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Seahawks split games down south.

The weekend of games for the Seahawks club started on Friday night with the Yellow Jackets defeating the Green Tanks 39-14, the Blue Devils were victorious 44-31.

Several players were multiple scorers. The Blue Devils’ Trae Stephens had 4 TD and Daniel Mauga and Daniel McDonald had 3.

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The Colts team played down at Corrimal against the previously undefeated West Sydney Pirates. The Seahawks offense rushed for 268 yards, Oli Tamoura having a career high 180 yards and 4 touchdowns. The offense adjusted to the pressure tactics of the Pirates defence, able to score regardless with over 11 yards per rush attempt.

Linebacker Christian Mann had 9 tackles and forced a fumble against one of the better organised opponents in the competition. The Seahawks made numerous big plays, long touchdowns and sacks in particular that tilted the game and kept their undefeated record and clear position at the top of the competition.

 

 

 

The Division One team had a tough encounter against the West Sydney Pirates, a team they have beaten only once since 2002. getting behind early with poor field position and poorer run defence resulted in a 25-6 halftime score line.

Not being first to score in the second half quickly ruled out a comeback, but consecutive touchdowns to receiver Zach Hughes including an 82 yard reception made more of a game and 44-20 final score. The Seahawks committed to spreading the ball around had 9 different players complete a reception, a club record. Defensively, Harrison Brindle had 14 tackles and added a sack.

Next week the Seahawks will play at Corrimal again this time against the Wollongong club. The Colts team kick off at 4pm, the Division One team 6pm.

A week of victories, successes and a death in the family.

This week marked the beginning of the Seahawks Junior 5 man competition for 2016.

New and returning players have combined with emerging coaches to produce another competitive friday night fixture that will continue through till the end of the year.

In the opening round, the Green Tanks defeated the Blue Devils 58-48 whilst the Yellow Jackets toppled the White Wolves 49-20. Numerous players from last year’s competition have graduated to the Colts team for 2016, in fact 3 defensive starters were Junior players in 2015.

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The Colts team was victorious 40-6 over the Northwestern Giants at Greystanes on saturday. QB Justin Whiting found receiver Nick Predkowski twice whilst Running back Oliona Tamoura also scored twice. Whiting is on track to break the club Colts record for rushing, passing yards and passing touchdowns in 2016; statistics that will be kept a close eye on.

Next week the Seahawks play West Sydney at Robert Ziems Park Corrimal 11am.

The Division One team were also able to topple the Northwestern franchise on saturday. Down 6-8 at the half, Qb Daniel Besz linked up with WR Aaron Beyer for his 2nd TD of the game to get the go-ahead.

The defence tightened in the second half, allowing just 23 yards rushing and forcing 3 turnovers. The second of Alex Mellor’s 2 INT’s set up Jordan Holman’s short receiving TD, the second set up Zach Hughes for a short grab after 2 long passes for excellent field position. Corey Schultz’s 24 yard interception return would ice the game.

The win marks the half way point of the season, next up the West Sydney Pirates and their undefeated 2016 so far. The game will be at Robert Ziems Park, Corrimal 3pm on saturday.

Former Seahawks player Sean Muir took a lot of snaps for his college team the Baylor Bears against the Kansas Jayhawks this week. The Bears are 6-0 and ranked #9 in the nation. Sean, a Junior, played 33 games for the Seahawks club at a Colts and Division One level before heading to college to play with his brother Blake now of the Green Bay Packers. Highlights of Sean from this week’s game can be seen below. You can always keep up to date with Blake and Sean Muir on their diary page run by the club.

On a sadder note, last week former Seahawks player and long time official Terry Lauder was remembered at a funeral attended by Seahawks President Peter Upham. Terry played for the Seahawks club starting in 1992 assisting to win the club’s first ever championship in the AA division when the club went 11-1.

Terry was always the most upbeat personality at football. Even in the harshest weather, Terry was a volunteer in the truest sense, a workaholic who should have been able to enjoy a future retirement doing what he loved. He will be missed by family, work colleagues and friends; foremost those at football.

