Month: September 2018

Centurions sew up ACT Gridiron finals berth

The Centurions have sewn up a finals berth after a hard-fought 34-6 win over the Spears in a hostile match at Gungahlin Oval on Saturday.

There is certainly no love lost between the two sides, with the referees playing a vital role in keeping tensions to a minimum.

Centurions quarterback Beau Kennett.
Centurions quarterback Beau Kennett.CREDIT:CHRIS SPINKS

Quarterback Beau Kennett was scintillating on the opening drive, firing a pass downfield to Julian Ciempka and then the touchdown pass to Matt Garrett for the opening score of the game.

The Spears hit back with a touchdown of their own through Zane Daniel, but that was all they could muster.

Scott Hatton found his name on the score sheet after a great ball from Kennett saw him dance down the right edge and cross the line.

An onside kick from the Centurions to restart play, was scooped up and eventually taken in for a touchdown by Jeremy Hegarty.

The Spears came out firing in the second half and looked to be back in the game, until quarterback James Micallef threw an intercept to a Centurions defender. It didn’t take long before Lachlan Facchini crossed to give the Centurions a 28-6 lead.

In the final quarter, a fake punt on fourth down, ended up in the hands of Ciempka who ran for 60 yards and set up Facchini for his second touchdown of the game.

The Centurions will now look towards a top of the table clash against the University of Canberra Firebirds as their next outing.

The other game of the day saw the Firebirds win after the Barbarians had to forfeit.

The league has a bye next weekend with games resuming at Greenway Oval in two weeks.

ACT GRIDIRON ROUND SEVEN

Saturday 6th October: Firebirds v Centurions at 10.30am, Spears v Barbarians at 1.15pm, at Greenway Oval.

ACT Gridiron week 5

The University of Canberra Firebirds continued their unstoppable run this season, beating the Central Spears 20-6 to secure another ACT Gridiron win last weekend.

The Firebirds jumped out of the blocks with an early touchdown to perennial scorer, running back James Thornhill. The Spears’ made errors on and off the ball allowing Thornhill to cross for his second before the end of the first quarter.

The Firebirds defense was clinical in the first half, barely allowing Spears quarterback James Micallef any time with the football. The barrage of pressure forced two fumbles, two turnovers and an intercept in the first half.

Thornhill crossed again in the third quarter to take his tally to 16 touchdowns for the season, helping lift the Firebirds to a 20-0 lead.

The Spears finally scored when a wayward pass from Firebirds quarterback Luke Job was fumbled and picked up by defensive machine Will Symington, who took the ball for a well-deserved defensive touchdown.

Firebirds RB, James Thornhill, working for ‘yards after contact’

In the other game, the Centurions took on the severely undermanned Barbarians, who needed most of their players on the field for both offence and defence.

The Barbarians moved the ball downfield on their opening drive and were the first team to score when Steven Kerr crossed. The Centurions, led by the ever-reliable talents of quarterback Beau Kennett were dominate from then, going on to win 51-8.

The eight-touchdown demolition included a hat-trick to Lachlan Facchini, a double to Scott Hatton and singles to Nick Colonna, Tom Griffiths and the final points of the game to Kennett himself.

ROUND SIX

Saturday: Spears v Centurions at 10.30am, Barbarians v Firebirds at 1.15pm. Both games at Greenway Oval.

Central Spears break ACT Gridiron duck

The Central Spears have picked up their first win of the 2018 ACT Gridiron season with a convincing 38-0 drubbing of fellow strugglers the Barbarians.

Still missing several key players, the Barbarians put up a brave fight but it wasn’t enough to stop the resurgence of the Spears at Greenway Oval on Saturday.

Touchdowns from running back Stuart Duncan and a quarterback sneak from James Micallef saw the Spears take a 12-0 lead into the first break. It was all Spears from then on.

The second quarter came to life, when a neat pass downfield from Micallef found an open Simon McInnes who took a great catch and crossed the line to make it 18-0.

Another solid run from Micallef saw him claim his second touchdown of the game and push the lead out to 25 at half-time.

A double to running back Evan Bullock put the icing on the cake in the third quarter and took the game beyond the Barbarians.

The Spears \will now look towards a showdown with the undefeated University of Canberra Firebirds next week.

The Barbarians are struggling with defending the run game and are lacking communication across the park. They have a lot to work on defensively if they are to be a part of finals football.

ACT GRIDIRON ROUND FIVE

Saturday: Firebirds v Spears at 10am, Centurions v Barbarians at 12.45pm at Greenway Oval.

Spears Quarterback – James Mcalife