From Nicola Silsby
On Friday 8 February the Waverley swim team headed to the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatics Centre to compete in the CAS invitational. We had a fantastic turn out with over 50 students taking part.
Over the course of the evening we had some great performances from the newest members of the swim team in Year 7, where many managed to break PB’s in their debut performances. We had impressive times all the way up to our experienced swimmers in Year 12. PB’s were broken by swimmers across all strokes and distances, a fantastic start to the year!
The highlight performance of the evening was Peter Cassimatis who broke the 28 year long Waverley record for the 50 metre Breaststroke in a time of 30.90 seconds. The previous record of 31.53 had been held by Jason Cooper since 1991. What a great way to start the new year and the road to CAS championships!
Although the evening did finish later than scheduled, our Waverley boys swam strong right up until the end, with Campbell Groves finishing with a PB in the 400 metre Freestyle. Our strong turnout and confident performances across the board gives us high hopes for our upcoming competitions. CAS is just around the corner and we look forward to improving further on these outstanding performances.
Waves to win!
From the Convenor of Tennis, Cassie Attard
The first round after the holiday saw Waverly with a tough match up against one of the most dominate schools, Barker. Although Waverley was able to achieve some good results Barker most proved too dominate in all age groups.
The firsts and seconds’ winning streak were halted by a strong Barker opposition, despite this some boys were still able to achieve some amazing results. Will Durkin successfully defeated his opponent in a 6-2 trashing of his counterpart. Nikita Nikitenko was also able to achieve an astonishing result beating his opponent 6 games to 3. Furthermore, the partnership of Will Durkin and Patrick Smith were stuck in a stalemate as they were able to tie in their doubles 1 set all. Although the 1st performed well, the 2nds were left scratching their heads as they went down to Barker 8 sets to 0 in a more than dominate performance.
Unfortunately, Waverley’s 3rds and 4ths also lost convincedly to a dominate Barker opposition, losing 4 sets to 1 in the 3rds and 4 sets to 0 in the 4ths. Despite the disappointing result the partnership of Fin Warren and Dylan proved to be successful as they edged a close 7 games to 5 victory. Overall the 3rds lost 29 games to 10 and the 4ths more unfortunate losing 24 games to 2.
The 10as and 10bs also had a tough day at the office against Barker losing convincing 5-1 in the 10as and 6-0 in the 4ths. Despite the tough opposition Diego Berdaa was able to nudge a nail-biting victory, overcoming his opponent 7-6. Despite losing 6 sets to the 4ths were down two players to their credit.
Waverly’s woes continued in the 9a’s as they lost 6 sets to 0, from a strong Barker team. Cuba Kanakis was unfortunate to narrowly lose his match 4-6, as he displayed a great deal of sportsmanship and professionalism. Despite the tough loses in the 9as, the b’s were able to produce a better result as they tied 3 sets all. Toby Ryan produced Waverly’s strongest result over all year groups trashing his opponent 6-0 in what can only be described as a masterclass performance. Jimmy Ashbridge also asserted his dominance in spectacular 6-4 victory in his singles.
The 8As and Bs continued their fine form from last year, once again proving to be the team to beat as they dismantled their opponents in what can only be described as a whitewash performance. With only 2 games dropped over the 6 sets played, Oliver Schai, Kai Jones, Connor Joyce and Jack Preller were all able to achieve near perfect victories. This underlying theme of dominance was also displayed in the 8b’s as Waverley overpowered their opponents 4 sets to 2. Bellino Testafredda were both able to achieve adequate results in their matches winning 6-0 and 6-4 respectively
Welcome back to all the boys to the start of the year, although we faced a tough opposition this week, there are still another 4 matchdays where we can prove our winning ways. Despite the heavy losses, the boys will train hard this week in training with victory in their minds for next week.