Rosebank boys are NSW Handball State Champions!
Last term, our Senior Boys Handball team created history by winning the NSW State Handball Championships at Sydney Olympic Park. Rosebank were dominant in the group stages, with victories over Hurlstone (5-0), Sefton (6-0), Newcastle (7-1), Cronulla (6-0), as well as a draw against Hills Grammar (4-4). In the semi final, we had the difficult assignment of facing National Champions Turramurra High School. With the game locked at 4-4, the team lifted with goals to Daniel Munk, Alex Cornish, Lewis Verrell, Mitchell Ring and Harry Sumption to convincingly win the game 11-5. T This set up the state final against Fairvale High School, a team who had a significant height and size advantage over us. From the beginning of the final, Rosebank were strong defensively, with Riley Hilzinger, Rowan O’Callaghan and Lewis Verrell shutting down a very powerful attacking right edge of Fairvale. The boys were also able to execute a fast transition from defence to attack, with Daniel Munk and Rowan O’Callaghan scoring goals on counter attack. Alex Cornish and Lewis Verrell also controlled the centre, orchestrating many attacking moves and laying a platform for Riley Hilzinger, Marko Maricic and Mitchell Ring to score goals. At the other end of the court, Beau Henderson made many outstanding saves in goals and controlled the tempo of our attack (he was later awarded the trophy for the best goalkeeper in the tournament). The final was never in doubt as Rosebank College took a 6-1 lead into halftime, before finishing with a 10-4 victory. This is an enormous achievement by a wonderful group of boys. To finish as the top placed school in the state is a reward for the hard work the squad displayed in their training over the last few months.
Mr Anthony Gray