Our First XI played in the Open Boys’ Hockey competition against Oxley High School on Monday 4th June and the final score was Farrer 5, Oxley 3. During the first half of the match Oxley were two players short and the half time score reflected this with Farrer being 3-0 up. In an endeavour to even up the game a bit during the second half, and to allow all to enjoy the match, Chris and Ryan Taggart played for Oxley. Also, the Oxley team was very young (mostly year 7 and 8) which would have made the game more of a challenge for their side.Congratulations to George Nash for ‘bagging’ 4 goals and to Jesse McCutcheon for the other one.Thanks to Mr Batho and Mr McAdam for managing our team and for taking us in.
Congratulations to Noah Pitt (Year 10)
on his selection to the All Schools Boys Hockey Program for the possible selection to the NSW U/16 All Schools Boys Hockey Team. Noah will attend the trials at the Sydney Academy of Sport from 12-15 June and, if successful, will attend the School Sport Australia Hockey Championships on the Gold Coast in August 2018. We wish Noah all the very best in his endeavours.
250 of our students recently descended on The Armidale School (11th May) for our annual sporting challenge.
The challenge covers seven activities which are Rugby, Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Shooting, Debating and Chess. Chaperoned by 16 staff members, enduring a bus trip, playing in a freezing cold climate and many challenges later, we emerged victorious winning 11 events to 7. Both the trophies have been returned for display at Farrer: The Jim Levy Shield for the 1st XV and the Dick Hodgson Shield for the overall winner of the visit. Thank you to the staff for taking us and to the staff who covered lessons back at school during the afternoon. By Hagan Size
First XIII University Shield Match
On Tuesday 15th May our First XIII team set off for Sydney to play our first University Shield match against Matraville. After a lot of bananas and some great singalongs, we arrived at our accommodation in Sydney – the Boy’s Boatshed. On Wednesday morning we were privileged to have Farrer Old Boy Andy Saunders come and talk to us about what the jersey meant to him and he then presented all of the boys with theirs.
We started the game on the back foot with Matraville leading 10-nil late in the first half. With some possession going our way Cody Byrne crossed over before half time leaving the field at half time 10-4 Matraville’s way.
In the second half Matraville came out firing and scored a try, but that’s where it turned with Cody Byrne crossing again leaving the score 14-10 to Matraville. Mitchell Bowen scored from a cross field kick from Trent Taylor and we were up 16-14 with seven minutes to go. We held on and got the win.
We would like to thank Messrs Moore, Lesslie and Pennell for taking us down to Sydney and we are looking forward to our next game against Hallum at Farrer. So get loud and support us and we will do our best to make you proud. By Max Altus
Country Cup Opens
On 16th May Mr Jarrett and Mr Gale, who drove the bus, took our team to the Minor League Park, Tamworth, to compete against McCarthy and Tamworth high schools in the first round of the Country Cup Opens competition. To begin with we faced a large MCC side and due to our fitness we ended up putting them away comfortably. After a short break and some food we limbered up again to face the stronger THS side. The beginning was a bit tit for tat with them scoring two quick tries in the corner but from then on we muscled up and once again our skill and fitness seemed to work in our favour. With 100% kicking rate from Blake Ginman we ended up beating them.
All the boys put in an awesome effort and special thanks to the Year 10 boys for playing at short notice and filling in some gaps. In a few weeks we are off to Bingara for the Regional Competition where we will face Inverell and Narrabri. If successful we will then go to Coffs Harbour for the northern final.
By Albert Copeland
North West 15s Touch Football
In week 1 Term 2, Joey Mead, Ethan Antzakles and Mitch Henderson travelled to Mudgee as part of the North West touch football team to compete at the NSW All Schools under 15 Years Carnival. The team competed extremely well throughout the pool rounds and finished coming fourth overall. This was a fantastic result for NW and the Farrer boys, who once again represented their school with pride.
Sebastian McLaren Year 11 fulfilled his lifelong dream, on Saturday morning, of becoming a pilot by passing his final flight test to achieve his Recreational Aviation Pilots Licence. He has been training for the past 18 months has consistently passed all his written exams and flight tests with a clear view of where he wants to be in the future – and that is flying.
Sebastian’s family are very proud of his determination and success and can’t wait to follow his journey in his pursuit of getting his Private Pilot’s Licence.