Rugby vs Cranbrook

CAS Round 1 | Saturday, 25 April 2021

Our second fixture for the season saw us take on our CAS rivals from the Eastern Suburbs. For our 15s and 16s age groups along with the 3rd and 4th XV it would be their first proper hit outs for the season. We enjoyed a relatively even split of the fixtures, coming away with 7 wins and 8 losses. The 13s and 15s age groups won all three of their fixtures, while our 14s and 16s experienced the opposite results. In the Opens our 2nd, 3rd and 4th XV all put in gallant efforts against talented Cranbrook sides, with our 1st XV rounding out the day with a 33-27 victory.

1st XV33 – 2715C43 – 20
2nd XV5 – 4814A12 – 22
3rd XV0 – 26  14B12 – 26
4th XV5 – 50  14C15 – 27
16A5 – 5513A24 – 22
16B14 – 6213B36 – 5
15A60 – 013C22 – 5
15B54 – 7  

Captain of Rugby – Tyson Jackson (12FO)

Congratulations to Tyson Jackson who has been named as the Captain of Rugby for the 2021 season. The role of Captain of Rugby is not determinant of playing ability, despite Tyson possessing plenty. This role is afforded to the young man who best represents the rugby program at Trinity, and is available to any Year 12 student from the 1st XV – 4th XV.  Tyson is a consistently positive role model to everyone within the rugby program; he sets a standard of hard work, punctuality, and love of the game. I am sure he will continue be a shining example to all rugby players at Trinity.

Team of the Week

With all 15 teams playing this week, selecting a Team of the Week was made quite difficult due to several very impressive performances. In the 1st XV Theo Kidd (12WJ) scored a double and showed off his elusiveness in open play, Max Meagher (9Hi) skippered the 15As to a victory and scored four tries in the process, while Christian Gregory (7WH) was a standout in the 13Cs victory. However, special mention must be made to Christian Henriques (9He), who in his first ever game of rugby scored six tries (yes, six tries!) for the 15Cs.

The team of the Week is:

  1. Darren Ho (8WH) – 14B
  2. Max Meagher (9Hi) – 15A
  3. Charlie Naffah (10Du) – 16B
  4. Christian Gregory (7WH) – 13C
  5. Zac Alshehabi (9Du) – 15B
  6. Taj Young (7We) – 13A
  7. Lucas Young (10We) – 16A
  8. Jamie Pritchard-Davies (12Ar) – 4th XV
  9. Isaac Irwin (8Yo) – 14B
  10. Christos Caridi (7Sc) – 13B
  11. Jaiden Timperi (11Hi) – 2nd XV
  12. Christian Henriques (9He) – 15C
  13. Brock Prideaux (8WH) – 14A
  14. Theo Kidd (12WJ) – 1st XV
  15. Owen Hoffman (12WH) – 3rd XV

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 (

Mr. Mick Snowden | Director of Rugby

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H. Hannaford
K. Edmed
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T Jackson

1st XV Match Report

The message all week had been that even though we are still playing trials, a fixture against a CAS foe is anything but a practice. The young men of the 1st XV came out ready to fire, and despite our early enthusiasm we would concede the first try of the game after some smart work from the Cranbrook backline. Luckily, we responded quickly and as our attacking shape began to pay dividends, Jack Casimir (12WH) broke a tackle and floated a lovely 15m pass to Olly White (12FO) for our first points of the day. Cranbrook regathered the kick-off and after some long phases of defence they drew a penalty and utilised their rolling maul for their second try.

For the next 50 minutes Trinity would dominate the game and utilise some strong forward carrying from Paulo Tauiliili-Pelesasa (11He), Alisi Leao (11Mu) and our second try scorer Tyson Jackson (12Fo) to assert control over the game. This, coupled with a penalty goal from Captain Hunter Hannaford (12Du), would see us head into the break with a narrow 13 – 10 lead.

Following the resumption of play our strong defence, led my man of the match, Kai Roberts (12La), and smart game management from Hunter and Orly Hatton-Ward (10Sc) to see us take complete control of the match. The first of Theo Kidd’s (12WJ) two second-half tries came from a turnover and kick through from Hunter, with Theo out-sprinting the Cranbrook defence to score under the sticks. The second, though, was far more impressive. Another great piece of play from Hunter put Theo into space, and Theo left the Cranbrook fullback grasping at air as he extended our lead. Two additional penalty goals to Hunter would extend our lead to 33-10 with five minutes to play.  

It was at this point that the team decided that providing their coaches, and the crowd in attendance, with a minor cardiac episode would be a great idea. Lackadaisical defence and some poor decision-making allowed Cranbrook to cross for three tries in the ensuing 4 minutes and 30 seconds, with only the mercy of the final whistle saving the 1st XV from infamy within the annals of Trinity Rugby history.

Suffice to say that the training for our next fixture against Oakhill will see plenty of defence under fatigue.

Final Score: Trinity 33 defeated Cranbrook 27

Tries: Theo Kidd (2), Olly White (1), Tyson Jackson (1)

Conversions: Hunter Hannaford (2)

Penalties: Hunter Hannaford (3)

Mr. Snowden and Mr. Pay | 1st XV Coaches

2nd XV Match Report

The 2nd XV match against Cranbrook was full of learning experiences for the men in green.

