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.
July 20th Fixture
1st Cross Country - Kieran Hesse
Another cold and windy winters morning was the setting for round 5 of the AGSV Cross Country season. Being our first race back from an extended holiday break, there was a range of emotions around the team, some boys were exited to show off their fitness gained over holiday trainings while others felt fear as they knew this race was the one with “the big hill”. This round of Cross country was particularly special however as it was finally our chance to wear the Indigenous themed singlet, to raise awareness for the issues facing Indigenous Australians and to mark our respect.
Our seniors were once again up first at 9:00 on a course covering just over 5Km. The boys came in with a clear goal, to set the standard for the team for the rest of the season by nudging out Trinity to claim first in our age division. The race was strung out quickly as each runner sat as closely behind the runner in front of them to avoid copping the roaring head wind. The race stayed much like this for its duration until the Marcellin boys got to the monster of a hill and got to work, moving through the field effortlessly and claiming much needed placings. Well done to Tom Papagrigoriou (6th) who had one of his best races of the season showing his capabilities over the longer distance and Finn O’Donnell (7th) just one second behind him in a tight finish. Jack Mirrielees (13th) continues to improve and strengthen as he gets more races under his belt and should be one to look out for come aths season. Mr. Reliable Harry Lal (15th) also had another great run and used his strong distance base to get him up the hill. Not far behind was Jack Egan (17th) and Jackson Tierney (18th) who are progressing nicely as they continue to build back fitness and place higher up the field every week. Pat Lavery (24th) ran gutsy and left nothing in the tank with Leon Iera (28th) closely following to record his best placing for the season. Bailey Cox (37th) rounded out our senior team with another great run, grinding his way through the hill. The senior team performed better then we could have imagined, with 7 Marcellin runners finishing before Trinity’s 4th runner, it was a very comfortable victory.
Following the impressive performance from our seniors, it was time for the inters to give it a crack. With no Jack Armstrong to lead the charge dur to an injury, every member knew they would need to step up to have any chance of beating Mentone. The race started and the field quickly moved out of view as they ran the perimeter of the fields, when the pack approached the hill, we were ecstatic to see many boys in maroon stepping up and mixing it up with the leaders. As the Marcellin boys came back up the hill, they too knew to turn it up a gear as hills are our biggest strength and leveraged themselves into an even more commanding position. Jack McLean (2nd) ran superb once again and can hopefully claim a victory in the following two races. Jordan Abbott (4th) ran through very painful heal soreness to help the team out and should be very proud of his result. Trailing was Brock Binion (5th) in an equal best placing for the season having another great race. Liam Chambers (7th) stepped up big time to earn himself a new best placing and greater confidence heading into our last two races. Pat Lallo (8th) was another who impressed as he surged sections of the big hill to move around competitors. Mostyn Dreiberg (10th) had a ripper run following his holiday in Japan to earn himself a new PB for the season. Track Star Sam Witchell (15th) was another who earned himself a PB, Sam was a frequent attendee at holiday trainings, and he is already beginning to reap the rewards. Liam Sier (16th) also joined the PB club, powering both up and down the hill. Zac Power (23rd and a PB) continues to impress with his dedication to trainings reflecting in his ever-improving performances. Pat Carroll (38th & PB) also running courageously and claiming bragging rights over his best mate Zac Marriot (40th) who is still returning from a bad hand injury. The intermediates achieved what some thought would be too hard and came away with first place. This was one of the best team races I have seen all season and the number of PB’s reflected this.
Following these two races it was the final event of the morning, everyone’s favourite age group to watch, the juniors. After a thorough warm up from team legend Sammy Rattray and plane spotting of the low-flying planes approaching Tullamarine was completed, the juniors were ready to attack the challenging course. It was great to see all boys open up on the downhill as instructed by Coach Johnny Meagher and even better to see them powering through the uphill with just as much commitment. Their effort was exemplified as the finish with numerous boys running their guts out, then spewing their guts out. Team favourite Ollie Magnuson (4th) had another great run and showed the young juniors how to run a hilly race. Run of the day came from Jude Bateman (9th) who absolutely powered through the field with his newfound level of fitness gained over the holidays, great stuff Jude, watch this space. George Thomas (14th) picked up right where he left of last term and continues to show his strength. Will Waters (15th) was another who found another gear or two on the uphill and came away with a PB. Liam Keenan (20th) whilst he was not happy with his result, should his head high as it was still a great performance in a tough field. Following was Loki Fangmeier (21st) who continues to impress the team. Not far behind was James Godfrey (24th) in another outstanding race, this man is capable of big things. Lockhart Brownlie (26th) and Peter Todorov (27th) gave their all the whole race and even had a kick down for bragging rights. Liam Cooke (30th) is one who will be dangerous for years to come if he maintains is great improvement. Christian Secker (33rd) and Ethan Robertson (34th & PB) also had a superb race as they worked through the course together. Oscar Torresi (36th) had his best race of the season with a 12 place PB, can’t wait to see him next week have a crack at the top 30. Josh Rowe (44th) and Matt Harvey (45th) both ran PB’s as was the trend for the day and will be looing to improv again next week. Luke Meagher (51st) had yet another great run and gave his absolute all once again. Dan Powell (55th) also had an incredible run with Fraser Plain (59th) not far behind in another dominant display. Rounding out our field was Xavier Garita (77th) who ran a smart race and used his speed to his advantage on the downhill for valuable placings. Although we had many year 7’s step up to the task, unfortunately they fell just short of Mentone and claimed a respectable 2nd.
