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The UNSW Colts bowed out of the 2019 competition yesterday after making to the first round finals against the Sutherland Seahawks. Trying to fight back in the second half from a 20-0 deficit, the Colts put two TD’s on the board but couldn’t peg back the scoreline ending their season. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the guys for their hard work and never give up determination. I couldn’t be more proud of the Colts this year and the effort they’ve put in.” Head Coach Darryl Jones said after the game. “I’d also like to thank the coaches, Tanner, Jaylon, Sam, Colton, and Austin for turning the team around and getting us into the finals.” he added, “Lastly, we hope that the players had fun during the season and come back in 2020 with renewed enthusiasm after a well earned rest.”


Women in Sport

Today UNSW Raider and New York Wolves Gridiron athlete Kira-Lea Dargin hosted the Girls in Sport Festival at Bankwest Stadium. Kira-Lea was joined by an impressive panel of Women in Sport including Australian Rep and Roosters Captian Simaima Taufa, NSW Swifts coach Briony Akle, Australian u21 Hockey player Lexie Pickering, Cricket NSW manager Sabrina Shaideen and GWS Giants AFLW player Erin McKinnon.

The host and panel discussed athletes in male dominated sport, the importance of women in sport, the many roles on offer, obstacles they’ve each overcome and the value of team work. The ladies have certainly inspired the next generation of girls in sport!


2019 SEASON – WEEK 14

Huge day for the UNSW Raiders as all three teams qualified for finals. This morning the Colts had a a day off as the Giants unfortunately forfeited the game overnight. They will have a first round finals next weekend. The Women’s had a huge win over the Ducks 42-16 giving them 3rd on the ladder for the season. Because the Sharks are ineligible for the finals they get a first round bye next weekend. Lastly the Men’s had an equally huge win over the Pirates 63-14 cementing the Minor Premier spot at the top of the ladder and giving them a first round bye next weekend as well.


Coaching Announcement

Announced last week, we’d like to congratulate UNSW Raiders coaches Mark Medrano, Michael ‘Rook’ Vardavas, Shane Dixon, Austin Karr and Josh Lawton for being chosen to coach the NSW State team – Wolfpack.


2019 SEASON – WEEK 13

The UNSW Raiders Colts were up 20-2 with 3 minutes left in the game and thought to be cruising for the win, but a late surging Rebels drew back the scoreline in a heart racing final few minutes leaving the Colts clinging onto the lead finishing out the game 20-16. It’s been a huge turnaround for the Colts going from scoring only 14 points through two games to scoring well over 100pts in four games. “We’ve really found some productive combinations and got better today.” Headcoach Daryl Jones said of the win. “We held our composure under fire and learned how to close out a game.” The Colts have one more game to win to ensure a spot in the finals making next week’s game a must win for them.
Both the Mens and Womens team had a bye today.


2019 SEASON – WEEK 12

UNSW Raiders clinched the top spot on the ladder and are one game away from claiming minor premiers with a gutsy 29-6 win over the number two team UTS Gators. QB Tanner Young (#15) said after the game, “It was a good effort and good team win. We scored when we needed to, and Defence played well. Looking forward to growing from this experience.” Tanner ran for one TD and threw for 3 TDs hitting Austin Karr (#24) in the corner for all of them. “I thought we executed well on both sides of the ball.” said Austin. “Defensive line played a great game and was physical up front. Offensively we made some great plays but we made too many mistakes. Luckily we have a couple of weeks to work on it.” The UNSW Raiders have a bye next week before their final game of the season against the Pirates. Meanwhile the Raiders Women’s team were scheduled to play the Central Coast women’s team but unfortunately the Sharks couldn’t field a team and had to forfeit. The Colts enjoyed the bye weekend off.


2019 SEASON – WEEK 11

Huge win for both the Women’s team and the Colts teams today. Both teams battled through the heat of a Midday kickoff playing at two different venues across Sydney. The Colts scored their second win of the season defeating the Central West Giants 38-22. Meanwhile the Womens had their second shutout in a row defeating the UTS Gators 38-0. “Our defense did a great job to get the shutout today, however it was clear our O-line were the MVP of the day” said offensive coordinator Renae Hahn. “We had some really explosive plays off the back of all the hard work up front!” 💚
The mens team had a scheduled bye.


2019 SEASON – WEEK 10

UNSW Raiders dishing out shutouts today with both the Men’s and Women’s team keeping their opponents scoreless. The Women’s team defeating the Giants 26-0 while the Men’s defeated the Pirates 37-0. “It was such a weird game,” Coach Medrano said after the game. “The boys came out fast in the first half and put 37 points on the board then with the running clock in the second half, it just went in a blink.” Next week the Men’s have a scheduled bye while the Women’s play UTS and the Colts play the Giants.