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Spartans in Wellington’s own SuperBowl

Spartans in Wellington’s own SuperBowl

Super Bowl XL in Detroit was watched by over 800 Million people world wide and the winning players took home rings worth $300,000 each. This Saturday at Sladden Park the Wellington version takes place. All summer long five teams have competed to be in the Capital Bowl XVI. The Hutt Valley Spartans will host the Knight City Knights (Porirua) in big game.

The Spartans are in only their second year in the AFW competion and have risen from a team of rookies in year one to a dominating force in year two. The Spartans lost one game and drew one game on their road to the championship. A road that saw them defeat the Manawatu Silverbacks, Porirua Giants, Wellington Wolves and their opponents today the Knight City Knights.

Defense from New York

The Spartans defence coached by Ex New York Bandits Chris Rector has created havoc for quarterbacks pulling down almost half of the balls thrown in the air in some games. Look for Jason Love, Daniel Kendall and Scott Thompson who will be contesting every time the Knights pass. When teams run they come up against the small but quick Spartans defensive line and one of the leagues top linebackers in Joe Taito who you will see in his distinctive blue visor.

Offense from the Hutt Valley

On offense the leagues youngest quarterback in Johnny Conner. Johnny was drafted through the Collegiate Competion that was set up to foster Gridiron in the Hutt Valley. Johnny will be looking for his wide receivers downfield and will handing the ball off to the leagues top running back combination of Esse Amosa and Mike Temoana who have combined for 16 touchdowns already this year.

If they win

If the Spartans are successful they will bring the Capital Bowl back to the Hutt Valley for the first time since 1994 when the Hutt Valley Chargers beat the Porriua Hurricanes in Capital Bowl III.

The Spartans will have made a great recovery from the loss of the majority of their gear and uniforms when the teams gear trailer was stolen over the Christmas period.


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