Sports Report 21 June 2017

Coxing a quad

Coxing a quad

Vicky Spencer, Director of Rowing

Radford Rowing is seeking coxes (Year 6–11) for the 2017–18 season. If you are interested in participating in a team sport, are small, quick thinking, fast talking and not afraid to assert your authority, this could be the sport for you. Coxes are the ‘coach in the boat’: they are responsible for directing the crew, steering the boat and relaying the coach’s instructions. We encourage (but do not require) coxes to participate in the land fitness training and learn to row in the boat as well. This promotes a healthy lifestyle and an understanding of what the rowers are undertaking out on the water. Coxes are an integral part of the crew, you must be well organised and willing to use your initiative. We encourage coxes to remain with their peers, however, there may be opportunities for capable coxes to work with older crews if they wish. Rowing is one of the few sports where girls and boys can represent the school in the same crews. Coxes will be provided with a structured training program facilitated by experienced coxes from the ACT and Australian rowing teams. Come and find out more information at a Cox Information meeting at lunchtime, Friday 21 July, Room 71 in the Sports Complex.

Radford Magic win in Triple overtime
By Mark Slater

U14/1 Boys
Radford Magic 70 def. Marist 68 

16 June, Tuggeranong 
Radford Magic prevailed over a strong Marist line-up in a triple overtime thriller. 

After a close opening few minutes, Marist’s bigger bodies began to control the key at both ends and quickly turned that ascendancy into a 10–0 lead. Not to be deterred, the quicker Radford boys began to find space and, by half-time, Marist lead narrowly 18–17. The relatively low scores were a tribute to the intense defence of both teams. The second half was equally tight and the scoring improved as both sides began to tire but, at full-time, the teams could not be separated at 48 points each. Overtime! 

By now the Southern Cross Stadium janitors were preparing their brooms and players and spectators from other, recently completed, matches were gathering to watch the drama. The first three-minute period of overtime saw the scores locked at 57 each and the second stanza offered no resolution either with scores at 61–61. 

As the final period of overtime played out, Radford’s extra speed around the court and some ferocious, smothering defence saw the Magic eke out a four-point lead over a tired and now somewhat depleted Marist who had lost four players to fouls in their efforts to win the game. Marist scored late with just a few seconds to play but the Magic held on to the ball, and the game. 

With just six points separating the top eight teams on the ladder, the importance of every win or loss is magnified. 

This was team sport at its purest, where the ‘E’ in team stands for EVERYONE, a fierce contest of effort and skill from all players on both teams. No one minded finishing near 10.00 pm on a cold winter’s night and the janitors were not once seen fidgeting impatiently with their brooms, so engrossing was the contest.


U18/1 Boys

Radford 8 defeated Monaro 1 (10 June)

We headed to Jerrabomberra for a match up with mid-table Monaro, who can prove tricky at home, so a smart start would be more important than ever to protect FC Radford’s position at the top of the table in Round 4. 

We got the solid start we needed, pushing the ball around with speed and finding feet or space, but the goals wouldn’t come. Just as hints of frustration started to appear – Nathan getting megged in the 15th minute – Andy McColl scored on 18 minutes, but the lead didn’t last long, with a back pass hit short allowing Monaro to equalise on 33 minutes, and the match seemed in the balance. However, two quick goals to Daniel Wang and livewire Oliver Grist before half-time settled things down and we took a two-goal lead to the break. 

We started the second half in command, despite Jay getting megged in the 56th minute, and an early goal to Ryan Lindenmayer and a booming penalty to Thomas French putting the game beyond reach by the hour. With breathing space on the scoreboard, coach Tom Crossly switched players into unfamiliar roles, which had the pleasing effect of giving Andy his second goal and further goals to Barclay Zhang and Hugh O’Brien. Seven scorers of eight goals could have been eight scorers for nine had birthday boy Will Strutt not missed from close range in the final minutes.

All in all, a very strong showing of skill and execution all around the park, with a defensive line playing as the attacking springboard and a midfield spoiled all day for passing options. FC Radford stays top of the ladder and gained a boost to goal difference as rivals Marist won by six against St Edmunds.

