From 1st XVIII coach, Matthew Porter
Waverley College First XVIII vs Cranbrook
It was the fifth round of the season and the Waverley First XVIII were very keen to play as the game last week was cancelled due to wet weather. The game was against Cranbrook and was set to be a very physical game. Cranbrook came out firing with a goal in the first 20 seconds. After that Waverley decided to play as the hard work across the field paid off turning into a dominating win for Waverley
Score: Waverley 14-9-93 defeated Cranbrook 7-6-48.
Goals: Max Curry – 3; Matteo De Vecci, Tommy Tyson, Harry Whitaker – 2; Hal Cumpston, Anthony Vassallo, Max D’Agostino, Charlie Longmire, Xavier Slezak – 1
From 9/10’s coach, Emmett Pugh
Waverley 9/10’s vs Newington
After learning some new gameplay skills at training this week, it was time to put it to the test. Absentees and the arrival of late players to the game are killing the team spirit. When we should be getting focused on the match ahead, we are too busy worrying if we will have a full team. With our game focus on accountability, pressure and repeated efforts, the boys did well to contain a well skilled and drilled Newington for the first five minutes. As soon as the opposition put on a couple of goals, the morale dropped along with the accountability and pressure around the ground. The Waverley team really need to work on playing for each other, running hard and fighting for the ball. Too many times when the other team went for the ball, the Waverley boys didn’t look like they wanted to have a go. The opposition moved the ball from one end of the ground to the other, sometimes uncontested. Waverley put a score on the board in the third quarter, but it was already too late.
Best players on the ground go to Brock Preston for his attack on the ball, Stephen Morrisey for his run all day and effort around the ground and Henry Stansfield for his constant attack on the ball. Our goal this week at training is going to be intensity and hard running.
Score: Mercy rule applied Waverley 7 – Newington 68
From 7/8A’s coach, Fred Pawle
Waverley 7/8A’s vs Trinity
After three losses in three games for 7/8A’s, the boys were eager for a taste of victory on Saturday as they faced Trinity. The opposition turned out to be a very evenly matched opponent. The game started slowly, with the ball travelling from one end of the park to the other. The game was defined by which team attacked the footy harder and won contests around the ground. Waverley gained a slight edge going into the second half as a breakout performance for Aodan Byrne on the wing rallied the boys to dig deep and really affect the game. In the second half it was all blue and gold, as Waverley used the ball with great efficiency and utilised the whole width of the ground to break apart the Trinity defence. Great performances again from Jack Harris, Hugo Roles and Louis Kitto. Their performances allowed the boys around the pitch to shine and produce an incredible first win on the season, and hoping for more to come later in the season.
Score: Waverley 56 defeated Trinity 21
From Waverley 7/8B’s co-coach, co-coach William Tyson
Waverley 7/8B’s verses Riverview
This weekend’s fixture brought us out to Acron Oval in St. Ives. On a fresh cold morning the boys were ready to go and play some impressive football in difficult conditions. The first half of the game was a tight clash going from end to end with many lead changes. As the game grew however, the boys’ match fitness did not slow and they began to build the score kicking more goals. The fourth quarter was very impressive and good to watch as the boys smashed Riverview all over the ground and kicked some impressive goals. The pressure around the ball was fantastic considering the Riverview side was much larger. Waverley’s win will certainly send a message to the rest of the competition.
Score: Waverley 77 defeated Riverview 22
Best Players: Dylan Brown, Sam Connolly, Jay Palm, Lorenzo Di Napoli, Darcy Bourke and Carl Waterson
The 7/8B’s Victory Chant follows.
From Junior Schools 1sts coach, Charlotte Stephens
A report this week from the Junior School’s Waverley Blue team.
Waverley Junior School Firsts vs St Aloysius
Waverley Junior School’s Waverley Blue team played St Aloysius this weekend at the Bat and Ball Oval. So far this season, the boys have stayed undefeated and this week they kept up their winning streak with an impressive 38 to 13 win.
Angus Atkins and Alistair Isaacs were the men of the match for their outstanding defence against a particularly strong Aloysius forward line. Special mention also goes to Nate Smith, Nicky Anderson and Jackson McCauley for their efforts playing for the CIS AFL team last week and in particular to Nicky for making the NSW state team and Jackson for winning Best and Fairest player.
Score: Waverley 38 defeated St Aloysius 13