From the Head of Senior Sport, Steve O’Donnell
Another successful sporting calendar comes to a conclusion this weekend with our Water Polo teams and 2-Day Cricketers playing their last games for the year. All other teams and sports concluded last weekend and whilst all of the Waverley teams fought hard as always, Knox proved to be a typically tough opponent in most sports but we still had some pleasing results. In Basketball the 2nd V, along with most Year 10 teams, secured some impressive wins. In Cricket the 8B’s were the pick with Peter Reeves and Nicholas Quinn putting on a 99 run partnership that lead to victory. In Water Polo we had a good day with the 1sts, 16A and 14B sides all having good wins. Our 1sts Cricket, Tennis and Basketball though found the going tougher. Our 1sts Basketball were very unlucky and lead most of the way to only be beaten in the dying moments. Their improvement and attitude has been fantastic and they have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with.
All of our Tennis teams, particularly the Year 10’s, have also shown great improvement. We had a number of students compete in the schools’ tennis tournament this week and a number of players making semi-finals and finals in both singles and doubles. Well done to all of those that competed and represented the school in this event and I am looking forward to again seeing the rise in our rankings from this event.
Our 1sts Cricket struggled in both batting and fielding in the first innings, costing them a chance at winning. I am certain that coaches Boyd and Elliott will make sure they are ready for this week’s game. I also want to make special mention of our Public Speakers who performed very well from all reports this week.
A huge thank you to all of the convenors, staff, coaches, parents, officials and students for their efforts this year, and especially to any student that will not be returning to us in 2017. We have had a tremendous year in co-curricular and with the new facilities and further refurbishments it is an exciting time for Waverley’s co-curricular program. I also want to wish the best to all of our students and staff going on the European Football tour next week, and trust that all will represent Waverley to the highest standard. To all of our other students, I hope that you keep up the fitness and training in the holidays so we are ready to fire first day back next year.
Finally, I want to thank the Head of College, Mr Paxton, for his vision, support and leadership over the past seven years. You have been a true inspiration and the transformation, success and improvement in all areas in the College, including co-curricular, can be attributed to your commitment and dedication to make Waverley a wonderful community.
Enjoy the holidays and ‘Go the Waves!’
Old Boy’s Australian 7s Success
Congratulations to old boy Ben O’Donnell who has just been selected for the Australian 7’s team to fly to Dubai after being awarded player of the tournament in Adelaide.