MUGC MUGC News News Edi on Three ‐ May 22 2014 Edi on Four —May 30 2014
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Lions Game Review Word from the Coach Most Valuable Players Around the League Round Five Preview Oﬀ the Field
Words by Alex Gossage Photography by MUGC Design by Liv Rog
MUGC Lions v Pakenham Silverbacks The Lions and Silverbacks made the long journey out to Ballarat hoping to return with their first win on the board. Having drawn the opening round against each other both sides came in knowing this was a winnable game. The Lions kicked oﬀ the first half. The first series couldn’t have gone any worse for the Lions, with only the second play of the game being run in for a TD by Silverbacks #20, Felix Brown. It was called back for a penalty, only for him to run it in again the very next play. Extra point was good, early lead for the Silverbacks, 7‐0. The oﬀence fared marginally be er, moving the ball consistently to start the drive. However they would quickly become bogged down at the half way point before being forced to punt the ball away. Poor tackling let the Lions down again which allowed the Silverbacks to move the ball with ease. An unexplainable drop by the Silverbacks receiver who had no one near him le a TD on the field before se ling for a field goal. Sil‐ verbacks now lead 10‐0 early in the first quarter. Neither oﬀence got anything going un l the Lions started their next drive within their own 5 yard line. On second and 7 quarterback Elvin Le threw into double coverage managing to find receiver Jordan Stewart who juked away from the defenders before finding open ground. A huge 90 yard touchdown for the Lions put them right back in the game. Score 10‐6. Rejuvenated the defence rode their luck as a long touchdown run by the Silverbacks was called back before Silverbacks #3 dropped an easy catch that would have been a touchdown. With only a four point lead these were big missed opportuni es for the Pakenham side. They’d make up for it though, with the defence forcing the Lions to punt before #20 returned to the house. Poor tackling let the Lions down again in what would be a theme for the game. Two point was no good leaving the scores at 16‐6. An intercep on on the next Lions drive gave the Silverbacks a great opportunity to go in at half me with a big lead. This me they would not waste it, running to the outside for a touchdown. Two point no good, 22‐6 to the Silverbacks. The second half started much like the first. A er being forced to punt the Lions defence struggled to contain a
strong Silverbacks running game. Poor tackling again allowed Silverbacks #22 to run 20 yards a er the catch for a touchdown. Extra point was blocked. Silverbacks lead 28‐6. The Lions showed great courage and determina on though, not le ng the scoreline get to them. On the ensuing kick‐oﬀ Jordan Giumelli took it upon himself to restore some pride, smashing a 90+ yard kick return through the lines of Silverbacks players for a touch‐ down. Conversion was no good, score now 28‐12. The Lions would con nue to struggle on both sides of the ball, conceding a safety and a touchdown. The successful two point gave the Silverbacks a commanding lead, 38‐12. However the Lions would not give up. A long oﬀensive drive was stopped in the red zone before a gi of an intercep on was returned for a TD by Lions free safety Jack Towers. A successful conversion would give us the final score of 38‐20 a er the rest of the half was played out in stalemate. A disappoin ng result for the Lions but a deserving bye week will give them me to regroup for the next game.
Words from the coach
“The score line isn’t great and we have some things we need to fix, but we scored on oﬀence, defence and special teams which is great. It was a good performance and guys are s ll learning so there are a lot of posi ves to take away. “
Most Valuable Players Lions: Jordon Stewart—Played superbly and got himself a TD. Really happy to have him back on the field Frank Matue—Playing defence and special teams Frank had a great game, never giving up or taking a break.
