The CSSA South Met Zone Soccer Gala Day was held at the Valentine Sports Park in Glenwood. Our Open Boys Soccer Team won their division, without conceding a goal during the tournament. Mr Joel Garlato, Team Coach, was overjoyed and said it was the first time he could recall SGCS winning the title in his 14 years of teaching at SGCS. Congratulations to our Open Boys’ Team.

Coaches Miss Payne and Mr Dixon were extremely impressed with the Boys and Girls U/15 Soccer Teams noting their teamwork and skill, along with the spirit in which they represented the School. The Boys’ Team faced a narrow loss in the semifinals, 1-0, to the overall winners. Amber and Jake were their teams’ Player of the Tournament. Congratulations to the players for their efforts and achievements.

Coach Match Report: Mr J. Garlato

The 2023 Open Boys Gala Day is one that has been highly anticipated for quite some time, and rightly so. The squad, made up of a majority Year 12 students, with four Year 11 and three Year 10 students, was primed and ready to go. In a pool with strong sides, we ground out a spirited 0-0 draw against Shire Christian School to begin the day, then an impressive 3-0 win in game 2, and a gutsy 0-0 draw in game 3 to finish the group stage in 2nd place.

Then came the Semi-Final, where we came up against an undefeated William Carey Christian School. Although the underdogs, the boys dug deep and effectively managed their tired and sore legs by utilising each of our 5-man bench in rotation to avoid cramping. Our opponents, on the other hand, dropped like flies due to cramps leaving their team vulnerable. All it took was one well executed play and we were through to the Final with a 1-0 Win!

The Final brought us back to where it all began, coming up against Shire Christian School for the second time that day. Despite their weary bodies, the boys’ minds were focussed and prepared for the task at hand. Knowing that it had been over 14 years since we last won the Open Boys Gala Day, each boy was committed to playing for their mates and bringing the title back to SGCS. And that we did! The Final was playing with inspiring grit and courage as our more highly fancied opponents were unable to break through our impenetrable defence. Coming away with a 1-0 Win, off a penalty that was slotted home by our Captain and Sports Prefect, Alex Thompson, was a fitting way to cap off a memorable day. With all players playing their part, our player of the tournament who was remarkable in goals, not letting a single ball go past him, was Tyron Valenti.

Congratulations boys. You deserved this win!

Report: Mr J. Garlato, Coach