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    Senior Boys Football GISSA Champions for 2018

    Article by Mr Joe McLean

    Senior Boys Football GISSA Champions for 2018

    The Saint Ignatius Senior Football team were crowned the GISSA (Geelong Independent Secondary Schools Association) Senior Champions for 2018 on Tuesday 15h May after defeating Christian College Geelong.

    The Senior team have now qualified for the AFL VICTORIA HERALD SUN COUNTRY CUP. Taking into account the amount of schools involved in this competition across Victoria, the boys should be congratulated for their effort, spirit and dedication.

    Game 1

    Saint Ignatius College Geelong 18.5.113 defeated Kardinia International College 2.0.12

    Best: R. Hayden, J. Saltalamacchia, W.Kilpatrick, M.Ruiter, J.Michels.

    A strong first quarter from the team set the scene for the reminder of the day. Despite winning majority of the stoppages, the backline were still under pressure during parts of the game. With consistent pressure and strong defending their forwards only had two scoring opportunities throughout the match.

    The run and carry from the Senior team meant that Kardinia were left chasing all day. The forwards were also dominant and were able to convert many of their forward 50 entries into scoring opportunities.

    Overall the team played very well, with our team fighting hard till the final whistle. 

    Game 2 

    Saint Ignatius College Geelong 11.6.72 defeated Christian College Geelong 4.4.28

    Best: M. Waring, R. Hayden, P.Kilpatrick, J. Saltalamacchia, N. Young.

    From the first ball up it was clear that this game was going to be a tough game for both sides. Conditions made it more of a challenge for players as they tried to adapt to the wind and pressure around the contests.

    The onballers had a long day running the ball up and down the field with the ball being moved quickly by both teams especially on turnovers. After the first quarter with the wind and only leading by 3 goals, Saint Ignatius were able to lift their work rate for the next quarter as they kicked into the wind.

    The second quarter was hard fought but we managed to hold them to only one goal with the wind.  Strong effort and determination by the defenders prevented most of their scoring opportunities.

    In the final quarter the consistent effort and structures around the ground enabled the Senior team to consolidate a comfortable lead. The opposition only scored once during the last quarter.

    It was a terrific win from the team and it showed that we could hold our own against tough opposition.  As the reigning GISSA Champions, the Senior team will now play the winner of the Warrnambool Division in the quarter finals of the Herald Sun Country Cup.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Philp (Sports Coordinator), Maddie Clifton, Michael Timms (DP of students), Erika Gee and the City of Great Geelong for allowing us to use the new Drysdale Sporting Facilities. To be able to access such fantastic facilities and grounds so close to the College has been a highlight this year for our Senior Boys Football team. Thank you to the parents and staff who made the effort to support the team during both of their matches.

    Congratulations to all of the students who participated and represented the College.

    With much excitement and enthusiasm we look forward to our next sporting challenge.

    Joe McLean  Year 12 Coordinator

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