Another dominant whole-team performance saw the mighty Marcellin Cross Country Team claim its 5th out of 5 AGSV wins for the season, placing us 5 points clear of Mentone Grammar in second. We now only have two more races until the season is over ☹ for another year and would love to continue to see as many friends and family supporting the boys as possible as we get closer to lifting the premiership trophy for the 20th consecutive year.
1st Hockey - Jack Webber
1st Football - Jamie Lay
MARCELLIN – 4.11.35 – TRINITY - 5.4.34
With the season on the line, the Marcellin 1st XVIII made the walk across to Trinity with the goal of locking up their spot in finals, in their sights. Under the bright lights on a Friday night, it was amazing to have great amounts of support from the widened Marcellin community. The crowd helped the boys settle into a very hot and contested game early.
It was an arm wrestle all day with both teams struggling to break a 1 goal lead. The momentum was continuously swaying throughout the game and the result was becoming impossible to read. Marcellin broke away to an early 2 goal lead to start the Fourth, until Trinity were quick to respond with two of their own, to lead by a few points midway through the quarter. Marcellin dominated possession yet were struggling to capitalize by continuing to blow chances, kicking countless behinds, one after the other, unable to find a goal.
This led to the scores being equal with only seconds left. After a Trinity turnover, Marcellin were quickly able to transition it down to stoppage 40 meters out from goal. Damian Bisinella dived to rove his own tap from the ruck and was taken high. As he got up to take his free kick, the siren blew, this creating a great silence amongst the crowd. Scores were level, all he needed was to kick a behind for Marcellin to secure their spot against PEGS in the first week of finals. Straight off the boot the crowd knew it was going straight through for a behind, and the crowd swarmed the ground with the players to celebrate.
What an amazing way to finish a great game of football. It was one of the best wins most players have ever been apart. Let’s hope this can be a building block for something really special over the next two weeks of finals for the Marcellin 1st XVIII Football team.
1st Soccer - Lewis Zacharias
In what was a crucial last game of the season, the soccer firsts geared up to take on Trinity Grammar in a grand final rematch. In what was a must win situation for a home semi final, the game started off not as planned, as we found ourselves 1-0 down in the first five minutes. However, with great fighting spirit, the boys picked themselves back up and instantly equalised as John Accardo put the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. At 1-1, we had many of the opportunities but failed to capitalise on our momentum. Just before half-time, Trinity was able to catch us on the counter-attack with a through ball over the top of our defence to put them back in front. At half-time we were confident that we would be able to make a comeback, although it would prove difficult after our goalkeeper received a red card and conceded a penalty at the beginning of the second half. Vice captain Dean Campisi demonstrated his leadership by stepping into the vacant goalkeeper role as we had no back up. Trinity scored the penalty and made it 3-1. They then were able to put 1 more goal past us following a corner. However, with our never give up attitude Sebastian Alcaide was able to score a consolation goal to make it 4-2. Unfortunately, this is how the game finished, resulting in us finishing in 4th position on the ladder. This sets up a semi final away from home against PEGS. Our road to success will be a tough ask, but we believe that we can do it together.
1st Rugby - Nick Wood
It was a ripper morning for rugby at Melbourne Grammar, prime conditions that allowed for good rugby to be played by both teams.
Marcellin came out with high intensity and scored a try early in the piece through capitalizing on front foot ball and keeping the error rate at 0. However, Melbourne fought back quickly with a converted try shortly after. We had a chat behind the posts and agreed that we weren’t going to let that happen again and that we were going to step up our game another notch. As we found our feet a little more towards the end of the first half things started to click and we started to pile the points onto the board while not allowing Melbourne to score.
