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2016 Registrations – NOW OPEN

REGISTRATIONS FOR THE 2016 UNSW RAIDERS GRIDIRON CLUB SEASON ARE NOW OPEN!

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Training  is held every Tuesday and Thursday at David Philips Sports Complex, Banks Ave, Daceyville.

  • Colts – 6.00pm-7.30pm
  • Men & Women – 7.30-9.30pm

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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2016 SEASON

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT – headcoach@raidersgridiron.com

 

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SUPER BOWL 50

Will Peyton Manning have the dream season or will Cam Newton take the glory?  Denver or Carolina?

Come along to the Doncaster Hotel from 10am and join the UNSW Raiders to watch SUPER BOWL 50!  Kick off is at 10.30am and there will be free hot dogs available.  Join our Facebook Event here.

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END OF SEASON TRIP – QLD 2016

12562427_10205455800902058_93180998_oThis weekend 10 women and 21 men took a trip north to the Gold Coast for the UNSW Raiders End of Season Trip.  Today, Saturday 16 January 2016, they played a friendly game against the Gold Coast Stingrays Mens and Womens Gridiron Teams.

T12557683_10205455794221891_1071893613_ohe men dedicated their match to the life of Jim Minogue who was both a former Raider and Stingray by playing for the JIM MINOGUE MEMORIAL TROPHY.  Jim, unfortunately, had his life cut short passing away from Skin Cancer.Jim_aussieteam01

A big thank the Brisbane Rhinos, Bayside Ravens and Sunshine Coast Spartans ladies and men’s players for pulling on the green jersey of the UNSW Raiders Gridiron Club today to help out with numbers in this interstate friendly game against the Gold Coast Stingrays.  Casey Cubis, Rhianna Kuss, Jonno Lee, Cory Ayres, Locky Portors, Ben Rogers, Joe Cook (all from the Spartans), Tiafi Thurston (from the Bayside Ravens), Carlos Williams and Chiam James (from the Rhinos) who all took part in the games.

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The UNSW Raiders would like to thank the Gold Coast Stingrays for organising a great afternoon.  A fun time was had by all and both games where played in good spirit – at the end of the day the Stingrays prevailed defeating the women 24-0 and the men 60-0.  Both teams will be continuing the celebrations this evening when they all will be attending a joint team function at Hurricanes Grill & Bar Surfers Paradise

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UNSW RAIDERS COACHES APPOINTED TO NSW STATE TEAM

dddThe Gridiron NSW Coyotes State Coaching Staff for 2016 Womens Australia Gridiron League (WAGL) has been appointed!

Congratulations to UNSW Raiders Coaches Dane Robertson and Tommy Larkin who have been appointed as the Defensive and Offensive Co-Ordinators respectively.

Coach Dane Robertson is the current UNSW Raiders Womens Head Coach who finished the 2016 Gridiron NSW Season as undefeated champions winning the Opal Bowl.  Dane joined the Raiders in 2007 and has played Wide Receiver 5 years at WR, 1 year at QB.  He has been Team Captain since 2010.  Dane was the Colts HC in 2009 and 2010 and played in the 2010 National Championship NSW Wolfpack in 2010 and has been a Raiders player/coach as of 2011. 12468057_10153280090071752_795994397_n

Coach Tommy Larkin has been with the Raiders since the age of 14 and has represented NSW twice in back to back championships.  Tommy has been coaching for the last 12 years. In that time he has coach the Raiders Under 19 Colts team to 8 finals appearances, 3 of which were back to back Grand Final appearances of which they won 2. This will also be his 2nd campaign with the NSW Coyotes State Womens Team.

Well Done to all the Coaches selected and best of luck with the team selection process.

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Merry Christmas and Happy 2016!

The UNSW Raiders Gridiron Club hopes that everyone had a very Merry Christmas!  We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and pray that your 2016 is healthy, prosperous and full of love and fun!

What better way to kick off the year but with some football! Join us this Tuesday 12 January 2016 (AEDST) at Doncaster Hotel from 12 noon to watch the 2016 National College Championships!

CLEMSON vs ALABAMA! The Tigers and the Crimson Tide will go head to head to fight for the honour of being the National College Champions!

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2015 OPAL BOWL CHAMPIONS

On Saturday 19 December 2015 the UNSW Raiders Gridiron Club hosted the Gridiron NSW Bowl Games.  It was an exciting day filled with lots of great football and atmosphere.  The UNSW Raiders Club started the day with a special Opal Bowl Grand Final breakfast for our womens team.

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After a lovely start to the day the women kicked off at 12 noon and did battle for the Gridiron NSW Opal Bowl.  It was a hard fought, thrilling game in which the UNSW Raiders remained undeafeated for the season defeating the UTS Gators 40-16 to take out the 2015 Championship.

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This is the first championship win for the UNSW Raiders women who are the first Raiders team since 1987 to take out a championship with an undefeated season.  It was also the first championship win for the club in 10 years!

Congratulations to all the women and congratulations to the 2015 Opal Bowl MVP – #43 Renae Hahn.

