ASC Under 15's ISA Division 2 Champions

ASC became the ISA Division 2 Under 15s champions with a strong 25-10 win over Redlands in the grand final at Oakhill on Saturday 20 August.

The victory capped a dream year for the team who were unbeaten in the regular season but the scoreline didn’t really reflect the closeness of the match with Redlands really putting it to our boys early in the second half.

Both teams traded field position with accurate kicking, hard running and vigorous defence.


A very determined ASC team worked hard to gain the ascendancy in the first 20 minutes of the game.

Great support play and determined ruck work helped them to a convincing 15-nil lead but Redlands gave a glimpse of what was to come as they threw themselves into the contest testing the ASC defence in the last five minutes of the half. 

Redlands stormed into the second half with a new found enthusiasm for straight running and aggressive defence and 10 minutes in had narrowed the margin to 15-10.

ASC realised they were in a dogfight and dug deep in a nail-biting period of the game.

It wasn’t until the backline exploded and produced one of the team’s best tries all year that they were finally able to breathe a little easier.

A penalty late in the game sealed a memorable result for this group of boys who also defeated Redlands in the Under 14s grand final last year.

Through persistence and application at training, the boys have developed a great bond and belief in their ability. 

They would not have won the grand final without this and their ability to work as a team.

The team would like to thank the College community for their support and enthusiasm during the finals.

Final Score: 

ASC Under 15s 25 def Redlands Under 15s 10
Jesse Mason 2, Cooper Nagy tries, Jock Sutton 2 Conv, 2 Pen goals


ASC First XV Win Respect of All in Gallant Grand Final Defeat 

The ASC First XV can hold their heads high following their gallant 36-24 loss to Chevalier in the ISA Division 2 Grand Final at Oakhill on Saturday 20 August.

In a stirring assembly speech captain Matthew Jackman said he could not have been more pleased with his team.

“We may not have gotten the result we hoped for but we did ourselves and the school proud,” he said.

“For the Year 12s in the team this was their final game in the blue and red and the memories we have created will be remembered forever.” 

Just as they did in last week’s semi-final ASC got off to a slow start with Chevalier crossing for a couple of early tries.

But Matthew said this didn’t rock the team’s confidence at all.

“We were not concerned as we knew that they were going to come out strong and through great discipline and smart football we managed to play our way back into the game with our first try,” he said.

“The belief within the boys was showing, all we needed was the ball in hand and we could take it right to Chevalier College.”  

And take the game to them they did marching up the field on the back of some rampaging runs.

But Chevalier had the lion share of possession and more often than not ASC found themselves defending their own try line.

An enormous defensive effort held Chevalier at bay and ASC managed to sneak in for another try of their own giving them an unlikely 14-12 lead at halftime. 


ASC were looking to go on with the job in the second half but Chevalier kept possession brilliantly preventing ASC from using its potent attacking arsenal.

Matthew said the match looked beyond reach when Chevalier added another two tries but no one was giving up.

“The All Saints’ boys showed that never say die attitude that this school is known for and kept playing their hearts out until the final buzzer,” he said.

“We scored a well-deserved try as the final whistle sounded to end our 2016 season making the final score 36-24.”

Well done boys! 


Semi-Final Round Up and Grand Final Preview

The ASC First XV are confident they can cause an upset in Saturday’s ISA Division 2 Grand Final against Chevalier at Oakhill.

Chevalier lost just one match during the regular season and beat ASC both times they met but the boys weren’t too far away on either occasion, going down by just a point at Bowral.

“Chevalier will be tough, there’s no doubt about it,” team member Cameron Redpath said

“They’ve only lost 1 game this year, but I believe that if we train hard and play well that we have what it takes to bring the title home.”

ASC go into the game buoyed by a gutsy 38-26 semi-final win over Central Coast Grammar at Oakhill last Saturday.

A tough encounter was expected with a history of rivalry between the two teams down the years and while ASC came out firing it was Central Coast who shot to the lead with two tries in the first 5 minutes.

ASC remained composed and turned the tide with dominant forward running and fluid back play.
Four tries, all converted gave ASC a strong lead and Central Coast’s frustration boiled over when they had one player sent from the field and another yellow carded.

