Rangers in GV Finals Action this weekend
The pointy end of the season is here, and the Rangers have 3 teams in Sem-Finals action this weekend, all hoping to advance to the VicBowl on Sunday 8th December. The Under 15s had a bye into the finals, while the Women's had done enough to qualify in 3rd place despite the loss on the weekend. The Men's team rebounded from their Week 1 qualifying finals loss with a big rebound against the Dragons.
Men: Saturday, November 30 - 1200pm Rangers (3) vs Crusaders (1) It has been more than 5 long years since the Rangers have defeated the Crusaders, with the win streak extending to 11 games (including 2 meetings in semi-finals) for the team from Footscray. The Rangers have won a VicBowl more recently than they have recorded a win over the Cru, with the last win occurring on 9 August 2014. The upside? Well, the Rangers were closer than anybody this year to knocking off the Crusaders, who haven't been beaten by anyone in the last three seasons. The Rangers played an exceptional game in Week 7, going down 14-3, despite leading 3-0 at the last break. With a little more polish developed in the back end of the season, this could be the day that breaks the spell and sends the Rangers back to the VicBowl.
Under 15s: Sunday, December 1 - 930am Rangers (2) vs Spartans (3) The Rangers finish the regular season with a 5-2 record and will face the 4-3 Spartans. The Youngest Rangers split their 2 regular-season games against the Spartans, dropping 30-10 in Week 10, before bouncing back 3 weeks later to take a 30-16 victory. The Spartans will come in a lot more prepared than they did in the last matchup, and you expect this to be a ripper clash with Victoria's youngest gridiron talent on display. The winner of this clash will take on the winner of the second semi-final between the Bucs (6-1) and Sharks (3-4), both of whom the Rangers have wins against this year.
Women's: Sunday, December 1 - 1230pm Rangers (3) vs Crusaders (2) Despite last week's loss to the Buccaneers, the Rangers (3-5) have finished the season in third place and will face the Crusaders (6-2). It has been a tough year for the Rangers, and a win here would certainly surprise the GV onlookers, following 54-8 and 48-14 losses at the hands of the Cru during the regular season... but never count out the ladies in green.