Terry Lauder: Sunrise 04.09.1961- Sunset 01.10.2016

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SEAHAWKS SPLIT GAMES VS RAIDERS.

With over 450 yards of offence, the Seahawks Colts team stretched its unbeaten streak to 26 games with a 42-22 win over the UNSW Raiders team.

QB Justin Whiting added 159 yards rushing to his club record 226 yards passing yards, the Raiders able to keep in touch for a period with returning 2 kickoffs for touchdown.

Excellent 2 way performances from Blake Zumot and John Englezos kept the physical part of the game firmly in the Seahawks hands, whilst receivers Nick Predkowski, Cory Dean and Harry Clarke, all just 15 and 16 years old,  combined for the highest number of receptions in a Colts game for the club.

Next week the Seahawks Colts team will play the Northwestern Giants at Darling Street Greystanes 4.30pm kickoff.

The Division One team wold not be as successful. Coming away from 3 trips to the Raiders redone empty handed the game was made worse as the team started to leak starters through injury.

Taking his first snaps ever at QB, Jason Lambropoulos rallied the team to a 12-6 scoreline in the second half before the Raiders pulled away winning 24-6.

Next week the Seahawks Division One team will play the Northwestern Predators 6.30pm following the Colts game at Greystanes.

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October ’16

The diary blog page of Blake (#73 Baylor, Green Bay Packers #72) and Sean Muir (#74), brothers, former Sutherland Seahawk players Baylor Football offensive linemen and Blake is now on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers. [run by the Sutherland Seahawks Gridiron Club] 

October 18th

The Baylor Bears are now 6-0 for the season and enter the more challenging part of the schedule after a 49-7 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks.

Sean played the majority of the 3rd and 4th quarters, his highlights are below. Next week the Bears have another bye week then head to Austin to play Texas.

Green Bay had a tough game against the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers went down 30-16 and despite the good play of the offensive line unit the offence was unable to consistently move the ball, hang on to it, and score. Next week they will play division rivals the Chicago Bears at home on Thursday night football.

October 11th

With Baylor on the bye week, the Bears got some good rest in in preparation for Kansas and Homecoming Weekend.

Yesterday Green Bay had a handy win over the NY Giants at home 23-16 and are now 2nd in the division behind the undefeated Vikings.

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With only 9 OL available for practice, you have to do a lot of time assisting the first teasers with their double teams.

October 4th

Baylor played a heart stopping game on the road against Iowa State. The bears trailed for the entirety and kicked the go-ahead field goal as time expired. Kyle Fuller again played the whole game at Center so Sean was not required.

The Bears have the bye this week and then take on Kansas at home the following week. A full game re-cap can be found here.

The Packers enjoyed their week offend will prepare for this week’s game against the NY Giants at home.

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Blake practicing after the bye week. Courtesy packers.com and Evan Siegal.

A REMARKABLE WIN FOR DIVISION ONE, WHILE COLTS TEAM TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS.

The Sutherland Seahawks were successful in both Division One and Colts versus the Nepean Ducks on saturday at Newcastle, the Division One game one of the more exciting games in club history.

Down 26-39 in the 2nd half, running back Tristan Whiting crashed over from 3 yards out after a 51 yard bomb to receiver Aaron Beyer put the offence inside the red zone.

On the next Ducks possession, Jackson Wilder’s fumble recovery set the Seahawks up for the go-ahead score, despite 4 first downs on the drive, a 4th and goal attempt sailed incomplete with the score remaining 32-39 with 4 minutes remaining.

A timely 3 and out from the defence set up an excellent offensive possession; 3 first downs, 2 of them to receiver Zach Hughes put the offense on the Ducks goal line again for Whiting’s 2nd rushing touchdown of the half. The 2 point conversion was again no good however and left the score 38-39 to the Ducks.

A short kick was recovered safely by the Ducks return team, the series of plays that immediately followed was bizarre and may not be repeated soon. On first down the Ducks turned a simple rushing attempt into a 46 yard touchdown through the middle of the Seahawks defence. The 1 point PAT was good and the Ducks seemingly had the game in hand at 38-46 with less than 2 minutes to play.

