Gridiron's top teams battle it out at Campbelltown Sports Stadium

NSW's top Gridiron teams gathered in Campbelltown on Saturday to fight it out for the state's most prestigious titles.

The grand final games included the Kookaburra Bowl (under 19's), the Opal Bowl (women's) and the Waratah Bowl (men's).

Gridiron NSW assistant competition manager Courtney Scarth said the three teams fought it out in tough weather conditions.

"The Kookaburra Bowl game was history-making as it was the Nepean Ducks' first time in club history to make it into the grand final," she said.

"It was also the first time in UTS Gators club history that the team has won two grand finals in a row.

"The game was quite a close one with the Ducks scoring in the dying seconds to bring the game's final score to 28-24.

"It was an amazing game to watch as we had a lot of state representative players in both teams, and also some Australian team players too."

The Opal Bowl women's division is for players aged 16 and older.

"This year we had a record seven teams enter into our competition which is huge and a massive achievement," Scarth said.

"The grand final saw two great teams come face to face - the UNSW Raiders and the Northern Sydney Rebels.

"Everyone knew this game was going to deliver some big plays and hits, and that it did.

"The Raiders walked away with the trophy with the final score coming up as 22-8."

Scarth said the men's Waratah Bowl game would go down in the Gridiron NSW history books.

"It was a complete nail-biter of a game - an offence shoot out is what our commentary team called it," she said.

"This game had everything - unbelievable catches, amazing runs, tough defences and a hold-your-breath-to-the-final-minute ending.

Picture: Simon Bennett

Picture: Simon Bennett

"The Northern Sydney Rebels were the underdogs going into the game and they managed to upset UNSW Raiders with a final score of 38-32.

"This game was probably the closest game I've ever seen, just when you thought one team had it in the bag, the other team would score to bring them straight back into the game.

"All in all, it was a great day of football."

In recent years Gridiron NSW had hosted the grand final events at Leichhardt Stadium but Scarth said she was happy this year's event was in Campbelltown.

"We love the Campbelltown Stadium so we jumped at the chance to go back there - the field is in great condition and the facilities are outstanding," she said,

"I know all the players enjoyed their fully submerging ice baths after a physically tough game out on the field."

Gridiron is predominately only seen in movies or TV shows in Australia but Scarth said the American game was making waves down under.

"I think this sport is rise and becoming more and more popular," she said.

"It really helps with the NFL becoming more visible to Australians with Foxtel and Seven Mate televising some of the games."

Scarth said Gridiron was a great sport for both men and women.

"A few people around our league like to call it the chess of contact sports - there is so much mental preparing that goes into this game for both offence and defence, as well as some great illusion and trickery if you play on offence," she said.

"It is very much a team sport... you create great friendships and bonds due to how much teamwork is involved."

To find out more, visit: