On Wednesday the 10th of April, 2019, Rivendell hosted the inaugural interschool soccer tournament with teams from Woniora Rd, Centennial Park and Rivendell represented.
Rivendell assembled an impressive 15-strong squad most of whom having participated in a series of workshops and training sessions run by the PDHPE team and our resident soccer specialists, Lily and Mark.
The day started with all-hands-on-deck as the field connecting the Paterson and Sulman programs was transformed into a carnival-like atmosphere complete with marquees, lawn lounges, and a PA system pumping a combination of chilled tunes and match commentary from everybody’s favourite MC, Jayden.
It seemed even the sky was on our side; her crisp blue hue mimicking the shade of our shiny soccer shorts.
No better script could we have written with all first-round match-ups deadlocked! The two teams progressing to the grand final quickly calculated by Sulman student and super statistician, MS.
Surely, we thought, the grand final couldn’t top a day already jam-packed with highlights! Well, we thought wrong.
Rivendell was up against fierce rival, Centennial Park. We started out strong sending not one but two balls sailing past the valiant Centennial Park goal keeper, the bright red ball settling ever-so satisfyingly into the back of the net.
We started the second half with a two point lead. Our incredible goalies, Yaralla’s KB and Lawson’s JWW proving impenetrable in the first term. But there was still just as much game ahead of us as we had in our wake.
With the home turf advantage and a cohort of supportive staff and fellow students packing the sidelines, the pressure was palpable.
We conceded as many goals in the second term as we had made in the first sending the game into overtime.
Sulman superstar, JS, grounded us in goals with Yaralla’s BZ and Paterson’s DB rounding out a solid defensive end. With the back court covered, our offence took a forward-footed approach applying pressure to Centennial’s gallant six.
With the team tallies still identical at the end of overtime, it would be the next ball past the keeper’s mitts that would determine the day’s victor.
Rivendell’s back and front lines combined in a no-holds-barred attempt to finish what we had started. And with the swiftest of left-footed strikes, our defensive mastermind, DB, posted the final point for the day. Rivendell taking out the tournament with a 3-2 victory.