But while ASC was a man up it was Central Coast who scored the next two tries to pull within two points.

Again ASC didn’t panic, kicking a penalty goal and sealing the win with one last try to make it 38-26.

The high-flying ASC Under 15s will also play in the decider this Saturday after a 19-10 win over Chevalier.

They will take on Redlands and go into the match with plenty of confidence having defeated them 38-17 in their only clash this season.

The under 13s and 14s will be cheering from the sidelines after their campaigns ended in last Saturday’s semi-finals going down to St Andrews Cathedral School and Redfield respectively.
Good luck boys – let’s bring home two titles!


Teagan's 7s skills to go on show at the Bledisloe

There wouldn’t be too many students out there who could say they have played in front of 80,000 people but All Saints’ Teagan Miller will be able to do just that after Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup clash between Australia and New Zealand at ANZ Stadium.

Teagan has been chosen to play in an exhibition Rugby 7s match at halftime with and against other members of the NSW Women’s Youth Development Squad.

She said she could not have been more excited when she received the email advising her she had been selected for the special event.

“I’ve played at Allianz Stadium before but this will be much bigger,” she said.

“This will be the most people I’ll have ever played a game in front of which is pretty awesome.”

It has been a whirlwind rise into the NSW ranks for Teagan who only started playing Rugby 7s two years ago and admits to not even liking it at first!

But now, she says she hardly has time for anything else!

“Sevens is pretty much my main thing now, my only thing.”

“If I’m not off playing somewhere I’m training so it’s pretty full on – I even have a special app on my phone that keeps me advised of all the upcoming tournaments and training sessions I need to be at.”

Saturday’s Bledisloe appearance will kick off a busy end to the year for Teagan who will play for Central West in the NSW Women’s Youth 7s Championships at Coffs Harbour in October.

A good performance there should see her back in blue for the National Women’s Youth 7s Championships in Perth in December.

Scott Anderson


Saturday 6th August 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up

A powerful 41-15 win by the 1st XV highlighted a strong all around performance by All Saints’ in the last regular season round of the ISA Division Two competition at Watson Oval on Saturday. 

The boys were keen to gain some momentum heading into the finals and the match had the added significance of being the last the Year 12 students will play on Watson Oval. 

ASC came out full of running and dominated the first half, converting pressure into points to score several good tries.

SACS responded in the second half and  pressured ASC but the homeside showed plenty of determination and confidence to remain focused and repel their charge. 

The firsts will now play Central Coast Grammar in the semi finals at Oakhill College on Saturday 

The Under 14s also had a strong comeback win defeating SACS 36-17.

Trailing 17-12 at half time, the Under 14s fought back hard, piling on the points while keeping the opposition scoreless. 

The 14s can rightly feel confident heading into their semi-final encounter with  Redfield College.

The Under 13s are also finals bound and interestingly will face St Andrews Cathedral again on Saturday.   

SACS just got the better of them 38-28 last Saturday but the boys will be hoping to turn the tables this time around.  

Playing against a much larger team the boys gelled beautifully to meet their opponents with resolute defence, owning the ‘circle of courage’, and making the most of their chances to score points.

While the Under 14s failed to make the semi finals they finished their year in the best possible fashion with a 31-17 victory over SACS.

There was only pride left to play for in the final game of the season for the ASC 16’s and with injuries having taken a heavy toll they needed the support of several Under 15s players to boast a full complement.

ASC started brilliantly with the boys  recycling excellently through the forwards.

The tight five combined well with effective clearance from the loose forwards.

The scores were locked 12-all at the break but things changed in the second half with both teams paying a more expansive game.

Leading 24-17 with just minutes to go the home side were under enormous pressure from SACS but a break away length of field soccer exhibition from Charlie O’Neill sealed the game 31-17.  

Nick Houston and Ben Parsons scored great forwards tries while Nick Anderson and Will Stokes also crossed the stripe while playing up from the 15’s.

Semi Finals at Oakhill College
ASC Under 13s vs St Andrews Cathedral School 
ASC Under 14s vs Redfield College 
ASC Under 15s vs Chevalier College
ASC 1st VX vs Central Coast Grammar School 
Good Luck to all teams! 


