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Oztag Gala Day
Year 7 and 8

Year 7 started the day with a pretty tough draw and went down in the first game to MacKillop Catholic College. They came back against Wyong High School, winning comfortably by 6 and carried this energy through to their game against Henry Kendall High School, winning by 6-2. The toughest game of the day came last against Central Coast Sports College where they went down 7-2 with some questionable calls that shifted the game in their favour. There were high emotions throughout the day and the boys gave it their all, they should be very proud of their efforts and carry the positives into next year where they will be sitting at the top of the age group. Thank you to Luke Shereb and Fletcher Sommerville for coaching the side.

Year 8 cruised through most of their pool games showing great energy and moving the ball with style. They started off the day with a 5-1 win against Northlakes High School, and an equally comfortable win against Tumbi Umbi High School by 3. It was in their game against Kariong High School that they came across their first challenge, but still came home with the win in a low scoring match 2-1. To finish off their pool games they played the Steiner School and had another comfortable win 10-1. Finishing third on the ladder saw them matched up against Tumbi Umbi High School in the quarter final. Our boys came away with a 6-1 victory and went into the semi final with confidence. Unfortunately, after a couple of quick tries by Wadalba High School, our heads were down and we couldn’t get back in the game. It was a difficult loss for the boys who had left it all out on the field, but they should be proud of their efforts! Player of the day went to Matty Norman with a special mention to Cruz Tucker. A big thank you to Zane Smith and Sean Bullen for their inspirational coaching efforts!

Year 9

Our Year 9 team started the day on a high winning their first game against Lisarow High School 2-1. This was a difficult pool which saw them matched up with some very competitive teams and in their second game against Tumbi Umbi High School they just couldn’t hold on and went down 3-2 in another close game. In their game against the Central Coast Sports College they showed great determination and skill, however with a quick try off the kick off, Central Coast Sports College took the lead and we just ran out of time losing 2-1. This was a must win game to ensure we had a shot at the finals so for the next game the boys knew they had to work hard with for and against and hope for a little bit of luck to get through to the quarters. The boys came away with a convincing 7-3 win against Umina High School but it wasn’t enough to get us through to the finals with only the top team from our pool progressing. Year 9 should be proud of how they represented St Edward’s, they show a lot of promise for next year! Thank you to our student coaches Zane Smith and Sean Bullen for their leadership and inspiration on the day.

Year 10

Our Year 10 team confidently coasted through their pool winning all their matches comfortably. In the first round they came away with a 9-0 win against Narara Valley High School and following with a 12-0 victory over St Phillips Christian School. MacKillop Catholic College were able to get a few points on the board, but the boys were on a roll and took the win 7-3. Once again in their final pool game they showed their exceptional defence and try scoring ability, winning against Gorokan High School 9-0. Finishing on top of the ladder, the boys were confident going into the quarter final against St Peter’s Catholic College but knew they had to step up if they wanted to progress. They came away with the win 5-2 and felt good going into the semi-final against Terrigal High School. The semi final was the toughest game so far and there was plenty of back and forth, but the boys sealed their position in the grand final with a 4-3 win. The grand final saw two exceptional teams face off, both with strong defensive skills, but in the end Berkley Vale High School took the win in a low scoring 2-1. The boys showed skill and finesse all day and will progress to the Champion of Champions in September.