Football News | Week 5

Football News | Week 5

Excitement has been in the air this week gone with version two of the synthetic surface being completed on TGS 2 (version one was opened in 2010). TGS 2 was reopened on Thursday at lunchtime with the 7H and 1st XI teams completing a short training session. All age groups have since trained on the surface and tomorrow, Trinity hosts Barker in CAS Round 6 at TGS 2, Bressington Oval and Cooke Park. Thank you to all Football students and Coaches for their patience during the completion of TGS 2 (version 2), particularly with the rain interruptions that have occurred.

Below are Opens reports from CAS Round 5 against Waverley College. In addition to this, there are reports from Bill Turner Cup games and CIS Championships.


1st XI Vs Waverley College

On Saturday, the 28th of May, Trinity’s 1st XI traveled to Sydney Olympic Park where they participated in the fifth round of the CAS competition against Waverley College. The game started off intense and relatively difficult. Trinity was doing well to maintain most of the possession; however, Waverley was able to mitigate all of Trinity’s chances going forward. Moreover, Waverley was very effective toward goal and as a result were able to score in the 16th minute, making the score 1-0 to Waverley. To our expense, Waverley didn’t stop and continued to capitalise, scoring another two goals before the first half ended and bringing the score to a 3-0 lead to Waverley. At halftime, it was more than evident that the morale amongst the Trinity team was at a low, however, with some words of encouragement from the Trinity coaching staff, the team refocused and re-entered the game with a more determined attitude. Going into the second half, Trinity was able to stabilise the game with Joshua Yeon (12Ar) and Jacob Christou (11St) gaining control of the midfield. Spyridon Konidaris (12Sc) and Sebastien Portolesi (12Ar) were also working well to act as attacking threats, dribbling past players and producing a few chances. Despite our best efforts, Waverley was still very much alert and a defensive error by Trinity enabled Waverley to score yet another goal, ending the game in a 4-0 lead to Waverley. Although this wasn’t the desired result, there was a lot to learn from the game and a few things to be proud of. Trinity also displayed great effort and did not stop trying to win regardless of injuries, illnesses or the score. Trinity hopes to build upon this game and fix any issues as they head into the second half of the season.

Dominic Ticic (12Sc) – Captain of Football


2nd XI Vs Waverley College

The 2nd XI Football team had a great opportunity to play good football in perfect playing conditions at SOPAC. The team knew they would be in for a tough contest with an unbeaten Waverley team. In the first five minutes, Waverley pressed hard and put in some crunching tackles. Several players on the team were up to the battle with Mackenzie Liversidge (11WH) starting strongly and was player of the match for his gutsy performance. Alex Delgado (11St) was also solid in midfield with hard work throughout and strong challenges from the returning Cody Lambert (11He). On eight minutes a free kick on the right wing was lofted into the box by Waverley and a miscommunication by the central defenders allowed an attacker to pounce on a missed ball and finished past the keeper. Waverley continued the pressure attacking swiftly on the wings and forcing Kian Guildea (11Du) into several excellent saves. The attacking opportunities in the first half were lacking the quality final cross or finish to trouble the Waverley goal. On 18 minutes a second goal came from Waverley with the winger finding himself with his back to goal on the six-yard box, giving a cheeky back heel that fooled everyone to go in at half time 0-2. The 2nd XI came out in the second half a different team. Oscar Fryer (11Ta) on two occasions broke through the defence only for last ditch tackles to stop almost certain goals from Waverley. Jacob Christou (11St) opened the defence with a few clever passes but was closed down by the goalkeeper on a number of occasions. Michael King (11Ta) worked hard down the right-hand side to create attacking opportunities. The 2nd half contest was won by Trinity, but that allusive goal didn’t seem to happen for the team. A valiant effort from all players leaving everything on the park in the second half.

Mr Dene Ramsden – Coach


3rd XI Vs Waverley College

The game commenced at an almost lethargic pace and goalkeeper James Mallios (12Hi) made two amazing saves which sparked the team’s drive. At half time, TGS led through a fine volley by Jonathan Gremos (12Fo). Harry Parsonage (11Ta) dominated in defence, but it was the midfield who kicked into gear in the second half through some excellent passing, through balls and switches of play. This domination and the linking up with forwards meant that Jonathan Gremos completed his hattrick. Jack Martin (11Sc), Zeithan Zaiter (11Ta) and Johnny Gergis (12WJ) all added to the final score line. It was a comprehensive victory and sound performance by the team.

Mr Joe Vaccarella – Coach


4th XI Vs Waverley College

Due to a number of unavailable players in Opens with sickness, the 4th XI game was cancelled prior to last weekend and players redistributed to make sure fit and available players could play in other teams from 1st to 8th XI.


5th XI

The 5th XI started very strong with plenty of possession in the front third of the field.

