From the Convenor of AFL, Alan Riordan
AFL Open Match Report
In the second round of the season the First XVIII came up against St Ignatius’ College Riverview which was understood as being one of the toughest challenges of the season. Riverview came out firing as expected winning all 50/50 contests and playing very aggressively dominating the scoreboard at half time resulting in the mercy rule to be applied.
In the second half Waverley decided to start playing by using shepherds and kicking goals making the game a bit more competitive but couldn’t come back, final score St Ignatius’ 113 defeated Waverley 29. Fortunately, it was a good test to see where the boys need to improve for next week and the rest of the season. Waverley would also like to thank Riverview for the function at the end of the game for parents and players.
Goal Kickers: Thomas Sharpe 2, Matteo De Vecchi and Max D’Agostino
Coach: Matt Porter
Giving the gift of Football
Earlier in the week the AFL kindly donated some free tickets for the Sydney Swans vs Brisbane Lions game at the SCG. However, due to May Procession on Sunday we were unable to utilise these. Captain of AFL Matthew Miller and First 18s Captain Matteo De Vecchi kindly donated the tickets to St Clare’s Sports Captains Emily Van Dam and Katie Kershaw (pictured below) on behalf of Waverley College. This gesture was an important one in strengthening the existing partnerships between our two schools and continuing to grow the game in our local area. We hope that the girls and their families enjoyed the game and we look forward to working with you into the future.
9/10’s Match Report
On the weekend we only had 15 players arrive with 8 absentees making it a hard game for the boys who showed up. The focus for the game was on accountability, pressure and repeated efforts. The Waverley boys showed true heart and determination against a bigger side. Waverley were in the lead after the first quarter and battled hard to keep in the game. Tim Waring, Eli A’Bell, Brock Preston and many others showed true heart to attack the ball and apply pressure all day. Trinity pulled away in the third term and with the injury of Tim Waring, the boys were outnumbered and outscored. Overall a great sign of heart, determination and repeated efforts. Expecting a huge improvement throughout the season as the boys jell together.
Coach: Emmett Pugh
7/8A’s Match Report
The 7/8A’s travelled out to Acron Oval this week to take on Knox Grammar. The Waverley boys knew the enormity of the task in front of them as they ran out onto the field, as Knox had proven its strength on the competition in previous weeks. The first quarter was a testament to Knox’s all round talent, as they netted eight goals passed Waverley. The second quarter was much the same, however, after half time the Waverley boys came out with a stronger passion to get their head over the footy. Strong second half efforts from Louis Kitto, Aiden Byrne, Jude Duckman and Freddy Hunt reflected a change in mind-set after half time. Although the boys gave it a strong effort, Knox overwhelmed Waverley over the field and were able to keep Waverley scoreless for the game. The Waverley boys showed lots of promise in improving in the face of much stronger opponents, and hope to possibly knock Knox over in the second half of the season.
Coach: Fred Pawle
7/8B’s Match Report
The second round of CAS/GPS AFL brought the 7/8 Blue team out to Acron Oval to face a competitive Knox side. Right from the get go Waverley exerted their dominance with continual raids into the oppositions forward 50, this was followed up by excellent forward pressure to keep it locked in there for long periods. Waverley came out of the gates with energy and aggression, then followed by classy free flowing football resulting in a final score of 108-19 (W). Best on Ground: Tayte Lambley, Luca Wilson and Lorenzo Di Napoli.
Coach: Blair Ryan