Upcoming Year 7 Trials
We look forward to finishing off the Year 7 Trials this Saturday commencing at 8am sharp in the Sports Centre. Year 7 Basketball has 127 enrolled and unfortunately Basketball can only cater for ten Year 7 Teams (A-J) due to the ability of arranging weekly games against other Schools and court restrictions during the week for training, as Year 8 also train at the same time. Boys who miss out will have to see the Sportsmaster, Mr Kearsley, about other options that are available for Year 7 Summer Sport.
The School Clothing Shop will open Saturday for parents to purchase a basketball uniform (9am – 2pm) if their son has not already got one. If your son isn’t confirmed in a team at this stage and he is not required to get a basketball uniform at this point, he just wears his School PE uniform.
21st Annual Trinity Challenge – 1sts Teams
“The Firsts take at the Tournament for the first time since 2003.”
Trinity put in a spectacular team performance in defeating last year’s champions St. Augustine’s in the Final (68-60) to return the Trinity Challenge trophy back to the Summer Hill campus after a 17-year absence living in many different Schools from around the CAS, GPS and ISA associations. It was 2003 since Trinity won their tournament which commenced in 2001. Once again, the tournament featured 16 Independent Schools playing 62 games over two days at Trinity.
The Greens came out firing in the round games with strong wins over GPS Schools Kings (76-45) and Riverview (84-62), before finishing with a 31-point victory over Barker (73-42) to top their Pool and advance to the Championship division. Trinity’s Quarter-Final opponent was highly ranked Sydney Boys’ High and the Firsts demonstrated great resilience to come back from an early double digit deficit to defeat High (62-46) and set up a clash with GPS powerhouse Newington in the Semi-Final. Trinity may have been smaller than their inner west neighbour, but the boys’ relentless efforts defensively and in crashing the boards allowed the Greens to forge away in the final period to take the victory (61-52) and book themselves a spot in the Championship Final for the first time since 2009, where Trinity were defeated by Newington. St. Augustine’s were no match for a rolling Trinity team who jumped out to a big lead in the second quarter and held off a late charge to take back the Challenge Trophy by eight points.
Over the six tournament games all Trinity Firsts players performed consistently and improved in the key aspects that will bring this group success. The confidence and faster pace Trinity played with will hopefully transform into the second round of the CAS, where Trinity sit one game behind reigning CAS Premiers, Knox Grammar.
In the Plate Division Moriah College after its second year competing in the tournament earned a spot in the Grand Final after disposing of St. Patrick’s (71-60) in the Semi Final. Cranbrook joined them by dominating St. Joseph’s (72-48). Cranbrook were looking to take the Plate after falling short in the 2020 Plate Final. Moriah were fired up to get the better of their Eastern Suburbs neighbour and proved too strong in the last quarter to come out on top by seven points (75-68). The boys and coaching staff from Moriah College were over the moon to take home the silverware.
18th Annual Newington Classic – 2nds
Trinity headed to the Newington Classic after the long holiday break to prepare for the resumption of the CAS season, where the Seconds are on top of the ladder with a 5-0 record.
The first game of the tournament against CAS rivals, Cranbrook, started slowly as the Greens began to shake off some rust from the long break. The boys took a small lead into half time, off the back of great defence from Rory Clunas (11Yo) and Laud Codjoe (12Ta) off the bench. Cranbrook made a late run after the break, before Trinity steadied to take the win (38-27). Trinity were required to play immediately after against St. Joseph’s, with James Kern (12WJ) dominating on the offensive end and Elias Sidiropoulos (11Yo) in the rebounding department to give the boys an early lead. In the second half, fatigue crept in with a few uncharacteristic mistakes. Trinity ended up going down by three points (33-30) with a potential game-tying three-point shot just rimming out. The final game of the first day was against Scots; the Seconds held a slight lead (39-35) before Scots were able to sneak in four quick points in the last 40 seconds to force overtime. The Greens took this opportunity to band together and came out determined, as they started the overtime with three big bombs from beyond the arc to run out winners (48-41), and finish top of the Pool.
Trinity was given a tough test against host school Newington in the Quarter-Final. In a game that was always within five points, the Greens battled in what was a very physical game. James Kern led the team in attack, while Laud Codjoe and Elias Sidiropoulos held Newington down defensively. In the last 15 seconds, with Trinity down two points, Elias Sidiropoulos made both of his free throws to tie the score. Coming out of the time-out, Newington drained a huge 3-point shot to see Trinity knocked out of the Championship division of the tournament.
6th Annual The King’s School Cup – Junior Team
The Greens first opponent of the Year 8/14s division was CAS rivals Knox, which was an enticing game from the opening tip. Ethan Marten-Coney (Ho) was superb through his relentless defensive effort and tenacity to rebound. However, despite the boys’ best efforts, the scores remained deadlocked at the final buzzer (40-40). Following this Trinity had a convincing 8-point victory over Riverview (37-29). Harrison Lyttle (Ar) excelled as he showed off his astounding passing vision, while he also displayed great leadership through his defensive communication. To conclude opening day, Trinity played a well-rested Scots College. With the Greens being quite fatigued they showed great poise and significant improvement defensively. This was epitomized by James Borg (He) and Harry Pliatsikas (Ho) who both shone with their lock down defence preventing Scots from attacking the basket. Despite such efforts Trinity were narrowly defeated in a low scoring affair (27-20).
On the second day of the tournament, Trinity played their final Pool game against Newington, which they dominated from the outset. Jedd Sheehy (Du) had a remarkable game with his impressive rebounding over bigger opponents, as well as knocking down multiple mid-range jump shots to a game high of 12 points. Zack Rice (Ho) was sensational with his knack of reading the play, which generated several steals that led to easy fast break points. In the Plate division, Trinity faced Barker in the Semi-Final. Despite an underwhelming first half the Greens put on an offensive onslaught, outscoring Barker by 24 points to get the victory (58-33). Jonathan Wakim (Du) had a thrilling game, orchestrating much of the Greens’ success through his creative and decisive playmaking. Aveer Shah (Ar) demonstrated his attacking prowess to penetrate gaps in the defence to generate easy baskets for himself and teammates. While many of the boys found success offensively, Christian Galettis (Fo) had a profound impact defensively by intimating the oppositions shots and by being a rebounding enforcer. This win set up a match up with Waverley in the Plate Final. Trinity put in a truly brilliant ‘team’ performance. The leadership and experience of Myles Buvac (WJ) and Peter Tanevski (9Ta) over the two days really set the platform for Trinity to dismantle Waverly (60-28) and take the Plate Division.
Junior Year 8/14s Team
Peter Tanevski (9WH), Myles Buvac (8WJ), Harrison Lyttle (8Ar), Ethan Marten-Coney (8Ho), Jonathan Wakim (8Du), Harry Pliatsikas (8Ho), Jedd Sheehy (8Du), Zack Rice (8Ho), Aveer Shah (8Ar), James Borg (8He), Christian Galettis (8Fo). Coach: Mr Terry Tsangarliotis, Assistant Coach Mr Luke Nichol
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