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CLUB RECORDS FALL.

Multiple club records have fallen in 2016.

Starting out in the Seahawks Junior Gridiron Competition, 2016 saw a new record set for season touchdowns. The mark of 27 from Harry Clarke in 2015, has now been extended by Daniel Mauga-Hall to 44.

The Colts team improved in multiple areas.

The offence set a new record for yards per play (9.48) which was ahead of 2014’s (8.9). QB Justin Whiting set a new completion percentage record with 63.8%, a huge increase over the previous best of 53.4% by Ian Triganza in 2001. Whiting claimed the highest passing yardage total in a game and also the highest total yardage by a QB rush and pass combined with 383 yards against Bondi. No Colts player before has had over 1000 yards each rushing and passing.

Whiting added an incredible rushing performance to his passing. His 1260 yards is the 2nd all-time for the club in Colts football, done in just 9 games! His best single game totals were good enough for 5th, 6th and 9th best all time in a game. His average per rush of 11.45 is the best ever for any player with at least 50 carries and 3rd all time for any player with at least 20. His 17 touchdowns is 3rd highest for the club. With 30 total touchdowns in Colts football, Whiting is now tied with Brandon Martel and Jeremiah Parker for the career Colts touchdown lead; a deadlock he will surely break in 2017.

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Running back Oli Tamoura had single game totals good enough for 7th and 8th all time. His average of 15.45 yards per carry is 2nd highest for a player with at least 20 carries. His 6 carries for 188 yards in the Semi Final against Sydney University is the highest average in a game for a player with at least 5 carries.

Jake Wedesweiler finished 2016 with 32 receptions, 6th highest all time. That he did it in just 5 games is remarkable. His 66 in 2 seasons is the most for a Seahawks Colts player, whilst his 754 yards is 3rd and 20 receiving touchdowns is 2nd all time. Wedesweiler is the leader in 2 point PAT’s with 15.

Among many players who finished their careers in Colts football in 2016, several of them finishing with at least 3 Colts championships, defensive player Blake Zumot ended up 2nd on the all time colts tackling list. His 148 tackles, 9 sacks and 9 takeaways over 3 seasons is behind only Matthew Crawford’s (04′-06′) 164.

In Division One, QB Daniel Besz 1st, 5th and 7th highest passing yardage games ever for the club; this included only the 2nd ever 400 yard passing game and new record for the club with 420 yards against the Nepean Ducks.

Lastly, veteran players Aaron Beyer and Scott Lawrence reached the milestone of 100 career games. Beyer did so combined in Colts, Division One and representative football, Scott started as a Division One player and also has played for NSW.

SEAHAWKS JUNIOR GRIDIRON CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS CROWNED.

The Sutherland Seahawks Junior Gridiron competition was taken out by the Mitchell Wiseman coached ‘Yellow Jackets’, 34-20 over the Green Tanks.

The game had to be pushed back from the friday night due to severe weather and ground closure, but that didn’t stop the Yellow Jackets from continuing on their undefeated streak.

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Up 16-14 at the half, the Yellow Jackets scored first when Zyon Iosefa caught his 3rd of what would end up being 4 touchdowns for a 22-14 lead. A defensive stop by the Jackets via Seb Riley’s 12th interception of the year, led to another Iosefa touchdown and seemingly unassailable 28-14 lead.

The Green Tanks have been the highest scoring team in the competition, with 3 different players scoring at least 10 touchdowns. Bailey Ambrosi’s touchdown drew the score to within reach at 28-20 but with only a few minutes remaining. Trying to wind down the clock the Yellow Jackets claimed a crucial first down and finally, as often happens under such desperate defence, ball carrier Ryan Williams broke free for a touchdown as time expired.

With his 4 touchdowns, a forced fumble and an interception, Zyon Iosefa was named game MVP.

The Green Tanks led the league in touchdowns but couldn't get the final win.

The Green Tanks led the league in touchdowns but couldn’t get the final win.

