TEAM B Defense stop RB Luke Jackson of TEAM A (Photo courtesy of barendphotos.com)
The Black v White scrimmage held on Sunday 13th April was deemed a successfull day for both teams.
Team A (Comprised of Warriors Offense and Barbarians Defense) squared up against Team B (Barbarians Offense and Warriors Defense) in a game held with proper officials, game clock and time outs.
The Game started off well for Team B who took the lead with a couple of quick touchdowns and they were able to hold their lead all game. Whilst the scores are unnofficial, it is believed Team B defeated Team A by 2 points.
The end result was gametime experience for all players which is exactly what is required in the lead up to the season starting in 3 weeks time. Whilst there were some players playing out of position, the tempo of the game and the execution of the plays is what has coaches excited.
We look forward to Week 1 which will see the Vicbowl rematch between the Warriors and Buccaneers in Geelong whilst the Barbarians take on the Raiders in Reservoir.
A Big thanks to Barend Van Den Hoek for his photo’s of the day. To purchase any photos, please visit barendphotos.com
Former Warrior and current Georgia Tech Defensive Lineman Adam Gotsis is now in his third season with the Yellowjackets and he now hopes to become the leader of the front line.
ESPN has interviewed Gotsis about the upcoming season (article can be found here).
Whilst Gotsis remains the only starting Defensive Lineman to return for the 2014/15 Season, he is confident in his coaches and the program they have developed, that the replacements coming in will grab the opportunities that are there.
Whilst his family and former teammates miss him and would love him to come back for another visit, everyone understands the position he is currently in and the work that is required of him to lead the Yellowjackets back to the top of the ACC. We all wish him the best with his preparations for the season. Evenour own QB Dominic Dearman misses his #1 Fan.
Look out for big #96, Gotsis is looking to exceed on his previous campaigns!
Gawain Johnstone dominates over 3 opponents whilst still making a tackle on Croydon RB (16)
Monash Warriors 2012 & 2013 Vicbowl Champion and 2013 All-Victorian Defensive Tackle Gawain Johnstone has declared for the upcoming 2014 National Football League Draft.
Gawain is currently training with former Denver Broncos & Detroit Lions TE (now Free Agent) Tony Scheffler in Michigan and preparing for the upcoming Regional Combine in Indianapolis on March 29, 2014.
The NFL in 2012 launched Regional & Super Regional Combines to serve as a supplement to the National Scouting Combine which enables players to have the opportunity to participate and display their potential in front of scouts of NFL Teams. These combines are specifically conducted for players eligible for the draft that are not participating in the National Scouting Combine and also Free Agents.
Gawain has been accepted to participate in the Regional Combine in Indianapolis where he will participate in drills similar to the scouting combine and hope to be invited to the Super Regional Combine held on 12th & 13th April, 2014 at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Monash Warriors are very proud to see the steps Gawain has taken these past years whilst representing the Warriors and have had the privilege of watching him develop as one of the best Defensive Linemen in the country.
We wish him all the very best of luck for the upcoming Combine and Draft as we know he will be competing with Pride.
A Big name that currently competed in the Atlanta Regional Combine over the past weekend was Orey Willis (Brother of 49ers LB Patrick Willis). Here is a small youtube clip of the Regional Combine in Atlanta.
The Monash Warriors have been into their Preseason for 2 weeks now and the numbers are looking strong.
With a fresh group of Rookies, some new recruits and almost no changes to both teams, the Warriors look even stronger than they have in recent years.
Gridiron Victoria’s top division has extended from 5 teams to 10 in the offseason and the Warriors will need to keep improving in order to win their second Three-Peat, a feat they were able to accomplish in 2008 - 2010.
Whilst more teams means more competition, a game everyone will be keeping their eye on is the Warriors v Barbarians battle as the Barbarians are one of the five teams to have entered the top division.
The Barbarians were originally created to be a ‘Reserves’ team for players that couldn’t train or couldn’t make too many games throughout the season. The Barbarians have been one of the best teams in Division 2, taking out the Div II Championship last year and losing that same game to the Royals in the season prior. In 2014, the Barbarians have moved up and will look to continue to improve even further.
2014 shapes to be an exciting year, one definitely to be a part of. Anyone interested in joining should get down to Monash University in Clayton from 10AM to 1PM Sundays. It is not too late to join, no experience required and everybody is welcome!
The Offseason is officially over and Preseason for 2014 has begun. All Senior and Junior players are to report to the first official training session held at Monash University Clayton this Sunday 2nd February. All players are urged to get to training by 9:45AM to sign up, have their picture taken and be allocated a player number which will help coaches to track each player throughout the preseason.
Training officially begins from 10AM and will finish approximately 1PM. Training will consist of some light training where players will get a basic understanding of their position, get to know their positional coaches and team coaches. Weather is forecasted to be 43°C so everyone is to bring water, sunscreen and a hat, no exceptions.
The Warriors Superbowl party on Monday 3rd February will be held by their proud sponsor ELEPHANT & WHEELBARROW in St Kilda from 10AM.
Get down and enjoy the food and the game. There will also be giveaways, raffles and plenty of big screens to watch the game on. There will be reserved seating for Warriors players and familiy & friends. Get down and support the E&W St Kilda!
Photo Courtesy of http://barendphotos.photomerchant.net
The current Division II Champion Barbarians are moving into the top Division in 2014. There has been several changes to the structure of GV which last night voted that the Melbourne Uni Royals, Northern Raiders and Barbarians will join the Bendigo Dragons and South East Predators in moving into the top Division.
With 10 teams now in Division 1, it is sure to be an exciting upcoming season.
The Warriors also welcome the Pakenham Silverbacks and Melbourne Uni Lions to Division II who will join the Gippsland Gladiators and Ballarat Falcons.
The Melbourne Uni Royals have now joined the Warriors in being the only current clubs with 2 teams entered into Gridiron Victoria.
All Warriors and Barbarians players are to report to Pre Season training which kicks off on Sunday 3/2/14 from 10AM at Monash Clayton.