From the Convenor of Football – Stephen Wilmot
With the second half of the CAS competition starting on the weekend the Waverley teams were back up against the very strong Knox team that they had versed in round 1. With many teams having disappointing results on the weekend, they were improvements on results from round 1. Even though they may not have been wins it was still great to see that the Waverley teams had improved. As we continue towards the end of term and into round 8, I would like to remind players that their expectations on the field remain high and if a decision doesn’t go there way from an official they shouldn’t argue with the referee or the other team they should focus on winning the game.
This weekend will be CAS Round 7 against St Aloysius. Year 7, 10 and Opens will be away at various locations so please ensure that you check the fixtures for the locations of the games. Year 8 and 9 will again be at Queens Park. If it continues to rain into the weekend updates will be put out on the Skoolbag app and the wet weather line.
Next week there will be no training except for 1st and 2nds players as we lead up to the holidays. Training will resume on Tuesday the 24th July of next term. I wish all players an enjoyable break before we return for CAS round 8 against Cranbrook.
Congratulations to Jack Hardwicke-Owen and Mario Rebollo on their selections into their NSWCIS Opens and Under 16s teams respectively. They will both be playing next Monday and Tuesday. I wish the best of luck to both of these players and congratulate them on their great achievement.
Save the Date – Football Presentation Night
The Football Presentation night will be held on Saturday the 11th of August at Waverley College. More details will come out at the start of next term with the time and how to secure your tickets.
1st XI report
From the Captain of 1st XI – Jack Hardwicke-Owen
Round 6 marked the start of the second half of the season, with Waverley making the long, formidable journey to Knox. After round one’s unfavourable result, Waverley were looking for redemption. The first half began with Waverley absorbing a lot of pressure from the quick Knox attack. Waverley looked to counter attack with Ben Scarf almost snaring an early goal. Knox’s relentless pressure eventuated with them scoring a late first half goal, putting them ahead at the break.
The second half resumed and Knox extended their lead early through a contentious penalty. Two then became three for the hosts when their talented number 11 latched onto the end of a through ball, before finishing well. Waverley continued to work hard and never gave up. Waverley created a number of chances throughout the match although a lack of finishing ultimately lead to Knox winning 3-0. Knox were the better side on the day and were deserving of the three points. Other favourable results mean that Waverley still sits only 2 points behind leaders Barker. The upcoming match away at St Aloysius is extremely important and the team will be sure to put in a strong performance, just as they did against ‘Aloes’ earlier in the season.
2nd XI Report
From the Captain of Football Anthony Candi
The second half of the season began with a trip north to Curagul to face Knox in a hostile environment. The 2nd XI were ready to build upon and improve from last weeks 1-1 draw to Trinity. From the outset, Waverley looked the more likely of the sides to score, but that would not be the case. Waverley wasted five great chances and gave Knox some great opportunities where they made no mistake netting with fifteen to go in the half. From that point Waverley struggled to show a response looking extremely sluggish which saw many holes open up in their defensive lines. This gave Knox another opportunity before the break extending their lead to two.
The second half saw Knox continue to gain confidence as they began to put on a show for everyone watching. Their third goal forced Waverley to make a change bringing on Dan Brown and setting up a 4-4-2 formation. This change had an instant impact to the game as Dan tapped home after a maze run by Olly Haupt. With 20 minutes to go Waverley gained hope and began to bombard the Knox goal with constant attack but their efforts would go begging when a bad challenge by centre back Jack Lloyd saw him sent to the sheds. Knox were not done yet scoring another on the stroke of full time. A disappointing performance from the 2nd XI will be used as a learning experience as they prepare to face St Aloysius away in next week’s final game of the term.