Around the league Division One: Bendigo Dragons 14‐0 Berwick Miners: The Dragons con nued their rise in the GV ranks with a convincing win against the Berwick Miners. The Miners have now lost 3 in a row since their opening round win. Geelong Buccaneers 50‐0 Western Crusaders: Buccaneers carried on their unbeaten run in 2014, having now scored more than 40 points in every game. Not that they need to, they’ve only conceded 29 points so far. Without a doubt they are the favourites this season. South Eastern Predators 6‐6 Monash Barbarians: The second draw for the season in GV, this one was a bit of a sur‐ prise. Given the strength of both teams defences a low scoring draw was probably a fair result. Monash Warriors 20‐6 Croydon Rangers: The Warriors got one up on their old rivals with a comfortable win. So far it’s been an up and down season for the Rangers, while the Warriors are gaining momentum a er the opening round loss.
Division Two: Gippsland Gladiators 24‐0 Ballarat Falcons: The Gladiators announced their return to the top with a bang, taking down the unbeaten Falcons. Oﬀensively and defensively domina ng the Falcons in their own back yard, the Glads are hi ng some form.
Round Five Preview MUGC Lions: The Lions have the bye this week and will be looking to rest up a er a rough opening series of rounds. There’s been signs of improvement and with everyone coming back healthy they’ll be op mism around the Lions camp for round 6. MUGC Royals vs Monash Warriors: The Melbourne/Monash rivalry is born again with the first game against the Monash organisa on in 2014. The Royals are looking to find some form and will face tough compe on against a Warriors side that has been performing well on both sides of the ball. Kick oﬀ: 1pm Sunday @ Brens Oval, Royal Park, Macarthur Road, Parkville
Division 1: Western Crusaders vs Monash Barbarians: The Barbarians have sneaked under the radar so far, despite defea ng the Miners and drawing against the Predators they are always in the Warriors shadow. The Crusaders have had an up and down season so far and will be op mis c they can get another win but don’t count the Barbs out. Kick oﬀ: 10:30am Saturday @ The Cove Corio Community Reserve, 20 Hendy Street Corio Geelong Buccaneers vs Northern Raiders: The winless Raiders travel to the home of the unbeaten Buccaneers. The Buccs will want to con nue their dominant streak while the Raiders will probably know a result is unlikely but will give it everything. Kick oﬀ: 1:30pm Saturday @ The Cove Corio Community Reserve, 20 Hendy Street Corio Bendigo Dragons vs South Eastern Predators: The upstart Dragons have got everyone talking this season with their on and oﬀ field ac vity. They face a Predators team that is defensively brilliant but stu ering on oﬀence. This game will be hard hi ng, physical and decided by turnovers. Kick oﬀ: 10:30am Sunday @ Sydney Pargeter Reserve, Power Road, Endeavour Hills Berwick Miners vs Croydon Rangers: The two original GV teams go head to head this week. A er winning their opening round the Miners have struggled for consistency and will look to get back to winning ways against their old foes. Rangers will be looking to bounce back a er last weeks loss to the Warriors. Kick oﬀ: 1:30pm Sunday @ Sydney Pargeter Reserve, Power Road, Endeavour Hills
Division 2: All the division 2 sides get a well‐earned break with the bye this week.
Oﬀ the field It’s not all hard work and training down at Royal Park, some mes the team likes to let its hair down and relax for a change. Kick star ng the seasons social ac vi es MUGC held its annual trivia night hosted by local legend and Lions linebacker, Elliot William, on Friday 23rd May. The night was a huge success. A solid turn out arrived, with many having no previous experience of the madness that Elliot brings to his trivia rounds. A er the bar was drained, the winner was announced and the dust se led MUGC found itself with an extra $1000 to put back into the club which will go a long way to fund its ongoing development. A massive thank you to Elliot for hos ng, everyone who volunteered, organised and donated prizes, and a special thanks to all those who turned up and supported the club.
MUGC would like to announce a new sponsor for the 2014 season. The Victoria Hotel in Brunswick has become a regular haunt for MUGC players and staﬀ. With good food, wide selec on of beverages and friendly staﬀ it’s an ideal place to unwind a er a hard day on the field. We look forward to their con nued support.