Oblate Cup 2014

On the 19th of August the annual Oblate Cup, Mazenod V CBC Fremantle, was held at Trinity Playing Fields in Waterford. This prestigious occasion see the 2 Colleges vie  for supremacy across Years 7-12 in a range of sports; rugby (touch football year 7’s), basketball, football, hockey and soccer . The carnival began in 2008 and each year offers students a chance to represent their College and display traits of team work, sportsmanship and friendship. This year’s competition was no different with all coaches and teams intent on a solid effort in all games. This year saw Mazenod as defending champions for the first time.

Some light rain greeted the first games of the day which saw the Year 7’s along with the combined 8/9 teams take to the field. Across all fixtures CBC seemed to have the edge with greater size and athleticism. Mazenod never gave up the fight, but were unfortunately unable to match the intensity of the opposition. Congratulations to Alexander Glover for winning the best on ground medallion for the 8/9 Hockey match.

The Year 10’s were up next and having heard the results from earlier in the day were keen to make amends. Strong performances across all of the sports saw Mazenod gain some ascendancy and finish each match strongly. The preparation, consistency and dedication from all players were to be admired. Congratulations to Tom Pope (soccer), Nick Parry (basketball), Baylee James (football) and Declan De Vaal (rugby) on receiving the best on ground medallions in their respective sports.

The final fixtures of the day were the Year 11/12 matches. These matches draw a large crowd with the majority of these students fronting up in a Mazenod shirt for the final time. The matches did not disappoint with high intensity and effort from each team member. It was a joy to observe each individual giving every contest their best effort. Congratulations to Damon Parsons (hockey) and Mitchell Delle Coste (basketball) on receiving the best on ground medallions in their respective sports.

Unfortunately, the result at the end of the day was in favour of CBC Fremantle and they were presented with the Oblate Cup. CBC also collected shields in hockey, rugby, football and Soccer. Mazenod won the shield for basketball. All teams represented the College and themselves exceptionally throughout the day and, although the results did not go our way, all involved gave their best. I would like to pay special thanks to Jason Matthews of CBC for his work organising the day, Tim Grabski and the HPE Department for their support, Paul’s Bus company, all parents and friends that came down to support the teams, the Christian Brothers and Oblate Priests and to the Year 12 PE class for cooking the BBQ. With careful planning and preparation I am positive that Mazenod can have their name back on the Oblate Cup in 2015.

Jake Akmens (Sports Coordinator)

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