Sports Report 7 March 2018
Girls High School Water Polo competition
A picture-perfect day saw a talented group of Year 9 & 10 girls compete in the ACT School Sport Girls High School Water Polo competition at Civic Pool.
After three convincing wins to come top of their pool (Mt Stromlo 1, 12–0; St Clares, 7–2; Mt Stromlo 2, 12–0), Radford was the favourite going into the semifinals and strong defence saw a 5–1 win against Canberra Girls Grammar School. Both Radford and Canberra High School were undefeated going into the grand final and the inevitably close match saw Radford goal for goal most of the game. Canberra High scored two quick goals in the last minute of the match to win 5–3.
Congratulations to all the girls for their fantastic sportsmanship, positive cheering and being wonderful representatives of Radford College.
Team: Olivia Lloyd, Olivia Wilson, Chelsea Kenneally, Annabel Kuskie, Adelaide Bell, Shaya Singh, Bonnie Sutton, Nina Lindenmayer, Sofia Le Lievre.
U16 mixed Oztag grand final
by William Taylor, OzTag Captain
Radford’s U16 mixed OzTag team took the field in their grand final game with confidence, excitement and determination. The full team felt unstoppable and was quick to show it with a couple of tries early on in the game. With a commanding lead in the first half, Radford looked certain to bring it home in the second half, which they fortunately did with impressive teamwork, unselfish play and positive attitude, downing their opponents 8–1 and nabbing a grand final win.
Brumbies 7s Gala Day
Radford had three teams participate in the Brumbies 7s Gala Day on Wednesday 28 February. The Year 9–10 boys played gallantly, losing their semifinal 6–2. Ten of the 12 players had never played rugby before and, with only three weeks training, they finished third on the day, having beaten the second-place getter in an earlier round.
Despite showing great toughness, the Year 9–10 girls were beaten in the grand final. They experienced some bad luck, with a bounce going the wrong way, and an intercept and an offside call being the difference.
The young Year 7-8 team played well and, despite not making the finals, enjoyed the experience. All teams showing great sportsmanship.
U16/2 Open Futsal grand final
Radford 3 def by Untamed 8
by Deakin Jewell, Futsal Captain
Radford College faced a tough opponent during their grand final on a hot Sunday afternoon at Lyneham. Flying out of the blocks, Emily Shillington sneaked one past the keeper in the first minute. Untamed fought back with two quick goals in succession and took the lead. Radford continued to push forward and created many opportunities, one of which was taken by Kristina Haridemos who rocketed a shot into the top-left corner to draw level at 2–2. Untamed then began an attacking raid with most shots being blocked by first-half goalkeeper William Goodchild. Despite William’s efforts, Radford trailed 25 at halftime. Untamed continued their momentum through to the second half and scored in the first minute to extend their lead. Soon after, Sam Douglas shot from the sideline and, with help from a few deflections, trickled the ball into goal and reignited Radford’s hopes. They continued to press Untamed’s defence with counterattacks and combination play from Kerry Wang, Michael Shillington and Lily Dawson, but they were unable to convert any of their chances. Second-half keeper Lukas Jewell was kept very busy and made some brilliant saves but Untamed managed to score another two goals to extend their lead and take out the game 3–8. While Radford didn’t bring the trophy home, this was a very good team performance of which the players can be proud.
Congratulations to Emily Shillington who was voted most valuable player of the final! A well-deserved award.
Canberra United visit to Radford
Canberra United FC presented a clinic on Monday to 27 lucky girls from Year 3–10. The girls benefited from learning new skills and were given an insight into a day in the life of an elite athlete. Thanks to Merryn Brown, Ashleigh Sykes, Madelyn Whittall and Aoife Colvill from Canberra United for spending the afternoon with the girls.