On the next possession, a second long Daniel Besz to Aaron Beyer strike of the half resulted in a 47 yard touchdown for the Seahawks; the 2 point conversion was good and the scores were tied 46 all.

Going for victory, another short kickoff attempt was handled by the Ducks return team. 2 plays later, the Ducks offence would be rewarded with a first down on pass interference, the ball now on the Seahawks 24 yard line. A simple rushing attempt to centre the ball for a potential game winning field goal did not go as the Ducks had planned as can be seen below……

66 yards later, plus a 2 point conversion, final score Seahawks 54, Ducks 46.

The game was a club record for combined scoring. QB Daniel Besz broke the club record for passing yards in a game with 420, it also marked the first game with 3 receivers going over 100 yards receiving.

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In the Colts game, CB Dylan Dinale finally put a stop to the long Ducks opening possession with an interception inside the Seahawk redzone. On the next possession, 5 first downs positioned the offence for a 5yard rushing touchdown and opening score.

The Ducks equalised on their next possession before QB Justin Whiting found receiver Cory Dean on a 60 yard touchdown strike in reply on the first play from scrimmage.

A 40 yard reception by the Ducks set them up for a field goal attempt to break the 6-6 scoreline, but it was blocked by defensive lineman Blake Zumot. From there the Seahawks were never stressed again. Tight End Jake Wedesweiler found the end zone on the next possession and a fumble recovery by LB Cooper Sly ended any response from the Ducks.

The Seahawks would score on its next 3 possessions. RB Elliot Copeland notched up his first career touchdown on a short swing pass whilst QB Whiting would score himself on the ground. Jake Wedesweiler rounded out his 7 catch performance with a 2nd touchdown reception which made the final score 44-6.

Both Seahawks teams have the week off over the long weekend On October 8th the Colts team will play the UNSW Raiders 11.30am at David Phillips field Daceyville. The Division One team will play at 6.30pm.

SEAHAWKS SPLIT GAMES VS SYDNEY UNI

The Seahawks Colts team opened its 2016 season and championship defence with a dominant 54-14 victory over the Sydney University Cubs. The Division One team had no such success going down 63-0.

 

After trading opening scores, the Seahawks Colts team continued to add a touchdown on each possession except one.

QB Justin Whiting had 188 yards rushing and 148 yards passing; tight end Jake Wedesweiler would catch 3 touchdowns plus 3 two point conversions. The combined yardage by Whiting was a club Colts record!

The defence had 5 sacks, rookies Christian Mann and Cooper Sly leading the tackle count whilst 7 new starters took up the challenge on holding the record standards of the 2015 unit.

The Colts team will travel to Newcastle next week to play the Nepean Ducks.  The 1pm kick off will be at Walters Park Speers Point.

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It was essentially the opposite experience for the Division One team.

Just 2 games into the 2016 season and with holes in the roster, running into the perennially dominant Sydney Uni Division One team only went in one direction.

Making just 6 first downs with back up Qb Justin Woodman and unable to punt a continuous short field allowed for the significant scoreline. Despite 3 turnovers by Seahawks defensive backs a 35-0 half time score finally settled at 62-0, the largest loss by a Seahawks team for many seasons.

A quick re-group is necessary for this week’s game vs the Nepean Ducks at Walters Park, Speers Point, 6pm kick off.

Division One team survives Week #1 scare.

A tackle for loss by defensive lineman Peter Tanti sealed the first game win for the Sutherland Seahawks over the Newcastle Cobras on saturday.

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After Round One was called off due to ground closures and rain the Seahawks had to wait till Round Two to get the season underway. The squad jumped out to a 12-0 lead with touchdowns to Zach Hughes and Rookie Lachlan Hutchinson.

Whilst most players have had at least a 1 year lay off with no Division one team fielded in 2015, Steven Nassenstein has had a 5 year wait since Colts football. Second on the tackle count, stepping in to start at middle linebacker to cover for a game day sickness, his 8 tackles were characteristic of the game; many players back in serious action after a significant period off.

