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Round 5 Basketball Report From Our Dauntless Student Reporters

1st V after their final game of the season against Knox

1st V after their final game of the season against Knox

1sts v Knox

On Friday night, the 1sts took on Knox, reigning CAS premiers, for the last game of the season. Being the last game, it was sadly Year 12’s final time playing in the Waverley College Basketball uniform.

Year 12 players included Hugo Roles and Cameron Abbott, with both leading the team in the first quarter, as they put on a show to keep the game close. Unfortunately, they could not hold this competitive edge as Knox took over by the end of the second quarter.

Once Knox gained the momentum, the 1sts could not keep up, only having short little runs. Waverley were not able to hold out, with the end score being 89-40 to Knox. It was an emotional game seeing the Year 12 basketballers leave, the ones who lead us through the season, but the players were so thankful to be a part of a team with them.

Once again thank you to Hugo Roles and Cameron Abbott who put their heart and soul into the Basketball program and this season, leading the Waverley College 1sts, who tied third in the CAS with a 2-3 record.

Year 12 1st V players Cameron Abbott and Hugo Roles

Year 12 1st V players Cameron Abbott and Hugo Roles

Six Trialed for CAS Representative Teams With Two Selected for CAS 1sts and 2nds

Six 1st V players were selected to trial for the CAS representative teams: Hugo Roles, Tom Gleeson, Marko Rangan, Marley Henare, Daniel Palacio and Sergej Jakovljevic. Unfortunately, Daniel and Sergej were not able to make the trials.

All Waverley players trialled well – congratulations to Marko, who was selected for CAS 1sts, and Tom who was selected for CAS 2nds. This was a great achievement for both players.

Upcoming Dates For CAS 1sts and 2nds 

  • Tuesday, 22 March at Cranbrook, playing teams from ISA
  • Thursday, 24 March at Moriah College, playing teams from AICES
  • Wednesday, 30 March at King’s, playing teams from GPS

2nd v Knox

To start off the night, the 2nd V took on Knox’s competitive 2nds team and were led by the Year 12s. This was a game for the premiership, as both teams were tied first after four rounds.

It was the final game for Year 12 players, including Solomon Tuqiri, Cooper Stynes, Dakota Fanning, Aodan Byrne and Jake Mckell. The first half was back and forth, with the Knox crowd roaring as the students played their last game. By the end of the first half, the score was tied at 15-all.

2nd V after their final game of the season against Knox

2nd V after their final game of the season against Knox

In the second half, Knox generated the required momentum, and took off to a 10-point lead by the end of the third quarter. Waverley tried fighting back, but were not successful, with the end score 50-31.

Congratulations to the Year 12 basketballers who played their final game in the Waverley College colours. The 2nds came second in the comp, with a 3-2 record.

Acknowledgement of all Year 12 Players

Thank you to all of the Year 12 players who put their time into the Waverley College Basketball program over the years, helping to keep the sport flourishing with strong representation. We wish you the best of luck in your HSC year and your future endeavours.

10As, 9As, 8As, 7As

The 10As fought hard, and secured their first win of the season with the final score 40-35. Their final record was 1-4.

The 9As, unfortunately, had a result they were not looking for, losing to Knox with the final result 52-26. The team had a final record of 1-4.

The 8As were also unable to secure a win, with the score ending on 41-26. Their final record was 1-4.

The 7As had a close and well-fought game, but could not get the result hoped for, with the score 23-33. They ended their season with a record of 2-3.

Premiership to 7Gs

Congratulations to the 7Gs, who went undefeated this season to bring home a premiership. Representing the team were: James Austin, Finley Cromer, Aidan Gray, Max Hammer, Cameron Macarthur, Ryder McTavish, Joshua Messaike, Zach Polihronas, Zan Rosenthal, Liam Walmsley and Raffy Welch. Well done boys!

Other Triumphant Teams

Other teams who won their fixtures against Knox included: 3rd V (52-49), 4th V (29-22), 8th V (69-42), 10B (43-39), 10D (36-27), 9C (43-39), 9E (26-24), 8F (26-18), 7B (36-26), 7C (46-20), 7D (29-22) and 7G (20-14).

13 Waverley teams enjoyed a positive win-loss record this season including: 2nd V (3-2), 8th V (4-1), 10B (4-1), 10C (3-2), 10D (4-1), 9B (3-2), 9H (3-1), 8G (4-1), 7B (4-1), 7C (3-1-1), 7D (4-1), 7E (4-1) and 7G (5-0), with 4 teams breaking even: 10G (2-2), 9E (2-2), 8C (2-2) and 7H (2-1-2).

Farewell to Mrs Nicole Abbott, President Basketball Supporters’ Club 

A huge thank you must be given to outgoing Basketball Supporters’ Club President, Mrs Nicole Abbott, as well as Mr Stephen Abbott. The Abbotts have been wonderful supporters of the College’s Basketball program for many years, having helped organise our weekly BBQs (pre-COVID-19), Presentation Nights, and post-game luncheons for 1sts.

Nicole and Stephen Abbott

Nicole and Stephen Abbott

Both have been instrumental in raising funds for the program. The College and the Basketball program have been blessed to have them, and they will be greatly missed.

Both Mr and Mrs Abbott’s sons, Ryan (class of 2020) and Cameron (class of 2022) played Basketball for the College for eight seasons, having ultimately represented our 1st V.

Appreciation of Everyone in the Waverley Basketball Family


Thank you to all our coaches, especially our 1st V (Mr Matthew Johnston and Mr Linden Smith-Hyde), 2nd V (Mr James Spargo and Mr James Minogue), and A/B coaches (Mr Damien Thompson, Mr Tom Kennedy, Mr Kyle Goulding, Mr Ed Smith and Ms Jenna Turnbull) for their efforts in preparing their teams each week.

Scorers, Officials, Gym Managers and Teachers

Thank you to all of those injured students who assisted with scoring games each round, as well as the officials and our Gym Managers, Mr Jamie Mattick and Mr Luca Zanarini with additional assistance from Mr Jacob Gibson and Mr Seb Rasmussen.

Thank you to Mr Matthew Johnston, Mr James Spargo and Mr Stephen Wilmot for their day-to-day assistance with running the program and, of course, Mr Stephen O’Donnell for his support.

1st V Basketball 2022

Basketball Presentation Evening – Last Chance to Buy Tickets!

Finally, Friday night’s Presentation Evening at the College will provide the opportunity to celebrate some of the wonderful achievements that have happened over the course of the shortened 2021/22 Basketball season. See you there!

>>> Click here to view ticket purchase information for Basketball Presentation Evening, Friday, 18 March, Br Lacey Gymnasium and Braidwood, 6pm-8:30pm.


Student Reporters

Tom Gleeson (Captain of Basketball)

Hugo Roles (Captain of 1st V)


Mr Anthony Gibbs

Convenor of Basketball