Rugby vs St. Pius X College

Saturday, 8 May 2021

Results v St. Pius X

This weekend’s fixtures saw 14 of Trinity Grammar School’s rugby teams take the field with 12 teams playing St. Pius X College, and our 4th XV and 13C sides playing supplementary fixtures against Shore and St. Augustine’s, respectively. Trinity was victorious in 10 fixtures against St. Pius, losing one and drawing the other. While our 4th XV and 13C sides both came up short in their games. This week will see Trinity head west along Parramatta Road to take on St. Patrick’s College Strathfield, for the second time this year.

1st XV60 – 1715C45 – 31  
2nd XV36 – 1214A36 – 15  
3rd XV22 – 1014B40 – 14
4th XV7 – 3614C31 – 31
16A0 – 2613A19 – 17
16BNo Fixture.  13B82 – 0
15A42 – 1213C5 – 57
15B35 – 12  

Team of the Week

After a successful weekend, the selection of this week’s Team of the Week was a particularly difficult task. There are a number of notable performances that missed out on selection including: Hussein Choker (7He) scoring 4 tries for the 13B’s, Dom Feros (11WJ) scoring a double off the bench for the 1st XV and Christian Henriques (9He) extending his lead as top try scorer in the school with his weekend hat trick moving him to 10 tries in 3 games.

The team of the Week is:

  1. Christopher Andary (7Du) – 13C
  2. Bertie Alcock (12WJ) – 1st XV
  3. Ali Issmail (12Ta) – 4th XV
  4. Jensen Otto (9He) – 15B
  5. Mackenzie Stewart (11Mu) – 3rd XV
  6. Nick Keogh (11Ta) – 2nd XV
  7. Bede Dunn (10St) – 16A
  8. George Salvartis (9WH) – 13B
  9. Orly Hatton-Ward (10Sc) – 1st XV
  10. Banjo Hannaford (8Du) – 14 A
  11. Sam Perkin (8Yo) – 14B
  12. Ashton Frazer (9Mu) – 15A
  13. Jozef Cluff (7Ar) – 13A
  14. Stamatios Plangetis (9Ho) – 15C
  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 BBQ’s, 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 (msnowden@trinity.nsw.edu.au).

Mr. Mick Snowden | Director of Rugby

1st XV Match Report

Despite coming into this fixture with a perfect 3-0 record, the young men of the 1st XV knew they would need to significantly improve their performances with the CAS fixtures looming on the horizon. Thankfully, they responded to this necessity and put together the most complete 70-minute performance of the year.

Trinity fell behind 0-3 after a sustained period of defence saw St. Pius coming away with just a penalty goal for their efforts. A poor clearance kick gave Olly White (12Fo) time and space in which to counter-attack and he scored a fantastic individual try, breaking the line and kicking over the fullback before regathering to give Trinity a 5-3 lead. Captain of Rugby Tyson Jackson (12Fo) extended our lead with 2 quick tries, the first from a lovely ball from eventual Man of the Match Orly Hatton-Ward (10Sc), and the second from brute strength close to the line. 1st XV Captain Hunter Hannaford (12Du) then put his stamp on the game, setting up a try for Theo Kidd (12WJ) from a lovely 15m cut-out pass before laying on a second for Kian Edmed (11Fo) with a pin-point cross field kick to see Trinity head to oranges with a 29-10 lead.

The second half followed a similar vein to the first, with fantastic team play from Trinity allowing Ronan Hennessy (12St) to cross the line in his return game from injury, before Olly White pounced on a St. Pius error to sprint 60m for his second of the day, and 6th of the year so far. Some sustained Trinity attack would lead to another great team try, this time finished off by Bertie Alcock (12WJ), a deserving reward for the mountain of defensive work and breakdown pressure he provided throughout the day.

With the score board ticking over to 48-10, we were able to rest some players who have been carrying bumps and bruises throughout the first month of rugby. The early break for Hunter Hannaford saw Theo Hatton-Ward (12Sc) join his younger brother in the halves, Jon-Luc Shalala (12Sc) get his chance in the back row and Jordan Stojceski (12Ke) make his 1st XV debut. The standout from the bench players however was Dom Feros (11WJ) who scored two fantastic tries, including a 40-metre run that saw him break 5 tackles before crossing in the corner. A sideline conversion from Kai Roberts (12La) as the siren sounded rounded out the 60-17 victory and saw the 1st XV move to 4-0 to start the season.

The focus now shifts to St. Patrick’s College Strathfield, who will be keen to avenge their loss to Trinity in the opening fixture of the season.

Final Score: Trinity 60 defeated St. Pius 17

Tries: Olly White (2), Tyson Jackson (2), Dom Feros (2), Theo Kidd (1), Bertie Alcock (1), Ronan Hennessy (1) & Kian Edmed (1)

Conversions: Hunter Hannaford (3) & Kai Roberts (2)

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

H. Hannaford
L. Byfield
O. White
T. Kidd

2nd XV Match Report

The men from Summer Hill travelled over the bridge to face St Pius X at their Oxford Falls ground. With some tough lessons over the previous trial games, the 2nd XV came to this game with a focus to execute a plan and to keep it simple. After a shaky start from the kick-off, Hugh Browning (11Du) took it upon himself to set the physical tone by shutting down a Pius attack. A turnover occurred and Trinity pounced on the opportunity with flyhalf, Theo Hatton-Ward (12Sc), setting up a well-placed kick for Nick Keogh (11Ta) to run through untouched to the try-line.

