Happy Tuesday everybody! And Tuesday at Gridiron Downunder means it’s time for the GV Players of the Week. Week 9 was an interesting week with some close games, a few blowouts and a tie in Division 1 for the first time this year. Once again we have a nice mixture of great positional play (Including plenty of love for the Offensive Line) to form this week’s list of awesome football players.
(Editor’s note: The Western Crusaders and Ballarat Falcons had the respective byes in each division this week, and are not featured)
Team Captain Plathe led an outstanding effort from the Bendigo Dragon Front 5 in their win over the Barbarians. He was excellent in both pass protection and run blocking for an offence that generated 50 points. He also filled in on defence with some crucial tackles.
160 passing yards, 60 rushing yards
Sorely missed during his time away on Australian Representative duties, Ferguson did it all for the Miners on offence in their loss to the Predators. He again showcased his great escape ability and arm strength as a roll-out passer, as well as getting yards on the ground.
88 receiving yards, 1 TD
Dawson was Croydon’s key receiving threat in the 20-20 tie against the Melbourne Uni Royals. He worked well in both the slot and out wide and came up with some big catches on third down to keep the Ranger Offence moving.
60 receiving yards
In a tough day for the Buccaneers, Lawrance was a shining light at wideout. He was the only player to cause Monash any significant problems, getting open consistently against their secondary for catches and drawing pass interference penalties.
11 total tackles, 1 TD
Peters has been a beast all year for the Glads, leading the defence and chipping in on offence when needed. Against the Raiders on Saturday night he was once again in the thick of it, making tackles at will and punching in Gippsland’s only score of the night.
Canning put on a pass protection clinic in the Royals tie against Croydon, and was also instrumental in the run game. His awareness and motor in getting downfield on broken plays were another a big reason for the Royals offensive success.
110 passing yards, 1 TD
Glanville had the task of playing under centre this week, and put in a valliant effort against the undefeated Silverbacks. He threw for over one hundred yards, including a 52 yard TD, and also played hard on defence and special teams.
71 receiving yards
A bright spark on a rough day for the Barbarians, Phelan provided a solid target for QB Sean Roche. Was able to get by Bendigo’s secondary on multiple occasions, highlighted by an incredible David Tyree-esque catch during the third quarter.
108 receiving yards
Onte continued his fine season with another great game in the Raider’s Saturday night victory over Gippsland. On top of his efforts as a pass catching threat, Onte was also a key contributor on offence as a blocker in the run game.
12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FR
The 57 points that the Silverback offence put up against the Wolves was a direct result of this man’s work on defence, providing them with optimal field position. His twelve tackles included six for loss. A phenomenal effort from “The Phantom”.
Did you miss any of the results, photos or standings from last week?
You can also check out the Week 9 Wrap Up