Round 2 – Senior Volleyball, Cricket and Tennis

Volleyball Report – Wednesday 5 February

This week the Senior Volleyball team played at Ashberton Stadium against Whitefriars College. The Salesian boys were eager to play their second match for the season and hopefully for the ‘A’ team to win their first match of the season. Again Simon Marchese led the boys as captain. Unfortunately it was an uphill battle from the first set, as the boys were up against a much taller and athletic side. The match ended with a score of 3 sets to 0 with Whitefriars dominating Salesian. The boys still gave it their all and didn’t give up without a fight. The ‘B’ team were next to play and hopefully pull off their second win for the season, but again the boys were at a loss. Led by their captain Andre Rogers the boys gave it their all and didnt put their heads down. But the again tall and athletic Whitefriars were too good for the ‘B’ team to win. Each set was close but Salesian still couldn’t manage to win a set. Losing in straight sets, 3 sets to 0.

Andre Rogers, 12S1

Tennis Report – Wednesday 5 February

This week the Salesian College Senior Tennis team had the pleasure of meeting Parade College Bundoora on their home court (Chadstone Tennis Club). The matches were close with three going to tie breaks. Luis Mascaro made his senior debut at number 5 seed, with JulianSezenias missing due to injury. Matthew Green and Jackson Tate were Salesian’s best players.

Congratulations are in order for Madison Talarico, who stepped up to play the number one doubles seed with Anthony Parveris, winning their match 9 games to 8 in a tie break. The visitors prevailed the victors on this particular Wednesday afternoon, winning 8 sets to 4 and 84 games to 69. A good effort to the boys.

Demos Phylactou, 11M4

Cricket Report – Wednesday 12 February

We arrived at the home of last year’s champions St Bedes, looking to beat the bayside college for the first time in many years. After losing the toss, we were sent in to bat on a soft and grassy wicket. We were on the back foot early when Robert D’Leema was run out while trying to push a quick single. Connor Andrews and Gehan Seneviratne got their partnership into the high twenties, but Gehan was caught at mid-wicket for 9. Nathaniel Cramer and Connor put together a steadying 41 run partnership before Connor was caught at mid-off for a positive 42 at close to a run a ball. Aiden De La Motte made 1 run and Jordan Brambleby didn’t trouble the scorers, but Dishan Malalasekeera arrived at the crease and he and Nathaniel put on a solid 82 runs to help Salesian reach a total of 155 for the loss of 5 wickets. Dishan finishing with 32 not out and Nathaniel 64 not out.

Our bowling was on top early in the innings and the unpredictable pitch only served to help us. Patrick Burnell, Jordan Brambleby and Gehan Seneviratne all finished with two wickets a piece, with Ruween Wijesinghe and Aneeb Adrees one each. The fielding was great, and the team performed well to get a solid win and beat St Bedes in their own ‘front yard’. Well done to the team.

Nathaniel Cramer, 12C4

Tennis Report – Wednesday 12 February

This week the boys travelled to Mentone to take on St Bedes College. A slightly changed and new looking Salesian team turned up to play, with Matt Green making an appearance at the fourth seed and Madison Talarico playing his first game in at second seed. The score line read 6 sets to 2 in favour of St Bedes when the rain began. Considering the position Salesian was in, a washout might have been the ideal result, seeing as St Bedes were just one set short of the winning amount and had the games rained out a draw would have been declared. However, the bad weather subsided and play resumed, with it unfortunately being the home team who took out the points, dominating over the Salesian seniors 9 sets to 3

Andre Rogers, 12S1

Volleyball report – Wednesday 12 February

This week the Salesian Senior Volleyball team had the pleasure of travelling to St Bedes to play their first match for the season. St Bedes had the home court advantage but the boys were eager to play their first match for the season, full of energy and excitement. Led by Captain Simon Marchese the sets were close and competitive but the boys lost the game 0 – 3 sets, losing the match in straight sets. The boys gave it their all but it just wasn’t good enough this time against the competition. Later the ‘B’ team had the chance to play and try to win their first match of the season. The boys were zoned into the match from the first serve and cheered each other on (led by Chris Fournarakis on the court). St Bedes won the first set but the Salesian boys came back to reclaim the second. After an exhausting match the game was drawn at 2 – 2, it came down to the final set, the decider of who wins and loses. The Salesian boys brought the game home with a significant win in the last set of the match to beat St Bedes and make a great start to the 2014 season!

Andre Rogers, 12S1