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.