It was a second successful year for the Seahawks Junior Gridiron Program. New players, coaches and officials were exposed to the game. Games and practices were accessible and costs were a reasonable entry point and very competitive with sports that don’t have nearly the same amount of equipment needs.

Teams improved as the season went, the White Wolves had the poorest record but won their last 2 games demonstrating excellent tenacity and enthusiasm. Daniel Mauga-Hall won the award for league leading scorer finishing with a mighty 44 touchdowns, extending the record set in 2015 of 27.

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It was the first year where the difficult challenge of staging Junior, Colts and Division One at the same time of year. It was the first year that the club has had someone in the NFL and our player numbers in College will expand again next year.

SEAHAWKS COLTS WIN 4TH STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

Up 16-6 at the half, the Sutherland Seahawks scored twice more in the second to win 32-14, continuing an undefeated streak that began back in 2013 . The win secured the club’s 4th straight championship and 9th overall.

Scoring four touchdowns to two, the Seahawks ran and threw the ball convincingly then backed it up with enough defence to constantly stay a step ahead of UTS. Quarterback Justin Whiting was named game MVP and co-League MVP. He ran for 1 touchdown himself and threw 2 more to tight end Jake Wedesweiler.

4 straight Colts titles.

Just 7 starters returned from the 2015 team, new-comers joined the program to become starters and key contributors , some stepping up from the Seahawks Junior competition giving the team an average age of just 16.7 on offence and 16.9 on defence. Head Coach Jason Lambropoulos also stepped up into the new role in 2016 taking over from brother Christos.

Back up Running Back Nick Predkowski started the game and had a key rushing touchdown to begin the second half and stretch the Seahawks lead to 24-6. The 2 point conversion put the Seahawks up by 3 scores and in reality iced the game.

 

5 sacks from the defence was the best return for the whole season, UTS had to play desperately to catch up through he second half and mistakes piled up. Linebacker Cooper Sly again led the tackle count, John Englezos and Blake Zumot played both ways throughout the game and each had 2 of the team sacks.

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The offense ended the season with 11.6 yards per rush attempt and recorded a 3rd straight season with 50 touchdowns, mighty achievements considering the shortened season and number of changes on the roster.

The victory is testimony of the overall management of the Colts program and its ability to win with different players and different systems. The roster has turned over 100% of its players since 2013 and just 3 were part of the 2014 roster. 2017 promises to be even better as the team continues to mature and grow.

 

DECEMBER ’16

The diary blog page of Blake (#73 Baylor, Atlanta Falcons #64) and Sean Muir (#74), brothers, former Sutherland Seahawk players Baylor Football offensive linemen and Blake is now on the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons. [run by the Sutherland Seahawks Gridiron Club] 

December 29th

Such a strong victory for Baylor over Boise State. The defence had one of its best games ever to win 31-12.

 


 

Sean played in the 4th quarter in relief of stalwart center Kyle Fuller who completed his eligibility in this game.
Full recap can be seen below.

December 27th

Bowl game is tomorrow; get excited.

 


December 22nd

You can listen to a podcast interviewing Blake and read up on the latest fox sports article on him here.

Whilst the Baylor Bears prepare for the Cactus Bowl against Boise State in Arizona, an interview with new Baylor coach Matt Rhule can be watched at this link. The Cactus Bowl will be 2.15pm next Wednesday afternoon Sydney time. Sean will be the back up center.

 

December 17th

December 7th This tweet is all you need to know right now about where Baylor is at with its Head Coaching situation.

December 6th The season will continue for one more game for the Baylor Bears despite their narrow loss to West Virginia on the road 24-21. A full recap can be found here.

Sean and the Baylor football team will now play Boise State in the Cactus Bowl in Arizona on December 27th. All this occurs while Baylor decides on who its next Head Coach is going to be. An announcement could occur within the week.

Atlanta meanwhile went down narrowly to the Kansas City Chiefs; the winning score amazingly occurring via a 2 point PAT attempt returned by the Chiefs, flipping the 1 point lead in their favour. Replay here.

