Upcoming Training Schedule
Next week, training will only occur on Monday for 13s, 14s and 15s teams, and Tuesday for 16s and Opens teams. These will be the only remaining training sessions for the Term, aside from the students involved in the upcoming Japan Tour, who will have their own separate training schedule.
Training commences back in Term 2 for our 13s, 14s and 15s on Monday, 24 April. With ANZAC Day on Tuesday, 25 April and Year 7-10 Parent Teacher Interviews on Wednesday, 26 April, we will not hold any training sessions on these days. 16s and Opens will resume training on Thursday, 27 April. These are important training sessions in the lead up to the Newington Trial fixtures on Saturday, 29 April, when all teams will have a match.
Please note that team lists and fixtures will be communicated through the Waverley College app in Week 1 of Term 2. As mentioned in previous reports, these teams will certainly be trial teams as we look to continue the selection process in the fixtures against Newington (Week 1, Term 2) and Riverview (Week 2, Term 2).
At the commencement of the season, there can often be some anxiety around team selections. I am writing to the community to thank you for your patience with this process, and the support of our coaching staff who are currently undertaking what can be a challenging job. Our coaching staff, which consists of both teaching staff and non-teaching staff, are mindful of how important selection into teams can be for individual students. Our coaching staff are doing their very best to ensure students are appropriately graded into teams. However, this can be a process which takes time – particularly with students who might be absent at camps or away from school unwell.
We certainly encourage students to speak with the coaches in each respective age group to discuss the areas in which players can improve, should players be determined to potentially move up in grades. At the same time, we also encourage players to remain positive throughout the season and enjoy their rugby, as there are always opportunities which present themselves over the season, as injuries may pop up or players may need to take leave.
A few years ago we had a senior student who trained extremely hard all through the summer months to reach his dream of playing 1st XV Rugby. This student was initially placed in the 4th XV team at the commencement of the season, due to the competitiveness in the age group and some impressive players who shared the playing position this student had selected. This student continued to train harder and harder, sought feedback from coaches, and off the advice of coaches, developed his knowledge of playing in a variety of different positions to open up the opportunities in playing at a higher grade. At not one point of the season did this student drop his head or stop enjoying the game he loved. In the final match of the season, this student was handed a playing jersey in the 1st XV. He had reached his dream because of the commitment and perseverance he showed throughout the year.
Football and Rugby Japan Tour
During the upcoming school holidays, a group of senior students will be involved in a rugby and football tour of Japan. For those interested in following the tour, we will be communicating tour highlights, match results and general updates through the Waverley College app. If any members of the community are interested in following us, please feel free to subscribe to the Japan Tour group on the app.
Wishing all students the very best at trials this weekend.
Waverley to win!