Coming out after half time a couple of changes to the team lineup were made and the team continued to perform at a high standard, dominating in all aspects of the game. Late in the second half saw what was one of the best team trys I had ever witnessed from a Marcellin 1stXV. Beginning with a hard carry and leg drive from Mark Ludik allowing Matt Migotto front foot ball and an opportunity to break the line. A pop pass from Matt to the support of Andy Whelan and Connor Sargent resulted in a ripper try under the posts. When the final siren sounded, Marcellin were up, 64-7 in what was a great game played in good spirit from both teams. Bring on Saint Kevins next week!
June 14th Fixture
1st Cross Country – Kieran Hesse
Afters months of hard work and dedication to training, our biggest race of the year had finally arrived, the 2019 Victorian All Schools State Cross Country Championships held at the infamous Bundoora Park. There was nervous anticipation in the air pre-race, as all boys knew just how important Bundoora is and what was at stake. A season high number of families and friends braved the cold weather to support the Marcellin boys and the stage was set for another huge day of racing.
First up was our U14 boys at their very first individual state championships, racing 3km. Sammy Rattray was once again there to assist the juniors in warming them up and settling their nerves pre-race. With a busy start line of 156 runners, the race was underway at a cracking pace. A large pack was formed for the opening 1km before the pace became to much for many and the field stretched out with the Marcellin boys looking well positioned. Coming through in 28th was a breakthrough run from Will Waters, Will ran superbly throughout the race and his result reflected this. Not far behind in 31st was George Thomas was another great run, showing his rivals he is not to be messed with. Jude Bateman (41st) also continued his impressive form this year with another great run. One of the standouts of the day came from James Godfrey (49th) who ran a very brave race and clinched the lucrative 4th Marcellin placing for his first time this year. Following behind was Loki Fangmeier (54th) with yet another great run at his first state championship. Liam Cooke (68th) also had a superb run and will no doubt be a force to reckon with in the following years. Off little/no training Will Champion (75th) had a mind-blowing run and earnt the respect of many. Christian Secker (81st) was another smooth operator with Oscar Torresi (85th) and Luke Meagher (87th) closely following all with strong runs. In a battle for bragging rights Josh Rowe (90th) just took Ethan Robertson (91st) over the line with less than 1 second separating them. Well done to Xavier Ericson (95th) and Harlan DiCarlo (112th) who also ran their guts out and should be super proud of their performance. Following such great performances, the under 14’s were able to come away with a silver medal.
Following such a successful result from the U14’s, us under 15 and 16 boys were up next in a combined race over 4km. Given the flat nature of the 2 x 2km course it was another speedy race with all boys working at 110%.
In the under 15 age group, Ollie Magnuson (13th) had another amazing race considering his disrupted lead up with injuries in a placing that would have sent him to nationals if he wasn’t in the “bottom age group”. Lockhart Brownlie (37th) made the step up and ran the race of his season in a performance he should be very proud of. Trailing Lockhart was Liam Keenan (38th) who also had a great run in what was an extremely fast race. Connor Whyte (57th) also stepped up to the occasion in a result which helped the U15’s secure the gold medal. Peter Todorov (62nd) and Matt Harvey (65th) are two who continue to improve throughout the season, and will no doubt be eyeing off their own state medals in future season. Ben Armstrong (68th) and Dan Powell (69th) were two more who had a terrific race and capped of a great term of racing. Cult Hero Jason Yim (74th) was another great contributor and Xavier Garita (82nd) had another superb run to add to his season.
Happening at the same time in the U16 division, Jordan Abbott somehow managed to improve yet again and ran a staggering 6th place, all members in the team should look to Jordan’s commitment and improvement for motivation. Mostyn Dreiberg (34th) was another stand out, still coming back from unfitness to tear up the field. Sam Witchell (50th) continues to make a name for himself this season as he demonstrates his versatility both in track and cross country. Zac Power (65th) also had an amazing race which saw our U16 team claim a bronze medal. Pat Carrol (87th) motored through the field with a strong run which saw him claim bragging rights over his mate Zac Marriot (90th) who also had a great run at state champs.
After a silver, gold and bronze from our U14’s, 15’s and 16’s respectively, the pressure was up for our U17 and 18 teams, who were to simultaneously compete in a tough 6km course. A blistering pace was set, and the Marcellin boys had a smile on their face as they knew their strength lied in the upcoming hills.
In our U17 age division, Jack Armstrong (3rd) had one of the best races of the day to come away an individual state medal and set his team up strong for a team medal. Jack McLean (14th) continued his impressive season and ran his guts out in a performance he should be very proud of. Brock Binion (29th) and Liam Chambers (30th) both had extremely impressive runs, especially considering much of their training is for AFL. Dominant running from these four saw them comfortably take the gold medal and set them up strongly for the remainder of the XC season. Pat Lallo (43rd) was another who impressed over the 6km and Murphy Moore (59th) asserted his dominance.
