FROM THE CONVENOR OF FOOTBALL, STEPHEN WILMOT
CAS Round 3 V Cranbrook
Last weekend we had our first match against our local rivals of the CAS season, Cranbrook. It was a great weekend with the sun shining down at Queens Park and many of our teams coming away with much deserved wins. The 2nd XI also had the opportunity to play their first game on QP1 in front of the Pavilion. The 1st and 2nd XI both played great with the 1st XI getting a 2-0 win and the 2nd XI unfortunately lost 0-3. Full match reports for the 1st and 2nds can be found below. Some of the other notable wins were the 3rds 3-0, 4ths 11-2, 5ths 1-0, 6ths 5-1, 10Bs 3-2, 10Ds 3-1, 9As 2-1, 9Bs 4-0, 9Es 3-0, 9Fs 4-0, 8As 3-1, 8Bs 6-1, 8Cs 2-1, 7As 6-0, 7Bs 11-1, 7Cs 5-1, 7Fs 2-1.
The Waverley College Football Supporter Group also hosted the BBQ at Queens Park during the day. It was a great success with funds raised going straight back into the football program. I would also like to thank the parents who volunteered part of their Saturday to assist with the cooking and serving, without you we wouldn’t have been able to run the BBQ.
CAS Round 4 v Barker
This weekend will be our first away game for the CAS season with the Opens, Year 10 and Year 7 travelling out to Barker. Please ensure you allow extra travel time to get to Barker as there can be traffic on the way, to ensure you arrive 30 minutes before your game kicks off.
Captain of 1st XI Report – Jack Hardwicke-Owen
After success over St Aloysius’ last round, Waverley arrived at Queens Park in anticipation of a very tough match against a quality Cranbrook side. The warm up was sharp and the team was well prepared for kickoff. The match began with both teams playing with high intensity and neither side out playing the other. After numerous Cranbrook corners, Waverley counter attacked quickly with a switch of play to left winger Mario Rebollo who razzled his way past the defender and belted his shot into the top right hand corner from a tight angle. 1-0 Waverley. Momentum was with Waverley as the half progressed before Waverley were awarded a free kick in an attacking area. The ball was whipped in and Ben Scarf rose above both his defender and the keeper to head the ball into the side netting and give Waverley a 2-0 advantage going into half time.
The second half began and Waverley’s defence was quickly put under pressure. The quality of a number of Cranbrook players was on display as they controlled possession and pushed for their first goal of the match. However outstanding defence from Killigrew, Scarf, Flanagan and Fuller nullified any attempts on goal from the Cranbrook front three. As the game neared it’s conclusion, Waverley had a couple of clear chances to put the game beyond doubt, although the score was not to be added to in the second half, with the match ending in a 2-0 victory for Waverley.
This result places the 1st XI well for the upcoming round 4 clash with Barker, which promises to be another very close encounter. More hard work and desire will be needed to beat a strong Barker side although Waverley will take confidence into the game after the positive Round 3 result.
Captain of Football Report – Anthony Candi
After a well deserved win last week against St Aloysius’ the 2nd XI were ready to build upon their great performance and retrieve a valuable 3 points in their final home game before they take to the road for the next 5 weeks of competition. But, from the outset Waverley looked slow and sluggish and showed no glimpses of last week’s dazzling displays. Cranbrook on the other hand were all systems go and found a goal a minute after the ref had started the game, this shocked the Waverley team who were looking around in disbelief. From the restart Waverley controlled the game moving the ball nicely and creating some opportunities for themselves but it wasn’t to be, as sloppy defence from a set piece allowed a Cranbrook attacker a free header on the back post which he slotted nicely past the keeper giving Cranbrook a 2-0 lead. As the half went on Waverley began to weaken and were longing for the ref to send them in for the break but just before he could, a miscommunication at the back saw Cranbrook score a third and shatter the spirits of the 2nd XI.
As the teams entered the field for the second half you could feel a different energy from the 2nd XI and that change showed right from the beginning as Jerome Mendes caused a fumble from the Cranbrook keeper right into the lap of Alex Bayas who unfortunately didn’t finish into the net, this positive start from Waverley continued as another open goal opportunity arise, but again Waverley failed to capitalise on a another Cranbrook gift keeping the score at 3-0 to the visitors. An injury to centre back Anthony Candi saw drastic changes made to the Waverley line up with some younger players from the 10As getting the opportunity to play. The inexperienced side gave it their all fighting for some dignity during the final exchanges of the game but their efforts will be forgotten as Cranbrook would maintain the 3-0 advantage and take the win and the headlines for this match. 2nd XI are no longer unbeaten but are ready to right their wrongs in their first of five consecutive away games against Barker this Saturday.
Last weekend CAS teams were selected for Opens and Under 16s. Congratulations to Jack Hardwicke-Owen for his selection in the 1st’s and Mario Rebollo, Marcus Cowan and Lachlan Forrest for their selections in the U16s. CAS teams will be playing next Monday and Tuesday against the other representative teams.