Recruiting NOW!

Central Spears are now recruiting for the 2017 season!

Come down to the oval for a BBQ and a game of flag football. Meet some of the team and find out what it is like to be a part of the Spears family.

We have teams in all categories, Men, Women and Juniors (14-18). All fitness and skill levels welcome. 

When: Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Time: 6-7.30pm
Where: Curtin Oval 4, Dunstan Street, Curtin ACT

We look forward to seeing and meeting you all!

All set for the 2016 season

With the ACTG season about to kick off in a couple of months, it's inevitable that the ACT Gridiron teams are going into pre-season training mode.

Central Spears started their campaign last week with Wednesday night training for the Senior Men's, Women's & Junior teams. Each team have their own challenges to face and overcome as they prepare for this upcoming season.

While the Senior Men are the current Capital Bowl champions for the 4th year running, the fight is on to see if a 5th consecutive title can be clinched for the first time in the league's history.  Easier said than done faced with retired players and injuries, this may prove to be even more of an uphill battle for the Men. 

Spears Women are back for an opportunity to play a full season due to the cancellation of the 2015 season. Cancellation was due to inadequate player numbers for opposing teams across the league. Despite this set back, a number of the Spears women have still managed to keep themselves busy by finding alternate Gridiron playing opportunities as an effort to promote the sport for women within our wider community. The women are Opal Bowl winners for 2014 and hope to repeat the same success for 2016. 

The Junior squad ended last season as runners up. A number of players graduate to Senior Men level, the challenge is on to recruit fresh players.  The Juniors, like the Senior Men, won the Junior competition in the first season of the club in 2012 and have been runners up for 3 years in a row.  It is vital for the club to continue a strong junior program in support of retiring Senior players. 

 

Sean Gautusa, previous club president, who stepped down late into last season due to other pressing commitments, has been instrumental with how far the club has come.  Leadership, organised committee members, player commitments can be credited for the young club's achievements. 

New club president, Jason O'Brien, is aware of the challenges ahead aiming to continue the success adding to the legacy of the Spears club.  Together with exec and club member support, this should make for an exciting season as first year in the club president role. 

 

With you taking over club responsibilities as club president,  how have you been able to settle into the role? 

Jason: It's been a bit crazy! The season is fast approaching and I'm still trying to get my head around the in's and outs of running a football club but it's very exciting. Plus we have an amazing committee! If it wasn't for them we as a club would not exist. 

 

What pressures and challenges are you feeling going into this season for the club as a whole? 

Jason: The biggest challenge is getting the women's competition up and running again. We had a strong competition in 2014 and unfortunately last year we couldn't get a season up and running, but this year with the help of Sarah MacArthur (women's coordinator/team mum) and in conjunction with the other clubs, hopefully we will have a strong women's comp in 2016. And of course leading the men's team to a 5th championship in a row and the juniors to their first championship win!!

 

The Senior Men's have only lost one game (first game against Firebirds) since the clubs birth in 2012.  Over time there have been some standout players.  Unfortunately anumber of these key players have confirmed they will not be returning this season due to injuries or changes in personal circumstances.  Are you concerned how this may affect the team and the possible impact it may have on this record?  

Jason: It's always hard losing experienced players especially when we are such a close, tight group, but I think the things we have learnt from those players and as a group over the past couple of seasons has put us in a strong position to continue that winning form. 

 

Lastly, what clubs are you on the look out for to be the most challenging for Spears Men, Women and Juniors?

Jason: Of course the firebirds are a very strong club and our main rivals in both the men's and juniors. But I know a lot of clubs have been training early and hard to try and knock is off of the top spot. The women's competition will be fresh after the break last year, but I feel the diamonds are putting together a pretty strong squad so they will be tough to beat.

Article by Gee

 

2016 OPEN DAY

If you're interested in playing gridiron with us this season, come hang with us while we put on a few snags for you with maybe a game or 2 of Flag Football.

Seniors bring your kids, Juniors bring your parents, as this will be a great opportunity to meet with some of the squad, find out more about the club, and what it is to be a part of the Spears Family

Interested new players open to Male & Female of all ages from 14+ years old. All fitness and skill levels welcome. 

When: 26 June 2016
Time: 12pm
Where: North Curtin Oval - Dunstan St


If you have any questions, or need more information, check out/comment on our Facebook page.


We look forward to seeing and meeting you all!

Spears Women to try out for National Women’s team selection

We would like to congratulate two of our members for being invited to try out for the Outback Women’s Team 2017 at the next selection camp. The opportunity aims to be part of the team selected to compete in the 2017 IFAF World Championship.

The competition, played every four years with USA winning the first two competitions hosted by Sweden and Finland. This will be the first time Australia enters a team and we anticipate this to be good exposure for gridiron.

Congratulations to Quarterback Danielle De Groot and Running Back Katherine Mill for being invited. We wish both of you success and will be following your journey closely.

Junior Outback - The Junior Australian Gridiron Team

Congratulations to Spears Juniors player Kieran Reilly for making the Australian Junior Outback B Squad! To make it this far after only one season of gridiron, is an amazing achievement. Well done Kieran, we are all so very proud of you!

Coach Chapman and the Outback coaching staff are pleased to announce the team to compete in the IFAF U19 World Championships in Harbin China.

A Squad
WA     Domonic Allison
QLD    Lachlan Bell
SA       Sebastion Burford
QLD    Jack Capewell
WA     Mitchell Cavanagh
NSW   Tyler Cawood
NSW   Kobe Chamberlain
ACT    Hayden Clark
WA     Liam Crookes
WA     Mitchell Crookes
WA     Luke Davies
NSW   Mark Domanski
SA       Branden Duncan
QLD    Reece Fearnside
QLD    Tyler Ferdinands
WA     Carlin Flood
NSW   Rinaldo Gagiano
WA     Chris Gale
QLD    Jason Gough
QLD    Benjamin Graham
ACT    Dale Haskew
QLD    Jordan Hulls
QLD    Ben Kari Kari
NSW   Blake King
WA     William Macris
NSW   Kaleum Madera
WA     Ben Metcalfe
NSW   Scott Morrall
QLD    Sio Sonny Nofoagototoa
QLD    Will Outridge
NSW   Robert Pahulu
WA     Lachlan Poor
WA     Nikolai Price
QLD    Nicholas Ray
TAS    Joshua Rice
ACT    Shawn Stewart
WA     Jordan Stirling
ACT    James Thornhill
QLD    Lachlan Torrisi
WA     James Vincent
QLD    Daniel Wilkins
WA     Zac Wood

B Squad
WA     Will Bevan
WA     Luke Butler
QLD    Bryce Coulsen
NSW   David Fonti
NSW   Jeremy Ivins
TAS     Seth Jackson
QLD    John Kari Kari
QLD    Dylan Menti
ACT     Kieran Reilly
QLD    Caleb Spinks

NCC Rankings

We're sitting at #4 on the final 2016 NCC Rankings!

The Rockingham Vipers defeated the Perth Broncos 58-0 on Sunday to claim West Bowl XXI and their second consecutive Gridiron West championship. The Broncos had... won their way into the decider after upsetting the Curtin Saints 34-30 in the semi final but proved no match for the undefeated Vipers in the title game.

The NCC Rankings have been updated and now record the final rankings based on the past season for all states. The results of the Rockingham Vipers and the Claremont Jets have been adjusted to exclude the game cancelled due to lightning.

These final rankings will form the basis of the 2016 National Club Championship.