Commencement of Winter Co-Curricular Season
From Mr Steve O’Donnell, Director of Co-Curricular
This week saw the commencement of our Winter Co-Curricular season. All students should know by now what their training schedule looks like, and these can be found on the College website as well as this week’s fixtures. This Saturday we have a select group of students playing a CAS Football Gala day for 7As, 8As, 9As, 10As and 1st XI Football.
These students are now able to purchase the new Football attire. Students in Rugby will also be able to purchase the new winter Rugby attire if selected for the A/B trials next week to play Riverview on March 27th. When the rest of the Football and Rugby attire is ready to be purchased for all students, we will communicate this.
All other students have internal trials over the next two Saturdays.
Those students in Volleyball and AFL are now able to purchase their attire as these uniforms are now ready in the uniform shop. Students are welcome to wear their old attire for training sessions. Please also note the wet weather procedures for this Saturday with a lot of rain forecast. The wet weather number (8250 3780) will be updated by 7am each Saturday and any changes to training will be communicated via email.
Next Thursday 25 March we have our Summer co-curricular Awards assembly and award recipients will be recognised. Unfortunately we are still unable to have parents on site for these types of full college assemblies, however, we will publish all award winners in the Nurrunga next week.
Recent Sporting Achievements
Tennis and Basketball
Congratulations to these students chosen for Tennis teams to play GPS, and Basketball teams to play ISA AICES and GPS:
- Roger Sweeney; Nikita Nikitenko – Tennis
- Jack Sherston (team 1); Hugo Roles (team 2) – Basketball
Recent Sporting Qualifiers
National Open Water Championships
We have had some recent outstanding performances by students and I want to congratulate the following Waverley College students who competed in the National Open Water Championships on 13 March. The event was held in Queensland and consisted of a 5km and 10km category.
In the under 14/15 yrs Men’s 5km Championships, 50 participants qualified for the event.
- Lucas Dubois (Year 9) achieved 10th place with a time of 1:05:14, placing him as a ‘National Finalist’
- Campbell Groves (Year 10) finished closely behind him in 13th place with a time of 1:05:38
- Duke Wieland (Year 12) competed in both the 5k event for the Men’s 18 years, coming in 8th in 1:03:09 and the 10k coming in 4th with a time of 2:12:43
- Old Boy Ned Wieland (Class of 2019) raced in the Men’s Opens 10k Olympic Qualifier coming in 13th place with a time of 2:02:24
Well done to each of these competitors!
CAS Basketball Representatives
- Jack Sherston – CAS 1sts
- Hugo Roles – CAS 2nds
NSW Track and Field Championships
Click on this link for the results from the weekend’s NSW Junior Championships.
Australian Track and Field Championships – 12-21 April 2021
The following students have qualified:
- Alejandro Zanapalis – 110m Hurdles
- Solomon Tuqiri – Hammer Throw
- Hugo Morgan – 3000m
- Jack Richardson – 400m and 800m
- Jack Johnson – 400m and High Jump
CAS Swimming and Diving Championships
A huge congratulations to the students, staff and coaches who were involved in the CAS Swimming and Diving Championships last Thursday evening 11 March. Well done to the squads with our Swimming team finishing in 4th and Diving squads in 5th.
There were some very notable performances on the night, particularly from Leo Astridge, Zoltahn Szabo, Scott Swinburn and Cater Hjorring. Well done also to our Prefects and Year 8 on their wonderful support on the night. All of the other CAS schools certainly mentioned how smart we looked in the new attire for both students and staff.
Waverley College Rugby Report – Welcome to the 2021 Season!
From Mr John McCoy, Convenor of Rugby
Welcome Back! Following a reduced but extremely successful 2020 rugby season, we welcome all players, coaches and families to the 2021 Winter Sport Season! We very much look forward to watching plenty of exciting schoolboy rugby in the months ahead.
Training Schedule – Training has commenced. All players should now be well aware of the training schedule as follows:
13s, 14s, 15s Rugby Training – Monday and Wednesday Afternoons (3:30pm – 5pm) – Queens Park
16s and Opens Rugby Training – Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons (3:30pm – 5pm) – Queens Park
All players must wear appropriate training gear including jersey, rugby shorts, socks, boots and mouthguards. We encourage players to keep their playing gear for Saturdays and wear alternate rugby gear to training. We discourage players training in PDHPE uniforms as these may be ripped easily during training drills.
