Another weekend of mixed results for our local gridiron club the Croydon Rangers.
Both the Senior women’s team and under 19’s colts squad headed up to DR Atkinson Reserve in Reservoir for the 3pm and 6:30pm matches respectively.
Offensive Lineman Vanessa Brown celebrates a Touchdown with QB Bliss Love
Photo: John Torcasio
In the 5th round of competition, The women’s Rangers were facing an unfamiliar opponent, the rookie Monash Warriors women’s team. Coming out of a 36-8 win against the Pakenham Silverbacks last weekend, the ladies were sitting 4-0, undefeated at the top of the Gridiron Victoria ladder. The Warriors, also fresh from a convincing win over the Ballarat Kestrels were keen to bring their win-loss tally to 3-2.
It is with great pride that the Jetmaster Heat & Glo Croydon Rangers can announce that the Stuart Thompson Landscapes Colts team captain James “Speedy” Dall has signed his intention to commit to the Junior College, Garden City “Broncbusters”, based in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Rangers James Dall has committed to Junior College as a Wide Receiver
James has been picked up as a Wide Receiver but is hoping to offer more than just his ability to catch when he lands in June. James has played as a Cornerback, Kicker, Punter and even Quarterback at Colts level, and Wide Receiver and Kicker/ Punter in the Gridiron Victoria Senior competition.
James was one of three Croydon Rangers to participate in the 2016 state trip to Singapore, where he was praised by State Head Coach Robert Smith. James is one of three Australian teenagers that have targeted by the college. Garden City has a solid football program and a reputation for nurturing players that graduate to NCAA College programs, and even have NFL players among their alumni.
The Jetmaster Heat & Glo Croydon Rangers Stuart Thompson Landscapes Colts headed for Berwick in GV’s Week 3 action.
Sitting with a 1-1 record and missing a number of players through injury the Croydon Rangers knew they were going to have their hands full against the league leading South Eastern Predators; a team that had been dominating their opposition in the previous matches.
The first quarter saw a defensive struggle as the Rangers defence held the usually rampant Predators offence, whilst the Croydon Rangers worked the ball into good field position, yet failing to convert their opportunities; a theme that had carried over from the previous week. As the opening quarter drew to a close the Predators were able to capitalise on good field position and ran in the first touchdown of the day and converted the two point conversion.
The Jetmaster Heat & Glo Croydon Rangers Stuart Thompson Landscapes Colts found themselves travelling to Melton in their second clash of the season against the Geelong Buccaneers. Both teams recorded opening wins in their first contest the previous week and the fantastic weather conditions that greeted the teams set the scene for what would be a grinding game of football.
The return of incumbent starting Quarterback Tom Veale was bitter sweet, with a number of exclusions at receiver through injury and other commitments. Regardless, the Rangers came to play, and after losing the toss were given the ball to start proceedings. The opening drive saw the combination of Tom Veale, Tom Taylor and James Dall drive deep into the Buccaneers territory.
The Wildcat offense proved yet again confusing, terrifying and stalling a bewildered defence. However a broken play on 4th and short saw the Rangers unable to capitalise on what had been a dominating drive. Turning the ball over on downs, the Rangers defence immediately went to work. Rising sophomore Declan O’Carroll on the defensive line, Jaxon Tiziani and rookie sensation middle linebacker Macleod “Mullet” Kayne all provided immense pressure forcing the Buccaneers to punt the ball on 4th down from their own endzone. The subsequent high snap, out the back of the endzone, saw the Rangers take the lead on a safety.