Rd4 Match Report

MATCH REPORT: Relentless defence sees Geelong past Predators

13654306_10206973041670106_974812799924167532_nAnother impressive performance from the Geelong Buccaneers defence has seen the team end their two game losing streak and return to an even record (2-2) on the season. With the field being in anything but ideal shape following heavy rain, the final score of 14-6 was the type of low scoring affair that many had predicted.

Despite the Predators scoring an early 80 yard touchdown on a reverse, the Buccs were able to answer through Jamie Robertson, and take an 8-6 lead into half time. The second half was dominated by both defences, with Daniel Barnett finally breaking through in the third quarter, to put the Buccaneers in a winning position.

Quarterback Daniel Noonan threw for a touchdown and a successful two point conversion, whilst running back Daniel Barnett was a workhorse all day, running for 72 yards on 23 carries. Chris Beynon was again Mr Versatility for the Buccs offence, as he ran the ball on five occasions, and caught two receptions for 37 yards.

With the team only scoring 14 points, it was unknown whether or not the offensive struggles that had plagued the Buccs in recent weeks had been fixed.  Coach Brendon Bowe concluded the environment and opposition were predominantly responsible for the low score.

“It was another tough game yesterday which was not helped by the terrible conditions. It made it hard for the offense, but again we were sluggish out of the box. We didn’t make the most of our opportunities and field position, and for most of the game, we were dictated to by their defence, who were impressive,” Bowe said.

It was another strong outing for middle line backer Brad O’Toole, as he not only posted another seven tackles, but also registered a sack and a forced fumble. Alex McLaren added a further five tackles whilst making a sack himself, and in his first game back since the 2011 Vicbowl, David Felvus made four tackles, fitting in seamlessly to the Buccaneers defence. Michael Fox lead the secondary, adding another two interceptions to take his total to four on the year.

“The defence as they have been all year were disciplined and miserly. The only score they let in was due to missed assignments and missed tackles, something that I am sure they can rectify in coming weeks,” Bowe said.

Although Bowe is happy the Buccaneers are back on the winning track, he concedes greater challenges are still to come.

“We came up big when we had to, and though it was ugly, a win is still a win. We can’t turn back the clock, only learn from the past and move forward. We have to start better next week against last year’s champions, or we will struggle to get back into the game.”

The Buccaneers (2-2) travel to Croydon to take on the Rangers (2-1) on Saturday, at 2pm.

Daniel Trevaskis

Round 3 – Gallant Buccs fall to Crusaders



THE Geelong Buccaneers have fallen to their second consecutive loss, losing a defensive struggle 10-6 to the Western Crusaders in Ballarat. Although the team was able to score a late touchdown through Jamie Robertson, they were unable to recover a last ditch onside kick attempt, condemning them to 1-2 on the season.

The Buccaneers were unable to get their ground game going, as the Crusaders ability to stop the run proved crucial in the final result. Daniel Barnett had statistically his poorest showing so far this season, running for 65 yards, whilst secondary running back Chris Beynon was held to just six yards on the day. The passing game didn’t fare much better, as receiver Matthew Lawrance was restricted to 29 yards on three receptions and quarterback Daniel Noonan completed just 50% of his passes.

Head Coach Brendon Bowe was left irritated with the team’s performance.

“Today was a really frustrating day. I’m looking for reasons as to what the offense was doing in the first half. Once again the defence kept us in the game; in fact they were brilliant all day. It was pleasing that the offence got going, but it was too late,” he said.

The Buccaneers were kept scoreless in the first half, making it two weeks in a row the team has struggled to move the ball offensively.

“I am happy with where the schemes and systems are at. I think the boys need to develop more self-belief and want, to rectify our offensive struggles,” Bowe said.

Positively for Geelong, the defence was again stingy. They kept the team within striking distance throughout the day, and came up big at important stages, forcing four turnovers on fourth down. Brad O’Toole was again the leader, with eight tackles at middle line backer, whilst rookie Christian Suan made two monster hits, reminiscent of a player ten years his senior.

Although the season is only three weeks old, the injury list is starting to mount for Geelong, with 12 players being unavailable for selection for Saturday’s game. Bowe admitted that this trend is starting to become some cause for concern, although he believes with the entire team on the park, they can regain their winning ways.

“Injuries are taking their toll and that does worry me to an extent. Although when we get back to full strength, which we will, we will be a force to be reckoned with, we just have to believe we can do it.”

Geelong (1-2) hosts the South Eastern Predators (1-1) in their first home game of the year, at 2pm on Saturday, in Geelong.


Daniel Trevaskis

MATCH REPORT: Buccs dominate Miners in Bowe debut


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


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.


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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