Pius came out firing, winning ball off the kick-off and building some phases. Trinity held their own and returned fire with phases of their own. Dom Feros (11WJ) showcased his experience gained from his time with the 1st XV and showed composure and direction on the field to get the 2nd XV into the red zone. The game plan was executed with a team-try being scored by Hatton-Ward. Will Blanchfield (12Ho) was on fire carrying the ball and on one occasion his carry led to Lewis Kanellos (12He) scoring in the corner. Good defensive line pressure allowed Captain, Michael Lindsey (12Ke), to intercept the ball to score under the posts.

Pius restarted the game by kicking the ball to Chris Kapaniris (12WH) to which he responded with a rampaging run. Quick ball allowed for Jude Robinson (11St) to create a line-break linking with Jaiden Timperi (11Hi) who drew the last defender to let Browning loose to score another try. St Pius X’s Number 8 was quite handy and put a lot of pressure on Trinity’s breakdown. Late in the 1st half, he was able to pilfer the ball to set up a well-constructed Pius try before half time.

St Pius X came out from the second half continuing their momentum from the end of the 1st half and scored in the 5th minute. Trinity recomposed themselves by returning to their game plan creating an opportunity for a 5-metre lineout. Jake Varone (11He) was the beneficiary of a try after Jordan Stojceski (12Ke) did all the hard work pumping his legs to get as close as he could to the try-line. Throughout the game, Forward Leader, Sam Hohne (12Ke) worked tirelessly at the breakdown and the set piece, while Jon-Luc Shalala (12Sc) was ruthless in defence. Josh Van der Goot (11We) came to his own in the second half finding a niche skill of countering the breakdown to get turnovers.

Overall, the 2nd XV were successful because they all played their role in the game plan and were keen for the physicality. For the lead-up to St Patrick’s College, the 2nd XV will need to improve on their strengths and be up for a tough and physical battle at Breen Oval.

Final Score: Trinity 36 defeated St. Pius X 12.

Tries: Nick Keogh (1), Theo Hatton-Ward (1), Lewis Kanellos (1), Michael Lindsey (1), Hugh Browning (1) & Jake Varone (1)

Conversions: Michael Lindsey (3)

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

Age Group In Focus | Under 13’s

13A

The 13As began adventurously and complied a two try lead early in their match against St Pius. Strike runners Jozef Cluff (7Ar), Taj Young (7We) and Cody Ramanauskas (7Ke) bent the opposition’s line back and allowed Trinity to play on the front foot with quick possession. However, Trinity’s attention to the ruck began to wane and St Pius profited. The match was in the balance at half time, Trinity being only two points to the good. A combination of some desperate defence, timely ruck turn overs and individual efforts meant Trinity was able to prevail 19-15.  The team will focus again this week on controlling possession, winning space, and quick, clean ball at the ruck and line organisation, communication, and speed in defence.

Final Score: Trinity 19 defeated St. Pius X 15

Tries: Jozef Cluff (1), Taj Young (1) & Hugo France (1)

Mr. Allen | 13A Coach

13B

The match started out evenly until an opportunity for the ball to be spread wide sending Hussein Choker (7He) over for his first try. Several tries followed of which six were from the Wingers. Both of whom finished teams moves with style. When a Winger scores it is invariably the result of everyone in the team helping out and doing their job, and supporting each other. Other tries of note were those scored from the base of a ruck, running through close to its side and into open space.

The best player award was presented to the Blind Side flanker George Salvartis (7WH) for his outstanding defence and support play, the next award went to William Shannon (7We) for his clear outs and defence and the final award went to David Sukkar (7Ta), for his consistent support play, rucking and defence.

Final Score: Trinity 82 defeated St. Pius X 0

Tries: Hussein Choker (4), Angus Mansfield (3), Joey Acland (2), Xavier Toomalatai (1), Hunter Knight (1), George Salvartis (1) & Christos Caridi (1)

Conversions: Zac Tashtan (1), Lachlan Stevens (1), Calvin Doyle (1), Angus Mansfield (1), George Salvartis (1) & Xavier Toomalatai (1)

Mr. Bootle | 13B Coach

13C

The 13Cs got to experience a fixture on Pittwater Rugby Park’s main oval, home of the Warringah Rats of the Shute Shield Competition, against St Augustine’s College. The long drive up, the unfamiliar environment and the lack of a full strength team would have defeated most teams, however, those that were there at the ground would experience first-hand ‘what rugby is all about’. St Augustine’s were humble hosts providing Trinity with some extra players and to their players’ credit gelled well with Trinity. Although the scoreboard would indicate a one-sided game, the men in Green showed glimpses of brilliance.

Chris Andary (7Du) set the standard by carrying the ball to get Trinity on the front-foot and tackled his heart out for the duration of the game. Front-row companion, Tom Maloney (7Du) showcased his potential to be a devastating line-breaking ball-carrier with multiple carries. Outside-Centre, Jackson Showyin (7Ho), showcased some forward traits in his ability to carry the ball through heavy traffic. In the final minutes of the game, Trinity demonstrated grit and determination and was able to create some phases with Will Shannon (7We), who had rushed over to help after his 13B’s performance, going over to end the game 5-57.

Final Score: Trinity 5 defeated by St. Augustine’s 57

Tries: Will Shannon (1)

Ms. Jensen and Mr. Christopoulos | 13C Coaches


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