Volleyball vs the Scots College
Trinity defeated The Scots College 3-1 (25-13, 25-18, 15-25, 25-17)
This week’s fixture saw Trinity face their hardest opponent to date, against the strong opposition of The Scots College. The set began poorly, as the score became 5-1 rather quickly, leaving the boys feeling the momentum slipping away. However, efforts from Samuel Vickery (12WJ) were vital in seeing us out of a tough situation, as his ability to lock off the block would make any door handle jealous. This momentum was furthered through the swinging of Steven Yarad (11Mu), who forced the opposition to commit on his approach, allowing setter Oscar Van Hal (12Mu) to set the ball out to where there was a vacant block.
After a convincing first set, the boys sought to further their lead. David Gabriel (12HI) was a key component in this, with his consistent pickups and high energy throughout the match. These ups were coupled with the hitting prowess of galloping gazelle, Edward Feng (12Yo), who swung and blocked with conviction throughout.
The third set began in an unorthodox way, with the boys being down eight to one in the beginning. However, James Kern (12WJ) succeeded continually, with minimal faults to help the boys attempt to bring back some lost momentum.After creaming a ball down the line and hitting a few bombs out the back, Martin Wong (11Ta) rose up with great defensive efforts in preventing the ball from hitting the ground. Although strong efforts were apparent, the set was too late to bring back, resulting in the boys seeing the set go the opponent’s way.
With the loss of a set in our minds, the desire to close out the game became high, especially as our year-long 3-0 streak had been lost. Alex Saba (11WJ) embodied the team’s aspirations with his strong will to swing hard and to keep the ball in play. Joel Matthei (12La) like a rose among thistles also stood out with his ever-present optimism and swinging ability, aiding in closing out the match 3-1.
Ben Powell (12Ho) | 1st VI Captain
Trinity 2nd VI defeated The Scots College 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-13)
Last week, the Trinity 2nd VI played against an improved Scots side at home, and due to the team’s energy and teamwork, the 2nd VI managed to win against Scots 3-0.
The first set started off well with Trinity getting an early 5-point lead due to some powerful spikes and serves from David Tsai (11Ho) who just recently came off an injury. This was backed up by Keshav Baldeo (11He) who managed to keep the ball in play and turn defence into offence through his insane passing skills. Thus, Trinity was able to take the first set through our continuous and relentless efforts on offence and defence.
In the second set, Trinity’s setting allowed us to dominate on the net. Eric Mihas (11La) was able to open the way up for our spikers by deceiving the block, which led to players like Jonathon Reissis (10WJ) being able to consistently slam the ball into the ground and score many points. Josh Munter’s (10Hi) extremely consistent setting to the middle allowed Jim O’Brien (12WJ) to spike the ball around the block, scoring several important points.
The third set is where our hitters took over. Michael Park (11Yo) both spiked and blocked incredibly well to get the team a lead and Tyrone Ponggun (11WH) was able to turn a bad set into countless opportunities, as he fixed several bad situations for the team. Finally, Patrick Mansfield (11Ke) once again showed his power on the net, hitting strongly down the middle and scaring the opposing blockers with his intimidating block.
Overall, this game was a really good team effort which also allowed many people to shine at different points throughout the game. This week, we play against Sydney Boys High, the defending GPS/CAS premiers, which will be our toughest game of the entire season.
Keagan Tran (11WH) | 2nd VI Captain
Trinity defeated by The Scots College (18-25, 20-25, 15-13)
The boys had a very tough game this weekend against Scots College who, credit to them, put up a good match.
The first set began slowly with both teams behind each other and slowly piling on points. There were some power-driven spikes from Thomas Geronikos (11Hi) that went flying past blockers and onto the floor.
We played better in the second set, occasionally getting a 2-point lead from Anthony Le (11He) serving with a strong swing. Another great thing we saw was Jeremy Chia (11WH) setting the ball consistently despite the passes being off.
The Thirds pulled themselves together in the last set, catching up quickly with Andy Lee (12Fo) smashing the ball one after another, jumping far off the ground, and intimidating the opponents.
This weekend was tough but also a very informative game. Next week is the Sydney Boys game and we need to work on our defence and possibly bring back a win.
Scott Feng (10Yo) | 3rds VI Captain
Trinity Defeated The Scots College (25-8, 25-14, 15-7)
Last Saturday Trinity faced Scots, and after two losses in the previous weeks, we were hungry for a win.
We came out with a bang, playing easily our strongest set of the season. As a team, we worked together very effectively, completely overwhelming the opposition. A particular highlight was when Zach Nguyen (10Ta) smashing the ball from the outside leaving the opposition stunned as it bounced off the hardwood.
The second set began more competitively. Scots began blocking tighter which surprised us. However, throughout the set Jason Wang (10Ar) and Max Lusty’s (10Sc) consistently strong serving stretched our lead.
In the final set, Trinity continued playing strongly and did not falter towards the end. Imran Parker (9We) had an amazing opposite spike that hit the ground like a meteor from space. For the final point, Gabriel Simoes Peixeiro (10Sc) decided to experiment with a topspin serve and aced the opposition.
This game against Scots was a great confidence booster, and now prepares us for possibly the toughest game of the season next week against Sydney Boys. Hopefully, we can bring this attitude to training and bring our best performance to our next game.
Kyle Tran (10WH) | 16As Captain
Trinity beat Barker 2-1 (Forfeit)
This weekend’s fixture against Barker started off with the opposition only having three players, meaning some of our own players had to fill in and play with them (resulting also in a forfeit). Great sportsmanship from Matthew Warillow (10Yo) stepping up to play with the opposition really showcased Trinity’s sportsmanship.
The first set was slow to start, but some extra effort from Jet Lin (9We) and Liam Sandilant (10Hi) allowed us to keep it a tight set. The opposition, though, was able to take this set from us and helped the team actually wake up and start working together better.
The second set saw the team truly shine together with no substitutes on the bench. Everybody was playing their positions well, and some great serving from Max Lau (9Ar) and Mitchell Reid-Queeney (9Ar) allowed us to take this set and bring the game to a tight final set.
The third and final set was only a half set because we were running out of time in the match. Evan Tong (10Fo) stepped up, helping the game win multiple points because of strong hitting, and nice setting from Mitchell Reid Queeney (9Ar) allowed us to take the game.
This game was a great game from the team, using all the skill we’ve been learning in training. Hopefully we can go on to win another game next week, putting us in a good position for the season.
Noah Blomfield (10Fo) | 16Bs Captain
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