Under 13’s Touch Football
On Tuesday 3 April,  the Under 13’s Touch Football team travelled to Nolan Reserve, Manly to compete in the Broken Bay Touch Tournament.

Our first game was against St Brigids, Lake Munmorah. Aymn Hamilton was the king of intercepts as he defended our line with great tenacity and scored a full length of the field try. William Hodder also ran the length of the field to score one of his three tries in the first game alone. Ryan Haime was also excellent in defense, putting his body on the line to secure the 8-0 win.

Our second game was against St Leo’s, Wahroonga, with our boys winning 7-1. Quick play the balls and good driving ensured a successful outcome with the boys throwing great cut-out passes to keep the opposition on their toes. Kieren Diamond had excellent side stepping skills and scored 2 tries. Trent Gordon and Tyrone Dorrell were excellent in their direction of the team both on and off the field, constantly talking in both defense and attack.

The third game was against St Paul’s, Manly and the boys were once again exceptional in defense. Tyrone Dorrell defended the line with such great confidence and tenacity. Jayden Morgan surprised himself with a wonderful try mid-way through the game. Calan Tucker was an excellent defensive player, refusing to allow tries to be scored against him, even when the opposition were close to our line. As the temperatures heated up, the pressure started to mount. However, the boys remained positive and won 6-3, with great initiative, determination and drive.

In the quarter finals against MacKillop, Warnervale, the boys relaxed and threw the ball around. It was wonderful to see the game flow freely and as the game was very much in our hands, the boys ensured that all the players in the team had the opportunity to score a try, as well as ensuring the opposition remained scoreless. We won that game 14-0. Jayden Morgan scored a length of the field try in this game, as did Aymn Hamilton.

We met Mater Maria, Warriewood in the semi finals, this game was very challenging with tries being scored early in the game by the opposition. This caused the team to reassess their game and resulted in solid defense and good running off the ball, ensuring another outstanding win to the boys, coming away with a 7-2 victory. There were some great scoops and wraps by all the boys. The precision with which the boys did their subbing, showed great transitioning skills.

At the conclusion of the day, a tired team played St Augustine’s, Brookvale in the grand final, losing 2-1 in the dying seconds. The boys had remained undefeated until this game and their determination wasn’t enough to beat the opposition. It was fair to say that a few calls went against us. It was still a fantastic achievement to come this far in a competition with strong opposing teams.

These fine young men were great ambassadors for the College and I look forward to continuing to watch their development as I take them though to the various competitions in the Touch Football calendar.

Ms McDonald