You can watch the 2015 OPAL BOWL highlights here:

The other championship game results were:

  • KOOKABURRA BOWL – The Sutherland Seahawks defeated the NorthWestern Predators 42-0 to take out their 2nd consecutive Under 19 Kookaburra Bowl
  • WARATAH BOWL – The Sydney University Lions defeated the West Sydney Pirates 36-18 to secure their 13th consecutive Waratah Bowl.

All the games were live streamed by BARTV with our very own Head Coach Paul Manera as part of the commentating team.   The games are still available on the BARTV YouTube Channel.

The UNSW Raiders Women also made front page of the Southern Courier – Read the Southern Courier Story Here
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The UNSW Raiders Gridiron Club, the only Sydney Gridiron Club located in the Eastern Suburbs, are looking forward to an awesome 2016 season.  Information regarding preseason and registrations will be available shortly.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, safe and prosperous 2016!

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THE OPAL BOWL

2015 OPAL BOWL – UNSW RAIDERS vs UTS

This Saturday 19 December 2015 is the Gridiron NSW 2015 Championship Day where the Women, Colts and Men will battle for the Opal Bowl at 12pm, the Kookaburra Bowl at 3pm and the Waratah Bowl at 6pm.  All games will be played at David Phillips Sports Fields, Banks Avenue, Daceyville.  BBQ and Drinks will be available all day.

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The UNSW Raiders Gridiron Club are very proud that our womens team finished the 2015 regular season on top of the leader board and as Minor Premiers.  They went into the Playoffs in 1st place where they defeated the 4th Place NorthWestern Phoenix to secure a position in this year Grand Final match.

The UNSW Raiders Womens will kick off at 12pm against UTS in the Gridiron NSW 2015 Opal Bowl.  We are hoping for a sea of green to support and cheer them on and we are all hoping that they remain undefeated
and bring home the championship trophy!

This year we have been very lucky to have our own Tommy Larkin producing videos for us including our Hard Knocks Series and the weekly highlights.  We are proud to present his awesome promo video on the UNSW Womens Journey to the Opal Bowl…

CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE GAMES?

Gridiron NSW have partnered with BarTV to LIVE STREAM all of the 2015 Championship games.  Live streaming links are:

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2015 COLTS KOOKABURRA BOWL 
2015 MENS WARATAH BOWL

GNSW have also partnered with Valentine Sports Photography to photograph this weekends action and we look forward to seeing the great shots next week!  Photos will be available for purchase after the weekend at $5 for 6 x 4 and $15 for 8 x 12.  Team photos will also be taken prior to each game!

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CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK

IT’S CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK! This Saturday the UNSW Raiders will be hosting all 3 Bowl Games at David Philips Sports Fields!

Can our UNSW Raiders Women continue their dominance and bring home the OPAL BOWL? We are hoping so!

12 noon – The Women play for THE OPAL BOWL – Radiers vs UTS
3pm – The Colts play for THE KOOKABURRA BOWL – Seahawks vs Panthers
6pm – The Men play for THE WARATAH BOWL – Lions vs Pirates
Join us down for a full afternoon and evening of championship football!

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For those who can’t make it down to Daceyville – the games will also be live streamed… links for streaming will be available soon and keep your eye on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/raidersgridiron) for further details in the coming days.

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NEW 5 MAN SLED

12360004_1943045599254945_5858615210052508736_nThe UNSW Raiders Gridiron Club are very proud to announce that they have taken delivery of their brand new 5 Man Blocking Sled – which we believe to be the only one on Australian soil.

Our Womens team had the honour of christening it at their training session last Thursday.

We are very excited with the direction that our club is heading and are looking forward to an even more successful 2016 season.

If you are interested in playing for the UNSW Raiders registrations for 2016 will be opening shortly.

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2015 UNSW RAIDERS PRESENTATION DAY

After a sensational 2015 season the UNSW Raiders held their end of sea12295451_937581199655196_6622646039609385946_nson awards event today.

We would like to thank all of the Players, Coaches, Executive and Support Staff for helping to make 2015 the most successful season in 5 years with the Men making the Quarter Finals and the Women off to the Gridiron NSW Opal Bowl!

At today’s presentation day we  recognised the 10 years of service for Jioje Aropio – we thank him for this loyalty and constant support of the club.

Today we also recognised a member of the club for their on going support and contribution.  It i12341293_937581469655169_2354035952714729551_nsn’t often a jersey number is retired, in fact, before today there were only  2 Raiders Gridiron Club jerseys in this state – #55 (Steve Jones) and # 57 (Peter Tos Snr).

Now we take that count to 3, as UNSW Raiders Jersey #76 was officially made unavailable.

Jersey #76 12299345_937581276321855_4506410317092018572_nwas retired in recognition of PAUL MANERA for his contribution to the Raiders Gridiron Club both as a player and as a coach.

Without doubt it was a well deserved award and we thank Peter Tos Snr and Andrew Brundu for taking the time to join us today to present the framed jersey as a gift to Paul.

