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2005 in Rangers news

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Ash Hopkinson named MVP

10th Dec 05

Ash Hopkinson backed up his leauge MVP award by taking out the Rangers team MVP award last Saturday at the Croydon Rangers junior presentation night.

Tailback and Safety Ash Hopkinson had a fantastic season on both offence and defence. Quarterback Callum Dunsford won the offensive MVP thanks to his stellar season under centre. Middle linebacker Flynn Jarvis took out the defensive MVP after he lead the Rangers in tackles, Jarvis was a sideline to sideline player, who could make plays anywhere on the park.

The Rangers would like to congratulate all the award winners :

  • * Overall MVP : Ash Hopkinson
  • Offence MVP : Callum Dunsford
  • Defence MVP : Flynn Jarvis
  • Line MVP : Jarryd Biekens
  • Rookie of the Year : Stephen Cupido
  • Most Improved : Guy Layton
  • Coaches Award : Darren Johnstone

Croydon to host the 2005 Semi Finals

19th Aug 05

The Croydon Rangers will host the 2005 Semi Finals on the 27th of August. The games will be 1st vs 4th at 2:00pm and 2nd vs 3rd at 10:30am at Springfield Reserve, Cnr. Mt Dandenong Rd and Springfield Ave. The Rangers will feature in the semi finals which game is yet to be decided.

Australia finished 4th at the World Games

18th Jul 05

The Australian Outback played the host team Germany in its first game of the 2005 World Games. Germany the European Champions out classed the Australina team running out 31 – 0 winners. This loss now meant the Outback would now play off for the bronze medal against France who lost to Sweden in their first game. The Ouback fought hard against France but wend down 14 -0. The Rangers would like to congratulate Rangers, Tom Kinloch, Steve Churchill and Tim Davies on making the Australian team and taking part in the 2005 World Games.

Rangers are off to Germany

29th Jun 05

The Australian Outback will be heading to Duisdury, Germany on the 10th of July to take part in the 2005 World Games. Tom Kinloch, Steve Churchill and Tim Davies will be representing the Croydon Rangers in this team. The Outback’s first game will be against the host team Germany on the 15th of July then depending on the result they will then play either Sweden or France on the 17th of July. The Australian Outback will play a warm up game in Sydney against New Zealand on the 9th of July.

It’s a Girl!

8th Apr 05

The Croydon Rangers would like to pass on their congratulations to Heath and Melissa Morrison on the birth of their first child Georgia Isabelle Morrison born on the 8th of April 2004 at a healthy 8 pound 10 ounces, both Mum and baby are doing well.

Victoria are runners up in the National Championships

15th Mar 05

The Victorian Eagles finished runners up in the 2005 National Championships in Adelaide last weekend when they lost to NSW in the final 13-14.

Victoria defeated Queensland in its first pool match 62-0, Steve Churchill of the Rangers was the game MVP, he rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries and had two touchdowns.

In Victoria’s second game the championships they took on the NSW Wolfpack who they also defeated by the margin 14-0. Rangers centre Craig Judy was named MVP.

In the Final Victoria once again took on NSW this time Victoria lost by the margin of 13-14.

The Croydon Rangers would like to congratulate all Victorians involved in the state program on a great result.

2005 Annual General Meeting

16th Feb 05

The Croydon Rangers will hold the AGM at Springfield Reserve in Croydon on Sunday the 20th of March at 1:00pm. If you wish to be involved in the club being on the committee is one of the best ways, for more information please contact Kevin Collins.

2005 Gridiron Australia National Championships

17th Jan 05 updated on the 20th Jan 05

GA have announced that the 2005 National Championships will be contested by five states, NSW, QLD, SA, WA and of course Victoria between the 6th and 12th of March at the Distinctive Homes Hockey Arena in Adelaide.

The Victorian Eagles will play two prelimiary games against Queensland on the 6th of March and the NSW Wolfpack on the 10th of March, the finals will be played on the 12th of March.

