Weekend Sports Roundup – Manners maketh the menDoug Conway
Trinity rugby players have won plaudits for their conduct off the field, as well as their sportsmanship on it.
Two busloads of students arriving at McDonald’s Lithgow on the way home from a Saturday rugby trip to Bathurst-Orange is a sight that might cause dismay to some other patrons.
But one lady, who had considered not going into the restaurant, was so impressed by the manners of the Trinity party that later she sought out a teacher to say she had never seen school students conduct themselves so well.
Headmaster Tim Bowden said he was delighted to hear the lady’s report that the students were “courteous, well-behaved, gave up their seats to members of the public, and distinguished themselves in every way”.
On the field, there were some brilliant performances as the thirds, 16A, 14A, 13A and 13B teams defeated Kinross, while the firsts and seconds lost narrowly, 19-22 and 15-19 respectively.
The firsts may have lost but their on-field conduct made them champions, especially in the eyes of a parent from the opposing team.
“My son was knocked out in the first half and three or four of the Trinity boys stayed with him to ensure the referee stopped the game,” the parent wrote in a message to the School.
“They made sure he was okay until the Medical Officer was on the field.
“Such sportsmanship did not go unnoticed and I just wanted to commend them. To their teammates, coaches, staff and parents thank you for instilling such empathy and compassion into these young men. A quality that will take them a long way in life.”
Back at home against Barker, Trinity’s football teams recorded 17 wins, 11 losses and five draws, with the firsts coming from behind to win 2-1.
AFL had a win and two losses but it was nearly the other way around. Sam Newton launched the last kick of the game on target from outside the 50m arc but it was touched on the line and the firsts went down by four points in a tight finish to a tight game.
Matthew McLachlan (10WJ) came first individually in the cross country invitational at King’s as the under 16s finished second out of 13 schools and the under 14s fourth out of 14.
The firsts and seconds in volleyball swept Barker 3-0 but the thirds lost and the tennis teams had a lean time with eight wins and 14 losses.
The Year 10 and 8A debaters won semi-finals against Newington and SCEGGS respectively in the ISDA competition, while there were semi-final wins in the FED competition for the Year 10 and Year 9 teams against Barker and Sydney Girls High.
Drama Club teams have reached the state finals of the Sport for Jove Regional Shakespeare Carnival, with wins in the category of Devised Theatre for Ben Hanna, Charlie Anderson, and Alex Henry, and in Ensemble Scene for Lawrence Hoe, Sam Loane, Toby Henry, Cristian Viola, and Oliver Kreis.
Thirteen students have won representative selection in CAS and CIS teams across four sports.
CAS Open Football: Luca Bazdaric, Jeremy Frecker, and Rhys Mihas
CAS U16 Football: Matteo Portolesi, George Kotronakis, Taj Wardle, and Joshua Falato
CIS U15 AFL: Mason McGroder and Callum Padman
CIS U18 Basketball: Jesse Edwards
CIS U16 Basketball: Miles Buvac and Ethan Marten-Coney
CIS U18 Touch Football: Logan Toohey