Last Friday night, Waverley College hosted the annual Basketball Presentation for the 2021/2022 season. This was an emotional night for many, as it was the Year 12 students’ last season playing in the blue and gold uniform. The night consisted of a wide variety of tasty food, drinks, awards and memorable moments.
The night was organised by the Basketball Supporters’ Club, and a special thanks goes to Nicole Abbott (President) and Stephen Abbott, who have worked tirelessly for the club for many years.
Another special thanks goes to the Convenor of Basketball, Mr Anthony Gibbs, for putting this night together, as well as organising the season. The night commenced with a dinner in Braidwood, followed by a variety of shooting competitions in the Gym, with the last part of the night hosting the award ceremony.
Special Thanks to Old Boy, Mr Ryan Abbott (Class of 2020)
A special thank you to Old Boy, Mr Ryan Abbott, who recorded a short welcome message that was played at the start of the awards ceremony.
Mr Abbott attended Waverley College from 2013 to 2020, and is currently in California, studying a Bachelor of Business Administration at Fresno Pacific University (FPU).
Mr Abbott has enjoyed a standout Freshman year as the starting Small Forward for the FPU Sunbirds. He helped the Sunbirds reach the Quarter Finals of the PacWest Conference Basketball Championships.
Among the many accolades he obtained during his time at Waverley, including Captain and MVP of 1st V, Mr Abbott also represented NSW in the U18 and U20 State teams, and Australia at the 2019 FIBA U17 Oceania Championships. He will return to Australia during his summer break from college, and play for Norths Bears Men’s NBL1 team.
Congratulations to the following players who received the highest honours within their year groups: Marko Rangan (1st V Best and Fairest); Cooper Stynes and Solomon Tuqiri (2nd V Joint Best and Fairest); Aren Yaghoubian (10A Best and Fairest); Benjamin Pignatelli (9A Best and Fairest); Tane Barclay and Angus Peshos 8A (Joint Best and Fairest); and Dominic Dametto (7A Best and Fairest).
This year has been a successful season compared to previous seasons, with a 6% increase in wins over the past five seasons. This could not have happened without the leadership and contribution of the Year 12 players over their time in the Basketball program.
Congratulations to these players who received a Service to Basketball award: Hugo Roles (Captain of 1st V), Cameron Abbott (1st V), Solomon Tuqiri (Co-Captain of 2nd V), Aodan Byrne (Co Captain of 2nd V), Dakota Fanning (2nd V), James Jones (2nd V), Hugo King (2nd V), Jake Mckell (2nd V) and Cooper Stynes (2nd V).
Congratulations to Alejandro Zanapalis and Jock Edwards for winning the two-point shooting competition, and Alejandro Zanapalis for winning the three-point shooting competition. Both received brand new basketballs as prizes.
A special thanks goes to the coaches who were up for all the early mornings or late afternoons for games and trainings throughout the season.
Thank you to the following staff members for attending and supporting the night: Mr Stephen O’Donnell (Director of Co-curricular), Mr Stephen Wilmot (Assistant Director of Co-curricular), Mr Linden Smith-Hyde (Assistant Coach, 1st V), Mr James Spargo (Head Coach, 2nd V), Mr James Minogue (Assistant Coach, 2nd V), Mr Tom Kennedy (Coach, 9A/B), Mr Kyle Goulding (Coach, 8A/B), Mr Ed Smith (Coach, 8A/B), Ms Jenna Turnbull (Coach, 7A/B) and Mr Andrew Sexton (Coach, 5th V/6th V).
Thank you also to Ms Cathy Pham, a University of NSW student, undertaking her practicum at Waverley College, who assisted on the night.
Thank you to all the parents/carers who made the season possible, along with Presentation Night.
