|Posted by Hawkpeter on December 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
The 2013 was rounded out on saturday against the North West Sydney Predators after a disapponting 58-0 loss.
The Predators will go through to the semi finals next week against the West Sydney Pirates.
There were some stiff upper lip performances from 2 way players such as WR Aaron Beyer, LB Scott Lawrence and OL Christos Lambropolous. Back up Qb Byron Bostock started his 2nd game of the year and several players played out of position; not the best strategy for a game versus a playoff team.
The season had a few notable bright spots:-
* Linebacker Scott Lawrence broke the senior team record for tackles in a season with 88. Colts team graduate Harrison Brindle finished 4th all time with 74.
* Defensive back and defensive captain James Cosgrove played his 50th game.
* Wide Receiver Aaron Beyer finished the season with 62 receptions, enough for 2nd all time in a season.
The 2012 season showed that more preparation is required for 2014 to be an improvement and that preparation must start immediately. The 2014 Colts season begins very shortly and they will be trying to defend their 2013 championship.
|Posted by Hawkpeter on November 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
The 2014 Colts season and new Seahawks Junior Development squad start the 2014 season with a testing day Saturday 23rd at the team gym, Shire Speed and Strength 12pm. The players will be tested in the vertical leap and bench as wel as measured for height and weight before heading to the practice field at Sutherland for the 40yard dash, agility shuttle and a conditioning test.
On field practice will then commence on Friday December 13th, players needing equipment will need to arrange that at the team gym in the week prior to first practice.
|Posted by Hawkpeter on November 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
It might have been the bare bones of the roster but it was enough for the Sutherland Seahawks to triumph over the Central Coast Sharks and avenge the earlier season contest, winning 34-22 at Budgewoi on saturday.
Quarterback Daniel Tickner was 24 of 36 for 312 yards and 4 touchdown passes, leading the team on several long scoring drives, particularly through the use of receiver Aaron Beyer who finished with 183 yards receiving and Ben King who caught his first 2 ever touchdowns passes.
Defensively the Seahawks had made huge strides schematically for the game despite starting 2 players at different positions. Aaron Wotton made his first start at Mike linebacker and Mike Hall took up the role at Defensive End; both having huge impacts on the game. Wotton co-led the tackle count with 9 and made several key pressures on the QB as he scrambled whilst veteran Hall had a key sack to close out the game in the 4th quarter to go with his 9 tackles.
The Seahawks will have the week off before taking on the North-West Sydney Predators in the final regular season game November 30th at Penannt Hills 7.30pm.
SEAHAWKS 34, SHARKS 22.
|Posted by Hawkpeter on November 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
Similar to the first encounter with the West Sydney Pirates 2 weeks ago, the Sutherland Seahawks losing streak continued with a 37-12 loss at Craik Park in Round 11.
The Pirates were to strong at the line of scrimmage for the Seahawks run game and when they had the ball, the Pirates' runners were too fast and agile ripping off carries of 38 and 43 yards for touchdowns in the first half for a 19-0 score at the break.
Some of the few bright sparks came from the Daniel Tickner to Aaron Beyer connection. Beyer's 5 receptions for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns extended for him what has been another consistent season for him. Beyer also collected his 300th career reception in the Pirates game.
The Seahawks will again travel to the Central Coast next week in round 12 to attempt to avenge last week's loss to the Sharks.
SEAHAWKS 12, PIRATES 37
|Posted by Hawkpeter on November 4, 2013 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
Despite 360 yards and 5 TD passes by QB Daniel Tickner and s shut out by the defense in the second half, the Sutherland Seahawks were unable to defeat the Central Coast Sharks.
An appalling first half performance by the defense allowed the Sharks to score 44 points, scoring on every possession including the opening play on the Sharks first drive. Tickner would throw 2 touchdowns to Ronnie Li and a third to Aaron Beyer to keep the game competitive and 44-20 at the half whilst the defense made some running repairs and strategy shifts with the bodies available.
The offense continued to make plays and drive the ball but it would be 2 long touchdown passes, one more each to Li and Beyer that gave the Seahawks a glimmer of hope at 44-36. The defense tightened, not allowed a play more than 16 yards in the 2nd half, forcing turnovers on down and punts, a stark contrast to the first half.
Late in the game, a safety after a long punt by the Sharks ended the chances for the Seahawks and the losing streak would continue. What was a very long drive for such a disappointing game will have to be done again in 2 weeks when the Seahawks and Sharks will play for a second time in 2 weeks on the Central Coast. Next week's game, the Seahawks will again take on the West Sydney Pirates 4pm at Craik Park.
SEAHAWKS 36, SHARKS 46
|Posted by Hawkpeter on October 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM||comments (0)|
The West Sydney Pirates extended a 22-6 half time lead into a 34-6 victory on saturday, taking their season record to 7-1 as the Seahawks continue in 2013 winless in the regular season.
Defensive Back James Cosgrove stepped into the running back position to go over for a touchdown on his only carry of the game just before half time but it was the only points of the game the Seahawks could mount. 4 sacks and 2 interceptions thwarted drives whilst the defense was only able to limit the Pirates offense to 4 touchdowns of their own.
The Seahawks will travel to the Central Coast this saturday to play the Central Coast Sharks 7pm. The Sharks are 1-7 and one place above the Seahawks on the ladder.
SEAHAWKS 6, PIRATES 34.
|Posted by Hawkpeter on October 20, 2013 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
A quick 3 and out by the defense was followed by a 26 yard touchdown pass to Aaron Beyer as the Seahawks led early over the Mustangs before floudering in the second half, 38-14.
