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.