In the U18 race, we had Tom Papagrigoriou place 18th, in yet another great run by the man who prefers the shorter distances. Jack Egan (34th) continues to impress as he builds his fitness and Leon Iera (48th) also had another superb race in what was his final state championships at the Nest. Bailey Cox (70th) is another who continues to improve and should be very proud of his performance. Not far behind Coxy was Max Lambeth (72nd) who had another strong run. While our U18 team fell just short of a medal, their effort cannot be questioned in what was a gruelling race.
Finally, to finish the day, it was the U20 men with a late start of 12:55 to compete the toughest course being 8km. This was the final state championships for these boys as they are in year 12 and they were determined to give it their all. Finn O’Donnell (18th in the school division) had an incredible race with a massive kick down to edge our fierce St. Kevin’s rival and take bragging rights. Jack Mirrielees (26th in the school division) also had another great run which saw him crack the 30-minute barrier. Harrison Lal (36th in the school division) did superbly to round out our top 4 in what was a fitting effort to match his performances over the past 5 years of state championships. Flynn Ryan (61st in the school division) also ran very great, no doubt he will be grateful to never have to step foot on Bundoora again. Our U20 managed to narrowly clinch the silver medal in a fitting end to years of commitment at state meets.
At the conclusion of the day it was one of, if not the most successful Bundoora campaigns in Marcellin history with 5 out of 6 teams medalling (two gold, two silver, one bronze) and three boys automatically qualifying for Nationals and many other not far behind. Once again big thankyou to all families and friends who were able to make it out to the course and support the boys, your cheering makes a massive difference. We now only have 3 AGS races left in term 3 to end the season and we would love to continue to see as many people there as possible. Looking forward to seeing lots of boys at trainings over the holidays.
1st Hockey – Jack Webber
It was a late Friday afternoon as we headed to Elgar Park in Kew to take on Mentone Grammar.
We were pumped knowing that this was our chance to get a few points on the board and came out firing. Getting a short corner in the first 5 minutes of play, we didn’t waste the opportunity and put the ball straight into the backboard to score the first goal of the match.
Not long after, we found ourselves down the other end of the ground and Mentone were lining up for their first short corner of the match and a chance to equalize. Our goalie, Charlie, made a fabulous save and great defensive play by us saw the ball delivered down the sideline to Daniel. Daniel then with his vision and skill sent the ball into the circle straight to Logan’s stick who had no problem putting the ball in the net.
The rest of the half was very defensive and great passing around the backline from Alex and Oscar and more saves from Charlie saw us go into half time one goal up. (2-1)
Mentone came our firing after half time and scored a quick goal to even up the score line. The next 10 minutes saw a lot of defensive play and some good work in the midfield and some great trapping and passing by Tim. Mentone managed to score another goal putting them ahead 3-2. We played a very defensive game and with about 7 minutes to go Lachlan received a hard and fast pass into the circle, which he trapped and hit perfectly to send the ball flying into the top right corner of as he net. Scores again level. The sealer eventually came with 2 minutes to go, a great build up and good work passing around and into the circle.
Final siren saw us take the points 4-3.
Goals – J.Webber (2), Logan & L.Webber
1st Football – Lucas Perry
The first XVIII were happy to be back playing Friday afternoon footy on the bray, and our opponents for the day was Camberwell. Even though our opponent had not won a game this year we were not going to underestimate them. As we expected Camberwell were tough from the first bounce, they brought unrelenting pressure, but our teams talent stood up in the time of pressure. At times we went away from our brand of footy, and we have vowed that we will work hard on the track to get back to our style. There were some player highlights spread throughout the game. Year 10 Patrick Dozzi carved up his opponent on the half forward flank, giving our full forwards prime delivery with multiple inside 50’s. Year 11 player Zavier Vesnaver put in a solid performance off half back, crashing his way through packs rebounding every ball that came his way. Congratulations to year 11 player Julian Toniazzo who played his first game on Friday and slipped into the team seamlessly. The boys are looking forward to playing the last game of the year on they Bray next Friday in a big game against Mentone Grammar.
