An eagerly anticipated Friday night set the scene for Indigenous Round with the mighty Waves hosting Cranbrook in the 1sts and Saint Ignatius’ in 9/10 Division 1. The evening was highlighted by a wonderful Indigenous Ceremony conducted by the Walawaani group from the College. Mr Kevin Heath (Indigenous Liaison Officer) and the team put a huge amount of time and effort into this, as we look forward to it becoming an annual event.
We were also treated to a pre-match jumper presentation and speech from Sydney Swans legend, Michael O’Loughlin. It was a truly wonderful celebration of culture and celebration that I, personally, felt proud to be a part of. Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to raise money for the Walawaani Group at the College.
Unfortunately, the spirit that was shown in the Indigenous Ceremony didn’t translate into a win for either team playing on the night, with the 9/10As falling short late in the match, to a very strong Saint Ignatius’ outfit, going down 7.6.48 to 3.2.20. The game was in the balance early in the last quarter, but the boys ran out of steam. Oli Trosti and Tane Barclay played great games, and there were very promising signs from the whole team.
Our 1sts then took to the field against a spirited Cranbrook. It was a fierce battle early on, in dewy and cold conditions, making it hard for clear possession and our run and gun style of play. This really evened up the ability of the two teams. We managed to get out to a 13-point lead half way through the last quarter, however Cranbrook wouldn’t give in and managed to kick the final three goals of the match, including the match winner in the final minute to break the hearts of the boys.
We are competing hard and the effort cannot be questioned. With a very young squad, we are moving in the right direction, and the results should start to turn our way soon. Andrew Moloney managed to take out the medal for the best Waverley player on the evening.
Another clean sweep for our young stars in this age group!
The 7/8As travelled to Bat & Ball for a 9am start against the newly-promoted St Aloysius’ from Division 2. It was a sluggish performance in the first quarter with Aloys’ defending well, but never providing much of a scoring threat. The boys then managed to break away and complete another comprehensive victory 12.12.84 to 0.3.3, making it four wins from four starts. It is shaping as quite a dominant season so far. Clancy Walsh starred in the match with Henry Read and Nash Goldsworthy giving him great support.
The 7/8Bs travelled to St Paul’s Oval to take on the recently demoted (from Division 1) side, Cranbrook. Cranbrook jumped out to an early lead, kicking four goals to one in the first quarter. The boys then managed to flip the narrative, taking a one-point lead at half time.
Cranbrook then lead by one point going into the last quarter, before the boys managed five goals to two in the final term, to run out 12.8.80-9.761 winners. The Wilson twins absolutely dominating, with Max managing a game-winning five goals! The boys sit equal top of the table with Trinity’s As, and have beaten A teams from Shore and Cranbrook this season. A fine effort!
The 7/8Cs followed the previous match, and as they have done for much of the season, completed a comprehensive victory. They managed to hold Cranbrook to just two goals for the day, both scored in the first quarter. The boys running out 17.9.111 to 2.1.13, victors. Felix Andersen-Allen continued his remarkable goal-kicking form with a second bag of five for the season, and taking his tally to 16 goals in four games. Max Davis and Max Lucas also continued their strong form.
9/10 Division 3
The boys travelled to ELS Hall to take on heavyweight Saint Ignatius’ in the Division 3 match. The boys had moved into this division and it paid early dividends with a great first three quarters, holding the lead at three-quarter time. Earlier in the day, Waverley had been awarded the win by forfeit and some players were given to the opposition to allow a match to be played.
In the final term, Saint Ignatius’ with the assistance of a few of our boys, were able to finish strong and take an unofficial win. A great performance by the boys for the first three quarters, and promising signs for the remainder of the season. Tom Rudolph played a second game for the weekend and was best on ground, along with Jordan Du Toit who was booted three goals.
The boys took to the field against Saint Ignatius’ at Bat & Ball Oval but were nearly forced to forfeit, due to the lateness of some of our players. In this age group, Saint Ignatius’ have been a dominant force across the competition for the past four to five years, and their skill level was on show. Unfortunately, the boys lost this game early via the mercy rule, but battled hard for the four quarter.
Some good performances came from Ben Campbell, Hugh McDonald and Tom Park who held their own against the strong competition. We look forward to the challenge of next week and building on some good training this week.
Saturday, 3 June – Home Round at Pioneers Park, Malabar
A reminder that we will hold our final home round for the season at Pioneers Park next Saturday. We will run a BBQ and raffle with prizes. Please come along and support the boys throughout the day. See fixtures below for teams playing at Pioneers:
|Saturday, 3 June
|8am – 5/6A v Barker
|8am – 5/6C v Barker
|9am – 7/8B v Trinity
|10:30am – 9/10B v Saint Ignatius’
|12pm – 1sts v St Aloysius’
|2pm – 9/10A vs Barker
|3:30pm – 2nds v Newington
1sts Defeated by Cranbrook 6.9.45 to 5.9.39
- Goals – James O’Loughlin 2, Ben Pignatelli 1, Andrew Moloney 1, Cam Pierce 1
- Best – Andrew Moloney, Chaz Smith, Tom Stewart, Cam Pierce, Vasili Vertsonis, Sam Stewart
2nds Defeated by Riverview 9.6.60 to 0.0.0 (Mercy Rule)
- Goals – None
- Best – Ben Campbell, Hugh McDonald, Tom Park, Will Pearce, Til Strehler, James Clarke
9/10A Defeated by Riverview 7.6.48 to 3.2.20
- Goals – Jono McDonald, Oli Trosti, Ed House
- Best – Oli Trosti, Tane Barclay, Zoltahn Szabo, Fin Bates, Adam Cutten
9/10B Defeated Riverview (Forfeit) Practice Game Score 5.5.35 to 10.10.70
- Goals – Jordan Du Toit 3, Will Elliott 1, Harrison Thorpe 1
- Best – Tom Rudolph, Zeki Dumduz, Jordan Du Toit, Archie Campbell, Will Elliott, Lachlan Isaac
7/8A Defeated St Aloysius’ 9.8.62 to 0.2.2 (Mercy Rule) Unofficial score 12.12.84 to 0.3.3
- Goals – Levi O’Keefe 3, Hayden McAusland 2, Lachy Feain 2, Jaxon Michailidis 1, Will Roberts 1, Clancy Walsh 1, Archie Goulding 1, Jake Tobin 1
- Best – Clancy Walsh, Henry Read, Nash Goldsworthy, Sean Coughlin, Hayden McAusland, Dom Dametto
7/8B Defeated Cranbrook 12.8.80 to 9.7.61
- Goals – Max Wilson 5, Harry Neylon 2, Kyson Brown 1, Liam Gardiner 1, Oscar Griffith 1, Patrick McAusland 1, James Tainton 1
- Best – Max Wilson, Ned Wilson, Oscar Griffith, Harry Neylon, Hamish Wilson, Finley Mulligan
7/8C Defeated Cranbrook 11.7.73 to 2.1.13 (Mercy Rule) Unofficial score 17.9.111 to 2.1.13
- Goals – Felix Andersen-Allen 5, Larsen Johnston 2, Vinny Kaos 2, Callum Knight 2, Archer Connor 1, Max Davis 1, Harvey Kraegan 1, George Read 1, Harper Warnock 1
- Best – Felix Andersen-Allen, Max Lucas, Larsen Johnston, Max Davis, Daniel Duffin, Archie Dickenson