Sports Report 2 Aug 17

Noah Poland, continuing the family tradition of success in orienteering

Noah Poland, continuing the family tradition of success in orienteering

By Toni Brown

Orienteering coach, Collegian Paul de JonghRadford Orienteering Squad member Noah Poland, Year 11, was overall winner at last Saturday Metro League #10. Noah took 36 minutes to run a 5.1km course which included technical navigation and a climb across Red Hill (more than one). Noah’s field was 66 metro competitors overall which included 20 strong Junior League competitors.

Other strong Squad performances were Ben Hobson and Brendan Wilson 8th and 9th respectively in Junior Men.

New Radford Squad members continue to tackle increasingly technical courses. Under coach Paul de Jongh’s careful guidance all girls in the Radford Squad are now completing Orange level courses – well done to you all!


U13 Division 2 Open – Radford 2 defeated by Weston Molonglo Zebras 4
By Tim O’Halloran

This week’s game was a non-competitive fixture. Although you wouldn’t have known from the way the two teams played. In a fairly free flowing game the Zebras kicked two early goals, one which came off the post, before Will Gregory scored after a strong run through defence. The boys showed good defensive work as Weston Molonglo push forward several times with our defenders all helping to clear it out and our reliable goalie James Knight (JK) there if it got past them.
A free to Radford in the first half saw a great kick by Darcy Franks that got past the wall only to be saved by their goalkeeper. A corner kick by Darcy again, saw the opposition’s defence tested with a couple of our players almost getting a foot to the ball, but they managed to clear the ball out.

The second half started with another quick goal to Weston Molonglo, but our boys bounced back and really kept up with the Zebras, with great defence and our midfield doing some great running to really push the opposition. Weston Molonglo scored again before Will got our second goal a couple of minutes later from a great through ball by Campbell Kruger. The opposition got a few more tries on goal late in the second half only to be saved by JK again and again. Another corner by Darcy saw Will trying to head the ball into goal but narrowly missed. It was one of the best games from our boys so far, showing their improvement and coming together as a team over the course of the season.

U18 Division 1 Open – Radford 1 defeated by Woden 2
By Jamie Clout

Gorgeous weather greeted Radford First XI to Woden soccer club’s home ground at Mawson.

An interesting matchup with second on the table meeting fifth. Again a slow start by Radford was capitalised on and an early goal was scored by Woden through a cracking strike from outside the box in a scramble. Radford settled and dominated proceedings until half time. Creating several front third entries but to no avail. The second half started with a bang. Some end to end football was played but Radford settled and dictated play left to right, back to front and had several corners. A break away counter attack saw Woden go 2-0 up. Credit to Radford they pushed and again dictated play and got back to 2-1 through some quality football. However it was not enough with Woden hanging on for an epic win.

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