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AFL: Waverley triumphant in fiercely competitive matches

From Coach, Matthew Porter

Waverley AFL First XVIII.

Waverley College First XVIII  defeated Barker College on June 2nd in a fiercely competitive contest. Barker started off the game strongly when kicking with a prolific wind at Village Green, with Waverley seen to be behind by two goals going into the second quarter. A quick flurry of early quarter goals had Waverley well placed ahead by 14 at half time. However, as the battle heated up in the third quarter it was Barker that took advantage of the wind once again to draw level with Waverley half way through the third quarter. Two goals against the wind to Isaac Bartholomaeus and a late goal to Darcy Mullins helped Waverley to go into the fourth quarter one goal ahead, having the match evenly poised in their favour. A fourth quarter masterclass from Waverley led to a 30 point blowout in the last quarter through the boot of Ash Backlund and Harry Whitaker both kicking two goals apiece, with the help of a mark of the year contender from Max D’Agostino who also kicked two goals. The final score leaning in Waverley’s favour concluding a fiery second half to prevail five goal victors.

Final Score: Waverley 66 defeated Barker 36

From Coach, Finn Mergler

Waverley AFL 7/8A’s

Saturdays fixture saw Waverley 7/8A’s take on Shore, in what proved to be a tough contest. The task was not an easy one, as the adverse weather conditions and a constricted oval made for unfamiliar conditions. The first quarter was a scrappy affair with most of the play occurring down a small segment of the field, with little to no ball use from either side. However, Waverley saw themselves end the first quarter with a 10 point lead.

The boys came out in the second quarter with a new game plan, lead by the dynamic Max Murphy. They started to use the ball much more efficiently with well executed switch balls, silky hands and magic running footy. This ultimately saw the boys run into half time with a sizeable 35 point lead. The 3rd quarter followed suit, as the disparity between the two teams skill level started to become increasingly evident. Towards the back end of the last quarter Shore showed some fight, chipping away at the scoreboard. Ultimately Waverley were too dominant across the game – running away 37 point victors.

Final Score: Waverley 61 defeated Shore 24

From Coach, Matthew Miller

Waverley AFL 7/8B’s

This week the 7/8B’s Waverley boys game up against Knox in their fourth game of the season. Both teams began the game strong with many of the contested possessions falling evenly throughout the first half. Waverley however was able to capitalise more on their efforts and therefore came out to an early lead which they managed to keep out for the whole game. Some particularly good efforts from Jared Garwood, Jake Weinstein, and Zac Trosti, helped boost the rest of the team into playing at their best we’ve seen so far this season and taking out a comfortable three 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.

Final Score: Waverley – 34 defeated Knox – 16