WEEK 2: Warriors hold on against Buccs, Barbarians struggle in their opener

Week 2 saw the Warriors & Barbarians both travel to Bendigo for a double header against the Geelong Buccaneers & Bendigo Dragons.

The Warriors took on the Buccaneers first up and started off slow allowing the Buccs to hit the scoreboard first with their running attack which has worked well for them over the past 5 years.

The Warriors were then able to hit right back and take the lead 8-6 which is where the game remained at the half.

QB Dominic Dearman entered the game in the second half and took the game on showing why he is the best at the QB Sneak with a 20 yard run and later finished a 8 yard gain by running over a Buccaneers defender.

The Warriors were able to find TE Alex Glover in the corner for a touchdown to extend the lead 16-6 before the Buccaneers hit back before the end of the 3rd Quarter with a 1 Yard Touchdown run.

Mark Tsui was a star for the Warriors Defense recording an interception and making multiple tackle towards a game MVP performance.

DB Mark Tsui was everywhere against the Buccaneers (Photo courtesy of Geelong Buccaneers)

DB Mark Tsui was everywhere against the Buccaneers (Photo courtesy of Geelong Buccaneers)


A long connection to Glover again by Dearman seemed to have stopped the Buccaneers momentum and with the lead extended to 22-12.

The Buccaneers as they always do kept fighting and with less than two minutes to play entered the redzone. Whilst they were not in hurry up mode, they made some nice runs and eventually scored bringing the game to 22-20 and requiring the ball back from the kick off in order to try and at least score by field goal or a touchdown. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by the Warriors and they were able to kneel the game out.

The Barbarians fresh with a lot of new rookies and some junior players were keen to finally be able to play their first game of the season, although they knew it was going to be a difficult task in Bendigo against a team that plays so well at home with the addition of local players available for their home games.

The Barbs started slowly and never looked to gain any positive momentum against the Dragons who shut them down defensively and were able to offensively run the ball with relative ease.

The Barbarians eventually lost 44-0 and would soon focus on fixing simple mistakes and hope to change things around against Melton in week 3.