Full List of 2021/22 Basketball Season Award Winners
|Basketball Award||Award Winner|
|Captain of Basketball||Thomas Gleeson|
|Captain of 1st V||Hugo Roles|
|1st V MVP||Marko Rangan|
|1st V Best Defensive Player||Thomas Gleeson|
|1st V Most Improved Player||Daniel Palacio|
|2nd V MVP||Cooper Stynes|
|2nd V MVP||Solomon Tuqiri|
|2nd V Most Improved Player||Charlie Smith|
|Service to Basketball||Cameron Abbott|
|Service to Basketball||Hugo Roles|
|Service to Basketball||Solomon Tuqiri|
|Service to Basketball||Dakota Fanning|
|Service to Basketball||Aodan Byrne|
|Service to Basketball||Jake McKell|
|Service to Basketball||Cooper Stynes|
|Service to Basketball||James Jones|
|Service to Basketball||Hugo King|
|3rd V Best and Fairest||Finlay Chandler|
|4th V Best and Fairest||Samuel Stewart|
|5th V Best and Fairest||Lachlan McMunn|
|6th V Best and Fairest||John Walsh|
|7th V Best and Fairest||Brandon Reid|
|8th V Best and Fairest||Daniel Di Paola|
|9th V Best and Fairest||Darcy Ferguson|
|10th V Best and Fairest||Jesse Harper|
|11th V Best and Fairest||James Armstrong|
|12th V Best and Fairest||Frank Vescio|
|10A Best and Fairest Player||Aren Yaghoubian|
|10A Best Defensive Player||Tashi Harrison|
|10A Most Improved Player||Solomon Maxwell|
|10B Best and Fairest Player||Christian Robbins|
|10C Best and Fairest||Declan Minto|
|10D Best and Fairest||Ashton Child|
|10E Best and Fairest||Cameron Pierce|
|10F Best and Fairest||Eamon Henderson|
|10G Best and Fairest||Alfie Griffiths|
|10H Best and Fairest||Campbell McCarthy|
|9A Best and Fairest Player||Benjamin Pignatelli|
|9A Best Defensive Player||Renato Rovacchi|
|9A Most Improved Player||Giles Strachan|
|9B Best and Fairest Player||Oliver Stynes|
|9C Best and Fairest||Fergus Dominy|
|9D Best and Fairest||Cooper Butler|
|9E Best and Fairest||Max Tomic|
|9F Best and Fairest||Jules Bryan|
|9G Best and Fairest||Digger Callander|
|9H Best and Fairest||Hamish Witten|
|8A Best and Fairest||Angus Peshos|
|8A Best and Fairest||Tane Barclay|
|8A Best Defensive Player||Lachlan Gibbins|
|8A Most Improved Player||Petris Kalpouzanis|
|8B Best and Fairest Player||Noah Thomas|
|8C Best and Fairest||Cooper Ryan|
|8D Best and Fairest||Ben Darcy|
|8E Best and Fairest||Nicholas Russell|
|8F Best and Fairest||Riley Tutty|
|8G Best and Fairest||Ashton Scally|
|8H Best and Fairest||Ethan Varvaressos|
|7A Best and Fairest||Dominic Dametto|
|7A Best Defensive Player||Hayden McAusland|
|7A Most Improved Player||Otto Murcutt|
|7B Best and Fairest Player||Levi O’Keefe|
|7C Best and Fairest||Liam Gardiner|
|7D Best and Fairest||Tyden Hennessey|
|7E Best and Fairest||Luc Le Roux|
|7F Best and Fairest||Archie Nicholson|
|7G Best and Fairest||Finley Cromer|
|7H Best and Fairest||Alex Moore|
|Outstanding Contribution to Waverley Basketball||Mr Matthew Johnston|
|Outstanding Contribution to Waverley Basketball||Mr Stephen Wilmot|
|Outstanding Contribution to Waverley Basketball||Mr James Spargo|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Stephen O’Donnell|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Linden Smith-Hyde|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr James Minogue|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Damien Thompson|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Thomas Kennedy|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Kyle Goulding|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Ed Smith|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Ms Jenna Turnbull|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Damian Murphy|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mrs Anne O’Loughlin|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr John Christoforidis|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Jamie Mattick|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Luca Zanarini|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Jacob Gibson|
|With great appreciation from Waverley Basketball||Mr Sebastian Rasmussen|
|Waverley Basketball Supporters’ Club||Mrs Nicole Abbott|
|Waverley Basketball Supporters’ Club||Mr Stephen Abbott|
Tom Gleeson (Captain of Basketball)
Hugo Roles (Captain of 1st V)
Mr Anthony Gibbs
Convenor of Basketball