The Victorian Eagles will be lead for former Rangers head coach Brendon Bowe and will once again we well represented by Rangers players in the touring squad. The Croydon Rangers would like to wish Brendon, the Rangers players all everyone involved in the Victorian Eagles side the best of luck for the 2005 National Championship.

It’s a Boy!

The Croydon Rangers would like to pass on their congratulations to Steve and Danea Roberts on the birth of their first child Liam Brodie Roberts born on the 9th of June 2004, both Mum and baby are going well.

Annual General Meeting

The Croydon Rangers elected its 2004 committee on the 28th of March at the AGM. Kevin Collins was elected as the clubs President. Heath Morrison was elected as the Vice President, Aaron Collins as the Treasurer and Peter Davies as the clubs Secretary. The 2004 general committee is made up by Tim Davies, Richard Garraway, Steve Churchill, Mark Doyle, Steve Roberts and Brendon Bowe.

Rangers players representing Victoria

Victorian Eagles def. WA Raiders

During the Labour Day weekend in March the Victorian Eagles travelled to Perth to take on the Western Australian Raiders in an interstate battle as a part of the Victorian’s state program towards 2005 National Championships.

The Victorian Eagles won the interstate match up by the score line of 28 to 19. Rangers quarterback Mark Ursu made a touchdown pass in the win as well as a number of 2pt conversions and Rangers running back Steve Churchill also scored a touchdown in the win.

Eleven Croydon Rangers were a part of the Victorian travelling squad to Perth namely Aaron Collins, Steve Churchill, Tim Davies, Craig Fransico, Richard Garraway, Jarrod Hornbuckle, Craig Judy, Tom Kinloch, Brett Mason, Justin Rosemalin and Mark Ursu.

The players were not the only Rangers involved, Rangers head coach Brendon Bowe is the Eagles Offensive Coordinator.

This was the second of two games that the Victorian Eagles have played in the last month, the Eagles also had a match again the NZ Haka, which was played in February at Town Park in Croydon.

The Croydon Rangers would like to congratulate all the Rangers involved as well as all the other Victorian representatives.


2005 Senior Gameday Match Summary

Article updated

VIC BOWL XXI Rangers vs Warriors

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 7yd Run. (XPT no good) 2nd 6-0
WAR Warriors 1yd Run. (2pt run no good) 2nd 6-6
WAR Warriors 37yd Pass. (2pt run no good) 2nd 6-12
RNG R.Garraway 30yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 3rd 13-12
WAR Warriors 15yd Pass. (2pt run no good) 4th 13-18

Semi Final Rangers vs Crusaders

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
CRU Crusaders 40yd Pass. (2pt pass good) 1st 0-8
RNG R.Garraway 37yd Pass from M.Ursu. (2pt pass no good) 1st 6-8
RNG R.Garraway 8yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 13-8
RNG D.Wain 26yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 3rd 20-8
RNG N.Oliver 10yd INT return. (XPT good M.Ursu) 3rd 26-8
CRU Crusaders 11yd Run. (2pt pass good) 4th 26-16
RNG Rangers Safety 4th 28-16
CRU Crusaders 12yd Run. (2pt run good) 4th 28-24

Week 14 Rangers vs Blackhawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
BHK Blackhawks 22yd Run. (2pt run good) 1st 0-8
RNG N.Oliver 34yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 7-8
RNG S.Churchill 1yd Run. (2pt pass M.Ursu to N.Pasco) 3rd 15-8
BHK Blackhawks 7yd Run. (2pt no run good) 3rd 15-14
RNG S.Churchill 4yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 4th 22-14
BHK Blackhawks 44yd Run. (2pt no run good) 4th 22-22
RNG N.Oliver 48yd Pass from M.Ursu. (2pt no good) 4th 28-22

