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.
Saturday saw the opening of the 2017 GV Junior season, this year, rebranded as the Colts competition. The Rangers took to the field in Reservoir for a 3pm kick off, taking on the Melbourne Uni Lions, runner up in the 2016 Colts VicBowl.
There are games that you will remember for a long time. And there are performances that you will remember for a long time. The match up on Saturday had both.
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.
The Croydon Rangers have strung together successive victories with a comprehensive 38-0 win at home Saturday against the South Eastern Predators.
In front of a huge crowd at Springfield Reserve Croydon it was another stellar defensive performance with their 2nd straight shutout to go with the victories.
The defense managed four takeaways on home soil as the secondary wreaked havoc on the Predators passing game. Tyson Burgess, back from a year long stint on the sideline with a knee injury proved why he has been selected for Australia with a pair of interceptions. He captured his 2nd late in the 3rd quarter and returned it 2 yards for a touchdown to effectively ice the game. Brock Wellington and Cody Austin would also have an interception whilst Jaye Anderson, Nate Rhoades and Tom Kinloch had a sack each.