Polding Sport Trials in Tamworth

The Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan teams for football, netball, hockey and rugby league traveled to Tamworth for the NSW Catholic Polding trials last Thursday 30th April. 

The Open rugby league team played exceptionally well, going through undefeated. Malou Taufaao, Jake Saunders, Rueban Andrews  and Taj Ridley were selected in the possibles/probables game, with Taj Ridley from Our Lady of Lourdes Tarro selected in the final Polding side. Taj was a standout forward throughout the day and the selectors all commented on his tough play and outstanding work ethic.

The Under 11's league team followed suit, remaining undefeated throughout the trials. With strong defence, they only let in 3 tries all day. Seven players made possibles/probable with 6 chosen in the Polding side. Strong running and defence in the forwards saw Billy McNickle and Rory Whitby from St Paul’s Rutherford and Ethan Ferguson from St Joseph’s Taree chosen. Elusive running and play by Taye Cochrane from St Joseph’s Taree and great "scoot" runs by Talan Higgins from St Joseph’s Denman saw them chosen as fullback and hooker. Cooper Burgess from St Catherine’s Catholic College in Singleton defended strongly all day and was also selected.

The boy’s football team performed exceptionally well, also ending the day undefeated. From a talented squad of players, Thomas Licata from St John’s Lambton, Mitchell Ross from St Paul’s Gateshead, Callum Stalling from St Mary’s Warner’s Bay and Jagger Wholert from St Catherine’s Singleton were selected to play in the possibles/probables. Jagger Wholert, a very skillful player, was the player of the tournament and was an easy pick for the selectors. The other three boys; Mitchell, Thomas and Callum were outstanding defenders with Mitchell and Callum being selected in the Polding Team for Bathurst. The girls’ soccer representatives had a very successful tournament with 5 girls selected into the Polding team. Grace Hewitt from St Michael’s Nelson Bay, Lilah James St Joseph’s Charlestown, India Dos Santos from St Therese’s New Lambton, Clare Webber from St Joseph’s Merewether and Lucy Young from St Joseph’s East Maitland were all exceptional on the day.

Molly Breasley, Lillian Smith, Tarsha Wellings, Bella Williams and Matilda Jones were all selected as possible/probable in the netball. Molly Breasley was the most consistent goal shooter throughout the day, displaying excellent sportsmanship and shooting skills, with both Molly from St Joseph’s Merewether and Tarsha from St Michael’s Nelson Bay being selected for the Polding team. 

In the hockey, Flynn Pereira from St Joseph’s Taree played consistently throughout the trials to make possibles/probable but unfortunately missed out on the final Polding team.

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