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2015 Div 1 Championship

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Dec 192015
 

The Pirates’ Division 1 team came agonisingly close in the 2015 Waratah Bowl before falling to perennial Champions, the Sydney University Lions by 36-18.

The final score is not a true indication of how close the game was as the Pirates were trailing by 14-12 at halftime, then leading for much of the 3rd Quarter, before the Lions were able to put on some quick points to claim the title.

Injuries certainly played their part during the game as a number of Pirate players left the game and were unable to return and this had an impact on what the Pirates were able to do. But they never surrendered and stretched the Lions until the final whistle.

2015 Colts Playoffs – Round 2

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Dec 122015
 

The West Sydney Pirates Colts season came to an end against the undefeated Sutherland Seahawks in the Playoff game at David Phillips Field.

The final score of 30-8 was not a true reflection of the game as the teams were close up until the closing stages of the game when the Seahawks’ larger squad proved to be the difference by helping them to score quick points to blow out the final margin.

Although they didn’t make the Championship Game the young Pirates can be proud of their efforts throughout what was a challenging and often difficult season.

Congratulations!

2015 Div 1 Playoffs – Round 1

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Dec 122015
 
North Western Predators

The West Sydney Pirates Division 1 team tasted Playoff success against the Northwestern Predators, but it was not without its drama.

The Pirates outlasted a spirited Predators team to win by 47-41 and move on to the 2015 Championship game.

The game was a topsy-turvy affair with the lead changing hands multiple times but it was the Pirates who managed to have the final say and hang on for a nail-biting win.

The 2015 Waratah Bowl awaits!

2015 Colts Playoffs – Round 1

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Dec 062015
 
UTS Gridiron

The West Sydney Pirates Colts took a step closer to the 2015 Championship Game after an impressive win in the opening round of the Playoffs against UTS Gridiron.

Down 8-0 to UTS at the halftime break, the Pirates delivered in the second half and dominated the game to win by 24-8.

The Pirates now move on to the second round of the Playoffs where they take on reigning Champions, the Sutherland Seahawks.

2015 Season – Week 11

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Nov 272015
 
Wollongong Mustangs

The Pirates took on Wollongong in Week 11 of the 2015 season and it was two wins but for very different reasons.

The Pirates Colts won on a forfeit when the Wollongong Brumbies were unable to field a team.

The Pirates Division 1 team defeated a gutsy Wollongong Mustangs team by 60-18. The score is not a true reflection of the game though as the Pirates only showed flashes of what they are capable of achieving.

2015 Division 1 Season – Week 9

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Nov 102015
 

It was overcast but mainly dry conditions for the Week 9 clash between the Pirates and the Northern Sydney Rebels. The Pirates were missing a large number of players due to injury and knew that they would be in for a tough game.

The Rebels opened the game with the clear intent of running the ball to control the clock and keep the ball out of the Pirates’ possession, and in the First Half it certainly worked with both teams locked at 0-0 at the halftime break.

The momentum certainly shifted in the Second Half though due to some adjustments at the break and the increased tempo and energy displayed by the Pirates.

The final score saw the Pirates run away winners by 36-6.

The Pirates now have a Bye week which has come at the right time. The team is hurting and the roster is dwindling, so the break will allow the team to recharge the batteries and get a little healthier in the lead up to the Playoffs.

2015 Season – Week 8

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Nov 022015
 
North Western Predators

It was a mixed day for the West Sydney Pirates in Week 8 of the GNSW 2015 competition games played at the Pennant Hills Hockey Centre.

The Pirates’ Colts started the day and fought hard throughout but fell to the North Western Panthers by a score of 10-6.

In the final game of the day the Pirates’ Division 1 team faced an equally tough challenge against a very determined North Western Predators team.

The Predators got on top early and had much better field position and momentum in the first half, but the Pirates got on track in the second half and ran out winners by 28-12.

2015 Division 1 Season – Week 7

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Oct 262015
 
Central Coast Sharks

The Pirates recorded another big win in Week 7 of the 2015 GNSW Division 1 season, but the 52-15 win over the Central Coast Sharks was not without its challenges.

The Sharks opened the scoring on the Pirates’ first Offensive play when they recovered a fumble and returned it into the end zone for a score and a 6-0 lead. The Pirates eventually overcame their slow start to mount a long scoring drive which tied the scores 6-6 at the end of the 1st Quarter.

Two more unconverted TDs in the 2nd Quarter compared to a Sharks Field Goal as time in the half expired had the Pirates ahead by 18-9 at the break but the spirited Sharks team refused to surrender and played hard throughout the half.

That was to be the story of the Second Half too as the Pirates added some scores but the plucky Sharks simply refused to go away. The Pirates added 20 points in the 3rd Quarter to stretch their lead to 38-9.

The final period again saw some quality football played by both teams but it was the Pirates who maintained their edge adding another 14 points to the Sharks 6, which rounded out the 52-15 score line.

Overall it was a pleasing effort by the Pirates who were looking to grab a stronger hold on a Playoff position. There are still things to work on but another big win – the third in a row – was a satisfying result.

2015 Division 1 Season – Week 6

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Oct 182015
 
Wollongong Mustangs

The Pirates Colts and Division 1 teams both recorded big wins against their respective opponents in Week 6 of the 2015 season.

The Colts started proceedings with an impressive 54-12 win over the Wollongong Brumbies.

The win was the Colts second consecutive win and a real breakout performance, particularly by the Offense.

The Pirates’ Colts are now sitting third on the Standings as they move onto their Week 7 Bye.

Not to be outdone, the Division 1 team recorded back-to-back shutouts with a 60-0 win over the Newcastle Cobras.

Like their younger Club-mates the Division 1 team are also sitting third on the Standings.

In Week 7 the Pirates Division 1 team takes on the Central Coast Sharks.

2015 Division 1 Season – Week 5

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Oct 112015
 
UTS Gridiron

It was a great day for Pirate football as both the Colts and Division 1 teams toppled their respective opponents from UTS and ended their undefeated runs.

The momentum was started by the Colts team who came into their game still searching for their first win. The signs were there as the young Pirates had been improving each week and it all came together against the more fancied UTS Colts who boasted a larger, more experienced squad.

Without doubt the real highlight, amongst many, was the spirited goal-line stand as the clock wound down. With the Pirates holding a slender 8-6 lead UTS had at least two sets of Downs to score and win the game but the young Pirates were not to be denied and held firm to preserve their first win of the season. Congratulation to all the players and coaches on an exciting and inspiring win!

The Pirates’ Division 1 team had challenges of their own against their traditionally tough rivals.

The game started slowly for both teams with no scores in the 1st Quarter but the Pirates got onto the scoreboard twice in the second period, and converted both TDs, to take a 16-0 lead into the half-time break.

A very quick 3rd Quarter with no addition to the score was followed by another two Pirate TDs in the final period to round out the 30-0 score line.

The Pirates played a methodical, well balanced game and the result was well deserved.

All in all it was a successful Week 5 for the Club but the focus now shifts to the work required to maintain and build on that success for the weeks ahead.