 

December 1st The Baylor Bears are in a funk that only the announcement of a new coach can possibly lift. Now on a 5 game losing streak, with a trip to West Virginia remaining, the Bears will still get a bowl game invite but its hardly the season finish everyone hoped for after starting 6-0. The Atlanta Falcons ont he other hand came off the bye week to defeat the Arizona Cardinals. They will play Kansas City this week in one of the games of the round. The Falcons hosted families of fallen war veterans at home last week. Blake was able to catch up with some families at practice prior to the game for Thanksgiving. Pic courtesy of atlantafalcons.com blake-thanksgiving-16a

SEAHAWKS COLTS TEAM QUALIFY FOR 4TH STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.

Setting multiple rushing records, the Seahawks Colts team were victorious 36-18 over the Sydney University Cubs.

The Seahawks over-came numerous penalties on the back of a huge rushing performance. 364 yards on just 20 combined carries eclipsed the 288 yards set in round one of this year against the Cubs and 284 yards from 2010. Running Back Oli Tamoura finished with 188 and QB Justin Whiting 174. Those performances represent the 7th and 9th best in Seahawks Colts history.

Up 22-6 at half time, the Seahawks scored first to go up by 3 touchdowns and establish a comfortable lead. The game was slowly heavily by multiple penalties which distracted from some fine performances. Seahawks defenders forced 3 fumbles. Linebacker Cooper Sly who returned from a long injury lay off had an excellent strip and fumble recovery, Safety Ned Rickard had another.

Lineman John Englezos rarely left the field; his ironman performance included multiple pancake blocks as well as tackles for loss and a sack.

The win was the 10th semi final win from 10 attempts for the Seahawks, that’s right no Seahawks Colts team has ever lost a Semi Final. It also sets up for a chance at a 4th straight Championship. The total turnover of players since 2013 is testament to the coaching staff and their establishment of a perennial program of success.

 

The Championship Game will be this saturday December 3rd at Leichhardt Oval 11am against UTS. In the earlier game this year between the 2 teams the Seahawks won 28-20 in arguably the toughest game of the year.

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NOT THE WAY TO END A SEASON.

A pretty dismissal performance ended the Sutherland Seahawks ‘ 2016 Division One season. A 31-6 loss to the Northern Rebels was a dour finish, with the Rebels dominant for much of the encounter.

The Seahawks continued to have trouble with a passing game that has had a lot of effort put in for the 2016 season but has struggled in the final 3 games. Throwing 4 interceptions, the offence could not make any head way to make up for a terrible start by the defence. Poor field position and simple assignment issues allowed the much more physical and enthusiastic Rebels easy points.

Down 19-0 at the half a well executed punt return by Billy Lennon put the game somewhat in reach however more late scores and injuries at the QB position quickly halted any comeback.

A 5-5-1 record was hardly an overwhelming success for 2016 in what has been a significant drain on resources.

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This saturday the Colts team will play in the semi final against the Sydney University Cubs. In the first game of the season, the Seahawks won 54-14 against the Cubs, the winner of this game will go to the Championship Game the following week.

Kickoff this saturday will be 11am at Neptune Oval Revesby.

PLAYOFFS AWAIT.

In Junior football, an incredibly close game between the undefeated Yellow Jackets and feisty Green Tanks emerged; the Yellow Jackets emerging as 3 point winners 39-36. The Blue Devils scored on every possession to finish as 62-24 winners over the White Wolves.

With the Colts team having the week off in the final regular season the Division One team went ahead with its game against the Central Coast Sharks.

The game did not go well. The Seahawks set an unfortunate club record of giving up a record 6 turnovers in the game. Scoring first, back up QB Jason Lambropoulos started the game and found James Cosgrove for a 16 yard touchdown and 8-0 lead. The 2nd quarter saw the Central Coast score on 3 consecutive possessions. Adjustments were too late in coming.

