And we’re off! Last weekend, Waverley College had its first weekend of opposed trials against Newington College. On the day, Waverley recorded 12 wins from the 21 matches played. It was pleasing to see a promising start to the winter sport season against a strong GPS school.
I would like to congratulate a number of our teams who matched up against higher-graded opponents. It was tremendous to see the courageous efforts from our boys, and these efforts should place our teams in strong positions as the season progresses.
No doubt, as we are still very much in the trial phase of the season, there will continue to be changes made to team lists from the 13s right through to the Opens, as coaching staff continue to monitor player performances.
Furthermore, teams will certainly benefit from having the run on the weekend. As match fitness improves and teams begin to gel, the quality of rugby played will only get better, which is exciting. Players must ensure they attend every training session and continue to work hard, as we look to build momentum heading toward the CAS season.
Rugby Vs Riverview
This weekend, Waverley College plays another trial fixture against St Ignatius’ College, Riverview. This weekend should again be a terrific test for our teams, with Riverview proving to be a talented GPS school over the many years we have played “View” on the rugby fields.
Our apologies in regards to the draw for the weekend, as we had indicated that all 14s teams would be playing at Queens Park, but this is not the case due to ground bookings (aside from the 14Es who are still playing at Queens Park).
Our 15s age group will play at Queens Park (as well as the mighty 13Ds) with all other age groups playing at Riverview.
Players and families are asked to carefully check the fixtures this weekend, particularly the match times (for example, our 3rd XV, 4th XV and 5th XV who would usually play in the afternoon, will all be playing early in the morning). Players need to be at the grounds at least 30 minutes before kick-off.
*Please note that Riverview is a large campus with multiple fields, so please click the button below to view the map of the campus for your reference.
Click here to view the campus map
Referees and Officials
To start the season, I would like to thank the work of our incredible team of referees and officials led by Mr Richard Chen. We a very blessed to have a terrific team, including a number of students, who officiate every match with skill, expertise and fairness.
As the season progresses, I would encourage all members of the community to display gratitude towards our officials, by thanking them for giving up their time each and every Saturday. Ultimately, we would not be able to enjoy the game without our referees and officials.
Rugby Supporters’ Club
In addition to our officials, I would like to thank the Rugby Supporters’ Club and the wonderful job they do in bringing the community together at Queens Park every weekend. The work and dedication of our Supporters’ Club, led by Michelle Sullivan, Maureen and John Andrews and Claire and Bradley Anstis, certainly sets up an enjoyable atmosphere while we watch entertaining games of schoolboy rugby.
Again, without our volunteers, we would not have our canteen and BBQ operating, which can often be taken for granted. Thank you to all who put their hand up to help (even for an hour each week) – we really appreciate everything you do!
Assistance on Canteen
This weekend, we are asking parents/carers of players in the 15s age group, as well as parents/carers of players in the 14Es and 13Ds (playing at Queens Park), to give up some time to assist on the canteen – even for 30 minutes (while your son warms up for his match).
Should you be able to help, please feel free to log the time you can help on the online roster below.
Click here to view the online roster
Good luck to all teams this weekend against Riverview.
Waverley to Win!