Words: Daniel McNamee, James Smith (Year 12 Academy Member)
Photos: Daniel McNamee
June 15th, 2012
OXLEY OZTAG SUCCESS
The Inaugural Oxley Oztag Tournament was held on Friday June 1, 2012. The tournament marked Clontarf’s first tournament in the state of New South Wales and provided the students with some great inter-Academy social interaction, healthy competition and understanding of the greater Clontarf.
Senior Moree Clontarf Academy member, James Smith recapped the experience.
On Thursday May 31, we and travelled to Tamworth. The trip over was pretty fun. We were laughing and listening to music, telling jokes stories most of the way over. When we got there we unpacked the bus and set our swags up in the hall. We then had spaghetti Bolognese for tea and met the other Academies from Armidale, Coonamble and Oxley. After tea we washed up our plates, cups and cutlery and then did some activities with the other Academies which was pretty fun and then went to bed.
An interesting game named ‘Ninjas’ introduced by the Armidale Academy
Jamarley Brown playing one of the games
Trevor French, Jeffrey Swan and Bruce Swan watch Brown’s efforts with interest
The next morning we had an early start. We got up, packed all our gear into the bus and then cleaned up the hall and then had a big bowl of Weet-Bix for brekkie. After breakfast we all had a big game of handball which was really fun. After that we got on the bus and went to the oval and got ready.
Tony Delaney explains the Clontarf Spirit in which the day was to be played
We won our first two games pretty easily which put us into the grand final. We were up against Armidale and were down three one but we ended up winning the game five to three.
Clontarf Academy Captains ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ to start the game
Kick-Off – Jeffrey Swan begins the day’s play
Co-author James Smith shows his side step.
I had a great time and it was an honour to play in the first Clontarf OZ Tag competition in New South Wales and I can’t wait until the next one.
A Coonamble player takes on the Moree team with support from the sidelines
As captured in Smith’s words, the tournament was a runaway success and the Oxley Clontarf Academy put on an amazing tournament. Their Senior Academy members took on many of the operational roles of the day including referee, time keeper, and so on. It was a very impressive day and all Academies played in true Clontarf spirit which was pleasing.
The Moree team performed very well on the day and a comeback win in the Grand Final showed great character in the Academy Members. A few Academy Members asked if we would be going on more trips like that one. The response… ‘This is only the beginning!’
Fred Swan swamped by opposition
Coach Sean Turner discussing strategies with the boys
Rob Wade enjoying a run with the ball
Trevor French putting on the afterburners
Jeffrey Swan on his way to the Try Line
Bruce Swan’s game winning try in the Grand Final
Brothers in Arms - Moree and Armidale after the Grand Final
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