Each week the captains of the winter 1st teams will provide a report of their weekend match. All junior team scores can be found on the Sport News page of MyMarcellin.
May 17th Fixtures
Cross Country - Kieran Hesse
Round three of our AGSV season was held at Yarra Bend Park in Fairfield, with the first race of the day kicking off at 9:00 it was another early Saturday morning for the boys and their parents. 15 minutes before our first race, there was a brief ceremony to thank AGSV cross country timer, Bruce, for his 20 years of service to our sport, enabling us to race each week and we wish him the very best in his retirement.
After another week of strong training and having year 10 Jack McLean run up an age division, our seniors were looking promising to clinch the victory over Trinity Grammar. A quick start saw the race underway with many of the Marcellin boys once again in the front pack to complete the 5.9Km course. With one of the two laps completed, the field was far stretched with Marcellin and Trinity going stride-for-stride. Coming into the finish with a very impressive second half of the race saw Finn O’Donnell claim 7th breathing down the necks of the top 5. Next for Marcellin was an absolute monster of a performance from year 10 Jack Mclean claiming 8th place against runners who are 2 years older than himself, great stuff Jack. Not far behind was Tom Papagrigoriou (9th) with yet another strong run, demonstrating his improvement over the longer distances. Rounding out our top 5 saw Jack Mirrielees (15th) continue to impress only 5 seconds behind Trinity’s fourth runner. Three boys who continue to improve as the season progresses are Jackson Tierney (18th), Jack Egan (21st) and Harry Lal (24th) getting another race under the belt, looking forward to seeing you boys continue to move up the field throughout the latter part of the season. Well done to Bailey Cox (35th) also having an impressive run over the long distance. Our seniors came away with a nail biting 3-point victory over Trinity and set the tone for the rest of the morning.
Following the success of the Seniors, our intermediate boys were keen to show what they are made of and bring us closer to winning the day. Another speedy start saw the field once again stretched out early as they completed the 4.5Km course. Congratulations once again to Jack Armstrong winning the race, after narrowly edging out second place, it was a well fought race. Jordan Abbott (3rd) was another one who impressed continuing his great form over the recent months. Not far back was Brock Binion (5th) who came home strong in the last kilometre to edge out his Mentone rival. More great runs from Pat Lallo (9th) and Mostyn Dreiberg (11th) will make selection difficult this week for state relay teams. Liam Chambers (14th) had another strong hit out and will no doubt be eyeing off a team medal at Bundoora in a few weeks’ time. Well done to aths star Sam Witchell (18th) with another impressive run following his performance at Jells Park last week. Rounding out the inters saw the two Zac’s, Zac Power (35th) and Zac Marriot (43rd) with another amazing run to help our intermediates secure the win in their age division. Well done to all intermediates who ran seeing them take a 16-point victory over Mentone Grammar.
Last but certainly not least, it was time for the race everyone looks forward to seeing each week, the juniors. After an extremely crowded start of 125 people, the boys were off and racing over the 3km loop. After emerging from the back of the trees, it was evident we were in for another close battle with Mentone. A big sprint finish saw Ollie Magnuson finish 3rd only 12 seconds behind the winner, great stuff Ollie. A similar sprint finish between superstars Liam Keenan (10th) and George Thomas (11th) resulted in only 2 seconds separating them. Another brilliant run from Lockhart Brownlie saw him finish in 13th and for the first time Will Waters (16th) rounded out our top 5, running his guts out and continuing his improvement from last week. Not far back was young guns Jude Bateman (18th) and Loki Fangmeier (21st) with another superbly ran race. Run of the day came from year 7 James Godfrey (23rd) who was pushing up with the best for the majority of the race and saw himself improve 10 places from round 1. Closely following was Liam Cooke (28th), Christian Secker (31st) and Luke Meagher (32nd) who continue to show their determination and effort. Great runs once again from Ethan Robertson (38th) and Connor Whyte (40th) saw only 3 seconds separating them in another great kick down. Following them in a sting of 7 seconds saw Xavier Ericson (50th), Oscar Torresi (51st) and Josh Rowe (53rd) continue the Marcellin dominance and giving their all throughout the duration of the race. Matt Harvey (56th) also ran super strong as he continues to build his fitness. Rounding out our Juniors saw more impressive performances from Dan Powell (72nd) and Xavier Garita (76th) who placed in the top 50% of the field, awesome work boys. While the juniors fell just short of defeating Mentone and placing second, their effort and commitment cannot be taken away from them in facing a scholarship team.