1st Soccer – Lewis Zacharias
In an important stage of the season, the soccer firsts faced an improved Camberwell Grammar on the Gardner Fields on Friday afternoon, who held a steady position near the top of the table. This match would have had a big say in the composition of the top 4 at the end of the season. This meant that the boys were prepared for an intense and high stakes game. The match kicked off in the same fashion that the game was previewed, as a number of fierce tackles resulted in a hostile environment on the pitch. Due to us having most of the possession in the first half, we created a number of chances that should have been capitalised to seize a goal. However, both defensive lines played exceptionally well, allowing for a scoreless draw at the break, even though it was fair to say that we were outplaying our opposition. Soon after the restart, Nick Kritsilidis who was subbed on at half time, made a great run down the left wing, dribbling past defenders that were in his way, and cut the ball back to Dennis Menelaou to calmly finish into the bottom left corner. Finally, all our hard work paid off and we were 1-0 up. Unfortunately, Camberwell were able equalise after catching us on the counterattack following a corner of our own to make the score 1-1. This is how the game finished, as we again failed to convert the opportunities that were created before the full-time whistle. We can take plenty of positives out of the game, although our fixtures towards the pointy end of the season will become all the much harder and more significant. We face Mentone Grammar at home again this Friday in a now must win game.
1st Rugby – Nick Wood
Travelling to Geelong and playing well always seems to be a difficult task for the Marcellin 1stXV. However, this weekend we warmed up with high intensity and started the game at full throttle. Capitalizing on opportunities to get some points on the board and playing some of the best footy that we have played this season in the first half, we came into the break down 6-7.
An early try by Geelong in the first half made us determined to hit back, doing so with a converted try by Andy Whelan busting his way through the Geelong defense on their own line, coming from some good front foot ball. The majority of the game was played with our forward pack and game play dominating however, a few minor lapses in concentration proved costly to us in the second half.
With the score 14 all in the last 2 minutes both teams were prepared to give their all until the final whistle. We were exhausting ourselves, attacking on our line looking promising when a penalty was given to Geelong. Geelong worked their way down the field and due to some lapses in defense, scored the winning try. The game was great to play and although the win was what we were all striving for, credit must be given to Geelong who outplayed us in the last seconds when it really mattered.
Special mentions to Kunaal Maharaj who’s kicking was on point all day.
June 1st Fixture
Cross Country – Kieran Hesse
Round 4 of the AGSV cross country season saw the Marcellin Cross Country team take the long bus ride down to Frankston to compete on the Ballam Park course for one final year. This race officially marked the halfway point of the AGSV season with three races completed and three to follow, the boys all knew another winning team performance would place us in an enviable position and sit us four points up on the premiership ladder.
First up once again it was our seniors who began the day with a 9 o'clock start, completing a slightly shorter and muddier 5.5 Km then we have been used to. A late withdrawal from our usual top 5 scorer Jack Mirrielees due to injury meant the team needed to step up and fill the void left. The race started and after a slightly confusing first lap due to new course markings, the MXC pack was well placed and in yet another battle with Trinity for first place. A superb run from a sleep deprived Finn O’Donnell saw him finish in 6th and earn a new season best placing, can’t wait to see what he can produce come aths season. Not far back was the young prodigy Jordan Abbott who ran one of his best races of the season to place 8th and split Trinity’s 3rd runner. This placing of 8th is phenomenal considering Jabbott is a year 9 and was racing against boys over 3 years his age, great stuff. A man who would have no doubt enjoyed the shorter course was Tom Papagrigoriou, Tom placed 11th and was able to split Trinity’s 3rd and 4th runner with another strong run. Jack Egan (17th) was another man who stepped up to the occasion and ran the race of his season to nudge out Trinity’s 5th runner and also earn a season best placing. Storming home strong was Harry Lal (21st) and Jackson Tierney (22nd) who made their presence on the track felt ahead of State Champs in two weeks. Another close finish between the Marcellin boys saw Bailey Cox (41st) narrowly take bragging rights over Max Lambeth (42nd) in what was another great run by the two. While the senior boys ran arguably our best team performance for the year, we just fell short of Trinity to place an overall second, you should all be very proud of your performance.
Next up was our Intermediate boys, completing 1.5 laps of the park resulting in a 4.7km course. With Mentone appearing to magically find new intermediate runners in the two weeks since our last AGSV race, the boys in maroon finally had genuine competition in this age group to battle with. An extremely fast start saw the inters away and racing, after they completed the half lap, it was evident this was going to be no ‘walk in the park’. Jack Armstrong was a man on a mission after last weeks mishap at state relays, Jack stormed through the field and remained undefeated this year in the intermediate age division, awesome work. Not far back was Jack Mclean who had yet another great race, finishing 3rd and claiming a confidence boosting scalp over his Mentone rival before Bundoora. Three boys whose performances cannot go unnoticed was Brock Binion (6th), Pat Lallo (9th) and Liam Chambers (13th). These boys had the courage to push the pace though the second lap even though they were hurting as they knew they needed to be further up for our intermediates to win. All boys in the squad should look to them for inspiration as they exemplified what our culture is all about. Another strong run from Murphy Moore saw him claim 14th just ahead of Mostyn Dreiberg (16th) who continues to get stronger as the season progresses. Zac Power (27th) also had a ripper run which saw him run a seasons best time. Pat Carroll (52nd) continues to impress this season also and we will no doubt see him move up the placings as he continues to train with us. After what was a nervous few hours, the results were released and the mighty Marcellin boys had claimed victory over Mentone, a great all-round effort capped off with some brilliant individual performances.