Other special awards and notable mentions today went to:

  • HELEN TAYLOR for providing oranges at most of the mens games for half time and
  • CLUB PERSON OF THE YEAR – TOMMY LARKIN

HELMET AWARDS & WARRIOR CLUB – These awards are presented to UNSW Raiders players that left a mark on and off the field in recognition of their preparation, performance and club contributions!

Warrior Club is awarded to players who excel in all three categories of preparation, performance and club person. This year’s recipients are:

  • Sam Reilly
  • Matt Maiava
  • Viliami Folau
  • Ben Raglione

Finally, we would like to congratulate the following players on their Helmet Awards:

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PLAYOFF – RESULTS

There were mixed results in this weekends Playoffs.

The UNSW Raiders Men fought hard to keep their season alive however they were defeated by UTS 21-15. This marks a huge progression in the club for the season since the 2005 grand final. Congratulations to the men finishing with a winning season and their best result in 5 years.  We look forward to a bigger and more successful 2016!

The UNSW Raiders Men will be looking to come back next year wiser, stronger and hungry for the Waratah Bowl.  Here are the highlights of the Mens Quarter Finals.

In the next game of the day the UNSW Raiders Women continued their dominant winning streak by defeating the
NorthWestern Phoenix 48-12. The ladies remain undefeated for the season and will play defending champions UTS in the Opal Bowl III to be played at David Phillips on 19 December 2015.

Here are the highlights from the women’s semi final round in the weekend. With the all the hard work the UNSW Raiders Women have put in this year, can they keep the fire alive and claim the trophy for the very first time?

 

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THE PLAYOFFS!

This Saturday 5 December 2015, the UNSW Raiders will host the Gridiron NSW Quarter Finals at David Phillips Sports fields.  It will be a massive day of football with games kicking off at 11am, 1pm, 4pm and 6pm.

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2015 finds the UNSW Raiders lucky enough to have both our Men’s and Women’s teams in the playoffs with the men in the Quarter Finals and the Women in the Semi Finals.

THE MEN – It’s been a long time since the Raiders Men have finished in a top 4 place for the regular season – actually it was 10 years ago in 2005.  The last time the men made the Playoffs was 5 years ago in 2010.

With the Quarter Finals this weekend, the UNSW Raiders Men are hoping that 2015 is their year.  Can the mighty green machine keep their Grand Final dream alive?  Find out this Saturday when they face long time rivals, UTS – Kick off is at 1.00pm at David Phillips Sports Fields.  Find out this Saturday – Kick off at 1pm.

THE WOMEN – This is the 3rd year that the UNSW Raiders will field a womens team.  The women have finished the 2015 regular season on top of the leader board as Minor Premiers.  Going into the Playoffs in 1st place the UNSW Raiders Women’s team is gearing up for a do or die Semi Final against the 4th Place NorthWestern Phoenix. With an undefeated season, can our women hold on to their winning streak to get them closer to the 2015 Opal Bowl? Find out this Saturday – Kick off at 4pm.

 

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UNDEFEATED

Today, Saturday 28 November 2015 the UNSW Raiders Women played strong rivals UTS.  It was a slow start for the green machine but they managed to dig in deep and secure the win defeating UTS 36 to 18.

The UNSW Raiders women now have a 7-0 season record and the Minor Premiership for the 2015 regular season. This is the best record for the women’s team in the last three years.

Watch the highlights from the UNSW Raiders Women final game of the regular season.

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Victory at Home!

This Saturday the 14 November 2015 was our last regular season game at home.  The afternoon kicked off at 12noon  with the RGA Youth Gridiron Academy playing some exhibition games.  The boys had an excellent time and you can see their skills and game sense improving each time they play against each other.

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The UNSW Raiders Men kicked off at 4pm against the 3rd placed Northwestern Predators.  The men stayed strong and fought hard against a strong opponent to secure a well deserved 17-12 victory.  This takes the Raiders to season record of 5-3 which places them 3rd on the ladder (based on head to head  results). With one more game of the regular season, the finals dream is one step closer.

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The UNSW Raiders Womens team then kicked off at 7pm against the Northwestern Phoenix looking to continue their undefeated season and they did not disappoint.  The ladies annihilated the opposition and shut the Phoenix out of the game defeating them 60-8.  Such a superb effort by our ladies who continue to show their dominance in the 2015 Gridiron NSW Womens competition.

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Watch the UNSW Raiders Men vs Predators highlights here:

Watch the UNSW Raiders Women vs Phoenix highlights here:

NEXT GAMES: Next Saturday 21 November 2015 the UNSW Raiders teams will travel to the Central Coast where the Men will face the Central Coast Sharks and the Womens will play the Newcastle Cobras.  Will our teams continue their winning streak?  We hope so!

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UNSW Raiders at Home

Come down to David Phillips Sports Complex this Saturday 14 November 2015!  Our RGA Youth Players will be playing exhibition matches from 12 noon.  The North Sydney Rebels face the University of Sydney Lions and our own UNSW Raiders Men and Women will face the North Western Predators at home.

We will have BBQ, Drinks and Merchandise available all day ~ Hope to see you there!

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