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Week 4 Photos from victory over Buccaneers, loss to Royals

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Week 4 Home Double Header – Rangers2 vs Royals, Rangers vs Buccs

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Welcome back to another double header of Ranger Football at home in Croydon this Saturday 28th May.

Starting out in the morning game at 10:30, the Rangers2 hosted the Melbourne Uni Royals. Both teams were looking to bounce back from tough losses and keep pace with the league leading Raiders.

In a tough game in muddy conditions, the Royals got going early and our boys could not keep up with them, ultimately going down 28-12.

In the afternoon, the league leading Bay City Buccaneers come to town to take on the division one Rangers. The Rangers came out firing, scoring early and often to take a commanding lead. As the muddy conditions made the Buccs running game difficult, the Rangers held strong to secure a big win 28-20 and top spot in the standings.

Scoring summary from the Rangers vs Buccs

Qtr Team Play Score
1 Ran Tyson Burgess 60 Yard Interception TD (Mark Ursu XPT) 7-0
1 Buc Safety 7-2
2 Ran Steve Churchill 1 yard TD run (Mark Ursu XPT) 14-2
2 Ran Ian Box 53 yard TD pass from Mark Ursu (2PT Run No Good) 20-2
3 Buc 35 Yard Receiving TD (2PT Run Good) 20-8
3 Buc 3 Yard Rushing TD (XPT No Good) 20-14
4 Ran Matt McKie 6 yard TD pass from Mark Ursu (2PT Matt McKie) 28-14
4 Buc 1 Yard Rushing TD (XPT No Good) 28-20

Who was the 300th player to represent the Rangers?

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The Croydon Rangers are the oldest original member of Gridiron in Victoria.

We have the longest serving player in the state (and probably the country) in Tom Kinloch with 260 games.

We are now into our 27th year.

And we have now had 300 senior players represent the club and wear the Ranger green.

Who was our 300th senior player?

Linebacker Dan Stewart! (Click the picture)

Week 3 Photos – Rangers defeat Miners 49-0

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Week 3 – Rangers def. Miners 49-0, Raiders def. Rangers2 20-8

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The Croydon Rangers Gridiron Club have had a mixed weekend in round 3, with each team putting up a solid effort for different results.

On Saturday the Ranger 2’s side headed to Corio to face the undefeated Northern Raiders in a showdown for top spot in second division.

The Raiders bolted out of the blocks and put up two early touchdowns on the back of a blocked punt and an interception returned for a touchdown to lead 14-0 at halftime. The Rangers offense started to fire in the second half, sustaining long drives through a solid running game which culminated in a 60 yard dash by Matthew Pitt to close the gap to 14-8.

The Rangers defense were resilient, holding up against the solid Raider offense that ultimately proved too strong and crossed for another touchdown and a final score of 20-8.

On Sunday, the division one side headed to Reservoir to face an old foe, the Berwick Miners. The Rangers jumped out of the block early, scoring a touchdown on the very first drive. Quarterback Mark Ursu (8) found receiver Neale Oliver (11) on a perfect pass for a 7-0 lead. The two would continue to terrorise the Miners in the first half, combining twice more including a long bomb that Oliver caught in the very back of the endzone. Running back Steve Churchill (16) rushed hard all day, weaving through heavy traffic for another score and the Rangers held a commanding lead 28-0 at half time.

The Miners fought back hard in the second half, but the Ranger defense stood strong. Veteran lineback Tom Kinloch (9) lead the way with two fumble recoveries, a sack and also an interception late in the game. The Rangers offense built on the brilliant work of the D to march the field on multiple drives, with Ursu scoring on a QB sneak behind a big push by the O-line, Churchill crossed for another rushing touchdown and fullback Jamie Stafford (19) also got in the act with a touchdown of his own.

The Rangers ran away in the end, 49-0 setting up a tantalising showdown next weekend against the league leading Buccaneers at Ranger Field on Saturday 28th May at 2pm. The Rangers 2 side will face the Melbourne Uni Royals, also at home on Saturday at Ranger Field from 10:30am.

Qtr Team Play Score
1 Rangers Neale Oliver 28 yard TD pass from Mark Ursu (Mark Ursu XPT) 7-0
2 Rangers Steve Churchill 6 yard TD run (Mark Ursu XPT) 14-0
2 Rangers Neale Oliver 6 yard TD pass from Mark Ursu (Mark Ursu XPT) 21-0
2 Rangers Neale Oliver 22 yard TD pass from Mark Ursu (Mark Ursu XPT) 28-0
3 Rangers Mark Ursu 1 yard TD run (Mark Ursu XPT) 35-0
4 Rangers Steve Churchill 8 yard TD run (Mark Ursu XPT) 42-0
4 Rangers Jamie Stafford 1 yard TD run (Mark Ursu XPT) 49-0

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