Some very good build up play by Ricardo Luca Donato & Noah De Barros to score the first goal in the 13th minute of the game. With Oscar Favelle (11Mu) dominating the center of park with some very good defensive work, we were able to start up some very quick transition going forward and scoring more goals. Ricardo Luca Donato (12La) scored two goals & Joshua Jenkins (11La) the 4th goal. A very impressive performance from the Trinity team with a 4-0 win.

Mr Nick Porecca – Coach


6th XI Vs Waverley College

The 6th XI relished the opportunity to play a game of football on a dry field against a full team – almost full, anyway, as Waverley started short a player. Unfamiliar with our opposition, we took a more cautious approach to begin with, weighting ourselves more heavily in defence. But after foiling some early attempts on our goals, in part through some great reflexes from our goalkeeper, Felix Ballantine-Jones (11Hi), we gradually shifted to a more attacking line-up. Our players were hungry for the ball and worked well together, ensuring each player owned their part of the field, especially marking-up in defence. Most of the game was played at Waverley’s end of the field, and repeated pressure on Waverly’s defenders and goalkeeper produced four Trinity goals. These were spread quite evenly over the course of the game – one scored by Peter Georgelos (11WH) and a hat trick scored by Gabriel Simoes Peixeiro (11Sc). Well done! Through a combination of intensity and sportsmanship we look forward to many more great games this season, especially the ‘closer’ games that truly test our grit and determination!

Mr Brett Steinwede – Coach


7th XI Vs Waverley College

The 7th XI started very strong with plenty of possession in the first 10 minutes with some very good build up play on the left-hand side through Aaron Siew (12Ta), Sean Hanrahan (11Du), James Huang (12St) & Thomas Ferguson (11We) who crossed the ball into the front of goal for Marc Charas (11Ho) to slot the ball in and scored a goal in the 12th minute. We had several chances to score. In the 20th minute, a shot from Brendon Fannelli (12We) was saved by the opposing goalkeeper. The second half was much of the same by our boys with some very good possession and attacking play. In the 53rd minute, Waverley equalised. The Waverley goalkeeper made some very good saves from our attacking play and the game finished at a 1-1 draw. A great effort by the Trinity team.

Mr Nick Porecca – Coach


8th XI Vs Waverley College

The 8th XI faced a tough challenge playing for almost the first time together this season, against well organised opposition from Sydney Grammar. Despite this, the boys stepped up to the challenge, and gave it what they had. Special credit to Michael Lin (11Sc) for motivating and marshalling the boys on the field and Luke Wang (12Ho) for volunteering to play as goalkeeper for the second half. With greater preparation to match the game-day determination, we can expect more positive results in the weeks to come.

Mr David Farag – Coach


U15 Bill Turner Cup Round 2 Vs Newington College (Round 1 = bye) – 5th May

The Bill Turner Cup squad started strong. We started with great defence from George Kotronakis (10He) and attack from Joshua Falato (9Sc). We found ourselves with momentum from high work rates and high pressing. Leon Livingstone (9We) found two early breakthrough goals and William Panovrakos (10Ke) scored the third goal. Although being up 3-0 at halftime, Newington had a crowd building which pushed them on and kept them hungry to try and find a crucial goal. Although keeping them scoreless, it wasn’t easy, and we had to stay focused. In the end we got the job done and secured the win.

Taj Wardle (9Ta)


U15 Bill Turner Cup Round 3 Vs Georges River College (GRC) Peakhurst – 26th May

On Thursday the 26th of May our Bill Turner Squad came away with a 4-0 victory against GRC Peakhurst. The game took off at a fast pace instantly with both teams playing strong attacking styles against very solid defence. Trinity struck first with Joshua Falato (9Sc) scoring an impressive solo goal to put Trinity in the lead. The opposition replied with a well-struck volley outside the box hitting the crossbar. GRC Peakhurst had much of the possession moving towards the end of the first half.

The second half saw great combination play by Trinity. Joshua Argyrou (8Fo) made an impressive debut off the bench and Thomas Petrovski (9Fo) created multiple opportunities. A corner into the box to from Lucas Kotevich (9We) was finished by Oliver Peric’s (9Hi) header to make it 2-0.  Another scenario of Trinity making the most of set pieces was exemplified when a free kick whipped in into the box was finished by William Panovrakos (10Ke) took the score to 3-0. The last goal came from great combination play into the box, an assist by Lucas Kotevich (9We) and a well-placed goal by Cristian Marzullo (8WJ) in to finish the score 4-0. Very proud of the teams’ performances. Now onto a challenging next round where we will be playing against Endeavour Sports High School in a home game.

