In what was the third grand final in three years between these two schools, our boys entered the match with great confidence, composure and a clear understanding of ‘our best is good enough’.
Our Open A footballers responded to a disappointing loss to Concordia in previous weeks with a thumping 100 point win over St John’s. The boys knew going into this match that only a win would secure a spot in next week’s Grand Final, but with the pressure was on, they responded accordingly.
Our Open A side travelled to Concordia College with only 18 fit players and unfortunately lost their first match of the season. Injury and illness took its toll on several players leading up to the match in what has been a very busy past 7 days of football for the Open football squad.
The Cardijn Year 7’s are through to the Grand Final after battling through an intense two rounds of knockout football. The boys put together some convincing results in round one of the Southern Zone, defeating Reynella Primary, McLaren Vale Primary and All Saints to progress onto round two against the quality outfits of Stirling East and Westbourne Park.
Cardijn First XI Through to the Finals
The Cardijn Open boys entered their last group fixture against Immanuel College knowing that a draw would be enough to secure a top 2 finish and a place in the crossover finals facing one of the top two teams from the North Eastern conference.
Week 5 has been an extremely busy one for our Cardijn Footballers. Our Open A side have played three matches. The first match was away in our regular Wednesday night competition against Nazareth. The boys managed to secure a hard fought 6 point win, which was particularly impressive given that we rested a number of our key players in preparation for Knockout football. Mitch Jarrett was a rock in defence and Sebastian Oliver provided us with a clear focal point up forward.
The Open A1s had another tough game this week but were disciplined enough to come away with the win against a strong and experienced St Michaels side. After extending the lead to about 8 goals, St Michaels were able to come back and challenge us in the final quarter, however with the composure of Jade Paparella in Centre we held on.
The team travelled to the grounds of Adelaide High School in search of back to back victories for the first time of the season. The boys had the majority of possession in the first quarter, but were not converting their opportunities kicking 1 goal 7 to Adelaide High’s 2 goals 2. The squad dug deep and responded in the second quarter kicking 5 goals to none. They didn’t look back and ran out comfortable victors by 69 points. Another great convincing win by the boys!
The Open A1s have played three rounds so far, winning 2/3. After losing the first round to St Mary’s College, we bounced back to beat rival school Sacred Heart College by 10 goals, and then also Mercedes College on the weekend. The Howes sisters, Kayla and Jade, have been super impressive in our attacking end, displaying strong performances as a duo and sinking shots from all different ranges. Charlyse Quinn has also proved herself to be a dominant defender in this competition, working in partnership with Amber Valentine-Proffit to create multiple turnovers.