Written on the 17 August 2017 by Co-Curricular Staff
Senior Years Co-Curricular News
Mr Jeff Fischer
Head of Co-Curricular
Exeat weekends always stretch the player numbers due to the strong showing from the country boys in our many sporting teams and this weekend was no exception. Many families have queried why there are teams with additional byes and the reason is mostly that they occur during exeat weekends as when the Rostrevor boarders go home, it depletes the number of lads available for selection. However, this is not always a bad thing as it also provides an opportunity for boys on the fringe of selection into A teams the chance for promotion and many players have embraced the opportunity to play at a higher level of competition.
1st XVIII Football
Goal Kickers: Thomas Tacono 3 goals, Tom Matsis, Flynn Pisani, Ben Jarvis all 2 goals each, Harrison Petty, Murphy Short, Wyatt Fraser, Jacob Kennerley, Cameron Taheny, Dylan Fitzsimons and Nick Scheid all 1 each Best Players: Tom Matsis, Mitch Gum, Flynn Pisani, Jacob Kennerley, Harrison Petty
Rd 11 saw us at St Michael's in a game worth double points due to the re-schedule of our previously fixtured game earlier in the season. This made the game an important one with both teams looking to secure the points. With a few of our better players unavailable through injury/illness, we were looking for our group to step up and respond after our disappointing performance the previous week v SHC.
With the win of the toss, we kicked with a slight breeze in the first quarter. This first quarter we played some of the best football we have played this season. We got first hand on the ball and from there, some of the ball movement work we had been working on over recent weeks came together as we moved the ball with speed and precision, allowing us to have an 8-goal opening term. Whilst our attacking play was excellent, our defensive work was also very good, keeping the opposition to no score and allowing us to open a good margin of 48 points at quarter time.
After our strong first quarter, the opposition decided to close the game up around the stoppages and in our forward half, to restrict our ball movement. Whilst going into the breeze this quarter, we remained possession dominant but the restriction we faced forced us to attempt passes that probably weren't on, costing us a couple of goals to the opposition. From half way through the 2nd quarter the opposition lifted a notch as they could see their restricting methods were having an effect on us and they quite simply outworked us for the remainder of the quarter, reducing the margin back a little to 32 points at half time.
We lifted our tempo in the 2nd half and got back to playing the brand we wanted. We still faced a strong opposition who continually restricted us and made it difficult for us to find a regular path to goal. Despite having a high number of forward entries, we had to rely on individual moments to score. Having 11 separate goal kickers highlighted our need to search for alternate scoring paths.
Whilst the scoreboard showed after quarter time that the game was relatively even, we can be pleased we played with more confidence and the performance across the whole team was a lot more even. We controlled possession and territory for the majority of the game and played a brand of football we can be proud of. We just lacked the final polish to open the game up and get rewarded on the scoreboard.
Tom Matsis continues to improve each week and combined with Flynn Pisani they provided great ground support in our front half. Mitch Gum continued his impressive season with some dashing rebound from defence. Jacob Kennerley was the dominant player on the ground in the first half before being sat on by the opposition reducing his influence. Harry Petty played another sound game, again his marking ability around the ground a highlight.
Congratulations to Tom Tacono (Year 10) finishing with 3 goals in his first 1st XVIII match for the College and Riley Willson in also his first game, who played a strong role back in defence.
We now move into our final game of the season v Immanuel College. We look forward to finishing the season off on a positive note and sending our year 12s off with a strong performance.
Rostrevor 1st XVIII Head Coach
U16 Brothers Rugby, Thursday 10th August 2017
Best Forward: Michael Kittel-Neil Best Back: Leonard Ferreira Best Tackler: Brandon Minuzzo Best on Field: Josh Rahaley
Brothers played at home at Burnside RUFC played against a strong St Peter's side. St Peter's numbered 14 players, Brothers had 15. We didn't have to, but we decided to match numbers to make it an even contest in the spirit of Rugby. St Peter's dominated early play with strong tackling, but did not have the stamina to last out the first half. The Brothers side played to our strengths which is speed, agility, ball handling skills, scrumming and the ability to step past the opposition at pace. When we played our game, we were unbeatable. Beau Palmer and Sam Banks made some terrific runs, and the Captain Josh Rahaley was dominant in every aspect of the game.
This victory makes it 9 in a row for us, finishing the minor premiership rounds this season undefeated and top of the ladder. We have the Grand Final next week, with home ground advantage, against Sacred Heart College who finished second on the ladder.
In other Co-curricular News:
The 8A football team continued their resurgent form by defeating St Peter's by 40 points on Saturday, having lost to the same team by 20 goals in Term 2. Henry Brasher enjoyed a dominant performance in front of goals, booting 7 for the day.
Congratulations to the Open A, B and C Basketball teams who enjoyed a clean sweep against Concordia with some thrilling victories. This marked the first time this year that all 3 teams claimed a win on the same day.
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