U18/1 Boys

Radford 5 defeated Gungahlin 3

Match day 5 brought third-placed Gungahlin to Radford, with our First XI eager to build on last week’s strong result at Monaro and stay on top of the ladder.


Gungahlin put the league leaders under pressure in the opening 10 minutes, which hurt our passing accuracy, and had the game flowing either way of the halfway line with the Radford defence and midfield under the pump. When Radford settled, the passes started to find feet and we took the game forward, with Barclay opening the scoring in the 12th minute and doubling the advantage in the 22nd. David put another in quickly and it appeared Radford was cruising at 3–0 after 25 minutes. Despite the scoreline, Gungahlin kept pressing, megging Stu on 25 minutes, but to no avail with our midfield hunting together, winning the ball and sending us back into attack. On 33 minutes, Barclay ran onto a loose ball on halfway and beat several defenders to bring up his second hat trick for the year on 33 minutes. Gungahlin kept coming and hit back immediately. At 4–1 approaching half-time, Alex’s falcon drew gasps of appreciation from the bench, which had been enjoying a geometry lecture on the isosceles triangle from special guest Mr Hoshovsky.


Having cruised the final 25 minutes of the first half, Gungahlin brought the game to us when the second half began, and threatened to break through, megging Frenchy in the 49th minute, but Paul’s goal on 54 minutes restored some comfort and, at 5–1, we thought we’d done enough to win. With 35 minutes left to play, Gungahlin had other ideas and they kept coming at us, and threatened with long balls over our high line. Excellent goal-keeping from Hugo kept them from stealing the game but, finally, the weight of possession told and a penalty and a late goal from Gungahlin saw the final score 5–3 to Radford.


Radford will stay top of the ladder with four wins from four games, and a long break ahead of our next match in Term 3 against league contenders Marist.


U15/2 Boys

Radford Raiders 3 defeated by Radford Raptors 5

By Ethan Kruger

This weekend we played the other Radford team, the Raptors, and unfortunately went down 3–5 in a hard-fought game. As a team we felt like we matched them on the field and, while the scoreline didn’t go our way, the boys should be proud of their efforts as we all played and tried really hard.

Despite the very early loss of our goalie Gus, due to a hard knock on the knee, we had a very strong first half, going into the half-time break up 2–1. Hopefully Gus will be back to full fitness soon. Hugo stepped into the role of goalie and had another awesome game keeping plenty of goals out. He was supported in defence by the ever reliable Kevin who moved between defence and mid-field.

Blake Riley attacked well scoring two of the goals. Will Moth scored our third goal converting a great kick from Eugene.


U13/2 Boys

Belnorth 6 defeated Radford 2

It was a challenging game for the boys this weekend. Belnorth were clearly the better side in the first half where they went into half-time with a 4–0 lead, but our boys rallied extremely well in the second half and were able to match them in both defence and attack to end the game with a 6–2 defeat.

The boys started the game on the back foot, conceding a goal in the first three minutes. Belnorth’s talented forwards sliced through our defence too easily and their disciplined backs held their defence lines well. Despite this, our boys were still able to get a few corners and some good shots on goal through Will G and Darcy Franks without success. We were unfortunately unable to capitalise on Will S’s strong runs down the wing. Had it not been for the brilliant saves by James Knight (JK) in goal, the scoreline would have been a lot worse going into half-time.

Similar to last week, the boys rallied in the second half and made the game a much closer affair. Our boys played with more confidence, better communication and teamwork. Saxon Moore worked tirelessly in the mid-field and Will G put two great shots on goal with one converting a perfectly weighted ball from Darcy Franks. Our second goal came through Josh, which was followed with ‘a rather enthusiastic celebration’.

If the boys can find a way to get off to a stronger start in their matches they should be able to match or better the opposition, whoever they are.


U12/2 Girls
Radford 3 defeated Majura 1

By Martha Jennett

This week, my team beat the Majura Thunderbolts 3–­1. We did quite well and we had some great saves by Eliza in the first half and some great shots. Our team is getting stronger every game but we do need to work on passing a bit more to each other and definitely some more cooperation skills.

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