American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018

Gridiron Victoria : Peninsular Sharks vs Pakenham Silverbacks…

Although I am certainly not a sports photographer I have always really enjoyed watching gridiron, particularly having played back in England as a middle linebacker for a team in Harlow (in my younger days!)

I avidly follow the NFL, devouring as many games as I can when time allows during the regular season in the US. Consequently I was somewhat surprised and of course excited to learn that there exists a solid league here in Victoria Australia, and that the next game of the new season was to be played within a 20 minute drive from my home. I really intended to just go along and watch, but of course at the last minute grabbed my trusty Canon 5D Mk III and a 70-200mm 2.8 L. I knew I would be shooting a LOT of pictures, and reasoned I really didn’t need the increased resolution of the 5DSR (unlike when I am photographing Spitfires, and need to see every rivet in the aircraft…).

This was the first game ever played by the fledgling Peninsular Sharks, and sadly for them the score of 42 – 6 in favour of the Silverbacks reflected this; however, they still played with incredible determination and no little amount of skill, such that that time and experience will surely see them develop into a powerhouse club. Not to detract from the Silverback victory, who also played a superb and very entertaining game of football..!

All the 90 images below are pretty much in order of capture, hopefully giving a feel to the fun and flow of the game….

American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Fun before kick-off… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
The obligatory helmet shot… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
QB hand off… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
The Silverback QB in for the touchdown… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Although the pocket collapsed on the Shark QB… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
… he managed to scramble and pick up some yardage… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Dodging tackles… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Although it was a windy day, both sides really struggled with incredibly high snaps from the centre… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Getting wrapped up… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
The throw… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
… the catch…© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Another high snap… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
A fumble by the Sharks that was subsequently recovered… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
The pass… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…almost picked off… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Scrambling skills from the Silverback QB… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…until finally wrapped up… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Scrambling out of the pocket…© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…lining up a receiver… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…passing with both feet off the ground…© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…the run after the catch… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…diving for the goal line… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…breaking the plane for a touchdown … © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…impact… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Ttrying to stay inbounds… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Hand off to the running back… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…slipping tackles… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
Shark QB lining up to pass to # 17…© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…the pass… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
…going up for the catch in traffic… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
© Michael Evans Photographer 2018
American football game played in Victoria Australia between the Pakenham Silverbacks and the Peninsular Sharks : © Michael Evans Photographer 2018
… catching the ball on your helmet… © Michael Evans Photographer 2018

While I was standing on the sideline I met two other photographers, one being the hugely talented Barend van den Hoek (https://barendphotos.com/) who has been shooting the gridiron here in Victoria for 10 years. If you have any interest in the sport at all, I recommend checking out his excellent website. The other photographer I met was Vicki Walsh, who unfortunately I did not get to chat to that much, but who very kindly gave me some tips for my upcoming Vietnam trip. All in all, a really fun day and I certainly hope to watch a few more games this season…

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4 thoughts on “Gridiron Victoria : Peninsular Sharks vs Pakenham Silverbacks…

  1. Some really great photos here. The city backdrop really makes these photos standout. Glad you enjoyed the game, hope to see you around the sidelines for he season. Cheers!

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