The Rangers have celebrated Tom Kinloch’s 250th game by defeating the Western Crusaders 14-12 in a close and tense encounter.
The team opened the scoring on a long drive down the field and took a 7-0 lead into half time. The Crusaders scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter but could not convert, making it a 7-6 scoreline. A long kick off return by Tyson Burgess put the ball at the one and QB Jamie Stafford was able to sneak it in. Late in the game the Cru got one back and with a two point conversion could have tied the game but came up short.
Linebacker Tom Kinloch plays his 250th senior match for the club, an Australian record for a career which has spanned two decades and included 13 Vic Bowl appearances, three Vic Bowl crowns and represented in numerous state and national campaigns.
Saturday July 31st 2010 Tony Dodemaide Oval, Henry Turner Reserve Maribyronong Blvd, Footscray
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This coming Saturday, club veteran Tom Kinloch will run onto the field in the Ranger uniform for his 250th senior game.
Having started his gridiron career with the club in 1990, Tom’s longevity is unparalleled in what will be an all time Australian record for games played in such a physically demanding sport.
To put this remarkable feat into context, the next most number of games played since the inception of gridiron in Australia in 1984 is 180 by David “the Bear Menace” Allen who played for the Sydney University Lions, Australia’s oldest club.
Whilst typical Aussie Rules seasons run 22+ games, Gridiron Victoria is typically only 12-15 games long. Tom recalls one season where only 8 games were played. Perhaps the only other metric for this type of longevity is that Tom began his career when Collingwood last won a flag….
The Rangers have gone down to the Warriors under lights at Ranger Field last Saturday night in their last home game of the season with a scoreline of 21-13.
The Warriors scored early with a touchdown on their second drive. The Rangers responded with a long march down the field and running back Kit Ng ran it into the end zone to tie the game. Just before the half the Ranger D came up with a take away and the home side were able to get down inside the red zone in short time culminating in a second TD on the day for Kit, taking his season tally to an impressive 10.
Opening the second half the Rangers, who have struggled to assert themselves early after the break marched the field and looked to have a pass caught by Ian Box in the endzone caught up with a Warrior defender. Upon review the decision was overturned as an interception and the Warriors used the fortune to their advantage and moved the ball easily down the field for the go ahead score.
With the visitors ahead 14-13 for much of the second half it looked like the Rangers would be able to respond. A third TD to the Warriors late in the game rounded out a tough night for the Rangers.
Saturday July 24th 2010 – 4:00pm Ranger Field, Springfield Avenue Croydon, or click here for Google Maps