MATCH REPORT: Buccs dominate Miners in Bowe debut

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FIRST year Coach Brendan Bowe has kicked off his coaching year in style, with the Geelong Buccaneers runaway winners over the Berwick Miners 47-0 on Sunday. Running back Daniel Barnett starred for the Buccs, running for over 150 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns. Safety Michael Fox provided the spark for the defence, with two interceptions.

The Buccaneers put the game away early, scoring 27 points in the first quarter. The expansive running game was on display, as Barnett, Daniel Tinitali and Chris Beynon all saw touches of the football in the first few Buccaneer drives. Tinitali and Beynon both rushed for 60 yards, reinforcing the versatility the team has on the ground. Not to be outdone, receiver Matthew Lawrance caught two touchdowns, and added 70 receiving yards in the process.

Defensively the Buccs were stout, keeping Berwick scoreless. The Miner’s never really threatened to score, with the two occasions they ventured into Buccaneer territory coming off the back of a long kick-off return, and a defensive pass interference penalty.

Whilst the Buccs started the game with more than double the Miner’s numbers, they were forced to contend with the lack of key players. Oscar Godsell performed admirably, stepping in at middle line-backer to cover for the absent Layke Rossiello and Brad O’Toole.

With a 34-0 lead at half time, Bowe took the opportunity in the second half to give decent playing time to depth players. Whilst experience issues were on display, Bowe overall, was happy with what these players showed.

“We took the opportunity to blood the rookies and give decent game time to backups. The coaches had a great chance to see what all players had to offer.”

A weakness of the team in the 2015 season, special teams also showed signs of considerable improvement. Although Bowe was happy with the Buccs performance in this phase of the game, he will reserve judgement to see if the high level of play continues.

“They (special teams) were a definite improvement on last season, and I’m hoping that continues from week to week.”

Whilst the performance was encouraging for the Buccaneers aspirations come seasons end, Bowe remained focused on where the team is at.

“A great start to the season but its only week 1. We still have much more hard work to do and improvement to come, and I expect we will be fully tested this week against the best team of recent years.”

The Buccaneers head to Bendigo on Saturday, to face the Monash Warriors at 3pm

Daniel Trevaskis

SEASON PREVIEW: BUCCANEERS SET SAIL ON SEASON 2016

THE Geelong Buccaneers are hoping a mix of experienced veterans and exciting youth can again have them challenging for a Vicbowl in season 2016. Following a disappointing year in 2015, where the team finished with a 6-6 win-loss record and a first round playoffs defeat, the new season brings renewed hopes of contending for a trophy.

Under new coach Brendan Bowe, whose experience will help the Buccs in all three phases of the game, the squad is more focused and driven after a tough and lengthy preseason. Whilst Bowe brings with him a new playbook, he also yields a player-friendly mentality, which the team has responded too thus far in pre-season.  The preseason highlight was a chemistry-building football camp at Anglesea that saw the team grow in both on-field and off-field performance.

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Anglesea Camp

Offensively, the Buccaneers have a number of new tools at both receiver and running back. The three-pronged backfield of two-time league MVP Daniel Barnett, Elliot Webb and Daniel Tinitali provides newfound depth and talent at the position, which is fronted by versatile big men Michael Khair, Ricky Young, Jordan Pigott and Sam Martin on the offensive line. Veteran Daniel Noonan returns under centre, playing his 12th season for the team. Leading receiver Matthew Lawrance is back to his best, after a hamstring tear in the playoffs last year.

On the Defensive side of the ball, Layke Rossiello again serves as the team’s leader at line-backer. He is joined by newcomer Matt Fiscalini and the experienced Brad O’Toole. The team’s secondary looks to be a strength, with Tom Bean and Oscar Godsell bringing knowledge from playing time in America, whilst Michael Fox returns to the squad. A number of new cornerbacks including Jacob Taylor and Christian Suan have fitted into the team seamlessly.

For the Buccaneers it’s time to see if the hard work will pay off, season 2016 serves as an opportunity to right the wrongs of seasons past, and stamp their claim as a Gridiron Victoria powerhouse .13474995_10153544087105614_1257397517561078053_o

The Buccaneers open their season this Sunday against the Berwick Miners in Endeavour Hills. Kick-off at 2pm.

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The first training session of Geelong’s only American Football Team the Buccaneers is Saturday 7th February at The Cove off Bogong Street (Hendy Street) Corio.

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