Saturday 30th July 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up

All Saints’ First XV took a major step towards securing a place in the ISA Division 2 semi-finals with a strong 17-7 win over a gutsy Redlands side at Macquarie University last Saturday.

The boys set the tone right from the kick off with some big runs from the forwards marching ASC up the field.

ASC took the lead early with David Cant plunging over in the corner after some fluid passing.

But last placed Redlands had come to play and stepped up their effort turning over some ASC ball.

The visitors responded in kind and were rewarded with another try to take a handy lead into the halftime break.

Any thoughts of running away with the game were quickly dispelled when Redlands scored the first try of the second half.

But ASC stuck to their task and continued to move the ball out wide, the tactic finally paying off late in the game when McLangton Mbakada scored in the corner.

The Under 13s also look to be semi-final bound despite losing 42-27 to Redlands

In the unusual position of playing after the 1st XV clash the 13s had a good crowd on hand and both teams put on a show with the lead changing hands several times in a free-flowing first half.

Despite the loss, the boys will take plenty of confidence into their final round clash with table-topping St Andrews on Saturday.

The Under 14’s will also be buoyed by their great comeback win over St Pius X at Oxford Falls.

Despite heavy resistance from All Saints, St Pius X still managed two first half tries to lead 10-0 at the break.

But ASC refused to surrender and came out even harder in the second half, playing with great structure and composure.

They were rewarded with two tries of their own; both converted, to give them a 14-10 lead they would maintain until the final whistle.

It was a high-quality match and the under 14s should be congratulated on a well-deserved win.


Saturday 23rd July 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up

All Saints’ Under 15s continued their fine run of form with a strong 47-22 victory over Chevalier at Watson Oval on Saturday.

It was far from an easy win with Chevalier mounting an enthusiastic opposition and often pressing the home side during the game.

But a mix of excellent teamwork, hard running, and application to the game plan saw ASC home to consolidate their place on top of the table.

The 13s also started to their show their true potential with an excellent team win over Chevalier.

In a free-flowing game, the boys held off a spirited second-half comeback by the opposition to win the match 33-24.

It was a different story in the Under 14s where the powerful Chevalier team dominated from the outset but All Saints did manage to rally in the second half and score a try.

The Under 16s were struggling with numbers and ended up mixing with Chevalier to play an enjoyable high-scoring Barbarians Game.

The ASC 1st XV needed a win to press their claims for a top two spot and they started well scoring the first try against a much bigger Chevalier outfit.

The home team showed plenty of grit to lead 7-5 at halftime in a tightly contested encounter.

Chevalier scored first in the second half to take the lead but the match remained very close until the final 10 minutes where the visitors managed to seal it with two quick tries.

The final score of 27-7 was not really representative of the 1st XV effort with boys showing they are far from done in the finals race.


Saturday 18th June 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up

Under 13sCentral Coast Grammar 27 def ASC 14
Under 14sOxley College 41 def ASC 21
Under 15sASC 12 drew Central Coast Grammar 12
Under 16sCentral Coast Grammar 23 def ASC 15
1st XVCentral Coast Grammar 47 def ASC 19

It was a tough day at the office for the All Saints' College Rugby teams last Saturday.

All teams faced long road trips with the U14s traveling to Bowral to play Oxley College and the other teams heading to Erina to play Central Coast Grammar School (CCGS).

Our best result on the day came in the Under 15’s which we drew 12-all.

ASC was competitive in the other matches but always seemed to finish on the wrong end of the scoreline.

The Under 13s lost 27-14 to CCGS while the Under 14s were defeated 41-21 by Oxley College in Bowral.

The Under 16s gave CCGS a real run for their money but still lost 23-15 and the First XV were beaten 47-19.

The boys will now rest and regroup over the winter school holidays for a big home fixture against Chevalier College on Saturday 23rd July 2016


Saturday 4th June 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up

Under 13sASC 31 def Redfield 21
Under 14sRedfield 51 def ASC 7
Under 15sSt Josephs 50 def ASC 5
Under 16sRedfield 62 def ASC 12
1st XVASC 21 def Redfield 10

ASC split the honours with Redfield in very difficult conditions at home on the weekend.