Cranbrook came out firing scoring within two minutes from kick-off and continued to mount the pressure on Trinity’s try-line and scored again in the 16th minute. Over the next ten minutes, the men in green made attempts in asking questions of the Cranbrook defence and were able to maintain possession for multiple phases. Unfortunately, possession was held inside Trinity’s half, causing fatigue for the 2nd XV and Cranbrook scoring two quick tries late in the first half. Half-time score: 0-24. 

Trinity came out with a better mindset in the second half and focused on implementing their strategies. Although Cranbrook took an opportunity from a Trinity error, the 2nd XV showcased that if they had possession in the opposition 22, they can score points, with Jake Varone (11He) scoring under the posts from a 5-metre scrum. Jaiden Timperi (11Hi) demonstrated his determination, skill and courage in both offence and defence, while Jon-Luc Shalala (12Sc) tackled all day long. However, these gallant efforts were costly as fatigue set in late in the game. Cranbrook had a couple of quick tries to finish the game.

Final Score: Trinity 5 lost to Cranbrook 48.

Tries: Varone (1)

Mr. Kearsley and Mr. Ikeuchi | 2nd XV Coaches

Age Group In Focus – Under 15s

15A | Captains Report – Max Meagher (9Hi)

This week the U15A rugby team played Cranbrook at Cranbrook. It was the first game of the season for our team, as our game was cancelled last term against St Pat’s. Every single player on the team was eager to run on that field and show our fellow CAS competitor who the Green and White men are. After weeks of hard, physical training, learning our game plan, practising our set plays and running laps to gain our fitness, we finally were able to run onto that field and play the game we all love. After our last-minute prep and our big talk from Mr Folli and Mr Goldsmith, we were ready to go. As we took place on that field and lined up waiting for the ref to blow the whistle, all the emotions were flushed out and we went into battle. We kicked off and straight away we asserted our dominance with solid blitz defence, with the hitman Noah Herden (9He) leading the team and putting his body on the line, forcing a turnover and earning the penalty. This led to an offensive 5m lineout where we formed a maul and scored a great team try to start the game. After a few great offensive possessions and awesome defence we began to put up a few points. Sam Niulala (10We) scored a cracker, running through the defence and stepping the fullback. Our forwards were strong, constantly making metres off their carries and our backs were running around their opposite players all day. Akira Chapman (9Du) and Dane Mitchell (10La) were leading the team, informing everyone where they needed to be and what their role was. Mitch Chen (10Ar) had a blinder, scoring three tries all of which were from outside the 22 where he weaved some magic and somehow got the ball over the line. Luke Leckie (9Ho) was a monumental part of the forwards, always taking hit ups and advancing past the defence. Brandon Ghanoum (9Fo) never gave up and was always first to that breakdown, and putting hits on the big boys. Ashton Frazer (9Mu) and Charles Williams (9La) both scored after some brilliant backline moves,  and Ashton Frazer (9Mu) converted four conversions. Dane Mitchell 910La) converted the goal from the sideline on the buzzer to finish the game. All boys should be commended for a great first game and to recognise the potential that they have and to continue on working as a team. I can assure you that all 15A boys will be just as keen to put on a great show against Oakhill this weekend and for the rest of the trial games leading into the CAS competition.

Final Score: Trinity 60 defeated Cranbrook 0

Tries: Max Meagher (4), Mitchell Chen (3), Sam Niulala (1), Ashton Frazer (1) Charles Williams (1)

Conversions: Ashton Frazer (5)

Mr. Folli and Mr. Goldsmith | 15A Coaches


In our first competitive trial, the 15Bs showed their strong skill level, competitive spirit and humility in a 50-7 win over Cranbrook. Malik Amine (10Yo) was particularly strong at fullback, scoring three tries and cutting the Cranbrook defence to pieces with his strong carries. Dawson William (9WJ) picked up two tries in a strong performance, with Zac Alshehabi (9Du) picking up 24 points of his own, via two tries and 7/8 from the kicking tee. A stern challenge awaits in the shape of Oakhill this week and it will be interesting to watch this group of young men develop as the year progresses.  

Final Score: Trinity 54 defeated Cranbrook 7

Tries: Malik Amine (3), Dawson Williams (2), Zac Alshehabi (2), Jamieson Urch (1),

Conversions: Zac Alshehabi (7)

Mr. Swinson | 15B Coach


The 15cs Trinity rugby team had their first game of the season against Cranbrook at Rose Bay. The boys were eager to begin their season with a win, but as the game began the boys were still trying to shrug of the rust that had built up in the off-season. With some excellent fast ball movement from Oliver Pearson and Oscar Parsons, Christian Henriques was able to break Cranbrook’s defensive line and score a runaway try in the corner.

However, as the game progressed Cranbrook was able to hit back with two quick tries just before half-time. Going into the second half, captain Chris Webb was able to rally the troops and inspire the forwards to dominate the rucks. With Luqman Radwan crushing any Cranbrook player daring to hit the ball up, the backs were free to put on a masterclass performance.

Nearing the end of the game it was apparent that Trinity would be victorious thanks to the combined efforts of the boys and the first-time player and MVP Christian Henriques who scored an unprecedented six tries.

Final Score: Trinity 43 defeated Cranbrook 20

Tries: Christian Henriques (6), Matthew Nasr (1)

Conversions: Oscar Parsons (4)

Mr. Ryan | 15C Coach

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