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EDITION Nยบ 3 17 MAY 2013






Game Review Review of Royals vs. Barbarians


Upcoming Events Off the field events



Max meets Mount Everest Maxwell Smith


Around the League Scores from all the other games around the league.


Writer & Editor Donal Stott Sub-Editor Alex Gossage Media & Design Ahmed Arayne Photographers Barend van den Hoek Ciara Gibson Deborah Marinaro Jenny Watson Liv Rog Luke Markof Una Causevic

The Melbourne University Royals are looking to field a junior’s team for the 2013 Gridiron Victoria Junior season. The season runs in the spring from September for eight weeks plus two weeks of finals. Training will begin in June. We’re looking for players, volunteers and coaches so if you’re aged between 14-18 years old and are interested in playing, or a parent or volunteer interested helping out contact us via:

The Melbourne University Royals are looking to field a women’s team for the 2013 Gridiron Victoria Women’s Season. Details are yet to be announced but the season will run in spring along with the junior’s season. We are looking for players, volunteers and coaches so if you’re aged 14+ and interested in playing, coaching or helping out contact us via:



GAME REVIEW Round Two of the season saw the Royals match up against the Bendigo Dragons in a tough and physical affair. The game was fought at the line of scrimmage and the experience, larger bodies and stamina of the Royals payed off with the Dragons unable to keep up in the final quarters. The Royals won 28 – 0. The Game started at 10:30am at Sydney Pargeter Reserve in Berwick, the ground was in fantastic condition and the sun was out, a perfect day for football. The Dragons won the toss and deferred, the Royals electing to receive the ball. The Royals offense started slowly being forced to punt on fourth down after some strong defensive efforts by the Dragons defensive line and linebackers. The Royals defence came onto the field determined to put the Dragons on the back foot from the start. That’s exactly what they did, with two hard tackles by linebacker Markus Spiteri on outside runs the Dragons were forced to punt away, giving the Royals offense the ball. Hard outside running by Jamie Spiteri and a floated pass to Darcy Muller saw the Royals move the chains before Quarterback Jonathan Chin broke several tackles on an outside QB keeper to run in a forty yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was stopped by a hard outside rush that knocked the ball out from Chin’s hand just before he threw it. The Dragons offense came out firing, moving the chains with hard inside runs and short quick passes. The Dragons went deep on a pass but it was batted down by Cornerback David Barber, the deflection was caught by Markus Spiteri giving the Royals offense the ball.

The Royals offense moved the chains thanks to hard outside running by Montel Matue but a fumble on an inside run saw the Dragons regain possession. Despite the Dragons great field position they couldn’t score thanks to hard tackling by the Royals defense forcing a turn over on downs. Passes by Quarterback Ahmed Arayne to Wide Receivers Chris Tuohy and Darcy Muller saw the Royals offense move into the red zone. With the Royals on the 10 yard line Ahmed rolled to the right and threw a looped pass over the oncoming defender to find Darcy open in the end zone. A quick pass to Wide receiver Adam Watson sealed the two point conversion putting the Royals up 14 – 0.


A great tackle by Strong Safety Alex Gossage on the Kickoff caused a fumble that was recovered by Cornerback Daniel Barber putting the Royals offense straight back on the field with great field position. A pass to Darcy Muller and an outside run by Montel Matue saw the Royals offense on the Dragons 10 yard line. A quick handoff and outside run by Chris Tuohy that went through for a touchdown was disallowed due to a holding call. Several more penalties forced the Royals back and they were unable to convert. Another strong defensive effort by the Royals saw them force the Dragons to go three and out. A poor punt by the Dragons gave the Royals offense the ball in Dragon’s territory. The Royals moved the chains thanks to another hard outside run by Jamie Spiteri but a poor pass by Ahmed Arayne was picked off giving the Dragons offense the ball back. Despite pressure from the defensive line the Dragons Quarterback was able to squeeze off a couple of passes moving the chains into Royal’s territory, unfortunately for the Dragons the clock ran out when they were still 35 yards from the Royals end zone, ending the half. The Dragons had the first possession of the second half but the Royals defence came out hard forcing the Dragons to go three and out. The punt return by Chris Tuohy put the Royals offense just inside Dragon’s territory. A big run by offensive lineman Alec Letoga left two Dragons on the ground, one unable to get up but was called back on a dubious block in the back call. The Royals were unable to make the long penalty yards up turning the ball over on downs. A quick outside pass and run by the Dragons saw them in Royal’s territory but a late hit penalty saw them moved into the red zone. Strong pressure from the defensive line and hard tackling by the linebackers saw the Dragons turn the ball over on downs. The Royals offense was forced to punt from their own end zone but a good kick gave the Royals defense some room to move. An interception by Free Safety Dylon Letoga gave the Royals offense back the ball. Outside runs by Jamie Spiteri saw the Royals move deep into Dragons territory before Running back Samuel Delia broke for another outside run going untouched into the end zone. Chris Tuohy made a good run for the two point conversion.