ASC won the First XV and Under 13s clashes while Redfield took out the Under 14s and Under 16s.

The Under 15s faced even more difficult conditions as they travelled to storm-ravaged Sydney to play St Joseph’s College at Hunters Hill.

While the final scoreline was heavily against the boys they put in a big effort against a very good side and got better as the match went on, lifting their effort and adapting to the conditions in the second half to score the last try.

Back in Bathurst, the Under 13s were locked in a much closer encounter with Redfield.

The match was played 12-a-side but neither this nor the wet weather prevented either side from playing an up-tempo brand with ASC coming out on top 31-21.

Injuries hit the Under 14s badly as Redfield ran away with the game to win 51-7.

All Saints’ trailed just 14-7 after twenty minutes but lost all momentum after the half time break.       

The boys never stopped trying in the Under 16s but Redfield were just too good winning 62-12.

It was a real ambush by a surprisingly powerful Redfield team and a far cry from the 14-10 defeat the ASC boys handed them in the first round.

The First XV went into their match needing a win to consolidate their place in the top half of the ISA Division 2 Ladder.

They were expecting a close tussle with just three points between the teams the first time they met this season and the match didn’t disappoint with ASC playing strongly but leading just 7-0 at halftime.

ASC landed a critical blow when they were first to score after the break, the 14-nil lead adding to their growing momentum at the time.

The boys worked hard to pressure Redfield in defence and errors cost the visitors another try to give ASC a convincing a 21-0 lead.

But Redfield wasn’t done with yet and ran in two late tries, both unconverted, to leave the final score at 21-10.

Overall it was a great effort by all both on and off the field and the coaches would particularly like to thank the Friends of Rugby and Rugby Patron John Cranfield for their continuing dedication and ongoing support. 


Saturday 28th May 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up

Under 13sSt Andrews 45 def ASC 25
Under 14sSt Andrews 25 def ASC 5
Under 15sNo score recorded
Under 16sASC 7 def St Andrews 5
1st XVSt Andrews 43 def ASC 24

The bleak weather matched ASC moods after coming away with just one win from the road trip to St Andrews.

Our only win came in the Under 16s where the boys bounced back from their defeat to Redlands last week with a tough 7-5 win.

It was one try each but luckily Charlie O’Neill made the ASC kickers job easy when he ran away to score under the posts.

Prior to this ASC had lost 45-25 in the Under 13s and 25-5 in the Under 14s.

The under 13s competed all game but St Andrews always managed to maintain a safe gap while the 14s put in a huge second half effort to keep their match close.

The 15s match ended up being a non-competitive Barbarians style contest with ASC mixing with St Andrews to form two teams for an enjoyable  high scoring encounter. 

The First XV went down fighting 43 - 24 to St Andrews.

Inability to convert early pressure and possession into points cost Saints dearly as the home side grew in confidence.

St Andrews got out to a handy lead before the ASC boys fought hard to get back into the game.
They were giving it everything but it was too late with time beating them in the end.

This weekend we host Redfield in four matches at ASC.

The Under 15s travel to Sydney to play a St Joseph's Under 15 team. 


Saturday 21st May 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up

A great advertisement for the school. Opposition players, staff and parents praised our Under 13s for their sportsmanship in the face of a heavy loss. Well done boys!

Under 13sRedlands 47 defeated ASC 0
Under 14sASC 65 defeated Oakhill C's 7
Under 15sASC 38 defeated Redlands 17
Under 16sRedlands 20 defeated ASC 7
1st XVASC 33 defeated Redlands 5

In this competitive world, it’s easy to forget that it’s not always about if you win, it’s about how you play the game.

This was summed up brilliantly on Monday when the school received a number of emails praising the sportsmanship and conduct of our rugby teams, in particular, the Under 13s.

It would have been easy, understandable even, for the Under 13s to not be this way after being handed a 47-0 defeat by Redlands but they were fantastic ambassadors for the school and made a point of thanking the Redlands players, coaches and supporters for travelling to Bathurst to play.

As the emails showed this left many people with a very positive view of our school, our rugby program and our students – well done Under 13s!

The 13s were one of two Saints teams to be defeated on the day with the Under 16s losing a close one 20-7.

