A big Gridiron Victoria senior season culminated last Sunday with the playing of VicBowl XXXII and Division 2 Championship VI at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. In what is undoubtedly the best stadium used for the league’s showcase event since the early ‘90s when the match was played at Olympic Park, the weather managed to hold of mercifully for the curtain raiser – but would not be so kind for main event.
The Woodford Sport Science Consulting Croydon Rangers Gridiron Club congratulates the Monash Warriors in defeating the Western Crusaders 16-12 to take another Vic Bowl and the Pakenham Silverbacks for their comprehensive victory over the Northern Raiders 43-8.
The day also included the presentation of the GV Senior league awards, of which there were many Croydon Rangers Hawthorn Hotel senior team members acknowledged:
After a difficult two weeks, the Croydon Rangers have finally got a win in August, defeating the South Eastern Predators 34-14 at home on Saturday.
Having reached mid-season atop the standings, the ensuring weeks saw a heavy defeat followed by a tough draw. In their final game for 2016 at Croydon, the team got their title defense back in track with the business-like win ahead of a two week break.
The Croydon Rangers have won 4 in a row, vanquishing their arch nemesis Monash Warriors 21-14 at home in a replay of their Vic Bowl showdown last year.
In the opening offensive play barely 10 seconds into the match, quarterback Jamie Stafford hit rookie Johnny “Football” Tanuvasa over the middle who raced 56 yards for the touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.