Sports Report – 8 Aug 18

Radford equestriennes, (L) Kayla Hogg , (R) Eri Niisato

Radford equestriennes, (L) Kayla Hogg , (R) Eri Niisato

By Margaret Bowen

Radford students selected for NSW Show-jumping Team

This year, Radford had two riders representing the school at the NSW State Interschool Championships. During the winter holidays, Eri Niisato (Year 9) and Kayla Hogg (Year 8) travelled to the Sydney International Equestrian Centre with their horses Patch (Eri) and Cy and Pepe (Kayla) to compete in show-jumping (Eri and Kayla) and combined training (Kayla). Both girls did exceptionally well in a big field of around 80 riders in each class, and more than 500 riders from across NSW in total. Between them, the girls had numerous wins and placings, leading to their selection for the NSW show-jumping team at National Interschool titles to be held in Victoria later in the year. Congratulations Eri and Kayla!

(Note: Junior category 18 years and under)

Men Junior O1 – Radford of field of 14


Ryan Stocks


Toby Lang


David Stocks


Joseph Wilson


Michael Guthrie

Women Junior O1


Justine Hobson

MJ O2 Radford – top 3 placings


Brendan Wilson


Lincoln Batt


Patrick Shelton Agar

By Julian Seddon

U16 Division 2 Open Radford 4 defeated Belsouth VeeAte 2

Radford U16 boys played Belsouth at Radford with two players out due to injury and illness, and the boys only had one sub to provide respite. The first half kicked off with lots of intensity, Radford midfield and forwards making frequent penetrating runs into Belsouth’s goal box, but hesitation in front of goals and a strong right-foot bias in the Radford ranks saw opportunities thwarted. Radford defended well with the might of Kevin Wong blocking attacks like a forcefield leaving goalie Nick Seddon only the odd ball to clean up. Eventually Felix Ma made a deep run and put the ball in the Belsouth net to close at half time 1–0 up. The second half saw a change of goalie, with Finn Maguire donning the gloves. Radford pushed hard from the whistle and soon Sam Sharma converted a well-timed pass from Felix to make the score 2–0. Radford lost focus for 10 minutes midway through the second half, and conceded a goal off a corner which ricocheted around the box and saw the defence and goalie Finn scrambling to clear the ball, but to no avail. Radford bounced back with two more goals in quick succession, a beautiful header by Blake Riley from an Ageesh Singh corner and a second goal by Felix. All the boys played with great spirit and cohesion and supported each other throughout, deserving their 4–2 victory. Well done!

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