Term 1 Updates
From Director of Co-Curricular, Mr Steve O’Donnell
Thank you to all parents, staff and students for their very positive start to the term and in co-curricular. I also want to thank the community for their patience last weekend with the inclement weather and some of the late notifications regarding rolling cancellations.
We have now concluded our winter activity requests and will be finalising numbers this week. We will also notify students who requested a change as to whether they were successful, and the activity they will be doing. Our summer season concludes on Saturday, 6 March and the following week is the CAS swimming & diving Championships on 11 March. More information for those students attending will be published closer to the date. Saturday, 13 March is a sport-free weekend for most students, as this is when the College’s winter coaches’ induction will be run. Monday, 15 March will see the commencement of the winter season for 2021.
I also want to congratulate our 1st V captain from last season and 7A/B coach Ryan Abbott on his selection in the Australian U/19 Basketball team. Well done also to our Swimming and Diving squads and our coaches for their efforts at the CAS Invitational last week at Homebush.
We had a large number of students competing last weekend at the NSW Oz Tag championships and I want to congratulate and thank all of these families for following the correct procedures in regard to requesting leave. I am aware of upcoming State Touch Football and State SLS championships, and ask that if you are attending these, then request your leave urgently please.
It was a privilege to attend the Cadet Reveille Dinner last Friday Night and congratulations to our C.O Ms Julie-Ann De Kantzow and her team on a wonderful event and the College’s Cadet Unit SUO Mark Gapanov for representing the College at such an exemplary standard.
We also had some other key Co-curricular events over the past two weeks including Friday night 1sts and 2nds Basketball fixtures against Cranbrook and Trinity respectively. The 1sts game against Cranbrook was a hard-fought match that saw Waverley win by one point with less than a second on the clock, and despite going down by 5 against Trinity.
I also want to remind our community of the College’s expectations in regards to Co-curricular. Students need to commit to their school commitments as a priority, and this includes external club commitments such as NPL Football.
I would also like to remind all parents that all schools have a policy regarding having no dogs on any school premises or campuses at any stage. This is a child safety rule and must be followed at all times.
Best wishes to all teams and activities this weekend and ‘Go the Waves!’
Behind the Stumps: Cricket Report
From Convenor of Cricket, Mr John McCallum
The 2021 year has seen a strong start, with students enthusiastically spurred into action in their teams with positive signs emerging. Waverley has some excellent talent in new Year 5 and Year 7 age groups, while many senior cricketers are being recognised with representative honours.
1st XI Bowling spearhead Harry Schultz has been named in the NSW Combined Independent Schools side to compete in the NSW Schools Cricket Championships next month. This follows Harry impressing with his left-arm pace opening the bowling for the CAS rep side, and is currently the leading wicket taker in the CAS competition. Congratulations Harry on this fantastic achievement. Much of this success can be attributed towards his excellent work ethic.
Congratulations also to Maxim Brooks and Hirav Gandhi, both of the 1st XI, for their selections in the CAS Under 16 side.
There have been many exciting games in the first weeks of 2021, with week one against Cranbrook especially producing some nail-biters. The 1st XI had a one-run loss in the Twenty20 competition, then saw Cranbrook overhaul the 151 target in the final over, despite a rapid 2/21 from Harry Schultz. The 1sts had a mid-week T20 victory by six wickets over I Zingari, one of Australia’s oldest Cricket clubs, with Dylan Brown hammering a strong 54.
Rain has dampened many of the opening weeks’ matches, but Angus Sullivan in the 9As used a rain-shortened match to blast a rapid 64 not out, to almost claim victory. With the energetic and strong attitude towards training continuing, there looks to be rewards coming in future weeks for all our sides.
From Charles Harris, Captain of Basketball
The 1st V came into the second half of the season ready to build on their tremendous win in Round Five against St Aloysius. Jack Sherston led the team defensively with a season-high eight blocks. This defensive presence allowed Waverley to stay in the game up to the fourth quarter. Fritz Jahnke-Tavana and TJ Speedy-Coe, through a combined effort, won the game for us in an exhilarating finish. With four seconds left and down 72-71, Fritz stripped the ball off a Cranbrook athlete and passed down the court to TJ. TJ attacked the rim and drew a foul in the process of his layup. His shot had been goal-tended by an opposing player, granting Waverley two points and securing the victory. This close game was a great start to the second half of the season and hopefully the first of many wins.
Hoping to build on their spectacular victory over Cranbrook, the boys came into the game fierce and competitive. Despite missing two role players and their head coach, the 1st V managed to secure an 8-point lead early on. Charles Harris showed tremendous potential, making a significant impact from the moment he stepped on the court. He finished with 9 points and managed to defend their key players in crucial moments. The game was extremely back and forth until the end when Trinity gained a 15-point lead with not long to go. Hugo Roles rose to the occasion, scoring a three key three-pointers in a row to close the gap. Despite this tremendous effort, Waverley fell short by 5 points.
From Daniel Malone, Captain of 2nd V
The 2nd V came into the Cranbrook game with a new coach, fired up and with great energy, sure that they were going to beat Cranbrook. The team played well in the first half, keeping up with Cranbrook and overtaking at various stages. The team’s energy slowly declined, however, because of a few calls from the refs that did not go Waverley’s way, resulting in some players getting down about it and losing their focus. This eventually allowed Cranbrook to take back the lead and win the game. Waverley did play well on defense, but the shots they were taking on offense were just not falling, and the team was not as well organised as they would have liked. The game was a teaching moment though, on how talking back to the referees never changes a decision, and to not focus on it.
Hoping to improve on their previous game, the 2nd V came into the Trinity game full of energy for the first 5-10 mins, keeping the score at 0-0 despite Trinity being a great offensive side. Despite this, the team did lack fitness and the ability to keep up with the Trinity players, allowing them to secure a comfortable lead for the whole game. Waverley’s offense was sub-par for this game, only having two points in the first half scored by Daniel Malone. In the second half, however, Waverley came out with more intensity, trying to score at least a few more points in the half. The 2nd V ended up scoring 12 more points making the final score 14-55, which was not the best outcome. Despite all of this, the 2nd V’s offense was not bad, however their shooting percentage was where they fell short.
From Charles Harris, Captain of Basketball
The 10As played very well against Cranbrook with Oscar Walters-Green leading the pack tremendously well in spite of their 60-52 loss. Following the previous week’s loss, Waverley was seeking vengeance and with superstar Tom Gleeson back from his duty in the 1st V, they managed to secure a 35-31 win.
The 9As lost in a tight game against Cranbrook, despite being up against all odds, they still fought hard to the end with the final score being 56-50. Unfortunately, the next week they were unable to win against a star-studded Trinity team, and they lost 82-31.
The 8As have shown tremendous improvement since last year, however, they came up short both times in the past two weekends against Cranbrook and Trinity. The scores being 43-33 and 49-28, respectively.
The 7As led by coach, Mr Ryan Abbott, won their first game against Cranbrook 30-25. This was a tremendous effort considering these students have only been playing together for the past two weeks. Their next match-up against Trinity proved to be more of a challenge with the end result being an exciting 29- draw.