From our Convenor of Rugby, John McCoy
The Winter Sport season is back into full swing now, with our rugby teams having some challenging trial rounds against St Augustine’s and St Joseph’s. It is great to see teams really starting to develop some cohesion and improving each week. Waverley have two remaining trial fixtures against The King’s School and Riverview, which should provide an ideal lead into the CAS Competition (following the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend).
Bankwest Stadium – Waverley College Vs The King’s School
This weekend, Waverley College makes history in playing on the new Bankwest Stadium at Paramatta. It should be an exciting clash against the very talented King’s School 1st XV, ahead of the NSW Waratahs Vs Jaguars Super Rugby match . We wish all players and coaches the best of luck and encourage all students and families to come along to support the Double V!
Prep 1st XV
It was wonderful to see the Prep 1st XV playing on Queens Park 1 last weekend. The mighty team made it three wins in a row, defeating our neighbours from Cranbrook School, 36-0. Congratulations to Monty Armstrong, Lachie Algie, Cruz Clarkin and James Finegan who all scored nice tries, as well as Cruz Clarkin and Hamish Punch who helped in adding the extra points (conversions).
Earlier in the term, the Rugby Mentoring Program was launched. All Year 12 rugby players were invited to assist in helping players in junior teams during training sessions. The response to this has been fantastic, with a number of players (including many 1st XV & 2nd XV stars) heavily involved in mentoring the junior boys. This is an initiative that aims to build a positive culture in developing relationships between the older and younger students – a key function in driving school spirit. Congratulations to all players involved in this.
The Importance of Communication
Rugby is a team sport. From time to time, some of our teammates get sick or issues arise which are out of their control. This can force certain individuals to miss out on training or a fixture. Communication is extremely vital if we ever run into these situations. Players and parents are encouraged to contact Mr McCoy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mr O’Donnell (email@example.com) anytime students may be unable to play. Updates to team lists will be made regularly on “Team App”, which all players are encouraged to monitor. A reminder that if a player is unwell to play but can still make a match, they are required to still attend to support the team. If a player is unwell and cannot be at the ground, a medical certificate is required (as outlined in the 2019 Rugby Team Guide).
As mentioned in previous communications, the Waverley Rugby Team App is a resource we hope all members of the Waverley Rugby Community have access to. It includes fixtures, team lists (updated weekly), match reports, live scores, and photos. If you do not have it already, we encourage you to download this free app. You can access the Team App at https://www.teamapp.com where you can simply search for “Waverley College Rugby” and request access. You are also able to download the Team App to your iPhone/iPad/Smartphone device by going to the App Store and again search for “Team App” (created by Team Mates). Once downloaded to your device you can then search for “Waverley College Rugby” and request access.
Good luck to all teams over the coming weekends!
WAVERLEY TO WIN!