state soccer, great competition

June 2021 This year our Open Boys soccer team took part in the Christian Schools State Competition in Sydney, after qualifying at the...

state soccer, great competition

June 2021 This year our Open Boys soccer team took part in the Christian Schools State Competition in Sydney, after qualifying at the regional competition a few weeks beforehand in Parkes. The journey to Sydney was a challenge, as we set off in the pouring rain. It was going well until the bus broke down about two hours in, and we had to wait in Yass for close to four hours until another bus came from Wagga. It was not a good start to the trip, but we still had fun biding the time with food and card games. As we got back on the road, we were all eager to get some rest, as some were starting to nod off. We finally arrived and were welcomed by Nepean Christian School with boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts which many of the boys were happy about. After a pretty rough night and getting six hours sleep, we headed off to the grounds to play. When we arrived, we quickly found out they had been closed due to the rain the night before, so we had to change grounds which proved to be an advantage for us later. Our first game was a good start to the day, as we played really well together, with Joe Skewes’s interesting goal in the second half to seal the win. We were feeling pretty good after that game, until we realised who we’d be facing next. Mamre Anglican School are a school dedicated to soccer, and their Opens team was filled with NPL players (Nation Premier League). Our hopes were not high going into this game, but we still wanted to try and give it our best shot. This game was the hardest of the day, However, Mamre are used to playing on a flat ground and synthetic grass, making their passes deadly quick and could wipe through a team. Fortunately for us we were playing on a muddy, uneven field, just like Rawlings Park back in Wagga. They still were a very decent team, and had many goal scoring opportunities, but our defence played well and held strong, with our goalkeeper Loro Kuron coming in clutch and making some amazing saves. Just before half time, Thomas Yongai managed to pull off an incredible goal from halfway which took us all off-guard and was celebrated. We carried the energy into the second half, and as a whole we held strong together, and in. the end we came out on top. A great win for Wagga Christian College. After a celebratory lunch we went into the semi-finals. It was not our best game to start, and the grounds did not help either, as we were surrounded by mud in the first half. Shortly into the match, Shaun Bryder was injured sadly and had to be taken off, which resulted in a goal against us. Overall, we played very well in the second half and really gave it our best. The highlight of the day was beating Mamre, which all the boys could agree on as we put in a tremendous effort and came out on top. We played very well together and gave it our best shot, which ended up with some great plays and overall a great day. Big thanks to Mr Michael Lucas for coaching us and our teacher Mr Cunningham for making it happen. A report from Samuel Ceccato, Year 11 student