This coming Saturday 20 March, all players will be involved in a training session. We will not be commencing trials until all players have had time to work into contact (through training drills) so as to avoid injuries. Timings for the day will be posted by Mr Wilmot and Mr O’Donnell.
The following Saturday 27 March, a select squad of players in each age group will be having a trial match against Riverview. All players not involved will be involved in Internal Trials. If we are unable to have a sufficient amount of training sessions leading into this weekend, this fixture will be reviewed. Note: 15s Rugby and Cadets will not be involved in rugby trials on 27 March as all Cadets will be involved in the Annual Field Exercise.
Unfortunately, as a result of wet weather we have been unable to train due to ground closures. Players are asked to continue to check their emails for updates. On Saturday, players can check for updates through calling the Sports and Weather Activity Information line on 02 8250 3780.
Waverley College Rugby Supporters’ Club
Thank you to all parents who attended the Waverley College Rugby Supporters’ Club AGM last week. It was wonderful to see and hear from many new faces. We congratulate Mr Denis Hickey who was elected to the position of President. We also congratulate Mrs Maureen Andrews (Secretary), Mrs Deb Johnson (BBQ/Canteen Coordinator) and Mr Bradley Anstis (Treasurer – Shared Position), as well as all other members of the committee.
The Waverley College Rugby Supporters Club is looking for help from parents and friends to assist with duties at Queens Park for the season ahead. The Supporters’ Club has set up an online roster for the BBQ and Canteen. A big “Thank You” to Deb Johnson for setting this up again! It would be great if parents and supporters could donate any time to helping out (even just an hour), obviously ensuring you do not miss your son’s game. Click here to register your interest. Thanks in advance for your help!
2021 Rugby Team Guide
We are still finalising the 2021 Rugby Team Guide to ensure we can include the latest and most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 restrictions. This will be sent to players and parents prior to the conclusion of Term 1.
Wishing you all the best for the start of the season. Waverley To Win!
From Kai Jones, Captain of Tennis
Captain of Tennis Report
Term 1 2021 started off as a wet one with El Niño. Fortunately the 1st 2nds 3rds and 4ths managed to play in between showers against Cranbrook. The firsts had a hard-fought match winning six sets to two. Some great wins in the singles by Roger, Nikita and Charlie. A promising start to the term. It was a tougher day for the 2nds who, although they had some close sets ,went down six sets to zero. The 3rds had a close battle drawing three-three and the 4ths won five-one – a great start.
Round two was a complete washout against Trinity so we were unable to defend our win from Term 4 2020.
Round three saw all teams vs Barker who had strength in depth. The 1sts and 2nds had some close matches, but Barker took out all the sets. They were the eventual winners of the schools’ competition beating all the schools across tennis. The 8As must be commended for their result just losing out four sets to two.
Yr 7s had their first game of the term with both Oliver and Zac having extremely close singles matches, with Oliver going down in a tie break and Zac losing seven-five. The rest of the team played very well with a great fighting spirit, having a great start in their first match representing the Senior School.
Round four was against Knox, a very strong team with outstanding players in their 1sts beating Waverley six-two. The 2nds also had very close matches but against such tough opponents were only able to take one set off Knox. The 3rds again had a draw, three sets to three, which was a fantastic result.
Our final round against Aloys was an awesome end to the summer of tennis. Waverley beat St Aloysuis for the first time in an away game in many years, with all sets won by the Waverley 1sts and 2nds. Jack Preller and Archie Small had their best match yet, winning both their singles and doubles. There was some very entertaining tennis for the spectators with everyone finishing on a high.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Roger and Nikita for their awesome performances representing the CAS Tennis, taking out the trophy with Roger captaining the team.
Thanks to Steve and his team of coaches for their dedication to school tennis. Thank you to all players, teachers and parents for a great summer of tennis, hope to see you all on the courts in term 4.
