Southern teams battle it out

TWO southern football teams have performed well in the Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (SATIS) First XVIII Football competition.

Guilford Young College and The Hutchins School have participated in the shortened five round roster, playing teams from Launceston Church Grammar School, St Patrick’s College and Scotch Oakburn College.

Schools play each other once, with the top two sides to play off in the final on Saturday 12 September.

2020 game day rules were adjusted slightly to assist with a shortened lead-in time, with quarters shortened to 20 minutes and five players allowed on the bench.

Guildford Young and Hutchins played each other at North Hobart Oval on 19 August in a heated contest.

Guilford comfortably beat Hutchins 97 to 19, continuing their strong form for the season.

Guilford player Sam Banks said the annual Hutchins versus Guilford game was one of the biggest games of the year, with people going along to support local southern footy.

“Off the field we’re pretty good mates, but as soon as we get on the field it becomes a bit more heated,” Banks said.

“We played for the Alex Gadmonski Fellowship Cup as well, so that added a bit of incentive for us all.”

The Alex Gadomski Fellowship was created in 2018, in collaboration with Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision.

It was established by the Gadomski family to honour the life of Hutchins and Guilford student Alex Gadomski, who died at the age of 21 from bone marrow failure.

The SATIS competition provided an opportunity for students to represent their school and to participate in the sport with their classmates.

Banks said despite the majority of players playing with a club, they still trained and played their hardest for the school side.

“A lot of people love the school side of things and play their primary comp as our school one, so it gives them a good opportunity to showcase themselves and have a crack,” he said.

Hutchins captain Axel Moore said the COVID-19 pandemic massively impacted the roster and the teams.

“We only had about a term of training in the pre-season before the whole isolation period – obviously we couldn’t train through then,” he said.

“We really only had a couple of weeks of training before round one.”

The Independent School Football Trophy dates back to 1963, with the competition featuring a number of other independent schools throughout that time, including St Virgil’s College and The Friends School from the south, and Marist Regional College and St Brendan-Shaw College from the north west.

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