Lions Finish On Top
Posted on November 19, 2015
The Sydney Uni Lions finished their regular season in style, obliterating the Northern Sydney Rebels 90-6 at David Phillips Field on Saturday. The Lions’ defence forced 6 takeaways, which repeatedly gave the offence the ball in good field position. The offence took full advantage, crossing for 13 touchdowns despite the sometimes wet conditions.
Runningback Alex Watson (#40) got the Lions on the scoreboard first, running in a touchdown after linebacker Bola Labulo (#53) had stripped the ball from the Rebels’ quarterback for Michael Rigney (#95) to recover the fumble. Labulo would be in the backfield all day, finishing with 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a sack.
Watson would lead the Lions’ ground attack, scoring three touchdowns from 16 carries for 79 yards, but it was the Lions’ passing attack with did most of the damage. Kiernan Dorney (#11) started at quarterback and threw for 2 touchdowns to wide receiver Sam Darcy (#84) before making way before halftime for Joe Thompson (#1) to take over. While Dorney went back home to take care of his new arrival, Thompson was clearly out to impress his new arrival. Thompson completed 13 of 16 pass attempts for 234 yards and threw for 6 touchdowns to Darcy, Conor Foley (#21)(pictured), Josh Yerrell (#10) and Victor Martin (#86). The offensive line of Brad McNamara (#77), Justin Schnurstein (#61), Alex Davies (#55), Luke Dickson (#78), Elliot Mills-Connolly (#73), Carl Ellis (#75) and Ross Thompson (#71) did not give up a sack all game to give the quarterbacks the time to make their throws.
On defence, captain Nick Olive (#22) tied a club record in forcing 3 recovered fumbles while also topping the tackle count with 10 and breaking up 2 pass attempts. The defensive line of Michael Rigney (#95), Martin Balada (#74), Scott Thompson (#38), Bola Labulo (#53), Jack Danielson (#94) and Jacob Gardner (#46) did their job of dominating the line of scrimmage against the Rebels’ three back running attack, allowing linebackers Steve Dabin (#45), Nicolai Hansen (#8), Sean Jones (#99), Gavin Chipperfield (#15) and Ryan Shaw (#43) to pick off the ball carriers. In addition to generating 7 turnovers, the Lions’ defence gave up only 73 yards on 68 plays.
The win secured an unbeaten regular season and the top seed in the GNSW playoffs for the Lions. Sydney Uni has now earned a week off in the first round of the playoffs and will face its next opponent on Saturday, 12 December, for a place in the Waratah Bowl for the NSW championship to be played the following week.