From Charles Harris, Captain of Basketball
Captain of Basketball Report
The 1st V played extremely well for their last game ever as a team. For many players, it was their last time to play basketball for the College. A special mention to our Year 12 players, Sebastian Van De Hoek, William Gibson, Eoin Morrissey, Fritz Jahnke-Tavana, Clement Halaholo, Charles Harris and Jack Sherston. The game was very close for all four quarters, with St Aloysius scoring the go-ahead basket with five seconds left in the game. Despite them celebrating as if they had won, Jack Sherston had other plans. Waverley called a timeout and devised a play for Jack to have his infamous left-hand lay-up. The play was executed perfectly with Jack driving to the basket to have his shot – he missed. Then he showed what Waverley basketball is all about by grabbing his own miss and taking one more shot right on the buzzer. It went in! It was a perfect end to a great season, 56-55.
The 2nd V played a great game keeping up the intensity for the whole matchup. This was the last time the Year 12s would play for Waverley Basketball, so they were giving it their all. Unfortunately, the game ended in a tie after Waverley lost an 11-point lead with 3 minutes to go. Considering they had two players injured, Waverley played a great game, however, they could not keep the lead for long enough allowing a last second shot by St Aloysius, making the final score 47-47. This was crushing for the team but they kept their heads up knowing they left it all on the court. It was a hard way for the Year 12s to end their season but they left knowing that they gave it their all after a tough season and swapping coaches half way through.
The 10As played their last home game of the season defeating St Aloysius 39-34. Another great performance from Tom Gleeson who has shown tremendous improvement throughout the season.
The 9As performed tremendously well considering St Aloysius in their age group is undefeated and top of the table. They ultimately went down 53-35.
The 8As, despite being the underdogs, fought hard the whole game. The whole team showed a lot of potential, but unfortunately lost 46-32.
The 7As finished a great season coming second in the CAS. St Aloysius, however, came first and Waverley suffered a loss to them 32-23. This team will surely be one to watch over the next couple of years.
From Mr Anthony Gibbs, Convenor of Basketball
Convenor of Basketball Report
With 40 teams having played 345 games, another CAS basketball season has come to a close. Waverley teams were able to win 36% of all their games, which was slightly down on the previous year’s effort. A number of our teams enjoyed excellent seasons including the 4th V, 5th V, 10As, 9Cs, 9Ds, 9Gs, 8Es, 8Gs, 7As and 7Es.
Our 1st V experienced an unusual season. While only posting 3 wins, their Points For and Against was far superior to three of the five other CAS schools, including St Aloysius who finished one spot above them in 3rd position. Of the 1st V’s three wins, two were against third place St Aloysius. The 1st V were also highly competitive in their games against co-premiers Knox and Trinity, losing by small margins. Eoin Morrissey, Jack Sherston, Fritz Jahnke-Tavana and Hugo Roles had excellent seasons.
The 2nd V had a very challenging season, posting one win against Knox and an exciting draw in the last round against St Aloysius. Despite this, they played some solid basketball, losing most of their games by small margins but enjoying their basketball under coach Mr Thomas Kennedy. Daniel Malone, Jake McKell and Rocco King had superior seasons.
The 10As were very competitive, finishing with five wins and five losses with four of those losses being by eight points or fewer. Thomas Gleeson, Samuel Stewart, Toby Longmire and Daniel Palacio enjoyed great seasons for their team. The 9As began their season well notching up three wins, however, the promotion of Flynn Busteed to the 1st V early in the season was a big loss. Despite this, the team was still competitive in their remaining seven games, with three of those games being decided by eight points or less. Aren Yaghoubian, Jock Edwards and Solomon Maxwell were the standouts for their team. The 8As played in some close games, however, experienced a very tough season overall, achieving just the solitary win. Ben Pignatelli and James O’Loughlin had stellar seasons. The performance of the 7As was very promising as they went undefeated until the last game where they lost to an undefeated St Aloyisus by 9 points to finish with 3 wins and a draw in their shortened season. Xavier Koster and Angus Peshos were consistent performers.
Thank you to:
Thank you to all our coaches, in particular, our top-level coaches who participated in pre-season, holiday camps and tournaments: Mr Matthew Johnston, Mr Linden Smith-Hyde, Mr James Minogue, Mr Thomas Kennedy, Mr Damien Thompson, Mr James Spargo, Mr Tom Giles, Mr Matteo De Vecchi, Mr Ryan Abbott and Mr Kyle Goulding. Special thanks to Mr James Spargo, Mr James Mattick, Mr Luca Zanarini and Mr Stephen Wilmot for their wonderful work being ‘on the ground’ and ensuring that Saturdays at Waverley ran as smoothly as possible.
