Aquinas Women Retain Football Trophy

Of all the inter-collegiate sports, football seems to attract the most interest.  Large crowds of students, old collegians and parents gathered at Old Iggies on Sunday 19th for this year’s Finals.

Once again in 2019, both the men’s and women’s XVIIIs made it through to the title game, with both teams matched up against strong sides from St Mark’s College.

The Aquinas women were defending their crown, and going for their longest straight run of football wins. And they did it convincingly.

Coaches Daniel Puckridge and Alice Fry were delighted with the win, 49 points to 1.

“We were concerned that the rain on the day might have levelled out the contest,” said Daniel, “but the girls kicked out to an early lead and just continued to build on it.”

Alice attributed the success to the many weeks of preparation that had been invested by her fellow students.

“We put in a lot of early mornings, and we are over the moon that it has all paid off,” said Alice.

In the men’s Final, two very capable teams took to the field.  At the end of the first quarter, there was only a point in it. Although, this tightness of the tussle was maintained for most of the game, the St Mark’s boys, began to make more effective use of their possession and edged in front.  They finished putting the ball through for 9 majors to the Aquinas 5 and retained the cup in their trophy cabinet for another year.

Both teams joined the rest of the College for an evening of celebration at the traditional ‘Footy Show’ in the evening, with the Student Club once again organising a much appreciated social event.

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