Water Polo | Round 13

J. Sivapirabu


Trinity experienced several positive results across the board last Saturday against Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore). For most teams it was their final round of the summer season. Trinity experienced eight wins, one draw and one loss in the matches played – an excellent set of results. This Friday night, the 1st VII, 2nd VII and 16As will play their final fixture against St Joseph’s College. For all other teams I commend them on the season completed, and for their effort, dedication and improvement throughout the season. Congratulations! I wish all players the best for the upcoming winter season and thank all the Year 12 students for their service to Water Polo throughout their schooling. Finally, good luck to the teams competing this Friday evening. 

Seamus Rodden | Director of Water Polo

1ST  VII | WON 23-8

The 1st VII responded well after a tough loss to Newington College last week. From the start of the game against Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) the boys looked switched on and determined to prove a point. They were sharp in their attack and moved the ball brilliantly. They looked comfortable in front of goal and had no issues finding solutions past the Shore goalkeeper. Their heavy press defence created a challenge for Shore who failed to convert on many occasions. There was some brilliant ball movement and execution of the team’s 6×5, which was a huge improvement from the last game, and the boys had the opportunity to experiment with some new defensive structures. It was particularly pleasing to see the boys respond positively to the last week’s loss and it is a reminder of what they can achieve next season if they stay focused and determined

Blake Edwards | Coach

2ND VII | WON 9-2

The score line would indicate a comfortable win against Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore). However, the first half of the game would have to be considered as Trinity’s worst performance this season, with very poor positional play, inaccurate passing, continually taking the wrong options in attack and poor shooting. This resulted in a half time score line of 2-0 in Trinity’s favour thanks to goals from William Rule (11Ar) and Ethan Webb (12Ke). It was during this period that both Lewis Kanellos (12He), in goals, and Euan Germanos (12He) stood out with exceptional performances, keeping Trinity in the game. After halftime, Trinity settled down to play some quality, well-structured team Water Polo, rectifying many of the errors of the first half and thus outscoring Shore 7-2, giving the final 9-2 result. The second half goal scorers were Euan Germanos (12He) with four, David Gabriel (12Hi) with two and Daniel Seo (12Du) with a fine centre forward goal.

Ray Swinnerton | Coach 

3RD VII | WON 8-1

On Saturday, the Trinity 3rd VII Water Polo team played Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) for their final game of the season. The entire Trinity team played consistently throughout the full duration of the match with all players exhibiting a hunger to finish the season with a win. The team has improved significantly since the beginning of the season, demonstrating their improvements through their teamwork and game play. Jack Vine (11Mu) showed excellent bravery on Saturday as he played in the centre-back position and prevented any Shore goals – a position usually played by other members of the Trinity team. Luke Tang (10WH) should also be commended for his spirit and knowledge of the game on Saturday, ensuring the attack set-up was always balanced as he made himself available by moving into gaps on the field. Overall, I am very proud of the Trinity 3rd VII Water Polo team for how much each individual player has improved and for how far they have come as a team this season.  

Amy Graetz | Coach

16A | WON 11-1

This weekend Trinity had an easy match against Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore). Players were able to get good pool time and work on developing their skills. It is important that the players are focused on what should be a more difficult match this coming Friday against St Joseph’s College. It will be great to finish the season well. 

Florin Bonca | Coach

16B | WON 18-0

The 16Bs game against Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) demonstrated the continuous effort and improvement which have been made by the team throughout the season. With a powerful and dominating win of 18-0 over the Shore boys, it was obvious that these boys were in a league of their own. Not only is it impressive that the boys were able to keep a clean sheet, thanks go to Evan Tong (10Fo) with his courageous saves in goals. Throughout the season there has been a large focus on the importance of each team member working together to allow the boys to play as a singular unit and not just as individuals. This was evident in the second half of the game. Mention must go to Finn Ramanuskas (10Ke) for scoring eight goals in the first half, finishing the game with nine goals in total. In the second half, Luka Cukeric (10La) and Hudson Korda (10WJ) showed their own bits of masterclass performance, with both scoring three goals each. However, the impressive part of these goals is that each goal came from another teammate aiding in some form or another in order to provide these boys with opportunities.  One teammate who continually was assisting goals and playing near flawless defence was Ryan Webb (9Hi). Other boys who should be commended for their goals include Thomas Power (10Mu) with one goal and Miles Brigham with two goals. Each player on these teams should be commended for their efforts not only in this game but throughout the season, with these boys’ discipline in and out of the pool showing bright prospects for Trinity Water Polo in the coming years. 

