The Trinity 1st XI has been involved in several competitions in recent weeks. Reports below come from the student leadership team on the NSW Independent Schools Cup and Inner West Tri Series. For your information, the Independent Schools Cup is a state wide competition that Trinity has been involved in since the 1980s, and the Inner West Tri Series started in 2019 and is a holiday tournament between Newington College, St Patrick’s College and Trinity Grammar School.
1st XI Independent Schools Cup Round 3 vs Central Coast Sports College (Week 10, Term I)
After a fantastic team effort against Christian Carinya School in Tamworth, winning 8-0, Trinity faced off against Central Coast Sports College in the subsequent round of the Independent Schools Cup. Buzzing from the previous win, Trinity brought a lot of confidence into this game, with the return of many players unavailable from injury. Starting fast, wingers James Andrianakos (11Yo) and James Khoury (12We) provided some width and speed down the wings, creating many chances in the opening ten minutes. Jordan Mikhael (12Ke) was aggressive, smart in pressing and hold up play, and provided a great outlet for Trinity’s attack. Furthermore, it was a strong defensive display by Adam Pascale (12Ke), Daniel Bosnich (12Fo), Christian Sinclair (12La) and an individual effort that hit the crossbar by Sam Nichols (12Ho) that truly established the dominance and momentum shift towards Trinity’s way in the opening stages of the first half. However, a strong counter attacking transition and some efficient passing by Central Coast Sports School saw the opening goal given to the visitors. As Trinity moved into half time down 1-0, the morale and team spirit was still present after a strong first half dominant display. After refuelling, getting feedback and engaging in team conversation, Trinity went out into the second half ready to take the game back onto the visitors. Some sensational saves from Lucas Pezzano (12Fo) kept the green and white to only a one goal deficit. Some individual brilliance from set pieces saw Trinity behind 3-0 with 20 minutes on the clock. Some lacklustre defence by our boys saw the visitors extend the deficit to 4-0. With the scoreboard in mind, the Trinity boys found their form and began to play with no fear. Some great control play from Louis Agosti (12Yo) and Fenn Hodgson-Yu (12WJ) created chances for their forwards. A Trinity shot hit the post and was followed up by a great anticipated run from James Khoury (12W) to open the scoring for Trinity, making it 4-1. After grabbing the ball for the restart, Trinity found their groove again, crossing the ball in for a James Andrianakos (12Yo) volley that hit the top corner, making it 4-2 to the visitors. However, this Trinity fightback just wasn’t enough with the second goal coming with just two minutes left in the game. As the final whistle sounded, our Trinity boys fell short to a well talented, drilled Central Coast side, 4-2.
Sebastian Boffa (12Yo)
1st XI Inner West Tri Series Reports
Tuesday, 13 and Thursday, 15 April, 2021
Trinity vs Newington – Game 1
Over the course of the holidays, Trinity competed in the Inner West Tri Series, playing fixtures against Newington and St Patrick’s College. Our first match saw us come up against a tough Newington outfit. The boys were eager to get going, but took a while to get into the game. Our first half was brought to life by a James Andrianakos’ (11Yo) strike in the box to make it 1-0. Thomas Stobierski (12WJ) held the midfield together, linking play and connecting defence to attack. The boys regrouped at half time and came out for a strong second half highlighted by Sam Nichols’ (12Ho) wonder strike which ripped the roof off the net. The game ended with a 2-0 victory to Trinity.
Jordan Mikhael (12Ke)
Trinity vs St Patrick’s College – Game 2
Coming off the back of a good win against Newington in the previous game, the boys were excited to get into the next match against St Patrick’s College. Trinity worked its way into the game after a short turn around on the previous game. Sebastien Portolesi (11Ar) found the first break-through with a composed run and finish beyond the opposing goalkeeper. A well worked team goal by James Khoury (12We) just before the halftime break was enough for the Trinity boys to see the half out. With a second half of controlled and conservative football, this allowed for a clean-sheet and for us to finish the day in the driving seat to win the shield.
Sam Nichols (12Ho)
Trinity vs Newington – Game 3
The 1st XI’s third game for the 2021 Inner West Tri-Series was played against Newington College at an early 9:00am kick-off, on 15 April. Within the first ten minutes of the game, our boys went down 1-0 from an absolute world class strike from 30 yards out by the Newington attacking midfielder. Throughout the rest of the first half, Trinity was knocking on the door of an equaliser but, sadly, we weren’t fortunate enough and the Green and White went into the sheds a goal down. This misfortune continued into the second half as Christian Sinclair (12La) hit the crossbar on several occasions. However, with five minutes to go, James Khoury (12We) nodded home a beautiful cross by Sebastian Boffa (12Yo) to bring the score line to 1-1. By this point, the boys in green had a fighting spirit and were looking destined to get another into the back of the net. With three minutes on the clock, Isaac Cunningham (12We) took advantage of a scramble in the box to give Trinity the lead, 2-1. To cap off the perfect final five minutes of the game, Isaac Cunningham (12We) scored another with a curled finesse effort from outside the box, thus completing the perfect comeback, 3-1. As a result of this, Trinity’s tally was brought up to 9 points, which meant that the Inner West Tri-Series would be coming to Summer Hill for the first time in its history. The first silverware for the 1st XI 2021 – well done lads!
Adam Pascale (12Ke)
Trinity vs St Patricks College – Game 4
The closing game of the newly-founded Inner West Tri-Series football campaign saw the 1st XI take on rather familiar opponents at this stage, the St Patrick’s College 1st XI. Being the final game of the series, Trinity wanted to ensure that it ended on a high note and to secure their fourth win of the tournament. Having played St Pat’s in a trial game two weeks prior, and in the same Cup two days before, the team understood as a collective how they played and were prepared for another tough game at hands of the opponent. Trinity didn’t start the game as planned, giving away a penalty in the third minute, calling upon Lucas Pezzano (12Fo) to put his goalkeeping expertise on display at a critical moment in the game. Fortunately for Trinity, Lucas pulled off an amazing stop, keeping Trinity in the game and showcasing exciting things to come in the season. Trinity then took the lead, going up 1-0 in the 22nd minute with a great corner whipped in by Sebastian Boffa (12Yo) which landed straight on the boot of Sebastien Portolesi (11Ar), who made a well-timed run into the box. In the second half, sloppy possession play around the St Pat’s defence was rightly punished by James Khoury (12We), putting Trinity up 2-0 in the 31st minute against his former school by intercepting the pass and slotting the ball into the bottom corner. Shortly after though, a lapse in concentration from the Trinity defence lead to a cross being put in by St Pat’s, and them grabbing a goal back in the 36th minute, making the scoreline 2-1. Not long after, great perseverance was shown again by James Khoury (12We), who didn’t give up on the play and chased the ball all the way to the by-line to play a cutting pass back into Isaac Cunningham (11We), who slotted Trinity’s 3rd and final goal into an open net, ending the game 3-1. Ultimately, with their win against St Pat’s, the Trinity 1st XI secured a dominant performance in the Inner West Tri-Series, winning all four games, scoring ten goals and conceding two, setting up an exciting rest of the season for the team.
Christian Sinclair (12La)
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