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Trinity News : April 2008
18 TRINITY NEWS Once every four years, as you know, Leap Day (February 29) comes along! This year Dominic Weller, (7Fo), was the only boy in the Senior School to have a birthday on that day, and has therefore reached his third birthday! We offer our congratulations to him, and hope that his celebration day, March 1, was a great occasion! Imagine, should Do- minic live for one hundred years, he will be, going by birthdays, only 25 years old! Another interest- ing point occurring in regard to Leap Day at Trinity is that Mr Matthew Brown, (Director of Swimming) celebrates on that day the eighth anniversary of his meeting with his wife, Lisa. He didn’t have to worry about white silk gloves, apparently! Congratulations to Dominic, Matthew, and Lisa! A fairly rare happening is to have ?ve brothers in the School at the same time. This is the case this year with the Khoury Fam- ily as shown from left to right: Khoury Family > Antony (6Jnr), Dieb (7He), Jean-Paul (10He), Werrdan (12He), (front) Edward (3Jnr). A very good example of avian angst is seen in our esteemed Marshal and bird fancier, Mr Sel King! Surely there is no-one in the School more prone to bird trouble than he, (though on second thoughts perhaps some of our youthful Casanovas in some ways may have more!) Marshal King is now onto his fourth cockatiel! This is fast becoming a continuing saga in the News. First there was the original little chap Sarge; then after his ?ight to freedom, we met his replacement Sarge plus his friend Marsha. Alas, these two feathered adventurers also took off during the holidays, to be seen no more! And so we introduce the Marshal’s current fancy, Princess, who is as equally, if not more voluble, than her predecessors. Marshal King is more con?dent that Princess will not ?y too far, as her wings have been clipped. We hope that her cheekily cheerful whistle will continue to echo around Compass Courtyard for a few more issues of the News at least. | Ron Ogier Trinity Grammar School Rugby has seen a number of changes with the Rugby Administration for 2008. We welcome back to coach the 1st XV in 2008 Mr Stephen Heanly and to assist him will be Sportsmaster Mr John Allen. Mr Gibson has relinquished his role as Master in Charge of Rugby to take up the promotional position of Boarding Master at Trinity Grammar School. We thank him for his energetic work throughout 2007 in which he worked tirelessly to engender spirit and camaraderie in the Rugby Union programme. Fortunately we have not lost Mr Gibson altogether to his Boarding House duties as he has agreed to assist Mr Chris Graham with the 16 years age group for 2008. In his place Mr Jed Hogan will hold the dual responsibilities of MIC of Rugby as well as Director of Rugby Union Coaching. Mr Bradley Barr will continue his admirable work for Rugby in 2008 as the Master of Rugby at Trinity Grammar School. We wish each of these gentlemen a productive year with their Rugby Union administration and coaching duties. During the off-season we have seen a number of Trinity Grammar School Rugby players in the spotlight. These include Old Boy Rory Sidey (’04) who was an integral part of the Western Sydney Rams team that played in the Australian Rugby Championship during August and September of 2007. One member of the 1st XV from 2007 Scott Sio (11We) was selected as part of the High Performance Talent Identi?cation Programme with the Australian Rugby Union. Congratulations on a remarkable achievement and we watch with interest to see what Rugby skills he has learnt from this intensive off-season programme. NSW Rugby Western Sydney Projects initiated the re-establishment of the Talent Identi?cation Programme for Rugby Union for NSW players in the U/14, 15 and 16 age groups. Jack Debreczeni (10Du) was chosen to be part of this squad, which had weekly training sessions and an education programme throughout the summer months. 2008 sees Trinity Grammar School with a number of groups touring in July. Both the 1st XV and U/15 age groups will participate in the Gold Coast Tournament, while the U/16s’ age group, will Tour Canberra, and the Opens Year 12 Barbarians group will have their annual visit to Melbourne. We have three visiting schools during the Rugby season with Iona College Under 16s arriving at the end of March and two Japanese Schools visiting at various stages. The Rugby calendar has an interesting mix with trial matches against our traditional rivals Newington, St Patrick’s College and the formidable opponent Scots’ College. We look forward this season to a continued focus on the basic skills of catch and pass, the understanding and ability to tackle, and importantly, the need for students to develop an understanding of how to read the game through training and various game sense scenarios. Jed Hogan | MIC Rugby AVIAN ANGST IN THE AVIARY! A BIRTHDAY QUARTERED! KHOURY FAMILY TGS RUGBY o SEASON 2008 >