Rugby vs St. Patrick’s College
Welcome to the 2021 Trinity Rugby Season
What a difference a year can make! After the complications and interruptions that 2020 brought forth it has been a relatively smooth start to the beginning of the 2021 rugby season. Player numbers continue to trend in the right direction, with a 14% increase in player numbers since 2019, and 289 young men now representing the school across 15 teams. While it is natural for focus to shift to the 1st and 2nd XV sides, it is the 14s & 15s age groups that are shaping up to be particularly promising this season.
Hunter Hannaford (12Du) | Captain of the 1st XV
Congratulations to Hunter Hannaford who has been named captain of the 1st XV for the 2021 season. Leading into his third season representing the 1st XV, Hunter shows his leadership qualities on a daily basis in his role as School Vice-Captain. This coupled with his immense on-field ability and the high level of respect he commands from his peers made him the obvious choice.
1st Trial against St. Patrick’s College, Strathfield
Whilst the recent wet weather meant St. Pat’s were unable to prepare their 15s & 16s age groups in time for Saturday’s fixtures, we were able to host eight games here at Trinity on Saturday, with St. Pat’s winning five fixtures and Trinity three. Particular mention needs to be made of our 13s age group, who despite missing seven players from the ‘A’ side were able to acquit themselves admirably during their first games on TGS 1 and as young Trinity men. Despite the lack of formal fixtures our 15s and 16s were able to have internals trials, which gave their respective coaches a great chance to see what each player is capable of, prior to our next fixture against Cranbrook on 24 April.
Team of the Week
In an effort to recognise the efforts of all the boys who don the green and white each Saturday, we will be naming a ‘Team of the Week’ that recognises the efforts of all players regardless of their relative team. The criteria for selection are relatively straight forward; which young men were stand-outs for their team, whether through sportsmanship, school spirit, all around performance, or one play that may have decided a game. The inaugural Team of the Week is:
- Leo Taylor (7Fo) – 13C
- Alan Chen (8Fo) – 14C
- Cameron Van der Groot (9We) – 14A
- Charlie Teulon (7Ar) – 13A
- Joseph Britton (9He) – 14B
- Ben Keogh (8Ta) – 14A
- Riley Martin (11We) – 2nd XV
- Tom Yarrow (12Ho) – 2nd XV
- Calvin Doyle (7Ho) – 13B
- George Salvartis (7WH) – 13C
- Hugo France (7WH) – 13A
- Jack Casimir (12WH) – 1st XV
- Austin Daher (8Ke) – 14C
- Zac Rice (8Ho) – 14B
- Olly White (12Fo) – 1st 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, and 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 (email@example.com).
Mr. Mick Snowden | Director of Rugby
1st XV Match Report
The goal posts were up, the field was marked, and the rain had finally subsided; it was time for rugby to start. After the departure of many Year 12 students from last year’s 1st XV, today would mark the starting debut for nine of our players, all of whom were keen to lock down a permanent position in the 1st XV.
It was a slow and scrappy start to the game, with neither team being able to control possession for long periods of time. Despite dominating territory, we would concede the first try of the game after St. Pat’s benefited from a well-worked scrum move with the ensuing conversion putting them ahead 7-0. Trinity finally began to control the ball in opposition territory, and following a line break from debutant Orly Hatton-Ward (10Sc), fellow debutant Paulo Tauiliili-Pelesasa (11He) would crash over for the first try of the year with Hunter Hannaford (12Du) adding the extras. Play ebbed and flowed for another ten minutes before Olly White (12Fo) was the beneficiary of Hunter’s smart kicking game, scoring his first try of the day to send Trinity into half time up 12-7.
Once again St. Pat’s started the scoring in the second half with a lovely scrum move and a kick through allowing them to tie the scores at 12 apiece. For the next 25 minutes Trinity did everything within their power to keep St. Pat’s in the game; handling errors, divergence from the game plan and even a yellow card keeping things tight till the last five minutes. Thankfully, our experienced players stood up when it counted the most and forced a penalty close to the St. Pat’s line, which Hunter converted for a 15-12 lead with seconds remaining on the clock. From the ensuing kick off, Olly White showed off his speed to grab his second 5-pointer, scoring a fantastic individual try, before Hunter slotted the conversion from the sideline as time expired to give Trinity a 22-12 victory.
Whilst far from clinical it was great to start the season with a victory. Standouts for Trinity on the day were Jack Casimir (12WH), Alisi Leao (11MU), Paulo Tauiliili-Pelesasa (11HE) and Orly Hatton-Ward (10SC).
Final Score: Trinity 22 defeated St. Patrick’s College, Strathfield 12
Tries: Olly White (2), Paulo Tauiliili-Pelesasa (1)
Conversions: Hunter Hannaford (2)
Penalties: Hunter Hannaford (1)
Mr. Snowden and Mr. Pay | 1st XV Coaches
2nd XV Match Report
Much like the 1st XV, our 2nds side were fielding a host of new faces for the first fixture of the season and despite the narrow loss they kicked off the season for our senior sides with a bevy of enthusiasm and willingness to do the hard work.
