Sports Report 28 February
OzTag semi-finals report by William Taylor (OzTag Captain)
The U12 girls’ team took to the field on Wednesday 21 February with enthusiasm and readiness. They played some excellent defence and showed outstanding teamwork, which was rewarded with two tries in the first half. The team showed some more incredible unselfish work throughout the second half but unfortunately fell to their opponents 6–2. All the girls said they had an amazing time and could not wait for next season.
The U13 girls' game against their opponents #KAOS was very close. The girls seemed to be caught on their own try line countless times and defended superbly with their opponents only scoring once in the first half. The U13s got the hang of the offence during the second half by scoring two tries. Unfortunately, as the girls became tired, so did their defence, and they were disappointed to lose in a nail biter, 3–2.
With a full team line-up, the U16 mixed team took to the field with confidence. The team dominated in the first half by jumping to a huge lead and did not look back leading into the second. While only allowing three tries throughout the whole game, Radford put up 13. With thanks to their brilliant defense, impressive team work and amazing attitude, the U16's mixed team will now play in the Grand Final tonight.
Futsal semi-finals report by Deakin Jewell (Futsal Captain)
Open U10/1 – Semi-final, Radford 4 defeated by CFC Juniors 5
Radford finished fourth on the table at the end of the season.
Radford had a challenging task as it faced the undefeated CFC Juniors in the G Wigg Sports Centre on Sunday morning. Radford was definitely up for the challenge and quickly took a 2–0 lead early in the first half. However, CFC were quick to draw level. Minutes before half time, Radford took the lead again with a stunning goal from halfway which flew over the keeper’s head into the goal. The half-time margin was 3–2 in Radford’s favour. The intensity and pace increased in the second half, with Radford looking like the much better team, but was unable to execute in front of goal, unlike CFC. With minutes to go, Radford trailed 3–5. While a last-minute goal reduced the gap, it was too late and CFC went through to the GF with a 4-5 win over Radford.
Open U16/2 – Semi-final, Radford 6 def Zephyrs 4
Radford finished second on the table at the end of the season.
Radford faced Zephyrs in their semi-final match at Lyneham. Radford started slow with many passes and shots going astray. This led to a mistake playing out the back and Zephyrs punished them for it, by taking the lead. Radford finally got into gear and scored three consecutive goals to have a comfortable lead throughout the first half. Zephyrs managed to slide one past the keeper with the last kick of the half, to have the half-time score at 3–2 in Radford’s favour. As in the first half, Radford was slow to start in the second half and conceded two soft goals that saw them trailing before replying with two goals in 30 seconds to regain the lead. Radford scored again with some nice built up play and a good finish to take out the game 6–4.
We now see the first and only Radford College team to make it to the grand final, which will be played next week. Congratulations U16/2 team!
Open U15/2 – semi-final, Radford Maroon defeated by Strikers United
Radford finished second on the table
Under 16 Division 2 8/277 defeated by Tuggeranong 9/281
by Ben Garrett, Cricket Captain
In the final two-day match of the season there were many great achievements with Radford coming together to play some solid cricket, posting a score of 277. Although it is disappointing not to have come away with a win, it is important to celebrate some outstanding personal achievements. The highlight of the match was the team’s batting performance with Adrian and Mitchell scoring half centuries and Tom R (46) and Jonty (45) demonstrating some skillful shots, adding valuable runs to the total. In the field, Hugo took two difficult catches and Mitchell made a leaping boundary classic catch. Radford was unlucky to not take the final wicket after some tight bowling. It was pleasing to see how far the team has come and that player development has been fostered by our coach Felix.
Under 13 Division 1 127 defeated by Norths Blue 4/190
by Mark Slater
Radford bowed out of the 30-over competition with a 63-run loss to Norths Blue in the semi-final. The bowlers kept Norths to 190–4 (Darcy 1/10, Joey 1/16, Jake 1/23, Curtis 1/21) on a fast, dry outfield and were above the required run-rate (Darcy 43 no, Jonty 16, James 16, Gen 11) chasing a win but the loss of regular wickets saw Radford come up short. Radford will now meet Norths Blue again in the T20 Grand Final and, if the boys can tidy up the fielding a little and show a bit more patience with the bat, they could well win the school's first cricket premiership in some time.
We would like to acknowledge and celebrate students’ successes in their chosen sports. Details of these students and the events will be profiled in future bulletins.
- Lauren Robards – representing Australia in the Junior World Track Championships in Switzerland in August
- Jay McDonald – representing Australia in the 16 and under schoolboys’ team to tour South Africa in June and July
- Jess Cox – representing Australia in archery on 19–23 April
- Eliza Hollingsworth – representing Australia in the Sapphires basketball team and competed in the FIBA Under 16 Asia Championships in India, aiming to qualify for the 2018 FIBA Under 17 World Cup
- Matt Drown – representing Australia in the (DOB 01-02) youth men’s volleyball team
School Sport ACT Excellence Awards nominations
- Noah Poland 13&O Boys Achievement category
- Jay McDonald 13&O Boys Leadership category
- Matilda Sullings in the 12&U Girls Golf Ambrose Team. The team won the School Sport ACT Team Achievement Award for their efforts at last year’s Pacific School Games.