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Mid Year Sporting Trips: Netball & Football

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27 July 2018

Mid Year Sporting Trips: Netball & Football

Mid Year Sporting Trips: Netball & Football

During the mid-year break, the Netball and Football groups travelled interstate to Gold Coast and Melbourne respectively, achieving great results!

 

Netball Tour

Over the break Scotch entered two enthusiastic teams into the 2018 Gold Coast Netball Carnival, held at Surfers Paradise, Queensland over 10 days. Our U18 and U16 teams were made from a combination of the School’s Senior A, B, C players, with the addition of Development Academy players from Year 8 and 9.

Scotch’s success at this carnival was fantastic with the U18 team taking out the Grand-final, 20-14 against Waverly, an association from Melbourne. The U18s were undefeated throughout the tournament, winning a total of 16/17 games and drawing the last minor round and 17th game against Waverly. The U16s also demonstrated a high standard of netball, placing 4th in the competition out of 20 teams, unfortunately being defeated in the Semi Finals 11-19 against Ursula Frayne.

All athletes showed immaculate sportsmanship and dedication throughout the tournament, as a result Scotch received the Sportsmanship award certificate. Lucy Rowe (U18) and Jacinta Fuss (U16) were selected into the Barbarians team at the end of the tournament after being nominated for many reasons, including sportsmanship, consistency, encouragement and a high level of performance. Mark Goreham, Sonia Roberts and Tess Maple were committed coaches that ensured the week ran smoothly and all athletes and teams could perform at their best abilities and without their organisation the tour would not have been the success it was.

Zara Lyon

 

First XVII Melbourne Tour

Over the break the First XVII footy boys travelled to Melbourne on the annual football tour. The trip was a first for many including our new coach Nathan Eagleton. For those who don’t know, Nathan played 277 AFL games for both Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs, so we were very lucky to have him and his Melbourne knowledge and networks available to us.

Our trip started off with a bang, where we found ourselves behind the closed doors of the Western Bulldog facilities. I know for myself this experience of being in the changerooms amongst all these people you see on TV, was surreal. A bit of a ‘kid in a candy shop’ moment. To top off this AFL experience, we trained outside the iconic home ground of Carlton, Princes Park. Almost too much to handle for us group of footy fanatics in one day.

Our team culture and values were tested early on Friday morning, where we were challenged with stepping into the freezing Port Phillip Bay (and waking up before 10am). After five-minute intervals we were rewarded with another short five minutes inside the Saint Kilda Sea Baths, where we ironically shared these baths with the Western Bulldogs players. Later in the day we travelled to reigning premiers Richmond, to visit old collegian, Callum Coleman-Jones. “CJ” spoke to us about his football journey so far, including what it’s like to move away from home, and as well as the significance the school and the football program in developing him as a footballer and as a young man.

A key focus for the trip was leadership and an activity which we participated in was Dialogue in the Dark, operated by Guide Dogs Victoria. This involved a simulation of what it would be like to be vision impaired, where we walked around Melbourne only using our senses. This tested both our communication and trust skills, which we admirably achieved but it was not without its challenges.

Saturday morning, we played Scotch Melbourne on their main oval – more like an AFL ground. Full of confidence after our promotion to Division One in our local league, we hit the game head on with our trademark Scotch PRIDE. The game was a highlight of the trip, winning by five goals and showing true character even though some lads sustained injuries.

Other highlights of the trip included the Fox Footy studio tour, Dave’s comedy and the two AFL matches we attended, St. Kilda Vs. Richmond and Collingwood vs. North Melbourne. Thank you to Nathan, Ben Nelson, Mr Beanland and our infamous seconds coach Dave Amato, for making the trip a memorable and fun tour.

Angus Kitto

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