Another great whole-team performance saw the MXC train take another victory for the AGSV season, now having won three from three, the premiership trophy is well within sight for the boys. It was great to see such a large number of parents and families (especially new faces) supporting the boys and becoming a part of the cross country community. Looking forward now we only have 4 weeks and two races separating us and the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships on the 15th of June which also serves as the selection trial to compete at Nationals, SAVE THE DATE!!!
Next week is our final relay event of the year and subsequently the last time we will need help in the form of parent timers, any help would be much appreciated!
1st Hockey - Jack Webber
1st Football - Lucas Perry
Round 4 proved to be a good round for the First XVIII team as we came away with our 2nd win of the season beating arch rivals Ivanhoe Grammar in a convincing 12 goal victory. The boys showed that we were the superior team throughout the game, using quick and swift ball movement for 4 quarters leading to efficient forward entries and then the forwards capitalizing superbly. The win came from a strong full team effort with highlights and stand out performances coming from all over the ground. It was amazing to watch the boys play our brand of footy for the full 4 quarters, especially with 3 year 11 boys Zavier Vesnaver, Josh Sticca and Jonno Vathakos making the Ivanhoe defenders run ragged as they found each other 5 times in a row leading to a deep forward entry, marked by our dominant ruckman of the day Damien Bisanella, who slotted the set shot to ice off the game. This game has proved to the team that we have what it takes to not only compete, but out play the competition and we will continue to build upon this performance. Congratulations to year 10 students Patrick Dozzi and James Nadlin and year 12 Jarrod Perrone who made their debut and played superbly.
1st Soccer - Lewis Zacharias
On a picture perfect Friday afternoon, the soccer firsts hosted their arch rivals Ivanhoe Grammar, for what was revved up to be one of the matches of the season. As the game kicked off, emotions were running high. Within the first 10 minutes, midfielder Dean Dell’Orso unfortunately went down injured for the side, which dealt a massive blow. This resulted in a restructuring of the starting lineup, where Nick Kritsilidis was brought on. With many chances going begging, such as Dennis Menelaou hitting the crossbar twice, Ivanhoe found themselves 1-0 up at half time, as they were able to convert one of their very few opportunities to score. The score line wasn’t a reflection of our first half performance, which was relayed in the message of our team talk at the break. After the restart, we continued to create several goal scoring opportunities, where we failed to capitalise on our dominance. Our hard work finally prevailed, after a free kick from Antonio Accardo hit the post, and then rebounded to me, where I was able to tap the ball home to equalise. It was a goal that proved to be a turning point, where with 5 minutes to go, another beautiful passage of play saw John Accardo slot through his brother Antonio Accardo, where he chipped the keeper to score what was to be the winning goal. Substitutes Jayden Sciarrone (debut) and Andrew Tucci, along with the defensive line, helped secure the 3 points by putting their bodies on the line after a nerve racking finish. A massive 2-1 win, allows us to go into a much needed bye, resting more easily, with Yarra Valley up next in 2 weeks time. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the team.
1st Rugby - Nick Wood
This week Marcellin had a good win away on warm day against Trinity Grammar. We started the game with all hands-on deck and played what was, in our coaches’ eyes “the best 15 minutes he has ever seen a Marcellin 1stXV” with us bending the line, making the hole and going through the hole to make meters. Although the standard dropped towards the end of the first half with us struggling to find our feet in defense and small errors occurring, we went into the break leading 34-0.