The Mustangs would hit back before half time going to the break 7-6 before executing soundly on all sides of the ball throughout the second half. Despite a David Haslam interception, the Mustangs scored 4 second half touchdowns including 1 intercept returned for 6 points as well as a safety.
Aaron Beyer added a second touchdown, this time from 50 yards to get the score to 24-14, poor tackling by the defense couldn't keep the Mustangs out of the endzone after that however, and the offense in particular struggled with blocking schemes allowing 6 sacks.
The Seahawks will play the West Sydney Pirates next week 4pm at Pennant Hills.
SEAHAWKS 14, MUSTANGS 38.
|Posted by Hawkpeter on October 17, 2013 at 5:00 AM||comments (0)|
Targeted kids ages 11 to 14.
The GNSW Colts competition is a 15 to 18 year bracketed sport that runs from preseason practice in December to the Championship game in late May. To grow that level of gridiron in this state, and then flow on to the sport at large, younger players need to be developed. The Sutherland Seahawks are the best suited club to do this and will do so with this new development program for 11 to 14 year olds.
In 2013, the Seahawks equalled the record for most Colts championships in the nation. Many of those players were experienced returnees from the 2012 season and despite having some of the youngest in the competition, they were dominant because of that experience. Getting kids involved in the sport and developing them physically and advancing their football skills is crucial.
The Seahawks are the only club with its own gym. Club President Peter Upham is the driving force behind the development of players to play college football in the USA through his gym Shire Speed and Strength and the Colts team will pride itself on its physical development and off field athleticism in 2013.
The Seahawks are the ONLY club in Australia to have sent 3 players to Division 1 FBS colleges on scholarship. No other club has sent 2. Any young athlete who has an interest in exploring the possibilities of playing college football has massive advantages playing for the Seahawks.
* Participants in the Junior Development Program will receive a playing jersey, polo shirt, team hat and t-shirt.
* Receive free gym membership, lifting instruction, running skills and conditioning preparation year round. First practice is not until friday December 13th but they may start lifting at the team gym immediately.
* Players will be provided with helmet, pads and practice jersey then be able to purchase their own discounted helmet and pads through the club.
* Participants will train with the Colts team in all non-contact drills, assist the coaching staff with relaying play calls, taking statistical data, assist with film analysis, be taught how to officiate games and more.
* Players who graduate from the program will have a massive competitive advantage over others in the Colts competition as well as be eligible to try out for International development teams and programs around the world that normally Australia does not send participants to.
* This program is ideal for any young male who has a long term interest in playing college football , gaining an athletic scholarship in the USA and playing high calibre sport internationally.
* The first practice will be Friday December 13th 2013. Players will need to arrange an equipment fit out in the week prior at the team gym. Practices are Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be no practice on Dec 25th, 27th or Jan 1st.
Please contact club President Peter Upham on 0415-889952 or email@example.com Head Coach Christos Lambropolous can be contacted on 0404-257506
|Posted by Hawkpeter on October 13, 2013 at 2:20 AM||comments (0)|
UTS Gridiron were successful over the Sutherland Seahawks 27-14, sending the Seahawks to 0-6 on the season.
UTS started with a strong running game performance and were ably assisted from poor special teams by the Seahawks in the kicking and coverage game. UTS were treated to short fields and romped to 20-2 half time lead; David Haslam able to return one of the UTS PAT's back for a 2 point score before the half.
Into the second half and UTS scored a 4th TD after the Seahawks went for it on 4th down inside its own half. On the folowing drive, the Seahawks offense finally hit back, a deep pass to Ronnie Li found the endzone, and when UTS was thwarted on a 4th down attempt of its own through a David Wrightson sack the Seahawks on the back of Tristan Whiting's 99 rushing yards put Aaron Beyer over for his 4th TD of the year.
UTS were a notch above, but in the context of a very tough 2013 season it was a vastly improved performance for the Seahawks. Rookie Jackson Wilder led the tackle count at nose tackle, Colts graduate Harrison Brindle is still on target to break the club tackle record after making 10 more tackles in the game and the offense vastly improved its productivity.
The Seahawks will face the Wollongong Mustangs in the next round at Revesby, saturday October 19th 7pm.
SEAHAWKS 14, UTS 27.
|Posted by Hawkpeter on September 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
As they have done for all but one game since 2002, the Sydney University Lions soundly defeated the Sutherland Seahawks at Berkeley on saturday 55-0.
The conditions were especially windy but it didn't stop the Lions from dominating every aspect of the game. The Seahawk offense struggled for most of the game and lost yet another starter on the first offensive play of the game, ironically also the best yardage gainer of the game for the Seahawks.
There were small victories for the defense against the Lions run game. The Seahawks started the game with Colts graduates Peter Tanti, Harrison Brindle and Jordan Kidis inside as well as rookie defensive lineman Jackson Wilder. With second year d-lineman Warren Denehy and veteran Scott Lawrence they kept the Lions to just 3.25 yards per carry. The lowest since 2001. In the face of a 55-0 loss, it was one of the few bright sparks, but a positive nonetheless given the context.
The competition has a bye over the October long weekend before the Seahawks play UTS on October 12th 7pm at Kyeemagh.
SEAHAWKS 0, LIONS 55.
(below: ex-Seahawk Head Coach Terry Johnston with Lions Head Coach Andrew Ogbourne and former Seahawks starting Center Carey Wingate)