Month: November 2015

Seniors – Capital Bowl – Preview

Here it is ladies and gentleman, after a tough 10 round regular season and a hard fought qualifying final we are finally here. Not everyone gets to experience this but it’s what every player and every team strives for. They train for the better part of a year, through Canberra’s harsh winter of rain, frost and negative temperatures. They fight each other, tooth and nail, every Saturday in the mild warmth of August through to the hot heat of November. Their season has been mixed with highs and lows, wins and losses. They’ve overcome injuries and disappointments all to get a shot to play for ACT Gridiron’s top prize…the Capital Bowl.

The history of the Capital Bowl is longer than most people realise. Gridiron in the ACT began 25 years ago, in 1990, when the Canberra Sabretooths formed. The success of the Sabretooths in the NSW Gridiron League from 1991 brought on the formation of ACT Gridiron in 1993 with a 5 team league. The Tidbinbilla Space Cadets won the inaugural Capital Bowl and only 6 out of 10 other teams have earned the right to raise the trophy above their heads and call themselves “Champions”.

With ACT Gridiron in its 23rd year, Capital Bowl XXIII sees its newest club, the Central Spears, take on one of its founding clubs, the UC Firebirds. Since joining the league in 2012, the Spears have been a force to be reckoned with. They’ve only seen one defeat since their inception and have won three consecutive Capital Bowls. They’ll go into Saturdays game as the favourites as they’ve come away with the win against the Firebirds both times they’ve met this season and are coming off a well earned week off meaning that they’ll be fresh and ready to defend their title.

The Firebirds may be the underdogs but they are sure to have their eye on the prize come Saturday. The club has a long and successful history with multiple Capital Bowl appearances and victories. This experience makes them dangerous on the field and they are not a team to be taken lightly. They are coming off a 4 game winning streak where they have racked up 198 points and conceded only 12.

Saturday marks the ultimate form of competition for ACT Gridiron. Two titans will face off against each other and only one will come out of the contest as champions. If you want to experience the best Gridiron that Canberra has to offer, Saturday will be your last chance. Greenway oval has a fully covered grandstand in case Canberra’s November weather turns nasty. There is also a canteen supplying hot food and drinks as well as all the other amenities you’d expect from a sporting ground. If the comfort of your own home is too good for you to leave, Ascension Sports will be livestreaming the game via https://asa.mediafoundry.com.au/live-events/act-gridiron-2015.

Gates open at 11:00am with 2 junior games being played, the Central Spears vs the Centurions at 12:30 and the Tuggeranong Tornadoes vs the UC Firebirds at 2:00pm. The capital Bowl is set to kick off at 4:30pm

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Seniors – Qualifying Final – Preview

This weekend marks the start of the 2 game finals series for the senior competition with the UC Firebirds and the Centurions going head to head in the qualifying final. The winner of the game will earn the right to play the minor-premiers and reigning champions, the Central Spears in Capital Bowl XXIII. The 2015 season saw a change in format for the ACTG Senior competition with 5 teams competing for the trophy. The season saw over 40 hours of Gridiron with all the teams collectively scoring 746 points in over 40 hours of football.

The UC Firebirds will go into the qualifying final as favourites finishing the regular season at 2nd place with 12 points. They have faced the Centurions twice this season and managed to come away victorious on both occasions winning 34-6 and 33-0. They have also rounded out the season with a 3 game winning streak and set their club record for points differential with a 68-0 win over the Wildcats in round 10.

The Centurions, who finished at 3rd place on 8 points, may be the underdog but will be looking to knock the Firebirds off their perch and earn the right to compete for the Capital Bowl. The Centurions come off a 24-6 loss against the Spears in Round 10 and have historically been able to bounce back with strong wins after a defeat, the largest being a dominant 48-12 victory of the Tuggeranong Tornadoes in Round 6.

Both team will be coming out of the gates firing on all cylinders this week so a great game is on the cards. Kickoff for the Qualifying Final is at 4:30pm this Saturday down at Greenway Oval. Come along to check it out or watch the livestream via https://asa.mediafoundry.com.au/live-events/act-gridiron-2015

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