Following our second and first placing of seniors and inters respectively, it was time for the junior boys to run one lap of the 3km course and aim to nudge out as many Mentone runners as possible. The race was fast from the start and due to the muddy conditions, slow starters were found out easily. While many of the boys caught out were Maroon, it was a great learning experience for them and something that can be easily rectified in future races. Ollie Magnuson led the charge for our juniors, with the Nike headband on he was full of confidence and ran superbly over the rolling course to place 3rd, great stuff Ollie. George Thomas (10th) had the run of his season which saw him with a new season best placing and being the 2nd Marcellin finisher as a year 7, no mean feat. Liam Keenan (13th) also had yet another strong run and will no doubt be aiming to get in the top 10 when we come back next term. Rounding out our top 5 was Lockhart Brownlie (15th) and Will Waters (16th) who had another great hit out and came through the line with the same time of 12 minutes. Jude Bateman (19th) also had a super run and will no doubt be threatening at state champs in two weeks. James Godfrey (22nd) was another Marcellin improver with a season best placing, perhaps we will see him crack the top 15/20 for our final 3 rounds. Peter Todorov (25th) is another to keep an eye on as he builds his fitness with the team, a hard hit out saw him earn a new season best by 13 placings. Not far back was Christian Secker (28th) who also ran a season best and year 7 legend Liam Cooke (29th) both asserting their dominance over the field. Luke Meagher (31st) was another season best performer with Loki Fangmeier (33rd) not far behind him recovering from illness. Even more season bests came from Connor Whyte (35th), Dan Powell (42nd) and Xavier Ericson (43rd) who ran brilliant races and can be added to the list of ones to look out for in the last 3 AGSV races. Following closely was a string of Marcellin boys in Oscar Torresi (48th), Ethan Robertson (53rd) and Josh Rowe (59th) all playing their part and having great performances. In what was a small army of Marcellin boys to round out our field, Fraser Plain (62nd), Xavier Garita (63rd), Matt Harvey (64th), Ben Armstrong (66th) and Harlan DiCarlo (74th) all ran extremely well ahead of state champs. Unfortunately, large numbers of pb’s wasn’t enough to see Marcellin edge out Mentone and we finished with a very respectable 2nd place.
In what was a very close tally, the overall results were announced, and Marcellin had yet again won the day making it four from four with 3 races to go. Theoretically we can now afford to place 2nd for the remaining 3 AGSV races and still win the premiership but let’s not test it. Looking forward, all our attention turns to state champs at Bundoora in two weeks’ time in what is the biggest race of the year with numerous state medals up for grabs and 16 positions in the state team available per age group. Once again great to see so many parents take the trip down to Frankston to support the boys and hope to see many more parents and families at Bundoora.
1st Hockey - Jack Webber
On a cold and wet Saturday morning the First Hockey travelled out to Yarra Valley. As the team were still snoozy from the early morning start Yarra Valley were able to capitalise and score 2 quick goals, which immediately put us on the back foot. This was the story for the rest of the game. After the first 2 goals were scored it then became a goal for goal encounter. With plenty of great opportunities, we were unable to get two goals in a row to equalise and this put us back in the game with Yarra. Our best opportunity to win was when Logan Wells scored a goal and put us 4-5 behind Yarra Valley. Moments later we had a great opportunity which unfortunately trickled past the back post and went wide. Unfortunately, Yarra Valley were able to get a goal straight after that which put them ahead 6-4 which ended up being the end score. With such a tightly contested game it came down to who took their opportunities. Unlucky boys, enjoy the long weekend and hopefully we can win in our next game.