Week 13 Rangers vs Buccaneers

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 13yd Run. (XPT no good) 1st 6-0
RNG C.Bowen 12yd Pass for M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 13-0
RNG R.Garraway 33yd Pass for M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 20-0
RNG R.Garraway 5yd Pass for M.Ursu. (XPT no good) 2nd 26-0
RNG P.Shugg 1yd Run. (2pt good R.Garraway pass from M.Ursu) 3rd 34-0
RNG C.Bowen 11yd Run. (XPT no good) 3rd 40-0
RNG S.Churchill 29yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 3rd 47-0
RNG N.Oliver 24yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT no good) 4th 53-0
RNG N.Oliver 43yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 4th 60-0

Week 12 Rangers By Weekend

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
  Bye    

Week 11 Rangers vs Miners

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG R.Garraway 26yd Pass for M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 7-0
RNG P.Shugg 2yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 14-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 13yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 21-0
RNG C.Bowen 12yd Pass for M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 28-0
RNG J.Witchello 54yd Punt Return. (XPT no good) 3rd 34-0
RNG S.Churchill 1yd Run. (2pt Run R.Garraway) 3rd 42-0
RNG S.Churchill 1yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 4th 49-0

Week 10 Rangers vs Seahawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG M.Jan 12 yd Run. (XPT good M.Urus) 1st 7-0
RNG M.Jan 50 yd Run. (XPT no good) 1st 13-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 32 yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 20-0
RNG R.Garraway 9yd Pass for M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 27-0
RNG M.Doyle 2yd Run. (XPT no good) 3rd 33-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 32 yd Run. (XPT good C.Judy) 3rd 40-0
RNG P.Shugg 9 yd Run. (XPT no good) 4th 46-0

Week 9 Rangers vs Crusaders

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG R.Garraway 7 yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT no good) 1st 6-0
RNG R.Garraway Punt Block Recovery. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 13-0
CRU Crusaders 10yd Run. (2PT no good) 1st 13-6
RNG C.Bowen 58yd Pass for M.Ursu. (XPT no good) 2nd 19-6
RNG C.Bowen 13yd Pass for M.Ursu. (2pt good N.Pasco Pass from M.Ursu) 4th 27-6

Week 8 Rangers vs Warriors

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
WAR Warriors 24yd Pass. (2PT no good) 1st 0-6
RNG J.Hornbuckle 2yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 7-6
WAR Warriors 10yd Pass. (2PT good) 3rd 7-14
RNG R.Garraway 6yd Pass for M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 3rd 14-14

Week 7 Rangers vs Buccaneers

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 27yd Run. (XPT no good) 1st 6-0
RNG S.Churchill 2yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 13-0
RNG R.Garraway 5yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT no good) 2nd 19-0
RNG M.Ursu 27yd Field Goal. 2nd 22-0
RNG P.Shugg 20yd Pass from R.Garraway. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 29-0
RNG S.Churchill 27yd Run. (2PT good R.Garraway pass from N.Gorse) 3rd 37-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 28yd INT return. (XPT no good) 3rd 43-0
RNG M.Doyle 1yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 4th 50-0

Week 6 Rangers vs Blackhawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 13yd Run. (XPT no good) 3rd 6-0
BLK Blackhawks 1yd Run. (2pt no good) 3rd 6-6
RNG M.Doyle 1yd Run. (2pt good S.Churchill Run) 3rd 14-6
BLK Blackhawks 4yd Run. (2PT no good) 4th 14-12
RNG C.Bowen 22yd Pass from M.Ursu (2pt good T.Kinloch Run) 4th 20-14

Week 5 Rangers vs Miners

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG P.Shugg 2yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 3rd 7-0
RNG P.Shugg 3yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 4th 14-0

Week 4 Rangers vs Crusaders

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG N.Oliver 44yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 7-0
CRD Crusaders 16yd Pass. (2pt no good) 1st 7-6
RNG N.Oliver 34yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 14-6
RNG R.Garraway 30yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 21-6
RNG N.Oliver 34yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 4th 28-6