It was an interesting match in that it started late and had to played 12-a-side due to Redlands being short on numbers.

The defeat in the Under 16s followed two wins for ASC with the Under 14s smashing Oakhill C 65-7 and the Under 15s winning their grand final replay with Redlands 38-17.

While the score looked convincing in the 15s this was actually a very close game with All Saints’ only getting away from Redlands late in the match.

ASC had another strong win in the firsts defeating Redlands 33-5.

ASC 1st XV now sit second on the ladder, just one bonus point adrift of first with one game in the first round to played.

Thank you to all the players, parents, staff, and volunteers who have been involved with rugby this year – you are doing a magnificent job.

This weekend all teams are away at St Andrew Cathedral School in Sydney before we host Redfield College for our next home game on Saturday 4th June 2016.


Saturday 14th May 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up

Under 13sChevalier 50 defeated ASC 12
Under 14sChevalier 50 defeated ASC 0
Under 15sASC 50 defeated Chevalier 10
Under 16sChevalier 50 defeated ASC 0
1st XVChevalier 38 defeated ASC 37

It was a tough day for ASC at  Chevalier College Bowral on Saturday with the four-hour bus trip taking it’s toll on many players. 

The Under 15’s enjoyed our only victory of the day, piling on the points to win 50-10. 

Unfortunately though the favour was more than returned in the  13’s 14’s and 16’s where we were well beaten by classy Chevalier College teams. 

The First XV game was the only close encounter of the day.

Chevalier started the stronger but the ASC boys rose to the challenge  and as the match progressed goal kicking was the only thing separating the teams.

ASC had an opportunity to snatch victory after scoring a try when time was up but the conversion went astray leaving Chevalier 1 point winners. 

The final score was Chevalier 38 ASC 37 with both teams crossing for six tries each. 

Well done to all boys and families that travelled, played and supported on the day. 

This weekend ASC will be looking to bounce back at home against Redlands.

Saturday 7th May 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up

Under 13sASC 33 defeated Central Coast Grammar 19
Under 14sASC 28 defeated Oxley College 27
Under 15sASC 50 defeated Central Coast Grammar 7
Under 16sCentral Coast Grammar 36 defeated ASC 35
1st XVASC 21 defeated Central Coast Grammar 19

All Saints’ First XV remained unbeaten after a tense 21-19 win over Central Coast Grammar at Watson Oval on Saturday.

David Cant landed a penalty with five minutes to go to give ASC the winning lead capping a great comeback by the boys who were down 12-nil early in the match.

The situation was reversed in the Under 16s where Central Coast Grammar kicked a penalty after full time to defeat ASC 36-35.

There was nothing close about the 15s encounter though with ASC full of running.

They piled on the tries to crush Central Coast 50-7.

The under 14s also picked up a good win in a thrilling match with Oxley College.

The match was a see-sawing affair  with the lead changing hands on numerous occasions.

ASC were in front when it mattered though recording a 28-27 win.

The 13s also impressed and while new to rugby are improving every week.

They defeated Central Coast Grammar 33-19. 

This weekend ASC travel to Chevalier College Bowral.

Saturday 30th April 2016 ASC Rugby Round Up


Under 13sASC 47 defeated Redfield 43 
Under 14sRedfield 34 defeated ASC 0
Under 15sASC 54 defeated St Gregory's B 10
Under 16sASC 14 defeated Redfield 10
1st XV 

ASC 18 defeated Redfield 15

All Saints made a strong start to the 2016 ISA Division 2 Season at Redfield last Saturday with wins in four out of five games.

Our biggest win of the day came in the 15s where we thumped St Gregory’s B by 54-10, a welcome bounce back after going down 34-nil to Redfield in the 14s.

The 13s just pipped Redfield in a free-flowing affair with a total of 90 points scored between the teams while the 16s also just got home but this time in a low scoring game.

The Firsts also had a close tussle with Redfield but eventually triumphed 18-15.             


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2015 Season Reports

1st XV Rugby

The 2015 ISA season for the 1st XV was memorable for many reasons, and for the boys involved, particularly the Year 12s, it was a team and a year to remember.