1st Football – Lucas Perry
It was a wet and cold Saturday morning down at Yarra Valley for the First 18, but that did not stop them from going about business. To be perfectly honest the boys didn’t get off to a flying start with Yarra kicking the first goal of the game straight out of the middle, but to the boys credit they bounced back and kicked the next 15 goals of the game to secure a comfortable victory. The win was spearheaded by goal kicking duo Josh Campbell and Riley O’Sullivan who kicked 5 and 3 goals respectively. The game was a strong team effort with contributors coming from all over the ground, from strong lockdown roles in the defensive 50 to manic pressure in the forward 50, it was truly and team game. Congratulations to debutant Marcus Federico who debuted this week and found himself in the middle of the team song absolutely drenched in water. We look forward to a week off to rejuvenate then to pick up where we left off the week after against Camberwell, back on our home deck.
1st Soccer – Lewis Zacharias
On a fresh Saturday morning, the soccer firsts took on Yarra Valley away from home, where a win was important to maintain positioning near the top of the table. The surface of the ground was wet, which provided difficult playing conditions for both teams. However, we got off to a near perfect start netting two early headed goals. One from Dennis Menelaou, after Giordan Rottura delivered a great cross into the box, and another from Nick Kritsilidis who leapt to nod the ball home off a corner from Sebastian Alcaide. Soon after, Yarra Valley were able to pull one back to make it 2-1, meaning we had to take our game to the next level to secure the win. And that we did, as Sebastian Alcaide picked up another assist by laying the ball off to Gregory Zacharias to fire the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box. That made it 3-1 at half time, and throughout the second half we were able to control the game well and remain discipline defensively. Just before the final whistle, Sebastian Alcaide was able to tap the ball in at the back post after Andrew Tucci’s cutback to cap off a fantastic 4-1 win. We now look forward to our big clash with Camberwell Grammar in two weeks time, it will be at home so come down to watch and support the boys!
1st Rugby - Nick Wood - BYE
May 25th Fixtures
Cross Country - Kieran Hesse
Saturday the 25th of May saw the Marcellin Cross Country Team head to Princes park in the middle of Carlton to partake in the 2019 All Schools Road Relay Championships. Arriving at the track, all the stars had aligned, we had 14 teams ready to race as well as beautiful clear skies, we couldn’t have of asked for much more. A flipped program compared to AGSV competitions saw the junior boys (consisting of Under 14’s and Under 16’s) starting the day at 10am.
A new starting position from last year saw out Under 16 boys on a very cramped start line to begin their 1 lap of the 2.1Km course. Running our first leg for the A team was year 8 superstar Ollie Magnuson, after jostling for positions for much of his leg, he came through the changeover in a very impressive 5th against some boys over a year older than him. Changing over with Ollie was Mostyn Dreiberg who zoomed past the school tents and begun the chase for a lucrative state medal, another great run from Mostyn saw the team well placed as he changed over with another year 8 star Liam Keenan. Liam maintained the impressive form from the boys prior to him and ran the 2nd fasted ‘third leg’ out of all the schools to handover with Jordan Abbott within reach of a medal. The team was in safe hands with Jordan who everyone knew would rip through the field, it was just a matter of what colour he could win them. Jordan ran the third fastest time of the day over the 2.1Km course seeing his team win the bronze medal, great effort boys. Our U16B consisting of Lockhart Brownlie, Sam Witchell, Zac Power and Pat Carroll also ran superbly securing 16th place and only being just over 1 minute outside the top 10. Breathing down their necks was our U16C team with Peter Todorov, Connor Whyte Daniel Powell and Ben Collier all showing their continual improvement and securing 23rd. Our U16D team made up of Matt Harvey, Ben Armstrong, Xavier Garita and Jason Yim continued the great team efforts and ran home with 29th. All under 16 teams should be very happy with their results regardless of their place as they all gave their all over the high intensity 2.1Km course.
Starting 1 minute after our under 16 teams to avoid carnage on the course, was our highly talented Under 14 teams who would be learning the skill/pain of sprinting for 2.1Km. Our U14A team had year 7 legend Jude Bateman start them off. Jude has another great race, tactically running behind the taller boys to avoid the wind and handed over with George Thomas in 8th place. George maintained our position and ran the course in a speedy 7:43 to hand over to Loki Fangmeier in a commanding position. Loki also ran very strong leg which saw him pick up a placing before handing over to our anchor leg runner, Will Waters. Will looked very impressive throughout the duration of the race and gave us a viewing of his pure speed to sprint to the finish line seeing their team place 7th, another great effort by you boys. Not far back was out U14B team consisting of young talents James Godfrey, Christian Secker, Liam Cooke and Ethan Robertson who ran their guts out to finish in a very impressive 9th place. Our U14C team consisting of Luke Meagher, Xavier Ericson, Oscar Torresi and Josh Rowe also zoomed through the course to place 17th, and one place behind in 18th, was our U14D team consisting of Harlan DiCarlo, Josh MacKenzie, Zach Pape and Will Champion. A great run by all teams considering it was their first time running such a short course and some teams consisting of fill-in runners. Looking forward to seeing what this age group is capable at Bundoora in 3 weeks’ time.