Year 12 Players
Thank you to all our departing Year 12 players for their many years of service to the sport, especially those in 1sts and 2nds: Conor Carr, Cooper Corban, William Gibson, Clement Halaholo, Charles Harris (Captain of Basketball), Fritz Jahnke-Tavana, Rocco King, Daniel Malone (Captain of 2nd V), Eoin Morrissey (Co-captain of 1st V), Liam Sheil, Jack Sherston (Co-captain of 1st V) and Sebastian Van De Hoek.
A huge thank you to our Supporters’ Club especially Mrs Nicole Abbott and Mrs Jo Morrissey for their work this season in supporting the program. A special thank you to outgoing club treasurer Mrs Morrissey for her many years overseeing our financials.
In the recent CAS representative trials, two of our 1st V players made the squads. Congratulations to Jack Sherston, who was picked for CAS 1sts and Hugo Roles, who made the CAS 2nds. CAS has scheduled games against ISA (16 March at Oakhill), AICES (18 March at Waverley) and GPS (24 March at Barker) in the coming week and we wish both teams the best of luck.
Finally, congratulations to the following award winners for the 2020/21 basketball season. Major award winners for the top teams in each age group will be acknowledged at the Summer Co-curricular Awards Assembly in the coming weeks. All other winners can collect their awards from either Mr O’Donnell or Mr Wilmot:
Captain of Basketball 2020/21 Charles Harris
1st V Basketball Co-Captain 2020/21 Eoin Morrissey
1st V Basketball Co-Captain 2020/21 Jack Sherston
1st V Most Valuable Player 2020/21 Eoin Morrissey
1st V Best Defensive Player 2020/21 Jack Sherston
1st V Most Improved Player 2020/21 Hugo Roles
2nd V Most Valuable Player 2020/21 Daniel Malone
2nd V Best Defensive Player 2020/21 Jake McKell
2nd V Most Improved Player 2020/21 Rocco King
Service to Basketball: Eoin Morrissey; William Gibson; Sebastian Van De Hoek; Charles Harris; Jack Sherston; Clement Halaholo; Fritz Jahnke-Tavana; Cooper Corban; Liam Sheil; Rocco King; Daniel Malone; Conor Carr
3rd V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Finn Hayres
4th V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Reece O’Bryan
5th V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Jonti Morshead-Feildel
6th V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Jacob Choromanski
7th V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Alejandro Zanapalis
8th V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Kayton Lee
9th V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Joseph Agius
10th V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Thomas Wilkins
11th V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Samuel Kneebone
12th V Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Tobias North
10A Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Thomas Gleeson
10A Basketball Best Defensive Player 2020/21 Samuel Stewart
10A Basketball Most Improved Player 2020/21 Toby Longmire
10B Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Riley Hassey
10C Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Max Murphy
10D Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Liam Russell
10E Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Thomas Johnson
10F Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Jay Briggs
10G Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Bailey McNulty
10H Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Benjamin Campbell
9A Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Jock Edwards
9A Basketball Best Defensive Player 2020/21 Solomon Maxwell
9A Basketball Most Improved Player 2020/21 Tashi Harrison
9B Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Lennox Miller
9C Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Ethan Ginnane
9D Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Jack Kearney
9E Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Marcello Mancinelli
9F Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Marcus Marin
9G Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Jesse Bushby
9H Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Declan McAuliffe
8A Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Benjamin Pignatelli
8A Basketball Best Defensive Player 2020/21 James O’Loughlin
8A Basketball Most Improved Player 2020/21 Rory Donnellan
8B Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Joseph Dametto
8C Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Adam Cutten
8D Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Tyler Davies
8E Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Dominic Rutter
8F Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Charlie Grant
8G Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Nate Devereux
8H Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Lucas Simcocks
7A Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2021 Xavier Koster
7A Basketball Best Defensive Player 2021 Angus Peshos
7A Basketball Most Improved Player 2021 Isaac Buchanan
7B Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Ethan Allardice
7C Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Owen Patient
7D Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Tomas Scally
7E Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Peter Soumilias
7F Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Max King
7G Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 Henry Heap
7H Basketball Best & Fairest Player 2020/21 James Grant