We believed that this was a year of great potential; we set attainable goals for the season to lead us to success. We knew that there would be challenges as we approached the year with a small squad. This forced us together and was of benefit to the team but also made some games very difficult with injury and unavailable players.

The players who were there during the more difficult times were always selfless but committed to contribute to the team in the best way. We also enjoyed fantastic support from the Under 16s team and players. There were occasions where this made it possible to field a team and gave us great support from the interchange bench with boys always willing and wanting to take to the field.

The belief that the team carried into every match, the courage and determination that they played with was a credit to the players. They played with emotion and control on all occasions. The players would run onto the field every Saturday focused and determined to do better than the week before and loved playing rugby with each other. No matter what the result was, the players would leave the field with heads held high, confident that they had performed well, had improved as the season progressed and had worn the College jumper with pride and represented it well.

This is the way All Saints’ College rugby has been played over the years and particularly in home games on Watson Oval. This is what makes All Saints’ College a standout school irrespective of results and trophies. The development of these young men is the true success of this unique little rugby school and morally strong student rugby club. It sets us apart from other schools.

The year did not follow the script that the squad had in mind. The first half of the season was full of optimism but it was interrupted from the start with the first game a washout against St Andrew’s Cathedral School (Sydney), followed by three losses and then a win against Redlands College. The second half of the season followed a similar pattern with a washout (or more appropriately, a freeze-out), three losses and a final game win at home.

The final game of Term 2, also the first game of Round 2, was All Saints’ hosting St Andrew’s. St Andrew’s had won four from five games and we had only won one game. We went into the game very confident although the statistics all had us looking to be well beaten. We knew we were good and we were. In a very entertaining rugby union match the score was tight through the first half until the All Saints’ 1st XV moved ahead in the game. Our strong running forwards had been excellent and the backs had been skilled and expansive scoring tries out wide.

The All Saints’ boys dominated the game forging a nine point lead with only five minutes to go. St Andrew’s scored to make it 26-22 with less than two minutes to play. All Saints’ regained possession from the kick through a scrum and pressured the kick off. The scrum was won but whilst applying immense pressure in a tense situation, St Andrew’s forced the turnover and from broken play scored a try after time had finished. This was devastating for the All Saints’ boys who were unluckily beaten by a point 27-26. The boys lost graciously knowing that they had contributed to a fantastic game and had really deserved the victory that did not come their way. 

The long three week break followed by a non-playing weekend as a result of frozen roads meant that it had been a long time between games before we resumed playing. It was very pleasing to finish our competitive season when we hosted Redlands College on Watson Oval. The All Saints’ 1st XV squad was committed to sending out our Year 12 players with a success in their final schoolboy match on Watson Oval. After a well contested first half the All Saints’ boys were confident that they could finish their year well with a great second half. The players got on the front foot and played very well moving the ball wide to score multiple tries and win the game 33-0. It was a fitting way to end the season for our departing Year 12s and a great way to finish for the players looking to continue in the 1st XV jumper next year.

 We would like to thank everybody who makes rugby at All Saints’ College possible: Mr David Hitchick who assisted with coaching the 1st XV team; the other coaches and staff at All Saints’ College including Mr Scott Gardner, Mr Geoffrey Siegert and Mr Patrick Sinclair who all contributed to the season and provided the opportunities for us; the All Saints’ College Friends of Rugby, the referees and officials for all games; and the parent, student and school support that we enjoyed all year was greatly appreciated.

A special thanks to the Captains of Rugby, Richard Vincent and Jack Pople, who led All Saints’ rugby this year.

Mr Bradley Allen (Coach) with contribution from Luke Johnstone (1st XV Captain)

1st XV Awards:
Best Forward: Nolan Parker
Best Back: Lachlan Wilkinson
Most Improved: McLangton Mbakada
Coaches’ Award: Mitchell Thompson
Players’ Player: Marshall Fox
McLeod Trophy: Harry Hailstone

Under 16s Rugby

2015 has been another exciting, challenging, and rewarding year for everyone involved with the Under 16s team. A special thanks to the unfaltering support of Mr Peter Clyne who has once again always been there offering assistance and guidance to the team and myself.

