Second instalment of our new segment, the GV Players of the Week. We’ve got rookies and veterans, tall people and short people, offence and defence, and all manner of different combinations that you will thoroughly enjoy, from our Week 6 slate of games. Let’s get to it!

(Editor’s note: The Geelong Buccaneers and Pakenham Silverbacks had the respective byes in each division this week, and are not featured)

Ballarat Falcons – Nigel Rowe, Safety

6 solo tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 pass def, 35 yd punt avg

In a big defeat for the Falcons, Rowe was the shining light as a defender and punter. He made plays in the backfield and showed great range as a tackler, while the rest of the Ballarat defence was under siege.

Berwick Miners – Abdul Kinock, Safety

8 solo tackles, 6 assists, 3 pass def, 60 return yards

Kinock was everywhere for the Miners in an outstanding fighting effort against the Western Crusaders on Saturday. He picked up 14 total tackles from the Safety spot and also contributed on special teams, averaging 20 yards on punt returns.

Croydon Rangers – Ghok Yien Thiang, Runningback

119 rushing yards

It was the electric rookie Yien Thiang that provided the spark for the Rangers win over the league leading Monash Warriors. A mix of hard inside running and freak elusiveness led to 119 yards and an awakening of the dormant Croydon run game.

Melbourne Uni Royals – Jonny Warren, Wide Receiver

164 receiving yards, 3 TD

A huge day at the office for the Royals resident big play threat, racking up the yardage at an average of 41 yards a catch. Warren simply could not be stopped as he helped spearhead a 28-2 victory over the South Eastern Predators.

Melton Wolves – Nathan Fankhauser, Defensive End

5 solo tackles, 4 assists

Fankhauser has been a terror for opposing backfields in Division 2 all season, and was at his best again on the weekend, playing a pivotal role in the new club’s inaugural win over the Gippsland Gladiators.  His tackling ability and work rate are second to none at Melton.

Monash Barbarians – Dan Petrov, Defensive Line

7 tackles for loss, 1 sack

The high motor of Petrov was on full display in the Barbarian’s 20-8 victory over the Northern Raiders. “The Tazmanian Devil” exploded off the snap on each play and was a constant chaotic presence, stopping plays in the backfield at will.

Monash Warriors – Travis di Niese, Wide Receiver

150 receiving yards, 1 TD

The focal point of the Warriors passing attack in their close loss to Croydon, Number 5 lined up all over the formation, and caused numerous matchup problems throughout the day. He came up with some huge catches en route to a buck fifty in receiving yards.

Northern Raiders – Nathan Nicolaou, Linebacker

8 solo tackles, 8 assisted tackles, 1 INT

Nicolau gets the nod for the second week in a row. He was once again a dominant force on both defence and special teams, and is providing outstanding leadership as a young player in the improving Northern Raiders organisation.

South Eastern Predators – Cody Miller, Runningback

74 rushing yards, 31 return yards

Miller fulfilled the workhorse back duties brilliantly for the Predators in a tough, physical loss to the Royals. The first year import has led by example all season and is setting the tone for a young team establishing themselves in Division 1.


Did you miss any of the results, photos or standings from last week? You can also check out the Week 6 Wrap Up

GV Players of the Week 6

Jamie Stafford

Tina Fey-loving current starting QB (at least until Richie gives me the hook) of the Croydon Rangers in Gridiron Victoria, as well as the Head Coach of the Croydon Rangers women's team. I once got my hair washed by a total stranger in a Subiaco salon at 5am while playing for the 2004 Victorian team. That was a good day.

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