03 August, 2023 Community - Sport & Outdoor Ed

The 2023 Geoffrey Ryan Cup

We are extremely proud of our St Michael’s footballers for their display of grit, courage and good sportsmanship at the annual Geoffrey Ryan Cup.

Hosted by Westbourne Grammar School at Chirnside Park in Werribee, the First XVIII Boys and Girls Football Teams battled it out against Westbourne on Wednesday evening.

Our girls won a thrilling game by just two points (2.7.19) against Westbourne (2.5.17) showing determination, and hard tackling for the entire game. Our boys also displayed great courage and tenacity as they faced a talented team who are undefeated so far this season. At quarter time we had a narrow lead and at half time scores were even reflecting the wonderful defensive effort from the St Michael’s team. While Westbourne drew away in the second half for a convincing win, our boys continued to give their very best for the entire game.

In 2021, the Girls First XVIII joined the Boys side in playing for the Geoffrey Ryan Cup for the first time, and both St Michael’s teams were victorious.

The annual football match was named in 2013, honouring Mr Geoffrey Ryan the former Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School at St Michael’s Grammar School (1983–1989), and former Principal of Westbourne Grammar School (1990–2010).

We thank all those involved in organising the Geoffrey Ryan Cup and look forward to next year’s clash, to be hosted by St Michael’s.