Week 3 Rangers By Weekend

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
  Bye    

Week 2 Rangers vs Seahawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 21yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 7-0
RNG S.Churchill 5yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 14-0
RNG R.Garraway 2yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 1st 21-0
RNG C.Bowen 3yd Pass from M.Ursu (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 28-0
RNG P.Shugg 39yd Run. (XPT good M.Ursu) 2nd 35-0
RNG C.Bowen 35yd Pass from M.Ursu (2pt good R.Garraway Pass from M.Ursu) 2nd 43-0
RNG S.Churchill 21yd Run. (XPT no good) 3rd 49-0
RNG J.Whitchelo 5yd Pass from M.Ursu. (XPT good M.Ursu) 3rd 59-0

Week 1 Rangers vs Warriors

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
WAR Warriors 3yd Run. (2pt good) 2nd 8-0

2004 Senior Gameday Match Summary

Article updated

Vic Bowl XX – Rangers vs Warriors

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 21yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 7-0
RNG M.Ursu 5yd pass to R.Garraway. (P.A.T no good) 3rd 13-0
RNG M.Ursu 3yd Run. (2pt no good) 4th 19-0

Semi Final – Rangers vs Miners

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 55yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 2nd 6-0
RNG S.Churchill 17yd Run. (2pt no good) 3rd 12-0
RNG S.Churchill 3yd Run. (2pt good M.Ursu to R.Garraway) 3rd 20-0
MIN Touchdown 3yd run (2pt no good) 4th 20-6
RNG M.Ursu 1yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 4th 27-7

Week 14 – Rangers vs Seahawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
  Scoring Summary not available Final score Rangers 75, Seahawks 0   75-0

Week 13 – Rangers vs Buccaneers

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG D.Wain 38yd Interception return (P.A.T no good) 1st 6-0
RNG S.Churchill 11yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 1st 12-0
BUC Touchdown pass (P.A.T good) 1st 12-7
RNG J.Davidson 91yd Kick return (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 19-7
RNG S.Churchill 13yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 2nd 25-7
RNG M.Ursu 37yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 2nd 31-7
RNG J.Hornbuckle 60yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd 38-7
BUC Touchdown pass (P.A.T no good) 3rd 38-13
RNG J.Davidson 50yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 4th 45-13
RNG J.Davidson 30yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 4th 52-13
RNG B.Mason 29yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T no good) 4th 59-13

Week 12 – Rangers vs Blackhawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG R.Garraway 3yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 7-0
RNG S.Churchill 4yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 14-0
RNG S.Churchill 17yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 21-0
RNG S.Churchill 12yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 28-0
RNG B.Mason 13yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T no good M.Barnett) 2nd 34-0
RNG S.Churchill 33yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 2nd 41-0
RNG R.Garraway 7yd Pass from M.Ursu (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 2nd 48-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 5yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd 55-0
RNG R.Garraway 32yd Pass from M.Ursu (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd

61-0

RNG D.Wain 10 yd Pass from M.Ursu (P.A.T no good) 4th

68-0

Week 11 – Rangers vs Crusaders

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 45yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 1st 6-0
RNG R.Garraway 15yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 2nd 13-0
RNG J.Snape 3yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd 20-0
RNG S.Churchill 45yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd 27-0
RNG S.Snowball 20yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 4th 34-0
RNG P.Shugg 13yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 4th 40-0

Week 10 Croydon Rangers Bye Week

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
  Bye    

Week 9 – Rangers vs Warriors

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 33yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 1st 6-0
RNG S.Churchill 16yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 4th 12-0
RNG R.Garraway 45yd Pass from Mark Ursu. (2pt good run) 4th 20-0