The boys started the second half with high intensity and put some early points on the board with us continuously bending the line through hard running ball carries. A couple changes in the team occurred and these players brought with them the right attitude to make a difference off the bench. Towards the end of the second half both teams were under fatigue and Trinity, who did not drop their heads or stop until the final siren capitalized on an opportunity to score from laziness in our defense. However, the hard work we had done previously in the game had given us a lead that was too good to be outdone and we came out with the win 71-14.
Special mention to Conor Sargent for sniping around the rucks all day and keeping his eyes up to find the holes in the Trinity defense and scoring himself a couple meat pies.
May 11th Fixtures
Cross Country - Kieran Hesse
After a record-breaking rainfall, the day before, the Marcellin cross country team (MXC) took the bus ride down to a very wet and spongey Jells Park which saw Athletics Victoria hosting the 2019 Victoria All Schools Cross Country Relays. The team has had a strong history of winning state medals and the overall day at this event in the past and all athletes knew another big performance would be necessary to counteract our slightly smaller than usual team. Teams consisted of 4 athletes representing either the under 14’s and 16’s (each running a 3Km leg) or the under 18’s and 20’s (each running a 4Km leg) with each team scoring a point for participation plus extra points for finishing in the top 10 schools. A very big thanks to all parents who made themselves available to time the boys’ races, as without your help we would not have been able to compete.
Changing it up from our usual order of AGSV racing, our under 14 and 16 boys were the first race of the day with a 10:00 start. After standing around on a heavily packed start line with what appeared to be full grown men surrounding our Marcellin juniors, the race started with a blistering pace for both age groups. The field was stretched but there was plenty of maroon bravely up the front, mixing with some of the best distance runners in the state. Brilliant running from U14 George Thomas saw our A team change over with Loki Fangmeier in 6th place, placing them in a very strong spot, another great run from Loki saw us move up the field before changing over with Will Waters. Will ran his leg to perfection, seeing him get the fastest time out of his team (8th fastest in the Under 14’s), giving the changeover to Jude Bateman in the bronze medal position. Jude ran a terrific anchor leg, continuing his impressive form and seeing his team place third. This was a phenomenal effort by the young guns and maybe we will see them move up the podium at our state road relays in two weeks’ time? Our U14B team also ran superbly with an overall 9th place finish, scoring us much needed extra points. It was a great team effort by Christian Secka, Liam Cooke, Luke Meagher and Xavier Ericson, can’t wait to see you continue to improve as the season progresses. Not far behind the was our U14C boys with James Godfrey, Ethan Robertson, Josh Rowe and Harlan Di Carlo placing an impressive 13th in the state, you should be very proud of your race boys.
Simultaneously to our Under 14’s, our Under 16 teams also ran the 3km course. Oliver Magnuson stepped up as the first leg runner for our U16A team, Ollie ran brilliantly with the field and saw us change over in 8th place, a great run by Liam Keenan in second leg had us moved up the field further before year 9 Mostyn Dreiberg showed his class and bridged the gap for Jordan Abbott to close down. Jabbott had arguably the best performance out of our whole team which translated into him running the 3rd fastest time over the 3km course out of all the schools and saw his team finish in 5th place, great stuff boys! Our U16B team also ran superbly with Lockhart Brownlie, Zac Power, Pat Carroll and Peter Todorov contributing to place 17th in a packed field. The U16C team continued the strong running with Oscar Torresi, Ben Armstrong, Sam Witchell and Matt Harvey rounding out our U16 teams. Well done to Zac Marriot and Jason Yim who also ran great but unfortunately, we did not have enough people to fill the that team. Special thanks to Sam Witchell who came to help fill a team even though he isn’t enrolled in cross country.
