Rugby vs Cranbrook
Results vs Cranbrook
The weekend’s fixtures saw Trinity Grammar School take on ISA powerhouse Oakhill College. Despite the best efforts of the young men in green and white we were only able to secure victory in four of our 15 fixtures. Once again, our Under 15 teams acquitted themselves well on the field and despite an off day, the 1st XV were able to come away with their third victory of the season. This week we will make the journey north across the harbour to take on St. Pius X College Chatswood.
|1st XV||17 – 14||15C||19 – 14|
|2nd XV||5 – 46||14A||10 – 50|
|3rd XV||0 – 53||14B||5 – 41|
|4th XV||7 – 49||14C||0 – 56|
|16A||0 – 43||13A||0 – 76|
|16B||0 – 36||13B||0 – 56|
|15A||66 – 0||13C||0 – 90|
|15B||12 – 5|
Saturday game attendance
From time to time players will be injured and be unavailable for games; it is an inevitability of playing a contact sport. Despite these occurrences, students are still required to attend their Saturday commitments. Unless leave has been approved by the Senior or Middle School offices, all boys are expected to attend their team’s fixtures and assist in anyway that they can.
Team of the Week
Despite the tough results there were numerous boys who impressed their coaches once again this week.
The team of the Week is:
- Xavier Toomalatai (7Ho) – 13B
- Tom Maloney (7Du) – 13C
- Harry Cotton (9Du) – 15C
- Will Rule (11Ar) – 3rd XV
- Jack Henderson (12Ta) – 4th XV
- Bailey Martin (9We) – 14B
- Taj Young (7We) – 13A
- Brandon Ghannoum (9Fo) – 15A
- Sesen Hanna (8Hi) – 14C
- Hunter Hannaford (12Du) – 1st XV
- Lewis Kanellos (12He) – 2nd XV
- Tom Bermingham (8Mu) – 14A
- Josh Jenkins (10La) – 16A
- Oliver Askew (12We) – 15B
- Angus Jenkins (10Hi) – 16B
Friends of Rugby
The Friends of Rugby (FOR) Committee is currently looking for parents who are interested in being involved for the 2021 season. In previous years, the FOR has been an invaluable asset to the Trinity rugby community; manning game day BBQs, raising funds for the Japan tour, purchasing dumbbells and other gym equipment for the entire school community, as well as countless other essential roles. If you are interested in being a part of the Friends of Rugby for 2021, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mr. Mick Snowden | Director of Rugby
1st XV Match Report
Saturday afternoon’s fixture was a great testament to the many anomalies that arise during games of rugby. Sometimes effort can outweigh inaccuracy, sometimes the better team does not win the game, and sometimes the individual brilliance of a few can save the blushes of the remainder. Our fixture against Oakhill saw all three of these eventuate.
Despite the pleas of coaching staff, our 1st XV decided that the referee’s whistle was not the time to start playing, rather they waited until Oakhill had crossed the line twice before kicking into gear. Struggles at set-piece time and a disturbing propensity to be too tight in defence saw Oakhill skip out to an early 14-3 lead. The sole penalty goal from captain Hunter Hannaford (12Du) was the only time we looked like troubling the scorers during the first 25 minutes.
With half-time approaching we needed a spark, thankfully once again our eventual man of the match Hunter stood up when we need leadership most. From some scrappy scrum ball Hunter spread the ball wide and following a fantastic ball from Olly White (12Fo), Theo Kidd (12WJ) beat his opposing man and dove into the corner for our first try. Hunter would add the extras from right on the sideline and tighten the score to 10-14. Hunter’s fantastic play would continue into the final minute of the half as he picked up some more scrappy set piece ball before dropping a perfect kick behind the line that allowed Olly White to regather and cross for his fourth try in the opening three games. The conversion from a few metres inside the touchline would send us to oranges up 17-14.
The scoreboard picked a great day to malfunction as it would not be needed for the remainder of the game as the second half saw an error-riddled performance from both sides. It should be noted though, that these errors were not due to a lack of effort; rather a little too much enthusiasm. Thankfully, some outstanding second-half performances would carry us through to an eventual victory. Alisi Leao (12Mu) was the best forward on the park, constantly bending the line with his carries and working miracles from the scrum-base. Theo Kidd saved a certain 7-pointer, knocking the ball out of an Oakhill attacker’s hands as he dove to score under the posts, and Orly Hatton-Ward (10Sc) continues to emerge as an immensely promising scrum-half, playing with composure and experience well beyond his years.
This week we turn our focus to St. Pius X College, as our first away fixture, and we hope to return to Summer Hill with our fourth victory from as many attempts.
Final Score: Trinity 17 defeated Cranbrook 14
Tries: Theo Kidd (1), Olly White (1)
Conversions: Hunter Hannaford (2)
Penalties: Hunter Hannaford (1)
Mr. Snowden and Mr. Pay | 1st XV Coaches
2nd XV Match Report
After a tough return to rugby following the term break, the 2nd XV was keen to find form in our third game for the season against Oakhill. This would be no easy task, given the depth and strength of the Oakhill program, yet we took the field knowing that our best performance was still ahead of us.
The contest was a physical affair where both teams were keen to assert their dominance in contact. Oakhill were the first to break through, opening the score in the 11th minute. Unfortunately this took the wind out of our sails somewhat and their first try was quickly followed by their 2nd and 3rd. Stemming the flow was not going to be easy and the closing minutes of the first half was an area we had spoken about improving. To the players’ credit they did regroup and bring some fire back into the contest, winning the last ten minutes of the first half. Jude Robinson crossed for Trinity’s first try to see us go into the breakdown 5-17.
Territory and possession would be key to our revival in the second half. However, as the game wore on, Oakhill’s physical dominance started to take its toll and they ran away with the match, much like Cranbrook had done the week prior.
Although the team has not yet found their groove, little pieces of the puzzle are beginning to fit together. I am sure the boys will be keen to piece together our opening victory of the season when we travel out to Oxford Falls to take on St Pius, the first time the school has done so in many years.
Final Score: Trinity 5 lost to Oakhill 46.
Tries: Jude Robinson (1)
Mr. Kearsley and Mr. Ikeuchi | 2nd XV Coaches
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