Xavier High School out to defend its title against Scots

SCHOOL'S OUT: Xavier High's Tom O'Brien and Scots' Sam Severin will look to claim the crown of the best school on the Border when their teams meet in the grand final. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
SCHOOL'S OUT: Xavier High's Tom O'Brien and Scots' Sam Severin will look to claim the crown of the best school on the Border when their teams meet in the grand final. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Xavier High School will look to defend its title as the city’s top school on Tuesday night.

Xavier will meet The Scots School in the grand final re-match in the Albury High Schools Secondary Football Association senior boys decider at the Lavington Sportsground.

It will pit club-mates against each other with Scots’ captain Sam Wotherspoon, Sam Herbert and Sam Severin all playing against their Albury under 18 team-mates Tom O’Brien and Fraser Duryea.

“Tom O’Brien is also playing seniors at Albury, while Fraser Duryea has also played a bit of senior footy at Albury recently,” Xavier coach Mark Sanson said.

Xavier proved too strong for Scots last year and is stronger again.

“Yeah, there’s less gaps than last year,” Sanson said of the team’s depth.

But Scots maintain they also have more variety.

“I think we’ve probably got a little more depth than we had last year, we relied more on our top-end players, so we’re probably a bit deeper,” coach Neale Poole said.

“Henry Bouffler, he’s a midfielder-forward, Henry plays seniors out at Lockhart, a lot of our boys are from the district areas, Eddy Ziebarth is from Brock-Burrum.”

I think we’ve probably got a little more depth than we had last year, we relied more on our top-end players, so we're probably a bit deeper. Henry Bouffler, he’s a midfielder-forward, Henry plays seniors out at Lockhart, a lot of our boys are from the district areas, Eddy Ziebarth is from Brock-Burrum.

Neale Poole

Wotherspoon will play centre half-back, while Severin will tackle the ruck duties.

Interestingly, the skipper will join a handful of other players who’ll fly into the country on Tuesday morning from a school trip to Singapore.

Sanson admits tactics won’t play a major role.

“It’s school footy, you just get it and kick it and have fun with it,” he said.

The senior game will round out the four grand finals.

Xavier tackles Albury High in the under 15 boys, Trinity Anglican College faces Billabong High in the under 15 girls and Xavier and Billabong meet in the senior girls.