Week 8 – Rangers vs Miners

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG S.Churchill 1yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 7-0
RNG S.Churchill 37yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 2nd 14-0
RNG R.Garraway 65yd Kick Return. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd 21-0
RNG S.Churchill 35yd Pass from Mark Ursu. (P.A.T no good) 3rd 27-0
RNG S.Churchill 53yd Run (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd 34-0

Week 7 – Rangers vs Seahawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG J.Hornbuckle 19yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 1st 6-0
RNG M.Ursu 4yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 1st 12-0
RNG J.Davidson 10yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T no good) 1st 19-0
RNG J.Snape 5yd Run. (P.A.T good C.Judy) 2nd 26-0
RNG S.Churchill 35yd Run (P.A.T no good) 2nd 32-0
RNG M.Krischunas 5yd Run. (P.A.T no good) 2nd 38-0
RNG R.Garraway 5yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T good C.Judy) 2nd 45-0
RNG R.Garraway 25yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T good C.Judy) 3rd 52-0
RNG M.Barnett 20yd Field Goal. 3rd 55-0
RNG M.Ursu 1yd Run. (P.A.T good C.Judy) 4th 62-0

Week 6 – Rangers vs Buccaneers

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG J.Davidson 9yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 7-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 39yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 14-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 1yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 2nd 28-0
BUC Buccaneer TD Pass. (2pt no good) 3rd 28-6
RNG Judd Davidson 12yd Run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd 35-6
BUC Buccaneers TD Pass. (P.A.T good) 4th 35-13
RNG B.Mason 27yd Pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 4th 42-13
RNG J.Snape 1yd run. (2pt no good) 4th 48-13

Week 5 – Rangers vs Warriors

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
WAR Warriors TD Run. (P.A.T no good) 1st 0-6
RNG J.Snape 1yd run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd 7-6
WAR Warriors TD Pass (P.A.T no good) 3rd 7-12
RNG J.Davidson 46yd pass from M.Ursu. (P.A.T no good) 3rd 13-14
WAR Warriros TD Pass. (2pt good) 4th 13-20

Week 4 – Rangers vs Crusaders

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG J.Davidson 65yd punt return. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 1st 7-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 2yd run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 2nd 14-0
RNG J.Davidson 24yd pass to B.Mason. (P.A.T no good) 2nd 20-0
RNG Jon Snape 6yd run. (P.A.T good M.Barnett) 3rd 27-0
RNG M.Barnett 27yd Field Goal. 4th 30-0

Week 3 Croydon Rangers Bye Week

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
  Bye    

Week 2 – Rangers vs Blackhawks

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG J.Hornbuckle 1 yd run. (P.A.T good C.Judy) 1st 7-0
RNG M.Doyle 1 yd run. (2pt pass Ursu to Garraway good) 3rd 15-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 1 yd run. (P.A.T good C.Judy) 3rd 22-0
RNG J.Hornbuckle 39 yd run. (P.A.T no good) 4th 28-0

Week 1 – Rangers vs Miners

Team Scoring Summary Qtr Score
RNG M.Ursu 40yd pass to J.Davidson. (P.A.T good C.Judy) 1st 7-0
MIN Miners TD run. (2pt run good) 1st 7-8
MIN Miners TD pass. (2pt run good) 2nd 7-16
MIN Miners TD pass. (2pt run no good) 3rd 7-22
RNG J.Davidson 44yd punt return. (2pt pass no good) 3rd 13-22
MIN Miners TD run. (2pt pass no good) 3rd 13-28
RNG M.Ursu 51yd pass to B.Mason. (2pt run good) 3rd 21-28
MIN Miners TD pass. (2pt pass no good) 3rd 21-34
RNG M.Ursu 25yd pass to J.Davidson. (2pt run no good) 4th 27-34
MIN Miners TD kick return. (P.A.T blocked) 4th 27-40
RNG D.Wain P.A.T block return. 4th 29-40
RNG M.Ursu 6yd pass to R.Garraway. (2pt pass good) 4th 37-40