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A sack by Jake Carmody on the next possession forced the Dragons to turn the ball over on downs giving the Royals offense the ball. More outside running by Samuel Delia saw the Royals deep in the red zone before a quick pass by Jonathan Chin to open receiver Henry Wright ended in a touchdown. A penalty on the first two point attempt saw the ball moved back 10 yards and the Royals offense was unable to convert. The Royals defense came back to the field and an immediate interception and return by Strong Safety Alex Gossage saw the Royals offense get the ball on the Dragon’s 30 yard line. The clock ticked down on the offense who couldn’t convert before final whistle leaving the Royals winners, 28-0.

Upcoming Events After game drinks! The Royals would like to thank The Royal Derby Hotel for another great after game drinks session. It was good to see many players, partners and friends down for a drink. Don’t forget the Royals will be there after every game so make sure you come down for a beer.

Jumper presentation On Friday the 17th the Royals will be congregating at The Imperial Hotel on the corner of Bourke and Spring Streets for a jumper presentation. All the players will be officially handed their 2013 jersey, kick off time is 7pm but many of the boys will be starting early with some happy hour drinks. The Imperial is putting a few drink deals on for the Royals and has some great food that will satisfy everyone. It’s free entry and we would love partners, family and friends to come down and have a few drinks with the team.



Maxwell Smith has been playing for the Royals for three years at corner back and is known as one of the more socially active members of the team. This year, Mount Everest is on Max’s list of challenges to tackle, as he has set his sights on braving a month-long expedition to climb the world’s tallest peak this September. He is undertaking this incredible challenge to raise funds for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, supporting climate change education projects in Australia, and to sustain the work of the Himalayan Climate Initiative in Nepal, as they implement both national and community-scale climate change adaptation projects helping disadvantaged Nepali youth and women. “I am hoping to raise $10,000 through this unique life-changing adventure”, Max says, “so that I may contribute towards building a stronger global youth climate movement”. While in Nepal before the expedition, Max will work with young people from the Himalayan Climate Initiative on a project called ‘Hamri Bahini’ - meaning ‘Green Angels’ - a green social enterprise project which teaches young rural women the skills needed to sustain their own green business. Through capacity building and gradual handover, this project will create a self-sustained cooperative over three years, creating over 200 new jobs for young women in Nepal. Max will see first-hand the impacts of climate change on the Himalayas and the local people: “My work in Nepal will help me gain better insight into the challenges and dangers of climate change already being felt by people living in the developing world. Nepalese communities are being affected as glaciers melt, monsoon patterns change and crop yields diminish. Climate change is a global issue, and it is important that as young leaders from Australia we are engaging with young people from all over the world to work together,” said Max. Last year, Max was an Australian Youth Delegate to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Doha. In this role, Max worked and engaged directly with Australian and international decision-makers, playing a positive and creative role in those negotiations. If you would like to support Max on his quest, you can make a secure (tax deductable) online donation by clicking the link below: donate_page_KEY=4651 8 | ROYALS NEWSLETTER

AROUND THE LEAGUE The second game at Sydney Pargeter Reserve field saw the Western Crusaders take to the field for the first time this year against the Berwick Miners who, having lost in round one were desperate to get a win on the board. The game was hard fought from the start with turnovers on both sides leaving the game in the balance. After being neck and neck at half-time the Crusaders managed to score on an interception which would prove to be the difference, Crusaders winning 24 -16. In the first game at Ranger Field the Gippsland Gladiators stepped out for the first time in 2013 against the Ballarat Falcons who were taking the field for the first time ever. The game promised to be interesting and it lived up the hype with the Falcons keeping pace with the Gladiators all day. In the end the experience of the Gladiators won out winning with a score of 20 – 0. The afternoon game at Ranger Field the crowd witnessed another chapter in the rivalry of the Croydon Rangers and Geelong Buccaneers. The crowd expected a tough game between these two teams both having already taken the field in round one. Despite some hard hitting by the Rangers they were outclassed all day and the Buccaneers won 34 – 6.

With the Royals having a bye this week it’s a chance for the players and supporters to relax and enjoy some games that are sure to be entertaining. On Saturday there are two games at LE Cotchin Reserve in Reservoir. The morning game between the Western Crusaders and the winless Croydon Rangers kicks off the day at 10:30am. You can expect this game to be a physical outing with the Rangers desperate to not fall to an 0 – 3 start, and the Crusaders wanting to get their 2013 season off to a bang with two wins in a row. Starting at 1:30pm, there’s a rematch of the 2011 Division Two Vic bowl with the Northern Raiders taking on the Gippsland Gladiators. Both teams have had some great games in their short history and this is unlikely to be any different, both teams have notched up wins in their first games and would love to start the season off at 2 – 0. On Sunday there are two games on at Monash University. The Monash Barbarians take on the Ballarat Falcons in the morning game at 10:30am. The Falcons have their first game under the belt and are just going to improve with every minute of game time, expect them to play hard all day. At 1:30pm there’s the Division One Vic Bowl rematch with reigning champions the Monash Warriors taking on the Geelong Buccaneers. This match is going to be a great one to watch with possibly the best two teams in the league going head to head with a huge amount of history between them.



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