At 11am the Under 20 and 18 races were set to commence their 3Km course, before a 10-minute delay was announced and runners had to adapt their warmup accordingly. After an anxious wait, the Under 20 boys were off and racing with Jack Mirrielees leading the charge, Jack had to jostle for positions for most of the race and saw us change over with magic man Finn O’Donnell in a solid 12th place. Finn embraced the shorter distance course and used his natural speed to his advantage to move up the field. Finn changed over with year 10 up and comer, Pat Lallo, who has earnt his spot in the A team after months of unwavering commitment to his running. Pat had yet another great race which saw him maintain our position and hand over to myself. We had another great team effort and came away with a respectable 6th place. Our under 20B team was made up of some familiar faces, Finn Potter, Jackson Tierney, Harry Lal and Flynn Ryan who all dug deep to see them finish in 15th in what was for three of them their last time representing Marcellin at state relays. It was another great team effort by all under 20 runners and special mention to Finn Potter who helped fill in the B team…only 5 more XC races representing Marcellin left for our year 12’s. ☹
With the staggered start once again implemented, our under 18 teams started 1 minute after our U20’s. Tom Papagrigoriou opened the account for our 18A team and ran superbly to change over with Jack McLean in 5th place with what was technically the fastest time out of that team. Jack was ready to go from the start and immediately moved up the field, placing their team in 2nd just 1500m in. Jack changed over in 2nd with the very talented Brock Binion, Brock looked very impressive and maintained second place when handing over to Jack Armstrong. Jack was ready to have a serious crack at the gold medal and ran accordingly. Unfortunately, Jack missed the turn to send him towards the finish due to poor marshalling and ended up running an extra 300m along royal parade. Jack still however managed to see the team finish in 2nd place, a very impressive effort considering. Our Under 18B team consisting of Harry Buttifant, Liam Chambers, Jack Egan and Pat Lavery also had a dominant team performance and came away with 11th place. Not far back was out U18C team with Murphy Moore, Leon Iera, Max Lambeth and Bailey Cox all chipping in to place 21st. It was great to create an U18D team made up of non-cross-country students at Marcellin who all offered their time on a Saturday morning to help us win some much need points. Well done and thank you to Michael Toniolo, Mac Ryan, David Barbuto and Michali Barakis who came away with 34th.
Once again, another major thanks to all students who came to help fill teams and all parents who supported us by timing the races. We are officially halfway through the season with two more races this term and three next, hope to see as many parents and families at the remaining races as possible as we set our sights on state champs and winning the 20th consecutive ASGV title.
*Overall placing to be announced in the coming days*
1st Hockey - Jack Webber
Last Friday the First Hockey team travelled out to Pegs. With windy conditions we knew it was going to be hard to play against the wind. In the first half we went with the wind, this enabled plenty of overhead balls that Lachlan and Daniel found themselves on the end of, getting great opportunities. We had plenty of play in the first half but the only time pegs were in the attacking circle, they were able to finish. Knowing we had to get a couple of goals before half time, it was all our attack which gave plenty of opportunities to score for both teams. The first goal came from a nice deflection by Lachlan into the bottom corner. It became a goal for goal battle and pegs were able to come into halftime with a 3-2 lead. Facing the wind and running into it, the boys were up for a tough challenge in the second half. Unfortunately pegs were able to get 2 goals putting them ahead 5-2. A couple of positional changes and we started to regain the possession and have quality opportunities however that wasn’t enough with pegs winning 5-3.
Goals: Lachlan, 2 Jack
1st Rugby - Nick Wood
The sun was out and the pitch was dry at Scotch College, perfect conditions to play rugby. Winning 92-12, the ball was in our possession for most of the game. This gave us the opportunity to effectively execute our game shape and launches from the backline off set piece. Although starting a bit sloppy we eventually begun to control the game and demonstrate our brand of rugby which was effective in finding and making holes in the Scotch defense. This resulted in 7 trys in the first half and 8 in the second.
After placing high importance on improving our defense in the backline during this weeks training sessions, it was good to see that the work pulled off and we defended strongly in both the backs and forwards all day.
Overall, it was a good win. Special mention to Tommy Dawson and Boyd Marshall in scoring a hatrick. We now have two weeks off until our next game and are going to be training hard with the goal of getting the win against a tough opposition in round 6 against Geelong Grammar.
1st Football and Soccer - BYE_________________________________________________________________________________________________
May 18th 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.
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