Soccer Stars Shine in Finals

St Virgil’s has a rich history in soccer with countless National Premier League and State Representatives, and the College is excited to see what the future holds as it transitions into Year 11 in 2023*. This year the College had eight teams across four divisions in the SSATIS roster, with two teams in each age group. The teams were coached by staff and students, who have had experience playing the sport and have a love for the game. In the Grand Final at Warrior Park in Warrane, the SSATIS roster has created a ‘Festival of Football’ with all finals being played after each other. The College played in three out of the four finals, in Year 7, 9 and 10. The Year 8 teams performed admirably throughout the season, showing determination and constant improvement to finish just outside of a place.

The first game of the ‘Festival of Football’ was between SVC and Hutchins. The crowd built throughout the first half, as families began to arrive at Warrior Park showing their support for both teams. The first half started tightly with both teams creating a few chances, but no obvious goal scoring opportunities. Coaches, Mrs Bridget Jenkins and Year 9 student, Jacob Clothier, gave an inspiring half-time speech, as the St Virgil’s boys came out firing. Some adjustment to the formation pushed Year 7 students Jaxon Fitzgerald and captain Henry Reason further up the pitch. Five minutes into the second half, Henry banged in a left footed strike, 30 yards into the top left-hand corner to put SVC up 1-0. Shortly after, another goal to Henry. This time directly from a corner kick. The final score was 2-0, and St Virgil’s first SSATIS win of the day.

The Year 9 team was out on the pitch warming up for their final against Friends, after finishing first on their ladder only losing one game throughout the season. With the support of their coach and staff member, Mr Will Geeves, the team emulated the true St Virgil’s spirit and managed to come back from a one goal deficit to tie the game with ten minutes to go, through a cracking header from Ned Cunningham. The team defended resolutely, and managed to hold out some strong attacks throughout the last five minutes. The trio of Mal Smith in goals, and Lucas Kenna and Ned Cunningham at centre-back ensured that any attacks from Friends were thwarted. A 1-1 final score gave St Virgil’s the championship, due to their hard work during the season after finishing first.

The final game for the College was in the Year 10 SSATIS competition. The College’s First XI playing against Friends. They had finished first in their regular season competition without losing a single game, only drawing one game against their opponent today, Friends. The first half began at a very fast pace with both teams playing some tough soccer. Some good saves from SVC goalkeeper Jon Sorensen, and some great last-ditch defending from Will Simaan, made sure the score remained 0-0 at half-time. After a vintage half-time speech from Mr Michael Moschogianis, the boys came out strong. Jacob Clothier was pushed further forward in his midfield role, which resulted in a long distance shot that the Friends goalkeeper had no chance of saving. The game tightened up, as most finals do, and Friends quickly answered back to tie the game. In what was a tense last ten minute, the final finished 1-1. Similarly to the Year 9s, the First XI were undefeated and had finished in first place which meant that they won their title as well, in what was an incredibly hard fought final, a fantastic effort from the team to grind out a victory.

The College was represented fantastically by all students who played. To win all three SSATIS Grand Finals was a fantastic effort. A big thank you to Olympia FC Warriors for allowing their facilities to be used as all competing students had the chance to play on a synthetic field used for National Premier League matches. Another thank you must go to all coaches throughout the SSATIS season and parents for supporting the students.

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