Billy Lennon’s 2 sacks stopped Cobra scoring chances including an initial 4th and goal in the first half in a game where the Cobras were extremely consistent in making yards on the ground and passes off playaction.

Up 26-18 at halftime, the Cobras narrowed the margin to 34-32 as Seahawk QB Daniel Besz exited the game on a late hit. Running Back Tristan Whitings’ 11 yard rushing TD with 4 minutes remaining could have been the end of it all and 42-32 lead but the Cobras rallied. A quick drive got them down to the Seahawks red zone. A turnover on downs backed the Seahawks offence up followed by a mix up in the backfield resulting in a safety. A safety punt and touchdown drive later set up the key stop by Tanti to secure the win.

Next week the Seahawks Division One play Sydney Uni at David Phillips Field @ 6pm, the Colts team plays at David Phillips @ 1pm.

SEAHAWKS 42, COBRAS 40.

SEPTEMBER ’16

The diary blog page of Blake (#73 Baylor, Green Bay Packers #72) and Sean Muir (#74), brothers, former Sutherland Seahawk players Baylor Football offensive linemen and Blake is now on the practice squad of the Green Bay Packers. [run by the Sutherland Seahawks Gridiron Club] 

SEPTEMBER 27TH 2016

Baylor had a solid victory over Oklahoma State at home in the Bears’ Big 12 opener.

Sean did not have to play. He is currently 2nd on the OL grading.

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Green Bay also had a solid win in their home opener over Detroit 34-27.

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Blake on the sideline at Lambeau Field with fellow OL Kyle Murphy courtesy of packers.com photographer Evan Siegle.

 

SEPTEMBER 22ND 2016.

The Packers play their home opener this week against Detroit in the early game on Monday morning 3am.

Baylor plays Oklahoma State 9.30am on Sunday on the road.

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Courtesy packers.com

SEPTEMBER 20TH 2016. Baylor over-came an at times sluggish performance to defeat Rice University on the road in Houston 38-10. Full report can be found here. Sean entered the game early on when Senior starter Kyle Fuller had to leave the field to tape an injured ankle. He was able to return followed by Sean finishing off the game in the second half. His plays can be seen below.

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below are the OL gradings from the media release notes for next week’s Oklahoma State game.

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The Green Bay Packers are now 1-1 for 2016 after going down to the Minnesota Vikings on the road in the Vikings’ new stadium. Next week the packers will hold their home opener at Lambeau Field.

 

SEPTEMBER 16TH 2016. It doesn’t hurt being the top rated OL, even if it is for just 1 game. Baylor plays Rice tomorrow in Houston. The game will be 10am Saturday morning Sydney time.

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The Packers play on the road again this week, this time a division game vs the Minnesota Vikings. Pic here of Blake at practice with newly re-signed offensive tackle David Bakhtiari.

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SEPTEMBER 13TH 2016.

Baylor had an uncharacteristic slow start to their second game of the season vs SMU, eventually taking the game out 40-13. A full report can be found on the Baylor Athletics page here. Sean played again as the backup Center coming on int eh 4th quarter, the offence having immediate success as JaMycal Hasty scored the last TD of the game. Highlights can be seen below.

 

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Courtesy of Doug_O

 

Meanwhile the Green Bay Packers started their season with an away victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-23; a full recap can be found here. Practice squad members do not travel to away games so you won’t see Blake on the sideline in civilian gear until the Packers home opener vs Detroit in 2 weeks. Next week the Packers travel to Minnesota.

SEPTEMBER 8TH 2016.

 

So far so good for Blake at Packers practice as they prepare for Jacksonville in Round #1. You’ll have to get up very early Monday morning to catch it live. You can also listen to a podcast interview with Blake at this link (go to 32:50 for the interview)

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Courtesy of packers.com

Meanwhile for Sean and the Baylor Bears, they play SMU on Sunday morning Sydney time, kickoff is 5.30am.

 

SEPTEMBER 6TH 2016.

