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Warriors upset defending Back-To-Back Champs

Week 2 saw the Warriors face off against the reigning back-to-back champion Melbourne Uni Lions in Melton. The Warriors came into the game with confidence from a huge 50-0 thumping of the Miners in Week 1 however they knew they would have their hands full in this match up.

The last time the Lions faced defeat was in Week 5 of the 2014 season in which they finished the season 5-3 and won their first Vic Bowl. They followed that up with an undefeated 7-0 2015 season securing their second consecutive Vic Bowl.

The match started off with both teams going back and forth with possession without any points. The Warriors Defense allowed the Lions some big yards on the ground but were able to keep them from entering the endzone. Ultimately the Lions were seen to be shooting themselves in the foot, dropping at least 8 catchable passes.

On the other hand the Warriors Offense also were seen to be making mistakes with missed blocking assignments, fumbled snaps and miscommunication. With the first half being a 0-0 stalemate, both teams knew they needed to be better if they wanted to win this battle.

Head Coach Callum Marini and his assistant coaches worked at the break to fix the mistakes and it looked to pay off. The Warriors looked to the ground to pound at the Lions Defense and gained some momentum to start the second half before some more errors halted their movement.

A gutsy call from their own 10 yard line saw the Warriors break the deadlock and it was Ben McGaw who once again broke tackles in open field to score a 90 yard running touchdown on a reverse. McGaw had scored two punt return touchdowns one week earlier as well as a receiving touchdown and looks to be gaining confidence in open field. The two point conversion was unsuccessful. Warriors lead 6-0 at the end of the third.

The Lions also looked to make some changes moving one of their offensive linemen back to fullback to counter the run game and take advantage of some poor tackling from the Warriors. They too were able to score on the ground and levelled scores 6-6 after their two point conversion also failed.

With a little over 3 minutes remaining in the final quarter the Warriors entered the redzone after some quality runs by Anton Maksoutov and great passes spread amongst the young Warrior Receivers. The Warriors again broke the deadlock with a counter into the endzone and a 12-6 lead against a Lions team looking to keep running behind their big fullback, this time with limited lime left on the clock.

The Lions moved the chains however found themselves in 4th down territory against a determined Warriors Defense led by Dmitri Maksoutov. The Warriors were able to force the turnover on downs and the offense came on the field in victory formation. Some undiscipled play by the Lions saw an ejection whilst the Warriors kneeled out the game however the game could not be taken from the Warriors who came out victors 12-6 against the best team of the past 2 seasons.

Dmitri Maksoutov deservedly won himself game MVP for his outstanding play on defense racking up almost 20 tackles.

The Warriors now sit on top of the ladder and face a young Packenham Silverbacks team who are fresh from a 52-20 victory over the South Eastern Predators.

 

 

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Warriors hit the ground running

Week 1 saw the Warriors head down to Endeavour Hills to face off against the Berwick Miners.

Like the Men’s teams, the juniors went into the season with strong numbers and were well prepared for their opponent.

Head Coach Callum Marini has set 5 captains for the upcoming season where four captains are set and the fifth chosen on a rotational basis. The rotational captains are selected based on training attendance and player conduct in previous games.

The 2016 captains are Pradeep Rethnam, Jed Melican, Dimitri Maksoutov and Vish Sivakumar and week 1 saw Jonothan Keusgen as the first rotational captain.

With the warm weather came a hot start for the young Warriors who in front of a great crowd of support put up 32 points in the first quarter alone. Ghok Yien Thiang punched it in on the ground and Ben McGaw dazzled for two punt return touch downs in the first quarter and was seen receiving a touchdown later in the game also.

Coach Marini did not see the opportunity as a means to punish the young Miners who seemed to struggle in hot conditions, instead he threw in rotations to work players in positions to test his chargers.

Whilst the Defense easily dominated all day; the Offense were led sensationally by QB Nick Whitehead who consistently drove down the field all day and protected the ball by not throwing any interceptions.

Young running back Ghok Yien Thiang was game MVP as he had multiple rushing touchdown, almost 100 yards rushing and filled in on defense with an interception also.

The Warriors Defense were led by Defensive Linemen Josh Deakin, Jomo Kigotho, Matt Tang and Nick Hughes who shut down the run and applied pressure on the Miners young QB which led to 3 interceptions on the day and very few yards allowed while shutting out the Miners.

The Warriors ran away victors 50-0 and now have their sights set on the reigning back-to-back junior Champion Melbourne Uni Lions this Saturday 27th February at McPherson Park Recreation Reserve in Melton.

Kick off is at 3:00PM

With Pride

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Super Bowl 50: Monday 8th February @ E&W St Kilda

Super Bowl 50

Warriors Super Bowl 50 Party will be at the Elephant & Wheelbarrow St Kilda on Monday 8th February 2016.

Doors open from 10AM and all are welcome to come and enjoy the big game!

There will be standard Bar Drinks and Menu Options available for purchase as well as American Food during the game and Budweiser Buckets throughout the day.

Warriors & Barbarians players will be there if anyone looking to play would like to ask any questions or hang out with the guys.

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SENIORS: Pre Season kicks off this Sunday 7/1/16

Pre Season has arrived for 2016!

Warriors Intra-Club game from previous season (Photo courtesy of barendphotos.com)

Warriors Intra-Club game from previous season (Photo courtesy of barendphotos.com)

As the Warriors & Barbarians returning players are scheduled to return to Pre Season training this Sunday, the Warriors Coaches are looking for the next batch of Rookies to come through and push for starting positions and lead the teams to success in 2016.

The first few weeks of Pre Season action will be slow to bring rookies up to speed with the game and the basics of positions before training starts to intensify with competition between players for positions once the pads come on. The first month will be without pads and helmets with slight contact and heavy use of bags and tackling sleds.

The Monash Warriors will be starting their unkitted preseason football training this Sunday 7th February at 10am at Monash University, Soccer oval 3, down by the green shed opposite baseball. Players can wear boots on this oval and are advised to bring a dark and a light shirt, plenty of water and sunscreen. Any questions feel free to contact Head Coach Ralph Maggio on 0400490889

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