Saturday 3 August 2019 will go down in the annuls of Carey as one of the great days for our school. For those lucky enough to be at our magnificent sports complex to witness the action, you are most certainly a part of this historic event.
With five APS premierships up for grabs and an aligning of the planets where four were hosted at Bulleen, the hoards started rolling into the Complex from 7.30am. First up was the mighty First Girls Soccer Team, up against arch rival Wesley who dished out a defeat to us in the early rounds of the season. With a steely resolve and a touch of brilliance, we prevailed as champions, three goals to nil. Chair of the Board, Jane Simon, presented the cup to our captain and the hugs were in full swing!
Over to Netball where the highly-ranked Caulfield were up against a young but talented Carey team, who needed the results to go our way down the Geelong road to secure victory. Alas, it wasn’t to be and our girls were gallant in defeat, paving the way for Wesley to be crowned premiers for 2019. The juxtaposition of a Soccer win and the Netball loss was evident. But that’s sport, it can be glorious but it can be cruel. Our Netball girls can be proud, theirs was the best Carey Netball season in 15 years and with so much to look forward to in the coming years, the future is bright.
Boys Soccer was next and the highly fancied Carey team were hot favourites to win the flag. With the intimidation of Wilcox A, the 'Fortress' sign emblazoned in the stands and a crowd of over 500, the boys were clinical in their work, dissecting the hapless Caulfield to run out champs, four goals to nil. It was a triumph for our Head of Soccer, Manny Koutroulis, to secure both Boys and Girls Soccer titles to confirm our standing as the number one soccer school in the APS.
Our First Girls Football Team were playing the curtain raiser on the hallowed Dunshea Oval turf prior to the Boys team’s chance at glory. And as a pre-curser to the big game, the girls did the job, coming away with a three-goal win against Ivanhoe.
The scene was set, and with busloads of Caulfield students streaming through the gates we all knew this was going to be a massive game. The Carey support was amazing, and with a full Gadsden grandstand the crowd was predicted at over 3000 to watch the premiership decider of the First Boys XVIII.
A slow start had the Carey faithfuls nervous, but with some courageous defence and clever forward craft we wrestled the lead to eight points by three-quarter time. An early goal to Caulfield in the last stanza reduced our lead to a solitary point and the Carey community held its collective breath. The final eight minutes saw Carey slam on four unanswered goals. The atmosphere was palpable, the celebrations were about to start, this was to be their holy grail… The siren sounded and the Carey cheer squad invaded Dunshea. Tears, hugs and screams were the order of the day. Carey had secured their first APS Football Premiership in 20 years, and only their second since joining the APS in 1957.
It will be remembered forever as a remarkable day. Not just for the stunning sport played, but for the community engagement that was so unique and so 'Carey'. What a day!
Head of Sport