So, we have unfortunately come to an end of the GV 2022 season. It was a successful season one would think, especially with the introduction of the under 13’s open age competition. Let’s hope we can continue to grow from it.
First game up was the South Eastern Predators up against an inexperienced Geelong Buccaneer outfit. The Bucs had found form at just the right time, having knocked of first seeded Crusaders last week. Could they cause another upset and win this year’s Vic Bowl?
Nerves had obviously set in for both clubs but the more experienced Predators side handle the pressure better. In a game with plenty of highlights, the Predators were far too strong for the Buccaneers, eventually going down 28-0 in favour of the Preds. The future looks bright for the Predators.
PREDICTION WAS 36-20 Predators.
The Under 19’s saw the undefeated Croydon Rangers taking on reigning Vic Bowl champion the Geelong Buccaneers. Led by head coach Daniel Noonan, the Buccaneers started well, holding the fast scoring offense of the Rangers to just 16 points at the half, while scoring 8 themselves. They kept up with them until half way through the final quarter, but the Rangers offense had too many weapons with a few mistakes by the Buccaneers being costly in the end. Final score was 41-18.
PREDICTION WAS 36-8
The final game for the day was the undefeated defending Champion Western Crusaders, up against a Croydon Ranger outfit looking for revenge. This game was LIVE on the KAYO freebies.
The Crusaders started as they usually do. Relentless on Defense, causing the Rangers Offense to stutter on the first drive, which ended in a Punt and a return by WR Rustem Todd for 6 points. The signs of another blowout were already evident at this early stage. However, WR Jacob Kerin wasn’t going to allow his team to get blown out early, scoring on a long run after a pass from QB David Nilsson, starting in his first ever Senior Men’s Vic Bowl. Unfortunately, that’s where it ended for the Rangers until late in the game, scoring their 2nd TD to at least put some respect back into the score line.
The Crusaders were unstoppable on the ground, with RB Tyrell Sharp and 2nd year man and game MVP, Junior Alama making big plays at a consistent rate. There were some big scoring plays called back due to penalties, nullifying most of Sharps runs. Something he has gotten used to in 2022. Final score was 42-12
The Crusaders cleaned up in most of the awards as well. Something you’d expect from such a powerful club over the past 5 years. People (I definitely am) are calling for the Crusaders to play a game against the Bayside Ravens (Queensland) to determine just who is the BEST team in the country. The Ravens have won the past 4 Sun Bowls.
PREDICTION WAS 44-0
Thank you to whoever reads these previews and reviews. Enjoy your Christmas and New Year break and we’ll see you next Gridiron Season. Just remember #growthegameaus