Hogs-V-Spartans-08 TaylorMade

Hogs 14 v 13 Spartans The Hogs and Spartans entered week 8 battling for the bye, so a physical matchup was expected. Fans were treated with hard hitting and momentum swings, as the Spartans scored on their first drive due to a blown coverage assignment. The hogs responded with multiple methodical drives, but were hurt by penalties […]

Week-10-Oilers-v-Eagles-09 Soaring

Eagles 39 v 20 Oilers The Eagles might just be onto something! After losing twice by a single point, they now have two on the trot and have been putting up points. The Oilers seemed to have lost something, after finishing 2017 on a high and winning their first two, have been stuck in reverse […]

Hogs-V-Oilers-02 Comeback Kids

Hogs 18 v 9 Oilers The Hogs squared off against the Oilers for the first time this season (strange scheduling) looking to improve on the lackluster performance the week prior. After steady improvement to begin the 2018 campaign (two wins, equaling 2017) the Oilers have taken a step backward without QB Tedmanson on the field. […]

Chiefs-V-Eagles-02 High flying

Eagles 36 v 13 Chiefs The Chiefs found a little rhythm last week, pushing the Hogs for 3 quarters, would they be able to secure their second win of the season against the winless (but improving) Eagles? Not this time. The Eagles continually harassed Benjamin, never allowing the Chiefs to gain momentum, as they added […]

Hogs-V-Chiefs-02 It’s a trap

Hogs 22 v 12 Chiefs   The Hogs walked onto the pitch very much expecting an easy win, the first play a 70 yard Welbourn to Morton connection and it looked like more of the same (60 v 8 earlier in the season, Morton with 3 TD’s).  The Hogs very quickly found out this game […]

Week-07-Spartans-v-Oilers-01 Turn it over

Spartans 28 v 2 Oilers   The Oilers again took the field without starting QB and leader Tedmanson, and the offensive struggles continued. The Spartans applying constant pressure, forcing 5 interceptions and 2 pick sixes. The Oilers only score coming via a Spartans intentional safety, avoiding punting from their own endzone. The Spartans look to […]

Week-08-Spartans-v-Eagles-07 Kicking themselves

SPARTANS 20 v 19 EAGLES   Showing steady improvement, would the Eagles knock off the Spartans after their first loss in over a year? The probably should have, and will be kicking themselves that they didn’t. The Spartans continue to move away from their traditional power offence, featuring the pass far more often. Webb connecting […]

Week-06-Chiefs-v-Oilers-04 Chiefs light up the oil

CHIEFS 38 v 18 OILERS   Benjamin returned at QB for the Chiefs after missing the first 3 games, managing the game well and avoiding crucial mistakes as his team took advantages of Oilers errors. Playing without Tedmanson and undermanned, the Oilers fought well but were undone via inexperience, as the Chiefs scored twice defensively […]

GRIDIRON SA NOV 18 SPARTANS V HOGS (1) Friday Night Lights

HOGS 23 v 22 SPARTANS After the Hogs ruined the Spartans perfect season last year, the grand final rematch was set to be a physical and entertaining affair. Welbourn returns for the Hogs, (after missing all three contests between the two rivals last season) leading the league’s highest scoring offense, against the competitions stingiest defense. […]


10 Things I think I thought   The 1967 NFL Championship game between the Packers and Cowboys is known as the ‘Ice bowl’, played in the most awful conditions at The Frozen Tundra of (Curly) Lambeau Field.  Well we had our own epic contest, Hogs 23-22 Spartans in the grand final rematch, but whilst my […]


Rivalries are forged by repeated battles, through triumph and heartbreaks with some still so raw. We are lucky to be blessed with such a rivalry and can witness its latest chapter this Friday night. For two sides last year’s Gridiron SA season appeared headed in different directions. The Spartans were perfect through ten games and […]

Eagles-V-Oilers-08 The one that got away

OILERS 14 V 13 EAGLES After a high-octane early game, passes were flying early in the second game… into the hands of the opposition. The Oilers and Eagles took turns throwing interceptions (5 combined), yet the Eagles were unable to convert these opportunities into points at critical moments. After completing a bomb, the Eagles were […]

Hogs-V-Chiefs-06 MC Hammers!

HOGS 61 V 8 CHIEFS The Chiefs won the coin toss, electing to defer, a small win on an otherwise miserable outing. Starting QB Benjamin was lost to injury on their first series of the game (already down 7-0) as the Hogs continued to move the ball with ease. Welbourn threw 5 scores (Morton with three, […]


Welcome to another 4th and Goal.  I’ve learnt from the NFL to use ‘personal reasons’ as an excuse for everything (e.g. Josh Gordon’s pre-season MIA in Cleveland as well as Antonio Brown and Earl Thomas’ missing practice this week), so if you want to know why there wasn’t a 4th and Goal last week, it was clearly […]

Spartans-V-Chiefs-06 Spartans rush to a W

SPARTANS 19 v 0 CHIEFS The Spartans arrived ready to run as the Chiefs came out the gate with a new look at QB, starting the mobile and strong-armed Benjamin. Benjamin started strong, before rifling a pass in the redzone directly to Ottens, from here the Spartans took control. Their strong ground game being the […]

Hogs-V-Chiefs-03 Hogs find rhythm on the fly

HOGS 31 v 19 EAGLES The Hogs arrived at Riverside looking to defend their title, with the Eagles looking to get their first W of the season. Conditions would prove difficult, as strong winds and rain drove onlookers inside. Welbourn returned for the Hogs (post 2017 season-ending surgery) to move the chains early, although overthrowing […]

Hogs Hogs season 2018 preview

The Adelaide University Gridiron Club has won 24 premierships since the Gridiron League of South Australia was formed in 1985. Originally, known as the Eastside Razorbacks up until the affiliation with Adelaide University started in 2014. Known as either Razorbacks or Hogs, the team enters the 2018 with the opportunity of winning the Great Southern […]


We had a great day of football out at Port Adelaide Rugby Club, with the Oilers and Spartans recording wins against the Chiefs and Eagles respectively.  Whilst the better side won both contests there was critical periods of play that determined the outcome. During this season I’ll be writing a column after each week’s games.  […]

Oilers-V-Chiefs-03 Can you kick it?

Southern District Oilers 13-7 Chiefs The Oilers are on a roll, the Chiefs are lamenting errors at critical points within the contest. Tedmanson started hot, generating 13 points in the first (dropping a dime to Hoey) although was hot and cold, missing Caleb in the endzone, resulting in a Meyers INT. The Chiefs struggled early, […]

Spartans-V-Eagles-01 Spartans fly by Eagles

Spartans 20-0 UniSA Eagles The 2018 season opener took a while to get going, the first half looking sloppy with multiple turnovers (Crummey 3 INT’s). Surprise QB De Francesca opening the scoring. With multiple outs for week one, the Eagles struggled to move the ball efficiently. They’ll have to find ways to apply scoreboard pressure, […]