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Tuesday 4 August – Open Girls Knockout Football

On Tuesday 4 August, the Open Girls Knockout Football team played their opening round knockout matches against tough opposition, our cross-town rivals Henley High School and Unley High School. The girls had a hard fought win over Henley in the first game with a five point victory. Madison Schwarz was excellent on the wing, showing her elite fitness by helping out in defence and going forward to kick two goals. Charlotte Dolan was also fantastic in the midfield, clearing the ball forward and locking the ball in on multiple occasions.

After Henley suffered another narrow loss by under a goal, the final match against Unley would see the winner progress to the semi-finals of the Open Knockout Competition. Fortunately, the St Michael’s girls were excellent from the first bounce, winning the game by six goals. Tayla Dawkins in her first knockout match as a Year 10 student was a standout contributor in the ruck in both games, giving Chloe Schwarz, Alicia Gaffney and Georgie Davis first use in the midfield. Madison Schwarz went forward again and kicked another five goals with Lauren Hoffman, Tiana Fernandez and Bridie Dolan also contributing to the goals tally for the day. Lara Chehade was inspirational in the backline and the midfield, locking down the opposition key players, while Ellie Sparrow also played well all day on the wing. Two wins have seen the Open Knockout team progress to round two where they will play for a spot in the grand final.

Mr Ned Heath, Secondary Teacher and Open Girls Knockout Football Coach

Hockey News – SMC impresses again!

Game 3: SMC 12 – Pulteney 2

Once again, we were able to make a swift head start in the game and scored three early goals to end the contest effectively. Our strikers were on fire, and the opposition entered our defensive 25 only once in the first half. Matthew Ucinek, Kheya Ballentine-Brain, Teghan Ballentine-Brain, and Alice Kneebone are all on the scorer’s list for a comfortable 7- 0 lead at the half time break.

Having substitutes allowed many rotations, and while our structure took awhile to settle, we were in complete control. This proved handy as it allowed a rest for all, as in the second half we were not able to field Joshua Ucinek and Kheya, both selected for the Under 15 Adelaide Fire Hockey Academy for 2020. Congratulations to you both! We shouldn’t be surprised seeing their domination in our games each week and the fact they both play in the Premier League for their respective club teams!

Congratulations to our goal-scoring dynamo, Matthew Ucinek, for his selection to the Under 13 Adelaide Fire Hockey Academy for 2020. Matthew showed great poise and added to his impressive haul of six goals with a terrific defensive effort. He also showed his undeniable talent in passing to bring others into the game.

Beacher Ross made a significant impact on the game especially in the second half, despite the absence of our usual midfield and showed good control and effective field coverage. As well as setting up opportunities, he was able to move forward and finish his work with two solid goals.

Stephane Dion-French also had a great game. His skills are improving at a steady rate and demonstrated great perseverance throughout the game. He is showing confidence and is willing to work hard, especially when facing on-field challenges. He is making great strides towards being either a left or right high striker. His final touch let him down, not being able to control several great through balls early. Instead of dropping his head he persevered, and this paid off throughout the second half as he became crucial in setting up several goal-scoring opportunities including one fantastic deflection bounce off the goal frame himself. Stephane is a vital part of our attacking structure.

The defensive unit continues to improve in both skill and confidence. Michael and Blake are the key to our defense. Michael’s form continues to improve week on week as he grows familiar with the team and structures. This confidence saw him remain solid in defense as he added more movement with his rebound and setting up numerous forward thrusts. Blake was solid and consistent as always. He patrolled the back half, ensuring no easy ball for the opposition and provided multiple opportunities for our team to move forward. Matthew Walker and Curtis McMahon also are beginning to see their importance to our team defense, and their skills are continuing to improve.

Alice Kneebone had her first run and scored in both halves. It’s great having Alice adding to our team depth. We are hopeful that Madeline Warren can join us to bolster our team even further.

A great team win and amazing attitudes. Well done!

Training will be at school for those wanting to train.  Those with a heavy training load or those only needing a break can enjoy a rest. We stay at West Beach for the next game against St Peters 1. This match will be another difficult assignment, so we need to be ready to play! We then travel away to play St Ignatius at PAC’s ground. More information regarding this will come. The most pressing matter will be players getting back to this side of town. Please advise if your son/daughter needs transportation home, as generally we have a one-way bus.

Best: S Dion-French, B Ross, M Krenczeck, B Smith, M Ucinek

Goals: M Ucinek 6, B Ross 2, A Kneebone 2, K Ballentine-Brain 1, T Ballentine-Brain 1

Mr John Lambert, Deputy Prinicpal – Pastoral and Mr Justin Emerson, Teacher