Oscar Jones | Coach

15A | WON 11-2

In the last game of the season Trinity had a comfortable win over Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore). The 4-0 first quarter put Trinity in complete control of the game and from this point onwards Trinity were never really troubled. A 3-0 second quarter put the game beyond any doubt. However, the team did relax considerably in the third period trying some unorthodox plays which did not come off, giving a one all score line. In the final period Trinity got back to playing controlled water polo and slotted home another three goals, giving the final result 11-2 to Trinity. Sebastian Green (9Ta) continued his great form playing well at centre forward and scored three goals, Bailey Martin (9We), again played well at centre back, and Max Anderson (9Hi) played well in goals. The other goal scorers were Max Meagher (9St) with four and one each to Oscar Sealey (9Sc), Bailey Martin (9We), Euan Potter (9WJ) and Jonah de Groot (9Ar).

Ray Swinnerton | Coach

14A | WON 21-4

It was the last game of the season against Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore), where all players played good minutes. I am very happy with the performance of the players in their final match. The team finished the season well. The players have improved immensely this season with many of their Water Polo skills and playing ability, and I am very proud of their effort. 

Florin Bonca | Coach

14B | WON 10-2

In a hard battle, Trinity 14Bs came out victorious against Shore 10-2. The Trinity 14B team put in a great effort and I am proud of the boys showing much improvement from the prior week. This week in practice we worked on 2 on 1 pass and finish. I was very proud of how the boys can learn something and incorporate it into the game so soon after learning it. In the first quarter we dominated 3-0. Goals from Gabriel Stavropoulos (8WH), Marcus Mastro (8Mu), and Enrico Ciarroni (8WJ). The star of this week, though, was Christian Beke (8Du) scoring not only his first goal of the season but also his second goal. The attitude from the first game I coached the boys to the last has dramatically changed, and I am happy to have coached the boys and taught them some basics of water polo.

Sam Slobodien | Coach 

13A | DRAW 6-6

Heading back over the bridge to Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore), it felt like going back to where it all began, and we were looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge of playing against Shore again. I think the parents and the boys would agree that it has been an exciting and jam packed six weeks of Water Polo, where the boys have worked together extremely well as a team and have been learning some valuable skills. It was an exciting start to the game as the boys hit the water, scoring some great goals in the first quarter and being in the lead by one goal. But the Shore team continued to fight back every time Trinity scored a few goals and managed to keep the game close at all times. The score was 5 to 4 as we headed into the final quarter and we scored a quick goal making it 6 to 4. It felt like we had the victory at this stage, but to Shore’s credit, again they came back with some more goals, making the final score 6-all. It was an extremely exciting game. Congratulations to the boys on an excellent short, sharp season and I look forward to watching them grow and improve over the seasons to come as they engage in the program in the future.

Stephen Heanly | Coach

13B | LOSS 0-4

The 13Bs had a very tough game on the weekend against a strong Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) side. While the boys lost 4-0, they had many great chances that were not capitalised and this would have put them into stronger contention throughout the game. They have come a long way as this was their last game of the season. Each game they have kept on improving with their ball-skills, game-sense and tactical execution. Against Shore, the boys had good control of the ball, and were taking fouls accordingly. Special mentions go to Tom Maloney (7Du) for excellent defensive plays, Peter Galanos (7St) for great offensive efforts and Benjamin Simonds (7WH) for good saves and passes. Overall, it was a great season for this young team, and will be a good foundation for them to build upon.

Tristan Glanznig | Coach

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