Warrane makes it four-in-a-row in InterCollege Sports Shield

Friday 20 November, 2015

After Warrane took out its third consecutive inter-college sports shield in 2014, the executive members of Warrane’s Activities Committee knew another victory would require a superhuman effort.

Committee President Elwyn Stannard and Sports Directors Junya Eguchi and Craig Graham realised the task would be made even harder by the fact that some of the College’s best sportsmen had moved on from College. 

”We lost a lot of good sportsmen last year,” Elwyn said. “But we had a good intake of first year students and the challenge started to look a little more achievable.”

Warrane’s chances of a fourth Shield in a row were looking good when the Rugby team managed to get to the final undefeated. But the big game was touch and go all the way, with the College going down to Baxter in extra time, losing by only three points: 14-17.

“It was a tough loss and made the race for the shield very close with Baxter,” Elwyn said.

Because Warrane had managed to win the touch footy, cross country, and tennis in first semester the College was in with a chance.

As the final sporting event of the year - the soccer final - approached, residents  knew it was going to be a do-or-die effort with the winner of the final against Baxter destined to take the shield. 

Once again, it was a nail biter. Down 1-0 at half time, the Warrane team managed to claw its way back into the match with one goal and then, with only two minutes left in the match, scored the winning point.

The win gave the College victory with only two points to spare over Baxter.

As usual, the victory was a team effort, made possible once again by commitment and consistency in all sports. 

In addition to winning touch footy, cross country, tennis and soccer, Warrane took out the water polo and was placed third in hockey, cricket, netball and AFL

Although so many people played important roles, the College’s most inspirational sportsmen this year were Nathan Wendt, who was awarded Most Dedicated Sportsman of the Year, and Elwyn Stannard, who won both Sportsman of the Year and tennis player of the year.

Another big achiever was Daniel Tarrant, who won awards for Basketball and Captain of the Year.

Our long-distance running legend Rob Joseph won the Cross Country award again this year and valedict Tom Ryan celebrated his final year in College with the award for best player in AFL.

Other awards went to Raqeeb Rasul (Cricket), Rhys McDonald (Netball), James Tudehope (Touch Football),   James Happ (Hockey), Henry Blumentals (Water Polo), Harry Hales (Rugby Union), Leandro Gonzalez-Sicilia Lafuente (Soccer) and Liam Clifford (Coach of the Year). 

As usual, much of the credit for this year's results went to our supporters who stuck with us through thick and thin - none more so than resident Logan Birchall who was awarded Supporter of the Year.

Now the question on everyone’s lips is: “Can the College make it five in a row in 2016?”
 

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