George Kotronakis (10He)


CIS Championships

Congratulations to the following students who participated for CAS teams at the CIS Championships on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th of May:

CAS Opens: CAS U16:
1. Isaac Cunningham (12He)

2. James Andrianakos (12Yo)

3. Liam Rippon (12La)

4. Patrick Williams (12La)

1. Freddie Clunas (10Yo)

2. Luca Bazdaric (10St)

3. Oscar Fryer (11Ta)

4. Reece Mihas (10La)


Congratulations to the following who achieved further selection for the CIS Squad and will participate at the NSW All Schools Championships later in the term.

CIS Opens: CIS U16:
1. Isaac Cunningham (12He)

2. Liam Rippon (12La)

3. Shadow: James Andrianakos (12Yo)

4. Shadow: Patrick Williams (12La)

1. Luca Bazdaric (10St)

2. Oscar Fryer (11Ta)


Below are reports from Trinity students involved in these Championships.


Opens CAS Squad @ CIS Championships

Four boys from the Trinity 1st XI were selected to represent CAS and play at the CIS tournament at Valentine Park over Monday (23/5) and Tuesday (24/5). On the first day, we played three games against AICES, ISA and GPS. Our first game against AICES saw a very strong start to the tournament, winning the game 2-0, with a goal from Trinity attacker Liam Rippon (11La). This gave us an abundance of confidence to play against ISA, who were an extremely strong team. This game saw CAS leading at 2-0, with a wonderful free kick from Trinity midfielder Isaac Cunningham (12He), yet we conceded 3 goals in the second half for an eventual 3-2 loss.  An extremely unfortunate result. Our third game came late on the first day against GPS. A tight fought game, CAS conceded early in the first half yet were able to come back in the second half to be winning 2-1. With a minute to go, we conceded an unlucky goal, seeing as finish the game 2-2. This saw the end to an eventful and extremely enjoyable first day of the CIS tournament. In the second day, CAS only had one game left to play against CSSA. We played quite well yet ended up losing 3-1 to a strong CSSA team. Later in the day, there was a presentation. It was announced that GPS won the tournament, followed by ISA then CSSA with CAS finishing in 4th. Moreover, the CIS team was announced who are the best 16 players from the tournament, who would eventually progress to play another tournament with the CIS team. Liam Rippon (11La) and Isaac Cunningham (12He) got selected within the 16-man squad and James Andrianakos (12Yo) alongside Patrick Williams (12La) were selected within the shadow CIS squad, finishing the tournament as quite successful for the Trinitarians.

Patrick Williams (12La)


U16 CAS Squad @ CIS Championships

Over two days the CIS Championships took place where Reece Mihas (10La), Luca Bazdaric (10St), Oscar Fryer (11Ta) and Freddie Clunas (10Yo) all took part. GPS was the first team the boys faced. A stunning strike from Reece Mihas at left back won the game. The next two games that day were against CSSA and NCIS. Oscar Fryer scored three goals and with both games finishing in 2-0 and 5-0 wins. On the second day, the CAS team needed one win to finish as the champions. Oscar Fryer and Reece Mihas both netted a goal each in the first game in a 2-0 win. The final game against AICES was a tough challenge but Oscar Fryers solo goal meant the CAS boys won the tournament convincingly. Congratulations to Luca Bazdaric and Oscar Fryer who were both were selected in the CIS team.

Freddie Clunas (10Yo)



Cristian Marzullo (vi) – BTC   Gabriel Simeos-Peixeiro (ii) – 6th XI   Ben Gerges (vi) – 7C
  Eddie Huynh (iii) – 7B   Lucas Kotevich (ii) – BTC  
    Mac Liversidge (i) – 2nd XI    
Max Wende-Dunstan (iv) – 1st XI Harry Parsonage (ii) – 3rd XI   Michael Lin (i) – 8th XI David Chang (iv) – 7A
    Theo Leckie (ii) – 9A    


Key – to letters mentioned above in ‘Team of the Week’
i. Effort in Attack/Defence & Transitions (Never Gave Up)
ii. High Level of Consistency in Completing Job
iii. Communication to Help Organise Others ‘On and/or Off the Field.
iv. Embraced the Challenge and Overcame Adversity
v. Sportsmanship
vi. Gathered/Took On Feedback & Implemented
vii. Bravery: Put ‘Body on the Line’


Luke Gray – Director of Football


CAS Round 6 Results

W= Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Team Score Result
1st XI 0 4 L
2nd XI 0 2 L
3rd XI 6 0 W
5th XI 4 0 W
6th XI 4 0 W
7th XI 1 1 D
8th XI 0 8 L
10A 1 1 D
9A 2 1 W
9B 0 1 L
9C 2 2 D
9D 0 5 L
8A 1 4 L
8B 1 6 L
8C 5 0 W
8D 3 7 L
8E 2 1 W
8F 1 1 D
8G 0 2 L
7A 4 1 W
7B 7 2 W
7C 10 0 W
7D 8 0 W
7E 1 5 L
7F 2 3 L
7G 0 10 L
7H 3 6 L

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