Author: Spinksy

University of Canberra Firebirds make it 26 wins straight

UC Firebirds continue domination of ACT Gridiron, while the ACT Diamonds secured a hard-fought win over the Sydney Uni Lions to make it three wins in a row in the NSW Women’s Gridiron competition.

The Firebirds dominated the Central Spears 47-0 on Saturday at Greenway Oval. They now stretch their winning streak to 26 games dating back to the start of the 2016 season.

Running back James Thornhill scored a double, taking his total to 22 touchdowns on the year. While Alexander Maskell-Knight added another two for the Firebirds to record another easy victory.

University of Canberra Firebirds quarterback Luke Job.

UC Firebirds win first silverware of 2018

The UC Firebirds have claimed their first silverware of 2018 with a hard-fought victory over the Centurions at Greenway Oval on Saturday.

It was a beautiful day in Tuggeranong, the crowds grew throughout the day and showed their support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Plenty of money was raised and a great day was had by all.

The day also saw the first home game for the ACT Women’s side the Diamonds who are playing in the NSW women’s competition for 2018.

The 42-20 win secured top spot for the Firebirds with two games remaining. Perennial scorer, running back James Thornhill opened the scoring late in the first quarter with a bombarding run down the middle, knocking several defenders over on the way to the endzone.

The Centurions answered back with a touchdown of their own to make it 7-6, early in the second. From then on, the Firebirds controlled the half.

Relentless pressure from the defense saw several wayward passes and multiple intercepts resulting two defensive touchdowns, one to Thornhill.

It was 21-6 at the main break before Alexander Maxwell-Knight scored his first of the day, before Thornhill added his third and fourth to take his season tally to 20.

The final score was flattering towards the Firebirds, they had several lucky plays go their way and will need to work hard to continue their unbeaten run. Credit to the Centurions who scored more points against the Firebirds than anyone all season combined.


In the opening game of the day the Central Spears take on a spirited Barbarians side, who will not lay down easily this season. An 18-0 victory all but seals a finals spot for the Spears.

Evan Bullock opened the scoring on the end of come scintillating runs from newcomer Panashe Kamhara.

Quarterback James Micallef kept the ball and ran for the second touchdown of the game to make it 12-0. Huge credit must go to Beast-Mode Larry Smith for a dominate display on and off the ball in the first half.

Several missed timed passes and dropped catches kept the Barbarians in the game for much of the contest before wide receiver Simon McInnes crossed late in the game to put the result beyond doubt.

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.


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