 

Blake has been assigned #72 for the Packers. He is also reunited with former Hawai’i team mate Trevor Davis. Davis was a WR at Hawai’i with Blake in 2011 and 2012. When Blake left the UH program due to the coaching change, and moved to Baylor, Davis did the same thing and ended  up at the University of California. Incidentally of course, Cal and UH played against each other in Sydney, Australia just last week. Blake originally had a visit to Green Bay and private workout prior to the Draft. It was obvious that the organisation liked him and it is a credit to Blake’s agent to keep the relationship going that led to Blake’s signing to the Green Bay practice squad. The team will prepare for their week #1 opponent Jacksonville. Blake can be activated from the practice squad to the active roster at any time. Currently the 53 man Packers roster carries 8 offensive linemen; some teams carry 9. There are many rules regarding the practice squad, you can read about them here. 

Blake signed to Packers practice squad

SEPTEMBER 5TH 2016.

Its been a pretty crazy few days. First Baylor kicked off their 2016 season at home with a big win over Northwestern State. Sean came into the game with a few minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter and played his best football ever, having multiple pancake blocks at the point of attack.

Highlights below.

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Then today Blake was signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad. Blake had to head to Green Bay for a try out with the team and the organisation has signed him as a part of their 10 man practice squad. Maybe green is just a better colour for him!!!! More information to come over the next few days while Blake settles a few loose ends. Exciting news nonetheless!!

 

OPENING ROUND OF 2016 SEASON.

The 2016 approaches for Colts and Division One teams for the Sutherland Seahawks with the opening round scheduled to begin Saturday September 3rd.

The defending 3 time champion Colts team will start its title defence against the North Sydney Rebels at Darling Street Park, Greystanes at 11.30am. The game will represent the first game entered in the Colts division by the Rebels club.

The Seahawks Colts team carries a 24 game win streak and return its top 3 leading receivers as well as leading rusher from 2015. The addition of 6 players graduating from the 2015 Seahawks Junior competition will also boost the roster that last year produced multiple records in both Offense and Defense.

New Head Coach Jason Lambropoulos takes over from brother Christos, whose 75% win percentage included 3 Colts championships.

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The Seahawks Division One season will also kickoff with a game against the North Sydney Rebels at Greystanes. Kickoff time will be 3.30pm.

Returning from a one year hiatus to properly manage  the transition to a consolidated Colts/Division One calendar, the Seahawks team will include 26 veterans and 17 players who have won a Colts Championship. New Head Coach Christos Lambropoulos ascends from the Colts Head Coach role for 2016 and will begin his 5th year coaching. The Rebels and Seahawks have faced each other just once in Division One since the Rebels entered the competition, a 2014 season 20-6 victory to the Seahawks from Round two.

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Seahawks Colts (0-0) V North Sydney Rebels (0-0) Darling street Park Greystanes 11.30am

Seahawks Div One (0-0) V North Sydney Rebels (0-0) Darling street Park Greystanes 3.30pm

JUNIOR SEASON SIGN UPS BEGIN FOR 2016.

First practice for the 2016 Seahawks Junior Gridiron season will be September 2nd and its time for new players to sign up and be fitted for equipment. Players will be placed in a team after the first 3 practices.

 

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Players and parents may come along to be fitted out and register on any of the following dates and times by emailing or contacting Club President Peter Upham at:

Email: coachupham@shirespeedandstrength.com.au

Call/Text: 0415-889952

You must contact first to advise you will attend one of these fit out dates. EFTPOS facilities are available.

Shire Speed and Strength GYM

84 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah

MON August 15th, 22nd, 29th 4pm to 8pm

TUES August 16th, 23rd, 30th 4pm to 8pm

THURS August 18th and 25th 4pm to 8pm

 

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COST: For new players $250 includes registration insurance and equipment hire. You will need your own football boots and mouth guard.

PRACTICE: Wednesday and Friday in the preseason 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Wednesdays during regular season.

COMPETITION: Friday’s 6.40pm to 7.40pm October 14th to December 16th.

FIELD: All practices and games are at Waratah Athletics Track Sutherland.