Last weekend, Waverley College enjoyed a challenging day of rugby against St Ignatius’ College, Riverview in which our young men were really tested. Again, this was very much a trial round to allow for coaches to continue to monitor player performance. This included some modified matches in which some of our teams played mixed opponents.
Not only was the day a good opportunity for our students to continue to improve on their match fitness and skills, being our second fixture of the season, but it also allowed us to review aspects of our program which we need to improve on – such as ensuring students are provided with equal game time to their peers on the playing field.
Please know, we are continuing to try to improve our standards to ensure our young men have an enjoyable experience. I thank the community for all your support of our coaches and players.
A special mention must be given to one of our young referees, Hunter Eldridge, who stepped in to referee a number of matches on Saturday, due to some of our referees falling ill. Hunter handled each match with skill and expertise – thank you Hunter!
Furthermore, a big thanks must also go to one of our parents, Peter Tate, who stepped in to coach the mighty 15Bs when the regular coach was also unable to make the game due to an illness. Thank you Mr Tate!
Thank you to all players and families who made the journey to away venues over the weekend. I particularly thank our mighty 13Es team, who made the long journey to Pittwater to play against St Augustine’s, in the very early hours of Saturday morning (and enjoyed a great win!).
*A reminder that if a student is unable to attend a fixture due to an illness, we request that the student absence be notified through appropriate channels (as indicated in the 2023 Rugby Season Guide) and a medical certificate provided to the Director of Co-Curricular.
In the very unlikely case that a student may decide to simply not show up to a match, a fair consequence will be issued by the College.
We do place a great deal of emphasis in ensuring players are in attendance at Saturday Sport, as ultimately, in selecting to play rugby, students are making the commitment to a team sport as well as a commitment to the opposition schools we play each week.
Furthermore, I know that in many cases, opposition schools who are made up of boarding students (such as Riverview), will have families travelling long distances from country areas to watch the games played, which is something we all need to be mindful of.
Waverley College Vs Oakhill
This weekend, Waverley College meets an ISA (Independent Sporting Association) competition school in Oakhill College. Oakhill College, located at Castle Hill, is a very talented school on the rugby field, with a similar number of teams that we have at Waverley. The fixture should again be a good test for all our teams, as we really begin to take shape ahead of the CAS competition.
Our 13s, 16s and Opens teams all play at Oakhill College, while our 14s and 15s teams all get to enjoy another fixture at Queens Park.
For those travelling to Oakhill (Castle Hill), please ensure you leave plenty of time to get to the games, as the traffic can certainly build up on Saturday mornings. All fields at Oakhill are located within the school grounds.
On the weekend following the Oakhill fixture, I am pleased to announce that all age groups are scheduled to play at Queens Park against St Augustine’s College. This should be an entertaining day of rugby, as we are looking to schedule all our A teams on the famous QP1 ground, from the 13As right through to the 1st XV.
It should be a great atmosphere, and we encourage all members of the community to come along to support the day.
Canteen Support Needed Please
Thank you to all those wonderfully supportive members of the community who are happy to help assist on the canteen each weekend. We are again looking for parents/carers in the 14s and 15s age group to assist on the canteen this weekend, Saturday, 13 May 2023, between the hours of 8am-12pm (canteen only).
Furthermore, we do need interested parents/carers (from all age groups) to assist on the ‘Super Saturday’ of rugby at Queens Park on Saturday, 20 May 2023, when all teams will be playing at our home ground. Both the BBQ and canteen will be in operation.
Can you help? If so, please register your name onto the Online Roster by clicking the button below:
We sincerely thank all those wonderful parents/carers who are able to help.
Young Sports Writers Needed
I have no doubts that among the very talented rugby players at Waverley College, we also have incredible writers! Please read the following note which has been sent through to Waverley College from the NSW Waratahs:
Dear Waverley College students,
Over the last couple of years we’ve had some fantastic student reporters that contribute by writing reports about School Rugby and in particular the 1st XV fixtures.
We host these on the NSW Waratahs website and it is a great opportunity to give students a tangible thing they can put on their resume or digital portfolio.
An example of what we’ve done previously is here.
If there may be any interested students at Waverley College who would like to be a School Rugby Reporter (particularly for Waverley matches) they are welcome to contact Mr Andrew Hill (Andrew.email@example.com)
Thanks for your help!
Happy Mother’s Day
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all the wonderful mothers in our community, a very Happy Mother’s Day for this coming Sunday. We appreciate all the love, care and support you constantly provide to our students (as well as our coaches and staff!). We hope you have a terrific day and we are sure the boys will shower you with love and gifts. Happy Days!
Good luck to all teams this weekend against Oakhill College.
Waverley to win!