CAS Round 4
From the Captain of 1st XI, Jack Hardwicke-Owen
Last weekend our Year 7, 10 and Opens teams made the long journey to Hornsby to take on Barker College.With many of the teams making changes to their starting eleven due to injured players, teams were ready to work together and take on Barker. Most of the games were evenly matched with Waverley winning some and Barker winning some.
After the previous weeks success against Cranbrook, Waverley travelled north to Hornsby where an undefeated Barker side awaited. With the commencement of the first half, Waverley had the better of a decent Barker side, creating a number of opportunities in front of goal. Waverley came close to opening the scoring as Mario Rebollo found himself on the end of a cross, although was unable to convert. As halftime drew closer the scores looked to be locked at 0-0, before Barker scored a scrappy goal in the final minutes of the first half. 1-0 Barker.
The second half began and Waverley were looking for a quick response. However, Barker extended their lead through a penalty after their number 9 was brought down in the box. Waverley continued to work hard and look for a way back into the match, pressing the Barker defence and placing them under pressure. This then lead to one of the Barker centre backs playing a classy through-ball to the striker who calmly lobbed the ball over the keepers head to make the score 3-0. Barker again extended their lead after a corner was not initially cleared, leaving the ball to fall at a red players feet, who somehow managed to squeeze the ball into the back of the Waverley net. Marcus Cowan made an immediate impact after being introduced to the game, beating his defender on a number of occasions. He was then rewarded for his toil with a very well finished goal. The match quickly ended with Barker prevailing as 4-1 victors.
The after match function saw a momentous moment between both sides, who recognised national ‘Sorry’ day by presenting an opposing player with an engraved boomerang in commemoration of the indigenous round. Both teams showed great spirit in participating in such an important ceremony.
This week Waverley travels to Trinity where a strong opposition awaits. The team will need to make improvements and be switched on from the first whistle in order to gain a result. Trinity’s pitch is immaculate so there are no excuses as to why the team cannot put in a great performance.
From the Captain of Football, Anthony Candi
The 2nd XI embarked on their first of five consecutive away games out to Barker, in hope to return to winning ways and erase all memory from last week’s dismal performance against Cranbrook. After the long drive to Hornsby the Waves were roaring and ready to go! The first ten minutes saw both teams create a few chances but it was Barker who would strike first, scoring after a lapse in the Waverley defence which left a simple finish for the Barker striker. From the resumption of play Waverley struggled to put simple passes together making it extremely hard for themselves to advance outside their defensive third. After constant turnover of possession a desperate tackle had to be made by Jack Lloyd inside Waverley’s eighteen yard box as he brought down the Barker attacker giving the ref no choice but to blow for a penalty. Barker would take full advantage of the close range opportunity stretching their lead to 2-0. There would be no further change in the scoreline with Barker going into the break up 2-0 leaving Waverley with a lot to discuss.
As the teams entered from the break Waverley coach Mr Kennedy made some tactical changes to the line up with Olly Haupt joining Miles Glover up front turning the formation into a classical 4-4-2 with the intention to bolster the attack. These changes though couldn’t solve Waverley’s defensive woes as Barker would find the net early in the second half. Waverley would go on to dominate the final 15 minutes of the games as Oli Tamsett went on a crazy run beating two defenders and the keeper to tap home, giving the ladder leaders a bit of a scare. But as the minutes faded away so did Waverley’s hope, the game ending 3-1 to Barker. A promising end to the game gives the 2nd XI something to build upon as they prepare to face Trinity in their second away game of the year this weekend.
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CAS Round 5 V Trinity
This weekend is another away game at Trinity for our Year 7, 10 and Opens groups with Year 8 and 9 at home. Please ensure that you check the fixtures for the location of matches as some teams will be versing schools other than Trinity and are playing at various venues. Players are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to kick off and be wearing their full Waverley playing gear. If players are unable to attend they should let their coach and myself know either at school or via email so that we can make change to teams before the weekend and ensure we field full teams against the opposition.