With the wonderful inclusion of some extremely committed Under 15s and a couple of new recruits, our team grew to a squad of 23 players. For the first time in three years, our bench was full and a sense of playing for your position assisted enthusiasm and attention, both on and off the field. 

As a coach, if you had a choice of coaching a team of champions or a team of committed team-minded individuals, I would always wish for the latter. These young men have not disappointed in this respect.

They were always early to training, eager to listen, and willing to learn. Every Tuesday and Thursday, rain, hail or shine, we had great numbers and plenty of willing participants, to the point that sometimes I had to limit their insatiable desire for physical contact and aggression. I found myself for the first time, holding back some of the exuberance to ensure we had our best chance of going into game day injury free and at full strength.

Our season was full of wonderful displays of teamwork and spirit. Starting off strongly against Canberra Grammar School in a pre-season trial was once again encouraging. Chevalier College continued to present challenges for the team in Round 1, but strong results against SCECGS Redlands, Central Coast Grammar School and St Andrew’s Cathedral School laid the platform for the business end of the season.

This year the team was given a wonderful opportunity to tour to Queensland during the June/July holidays. The trip solidified the already strong bonds our boys have and was to prove a defining week in their aspirations for a finals football appearance.

As a coach the aim was to come into game one of Round 2 of the season at home against arch rivals Chevalier, game fit and having built cohesion during the holiday break. Unfortunately, the game was snowed out and we were unable to test ourselves against the Bowral lads.

From that point on the season was mixed with some great wins and some close losses; a try after the bell loss to Central Coast at Erina was a massive wakeup call for the team. It was this loss that was to ensure a finals clash against Chevalier which was not ideal.

Oakhill College was to be the scene for one of the most amazing games of football I have ever been involved in. Our boys ran onto the field with a resolve and commitment that I had never seen from them. They played for each other and the never-give-up attitude they developed over the last few years came through with an awesome win against the minor premiers. We had beaten a team which had not been beaten all season, we had achieved our pre-season goal of going one further than last year and were set to clash with Redfield College in the grand final.

We started the game where we finished off the week prior and I believe we were the better team in the first half. The Redfield players were in shock and wondering what had hit them! The boys were playing with patience and maturity and were looking for a chance to steal the trophy from an extremely well drilled Redfield outfit. However, a massive build up and busy week leading up to the weekend, along with unlimited substitutions from the opposition meant we ran out of steam late in the second half and the game got away on us.

Finally, I would just like to say that these boys are fantastic young men and a credit to themselves, their families and their school. This year has been a memorable experience for all of us and I look forward to seeing the new team go one better next year.

Mr Geoffrey Siegert (Coach)

Under 16s Awards:
Best Forward: Ryan Clyne
Best Back: David Cant
Most Improved: Dougal Murphy
Christopher Mould Memorial Shield: Cameron Redpath
McLeod Trophy: Harrison Gavey

Under 14s Rugby

Term 1 trial games against Kinross Wolaroi School and Canberra Grammar School provided the team with much needed match play. Wins in both these games gave the boys great confidence for the season which lay ahead of them.

Again, we aimed at setting realistic goals for success this year which required a determined and single minded approach to their rugby. We wanted to concentrate on improving those aspects of play that had let them down during games whilst continuing to cover new strategies to further their skill set. It was essential that we made progress, if the boys’ goal of making the semi-finals was to come to fruition.

The opportunity for the majority of the squad to participate at the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival in July proved to be an important catalyst for the eventual success the team experienced.

The Under 14s win in the final against last year’s Premiers, SCECGS Redlands, was a courageous effort and testament to the team’s developing composure when games got tight and never-say-die attitude. This was particularly evident when with five minutes to play in the final and 12-10 down on the scoreboard the boys rallied and provided the opportunity for Nickolas Anderson to run 90 metres and score under the posts. The conversion made the score 17-12 with just under four minutes to play. From the restart Redlands competed successfully for the ball and were repelled on several occasions by great scrambling defence by the boys.

With energy levels on empty and only adrenaline fueling the team, Redlands attacked our try line one last time as the hooter sounded. We watched anxiously from the sidelines and grandstand as the Redlands backline moved the ball through the hands in a last ditch effort to penetrate our defence. Good pressure from the backline and a knock on from our opponents meant that the team could finally relax, as Premiers.

