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Posted by Hawkpeter on April 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (1)

According to plan, the Sutherland Seahawks Colts team were dominant throughout over the North West Sydney Panthers, the final score finishing at 44-6.

It was another thorough game plan and execution, the Seahawks played 3 different QB's, Justin Whiting throwing his first touchdown pass to Jesse McPhee whilst QB starter Daniel Besz would also find McPhee for a long score.

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The Seahawks had excellent field position for large portions of the game courtesy of the usual pressure defense that has conceded only 1 rushing touchdown this season. Rookies Billy Lennon and Blake Zumot again led the tackle count whilst the Seahawks also finished with 3 sacks and 3 takeaways.

The blocking for the Seahawks run attack was stellar again. H-back Jackson Young only carried the ball three times but he woud score a touchdown on each possession; also scoring a PAT on his sole reception.

Next week the Seahawks will take on the Central Coast Sharks at Kyeemagh 7pm April 12th.



Posted by Hawkpeter on March 30, 2014 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The now 4-0 Sutherland Seahawks are clear ahead at the top of the Gridiron NSW table after a 36-8 victory over the West Sydney Trojans.

The Seahawks totalled 237 yards on the ground, the biggest return of the year, as the team again spread the ball around, 4 different players scoring touchdowns.

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Star of game was defensive back Billy Lennon who scored touchdowns via rushing and on an interception return as well as having 5 tackles and a forced fumble. Zach Nichols, Daniel Besz and Jackson Young also found the endzone.

Defensively the Seahawks had 3 interceptions, Defensive captain Alex Mellor and Linebacker Blake Zumot picking off the Trojans QB whilst Jarrad Atkins again led the tackle count with 8.

The game unfortunately finished prematurely due to a concussion involving one of the Trojans players in the second half requiring an ambulance. The Sutherland Seahawks wish him a quick recovery.

Next week the #2 North West Sydney Panthers will take on the Seahawks at 8.30pm at Kyeemagh. The Panthers are coming off a solid victory over UTS.



Posted by Hawkpeter on March 27, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Sutherland Seahawks will play at 5 Sports Caringbah for their 4th game of the season against the West Sydney Trojans.

The Seahawks enter the game at 3-0 for the 2014 season, the Trojans are 1-1-1 and coming off a victory over the North West Sydney Panthers last week.


Posted by Hawkpeter on March 23, 2014 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

With another victory over the Sydney University Cubs the Sutherland Seahawks continue their position on top of the GNSW Colts competition.


Through a perculiarity of the draw, the Seahawks faced the Cubs for the 2nd time in 3 games. The first encounter finished as a dominant 37-6 victory for the Seahawks and again the defense was able to keep a strangle on the Cubs when they had the ball.

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Even without leading tackler Clay Hansell, the Seahawk defense did not allow a point, Billy Lennon, Blake Zumot and Jarrad Atkins tightened the ship after some early first downs and pressured the Cubs line of scrimmage and back field consistently.


The pressure led to multiple plays where the Cubs put the ball on the deck. Defensive Lineman Nathan Filetti and Linebacker Blake Zumot had fumble recoveries and the defense held strong in the redzone.


The Seahawk offense again spread the ball around. QB Daniel Besz fought off illness to throw 3 touchdown passes, Zach Hughes bagging 2 of them including the opening score. Besz scored again on the ground but for the 3rd straight game the Seahawks also played Dylan Dinale and Justin Whiting at QB. The Tight End position was very productive again with Jackson Young scoring another TD whilst Jesse McPhee had a 42 yard reception. Both players are excellent blockers down field and in the run game. The Seahawk offense is well ahead of the marks it set last year when it won the championship.


The Seahawks will play the West Sydney Trojans next week at Craik Park 7.30pm on saturday.




Posted by Hawkpeter on March 16, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

With two wins and a bye week so far in 2014 the Sutherland Seahawks remain as the only undefeated team in the GNSW Colts league after a 46-18 victory over the previous #1 UTS Titans.

The Titans were coming off 2 big wins to start their 2014 campaign notching big wins over Penrith and the Central Coast, scoring 40 points in each contest. After a slow start for the Seahawk offense, they would score touchdowns on 7 of their next 8 drives.

The defense in actuality started the scoring, Khaled Alfas tackling the UTS punter in the endzone for a safety and 2-0 Seahawk lead. From there, excellent field position resulted in multiple scores from multiple scorers. Part time Running Back and full time Defensive Back Billy Lennon scored a 22 yard rushing touchdown from his first touch and 8-0 Seahawk lead followed by a Daniel Besz to Ross Sedra slant pass from 12 yards out.

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UTS had been scoring at will in its first 2 games and the Seahawk defense was prepared for a rigorous game of gang tackling. Outside Linebacker Clay Hansell however was largely a gang of his own, finishing the game with 10 tackles and 2 sacks. The UTS run game finished with just 30 yards from 15 carries and was sacked 7 times. In the second half UTS had - 5 yards in total offense. 

Offensively, the Seahawks spread the ball around again with 6 different players crossing over for touchdowns. Ross Sedra would score a second touchdown, this time from 30 yards out; Besz would also throw scores to Jackson Young and Zac Hughes. Haoping Tang was almost untouched on his 16 yard first half touchdown and the Seahawks were again able to play all 3 Quarterbacks enabling Justin Whiting, one of the team's youngest players, to score his first career touchdown.