After a short break between races, the U18’s and U20’s were off and racing, fighting for a much-desired state medal. Our 18A team had Jack McLean get them off to a flying start, after bravely challenging the leaders he had us changed over in 6th place, Tom Papagrigoriou was next and graciously pranced through the field like a Gazelle to hand over with Brock Binion within medal contention, Brock continued the surge, dodging slower competitors in his way, copping the South East head wind and pushing through to see him hand over Jack Armstrong. Jack ran one of the faster times in the U18 age group and saw his team clinch the bronze medal. Finishing a staggering 10th place was our U18B team with Harry Buttifant, Liam Chambers, Jack Egan and Murphy Moore all running a superb race. Finishing in 22nd was our U18C team with great runs from Connor Whyte, Daniel Powel, Bailey Cox and Max Lambeth all running time within 90 seconds of each other. A massive shutout to Dan Powel who offered himself to step up an age group and complete the 4Km distance to help out the team, you are a legend!
While all this was happening, out U20 A and B teams were also in a fight for positions. A great run from Finn O’Donnell in the first leg whose aim was to get a photo of him beating his rival from Wesley set him up for a fast race, Finn changed over with Patrick Lallo running up an age group due to his great improvement over the last 12 months, Pat fought bravely and had us change over with the cat, Jack Mirrielees in a strong position. Jack also ran very well and moved up placings through the field. Our U20A team placed 5th, a performance they should be very pleased with, considering the depth they were up against. Finally, our U20B team consisting of Leon Iera, Jackson Tierney, Patrick Lavery and Flynn Ryan had yet another great team performance in what will be two of those athletes’ final times ever competing at this venue.
It was another great day of racing for the XC team, while numbers were slightly lower than previous years we still came away with many great results. With two teams winning state medals and many of the boys running personal best times, there is not much more you can ask for. The announcement for which school won overall will come out in the following days, fingers crossed! One more big thank you to all the boys competing and filling teams today, as well as all the parents who kindly assisted in timing our teams, we could not have done it without you! Enjoy Mother’s Day and we look forward to seeing everyone again next week for 3 of the AGSV season at Yarra Bend.1st Hockey - Jack Webber
Marcellin First Hockey traveled just across the fence to face Trinity on Saturday morning for Round 2. With 4 outs this week due to other commitments, we came in with an undermanned team but we had a big inclusion of coach Mr Griggs. Thanks to Alex Nimmo for responding to Griggs emergency message and coming down with short notice to enable a full team. The first half was disappointing with most the play being in our defensive half. Being under constant attack for a half isn't an easy task for any goalie but credit to Charlie who made many saves however that wasn't enough to keep an empty net with Trinity leading 9-0 at Half Time. With nothing to lose in the second half the boys were still giving it there all and that resulted in many opportunities for both teams. What was a high scoring second half the end score being 19-2. Congratulations to Daniel Alexander for scoring his first ever goal in First Hockey.
Goals: Daniel and Lachlan1st XV Rugby - Nick Wood
Coming off a loss last week, it was great to come off with a win against Xavier College this Saturday, 57-0. The game was played in great spirit with both teams being hard at the ball and consistently testing each other’s defense. In offence, we were implementing our game style and bending the line with hard running forward play and backline play that was effective in finding the gaps in the Xavier defense. However, coming into half time winning by 19 points it became clear that our discipline at the rucks and on the offside line needed some attention with the penalty count way in Xavier’s favour.
We received instructions to be quicker on the ball, spread it wide more often and give the tip on in our forward carries. We took this on board in the second half which really proved to be effective resulting in multiple team try’s and great individual efforts. After placing emphasis on our defense after the loss last week, we really showed an improvement against Xavier with our line speed being fast giving the opposition no time to think and one on one tackles sticking every time.
Last week we learnt, we fixed things and have improved, ready for the next games ahead.
Special mentions to Liam Stephen who played his first game since recovering from a knee injury and starred on the field with some great runs and tackles and also Aedan McCormick who got called up to play in a position he had never played before and really stepped up to play a ripper.