Rangers win Vic Bowl XX

Article updated

Croydon Rangers are the VIC BOWL XX Champions

The Croydon Rangers took on the Nunawading Warriors in Vic Bowl XX on Sunday. The Rangers did not only have to take on their opposition but the weather conditions as well, it rained on and off all day but this would not stop the Rangers. The Rangers wanted to put scoreboard pressure on the Warriors early to make them play catch up football. This was achieved thanks to a great run down the sideline for a 21 yard touchdown by Steve Churchill giving the Rangers a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. The heavens opened up and the game became a defensive struggle for the rest of the half, the Rangers had one good drive but were unable to capitalise on the opportunity. The Rangers went into the half leading 7-0.

During the third quarter the Rangers offence went about extending their lead, after a fantastic offensive drive quarterback Mark Ursu found receiver Richard Garraway in the back of end zone for a 5 yard touchdown putting the Rangers up 13-0. Late in the third quater the Warriors were putting a threatening drive together, but this did not faze the Rangers defence they had two sacks and forced an incomplete pass to turn the ball back over to the Rangers offence. Thanks to the Rangers defence the offence took over and slamed the faint Warriors hopes shut, the Rangers drove the length of the field and Mark Ursu capped it off when he scored on a 3 yard run. The Rangers defence make sure of the shutout thanks to interceptions by Scott Snowball and Dan Wain to shut the Warriors out. The Rangers becoming the VIC BOWL XX champions running out victors 19-0.

Croydon Rangers are the RIDDELL BOWL Champions

The Croydon Rangers won the 2004 Riddell Bowl over the Bay City Buccaneers 28-24 in one of the best Riddell Bowl games ever.

The Rangers opened the scoring in the second quarter when quarterback Callum Dunsford hit fullback Pete Shugg in the flat who ran the remaining yards into the endzone. Tailback Ash Hopkinson scored for the Rangers soon after when he bounced an inside run to the sideline and raced 25 yards to the endzone, Dunsford hooked up with wide receiver Jake Witchelo for the 2pt conversion putting the Rangers up 14-0 with only seconds left in the half. Seconds was all the Buccaneers needed to find the endzone, with a long pass the Buccs found themselves down by only one score going into the half.

The Rangers wanted to extend their lead in the second half and this was helped by a 27 yard run up the middle by fullback Mark Doyle who in his final game as a Rangers junior broke three tackles on his way to then endzone. Hopkinson added on the 2pt conversion, which would later prove very important. In the next two buccaneer drives they would start to turn the game, They scored twice in short succession both game from long passes putting the score at 22-18. In the fourth quater the Rangers put together a long time consuming drive which was highlighted by a 2 yard Hopkinson run up the middle to give the Rangers a 10 point lead, this would mean the Buccaneers would need to score twice in the final minutes to win. The Rangers defence stepped up, the Buccs would score again but had used up almost all of the remaining time on the clock. The Rangers recovered the on side kick and then got two first downs to run out the clock.

Pete Shugg of the Croydon Rangers was named the Riddell Bowl MVP, for his great game on defence and offence helping the Rangers set up the win. The 2004 league awards were also announced after the Riddell Bowl, Darren Johnstone of the Rangers won the Line MVP, Ash Hopkinson won the offensive MVP award and Pete Shugg took out the league overall MVP

Tim Davies wins the League MVP award

Tim Davies took out the GV League MVP award at the Gridiron Victoria League presentation night on the 13th of August. Steve Churchill and Judd Davidson tied the officials Best and Fairest award as well. All the Croydon Rangers would like to congratulate Tim, Steve and Judd.

Springfield Reserve to host VIC Bowl XX

Gridiron Victoria announced that Springfield Reserve home of the Croydon Rangers will host VIC Bowl XX on the 22nd of August 2004. Springfield Reserve which is located on the corner of Mt Dandenong Rd and Springfield Ave, Croydon, also hosted VIC Bowl XIX last season, kick off will be 1:00pm.


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