Waverley College took out the 2022 St Andrew’s Cup Trophy after defeating Moriah College 3-1 at Valentine Sports Park in Glenwood, after two days of football action at NSW’s home of football.
Our 1st XI Football with the coaching staff of Patrick Darvill, Donato D’Agrosa and Jack Hardwicke-Owen proved too strong for their opponents, scoring two opportunistic goals in the second half to end the game in convincing fashion.
This year’s tournament saw 15 participating schools that included the likes of Waverley College, St Ignatius’ College Riverview, Cranbrook School, Sydney Grammar School, Redlands School, Marist Catholic College, Moriah College, International Grammar School, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney Boys High School, Barker College, Newington College, Knox Grammar School, Oakhill College and St Spyridon College, who all battled well in the coveted pre-season Cup competition.
I spoke with the current 1st XI Captain, Emilio Vinci, to hear his thoughts on the Cup’s significance to the squad, and any advice he had for Waverley’s football teams this season.
The St Andrews cup is a good pre-season tournament before our CAS season starts, and it allows us to see what is working and what is not working within our team, so we can train on our weaknesses. All of the boys put in solid efforts and it ended up leading us to victory against Moriah 3-1 in the cup final. This is a good indicator and achievement to start our season on a high note, and it gives us tactical information on how other teams within the CAS competition play.
I’m sure with winning this trophy it has created a big confidence boost to all of us boys that we will take with us throughout the season, however we can’t let the confidence overtake our gameplay. But it does motivate us players to want to win more and more, as we desire to take home the CAS trophy and try our best to take out the CIS trophy back to back.
For the younger boys, it is important to always put in hard work throughout training, as I’m sure all of you have heard your coaches say, “the way you train is the way you play.” Because one day you might be putting on the first XI jersey and playing with your mates beside you. Keep working hard, as hard work pays off and always remember to enjoy yourself on the pitch. GO WAVES!
(Emilio Vinci, 2022)
As Convenor of Football I felt very privileged to witness such a hard-earned victory for the College boys, after what was a very limited pre-season for all of our footballers. In light of this, all football teams are likely to see changes in their squads throughout the season.
General expectations continue regarding correct playing attire, arriving 30 minutes prior to their game, and a medical certificate or approved leave if they are absent.
Players can find their teams for this Saturday’s fixtures as published on the Waverley app or at the top of the article by Mr Stephen O’Donnell, Director of Co-curricular.
Mr Edward Davis
Convenor of Football