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Passing trend

Spartans 26 – 2 Eagles


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Spartans 7 7 12 0 26 Win
Eagles 0 0 0 2 2 Loss

Rushing the ball is certainly no trend for the Spartans, even after importing a new QB, their commitment to the run is astounding, but when finals come, will it be their undoing?

Boasting the league’s most productive rushing attack (Vollar and Musallum) the Spartans are literally running over opponents this season, continually wearing down opposing defenses. This is a team build to score early and protect that lead with a strong defense and clock killing run game, the problem is the passing attack. While the Spartan run game is exceptional, the pass game is currently tied for league worst, if required can the Spartans mount a comeback?

Unfortunately for the Eagles (and Gridiron SA) 2 more quarterbacks were lost to injury in round five, without a starter at the helm and facing an outstanding defense, the Eagles were outmatched and ran over.


SPARTANS: Musallum 2 rushing, Vollar 2 rushing
EAGLES: Safety


Adelaide loses with the win

Hogs 18 – 0 Oilers


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Oilers 0 0 0 0 0 Loss
Hogs 12 0 0 6 18 Win

Adelaide University entered week 5 unbeaten, with the Oilers looking for their first win of 2017. While Adelaide won the match, it will be a defining game regarding the 2017 season outcome.

The Hogs started strong, with rookie Thresher scoring on debut, as Adelaide looks to develop the back rotation as the season progresses. This was quickly followed by a Welbourn to Olive TD, Olive scoring his first TD of 2017 after his rookie season was cut short by injury (Tied for second in TD’s playing in only 5 games 2016). Strong signs for the Hogs, with Dawson and Pedler still set to return from injury, both starters last season.

The match tightened in the second and third, as both defenses tightened, the oilers moving the ball well via the deep pass but undone by turnovers, Tedmanson with 3 INT’s on the day. Steady growth shown in the deep pass from the Oilers, but will require more consistency from Tedmanson in tight games to secure the wins.

The fourth was costly for Adelaide and Welbourn was injured via the blitz (offside, defensive penalty). Post-game scans revealed season ending surgery, how will Adelaide fill the position? Welbourn hasn’t missed a start in 6+ seasons and started the 2017 campaign with 10TD’s and zero turnovers. Lawrence filled in admirably, connecting with Valles for the game sealing TD, but will be called upon to continually produce throughout the remainder of the season.

With arguably the league’s best weapons at their disposal, are Adelaide coaches up to the task, can they develop an effective attack? We’ll find out the weekend as the Hogs face the Spartans.


RAZORBACKS: Welbourn 1 passing, Lawrence 1 passing, Olive 1 receiving, Thrasher 1 rushing, Valles 1 receiving.


Oh my Jos!

Hogs 47 – 20


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Chiefs 7 0 0 13 20 Loss
Hogs 12 0 21 14 47 Win

The annual Friday Night Lights matchup proved to be the offensive explosion Gridiron SA had been waiting for, with the competitions two best passing teams going at it. Until it wasn’t…

The Chiefs moved the ball early, scoring on the opening drive as Adelaide University committed multiple drive extending penalties. Caputo to Benjamin (7-0), Chiefs lead.

The Hogs responded on their first drive, with an Olsson rush, before recovering the kickoff the following play. Finishing the short drive with a Valles rush, as he continues to impact the competition on both sides of the ball. The Hogs took a lead they would never relinquish.

After a conservative first half, Adelaide opened the third quarter floodgates with three consecutive passing scores, Welbourn hitting Valles once and Builder twice. Holding a 33-7 lead Adelaide subbed heavily the remainder of the quarter.

Caputo hit Thorpe for a 27-yard TD one the first play of the 4th, immediately followed by an Olsson fake punt, resulting in a 65-yard TD, ending the contest. Both sided added scores late in the 4th, Rech and Benjamin respectively.

Adelaide University already heavy with offensive talent, welcomed Jos Builder back into the rotation. Their offence proving too strong throughout Friday Night Lights.


RAZORBACKS: Welbourn 3 passing. Olsson 2 rushing. Valles 1 rushing and 1 receiving. Builder 2 receiving. Rech 1 rushing.
CHIEFS: Caputo 3 passing. Benjamin 2 receiving. Thorpe 1 receiving.


Running over the pass

Spartans 33 – 14 Chiefs


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Spartans 7 7 13 6 33 Win
Chiefs 6 8 0 0 14 Loss

The late game loomed as an exciting battle between the running game of the Spartans and the passing attack of the Chiefs, the opening quarter did not disappoint.

The Spartans easily scored on the game’s first possession, with a constant dose of Volar. The Chiefs immediately answered with a Caputo to Bartlett connection. After fantastic opening statements from both teams, the wheels began to fall off.

A fantastic rushing attack was abandoned as the Spartans tried to open the passing game, consecutive interceptions followed with Myers (again) taking an INT to the house, before starting QB Van Pamelen was knocked from the contest. Volar rushed another TD, the score 14-14 at the half.