The smiles and tears on the faces of not only the players but the supporters and families who were able to witness the win, was priceless. The emotion and joy that sport brings was well represented on Saturday, 22nd August, by the All Saints’ College community. The charging mass of players off the bench, the roar from the students and parents from behind the ropes when the referee finally blew full time, will stay in my memory for many years.

The 2015 Under 14s rugby squad has developed as rugby players and young men. They have a competitive spirit but are humble in victory and have shown great respect for their counterparts on the field. A group of boys who still feel the disappointment of defeat but appreciate that from facing adversity we get stronger. This aspect, in hindsight, allowed them to take stock of their performances at the Gold Coast Rugby Carnival and helped in resolving our defensive problems and allowed us to prepare for the challenges we faced at the business end of the season.

Their hilarious antics and craic at training and on bus trips show they are still larrikins at heart. I hope that never changes. The boys’ success this season is due to their commitment to each other and a developing understanding of the significance and reward that comes from representing their school on the rugby field.

I congratulate Mr Benjamin Bayliss for his continued enthusiasm and energy as assistant coach of the Under 14s squad. His developing skills and contribution during training sessions and game days have been invaluable. To Mr Andrew Townsend and Mr David Blackshaw, thank you for your support and camaraderie during the season. Your unflappable patience with the boys and insight was appreciated by all members of the squad.

The Season: 21 players; 320 points scored for/85 against (ISA Competition); Undefeated Minor Premiers; First on 39 points to Redlands on 28 points; 10 try-scorers - 52 tries (av. of 8 tries per game ); 3 goal kickers - 30 conversions.              

Mr Scott Gardner (Coach)

Under 14s Awards:
Best Forward: Jesse Mason and Jeremiah Ovenden
Best Back: Nickolas Anderson
Most Improved: William Mitchell
McLeod Trophy: Joshua Stanmore

Under 13s Rugby

Under 13s rugby is always an interesting challenge. The players arrived to their first training session with a huge variety of skills and experience. The great beauty of rugby is the requirement for a team to function together and this was a season of learning that essential skill for our Under 13s boys. 

A pre-season game against Kinross Wolaroi School showed that our boys had a strong running backline and plenty of speed, but it also revealed that defence would be an area to work on throughout the season. 

The first away trip to Canberra was a new experience for the boys heralding a season of long bus trips with the requirement to get out and play not long after. This is a difficult task and one with which the boys dealt happily with all season. This game revealed some character and attitude that stayed with the boys all season, and was also the first sighting of a season long phenomenon - the second half fight back. 

While it is true that the boys suffered some convincing losses throughout the season, it is also the case that in every single loss they fought back in the second half and were successful in restricting their opposition. In all cases the boys played with heads held high and demonstrated an indomitable spirit. So in looking back at the season with only a couple of wins and many losses, I am nonetheless proud of what the boys have achieved.  

It is without question that the boys learnt the game this year, learnt to support each other on the field and learnt the value of that support. The forwards’ set piece work by the end of the season was of a high standard and the work of the scrimmage at the semi-final against Redfield College was a testament to just how much these boys had learnt in a single season. 

Twice during the season we played against Bathurst Bulldogs and after losing the first round came back toward the end of our season to win through the excellent work of a backline that ran up quickly, recovered in defence, and was incisive in its running.  

It has truly been a pleasure to watch these boys learn the game, develop skills and most of all develop personally as they faced the challenges of the season. I must express my gratitude for the assistance I have received in this endeavour from the Under 14s coaches and also from Mr John Cusick and Mr Joel Lo Ribeiro (Gap student).

Thanks also must go to all the parents who have supported the boys and myself on the sidelines, in coming to games both at home and away, and especially to those who have been able to assist with the Friends of Rugby. The support of the Friends of Rugby is vital to our programme and I encourage as many as possible to become involved.

Mr Patrick Sinclair (Coach)

Under 13s Awards:
Best Forward: Benjamin Cant
Best Back: Samuel Petersen
Most Improved: Matthew Parkinson
McLeod Trophy: Sean Gardner



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