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The 2021 Caica Cup event was held on Thursday 29 April, with both St Michael’s College and Henley High School students competing with school pride and enthusiasm.

We held the Surf Life Saving component of the Cup at the Henley Surf Life Saving Club back in Term 1 when the weather was kinder to us. Both schools competed in a range of beach and water events throughout the day. It was an impressive display by all SMC students across Years 8 to12, who took out most beach events on the day. The team should be very proud of their efforts.

The boys Open Football team played on Tuesday morning last week. The opening game of the week was played in great spirit and was a hard fought contest. Unfortunately, the boys went down to Henley, but showed some good signs for the season ahead.

The official Caica Cup day on Thursday began with Open Golf at the Grange Golf Course. With another relatively young team (Years 8 to 11) taking the course, students battled hard and came away down 1.5 to 4.5.

The girls Year 8/9 Basketball team had a hard fought match against a strong HHS team. SMC came away with a good win in this match with a score of 58 – 42. Well done to Zahlia Niemann (8GPC-01) on winning the best player medal.

The boys Year 8/9 Football match was a great game for the SMC boys. The team was fired up right from the onset and showed that they were not going to be an easy team to beat. SMC led from the start and never gave up their lead winning this match 15.10 – 8.5. Well done to all players in this match, with a fantastic performance and in particular by Will Rayner (8BPC-01) who won the best player medal.

The boys Open Soccer team took to the field and in a great showing of skill, ran over the top of the HHS boys winning their match 2-1. Congratulations to Antonio Condessa (11PC-07) on winning the best player award.

The Open Netball team played HHS in a very close encounter that went right down to the wire with HHS eventually holding on by 13 goals to take the win in an impressive showing. The girls should be proud of their efforts.

The boys Year 8/9 Basketball team had a tough game going down to the HHS side by 20 points. A fantastic effort against a side who is always incredibly strong. It was a great effort from the boys and they should be proud of themselves.

The Open Mixed Tennis match was an absolute thriller. SMC led early going up 3-2, before trailing late in the day 6-7. The last two matches came right down to the wire with Madison Schwarz (12PC-02) winning in a tie breaker to get SMC over the line 8-7. Well done to all players in a fantastic display of tennis!

This year we had a Open Mixed Volleyball team compete over at Henley High and after a hard fought game HHS got over the line 2 sets to 0. We also had the inclusion of the Open Table Tennis this year, in another fantastic contest. The group played incredibly well just going down to HHS 5 games to 7.

HHS hosted the ‘Caica Gift’ this year with the boys and girls competing in a handicapped 100m sprint at recess. The points were shared on this occasion with HHS winning the girls sprint and Michael Moschou (11PC-01) from SMC winning the boys sprint.

Some familiar and new faces joined together for the return of Hockey to the Caica Cup competition. Joshua Ucinek (10PC-07) stepped forward as captain to take on the well drilled Henley High contingent. St Michael’s showed tremendous heart throughout the first half with several experienced hands leading the way with tight checking and creative offense. Stephane Dion-French (9BPC-05) showed great composure in front of goals to score two himself and set up Archie Coppola (9BPC-01) for a third. Henry McCaffrey (9BPC-05) was called on as goalie in the latter stages of the period but his solid reading of the play meant he was able to keep out repeated forward thrusts.

We started well in the second half with Josh scoring another goal early before the effects of the warm day and the lack of subs started to kick in as the Henley team mounted a spirited comeback. Multiple attacks saw them draw even and then take the lead for the first time for the match. A well crafted and perfectly struck shot from Josh brought the score to 5 all as our players dug deep to keep out any further opportunities from Henley and see the game end with a tie. Josh’s clever and calm work controlling play through the centre of the pitch saw him as the unanimous choice for overall best player. He was well supported by the tireless work from Michael Krenczek (10PC-02) and the repeated efforts form Matthew Ucinek (9BPC-03).

The final score was 5 – 5 with all students playing well. It was fantastic to see Hockey form part of the Caica Cup rivalry again and the tight contest already raises anticipation for a deciding contest next time around.

The afternoon matches proved a challenge for the SMC Teams, with the girls Open Basketball, boys Open Basketball and boys 8/9 Soccer all having very hard fought contests against strong HHS oppositions. Well done to all teams who showed great determination and fight across the board.

The other afternoon matches showed off some more of the SMC soccer talent for the Girls Year 7-9 team. They fought very hard for such a young group going down to HHS 5-0 in a fantastic effort.

Well done to all students who participated in the Caica Cup this year, it is fantastic to see the talent we have on offer here at St Michael’s College across so many sports and activities. Thank you to all staff members, coaches, and supervisors on the day for your assistance and support. Without your help, we would not be able to put an event like this together. The Caica Cup is a fantastic community event and it is great to see students from both sides interact the way they do.  We are looking forward to another great Caica Cup in 2022.

Mr Jordan Young, Secondary Co-curricular Coordinator