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All the action in the final quarter for the AFL First XVIII

Waverley AFL First XVIII

From Coach, Fred Pawle

The first quarter started with a fast-paced, open game with Waverley not making the most of their opportunities. Due to some wayward shots on goal, the game was evenly poised with Newington trailing by eight points. The second quarter continued as an arm-wrestle with Waverley breaking the game open late in the quarter thanks to spirited efforts from Noah Burgess, Henry Standfield, William Durkin, Darcy Mullins and Andre Collet. The second half then started with Waverley leading by four goals, however a very strong performance from Newington in the third quarter set-up the game with Waverley leading by just one goal going into the final quarter. The final stanza was a fierce quarter with Waverley blowing away by 32 points thanks to Max D’Agostino’s four goals, Harry Whitaker’s three goals and Stephen Morrisey’s efforts to steer Waverley home against Newington at Mahoney park.

Final Score: Waverley: 9-11-65 defeated Newington: 4-7-31

Waverley AFL 9/10’s

Final Score: Waverley – 66 defeated Shore – 6

Waverley AFL 7/8A’s Match report

From Coach, Billy Tyson

The last game of the term saw Waverley take on a Knox outfit that had only been beaten once in the last two years.  The last time the two teams met, Waverley put in a valiant performance, but ultimately fell short. There were a number of key omissions for the Waverley side, but that did not seem to dampen their spirits.

The first quarter was a cagey affair, with the wind advantage for the Knox side proving to be the only difference.

The second quarter was when Waverley really got into the their rhythm. The whole team were playing as one unit, and this was highlighted by a beautifully weighted centring kick by Charlie Tyrell to give Hugo Roles an easy kick into an open goal. Waverley were running riot, with Knox unable contest with Waverley’s silky link up. The dominance was reciprocated on the scoreboard as Knox were held scoreless for the quarter.

Waverley Continued the onslaught into the third quarter. Spiritual Leader, Max Murphy laid a courageous tackle on the Knox Ruckman, that lead to a holding-the-ball free kick. This just added fuel to Waverley’s burning desire, to finally get one up on a Knox team that has been so dominant over the years.

Waverley blew the game away in the fourth quarter. The mobile midfield trio of Vasili Vertsonis, Jett Wanda and Aodan Byrne were far too dynamic with their link up play, with Knox not being able to come up with a reply. A brace on the siren from Captain Leo Astridge, saw the end of what was an inspiring performance from the Waverley side who ran out 37 point victors, handing Knox their second only loss in as many years.

Special mention goes out to all the boys that played. They bounced back from a 60 point loss in round two and turned it into a 40 point win. Every player played their role and contributed to the win.

Final Score: Waverley 8 – 9 – 57 defeated Knox 3 – 2 – 20

Best players: Tom Stewart, Hugo Roles, Jett Wanda, Vasili Vertsonis, Sam Stewart, Aodan Byrne  

Waverley AFL 7/8B’s Match report

From Coach, Matthew Miller

Waverley 7/8B (0) vs Cranbrook’s 7/8A’s (60) – Saturday 23rd of June

This week the Waverley 7/8B’s boys came up against a strong Cranbrook 7/8A’s side in their last game for the term. Unfortunately, Cranbrook proved to be the better team with an impressive performance throughout the whole game. The Waverley boys however were persistent and played the whole game as if it was all tied up. This was seen mainly through the efforts of Ethan Peterson, Jake Weinstein, and Jarryd Garwood. All up it was a good learning curve for the boys as they now know what we need to work on for the remaining games of the season.

Final Score: Waverley – 0 Cranbrook – 60