Above all else, this week was an important round as the game was played in the name of John Ryan for the honor of receiving the John Ryan memorial shield. John Ryan was father of Marcellin rugby player Pat Ryan, member of the Marcellin rugby community and teacher at Xavier College. A great supporter of rugby at both schools, John unfortunately lost his battle with cancer in 2018. Patty you play with such passion and selflessness, looking after your mates every time you take to the pitch, I believe your Dad would be so proud.
1st XVII Football - Jamie Lay (Vice Captain)
It was a nervous bus trip down to Peninsula after starting the season 0-2 as the boys all knew we had to win if we wanted any chance of playing finals at the end of the year. The hunger to keep our season alive was evident early with frantic pressure being applied constantly right from the start. The pouring wet conditions made for a grueling grind of a contest all day. Marcellin’s theme of dominating possession yet struggling to capitalize on the scoreboard looked like it was going to continue, as the nest struggled to build a lead larger than a goal for the first 3 quarters. However, the boys came out firing to build a comfortable lead early in the fourth quarter, looking like they were just about guaranteed victory in the wet, until Peninsula responded with a quick 3 goals in a row to build a 1 point lead with less than 5 minutes to go. Onlookers may have got concerned, but the Marcellin boys kept calm and were able to settle, and counter with a quick 3 unanswered goals to seal our first victory of the year. An extremely brave win by the Marcellin 1st XVIII for all to be proud of, which we can hopefully use as momentum to build upon for the rest of the season.
1st XI Soccer - Lewis Zacharias
The 1st XI took a trip down to Peninsula on Saturday morning in the hope to redeem our opening loss. Strong winds and swirling rain provided tough playing conditions as the game commenced. The beginning of the first half saw us concede yet another penalty, to which we went 1-0 down. That remained to score at half time, however, the team talked remained positive as we edged closer to netting an equaliser. Almost immediately after the restart, some great interplay in peninsula’s penalty box saw Gregory Zacharias fouled, and Dennis Menelaou was able to convert from the spot to make it 1-1. Soon after, Nick Kristilidis (who debuted for the side) delivered a great cross for Gregory Zacharias to tap the ball in, after his header was initially saved by the keeper. Just before the full time whistle, Dean Dell’Orso was able to round off the comeback in style after he scored as a result of Sebastian Alcaide’s cutback. This capped off a fantastic 3-1 win on the road, where the boys showed great mental strength and character to not give up. We now look forward to our derby clash with Ivanhoe.
May 4th Fixtures
Cross Country - Kieran Hesse
The first Saturday of May saw a slightly smaller Marcellin Cross Country (MXC) team take the bus ride down to Mentone for round 2 of the AGSV cross country season. The boys knew we were in for a big challenge, with some of our key athletes unable to compete due to a school music camp, we needed another big team effort to take home the 9 points. Another traditional pre-race talk from Johnny was given on the bus, emphasizing the importance of the day and encouraging he boys to set new goals for this week. While it was a chilly 13° with passing showers when we got off the bus, we were ecstatic to see so many parents braving the cold and supporting the team.
The seniors were once again the first race of the program at 9:00am, a time where most of the boys would most likely still be asleep if we weren’t racing. With many of the aforementioned runners away on music camp coming from the senior division, we needed the support of year 10 prodigy Jack Armstrong to run up an age group to secure the first win of the day. The gun went and immediately the nest had established its presence at the front of the pack, with Finn O’Donnell leading the charge for the maroon. The first lap of the 5.89km course saw a slow tactical race with no one wanting to take the lead, causing a large pack of runners to form, allowing the leaders to even have a mid-race conversation. However, the pace quickly dialled up as we turned into our second lap causing the field to spread, forcing athletes to decide if they too would go with the pace increase or save themselves for a big kick down. Crossing the line 4th saw year 10 Jack Armstrong as the first Marcellin athlete across the line after sitting with the lead pack for the majority of the race, congratulations Jack on an extremely impressive performance. Not far back saw the smooth operator Finn O’Donnell (7th) once again splitting Trinity’s 2nd and 3rd runner, no doubt he will get Trinity’s number 2 in the coming weeks! Rounding out our scoring athletes was Tom Papagrigoriou (11th) and Jack “the cat” Mirrielees (13th) with once again solid performances enabling us to smash Trinity and take the win. Two athletes who continue to improve as they rebuild their fitness are Harry Lal (16th) and Jackson Tierney (20th), watch this space as the season progresses. It was great to see national swimmer and all-round nice guy Leon Iera (28th) racing again for us this season as well as having Bailey Cox (40th) put another great performance on the board.
