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2017 Season – Championship

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Dec 162017
 

Championship Day. Leichhardt Oval and it was the Pirates taking on the Sydney University Lions. Kick off 5.00pm.
The 1st Quarter came to an end and the Pirates are dominating in every phase. The Pirates had the ball for only three plays in total! The Lions lead 7-0.
The Pirates are struggled to get into the game. Sydney Uni are dominating possession and controlling the clock.

The Lions scored early in the 2nd Quarter but hadn’t scored since. They were threatening every time though.

Lions lead at halftime 14-0.

The 3rd Quarter came to an end with no addition to the score. A dominant Sydney University team AND the clock were now the enemies.

Lions lead 14-0.
A Field Goal by the Lions was the only score in the Second Half.

Sydney University were too strong, too committed and too good on the day. Congratulations to them on yet another Championship in their storied history.

Sydney University Lions 17 defeated the Pirates 0.

2017 Season – Playoffs 2

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Dec 092017
 

The #1 ranked West Sydney Pirates team take on the #4 ranked Northern Sydney Rebels in Week 2 of the 2017 Playoffs.

Due for a 7.00pm kickoff but the start was been delayed due to earlier games going into Overtime.

The Rebels scored on the opening kickoff but failed to convert so led 6-0 at the end of the 1st Quarter. An interception taken by the Pirates from their own 5 yard line was returned the length of the field but the conversion was also missed.

Early in the 2nd Quarter and the scores are locked at 6-6. A tough 2nd Quarter with both teams scoring an unconverted TD. Scores were locked at the half 12-12. A scoreless 3rd Quarter. Scores were still locked at 12-12.

A David Ward to Mitch Hunt TD Pass in the 4th Quarter proved to be the difference.

The Pirates are in to the 2017 Waratah Bowl after defeating the Northern Sydney Rebels by 18-12.

The Sydney University Lions await.

Colts invited for 2018 World Cup try outs

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Dec 032017
 

The West Sydney Pirates would like to congratulate our Colts players who have been invited to attend the Junior Outback National Selection Camp.
They will be trialling for a position in the Australian Outback U19 Team that will compete in the IFAF U19 World Championships to be held in Mexico in July 2018.

2017 Season – Playoffs 1

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Dec 022017
 

The West Sydney Pirates Colts’ season has come to an end in Week 1 of the Playoffs. An undermanned Pirates team went down to the Central West Giants by 32-6.
Our thanks to Coaches James Forster, Chris Snagg, their Assistants, and all the players for their efforts this season.
2017 comes to a close but there are plenty of reasons to be positive about the future.

2017 Season – Week 11

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Nov 182017
 
North Western Predators

Our Colts had a bye in the final week of the season but our Div 1 had a match up with an under strength and courageous North Western Predators team at Lidcombe Oval.
End of a quick 1st Quarter (it’s was a running clock) and the Pirates lead the Predators 7-0. Halftime at Lidcombe Oval, and to the accompaniment of jubilant Tongan Rugby League fans outside the ground, the Pirates lead the Predators 13-0. End of the 3rd Quarter and the clock is running. Pirates lead 20-0.

Final score Pirates 34 – Predators 0

Pirates finish the Regular Season undefeated and with the #1 seed into the Playoffs.

A big shout out to the North Western Predators who came into this game missing a large number of players. Other teams may have forfeited but not the Predators. They played with heart from start to finish. Thank you and well done.

2017 Season – Week 10

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Nov 112017
 

A great result for the Pirates’ Colts in what was a must-win game. West Sydney Pirates 12 – Northern Sydney Rebels 6.

Cool conditions at Forestville where the Pirates Division 1 Team took on the Northern Sydney Rebels. The Pirates’ Defense was spending a lot of time on the field but the Pirates still held a 7-0 lead at the end of the 1st Quarter. At Halftime at Forestville and the Pirates lead the Rebels 15-6. A quick 3rd Quarter but the Pirates extended their lead. Score moved to Pirates 21 – Rebels 6.

An indifferent performance but it’s a win all the same. The score line was far too close but it’s still a win.
Pirates 21 defeated the Rebels 18.
Pirates now 9-0 and still #1.

2017 Season – Week 9

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Nov 042017
 

We regret to announce that tonight’s Division 1 game between the West Sydney Pirates and the Newcastle Kings has been canceled. Unfortunately the Kings have been forced to forfeit the game due to a lack of player availability. The other games scheduled for Craik Park will proceed as scheduled.

Another unfortunate event is our Colts went down to the Central West Giants 22-0.

2017 Season – Week 8

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Oct 292017
 
UTS Gridiron

A tough day at the office for the Pirates’ Colts. Undermanned and with mounting injuries the Pirates were valiant in a 48-8 loss to a dominant UTS Gators team.

#1 taking on #2 as the Pirates took on the UTS Gators at Craik Park. It started as a defensive battle with the scores locked at 0-0 at the end of the 1st Quarter. This followed by an explosive 2nd Quarter with a Pirates’ TD followed by a UTS Kickoff Return for a score followed immediately by a Pirates’ Kickoff Return for a TD of their own! The Pirates added another score to make the lead 21-7 at the halftime break.

No scoring in the 3rd Quarter and the Pirates were still leading 21-7. A hectic final quarter with scores going both ways but the Pirates prevail again.

Pirates 33 – UTS 14.

Pirates sit at #1 with a 7-0 record.

2017 Season – Week 7

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Oct 222017
 

The Pirates are taking on the UNSW Raiders. Our Colts team ended up with an 8-8 all draw and move to 2-2-1 on the season and 5th place.

In the Div 1 game it was a defensive battle in the first quarter with the only scoring being a Safety to the Raiders. At the end of the 1st Quarter the Pirates trail 2-0.

A little bit of fireworks in the second period with the teams trading converted Touchdowns but at halftime the Raiders still hold their 2 point lead. Pirates trail 9-7. End of the 3rd Quarter and the scores have been evenly paced again. The Pirates still trail at the end of 3 by 16-14.

An amazing final period with the Pirates making a crucial 4th Down stop on their own goal-line followed by a 86 yard drive for a score. Final score, Pirates defeat the UNSW Raiders 22-16 to remain undefeated on the season. Pirates move to 6-0 and 1st place.

2017 Season – Week 6

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Oct 152017
 
Wollongong Mustangs

Cool and cloudy conditions at Lidcombe Oval where the Pirates Colts took on the Wollongong Mustangs Colts. At half-time the Pirates lead 14-0. A good outing for the Pirates Colts at Lidcombe Oval where they have beaten the Wollongong Mustangs Colts by 22-6.

The Pirates took on the Wollongong Mustangs in Week 6 of the Division 1 season. After an early score by the Mustangs the Pirates hit back to lead 7-6 at the end of the 1st Quarter. A defensive arm-wrestle for much of the 2nd Quarter but two quick scores saw the Pirates leading the Mustangs 20-6 at halftime. It’s been score for score in the 3rd Quarter but the Pirates retained the lead by 27-12. A really scrappy football game but another “W” for the Pirates. Pirates 33 – Wollongong Mustangs 20.