Despite some early attacking raids deep in the St. Pat’s half we would concede the first try of the game. After failing to exit from our own end of the field, we conceded a penalty for a breakdown infringement and then compounded that with another for back chat to the referee. St. Pat’s took the tap quickly and caught our boys napping, scoring in the north-eastern corner and converting from the sideline to take a 7-0 lead. Some sustained attack deep in the St. Pat’s half saw captain Michael Lindsey (12KE) dive over for our opening try and close the gap at half time to 7-5.
The second half started much the same as the first with St. Pat’s scoring first and converting to extend their advantage to 14-5, with 25 minutes to play. The remainder of the half continued to be an arm-wrestle with both sides throwing themselves into everything before ultimately St. Pat’s held on for the victory. Stand out players for the 2nd XV were Riley Martin (11WE), Tom Yarrow (11HO) and Jaiden Timperi (11HI).
Final Score: Trinity 5 lost to St. Patrick’s College, Strathfield 14
Tries: Lindsey (1)
Mr. Kearsley and Mr. Ikeuchi | 2nd XV Coaches
Age Group In Focus – Under 14s
The 14As were looking forward to the opportunity to play on TGS No1 all week and started with great energy against a tough St Pat’s side. Early phase-play led to a Cameron van der Groot (9WE) line break for the opening score. Pat Thomson (8SC) directed play well, allowing Trinity to play with speed and width. This gave the outside backs some great chances and saw Ryan Hui (8TA) run in a long range try.
St Pat’s came out of the half time break with a point to prove and Trinity were forced to defend. This was led by the work rate of Luke Niulala (8ST) who tackled hard all match. Trinity were able to turn attack into defence through runs from the likes of Logan Toohey (8KE) leading to a double for the Trinity halfback. The match finished 33-7 and was a great start to the season.
Final Score: Trinity 33 defeated St. Patrick’s College, Strathfield 7
Tries: Logan Toohey (2), Cameron Van der Groot (1), Ryan Hui (1), Ben Keogh (1)
Conversions: Tom Bermingham (2), Patty Thompson (2)
Mr. McKee and Mr. Nguyen | 14A Coaches
The 14Bs opened the 2021 season playing fabulous running Rugby in a flowing performance to win by 27 points scoring eight tries. It was a bit of surprise considering the limited preparation and several boys playing their first-ever game. Joseph Britton (9HE) led the way up front with some barnstorming runs, resulting in him crossing the line twice. Samuel Giminez-McAlpine (8KE) was strong in the middle crossing for a physical 5-pointer where he carried three St. Pat’s boys on his back over the try line. The highlight of the match came on the back of some strong running from both Matthew Barter (8ST) and then Hugo Favelle (8MU) starting from Trinity’s 22 metre line, before the ball went through some quick hands out to fullback Henry Daniel (8ST) who flew down the sideline to score under the posts. Tom Bishop (8HI) then connected with a strong conversation to see Trinity in front at the break 24-7. The boys continued the same commitment in the second half with Bailey Martin (9WE) crossing for a double, as Trinity moved the footy around to the delight of the strong crowd in attendance and in the end a dominant ‘team’ effort by the men in Green.
Final Score: Trinity 46 defeated St. Patrick’s College Strathfield 19
Tries: Joseph Britton (2), Bailey Martin (2), Sam Gimenez-McAlpine (1), Tom Bishop (1), Jake Matthews (1), Henry Daniel (1)
Conversions: Tom Bishop (3)
Mr. Morrissey | 14B Coach
The closest game of the day took part during the 14Cs fixture. The game saw constant lead changes, momentum swings, and a quality game of rugby take place. Trinity’s first points came from a fantastic 60 metre run from Cohen Kokotovich (8WE), who broke several tackles on his way to the try line. His efforts were followed up by eventual ‘Man of the Match’, Austin Daher (8KE), who scored the first of his two tries prior the half time break. Austin’s second try moments after the half saw Trinity take their first lead of the game 17-15, before St. Pat’s replied to keep the crowd on the edge of their seats. Despite repeated attacking raids we were unable to regain the lead and ultimately fell short of victory.
Final Score: Trinity 17 defeated by St. Patrick’s College Strathfield 20
Tries: Austin Daher (2), Cohen Kokotovich (1)
Conversions: Isaac Irwin (1)
Ms. Dunbar and Mr. Dimeglio | 14C Coaches
|1st XV||22 – 12||14C||17 – 20|
|2nd XV||5 – 14||13A||15 – 37|
|14A||33 – 7||13B||7 – 25|
|14B||46 – 19||13C||12 – 34|
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