Running Back Tristan Whiting two second half rushing touchdowns were not enough when combined with missed PAT opportunities. After returning punts very well all day, Billy Lennon’s punt return for touchdown was called back on a block in the back penalty which would have won the game. The final 21-20 loss rounded out the season with a 4th loss and 5th place finish on the competition table.

Next week the team will play the Northern Rebels in the opening week of sudden-death playoffs. A fitting opponent given the week #1 washout. The game kicks off 1pm at Lidcombe Oval Auburn on saturday.

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NOVEMBER ’16

The diary blog page of Blake (#73 Baylor, Atlanta Falcons #64) and Sean Muir (#74), brothers, former Sutherland Seahawk players Baylor Football offensive linemen and Blake is now on the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons. [run by the Sutherland Seahawks Gridiron Club] 

Its been a long 2 weeks for Blake and Sean. The Baylor football team has fallen on hard times with a narrow loss at Texas on a lat field goal then a very bad performance at home to TCU. There are multiple distractions going on at an administration and football department level and it has resulted in a drop in competitiveness. Next week Baylor travels to Oklahoma to reform their season.

Blake is on the move again. With Green Bay bringing back a player from the PUP list and moving several injured players in and out of the active roster he had to make way. After visits to Kansas City and to Atlanta he is now on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad. More news will be posted when it comes to hand.

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DEFENCE FINALLY CARRIES THE LOAD FOR A CHANGE WHILST COLTS GO UNDEFEATED.

The final regular season game for the Division One team will determine where the Seahawks will finish on the table and whom they will play in the opening round of the playoffs.

A 10-0 Seahawks victory over the UTS Gators was set up with the best defensive effort of the season for 2016. Allowing just 46 total yards from scrimmage, the defence scored first after a long punt was downed inside the 5 yard line. 2 plays later, linebacker Harrison Brindle’ sack opened the scoring.

A 44 yard touchdown to receiver Aaron Beyer extended the lead in what was one of the more disappointing games for an offence that has improved enormously with new systems this year.

Next week the Seahawks will play the Central Coast Sharks, a team that needs to win to make the playoffs. The game will kick off 3.30pm Saturday at Neptune Oval Revesby.

The Colts team was down 14-0 before rallying to a 16-14 halftime lead and eventual 28-20 victory.

Missing several starters Qb Justin Whiting again stared, rushing for 3 TD’s and throwing another to tight end Jake Wedesweiler who returned after missing 3 games. Nick Predkowski played his first game at running back and kept the chains moving with several key receptions to of the backfield; corner Albert Johnson had his first career interception.

The Colts team will have 2 weeks off due to the final round bye week then as the #1 playoff team the week after.

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In Junior football on friday night the Green Tanks gained a close 44-42 victory over the Blue Devils whilst the Yellow Jackets remain undefeated with a 34-23 win over the White Wolves.

Duel victories set up for the playoffs.

In Junior football last friday night the Green Tanks and White Wolves played a tight 42 all draw that was decided with a key PAT conversion by the Tanks as time expired.

The Yellow Jackets continued their undefeated run with a handy 48-28 win over the Blue Devils.

The Sutherland Seahawks won both the Colts and Division One games versus Wollongong on saturday. The victories make prospects for the playoffs vastly improved for each team, the Colts team continues as the only undefeated team in the competition.

4 first half touchdowns, each of them converted with 2 point PAT’s, were a great start for the Seahawks Colts team. The defence was giving up yardage but also recovered 3 fumbles in the first half. 5 forced fumbles in the game was a new club record.

The Colts offence is ahead of its 2014 record for yards per play of 8.9; currently it is averaging 9.98. Final score was 54-24 to the Seahawks.

 

In the Division One game. An early sack and fumble put the defence in a difficult position and early 6-0 hole. Coming back to score 4 consecutive touchdowns however quickly turned the outcome of the game. With 324 yards passing and a club record equalling 6 passing touchdowns the offense was able to play some of its best football of the season while defence kept the Mustangs total offence to under 100 yards.

Next week the Colts team will play UTS at Neptune Oval Revesby at 4.30pm whilst the Division One team will kick off at 6.30pm.

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