The anticipation and relief was evident as the boys arrived for Rugby last weekend. The shackles were about to be released. Saturday’s training and skill development day proved very beneficial for all the students who attended the session.
After temperature checks the boys commenced the day with a dynamic warm-up on the Old Boys Field prior to breaking up into their respective teams. The addition of the Year 6, 7 and 8 students certainly swelled our ranks on the day. The enthusiastic and positive approach to the skills tabloid emphasized the importance of providing this physical outlet for the boys again. With a mixture of agility, breakdown, tackling and passing drills the players completed the activities diligently and with confidence. The Rugby coaches enjoyed the camaraderie and positive vibe that was evident amongst the boys throughout the morning.
The Opens players successfully navigated the First XV trial to select the squad for 2020. The trial on the main oval proved to be a willing contest which allowed the lads to showcase their individual talents and teamwork skills. With another training day scheduled for this weekend further skills, team cohesion and development will be achieved.
This decision to forgo travel out of area and hence not be involved in the ISA Division 2 Rugby competition previously was a difficult one to make. The College believes it is the right course of action to undertake during this time.
Discussions with NSW Health and a review of guidelines and protocols highlighted the need for the College to consider not only our school community but also the wider Central West community to which we belong. Plans are underway to create a separate, modified Rugby season for the boys which will be locally based. An announcement will be forthcoming about this initiative and games will be circulated when a draw and dates have been finalised.
Mr Scott Gardner, Head of Sport
Under 6s Collies
This week we had a full team lineup, with all eight of the SASC U6 Collies present and eager to take the field. We played against the Eglinton Green team on a beautiful, sunny Winter’s day. Paddy Lenehan, George Knight and Archie Willis all scored a goal and Angus Long scored the team a hat trick. It was a glorious show of sportsmanship as both teams combined their players in an attempt to even the scorecard and to maintain all player’s engagement. A special mention must go to Leanna Klower who never gave up and worked tirelessly, resulting in the reddest cheeks in the whole team. Well done on a brilliant game, Collies!
Mrs Sarah Willis
Under 7s Merinos
The Merinos had a more difficult game this week against Bathurst 75’s, who had a strong team. However, the Merinos didn’t give up, displaying enthusiasm and a positive attitude. We welcomed Anders for his first game, and with an extra player we had rotations of 4 minutes off the field for one player at a time. Players were quick to run back on and focused on passing and controlling the ball. Everyone had fun, so well done Merinos.
Mrs Jennie White
Under 7s Roos
I am so proud of the Roos and how well they played on Saturday. Everyone was so good on the field; chasing the ball constantly and doing an incredible job, both on the attack and the defence. There were at least 5 goals from The Roos again this week, with some amazing long kicks, as well as some greatly controlled balls that went straight into the goal. With a full team it was hard to have to wait on the sidelines for a little while – every single player was so keen to be on the field! What a brilliant job from all of you and I am looking forward to some more great enthusiasm and fun on our next match.
Mrs Yani Lenehan
Under 8s Honeyeaters
So the U8 Honeyeaters took the field on Saturday with positions given and some great lead up coaching from Miss Matherson. Ella Jane and Joel were up front adapting to holding their positions well whilst having some good attacking runs. Elizabeth held the middle very well in attack and defence, with Rhys and Hayden covering the back repelling a very good attack from the other team. Jacob rounded the performance out with some great saves in goal keeper and the Honeyeaters have the makings of a very competitive team. Charlotte was the standout of the day as no player worked harder for the ball in attack and defence. See you this weekend Honeyeaters!
Mr Andrew Morcom
SASC Under 9’s had a fantastic game on Saturday. Although the win didn’t end up going to them, each of the players in the team defended their opposition well and showed off their developing skills. Ben, Leila and Sebastian worked the ball well around the field, trying their hardest to kick to space and move the ball down their end. Aleki scored a goal with a perfect set up from a wonderful throw in from Georgie. Sailor, Dylan and Divjot all had a turn at defending the goal, doing an admirable job.
Miss Victoria Matheson
SASC 10s took on Collegians at Proctor Park last Saturday. Collegians dominated possession for the opening ten minutes placing continual pressure on Darcy and Alex in the backs. The boys were up for the challenge and staved off numerous attacking raids. Felix also offered invaluable support to his backs to relieve some pressure. Despite the constant pressure, a nice clear from our backs found Harrison in open space who then controlled the ball nicely to open the account for SASC. Scores were level at 1-1 at half time and a half time re-shuffle of positions saw SASC begin to control the game nicely. Darcy took a sensational corner kick to find Ned on the full who spectacularly found the back of the net. Charlie and Hugh positioned themselves nicely for some attacking shots whilst Darcy slammed one home from some distance. Collegians also enjoyed some quality possession however Mason and Felix did a stellar job at the back to thwart these raids. Emily played the game of her life on the left edge and controlled the ball superbly. It was a tight game and the result could have gone either way but a passionate second half saw SASC finish 4-2 victors. Congratulations 10s.
Mr Anthony Roohan
At 11am in Oberon, the u13s blue kicked off and ready for a competitive game of soccer. The game started very slow as the 13s needed to adjust to the opposition’s way of playing. After 20 minutes in, they realised that they were a strong attacking team. We were a few goals down by half time but we all fired up and were determined to keep our heads up and put one at the back of the net. Special mention to Liam who kept up the positive talk and performed exceptionally well. Without any subs and playing 2 games during the week, the 13s are improving and ready to score some goals.
Well what a way to start the season!… a huge 7-1 win over a traditionally strong Bathurst 75’s team. The victory was particularly pleasing to watch, considering the team has had little, to no preparation prior to the match and full of a squad that haven’t played together before now. The match was very tight early on, with the ball not leaving the mid-field for some time, then it all started to click. Lion’s piled on three quick goals to jump to a strong lead, though the scoreline could have blown out further if it weren’t for some wayward finishes and some excellent keeping from the 75’s goalie. Our defence at the back was rock solid and it was only with 10 seconds to go that our clean sheet was tarnished. Goal scorers were Noah Newman and Max Hemsworth with one each, Charlie Crauford with a double and Kade O’Connell finishing with a hat trick. Conner Stahl was rock solid at the back all game, continually shutting down any 75’s advance, while the referees’ player points went to Max Hemsworth (3) and Kade O’Connell (1). Though the result was dominant, there is still so much potential improvement to this squad with some consistency and training. As they find their feet as a team, the communication, camaraderie and final polish will shine through on what looks to be a positive year for Scots All Saints College Football.
Mr Trent Hemsworth
On Saturday 25 July, the Tigers played against the Superstars Hotshots in a brilliant first match. It was lovely to see some players from last year demonstrating their confidence on the court, as well as some new faces who had a wonderful time playing their first ever game. As the game progressed, passing and teamwork skills got stronger and they made a really good effort to move around the court and shadow their player from the opposition. Elizabeth Host was our Player of the Week this week as she scored her first goal after practising in her spare time. Hard work pays off! Well done Tigers – I can’t wait to see what the rest of this season brings! Our next game will be played against Mana Tamariki on 1st August at 8.45am on Court 3.