Month: August 2018

Firebirds and Centurions remain unbeaten in season 2018

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.

Barbarians line up against the Firebirds

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.

Centurions quarterback Beau Kennett in action

Round three:

Saturday 1st September

11am – Firebirds (2-0) v Centurions (2-0)

Gungahlin Oval.

Seniors Round 1 Wrap Up

The 2018 ACT Gridiron competition kicked off on Saturday, with cold and wet conditions greeting the four teams who will battle it out for a place in the 25th edition of the Capital Bowl.

The first game of the day saw the newly merged team the Barbarians, formerly the Wildcats and Gladiators, take on the Centurions at Griffith Oval.

The Centurions led 20-6 late in the second quarter before the Barbarians produced a safety and an eight-point touchdown to make the score a respectable 20-16 at the half time break.

The second half was owned by two players, Centurions quarterback Beau Kennett and offensive left tackle and defensive nose tackle Timmy Allen.

Kennett rushed for two touchdowns of his own and set up wide receiver Justin Wilson for the final score of the game. The young quarterback controlled the game like a seasoned professional. He guided his team around the park and will be a joy to watch in 2018.

Timmy Allen played offence and defence, in a stellar performance that lifted his side to a big win to kick start their season. Allen was involved in everything from the get go and will be a rock for this side going forward.

The Barbarians, who are still missing more than 10 players due to other sporting commitments, will be better for the run and will continue to challenge all season. They can take a lot from this loss and will continue to grow as a unit.

The second game was a clash between two sides who have won the last six Capital Bowls between them.

It was dubbed as the battle of the titans, with the UC Firebirds taking on the Central Spears.

But it was a very one-sided clash with the Firebirds running away with a 33-0 victory.

Four touchdowns for running back James Thornhill, saw the defending premiers make a huge statement to start 2018.

Thornhill was electric all game, no one was getting anywhere near him on the defensive side of the ball. He ran through and around opponents like they were standing still. Opposition sides will need to make allowances for his running ability in coming weeks, otherwise he will continue to score touchdowns at will.

The Spears didn’t have a lot of football in the opening quarter but looked good when they got the chance. They struggled to get through the Firebirds defence. Whether it was running the ball or throwing downfield, the Firebirds were always there to hold them up.

A fumble and turnover from the Spears to start the second half all but handed the game to the Firebirds to start their 2018 campaign with a huge win.

Next week will see the Barbarians v Firebirds, while the Spears will take on the Centurions at Gungahlin Oval from 10.30am on Saturday. Come down and check out the action.