State Surfing Championships
On Friday 31 July, St Michael’s students Jaiden Riley (9BPC-05), Oskar Kilpatrick (8BPC-03) and Max Wandel (9BPC-05), participated in the School Sport SA State Surfing Championships.
The weather and surf turned it on for them at Middleton point with contestable 2-3ft waves and offshore conditions. The format of the competition was a teams event with the two highest waves from each competitor combined to give a total score.
Max and Oskar were in the first heat in the U16’s and both boys got some great waves but eventually placed third and unfortunately did not make it through to the next round. Max surfed again with Jaiden in the Open boys and were up against some very good competition in Digby Tooze from Immanuel college and only ended up missing out on making it through to the final rounds by a point.
The boys had a great time at the final round of the School Surfing Competition, and it was a great experience for all of them and they appreciated the opportunity to represent the school in a surfing competition.
Mr Jordan Young, Secondary Boys Co-curricular Coordinator
Thursday 30 July – Year 8/9 Girls Knockout Netball
On Thursday 30 July, the Year 9A netball team participated in Round 1 of the Year 8/9 Statewide Knockout netball competition. Two games were played over the course of the day between St Michaels College, Nazareth and Henley High.
Game 1 began between St Michael’s and Nazareth with St Michael’s winning 31 to 12. Although the score line portrays a convincing win it was a tight contest to start, with St Michael’s finding their form half way through the third. Evie Kitschke provided strong drives in attack with Paige Schmerl, Jemma Cooper and Lily-Mae Balkwill accurate in goals. Madeline Warren, Amy Buck and Hayley Conlon applied relentless defensive pressure to keep the opposition score to a minimum each quarter. Georgie Blades provided great run in C providing the link between defence and attack.
Game 2 was against Henley High and we knew it was going to be tough. The girls brought confidence after Game 1 yet also some nerves knowing the talent in the Henley team. After an extremely tight four quarters it came down to the last 2 minutes where St Michael’s got a turnover and capitalised. With the C pass in our favour we scored again and won by 2 at the final whistle. The defensive pressure and fight of all 7 girls on court was outstanding and what created the game to fall St Michael’s way. Special mention to Isabella McGorman and Madeline Warren for their tight one on one defence against strong Henley High shooters.
Henley High defeated Nazareth 34 to 8.
The Year 9A netball team look forward to Round 2 of the Year 8/9 Statewide Knockout Netball competition.
Ms Liesel Dunstan, Coach
Monday 3 August – Open Girls Knockout Netball
On Monday 3 August, our Open A netball team travelled to Cabra Dominican College to play Brighton High and Cabra in the Open Girls Statewide Knockout Round 1.
Our first game was against Brighton High who proved to be a strong matchup. The first quarter was a pretty even tussle with Brighton getting a good lead at times throughout the game, but to our credit, we never gave up and kept fighting back. We had some really good passages of play but made some costly errors which they capitalised on and we went down by 5 goals to a better team on the day.
In the second game we came up against Cabra, and this was also a pretty even match. We had some nice passages of play which put us in the lead, and we managed to hang on to that lead for the whole game. Our girls worked tirelessly having played back to back matches to come out with a win.
Well done to the whole team for representing the school with pride and holding their heads high after a disappointing first match.
Ms Karen Watts, Coach
Thursday 6 August – Year 8/9 Girls Knockout Football
A very talented and energetic team of Year 8 and Year 9 Girls took on Henley High School and Nazareth Catholic Community on Thursday in the first round of the Statewide 8/9 Girls Football Knockout. Our co-Captains Georgie Blades and Marlie Fiegert lead from the first bounce until the final siren, guiding the girls to successful wins in both games.
Our first game against Henley was evenly matched in both skill and determination, but our girls were able to add extra pressure where it counts and ended up taking out the win 4.3.27 to 3.0.18 The whole team played to their positions outstandingly in the first game with special mention to Asha Meers, Hayley Conlon, and Scarlett O’Shea who helped create an almost impenetrable wall in the back lines.
Thanks to the amazing work in the middle by our ruck, Jessie Buhagiar, and on-ballers Emma Kilpatrick, Georgie Blades and Marlie Fiegert, the second game barely saw the ball reach inside Nazareth’s forward half. With limited gas in the tank, the girls continued the momentum from the first game, kicking seven unanswered goals to have the game sealed by the half time break. Final score SMC 13.15.93 defeated Nazareth 0.0.0.
The girls are super excited to take on the next school(s) in round two in the coming weeks.
Ms Leanne Burton, Secondary Girls Co-curricular Coordinator
Year 7 Football Report
Welcome to season 2020. We were told that our opposition colleges take their football programs very seriously. We were told that our opponents would be highly skilled and physically imposing. We were told not to be too disheartened if we were on the receiving end of 20+ goal floggings.
We had other ideas.
We had only four training sessions to pick the A and B teams, and to determine on field positions. We ensured that both Year 7 teams would be well balanced in terms of ability with the aim for both teams to be very competitive. Our four key messages for the teams are:
- Accept responsibility
- Accomplish the task
The boys have all accepted their role without any complaint, even though they are not necessarily playing in positions that they may be used to playing at club level. We’re only two games in and are reminding the boys not to get ahead of themselves as we still have some very strong opposition to play against. However, at this early stage we can see the results speak for their ability to adapt and we as a coaching group are very proud of them all.
Almost our entire squad of boys play club football and it is great to see the combined talents of SMOSH, Port District, Henley, Lockleys, Fitzroy, Woodville South and Flinders Park all working together for a common goal here at St Michael’s as we know how big the rivalry is between them in their weekend club games.
Our results are as follows:
St Michael’s Year 7A – 12.18.90 defeated Sacred Heart – 1.3.9
Best players: James Chalubek, James McGorman, Noah Ah Chee, Will Rayner, Zane Peucker
St Michael’s Year 7B – 29.11.185 defeated Sacred Heart – 0.0.0
Best players: Miles Cowan, Harrison Mitchell, Jackson Lucas, James Martin, Wesley Stevens
St Michael’s Year 7A – 20.21.141 defeated Immanuel – 2.2.14
Best players: Zane Peucker, Harvey O’Brien, Noah Ah Chee, Ethan Ashley, Xavier Allen
St Michael’s Year 7B – 26.18.174 defeated Trinity – 0.2.2
Best Players: Jackson Lucas, Harrison Mitchell, Mitch MacDonald, James Martin, Miles Cowan
Outstanding results for our first two games, we could easily have picked another 5 or 6 boys for both teams worthy of honourable mentions. We can apply the classic footy cliché, “all played well”.
They are a very coach-able squad who are playing a really unselfish brand of football, and we are really impressed with their endeavour and attitude. There is still work ahead of us, but a special bond is forming here. We’re blessed with a great squad of very talented players and look forward to whatever challenges we face for the rest of the season, and as a coaching group, we have 100% faith that these guys will continue to rise to the challenge.
Kev, David, Paul – Year 7 Coaching Team