This week, Sport Selections for students in Year 8, 9 & 10 were posted in the Sport Noticeboard for Term 3. Students not involved in a Rep Sport team in Term 3 have been asked to check and see which Sport they have been placed in. For students who have chosen and been placed in a paid sport, as posted through Compass please note the following timeline for Term 3 Sport payments:
Payments Open: Monday 7th June (Term 2, Week 8)
Payments Close: Tuesday 22nd June (Term 2, Week 10)
The preferred method of payment is through the Compass Parent Portal. If payment needs to be made in cash/card direct to the finance office, it needs to be accompanied by the online consent form available through the Compass Parent Portal.
Please note that if payment is not made by the cut off date, your child will be placed into a free Sport option for Term 3.
Girls Bill Turner Soccer
On Wednesday 19th May, the girl's braved a cool day to compete in the Third Round of the Bill Turner Trophy. They were lucky to watch half of the boy's game who delivered some quality football and inspired the girls to play.
Following a great warm-up session lead by their captain Sophie Howarth, it was finally time to play. The girls had a good understanding of their role and the task at hand.
Right from the start, the girls showed determination and focus on the pitch. Whilst they had 8 great shots on goal, and 80% of possession, it was their opposition, St Phillips Waratah who scored the opening goal. The half time chat was detailed and positive. The second half was exhilarating to say the least. More shots on goal, that missed, then, with a number of passes and through balls, we equalised with a goal by Charlie Palmer. The girls lifted even more. They really wanted the win. Straight away, the next kick off saw St. Phillips score an immediate goal. With injured players and only one substitution, the girls were getting a little tired. The sideline was hopeful for a draw and the girls dug deep. With 8 minutes to go, a few changes in positions with Charlie and Kiara in centre midfield, the team moved forward and was rewarded with a goal from Izzy. The score now 2-2!
Time was ticking, and thoughts of extra time and penalty shots were not a pleasant option. Running out of time with a corner to take, Miss Sciberras was encouraging Amelia Beric to go to the back post. A minute to spare, it was the talented Izzy Threlfo who took the corner. It went straight into the net, consolidating the win to San Clemente 3-2!
The girls now march on against Hunter Sports High School in Round 4 of the competition next Wednesday.
Boys NSW/ACT AFL Gala Day
On Thursday 20th May, our 7/8 and 9/10 Boys AFL teams competed in the NSW/ACT Secondary Schools AFL Gala Day at Feighans Oval, Warners Bay. After a tough start to the day against St Catherine’s Singleton, our 7/8 Boys went down in close affairs to Newcastle High and All Saints Maitland. To round off their day, they had a huge win against Catherine McAuley Medowie in their fourth pool game. All boys were outstanding today, with Finn Hurley, Jordie Harris & Harry Green leading the team throughout the day. Additionally, Samuel Thomsen (Year 7) who is new to our school community had a great day out and played extremely well in all 4 games.
The 9/10 boys had a tougher run, especially as they were competing in the Opens competition against many Year 11 and Year 12 students from other schools. The boys had a few heavy losses but improved significantly as the day went on. Cooper Keagan and Jasper Fraser were brilliant for the boys, as was Patrick McGrath from Year 9 who was punching well above his weight against some older boys.
Many thanks to Mr Byrne who did a fantastic job in coaching the boys and incorporating his tactical nous to improve the results as the day went on.
NSW Netball Gala Day
Last Wednesday, our 7/8 and 9/10 Girls and Boys Netball teams competed in the NSW Schools Cup Gala Day at National Park.
Our 7/8 boys were outstanding, proving to be unbeaten all day. It was a great experience for these rookie netballers in their first outing. A big thank you to Mrs Pruteanu for her expert coaching tips and shaping the boys into such great team.
The Year 10 girls’ team were also competitive, only losing one game all day except by going down to Hunter Sports High during the morning. The girls won their final and will now progress to the next round. The Year 10 boys were equally as impressive, led by Mr Byrne, but unfortunately lost their last match after a great day of beating all opposing teams.
