12 November, 2021


Year 6 at the NJISSA Athletics

Last Friday 5 November saw the NJISSA athletics carnival held at St Leonards Athletics Centre. The College sent a large number of Year 6 students to compete. With a large gap of time between our Penquite House athletics carnival and the NIJSSA carnival, our Year 6 students competed very well and are commended on their efforts. The Year 6 Girls team placed first and the Year 6 Boys finished in third in their respective year level pennants. Thank you to Mrs Esther Croft-Elliot for accompanying and supporting the team along with Year 12 students Ashleigh Reid, AJ Creak and Harrison Gee for coming along to support the junior students.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Hurricanes Cup Cricket

Congratulations to both our boys and girls teams that competed in Cricket Tasmania’s Hurricanes Cup Cricket competition. All three of our teams had predominantly students from the Middle School playing against students from other schools in Years 7-10.

Our boys played very well to narrowly miss playing in the finals 18 November. Our girls teams both won their way through to the finals next Thursday at Scotch Oakburn Park. A big thank you to Mr Dean Hawkins, Mr Sam Nugteren, Mrs Naomie O’Loughlin and Mr Jamie Breden for their coaching on the day as well as Ms Belinda Wegman for providing coaching to our girls in the leadup.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Tasmanian Trampolining Championships

The Tasmanian Trampolining Championship was held at the Launceston PCYC. Grace Culhane (Year 8) won the Level 5 Women’s Tramp and Level 4 Double Mini events. Congratulations Grace.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Examiner Junior sports awards

Congratulations to all Scotch Oakburn College students who were involved in the Examiner Junior Sports awards on Wednesday. Finalists were invited to the Country Club Casino for a two-course meal and to enjoy a Q and A with Arianne Titmus.

The College was represented with finalists in every category, a fantastic achievement. In the up-and-coming rising star female section, we had Ella Nast, Ruby Hirst and Abbey Berlese. For the up-and-coming junior male section, we had Matias Munoz Lagos. College parent Chris McLarty coached the premiership ELJFC under 14 Girls team and was a finalist in the Ricky Ponting service to sport category. Bella Shaw was a finalist in the sports scholarship for providing a short story of ‘What sport means to me’. For the Junior Sports Team of the Year, we had finalists Anna Day with her Launceston United junior soccer team, the ELJFC U14 Girls premiership team and the winners of the award, the Scotch Oakburn Girls First VIII rowing crew. This is the fourth time in eight years the College has won the award. In the Junior Female Athlete of the Year, Lindsay Calvert was a finalist and in the Male Junior Sportsman of the Year, Alexander (AJ) Creak was announced as joint winner of the award, a fantastic effort with both Lindsay, Heidi and AJ all representing Australia this year in their chosen sports.

I would like to congratulate our winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements in 2021. Thanks also to the Examiner newspaper and Woolworths Ltd for sponsoring the evening.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Basketball Tasmania – Northern High School Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to all players for their efforts over the weekend of the Northern High School Basketball Tournament held on the weekend of 6-7 November. All teams were very competitive and the sportsmanship displayed over all the games by all players was excellent.

Results – Girls Teams
The Year 9/10 Girls Div 1 team, coached by Mrs Gelinda Dell, played in a combined Division 1 and 2 roster and won all their games convincingly, progressing to the Semi-Final. The setup of the pools made it very difficult for the top two Division 1 teams to meet in the Grand Final. Our girls matched up against the very strong St Patrick’s College 1 team in the semi and despite the girls playing great basketball, it wasn’t to be. Instead, the girls played off for third place (and what was designated as a Division 2 Grand Final), playing the other Riverside High Div 1 team. The girls were determined to prove that they were State Championship material and were rewarded with a 41 point (57-16) victory, a Division 2 shield and qualified for States.

Our Year 7/8 Girls Div 1 team, coached by Miss Jordan Holloway-Clarke, finished their pool games in fourth place and progressed to the play-off game for third. It was a thrilling game going down to the last dying seconds, the girls were narrowly defeated by St Patrick’s College (SPC) by 1 point (34-35) and unfortunately missed out on qualification for the State Championships.

The Year 7/8 Girls Div 2 team, coached by Miss Kate Wallace, were all Year 7 Girls except for 1 player and were matching up against many Year 8 students. They performed extremely well against these older players and were very competitive over the weekend. Our Year 9/10 Girls Div 2 team, coached by Miss Madi Shaw, were also very competitive in their games and played some great games, their best performance was against Prospect High School where they went down by only nine points.

Results – Boys Teams
Our Year 9/10 Boys Div 1 team, coached by Mr Dylan Warren, faced some very tough competition in all their pool games and whilst they didn’t secure a win, their final match saw them nearly defeat Launceston Church Grammar School (LCGS), losing by only 5 points in the last minute of the game. LCGS finished runner-up for the tournament, which demonstrated just how competitive our team was.

Our Year 7/8 Div 1 Boys, coached by Mr Elliot Warren, finished in third place when winning two games quite convincingly against Queechy High School and St Patrick’s College Gold. The boys have now progressed to the State Championships.

Our Year 9/10 Div 2 Boys team also performed very well. The team, coached by Mr Brett de Hayr, played some tough competition. Their best games were on Day 2 in their cross-over playoffs where they won against Queechy High School (52-23) and only lost their second game by six points to Scottsdale High (23-29).

Both Year 7/8 Boys Div 2 teams, Blue coached by Mr Tim Batten and Gold by Mr Alex McCowan, also had some very challenging matches over the weekend. Blue won two of their four matches and Gold won one, losing their other pool games by only small margins of seven points to Riverside and two points to Kings Meadows.

All in all, it was a very successful tournament with two of a possible four teams now qualifying for the State Championships being held 20-21 November at Elphin Sports Centre. These Championships are the pinnacle of the Basketball Tasmania program where all winning schools from across the North, South and North West will all meet.

A huge thank you to all players, parents, team managers and our coaches, as events like this are only as successful as the people involved. Your support and participation certainly ensured that this was the case this year.

Natalie Good
Director of Basketball

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