From the Convenor of Football, Stephen Wilmot
Last weekend our teams took on the hardest games of the season at Curagul Oval, Knox. With many teams playing their hardest unfortunately some of the teams did not get the result they wanted. With teams training harder this week they will be looking at strategies to come out with a win this week against St Aloysius.
Chelsea FC Session
On Thursday morning the 1st squad had a training with Chelsea’s Development Coach Russell Banyard who took the players through drills that are used by the younger teams at Chelsea. The training took place at Waverley Oval with the boys coming away with more confidence and some new techniques for the games. I would like to thank Chelsea FC for giving the 1st XI the opportunity to have a different training session.
CAS 1st XI
Congratulations to the CAS 1st XI team on their win. That team included Waverley players Zac Conacher-Smith, Liam Preston and Jack Hardwicke-Owen.
From the Captain of Football, Julian Imvriotis
Waverley 2nd XI vs Knox Grammar
A long drive out for Waverley for the fifth round of the CAS. It’s always a challenge down at Curagal Oval for its length and width of the pitch.
The 2nd XI kicked off promptly coming out firing against Knox. For the first 10 minutes Waverley had more possession of the game and a well-rounded team effort. After a lapse in concentration and focus, Waverley conceded a goal making it 1-0. The rest of the first half was a tough battle as Waverley found it hard to put the ball out on the wings. This congested the midfield and made it a tough battle between both sides. Towards half time, Knox netted one more before the whistle.
The second half kicked off and Waverley dominated the full half giving Knox no more chances on goal. Overall as a collective, Waverley pushed the ball around well creating lots of chances on goal but couldn’t capitalise. The pressing and passing was excellent but the goals just didn’t happen. Overall despite the result, the squad has developed well and is ready for next week’s home game.
Waverley 1st XI vs Knox Grammar
Waverley took on Knox for the title battle for the fifth round of CAS. The first half began and the first five minutes of the game was hit and miss from both sides but Knox found their place and took control of the game in speed and passing. Knox pushed the ball around well and this led to their first goal of the game. The constant battle between both sides was tough, but Knox was more focused and determined to score and this led to their second goal. The game continued in a tough battle, with Waverley looking to score their first goal. Toward the end of the half Knox were awarded a penalty and at half time led 3-0.
The second half kicked off and Waverley found their feet in the game. We started to push the ball around and create more chances on goal. After the 10 minute mark Waverley were awarded a penalty and penalty expert, Liam Preston, made the score like 3-1. After more tough 50/50 battles Waverley kept pressing and, Tyler scored a sensational volley to make the score 3-2. They kept pressing to the end of the half but still unfortunately came out with a loss. The team reflected after the game and are ready to play next week.