A brilliant first half display from the University of Canberra Firebirds saw them overcome the Barbarians and remain unbeaten to start their 2018 ACT Gridiron campaign. In a statement to the rest of the competition, the Firebirds have kept another team scoreless in a scintillating 64-0 win.
After scoring four touchdowns last week, running back James Thornhill matched his efforts on Saturday, scoring two touchdowns on offence and two intercepts on the defensive side of the ball. His total of eight for the season after just two games, makes him the man to catch. A further two touchdowns from Alexander Maskell-Knight, put this game to bed early.
It was an impressive showing again from the Firebirds defence who are working as a solid unit and will be hard to score on this year. The Barbarians, who are still missing a few players, showed signs of cohesion and will be stronger for the loss. They now have the week off to regroup and show the rest of the comp what they can do.
The second game of the day was a defensive arm wrestle between the Centurions and the Spears. The Spears had several players returning to the side after they were thrashed by the Firebirds last weekend. Huge defensive efforts across the park from Will Symington, Larry Smith and Joshua Arona made for an entertaining game.
With both sides scoreless at half time, it was a field goal in the dying stages on the 3rd quarter that saw the Centurions take the first lead of the game. It was all Centurions in the final quarter. They finally scored the touchdown they were looking from when Matt Garrett caught a brilliant pass from quarterback Beau Kennett. In the final few minutes, the Centurions ran out the clock for a 10-0 win and remain unbeaten this season.
Saturday 1st September
11am – Firebirds (2-0) v Centurions (2-0)