2016 OPAL BOWL REVIEW

This Saturday 3 December was the Gridiron NSW Grand Finals with 3 Championships being contested at Leichhardt Oval.

  1. The Colts Kookaburra Bowl XXVI – Sutherland Seahawks v UTS Gators
  2. The Women’s Opal Bowl IV – UNSW Raiders v Northwestern Phoenix
  3. The Men’s Waratah Bowl XXXIII – Sydney University Lions v West Sydney Pirates

Our UNSW Raiders Women kicked off against the Northwestern Phoenix at 2pm in the hopes of holding on to their undefeated record.

The ladies started in an awesome way with the first pick of the day to #7 Stacey Speer followed by the 1st touchdown of the day being run in by #80 Evette Lichaa giving the ladies a 6-0 lead.  The 2nd toimg_0471uchdown of the 1st half was to #22 Jamey Burgess, the defense held firm throughout the 1st half and the women went into the half time break with a 12-0 lead.

The 2nd half started strongly with the 3rd touchdown of the day being run in by #3 Liana Hogarth with #43 Renae Hahn successfully running in the 2 point conversion to give the ladies a strong 20-0 lead.  Halfway through the 2nd half there was a great intercept by #52 Kasia Kaputsa which gave the ladies possession of the ball before the 4th touchdown for the day by #3 Liana Hogarth with a successful 2 point conversion to #80 Evette Lichaa giving the ladies an seemingly unstoppable 28-0 lead before the Northwestern Phoenix scored their 1st touchdown of the day taking the score to 28-6.

The 5th touchdown of the day went to #3 Liana Hogarth giving her a trifecta and extending the Raiders lead to 34-6. Finally, on the last play of the game, #2 Amanda Janes completed the victory with an amazing pick six taking the score to a glorious 40-6 and giving the women the 2016 Championship!

The 2016 Opal Bowl MVP Award was presented to UNSW Raiders Player #43 Renae Hahn! This is Renae’s 2nd successive Opal Bowl MVP Award!

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The UNSW Raiders Women have made history by being the first team in the Gridiron NSW Women’s League to take 2 championships!  Congratulations to our Back to Back -Undefeated- UNSW Raiders Women!

The 2016 OPAL BOWL CHAMPIONS!!! 💚🏈

FINAL SCORE – UNSW Raiders 40 defeated the Northwestern Phoenix 6

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GRIDIRON NSW – CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

  • COLTS – Sutherland Seahawks 32 defeated the UTS Gators 14
  • WOMEN – UNSW Raiders 40 defeated the Northwestern Phoenix 6
  • MEN – Sydney University Lions 20 just defeated the West Sydney Pirates 19

LEAGUE LADDERS – Final season ladders have been updated and are to the right of this post.

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS –  Make sure you look out for our weekly highlights reel which will be posted on Facebook page on Tuesday morning.

PHOTOS– Elissa Manera

COMING UP – The final regular season round for the RGA Youth Gridiron Competition which is played on Friday Nights at David Phillips Sports fields.  Games start from 6.30pm.