The 8 and 9 girls developed their skills and cemented best positions throughout the day. They will be a force to reckon with in the future.
A big thank you to all the parents who supported the students today, in particular Sharon Aoake and Cherie Aoake-Puru for passing on their invaluable netball knowledge to all 5 teams!
Lastly, A huge thank you to Mrs Rutherford in particular for all of her organisation for this day. Outside of DIO Athletics, in terms of student numbers this is the largest Sporting Gala Day of the year and Mrs Rutherford does a lot of work behind the scenes to get all of our teams ready for this!
U16’s Boys Rugby League
Our Champion Under 16’s Boys Rugby League Team played their regional quarter final last week against All Saint’s College Maitland, at the home of the Cessnock Goannas, Baddeley Park. Although the team was impacted by injury and unavailability and with only 15 players available, they competed valiantly against a full strength All Saints side.
The boys started well and went very close early to open the scoring and held their own for the first quarter. All Saint’s made the most of some good field position and quickly scored multiple tries. With repeated defensive sets, fatigue grew and the inexperienced team was overrun by a very talented and sizable opposition that eventually won the Final by a convincing margin. Despite the leadership of established team members Asher Thomas, Lyji Vaggs, Cooper Keegan and Jasper Fraser, our boys trailed 24-0 at half time.
The boys showed their character and started the second half well by scoring in the corner. However, Eric Carino dislocated his knee after an outstanding run from the ensuring kickoff while Ranier Tanudra was removed for a HIA, leaving no reserves on the bench. The boys eventually went down 38-4.
A very big thank you to Mr Morrissey for his coaching of this team over the last 4 years. This team has been on an amazing journey, highlighted by their 3rd place finish in the State Titles back in 2019. I know that Mr Morrissey speaks very highly of these young men and he was one very proud coach last week.
U16’s Boys Rugby Union
Last week our U16’s Boys Rugby Union team defeated Newcastle High 24-22 in Round 1 of the Steve Merrick Cup Rugby Union Competition.
After a difficult start, with the Rugby League players trying to pick up some of the more technical Rugby Union rules on the run, the boys started to improve and quickly shot out to a 24-7 lead. Newcastle High finished strong with 3 late tries, but it wasn’t enough as the boys held on for a 2 point win.
Lyji Vaggs was the big threat, scoring a brilliant hattrick with all 3 of his tries coming from breaks around the centre of the field. He was very well supported by Jasper Fraser and Cooper Keagan. The Year 9 boys (Gus Waters, Will Gunn & Caleb Martin) also played very strongly and used their rugby union knowledge to steer some of the Year 10’s with limited Rugby experience around the park.
The team will now play Singleton High in Round 2 of the competition during Week 10 down at Dangar Park.
Lastly, a big thank you to Mr Kelso who did a brilliant job coaching the team. Mr Kelso clearly has a strong knowledge and passion for the game and this flowed through to the playing group. So much so, there were set plays and “code words” that Damien went through with the boys during the warm up and it worked brilliantly on numerous occasions throughout the game!
U14’s Girls Rugby League
Last Friday our Under 14’s Girls Rugby League Team competed in the Katrina Fanning Cup. We had a blazing start with a win against Maitland High School. Our next game we went up against a strong Singleton High School managing to win by 1 try. Our final pool game we came up against a strong St Joesph’s Lochinvar
and after try for try they scored right on the whistle to beat us in a fantastic game. This loss saw us knocked out in the Semi Finals.
The girls were exceptional today and represented our school with pride. Special mention goes to Sophie Howarth, Luca Stewart and Kiyone Wong for their outstanding performances in every game.
Lastly, many thanks to Mrs Browne for her outstanding coaching on the day!
Best of luck to our Under 13’s Boys Rugby League team, who will play Rutherford High in the U13’s Hunter Premiership Rugby League Grand Final on Wednesday 16th June at Cessnock!
Steven Burns, Sport Coordinator