After forming a strong connection with Benjamin during the first half, it was now the Chiefs turn to abandon their strength for a quarter, consistently rushing after their primary runner was lost to injury.

The Spartans abandoned their spread set, and returned to their power running formation as Hassal, Musallum (on a brilliant long run) and Volar all scored. The relentless running of the Spartans too much for the Chiefs to handle.


SPARTANS: Volar 3 rushing. Musallum 1 rushing. Hassall 1 rushing.
CHIEFS: Caputo 1 passing. Bartlett 1 receiving. Meyers INT return for TD.


Eagles for the W

Eagles 31 – 6 Oilers


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Eagles 7 3 7 13 31 Win
Oilers 0 0 6 0 6 Loss

The Eagles and Oilers both headed into week 0-2, the big question being which team would rebound from the week prior (Eagles 51-0 defeat, and the Oilers losing 32-6)?

The game remained close throughout the first half with both teams unable to take advantage of excellent field position (via turnover), before Naulty opened the scoring for UniSA, score 10-0 at the major break.

Under constant pressure throughout (the season) Tedmanson was magical on the Oilers lone TD, scrambling to avoid a certain sack before launching a 60yd score.

The remainder of the game was all UniSA as Crummey connected with Draper twice in garbage time to ice the game. Both teams have a week off, will the Oilers find a way to protect Tedmanson during the break?


EAGLES: Crummey 2 passing. Draper 2 receiving. Naulty 2 rushing. Plowman FG.
OILERS: Tedmanson 1 passing. Eves 1 receiving.


50 Burger

Adelaide University 51 – 0 Uni SA


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0 Loss
Hogs 8 16 12 15 51 Win

After only playing 2 quarters in week one, the Hogs went to work quickly, putting on a clinic. Both sides of the ball dominated throughout. Welbourn connected twice with Valles early, before adding two more TD’s via Battistella. The Adelaide University offense spread the ball, with over 8 players registering multiple touches, Simmonds making his return to the gridiron particularly noticeable after missing 2016 due to injury.

Uni SA were constantly under pressure, with Crummey either hit or forced to scramble often.

Adelaide Uni head into the bye week looking toward the Great Southern Bowl rematch (Friday Night Lights) whilst Uni SA will look to get into the winning ledger against the Oilers.


HOGS: Welbourn 4 passing, Valles 2 receiving, Battistella 2 receiving, Buckskin 1 rushing, Rech 1 rushing, Toh 1 rushing, Safety.


Running port to port

Spartans 32 – 6 Oilers


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Oilers 0 0 0 6 6 Loss
Spartans 13 6 6 7 32 Win

The Spartans open 2017 with the same approach as the 2016 season. RUN. THE. BALL. With a hard-hitting defense to protect any lead, the Spartans committed to the run. Volar and Musallam scoring 2 rushing TD’s each against an undermanned Oilers squad.

Special teams contributed with a 65-yard punt return, ensuring the Spartans we’re in control throughout the match.

The Oilers held strong in the second half, conceding only 2 TD’s while scoring their first TD of the season, via a Tedmanson scramble.

Will the Spartans formula continue to work against high scoring passing offensive sides, we’ll find out next week as they meet South City.


SPARTANS: Volar 2 rushing, Musallam 2 rushing, Ridington punt return for TD
OILERS: Tedmanson 1 rushing.


Oil spill

Adelaide University 28 – 0 Southern District Oilers


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Oilers 0 0 0 0 0 Loss
Hogs 14 14 0 0 28 Win

The Hogs started chasing their 5th straight title quickly, scoring on the second play of the game (Welbourn to Valles) capitalizing on good field position and controlling both sides of the ball throughout the half.

Adelaide University was far too strong, forcing 4 turnovers in 2 quarters of play. The AU defense consistently forced 3 and out, while the offence spread to ball to multiple weapons.

The game ended prematurely as AU defender suffered a serious ankle injury whilst intercepting Tedmanson.


HOGS: Welbourn 1 passing, Valles 1 receiving, Buckskin 2 rushing, Baker Fumble recovery for TD


Chiefs clip Eagles

South City Chiefs 39 -18 UniSA Eagles


Team 1 2 3 4 T Outcome
Chiefs 9 20 3 7 39 Win
Eagles 0 0 12 6 18 Loss

The South City Chiefs and the UniSA Eagles battled for the Dawn Mayman Perpetual Trophy, the 2017 season opener. The Chiefs offensive and defensive units started fast, both scoring early. Caputo with rushing and passing TD’s and Myers with the pick six.

The Eagles mounted a spirited comeback behind two long Crummey to Burford connections, but it wasn’t enough as the Chiefs continued to score, sealing with win with a Riach TD reception.

The Chiefs claim the Dawn Mayman Perpetual Trophy comfortably.


CHIEFS: Caputo 3 passing, 1 rushing. Verlato 2 FG, Bryett 1 receiving, Meyers INT TD, Bartlett 1 receiving. Riach 1 receiving.
EAGLES: Crummey 2 passing. Burford 2 receiving, Naulty 1 rushing.


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