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OPEN GIRLS FOOTBALL GRAND FINAL

On Wednesday 25 August, the Open Girls Football Team played in the Division 1 Open Grand Final against Mercedes College. St Michael’s got out to a brilliant start kicking two goals to zero in the first quarter. Some brilliance in the midfield from Tayla Dawkins and Tiana Fernandez helped move the ball to our key forwards fast. Madison Schwarz was able to capitalise with two superb goals, the first after four running bounces and the second a check side kick from the boundary. The second quarter brought wind and rain, which allowed Mercedes to hit back with a goal. Defenders Isabella Green and Claudia Sherratt made some critical plays that saved two or three sure goals.

The last half saw St Michael’s grind it out in a super competitive game. Madison Bolzon kicked a slick goal from inside congestion after Georgie Blades launched a huge kick from full back over the top of the pack. Bridie Dolan stole the show in the last quarter showing her capacity to move all around the ground and take multiple hard ball gets, some which were game defining. St Michael’s College won by 3 points to win back-to-back premierships in an extremely tense game of football.

Each girl wore their heart on their sleeve and played a team brand of football from the first game they played this year. This is St Michael’s sixth Division 1 championship, making us the most successful girls football school in the state. Congratulations to Bridie Dolan who was awarded the Marg Anderson Medal for best on ground, and to the following best players on the day: Tayla Dawkins, Tiana Fernandez, Madison Schwarz, Hayley Conlon and Claudia Sheratt.

Congratulations and thank you to all the students that played or contributed to the team in 2021.

Mr Ned Heath, Assistant Year 11 Director and Football Director

YEAR 7 GIRLS FOOTBALL ROUND 2

On Thursday 26 August, the Year 7 Girls Football Team trekked the long way across to Saint Ignatius to play the second round of ‘Knock Out’ football. The girls were fired up to start the game against Trinity Gardens and brought a high level of intensity from the first bounce. Keeping space around the stoppage allowed Lara Jolly to connect with Lucy Moore who used her speed to get the ball into our deep forward fifty, resulting in early goals. Georgia Sands and Courtney Homan were very strong off half back bringing everything to ground and attacking aggressively. Sanur McMahon did an excellent job in the second half by shutting down Trinity’s key midfielder resulting in a final score of SMC 8.11.59 to Trinity Gardens 2.0.12.

The second game against Saint Ignatius was a tougher start, with two early goals scored against us. Introduction of Jemma Mutton into the ruck gave speed and movement with Elissa Morgan and Cleo Simpson dominating the midfield. Saint Ignatius laid some ferocious tackles early on but a few strong bumps from Ruby Lynch brought us back on top. Eloise Dodd took some strong marks from half back and Julia Faulkner used her precise handballing skills on the wing to create momentum. An aggressive and focused second half resulted in a win with a final score of SMC 7.9.51 to Saint Ignatius 3.0.18. After the game, Saint Ignatius’ coach commented that they couldn’t compete with the depth of our team and I believe this was the key factor in getting two wins and booking our spot in the Grand Final!

Ms Tess Morcom, Design and Technology Teacher – Secondary

TRINITY INTERCOL 2021 – SATURDAY

Week 5 was the final week of St Michael’s College Term 2/3 winter sport. Saturday saw our final Intercol matches against Trinity College. Our Middle Basketball teams travelled out to Trinity early on Saturday morning to take on what were very strong Trinity College teams.

It was a fantastic finish to the season for our Boys Middle A1 Basketball team, defeating Trinity 47-45 holding on to the ball in the final seconds to get the win. The have had a fantastic season, only missing out on finals by percentage and winning their last game of the year, against one of the strongest basketball schools in the state.

Our Middle B1 Basketball team had an incredibly successful season, going through the entire year without losing a game. Again they came up against a very strong Trinity side and the game was close throughout with the SMC boys taking the close victory 49-44. Well done to these boys on their fantastic season, going through undefeated, they should all be very proud of their efforts.

The Middle C1 Basketball team had also had a very successful season only losing one game for the year heading into the last game, with seven wins and a draw to their name. This was another close game and continuing the trend, the SMC boys came away with another close win, with the final score of 33-28. Another fantastic performance to finish off a wonderful season for the group. Well done boys!

After a season of mixed results, the Middle 4 Basketball team went into the last game winning four games out of their nine played. The SMC team then finished off their season with a fantastic win over Trinity College winning 38 – 24, taking their season tally to 5-5 win/loss, a great result. An amazing effort from the group and they should be very proud.

The 7A Soccer team had an enjoyable season this year. The last game of the season against Trinity was an action packed goal fest with 19 goals being kicked for the game! Well done to the SMC boys who won 13-6. Goal scorers included Hudson Ayres and Ethan Hussey who both scored a hattrick! Other goal scorers were Ellis Hoendervanger, Jasper Gargula and Troy Taylor who both scored two goals, and single goal scorer to Giuseppe Cardillo. Well done to the entire group on a great effort and fantastic season.

The Year 10 Soccer team started the year in the B grade competition and very quickly showed the rest of the competition that they were a level above. They soon moved up to the A division and had some very competitive games throughout the second half of the season. The last game of the year was a fantastic way to end the season, getting the win against Trinity College 9-1. Goal scorers included Zico Condessa who scored 4 goals, with Blake Mammone scoring 2 goals, and single goal scorers to Luke Gabbitas, Dimi Petrakis and Jayden Mercorella, who has been the goal keeper all year and scored his first goal for the season! A particular well done and thank you to both Zake Scardigno and Rayhan Anwari, who played in the Year 8/9A team in the morning, before backing up and playing in the 10A team straight after, with both players playing incredibly well and contributing to the team. Well done boys!

Mr Jordan Young, Secondary Co-curricular Coordinator

9A NETBALL GRAND FINAL

On 14 August, the undefeated 9A Netball Team took on Sacred Heart in a thrilling grand final match. It was a season finale that showcased the teams’ determination, heart and grit.

St Michaels first quarter effort saw the team take an early lead, capitalising on rebounds and terrific pressure placed on the Sacred Heart attackers by the circle defending duo Abbey Burdett and Sienna Eadon. Both Burdett and Eadon created mayhem for their opponents with their hands over the shot pressure and touches on passes. Sienna Grieger set the tone early for her team, claiming two intercepts and one loose ball pickup in the opening quarter as wing defence.

The second term saw the St Michael’s side continue to grind away and increasing their lead with return of super shooter Ruby Burgess and her partner in crime Teagan Dunbar, both stealing the show by slotting in goals, forming doubt in the Sacred Heart side. Skye Nagel found a way to inject herself into the game, displaying incredible down the court vision and relentless defensive efforts that helped us lead into the second half of the game.

St Michael’s was looking unstoppable in the engine room with the likes of midcourt players Coco Hodges and Sophie Barker. Barker demonstrated true class with her continuous high-level intensity and dynamic drives to the circle edge, with Hodges smart attacking moves and pinpoint perfect passing, giving both their defenders headaches!

St Michael’s remained calm under pressure in the last quarter and ended up defeating Sacred Heart 49 to 23 with Sophie Barker taking out Player of the Match followed closely by Sienna Grieger and Ruby Burgess. A terrific team effort displayed by a star team.

Ms Georgia Dent, 9A Netball Coach