From Convenor of AFL, Alan Riordan
Waverley AFL First XVIII
From Coach, Matthew Porter
Waverley First XVIII (118) def Trinity First XVIII (97) in a high scoring game at ELS hall on the 28th of July. This game was extremely important for both sides with the CAS title on the line. The first quarter started as expected, being highly contested and had many lead changes to set up a one goal Waverley lead at the first break. A quick start from Waverley thanks to their midfield dominance was a big factor for Ash Backlund (5) and Noah Burgess (3) to convert in front of goal. Although, Trinity started the second half strongly with a flurry of goals to peg the lead back Waverley dominated centre clearances and time of position and went in to three quarter time with a healthy 9 goal lead. The final quarter allowed Waverley to rest some of their starters and provide opportunities for others to step up. Trinity won the final quarter making the scoreboard look closer than Waverley’s dominance on the day. Congratulations to Steve Morrissey, Darcy Mullins, Thomas Tyson, Henry Standfield, Timothy Waring and Harry Whitaker for their outstanding play as Waverley ran out 21 point winners. Waverley heads into the bye week with an 8-1 Win Loss record. Congratulations to all of the boys for securing the CAS title for 2018. Enjoy the weekend off.
Waverley AFL 9/10’s
From Coach, Fred Pawle
Waverley 104 vs St Ignatius 44
Waverley started their game off with a bang with Zac Murphy scoring the first goal of the match within the first minute this would set Waverley’s dominate position for the majority of the match early, After a few more quick goals Waverley were up by 7 goals at the end of the first quarter of play.
With the second quarter underway St Ignatius would not go down without a fight and after scoring a few goals they were within three goals of Waverley’s lead, winning the second quarter and giving the match a further element of competitiveness.
The start of the premiership quarter saw St Ignatius not let down in pressure against Waverley and continued to add goals on, however they would be matched by Waverley. Waverley began to see what was going wrong in the game and made a resurgence against St Ignatius’ fight and extended their lead to six goals at the end of the third.
During the fourth and final quarter of the game, Waverley stepped the level of their game up further and cemented themselves as the better team on the day piling a further four goals onto their lead before the end of the game letting the competition know once again they’re the team to beat.
Waverley – 104
St Ignatius – 44
Waverley AFL 7/8A’s Match report
From Coach, Billy Tyson
Waverley v Barker – Pioneer Park
Our first game back from the break took place at our local ground Pioneer Park, against tough opponents Barker College. A team that gave us a very good contest last time we met almost resulting in a victory for them. The first quarter was the best footy the boys have played all year; the play was completely flawless, tough, skilled and unselfish. The football was so good you wouldn’t have thought they’d all been on holidays the last few weeks. As the game progressed, Barker tried to put themselves back in the contest, but the first quarter demolition left a 41 point margin that would just be too hard to fight with. Everyone on the field played their roles, and there was not one moment in the game where they didn’t do the team thing. This performance came with perfect timing, as we take on the easily beatable undefeated Riverview this weekend on their home deck, it will be a good contest and a game I expect the boys to take control of.
Best on ground: Louis Kitto, Benjamin Dunkley, Aodan Byrne, Freddy Hunt, Luke Higgins and Sam Stewart
Waverley AFL 7/8B’s Match report
From Coach Finn Mergler
The first game of the term saw the boy take on local rivals Cranbrook. Waverley just got the upper hand the last time the two sides met in round one and the lads were keen to replicate the result. The first quarter was a cagey affair that was interrupted by many stoppages as both teams intensity and tackling pressure made it hard for the game to get moving.
The second quarter was much more fluid, as Waverley’s Ball users Lang Curran and James Armstrong regularly started attacking movements that finally led to the Waves applying some scoreboard pressure.
The game was broken open in the second half by the pace of Waverley Midfielder Jake Weinstein, who continually managed to breakdown the Cranbrook defence and unselfishly handed to ball off to teammates for open goals.
Complacency from the Waverley boys saw Cranbrook claw their way back into the game early in the 4th quarter. However Waverley’s running brand of footy resurfaced towards the end of the game and proved to be too dominant for the Cranbrook Side, as Waverley ran out 16 point victors.
Best on ground: Jake Weinstein, Lang Curran, James Armstrong, Alistair Isaac and Jarrod Garwood
AFL Presentation Night – Save the Date
The AFL presentation night is coming up next Friday the 10th August from 6 – 7pm. More details will be provided to you next week.