18 November, 2022


East Launceston Junior Football Club

This is a reminder to those students that have nominated to play football next year as their winter sport that you are required to register with East Launceston Junior Football Club.

General registration opens 02 December.  Please make you you register now to avoid missing out.

Go to to register or scan the QR code in the image above.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Basketball Tasmania – Northern High School Basketball Tournament

Congratulations to all teams for their efforts over the weekend of the Northern High School Basketball Tournament held on the weekend of 12-13 November. All teams were very competitive and the sportsmanship displayed over all the games by all players was excellent.

Collectively we secured four shields – two Champion Shields and two Runner-up Shields – this was a fantastic effort and the best the College has ever achieved. This was only possible, of course, by the wonderful efforts of all players, coaches, team managers and parents. I am always astounded by the support of our basketball community and we can’t thank you all enough.

Team Results – Girls
Our Year 7/8 Girls Div 1 team, coached by Miss Madi Shaw, finished their pool games in 1st place with a very close match against St Patrick’s College (winning by one point) and placing them in the Grand Final, but also saw them have to match up against the same team for the final. It was once again, a thrilling match with the girls playing some strong defensive Basketball and they secured the win by 4 points (23-19) and not only earnt them a Division 1 Champions Shield, but also a spot at the State Championships in late November.

The Year 9/10 Girls Div 2 team, coached by Miss Lisa Patterson, won both their pool games and also their Semi-Final, progressing to the Grand Final against Riverside High – Gold, who they had defeated in their previous pool game. The girls played great basketball and were determined to repeat that feat in the final. They played a very close match rewarded with a very close 3-point (29-26) victory and a Division 2 Champions Shield.

The Year 7/8 Girls Div 2 team, coached by Mr Jamie Breden, came up against some very tough competition on the weekend. They performed extremely well against their more experienced opponents and were very competitive over. Their best performance was by far when they drew against St Patrick’s College – Gold 20 all in their pool game on Saturday, a great team effort!

Team Results – Boys
Our Year 9/10 Boys Div 1 team, coached by Mr Brett Smith, faced some very tough competition in both their pool games. They played some great Basketball and secured wins against both Queechy (54-47) and Launceston Grammar (42-41) qualifying them for the Semi-Final against Riverside High. They played extremely well in this game and defeated them by 7 (52-45) securing a Grand Final spot against St Patrick’s College. The final saw St Patrick’s take an early lead and one which our boys couldn’t claw back. They ended up being defeated 40-66. Finishing Runners Up for the tournament and also securing a spot at the State Championships.

The Year 7/8 Boys Div 2 Gold team, coached by Mr Chris Hills, won all their pool games and progressed to their Semi-Final which they won quite convincingly against Deloraine High (54-29). They then played their Grand Final against Kings Meadows High who were very strong, the boys displayed a gallant effort against a much bigger outfit and ended up going down (25-53). Congratulations on being the Runners Up for their division.

Our Year 7/8 Div 1 Boys, coached by Mr Jake Kilby played some very competitive games in their pool games and in their qualifying final and pushed all teams they matched up against. They finished in fifth place after winning their final game quite convincingly against Launceston Grammar 57-26.

Year 9/10 Div 2 Boys team also performed very well. The team, coached by Mr Michael Cincotta played some tough competition over the weekend. Their best game was when they defeated Kings Meadows High 39-32 on Day 1, but finished very strongly against other teams on Day 2.

The Year 7/8 Boys Div 2 Navy team, coached by Miss Sophie Winter, also had some very challenging matches over the weekend. Whilst they may not have secured a win, this team was made up of mainly Year 7 boys and did very well against many teams that had mainly Year 8s playing.

In summary, I congratulate:

Year 7/8 Girls Division 1 and Year 9/10 Girls Division 2 teams as Champions! and Year 9/10 Boys Division 1 and Year 7/8 Boys Gold Division 2 as Runners-Up.

We now have our Year 7/8 Girls Division 1 and Year 9/10 Boys Division 1 teams competing at the State Championships in Launceston on 26-27 November and we wish them all the best for their competitions.

This has definitely been our most successful tournament to date with four of our teams making Grand Finals and two of the three possible teams now qualifying for the State Championships. 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 to contest the State Titles.

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


At the end of the 2021/2022 Rowing Season, Mr Jamie Breden made the decision to discontinue his role as Director of Rowing. We thank Jamie most sincerely for his tireless efforts and enormous contribution to the program over the last five years. As a College, we will look forward to formally thanking Jamie for his work in this role at a special time later in the season.

We have now established a plan of leadership and support for this current rowing season from within the College.

  • Mr Hugh Baird will have the responsibilities of operations, Regatta contact, coaching communications and oversight of the coaching of the Junior Rowing Program, and will be also coaching the Open Girls Squad.
  • Mr Ali Foot will be assisting to oversee the program and will be the point of contact for Year Group Managers.
  • Mr James Russell is the Head Coach and Coach of the Senior Boys Squad.
  • Mrs Catherine Scott will assist with communications, notifications on The Dash, rosters etc.

For all rowing communication, please use the following email address – This will be the most efficient and streamlined way to communicate with everyone.

A Parent Information Meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 November from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm in the HPEC Learning Studios (next to Middle School Reception). This will be a valuable opportunity for everyone to share information and ask relevant questions regarding the season ahead.

Coaches Needed

To maximise student learning, we are seeking to increase our coaching team for the junior squads this season. Support and training will be provided and new coaches would be working alongside experienced ones. Please email the rowing team or reach out to me if you would like to know more.

Ali Foot
Head of Sport

Sports Mindset

I have been a little quiet of late as I have been studying the latest Network Neuroscience research in relation to brain-based mindset necessities to ensure that we are always at our optimal best as we play our sport.

As a result of this, I have been delving back into Ant Morrison’s SAS shows to see the difference in how the players act when they are in a particular network in our brain and how it shows with their physical endurance.

As our rowing competitions and Regattas start this weekend, after all the plethora of basketball we have been successful at, I thought it might be time to remind everyone of some important quips that will help us stay on our game:

1.       What separates us from the rest is our attention to detail and discipline.

2.       It doesn’t matter how fit we are, if we haven’t got the right mindset, we aren’t going to make it.

3.       We must learn how to deal with unfairness.  Life isn’t always going to be fair and sometimes calls go against us when we play sport, and that’s okay.  Life is about being the light in the darkness and therefore when we consider we are being treated unfairly, always be the light, showing our resilience to better ourselves next time, so it doesn’t happen again.

4.       What makes us is our courage and determination – that ‘never give up’ attitude and ultimately, the right mindset to keep carrying on – no matter what.

5.       You must know when to use your emotions so you can go in, get the job done and get out.

So what does all this mean for our rowers this weekend.  Get in the boat, know your fundamentals, use and control your emotions to your and your team’s advantage and come out the winners.  Even if not winning the actual race, you will still be winners because you will be one step closer to achieving that goal you want for the Head of the River next year.

Grace Reynolds
College Chaplain