards out.
The Croydon Rangers have out muscled the Geelong Buccaneers winning 37-27 in their first game of the season. Handing the Buccaneers their first regular season loss since 2012. The Rangers offence played exceptionally well, with the offensive line comprised of James Arthur, Stephen Cupido, Dakota Summers,Taylor Gist and John Elliott.
The Rangers got on the board first with a touchdown by Dakota Summers. The Buccaneers were quick to respond with a touchdown on their next drive. This would be the case for most of the game, Rangers would score followed by a Buccaneer score. Jordan Beck would stay on his feet for the Rangers second score. Once again followed by a Buccaneer score. A field goal by Dylan Atwell would put the Rangers ahead by 3 and would give some breathing room for the rest of the game.
Mark Doyle had several crucial tackles on defence, with Alex Franklin batting away several passes in the endzone. He also would have an interception in the endzone stopping another Buccaneer score. Matthew McKie and Ian Box would each add a score of their own with some impressive catches in heavy defence. The final touchdown would be scored by Quarterback Jamie Stafford. The Rangers next head to Geelong to face the Melbourne Uni Royals.
Game 2 – Kickoff 130pm
Croydon Rangers vs Geelong Buccaneers
The canteen will be open serving the “World Famous” Ranger Burger, while The Lone Ranger Bar will keep the drinks flowing through the bar. Grab a beer and head outside to enjoy what will hopefully be favorable Autumn weather.
The Croydon Rangers senior team is under way and it is not too late to join the team.
Gridiron Victoria¬†currently consists of 12 clubs and 13 teams (The Monash Uni enters two teams) split into two different divisions, each team will play the other teams in their division two during the season. The Croydon Rangers are in the top division and will open the season with a game against last seasons runners up the Geelong Buccaneers.
For pre season training, the club trains at the following times:
Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
Saturday from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
There are a few exceptions to this throughout the preseason:
7th of March ‚Äď Labour Day Weekend
4th of April ‚Äď Easter Long Weekend
Once the season is under way, training will be Tuesday and Thursday nights.
The success of the Croydon Rangers has been built on the hard work of players, coaches and support staff, while never losing focus on enjoying the game. Over the years, the team has consistently changed, so there are always opportunities for new players, both experienced and new, to have an impact both on and off the field.
This will be a great year for the Croydon Rangers, and we¬†welcome and encourage everyone to become a part of it.