After watching the seniors dominate the field, the intermediate boys were keen to follow suite and show what they were made of. The intermediates made the journey over to the distant start line as they prepared to commence the 4.55Km course. Coming around to the 1 lap to go mark saw a Marcellin-heavy lead pack pushing the pace, with 4 out of the top 6 runners being Marcellin boys. Coming into the long 600m straight for the final time, saw team favourite, Jack McLean kicking away for victory with a big grin on his teeth and a large supporter base encouraging him on. Congratulations Jack on your first win for the year, maybe we might see more? Another incredible run from Jordan “Jabbott” Abbott saw him take 4th, only 2 seconds behind a podium finish, well done legend. Just behind was Brock Binion (5th) and Pat Lallo (6th) with two more outstanding runs. Liam Chambers (12th) and Murphy Moore (13th) were also very impressive as they continue to make a name for themselves amongst the field. A special mention must also go to Mostyn Dreiberg who fought impressively after a 6-week trip to China and limited training to place 15th, can’t wait to see your improvement throughout the season. Rounding out the intermediates saw more impressive performances from Zac Power (28th), Pat Carroll (43rd) and Zach “the rat” Marriott (47th) giving their all during the race. Intermediates also comfortably won their race, smashing Australian Olympic hero, Craig Mottram’s Mentone Grammar.
To finish the day, we had out Juniors running 1 lap of the 3Km course. With year 8 superstar Lockhart away on music camp, the boys knew they were in for another big battle with Mentone. Sammy Rattray was once again there to support the boys and get them prepared for their race. The gun sounded at 9:45 sharp, seeing a crowded field of 112 all get off to a flying start. 500m in and the battle between the two M’s, Marcellin and Mentone was evident, Ollie Magnuson was in a battle for the lead with the rest of the team working their way up the field, a great team display. Watching the maroon coming up the long straight with less then 1Km to go had our hearts pounding as the whole team positioned themselves along the straight to will the juniors on. Ollie battled it out until the end and had yet another awesome performance this week placing 3rd, no doubt he will be a red-hot chance for a win as the season progresses. Only 25 seconds back saw yet another great run from Liam Keenan (9th) continuing his impressive form. Superstar recruit George Thomas had another amazing run this week (11th) placing him as the 6th year 7 across the line. Well done to Jude Bateman (15th) who once again showed us his strength and Will Waters who ran his best race yet (17th) to round out our top 5. More great runs came from Loki Fangmeier (21st), Christian Secker (28th) and Liam Cooke (30th) showing their potential to the other schools. This week’s big finish was seen when Peter Todorov (33rd), Luke Meagher (35th), James Godfrey (36th) and Connor Whyte (38th) all finished within 11 seconds of each other, keep it up boys! The theme of sprint finishes continued when Ben Armstrong (46th), who pushed through an injury and Ethan Robertson (47th) who has been arguably the most committed athlete this year finished within less than one second of each other. Not far behind was Fraser Plain (51st), Josh Rowe (54th), Matt Harvey (60th), Xavier Garita (61st) and Dan Powell (65th) showing their fitness they built up over term 1, awesome stuff boys. Rounding out our 21 strong field saw one last sprint finish for the day with Harlan DiCarlo (71st) just getting Oscar Torresi (72nd) over the line. While the Juniors fought bravely, they fell just short of Mentone’s total, placing them in 2nd, an incredible effort, nonetheless.
