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AFL: A clean sweep for Waverley

Waverley AFL First XVIII

From Coach, Matthew Porter

After the long weekend Waverley looked to get back to their winning way against St Ignatius 2. After a strong start Waverley kicked two early goals but poor goal kicking towards the end of the quarter meant Waverley only went into the break with a 29-point lead. The second quarter began much the same way as the first with Waverley dominating possession however we were unable to make the most of this. Kicking only one goal in the quarter and a late St Ignatius 2 comeback lead to them kicking two late goals meaning Waverley went into half time with a four goal lead. Going out into the third quarter, Waverley went out knowing they needed to take advantage of their possession, and after a few early goals they extended their lead to six goals. Goal of the season contenders from Tyler Holding and Harry Whittaker capped off a dominant performance in the third quarter going into the break with an eight goal lead. To begin the last quarter St Ignatius 2 came out looking to reduce the margin and kicked an early goal followed by a Waverley goal. Some inaccuracy in front of goal denied Waverley the chance to hit a 10 goal lead and a late goal for St Ignatius 2 meant Waverley won by 42 points, a margin which could have been bigger if not for some poor goal kicking.

Best on ground: Harry Whitaker, Xavier Slezak, Henry Stanfield, Kyle Goulding and William Davison

Goal kickers: Harry Whittaker 3, Steve Morrissey 2, Max Curry 1, Tyler Holding 1, Isaac Batholomaeus 1, Ash Backlund 1, Nicholas Buckingham 1

Final Score: Waverley: 10-14-74 defeated St Ignatius2: 5-2-32

Waverley AFL 9/10’s

From Coach, Fred Pawle

Running into the wind for the first quarter, Waverley was struggling to maintain the quality level of footy they are used to playing. Without scoring a single point, Waverley were down by the end of the first quarter for the first time this season.

The second quarter began and Cranbrook came out once again dominating through the midfield and defence causing issues for Waverley, Waverley was able to begin their comeback and by the end of the first half were only down by a single goal.

The premiership quarter was well fought between the two teams and Waverley were able to further cut down on the lead in front of them. A few quick goals helped cut the lead to a single point at the end of the third.

The fourth quarter was where Waverley took control heading with the wind behind them, Waverley booted a quick two goals matched by Cranbrook when Reid McNamara kicked a decisive goal swinging the momentum of the game. After this, Waverley kicked a further three goals from Zac Murphy which sealed the game giving Waverley a two goal lead. Cranbrook then had a swing of momentum but defender Ryan Breslin came in with clutch defensive plays giving Waverley a crucial edge.

Notable performances: Reid McNamara, Zac Murphy and Ryan Breslin

Final Score: Waverley – 34 defeated Cranbrook – 25

Waverley AFL 7/8A’s match report

From Coach, Billy Tyson

Finally, the boys got to play a game close to home at Pioneer Park. From the get go Waverley were all over them, being first to the ball and making good use of it. Last time we played Trinity we were restricted to a tiny field and the game was one of metres. This week however, we had the full football oval, which the boys capitalised on very quickly. The game was played on our terms, fast and classy. As the game was concluding we had the rare opportunity to move players around into different positions to explore new opportunities. This proved to many players that they can step up to any task so for the backend of the season we will have plenty of depth and infantry to beat the best teams.

Best on ground: Kai Bremmer, Louis Kitto, Aodan, Max Murphy, Maddox Grebert and Toby Longmire.

Final Score: Waverley- 66 defeated Trinity – 6

Waverley AFL 7/8B’s Match report

This week Waverley’s 7/8B’s boys game up against St Ignatius. They came out of the gates firing and starting off with an early lead as the first quarter came to an end. Waverley however was able to pull up and keep them scoreless for the next 3 quarters. Some particularly good efforts from Jarryd Garwood, Lang Curran, and James Armstrong helped boost the rest of the team into completely taking over the game and taking out a comfortable 3 goal win. Overall it was a great effort from the Waverley boys and we hope to keep up this form for the rest of the upcoming games.

Best on ground: Campbell Groves, James Armstrong and Kai Jones.

Final Score: Waverley – 34 defeated Knox – 14