Next week the Seahawks will play a return game against the Sydney University Cubs at Kyeemagh 7pm.



Posted by Hawkpeter on March 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (2)

In a replay of the 2013 Championship game, the Sutherland Seahawks defended their title with a wholly dominant 37-6 victory over the Sydney University Cubs.

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The Seahawks would score on all but 2 of their possessions, punting just once. Haoping Tang scored a touchdown on his first carry, a 34 yard play through the middle of the Cubs defense, the offensive line and tight end blocking yielded over 9 yards per carry and more than 200 yards in the game.

The defense featured veterans like Khaled Alfas and Clay Hansell in dominant roles. Alfas led the tackle count including 2 huge tackles for loss whilst Hansell had 2 QB sacks starting where he left off in 2013 when he led the team in sacks. Rookie Billy Lennon co-led the tackle count with Alfas and added an interception  as well, Jarrad Atkins also got his rookie season underway solidly with 4 tackles.

The offense achieved all of its goals. It ran and threw the ball convincingly. Zac Hughes' 53 yard reception from QB Daniel Besz put the Seahawks up 13-0 and then a 2nd touchdown grab by Hughes, this time 26 yards out put the halftime score at 19-6.

It was more of the same in the second half. The defense tidied up the few poor plays from the first half and allowed just 1 total yard from scrimmage in the second half. Blake Ebsworth added Qb pressures and Nathan Filleti had a sack leading to one punt, two turn overs on down and Lennon's interception for the Cubs.

The Seahawk offense spread the ball around and scored in multiple ways. Besz would throw a 3rd touchdown pass, this time to wide receiver Aaron O'Neill before Tang had his 2nd rushing touchdown. Jackson Young would catch a touchdown pass from one of two back up QB's for the Seahawks who played in the game, Dylan Dinale. In all, 4 players scored touchdowns, 3 QB's threw passes in the game and 5 different receivers caught a reception.

The Seahawks will have a bye week in Round 2 and then take on UTS on March 15th at Kyeemagh 8pm.


Posted by Hawkpeter on February 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (2)

The Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday March 16th 3.30pm at Shire Speed and Strength Caringbah.

All club members and prospective club members are invited to attend.

Nominations for President, VP Administration, VP Operations, Equipment Director, Social Director can be forwarded to [email protected] by March 15th.


Rookie players are encouraged to attend the rookie try out day on Saturday April 12th at Waratah Athletics Track sutherland from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Prospective players will need to bring football boots and advise Head Coach Peter Upham by email that they will be attending [email protected]


Posted by Hawkpeter on February 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

** This post has been edited to reflect the updating of the draw on Feb 18th**

The Sutherland Seahawks will open the defense of their 2013 Championship win with a replay of that championship game against the Sydney University Cubs.

#1 March 1st vs Sydney Uni Cubs @ Kyeemagh 7pm

#2 March 8th BYE WEEK

#3 March 15h vs UTS Titans @ Kyeemagh 8pm

#4 March 22nd vs Sydney Uni Cubs @ Kyeemagh 7pm

#5 March 29th vs West Sydney Trojans @ Craik Park 7.30pm

#6 April 5th vs North West Panthers @ Kyeemagh 8pm

#7 April 12th vs Central Coast Sharks @ Kyeemagh 7pm


#8 April 26th vs North West Panthers @ Craik Park 5.30pm

#9 May 3rd vs Central Coast Sharks @ Kyeemagh 7pm

#10 May 10th vs West Sydney Trojans @ Craik Park 5.30pm

#11 May 17th vs Penrith Grizzlies @ UWS Kingswood 6pm

#12 May 24th BYE WEEK

Semi Finals May 31st @ 5 Sports Caringbah

Championship Game June 7th @ 5 Sports Caringbah


Posted by Hawkpeter on January 6, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

More good news in the world of youth player development for the Sutherland Seahawks. Offensive Lineman Andrew Moenting is a part of the International Federation of American Football's World Development Team Camp at the IMG Academy in Florida.

Information about the program can be found here.


Andrew started at Left Guard for the Seahawks Championship winning Colts team in 2013 and will do so again in 2014. He played Left Tackle for the Australian Future Stars program in July on the Gold Coast last year.

Moenting is the first player from the Seahawks club to participate in IFAF's development program which has seen many talented players from around the world be a part of the USA vs Rest of the World annual game. 


Posted by Hawkpeter on January 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In all the action of wrapping up the 2013 Division One season and transitioning into the 2014 Colts and Junior program it would be easy to overlook other exciting news for 2014.

The Sutherland Seahawks are very proud to announce that Colts player Zac Holman will be attending Fort Scott Community College in Kansas beginning with the Winter/Spring semester in a few weeks time.

Zac was the defensive captain of the 2013 Colts Championship winning Seahawks team, 2nd on the team with 47 tackles at the safety position and will compete for a spot there with the Fort Scott Greyhounds in 2014. Zac is from a football family; father Brett played college football himself and had coaching stints in the very first 2 seasons of football in NSW when it started back in 1985 and was offensive coordinator in 2012 for the Division One team.

Zac is sure to be another proud representative of the club overseas during the next 2 years.