Another great day of racing saw the MXC boys once again lift to another level and take the overall win, placing us comfortably in 1st place on the ladder with 18 points out of a possible 18. Special thanks to John, Ed and Sam for all their support, not to mention all the parents who came out and supported the boys. Next week we head to Jells Park for the Victorian Cross Country Relay Championships and would love to see as many athletes and parents there as possible as numerous state medals are up for grabs.
1st Hockey - Jack Webber
Last Friday the Marcellin first Hockey team
travelled out to Cyril Cummins Reserve for their first match against Ivanhoe.
With 5 debutants; Charlie Gammon, Tim Vouk, Alex Jansz, Daniel Alexander and
Ryan Pires, the boys were up for the challenge. With a intense first half with
great saves from goalie Charlie, which kept us in the game the half time score
was 3-2 to Ivanhoe. Unfortunately the same pressure and intensity was able to
be reciprocated in the second half with Ivanhoe asserting there dominance
scoring another 10 goals to our 1. End scoring be 13-3. Despite the result
there were plenty of positives from the game to take away and work on for the
rest of the year.
Goals: Logan 1 and Jack 2
1st XVIII Football - Lucas Perry
For our first home game of the year, we played PEGS at 2:30 on Friday afternoon on the bray. The day was set for a great game of footy with our annual friends of football luncheon also taking place on the day, which was wonderfully organised by the Marcellin College Foundation. The team started off strongly kicking the first 2 goals of the game. Our defensive efforts in the first quarter were outstanding, especially from our winger Xavier Bateman who worked hard all day to help out our back six. The boys kept fighting all day to try and disrupt the ball movement of PEGS, but they showed us only the tiniest of mind lapses can cause detrimental consequences against the better teams in the competition. Unfortunately, we didn’t walk away with the win, but still remain positive about our goals this year and will work especially hard at training to rectify the game. Congratulations to Julian Callegari on making his debut and competing all day long no matter the quarter or the score.
1st XV Rugby - Nick Wood
Being round one and coming off a full on pre-season, the attitude was positive and confidence was high amongst the team contributing to a great warmup that left us rearing to go. With a wet surface and a strong opposition, the game started very competitive.
An early try from Saint Pats in the first 5 minutes of the game seemed to kick us into gear and gave us the determination to set the benchmark for physicality that continually allowed us front foot ball and opportunities to score and put pressure on the Saint Pats defenders.
Coming into half time the score was 15-0, we were being beaten on the scoreboard however that was not a reflection of the performance on the field as we were very much starting to dominate and hold the majority of ball possession. Special mention to Andy Whelan who came off the bench at half time and laid tackle after tackle and made some good meters with the ball, really lifting the intensity.
Trailing by a small margin the whole game, Marcellin got within 7 points through some good team try’s and a great effort from Boyd Marshall, running through 4 defenders and scoring under the posts. The game was there to be won but due to a couple of small errors Marcellin was down 32-22 when the time ran out. We ran off the pitch happy with our performance and confident that we will meet them in the finals later in the season.
Debutants: Riley Molino, James Fogale, Kynan Douglas (1 try), Matt Broggian, Aiden McCormick, Clemente Simoe
1st XI Soccer - Lewis Zacharias
The 1stXI started off the season with a tough opening fixture at home against PEGS. The game kicked off at a high intensity, as both sides were eager to get an opening goal to settle any nerves. After some good forward pressing, Gregory Zacharias was able to put Marcellin 1-0 up after blocking the opposition keepers clearance into the back of the net. Unluckily, on the stroke of half time, PEGS equalised from the penalty spot after a foul in the box. The second half, didn’t go as planned, as PEGS took control of the game and ran out 4-1 winners on the day. Congratulations to debutants, Sebastian Alcaide, Dean Dell’Orso, Stefan Brecevic, Jordan Delldis, Andrew Tucci, Antonio Accardo, Lucas Orlando, Xavier Cabai on making their first appearance for the team. We travel to Peninsula next Saturday in the hope to bounce back from our defeat.
(Edited by Daniel Polazzon - original submission Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 8:13 PM)