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Westfields Sports on a High for 2006
ABSW 19/9/06
By Mark Stavroulakis

It has been a rather successful year for Sydney Sports High School, Westfields, as a number of wonderful achievements have again graced school halls for season 2006.
Puma Cup Team
Westfields football coach Trevor Morgan has been busily taking charge of his young chargers in both the boys and girls sides as again the school reaped many awards.
One such movement that assisted the school was its association with NSW Winter Super League outfit the Sydney Wanderers.
Twenty players from the school played each week with the club where they gained vital experience helping the club gain promotion back into the NSW Refund Premier Youth League.
Morgan was obviously pleased with the Wanderers connection.

“We believe this to be the next logical step in developing players through the sports high school model. Players can train with highly qualified staff, doing most of their training at school. This allows more free time after school, greater consistency of information, more thorough reporting and a greater focus on development.”

In terms of the football sides, the boys team took out its 12th Puma Cup title in its 14 year competition history after defeating Narrabeen Sports High 2-1.

The boys team cleaned up in the awards ceremony after Jason Trifiro was awarded player of the finals series while Ben Gough bagged the player of the series award.

However it wasn’t to be in the coveted Bill Turner Cup in the boys section as they went down 3-1 to the Hills Sports High school.

It wasn’t a title winning performance by the girls squad as they were runners up to Hills Sports High after losing 3-0 on the day.

In terms of representative honours the school was again in the highlight reels as the following statistics highlighted the boys and girls that were selected in the Australian squads and also the Australian Institute of Sport program.

  • 4 players were selected in Australian Schoolboys team – Ben Gough (player of the Tournament), Matthew Jurman, Marko Jecic, Glen Trifiro.

  • 2 players were selected in the Australian Schoolgirls team – Jordan Marsh & Karrinda Moodley, with Frances Dimino and Ashleigh Connor named as shadow members.
  • Marko Jesic & Matthew Jurman have represented Australia at U18 level in Niigata Tournament, Japan in July and have been offered AIS scholarships for 2007-08.
  • Evan Berger and Nathan Burns have been at AIS this year and have both represented Australia at U20 level. Nathan has recently signed with Adelaide in the A-League, making his debut in round 1.
  • Brent McGrath and Aaron Mooy played at U16 level in the Youth World Cup qualifiers while McGrath was snapped up by Danish outfit Brondby while Mooy was offered a scholarship with English Premier League side Bolton Wanderers.
  • The school was also delighted to have heard the news that former students Danny Vukovic, Mark Bridge, David Carney, Alex Brosque, James Wesolowski and Jacob Burns were all called up for the recent Asian Cup Socceroos squad that faced Kuwait in Sydney and the Middle East.

    Overall it was a huge year with many successes from the Westfields Sports High stable that has no doubt been one of the front runners in schools competitions for quite some time now.

    The school though will be facing stiff opposition in years to come as Seven Hills’ Hills Sports High led by head coach and Coerver man Paul Bentvelzen and his advisor in former NSW Sapphires coach Alen Stajcic are keen on challenging for up and coming titles.

    Posted Wednesday 20th September 2006
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