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Boys Football (Issue 2 2016)

Written on the 16 June 2016

Year 11/12, Week 4, Term 2
The season has kicked off on a positive note for our Senior Football sides. Numbers out at trainings are strong and the players seem to be enjoying the opportunity to represent their College in their respective sides.

Our 1st XVIII have played three matches for two wins and a loss. The first game of the season was a tough contest against PAC who were too strong at their home ground. Many of our new players coming up from the 10As, certainly got a baptism of fire and a clear understanding of the intensity of 1st XVIII football. The next two games were excellent, with nice wins against St Michael's and Immanuel.

Our 2nd XVIII have had a really positive start to the season, notching up three wins from three games, two of which were against 1st XVIII opposition. Probably the best of the victories came against Westminster last weekend, where the under-manned side fought hard all day and after trailing for most of the game, managed to kick a goal to hit the front with less than a minute on the clock. A great win for the side.

Our 3rd XVIII have come up against some tough opposition in their first two games, taking on 2nd XVIII sides from St Michael's and Immanuel. Coach, Nicholas Taylor is doing a fantastic job with his playing group which changes significantly from week to week. With the endeavour of the boys being so positive, a win is hopefully just around the corner.

Our 4th XVIII have also played two games so far for a win against CBC 2nd XVIII and a close loss to Rostrevor 3rd XVIII. The discipline and application of the side has been excellent and we look forward to taking on two 2nd XVIII sides over the next few weeks.

This year we have entered a 5th XVIII into the competition to encourage some of our 'semi-committed' footballers to chuck on the boots every week and represent the College. The side is coached by old scholars Bryden Crosbie and Braden McInerney and under the tutelage of football guru Will Kearvell have been able to get the best out of their very committed side. Only one game so far, with a loss to Rostrevor 3rd XVIII, but the team will be looking to bounce back against Blackfriars 2nd XVIII at Prospect Oval.

We wish all of our sides the best of luck for this term's fixtures and look forward to what the remainder of the season has to offer.

Year 10, Week 4, Term 2
Again in 2016, we have entered 2 x 10A teams into the competition as well as a 10B side. We believe this will have significant positives for the development of our playing group and hold them in good stead as they put their hand up for 1st XVIII selection as Year 11s next year.

Our teams are all coached by old scholars who are extremely passionate about their role and dedicated to the development of each individual player.

Our 10B side has so far just played the one game, with a strong victory against Rostrevor, which is always a nice win for the players and coaches.

Our 10A sides have so far only played the two games, the latter being against each other. Both sides suffered defeats in their first game, but the SHC vs SHC game last Saturday gave the players an opportunity to work on their skills and fine-tune their game together. This fixture has developed into quite the rivalry over the last few seasons and was again, a great experience for our players this time around. The players are always keen to impress their coaches and have the final say against their opposition players and mates. From a coaching point of view, this is a great opportunity, not only for talent identification, but also to build rapport with their team and work on their key structures and general game plan.

It was a great contest, played in excellent spirits and the players certainly did their best to get their respective side over the line.

In the end, SHC Blue managed to secure victory by a few goals. Well done to all players and coaches.

Our attention now turns to the next few weeks as our sides look to notch up victories before we have a break for the long weekend.

The 10A1s take on St Peter's and Rostrevor before the break, while our 10A2's line up against Rostrevor and then St Michaels.

Our 10Bs venture out to St Paul's College this weekend, before taking on St Peters, also away.

Best of luck to our Yr10s for the remainder of the season.

Go Hearts!!!!!

Robert Gill
Football Coordinator

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