Round 5 Preview – St Paul’s

St Paul’s School are a formidable opponent. They are the 2015 Champion School and whatever their position on the ladder they will always be a difficult opponent. In 2015 we played them in Round 1.

St Paul’s appear to have some very strong boys volleyball teams. In 2015 they won the Year 9 game (3-0) and Seconds (2-1). The Firsts game, which OC won, was an epic five setter last three hours in very humid conditions. The St Paul’s Firsts, Seconds and Year 10s are undefeated and will likely be a difficult opponent. The Year 8 side is sitting on the same ladder position as the Redbacks and will also provide significant resistence. These teams are likely to pose the most threat to us. This round will definitely define the 2016 boys volleyball season.

In 2015 the Redbacks won all girls basketball games except the Year 7 game. We are currently sitting higher than St Paul’s in ladder positions in all but the current Year 7 side. Basketball coordinator, Mr Jarrett, talks about obtaining a high scoring percentage and not doubt the girls will be aiming for a high shooting percentage against St Paul’s and some wins.

The First XI cricket team of 2015 started the season with a low scoring loss to St Paul’s that rattled their season. In 2016 the First XI, Second XI and Third XI are undefeated through five rounds. This has not been without some close games or pressure; some grit has been required. We only won two games last year in the Thirds and Intermediate 2. St Paul’s do not appear to have started the season well, according to the ladder positions. The boys are high on confidence at the moment and if they are able to equal their confidence with patience, accuracy and focus we are looking forwards to a good round.

St Paul’s have an excellent girls tennis program. In the past five years we have only been able to secure two wins (Year 8 in 2013 and Year 10 in 2011) and a solitary draw (Firsts in 2013) from 22 games. Coach Matthew O’Neill is slightly optimistic in the Year 7s going well and for all teams to jag a couple of sets. Winning one or even a couple of sets can add minor points to the overall ladder that could provide critical in end of season standings.

St Paul’s have played JPC (Round 1), Canterbury (Round 2) and CHAC (Round 3) so far this season with a BYE in Round 4.
All the best this weekend young Redbacks!

Mr Jack Pincott
Dean of Activities