Westfields Sports High School’s football teams have secured the All Schools Championships in boys and girls after their final games of the season last Tuesday.
Throughout 2018, Westfields collected all 6 trophies from both boys and girls competitions including the Puma Cup and Trophy, Bill Turner Cup and Trophy, and the Football NSW All Schools Champions Finals, the first time the 6 have been won in the same year for some time.
After winning the Puma Sports High School division, Westfield’s Sports High School represented NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) by competing in the Football NSW All Schools Champions Final against winners from the Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) and Combined Independent Schools (CIS).
The Football NSW All Schools Championships round robin was held at Valentine Sports Park last week.
Westfields Sports High School’s open girls’ team won their first match against Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich 6-0 with goals to Shadeene Evans, Isabel Gomez (2), Sheridan Gallagher (2) and Aideen Keane. The second game was also won by Westfield’s who defeated Pymble Ladies College 9-0, goals to Rosie Galea (2), Vesna Milivojevic, Shadeene Evans (3), Deborah-Anne De La Harpe, Alex Whiteside and Aideen Keane.
Westfield’s Sport’s High School Open boys also won their first game 6-0 against Marian Catholic College Griffith, goal scorers being Yianni Nicolaou, Reece Osmond Jay Hirschowitz, Yousef Sawalha and Marin Fernandez who scored from a penalty kick. Westfield’s went on to defeat Cranbrook School 2-0 with goals being scored by Yousef Sawalah and Sam Silvera.
In the four combined games played by Westfields Sports High School’s boys’ and girls’ teams, 23 goals were scored and zero were conceded.
The excitement of winning the All Schools Championship came after the initial victories of the Puma Cup and Trophy in August and Bill Turner Cup and Trophy earlier in September. Westfield’s Sports High School’s open boys’ team won the NSW Puma Cup final against Hills Sports High School 2-0, whist the girls overcame Hunter Sports High School 2-1, winning the NSW Puma Trophy. The under 15’s Bill Turner Cup was also won by Westfield’s Sports High School’s boys team who defeated Toowoomba Grammar School 2-0. The junior girls were able to secure the plaque, with Bronte Connolly providing a hat-trick to beat Holy Spirit College Bellambi in the Bill Turner Trophy.
Westfield’s open girls captain Rosie Galea said it was an honour to be able to play for Westfield’s throughout her schooling career.
Galea, who played her last game for the school last week, said, “It was so great to finish year 12 at Westfield’s by winning all 6 trophies … I know that they’ll be able to bring it home again next year.”
Program Director Kory Babington congratulated all players and staff involved in the Westfield’s Sports High School Football Program on the achievements of the individuals and teams this year.
He made special mention of girls coach Leah Blayney and boys coach Nahuel Arrarte who each coached their respective teams to 3 championships in 2018.
Both former students of the school Blayney and Arrarte are young coaches on the up.
Professional, highly qualified and ambitious.
Their dedication, expertise and meticulous preparation were key factors in their team’s performances and just some of the reasons why they were two of the schools seven staff who have been employed by Football Federation Australia in National team programs in the last twelve months.
Babington also praised the Westfields senior executive for their vision and support, goal keeper coach Brody Crane, Head of High Performance Tony Wignell and Drazena Bogovac-Sports Science for their on-going contribution in assisting players reach their full potential.