Week 5 Colts & Women’s Results
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.
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.
The game began in standard fashion for the Rangers with a score on the fist drive largely off the yards gained by Australian running back Tanya Russell. Full back Kelly Dauria was the one to punch in the first points for the team. The Rangers defence then took the field, knowing only that the Warriors had skill for both running the ball and passing, not dissimilar to the Rangers own offence. Run is what they did, Warriors quarterback Heather Marini would prove multiple times over the course of the match that she was a threat the Rangers hadn’t accounted for.
The first half saw the two teams trading score for score. Russell adding two touchdowns of her own and clocking up the yards to over 150 for the half. Receiver Jordan Edwards took in a conversion through the air from quarterback Bliss Love. A further two points were added by the defence with a forced fumble and safety thanks to Fiona Lewis, Clara Yip and An Hurst.
After the main break where the scoreboard sat at 22-20, the Warriors began the scoring and the see-saw of Touchdowns began again. Love ran in her first for the game before finding Alicia Thorpe through the air for the extra points. Russell continued her incredible form doubling her first half yards and ending the game with over 300 rushing yards, 100+ returning yards and an extra couple of Touchdowns to her name. Dauria also managed to earn herself another 6 with five minutes remaining in the match.
Despite the Rangers defences inadequate attempts to contain the Warriors, the Offensive unit were the heroes of the day securing a 50-40 victory. The women now get to recoup for a few weeks before hitting the park in Ballarat against the Northern Lady Raiders on April 22nd.
The Under 19’s Colts team kicked off at 6:30pm against the home club the Northern Raiders. Our Rangers sitting on a 1-4 record hoping to avoid dropping in the standings by winning against the 0-5 Team from the North. The boys started out strong with 3 rushing Touchdowns in the first quarter. Two to quarterback Tom Veale on 44 and 38 yard runs and the third to Tight End Tom Taylor. With only one responding touchdown from the Raiders the score going into the second quarter was 22-8.
Jaxon Tiziani added his name to the scorers list before the end of the half off a 3 yard carry, helping the Rangers into a 28-14 lead at the main break. Unfortunately for the guys in green the now depleted Rangers were unable to continue their momentum into the second half. The defensive unit held the Raiders to a score of 28-22 at the start of the fourth but that was where their lead ended and the final whistle held a scoreline of 42-28 to the Northern Raiders.
The Colts will join the women on a much needed two week break over Easter and return to play the Western Crusaders in Footscray on April 23rd. The Senior Men’s Rangers team are just beginning their preseason training and are still recruiting. If you’ve ever been interested or even just curious about American Football, contact the Croydon Rangers Gridiron Club Facebook page for training times and details. No experience required, everyone is welcome.